We recently completed another successful “My ooVoo Day” event this one focusing on discussions about the political landscape in the U.S. ahead of the election of a new president later this year. The conversations were fun and meaningful, providing the political hosts and bloggers a platform to express their opinions about the forthcoming elections but also an opportunity to see and hear from other individuals.
Several of the participating bloggers continued to use ooVoo to file reports live from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions earlier this month. The conventions were amongst the biggest events in the U.S. political calendar with thousands of people attending to hear speeches from the presidential candidates, vice presidents and their parties.
Eileen Smith, a host during My ooVooDay Political and editor of Texas Monthly, a well respected magazine and website serving Texas, attended both conventions in Denver and Minneapolis and conducted a daily ooVoo video interview with her editorial team back in Texas. Throughout the road to the Whitehouse campaign Eileen and her team will offer their insight and opinion in a daily “ooVoocast” – as Eileen has begun calling her reports which can be viewed at http://www.TexasMonthly.com, click on the Election 2008 update on the left side.
The summer can be considered a time for relaxing at the beach, soaking in the sun, BBQs and being outside. Well, at ooVoo we've been busy. Very busy. And it’s about time we let you know that we’ve been creating new software, powering conversations, hosting and attending events. Check out an example of ooVoo powering the conversation all be it a rather shaky Qik video of one from Erin Kontecki Vest's (AKA Blogger Queen of Spain) where ooVoo connected panels at two different conferences discussing political issues - BlogHer in San Francisco, California with the Netroots conference in Austin, Texas.
(A landscape pic from the back of the room at BlogHer, San Francisco)
At the end of July we took part in the Independent Features Film Festival held at Tribeca Cinemas in New York, where we powered the post movie 'Question and Answer' sessions for directors and producers with members of the audience.
(Jonald Reyes, producer of "That Asian Thing" takes questions
live on ooVoo at Independent Film Festival)
Memorably Romulo Guardia, director of the acclaimed movie El Señor Presidente, dubbed as “the film that said no to Hugo Chavez” was able to participate and have a face-to-face conversation with the audience, despite being denied a passport to travel to New York by his home government. The movie, which is highly critical of Venezuela’s human rights record, was one of the 23 films showcased at the festival. The full Q&A session can be viewed on the Festival's YouTube channel and video messages from directors and producers from all Independent Film Festival participants are hosted on the festival’s YouTube Channel.
Philip Robertson, director of marketing communications