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Thanks to our virtual attendees of the EdSurge ASU + GSV Interview Series!
05/22/2017

On the week of May 8th, 2017, anyone and everyone with a vested interest in learning and talent innovation packed their bags and headed to Salt Lake City to attend this year’s ASU + GSV Summit. Shindig was certainly in attendance, and not just to mingle with the learning community, but to also power an interactive interview series, produced on-site by leading edtech media outlet, EdSurge. The series featured some of the most influential thought leaders, top executives, and authority figures within the business of providing or enabling education. Some big names included: Chip Paucek (Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, Inc.), Scott Pulsipher (President of Western Governors University), and Jessie Woolley-Wilson (President and CEO of DreamBox Learning), to name just a few. Thanks to all those that tuned in and participated! And for those of you that missed out on the live event, no worries! Follow this blog, or any of our social media pages (FB + Twitter), to stay tuned for when we upload the event recordings.

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The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig
05/22/2017

On May 12th, The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig, in tandem with their Facebook Live event, to share the latest successes and the challenges of preserving the Sumatran rhino. For 25 years, the International Rhino Foundation has championed the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research. They do what it takes to ensure that rhinos survive for future generations and part of the work is promoting awareness through informational sessions, like this Shindig event. The IRA’s ’s Executive Director, Dr. Susie Ellis, and Deputy Director, CeCe Sieffert, were in tow to answer questions on behalf of the foundation. Attendees received an in-the-trenches account of the preservation efforts and even got to view video footage of a baby rhino named Delilah’s first birthday celebration. Interested in promoting awareness to and social interaction with your cause? Let us know, we can help.

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Gartner gives Shindig 2017 Cool Vendors in Social Collaboration nod
05/17/2017

Every year, Gartner acknowledges the most innovative in category for social collaboration via their “Cool Vendors” award. We could not be more delighted to share with you that for 2017 Shindig is among the recipients of this special recognition. The Gartner report noted that Shindig’s unique video chat solution transformed “ the feeling of people attending a virtual online event that they are ‘all along together.’” and further that the platform delivered” a more compelling peer-to-peer experience where people can ‘mingle’ as they do in physical spaces.”

This is a big win for Shindig as Gartner is a world-renowned tech research firm, respected for their thought leadership and technology insights, and receiving this award further reinforces our transformational vision: to improve how people virtually collaborate, communicate, and connect.

Gartner uses an assessment framework they coined ACME to evaluate collaboration effectiveness of a technology. More specifically, this framework measures the Activity, Content, Motivation and Enabling technology to evaluate how context and motivation are addressed in the user’s experience of a platform. As result, Shindig is identified as “creating a cohesive user experience for people to participate in large-scale video events” and increasing “people’s comfort level to participate and contribute”. We tend to agree!

Interested in increasing your organization’s collaboration effectiveness? Reach out to us, we can help!

Click here to purchase the 2017 Gartner Cool Vendors in Social Software and Collaboration full report.

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EdSurge to Host Interactive Thought Leader Interviews from the 2017 ASU GSV Summit: Shindig to Power Three-Day Online Series
04/26/2017

NEW YORK, NY (April 26, 2017) EdSurge and Shindig today announced plans for interactive Thought Leader Interviews at the 2017 ASU GSV Summit on May 8-10 in Salt Lake City. The interactive interviews are intended to connect educators and talent developers in schools and companies across the nation with the Summit presenters and participants.  Shindig’s video chat teaching and events technology will power the three-day series. The interactive Shindig platform will allow EdSurge moderators CEO and Founder Betsy Corcoran, senior editor Jeffrey R. Young, and managing editor Tony Wan and more than a dozen interview participants education and talent leaders, corporate executives, college officials, and education researchers to engage directly with the online audience.

The annual ASU GSV Summit brings together educators, human resource leaders entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and school district leaders to create partnerships, explore solutions, and shape the future of learning and talent innovation. This year’s program features more than 400 tech companies discussing how learning and talent innovation are inextricably linked to meet the future needs of our society.

“Stories—genuine stories—really matter. We’re excited to be helping tell the authentic stories of the people who are building the technology that supports innovations in teaching and talent,” says Betsy Corcoran, CEO and Founder of EdSurge.

The growing list of confirmed interview participants includes: Sean Gallagher, director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy at Northeastern University, Candace Thille, assistant professor of education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Rufus Glasper, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Rachel Romer Carlson, CEO of Guild Education, Todd Rose director of the Mind, Brain, & Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, and many more!

To register for access to the interviews and receive daily reminders and updates regarding scheduled guests, please go to: http://events.shindig.com/event/asugsv17

“We are delighted to be working with EdSurge and Shindig. These interviews are an important component of our efforts to elevate innovation leaders in learning and talent development to extend the reach of their ideas,” said GSV Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo.

Shindig’s unique technology will also enable online participants to discuss, network, and socialize privately with one another as if they were attendees at the ASU GSV Summit. EdSurge will host the interactive interviews on EdSurge.com. The interactive Forum conversations from the ASU GSV Summit will also be archived at EdSurge.com for access after the Summit.

The live, interactive interviews will take place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm MT (3:00 – 5:00 ET) for three days, from Monday, May 8th through Wednesday, May 10th.

The interviews will be available for free on any web connected device, computer, tablet, or phone. To participate in the online interviews via mobile device please download the Shindig mobile app, titled Shindig2 Pro, in Apple or Android app stores.

For More Information contact: christopher@shindigevents.com

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VuHaus: Live Q&A from SXSW with Classic Rockstars
03/17/2017

Hosted by VuHaus’ Mark Abuzzahab live from SXSW, this past Thursday’s Shindig event featured old school rock legends Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (REM), Ken Stringfellow (Big Star/REM), and Chris Stamey (dB’s).

It was an intimate gathering at a hotel suite, unstaged and authentic, as the rockers buzzed excitement for their upcoming festival showing, waxed nostalgic of their late rocker alums, and casually chit chatted about life in the music lane. Fans and audience members from across the nation tuned in to interact with the musicians and participate in the Q&A. One fan asked what these rockstars did to seek inspiration — let’s just say, the response was very honest.

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University of the People Brings Together a Global Community in Education
12/22/2016

On Sunday, December 18, Shindig hosted the second international gathering for University of the People, a tuition-free online university. With more than 400 students, educators, and administrators from 90 different countries coming together on the Shindig platform, President Shai Reshef spoke about the University’s journey and future goals and plans for 2017.

Over the course of an hour, the UoPeople community had a unique opportunity to directly interact with leadership, meet peers across the world and experience a collegiate community unlike any other. Students, volunteers and faculty alike took the stage to talk with President Reshef, while others became acquainted with online classmates and colleagues in private chats during the event. There were over 75 audience-generated questions submitted to discuss the University’s vision and agenda. These interactive sessions are essential to strengthening online learning communities, supplementing the social component that is often lacking in distance education.

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How to Get Into Your Dream College: A Q&A with Joi Wade
12/20/2016

On December 20, YouTube influencer Joi Wade hosted her first Q&A session on Shindig for aspiring college students interested in gaining admissions into top US schools. With over 18,000 followers, Joi’s channel focuses on covering college life and admissions. She is currently a freshman on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California and recently published the book “You Got Into Where? How I Received Admission & Scholarships to the Nation’s Top Universities.” During Tuesday’s event, Joi utilized Shindig’s content sharing features to divulge tips and tricks on getting full scholarships, writing college essays, and more. Over 60 of Joi’s YouTube followers attended, asking more than 50 questions about topics ranging from senioritis to international admissions to visiting college campuses. One lucky attendee also had the opportunity to win a signed copy of her book!

University admissions can leverage the power of synchronous video chat and connect with prospective students around the world. Events can offer perspectives and advice from distinguished alumni and current students, and applicants and their families can engage with peers, guests, and admissions representatives in real-time, thereby providing a personalized experience that can make the difference in a student’s decision to apply. Gone is the hassle and expense of having to travel physically to an information session; for many international or remote students, this simply isn’t an option. Admissions offices will be able to tailor events to specific student demographics and needs, reaching a global audience in an interactive, highly personal way.

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Post-Election Voting Access and Fraud with Davidson College
11/14/2016

On November 9, Shindig hosted an event with Davidson College’s political science professors Dr. Susan Roberts and Dr. Andrew O’Geen. The hot topic of discussion was US voting access and fraud – a trending conversation especially after the historic presidential election. This was part of DavidsonX, a micro-MOOC series provided through the edX platform, on incorporating current events and world affairs into compelling discussions amongst students. With over 50 in attendance from 9 countries including the USA, Germany, Iceland, Taiwan, Russia, and more than 30 thought-provoking questions, this event certainly engaged those seeking to better understand American politics as well as provided them an opportunity to share concerns, ask questions and engage with one another.

Traditionally, online learning has offered one dimensional knowledge transfer from educator to student. This Shindig powered session is a reminder that there is ample opportunity to provide distance learners to collaborate and interact with one another in ways that extend far past simple discussion boards or emails. By enabling real-time conversations, reactions, and discussions, students integrate more deeply into their learning community and contribute to greater student body cohesion. These benefits also extend to educators, who have increased high-touch interactions with their learners. Davidson’s mini-MOOC series on political science is only one example of the many possibilities available to online educators and students for more integrated online experiences.

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Shindig Announces Integration with Canvas LMS
06/29/2016

For additional information, please contact:

Christopher Downs  • 646.747.8960

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2016

Shindig Announces Integration with Canvas LMS

NEW YORK, NY (June 20, 2016)  Shindig, Pioneer in Large-Scale interactive Video Chat classrooms announced today its integration with Canvas by Instructure. As more and more colleges and universities transition to Canvas, a modern learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier for educators and students, Shindig reaffirms its commitment to partner with best of breed education technology providers to create the possibility of seamless interoperability.

Shindig is a paradigm shifting video chat teaching technology, which addresses what many believe is the key shortcoming of online education modalities, what MIT recently termed the “interactivity vacuum”. Shindig enables both the robust teacher-to-student engagement ideal for pedagogy and the informal student-to-student engagement requisite for peer-to-peer learning, student body formation and student retention.

“We are very excited about the enhanced interactivity a partnership with Shindig brings to teachers and students using Canvas,” said Troy Anderson Director of Partnerships for Instructure. ” Shindig’s peer-to-peer approach to synchronous video chat for teaching and learning is a valuable addition to the online Canvas experience. The platform’s robust teacher-to-student and student-to-student engagement can enhance student body formation and student retention.”

Teachers at institutions using Canvas are now able to instantly schedule, customize and launch Shindig sessions directly from their Canvas LMS. These Shindig sessions can be used for class delivery, office hours, guest speakers, workshops, and are automatically added to student’s schedules who are enrolled in the course.  Students are alerted when new Shindig sessions are scheduled and can RSVP and receive start time reminders. Additionally, students can now enjoy single sign-on (SSO) to Shindig sessions directly from the Canvas LMS. Teachers have access to session analytics reports including: attendance, duration of stay, time of entry, time of departure, engagement through question or sidebar chat and more.

The Shindig Canvas plugin is stored in a public GitHub Repo, where IT administrators of the university’s LMS can install the free plugin.  Once installed, the IT Admin can contact Shindig to gain an API key for the ability to create on-demand Shindig sessions in their Canvas instance and set up a demo time with a Shindig representative. To get started, each Canvas client institution is awarded 10 free Shindig sessions of up to 1,000 attendees. 

“We are excited to become a part of the Canvas partner program, more and more we find institutions demand LMS integration and we find most of all they demand Canvas integration.  Many of our clients have been awaiting this integration to further their institutional use of the Shindig platform,.” said Steve Gottlieb, Shindig Founder.

Those interested in learning more about Shindig can contact education@shindigevents.com. Watch the Canvas for Shindig tutorial video. To experience the platform in action interested parties may visit any of the growing number of online educational series hosted on the platform including; Edchat Interactive, Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum and more.

Upcoming events: http://shindig.com/site-upcoming/

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Shindig Adds Full Multi-Camera Production and Enhanced Interactivity to Facebook Live
06/07/2016

For additional information, please contact:

Max Zaniewski  • 646.896.1747

maxz@shindigevents.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2016

Shindig Adds Full Multi-Camera Production and Enhanced Interactivity to Facebook Live

(NEW YORK)  June 7, 2016 — Shindig, the video chat event platform, announced integration with Facebook Live today. The integration puts at the disposal of Facebook Live hosts a full multi-camera production suite such that they can bring multiple remote subjects on “stage” before the Facebook Live audience to interact with one another as well as introduce pre-recorded video, slides and other multimedia. The integration expands the capabilities of Facebook Live, allowing for seamless switching from one camera view to another in full screen of one personality with the other inset; or having multiple cameras videos both presented with equal priority.

Shindig (Shindig Overview Video) also enables a virtual TV studio audience to interact with the special guests before the Facebook Live audience. Whereas Facebook Live itself only allows for text interaction between audience members and Facebook Live hosts, Shindig integration adds capability for a webcam enabled online studio audience to interact with the guests in video chat. Additionally, a host can have an assistant pre-screen such guests prior to bringing them to the stage. When the participants are brought to the stage they interact with the guest in video chat before both the audience viewing on Shindig and through Facebook Live.

“Facebook’s power to aggregate audiences paired with Shindig’s unique video chat interactivity creates an unbeatable opportunity for personalities and brands,” said Steve Gottlieb, founder and CEO of Shindig.

The integration is achieved by embedding the livestream of the Shindig event into a Facebook Live broadcast.  The event can draw simultaneously a pre-promoted audience given the Shindig URL where they can join the event without registration, signup or download as well as the Facebook Live audience that receives the notifications from Facebook.  Viewers on Facebook can watch, comment, and react live on Facebook to the ongoing Shindig event. Hosts can alternate between interacting with text questions from Facebook Live audience members and video chat questions from those who have opted to join the Shindig audience. Participants on the Shindig platform can also enjoy other standard Shindig capabilities, including Shindig’s unique audience member to audience member video chat mingling.

The integration  allows for the interaction of Shindig to reach a wider audience via Facebook Live, without compromising the functionalities of either platform.  Having a separate Shindig URL for the events in advance also addresses Facebook Live hosts’ concerns that they were previously unable to promote their live events to audiences beyond those who have  already “Liked” them on Facebook or pre promote them to potential audiences outside of Facebook.

 

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eSchool Media and Casey Green to Host Interactive Thought Leader Interviews from the ASU GSV Innovation Summit
04/12/2016

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2016) — eSchool Media, Inc, and Campus Computing today announced plans for interactive Thought Leader Interviews at the 2016 ASU GSV Innovation Summit on April 18, 19, and 20 in San Diego. The interactive interviews are intended to connect educators in schools and on college campuses with the Summit presenters and participants. Shindig, a turnkey solution for video chat teaching and event, will power the three day event. The interactive Shindig platform will allow moderator Casey Green, founding director of Campus Computing, and more than 25 interview participants — education leaders, corporate executives, public officials, and foundation officers — to engage directly with the online audience.

The annual ASU GSV Innovation Summit brings together educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and school district leaders to create partnerships, explore solutions, and to shape the future of learning.

“Our goal with these live, interactive interviews is to accelerate the discussion and the dissemination of educational innovation beyond the 3,500 Summit participants who will gather in San Diego,” said Wendy La Duke, the Group Publisher of eSchool Media. “We recognize that there is a large audience of educators who would like to know more about the critical conversations at the Summit. Our interviews from the Summit will serve an eager audience of educational professionals in schools and on college campuses.”

The growing list of confirmed interview participants includes: Michael Crow, president, Arizona State University; Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education, US Dept. of Education; Deborah Quazzo, founder and managing partner, GSV; Richard Miller, president of the Olin College of Engineering; Dan Greenstein, director of postsecondary success, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; Michael King, VP and managing partner, IBM Global Education; and Bill Goodwyn, president, Discovery Education; John Katzman, CEO, Noodle; and Ron Reed, executive producer of SXSWedu, among many others.

“We are delighted to be working with eSchool News and Casey Green to extend the reach and audience of the Summit,” said GSV Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo. “These interviews are an important component of our efforts to elevate innovation leaders in learning and to extend the reach of their ideas.”

Shindig’s unique technology will also enable online participants to discuss, network, and socialize privately with one another as if they were attendees at the ASU GSV Summit. eSchool Media will host the interactive interviews on both eSchoolNews.com and eCampusNews.com. TheIinteractive Forum conversations from the ASU GSV Summit will also archived at eSchoolNews.com and eCampusNews.com for access after the Summit.

The live, interactive interviews will be take place from noon – 4:00 PT (3:00 – 7:00 ET) for three days, from Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 20th. The interviews will be available on any web connected device, computer, tablet, or phone.

For additional information about the Interactive Forum and to register for access to the interviews, please go to: http://shindig.com/event/asugsvsummit.

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Shindig Offers $50,000 to Grow Online Learning Community
02/23/2016

$50,000 Shindig Challenge aims to document the impact video chat interactivity has on student engagement, success and retention in online education

Shindig, the large-scale video chat teaching platform, launched today the 50K Shindig Challenge, a research initiative meant to improve the understanding of the efficacy of interactive video chat to create a more connected online student course experience.

Many prominent education leaders believe that increased use of new, more sophisticated video modalities will be one of the most significant ed-tech trends of 2016.  As Jonathan Blake Huer of Ball State University wrote in Campus Technology: ‘Video in the classroom is still largely a one-way medium. This is not where students are. When they go into the classroom, whether in-person or online, it seems primitive. It’s like asking faculty to go back to typewriters and Wite-Out.”

To help educators better understand the evolving potential of interactive video chat, Shindig will partner with 25-50 faculty members and/or course designers at higher education institutions to incorporate complimentary use of the Shindig platform into their online courses in the Spring, Summer or Fall semester of 2016. Participating educators will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 and be asked to collect and report data concerning attitudes and perceived effectiveness of Shindig’s platform.

Educators applying for participation and looking for more information should visit Shindig.com/challenge.

For those interested in experiencing the Shindig platform, please join our weekly Future Trends Forum hosted by Bryan Alexander. RSVP for this series is available at http://shindig.com/event/ftf.

For More Information Contact:

Christopher Downs
Senior Director of Business Development
(646) 896-1747

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Wainhouse Research Publishes Post on Shindig’s New Architecture
10/05/2015

According to a recent blog post by Wainhouse Research, there are parallels between Ridley Scott’s famous 1984 Apple commercial and the Shindig technology. Namely, Shindig’s willingness to challenge the status quo and change the way we meet and collaborate online.

Wainhouse ties Shindig’s ability to adapt to consumer needs to that of Apple’s. The blog post delves into how users have wrestled with tech constraints and how Shindig offers features that are not only readily available but also very needed.

Shindig creates an environment where an immense amount of people can gather together online to communicate, collaborate and network. The features underscored are unique to the online video chat world, as Wainhouse highlights Shindig’s unique tools to manage an event without stripping away the user’s autonomy.

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Shindig Founder Featured in Book of 101 Yale’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs
09/01/2015

Shindig Founder Steve Gottlieb thoughts on entrepreneurship are featured in INSIGHTS: Reflections From 101 of Yale’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs.

Steve’s personal story ‘It gives me a headache’ is among one of the many stories included alongside other notables like General Assembly Founders Matthew Brimer and Jake Schwartz, The Lean Startup’s Eric Ries, Rent the Runway Founder Jennifer Fleiss, Gilt Groups’ Kevin Ryan, Angel investor David Rose, among many more.

To learn more, click here to check out Forbes’ article on the new book.

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Shindig and General Assembly Rock SXSW Interactive
03/19/2015

Three days of live video chat events connect tech audiences from across the web with digital influencers, new startups and tech entrepreneurs

NEW YORK, NY – March 25, 2015 – Shindig, the leading video chat event provider, hosted, for their second year, a successful three-day online event of interactive talks with thought leaders direct from the convention floor of SXSW. This year’s presenting partner General Assembly (GA) helped to assemble a stellar panel of thought leaders, digital influencers and startup entrepreneurs to share their experiences with an online audience in video chat sessions that ran from Sunday, March 15th through Tuesday, March 17th. Featured interview guests included Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup”, John Yembrick of NASA, Rameet Chawla of Fueled and Charlene Li of Altimeter Group.

Through Shindig’s video chat event technology, nearly 60 online participants were brought on stage to ask questions ‘face to face’ with individual speakers as well as mingle, network, share and discuss with fellow attendees in their own private video chats.

“Shindig created a pretty awesome live-streaming experience, with the Editor of Entrepreneur effectively DJing an interview between me and the General Assembly fans who could watch the event in an intimate environment while asking their questions. I loved it!’ said Jeremy Gutsche, Founder and CEO of TrendHunter.com.

Video chats throughout the three-day event took place live from Shindig’s video booth on the SXSW tradeshow floor. Following the success of last year’s series conducted in association with The Economist, these session gave participants at home unique insight into SXSW Interactive as well as unprecedented access to thought leaders and digital influencers.

Full List of Guest Speakers

Liz Bacelar, Founder & CEO of Decoded Fashion

Damon Berger, VP of Business Development at Fullscreen

Elizabeth Caudle, East Coast Regional Director at Girls Who Code

Rameet Chawla, Founder & CEO of Fueled

Amanda Cole, Social Impact Strategist at Kenneth Cole

Jeff Dachis, Founder of One Drop and Co-Founder of Razorfish

Chaz Ebert, Vice President of The Ebert Company

Lauren Fritsch, Strategist at TCC Consulting Group

Nathan Gebhard, Co-Founder of Roadtrip Nation

Frank Gruber, Co-Founder & CEO of Tech Cocktail

Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of TrendHunter.com

Charlene Li, Founder & CEO of Altimeter Group

Ben Parr, Author of “Captivology”

Daniel Pérez Pallares, App Creator of DJ-51

Eric Ries, Author of “The Lean Startup”

Darrell Silver, Co-Founder of Thinkful

Mike Yeager, CEO of CODE Consult and CODE Magazine

John Yembrick, Social Media Manager at NASA

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Thanks to our virtual attendees of the EdSurge ASU + GSV Interview Series!
05/22/2017

On the week of May 8th, 2017, anyone and everyone with a vested interest in learning and talent innovation packed their bags and headed to Salt Lake City to attend this year’s ASU + GSV Summit. Shindig was certainly in attendance, and not just to mingle with the learning community, but to also power an interactive interview series, produced on-site by leading edtech media outlet, EdSurge. The series featured some of the most influential thought leaders, top executives, and authority figures within the business of providing or enabling education. Some big names included: Chip Paucek (Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, Inc.), Scott Pulsipher (President of Western Governors University), and Jessie Woolley-Wilson (President and CEO of DreamBox Learning), to name just a few. Thanks to all those that tuned in and participated! And for those of you that missed out on the live event, no worries! Follow this blog, or any of our social media pages (FB + Twitter), to stay tuned for when we upload the event recordings.

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The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig

On May 12th, The International Rhino Foundation hosted a live Q&A on Shindig, in tandem with their Facebook Live event, to share the latest successes and the challenges of preserving the Sumatran rhino. For 25 years, the International Rhino Foundation has championed the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research. They do what it takes to ensure that rhinos survive for future generations and part of the work is promoting awareness through informational sessions, like this Shindig event. The IRA’s ’s Executive Director, Dr. Susie Ellis, and Deputy Director, CeCe Sieffert, were in tow to answer questions on behalf of the foundation. Attendees received an in-the-trenches account of the preservation efforts and even got to view video footage of a baby rhino named Delilah’s first birthday celebration. Interested in promoting awareness to and social interaction with your cause? Let us know, we can help.

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Gartner gives Shindig 2017 Cool Vendors in Social Collaboration nod
05/17/2017

Every year, Gartner acknowledges the most innovative in category for social collaboration via their “Cool Vendors” award. We could not be more delighted to share with you that for 2017 Shindig is among the recipients of this special recognition. The Gartner report noted that Shindig’s unique video chat solution transformed “ the feeling of people attending a virtual online event that they are ‘all along together.’” and further that the platform delivered” a more compelling peer-to-peer experience where people can ‘mingle’ as they do in physical spaces.”

This is a big win for Shindig as Gartner is a world-renowned tech research firm, respected for their thought leadership and technology insights, and receiving this award further reinforces our transformational vision: to improve how people virtually collaborate, communicate, and connect.

Gartner uses an assessment framework they coined ACME to evaluate collaboration effectiveness of a technology. More specifically, this framework measures the Activity, Content, Motivation and Enabling technology to evaluate how context and motivation are addressed in the user’s experience of a platform. As result, Shindig is identified as “creating a cohesive user experience for people to participate in large-scale video events” and increasing “people’s comfort level to participate and contribute”. We tend to agree!

Interested in increasing your organization’s collaboration effectiveness? Reach out to us, we can help!

Click here to purchase the 2017 Gartner Cool Vendors in Social Software and Collaboration full report.

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EdSurge to Host Interactive Thought Leader Interviews from the 2017 ASU GSV Summit: Shindig to Power Three-Day Online Series
04/26/2017

NEW YORK, NY (April 26, 2017) EdSurge and Shindig today announced plans for interactive Thought Leader Interviews at the 2017 ASU GSV Summit on May 8-10 in Salt Lake City. The interactive interviews are intended to connect educators and talent developers in schools and companies across the nation with the Summit presenters and participants.  Shindig’s video chat teaching and events technology will power the three-day series. The interactive Shindig platform will allow EdSurge moderators CEO and Founder Betsy Corcoran, senior editor Jeffrey R. Young, and managing editor Tony Wan and more than a dozen interview participants education and talent leaders, corporate executives, college officials, and education researchers to engage directly with the online audience.

The annual ASU GSV Summit brings together educators, human resource leaders entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and school district leaders to create partnerships, explore solutions, and shape the future of learning and talent innovation. This year’s program features more than 400 tech companies discussing how learning and talent innovation are inextricably linked to meet the future needs of our society.

“Stories—genuine stories—really matter. We’re excited to be helping tell the authentic stories of the people who are building the technology that supports innovations in teaching and talent,” says Betsy Corcoran, CEO and Founder of EdSurge.

The growing list of confirmed interview participants includes: Sean Gallagher, director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy at Northeastern University, Candace Thille, assistant professor of education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Rufus Glasper, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Rachel Romer Carlson, CEO of Guild Education, Todd Rose director of the Mind, Brain, & Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, and many more!

To register for access to the interviews and receive daily reminders and updates regarding scheduled guests, please go to: http://events.shindig.com/event/asugsv17

“We are delighted to be working with EdSurge and Shindig. These interviews are an important component of our efforts to elevate innovation leaders in learning and talent development to extend the reach of their ideas,” said GSV Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo.

Shindig’s unique technology will also enable online participants to discuss, network, and socialize privately with one another as if they were attendees at the ASU GSV Summit. EdSurge will host the interactive interviews on EdSurge.com. The interactive Forum conversations from the ASU GSV Summit will also be archived at EdSurge.com for access after the Summit.

The live, interactive interviews will take place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm MT (3:00 – 5:00 ET) for three days, from Monday, May 8th through Wednesday, May 10th.

The interviews will be available for free on any web connected device, computer, tablet, or phone. To participate in the online interviews via mobile device please download the Shindig mobile app, titled Shindig2 Pro, in Apple or Android app stores.

For More Information contact: christopher@shindigevents.com

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VuHaus: Live Q&A from SXSW with Classic Rockstars
03/17/2017

Hosted by VuHaus’ Mark Abuzzahab live from SXSW, this past Thursday’s Shindig event featured old school rock legends Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (REM), Ken Stringfellow (Big Star/REM), and Chris Stamey (dB’s).

It was an intimate gathering at a hotel suite, unstaged and authentic, as the rockers buzzed excitement for their upcoming festival showing, waxed nostalgic of their late rocker alums, and casually chit chatted about life in the music lane. Fans and audience members from across the nation tuned in to interact with the musicians and participate in the Q&A. One fan asked what these rockstars did to seek inspiration — let’s just say, the response was very honest.

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University of the People Brings Together a Global Community in Education
12/22/2016

On Sunday, December 18, Shindig hosted the second international gathering for University of the People, a tuition-free online university. With more than 400 students, educators, and administrators from 90 different countries coming together on the Shindig platform, President Shai Reshef spoke about the University’s journey and future goals and plans for 2017.

Over the course of an hour, the UoPeople community had a unique opportunity to directly interact with leadership, meet peers across the world and experience a collegiate community unlike any other. Students, volunteers and faculty alike took the stage to talk with President Reshef, while others became acquainted with online classmates and colleagues in private chats during the event. There were over 75 audience-generated questions submitted to discuss the University’s vision and agenda. These interactive sessions are essential to strengthening online learning communities, supplementing the social component that is often lacking in distance education.

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How to Get Into Your Dream College: A Q&A with Joi Wade
12/20/2016

On December 20, YouTube influencer Joi Wade hosted her first Q&A session on Shindig for aspiring college students interested in gaining admissions into top US schools. With over 18,000 followers, Joi’s channel focuses on covering college life and admissions. She is currently a freshman on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California and recently published the book “You Got Into Where? How I Received Admission & Scholarships to the Nation’s Top Universities.” During Tuesday’s event, Joi utilized Shindig’s content sharing features to divulge tips and tricks on getting full scholarships, writing college essays, and more. Over 60 of Joi’s YouTube followers attended, asking more than 50 questions about topics ranging from senioritis to international admissions to visiting college campuses. One lucky attendee also had the opportunity to win a signed copy of her book!

University admissions can leverage the power of synchronous video chat and connect with prospective students around the world. Events can offer perspectives and advice from distinguished alumni and current students, and applicants and their families can engage with peers, guests, and admissions representatives in real-time, thereby providing a personalized experience that can make the difference in a student’s decision to apply. Gone is the hassle and expense of having to travel physically to an information session; for many international or remote students, this simply isn’t an option. Admissions offices will be able to tailor events to specific student demographics and needs, reaching a global audience in an interactive, highly personal way.

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Post-Election Voting Access and Fraud with Davidson College
11/14/2016

On November 9, Shindig hosted an event with Davidson College’s political science professors Dr. Susan Roberts and Dr. Andrew O’Geen. The hot topic of discussion was US voting access and fraud – a trending conversation especially after the historic presidential election. This was part of DavidsonX, a micro-MOOC series provided through the edX platform, on incorporating current events and world affairs into compelling discussions amongst students. With over 50 in attendance from 9 countries including the USA, Germany, Iceland, Taiwan, Russia, and more than 30 thought-provoking questions, this event certainly engaged those seeking to better understand American politics as well as provided them an opportunity to share concerns, ask questions and engage with one another.

Traditionally, online learning has offered one dimensional knowledge transfer from educator to student. This Shindig powered session is a reminder that there is ample opportunity to provide distance learners to collaborate and interact with one another in ways that extend far past simple discussion boards or emails. By enabling real-time conversations, reactions, and discussions, students integrate more deeply into their learning community and contribute to greater student body cohesion. These benefits also extend to educators, who have increased high-touch interactions with their learners. Davidson’s mini-MOOC series on political science is only one example of the many possibilities available to online educators and students for more integrated online experiences.

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Shindig Announces Integration with Canvas LMS
06/29/2016

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Christopher Downs  • 646.747.8960

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June 29, 2016

Shindig Announces Integration with Canvas LMS

NEW YORK, NY (June 20, 2016)  Shindig, Pioneer in Large-Scale interactive Video Chat classrooms announced today its integration with Canvas by Instructure. As more and more colleges and universities transition to Canvas, a modern learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier for educators and students, Shindig reaffirms its commitment to partner with best of breed education technology providers to create the possibility of seamless interoperability.

Shindig is a paradigm shifting video chat teaching technology, which addresses what many believe is the key shortcoming of online education modalities, what MIT recently termed the “interactivity vacuum”. Shindig enables both the robust teacher-to-student engagement ideal for pedagogy and the informal student-to-student engagement requisite for peer-to-peer learning, student body formation and student retention.

“We are very excited about the enhanced interactivity a partnership with Shindig brings to teachers and students using Canvas,” said Troy Anderson Director of Partnerships for Instructure. ” Shindig’s peer-to-peer approach to synchronous video chat for teaching and learning is a valuable addition to the online Canvas experience. The platform’s robust teacher-to-student and student-to-student engagement can enhance student body formation and student retention.”

Teachers at institutions using Canvas are now able to instantly schedule, customize and launch Shindig sessions directly from their Canvas LMS. These Shindig sessions can be used for class delivery, office hours, guest speakers, workshops, and are automatically added to student’s schedules who are enrolled in the course.  Students are alerted when new Shindig sessions are scheduled and can RSVP and receive start time reminders. Additionally, students can now enjoy single sign-on (SSO) to Shindig sessions directly from the Canvas LMS. Teachers have access to session analytics reports including: attendance, duration of stay, time of entry, time of departure, engagement through question or sidebar chat and more.

The Shindig Canvas plugin is stored in a public GitHub Repo, where IT administrators of the university’s LMS can install the free plugin.  Once installed, the IT Admin can contact Shindig to gain an API key for the ability to create on-demand Shindig sessions in their Canvas instance and set up a demo time with a Shindig representative. To get started, each Canvas client institution is awarded 10 free Shindig sessions of up to 1,000 attendees. 

“We are excited to become a part of the Canvas partner program, more and more we find institutions demand LMS integration and we find most of all they demand Canvas integration.  Many of our clients have been awaiting this integration to further their institutional use of the Shindig platform,.” said Steve Gottlieb, Shindig Founder.

Those interested in learning more about Shindig can contact education@shindigevents.com. Watch the Canvas for Shindig tutorial video. To experience the platform in action interested parties may visit any of the growing number of online educational series hosted on the platform including; Edchat Interactive, Bryan Alexander’s Future Trends Forum and more.

Upcoming events: http://shindig.com/site-upcoming/

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Shindig Adds Full Multi-Camera Production and Enhanced Interactivity to Facebook Live
06/07/2016

For additional information, please contact:

Max Zaniewski  • 646.896.1747

maxz@shindigevents.com

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June 7, 2016

Shindig Adds Full Multi-Camera Production and Enhanced Interactivity to Facebook Live

(NEW YORK)  June 7, 2016 — Shindig, the video chat event platform, announced integration with Facebook Live today. The integration puts at the disposal of Facebook Live hosts a full multi-camera production suite such that they can bring multiple remote subjects on “stage” before the Facebook Live audience to interact with one another as well as introduce pre-recorded video, slides and other multimedia. The integration expands the capabilities of Facebook Live, allowing for seamless switching from one camera view to another in full screen of one personality with the other inset; or having multiple cameras videos both presented with equal priority.

Shindig (Shindig Overview Video) also enables a virtual TV studio audience to interact with the special guests before the Facebook Live audience. Whereas Facebook Live itself only allows for text interaction between audience members and Facebook Live hosts, Shindig integration adds capability for a webcam enabled online studio audience to interact with the guests in video chat. Additionally, a host can have an assistant pre-screen such guests prior to bringing them to the stage. When the participants are brought to the stage they interact with the guest in video chat before both the audience viewing on Shindig and through Facebook Live.

“Facebook’s power to aggregate audiences paired with Shindig’s unique video chat interactivity creates an unbeatable opportunity for personalities and brands,” said Steve Gottlieb, founder and CEO of Shindig.

The integration is achieved by embedding the livestream of the Shindig event into a Facebook Live broadcast.  The event can draw simultaneously a pre-promoted audience given the Shindig URL where they can join the event without registration, signup or download as well as the Facebook Live audience that receives the notifications from Facebook.  Viewers on Facebook can watch, comment, and react live on Facebook to the ongoing Shindig event. Hosts can alternate between interacting with text questions from Facebook Live audience members and video chat questions from those who have opted to join the Shindig audience. Participants on the Shindig platform can also enjoy other standard Shindig capabilities, including Shindig’s unique audience member to audience member video chat mingling.

The integration  allows for the interaction of Shindig to reach a wider audience via Facebook Live, without compromising the functionalities of either platform.  Having a separate Shindig URL for the events in advance also addresses Facebook Live hosts’ concerns that they were previously unable to promote their live events to audiences beyond those who have  already “Liked” them on Facebook or pre promote them to potential audiences outside of Facebook.

 

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eSchool Media and Casey Green to Host Interactive Thought Leader Interviews from the ASU GSV Innovation Summit
04/12/2016

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2016) — eSchool Media, Inc, and Campus Computing today announced plans for interactive Thought Leader Interviews at the 2016 ASU GSV Innovation Summit on April 18, 19, and 20 in San Diego. The interactive interviews are intended to connect educators in schools and on college campuses with the Summit presenters and participants. Shindig, a turnkey solution for video chat teaching and event, will power the three day event. The interactive Shindig platform will allow moderator Casey Green, founding director of Campus Computing, and more than 25 interview participants — education leaders, corporate executives, public officials, and foundation officers — to engage directly with the online audience.

The annual ASU GSV Innovation Summit brings together educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and school district leaders to create partnerships, explore solutions, and to shape the future of learning.

“Our goal with these live, interactive interviews is to accelerate the discussion and the dissemination of educational innovation beyond the 3,500 Summit participants who will gather in San Diego,” said Wendy La Duke, the Group Publisher of eSchool Media. “We recognize that there is a large audience of educators who would like to know more about the critical conversations at the Summit. Our interviews from the Summit will serve an eager audience of educational professionals in schools and on college campuses.”

The growing list of confirmed interview participants includes: Michael Crow, president, Arizona State University; Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education, US Dept. of Education; Deborah Quazzo, founder and managing partner, GSV; Richard Miller, president of the Olin College of Engineering; Dan Greenstein, director of postsecondary success, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; Michael King, VP and managing partner, IBM Global Education; and Bill Goodwyn, president, Discovery Education; John Katzman, CEO, Noodle; and Ron Reed, executive producer of SXSWedu, among many others.

“We are delighted to be working with eSchool News and Casey Green to extend the reach and audience of the Summit,” said GSV Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo. “These interviews are an important component of our efforts to elevate innovation leaders in learning and to extend the reach of their ideas.”

Shindig’s unique technology will also enable online participants to discuss, network, and socialize privately with one another as if they were attendees at the ASU GSV Summit. eSchool Media will host the interactive interviews on both eSchoolNews.com and eCampusNews.com. TheIinteractive Forum conversations from the ASU GSV Summit will also archived at eSchoolNews.com and eCampusNews.com for access after the Summit.

The live, interactive interviews will be take place from noon – 4:00 PT (3:00 – 7:00 ET) for three days, from Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 20th. The interviews will be available on any web connected device, computer, tablet, or phone.

For additional information about the Interactive Forum and to register for access to the interviews, please go to: http://shindig.com/event/asugsvsummit.

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Shindig Offers $50,000 to Grow Online Learning Community
02/23/2016

$50,000 Shindig Challenge aims to document the impact video chat interactivity has on student engagement, success and retention in online education

Shindig, the large-scale video chat teaching platform, launched today the 50K Shindig Challenge, a research initiative meant to improve the understanding of the efficacy of interactive video chat to create a more connected online student course experience.

Many prominent education leaders believe that increased use of new, more sophisticated video modalities will be one of the most significant ed-tech trends of 2016.  As Jonathan Blake Huer of Ball State University wrote in Campus Technology: ‘Video in the classroom is still largely a one-way medium. This is not where students are. When they go into the classroom, whether in-person or online, it seems primitive. It’s like asking faculty to go back to typewriters and Wite-Out.”

To help educators better understand the evolving potential of interactive video chat, Shindig will partner with 25-50 faculty members and/or course designers at higher education institutions to incorporate complimentary use of the Shindig platform into their online courses in the Spring, Summer or Fall semester of 2016. Participating educators will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 and be asked to collect and report data concerning attitudes and perceived effectiveness of Shindig’s platform.

Educators applying for participation and looking for more information should visit Shindig.com/challenge.

For those interested in experiencing the Shindig platform, please join our weekly Future Trends Forum hosted by Bryan Alexander. RSVP for this series is available at http://shindig.com/event/ftf.

For More Information Contact:

Christopher Downs
Senior Director of Business Development
(646) 896-1747

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Wainhouse Research Publishes Post on Shindig’s New Architecture
10/05/2015

According to a recent blog post by Wainhouse Research, there are parallels between Ridley Scott’s famous 1984 Apple commercial and the Shindig technology. Namely, Shindig’s willingness to challenge the status quo and change the way we meet and collaborate online.

Wainhouse ties Shindig’s ability to adapt to consumer needs to that of Apple’s. The blog post delves into how users have wrestled with tech constraints and how Shindig offers features that are not only readily available but also very needed.

Shindig creates an environment where an immense amount of people can gather together online to communicate, collaborate and network. The features underscored are unique to the online video chat world, as Wainhouse highlights Shindig’s unique tools to manage an event without stripping away the user’s autonomy.

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Shindig Founder Featured in Book of 101 Yale’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs
09/01/2015

Shindig Founder Steve Gottlieb thoughts on entrepreneurship are featured in INSIGHTS: Reflections From 101 of Yale’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs.

Steve’s personal story ‘It gives me a headache’ is among one of the many stories included alongside other notables like General Assembly Founders Matthew Brimer and Jake Schwartz, The Lean Startup’s Eric Ries, Rent the Runway Founder Jennifer Fleiss, Gilt Groups’ Kevin Ryan, Angel investor David Rose, among many more.

To learn more, click here to check out Forbes’ article on the new book.