Wouldn’t it be great to attend an IEEE Honors Ceremony viewing party in the city you live in with members of your local IEEE chapter? Or participate in an IEEE Young Professionals event occurring thousands of miles away? That’s the idea behind IEEE.tv’s live-streaming events.
The streams allow those watching to join discussions by submitting comments and questions through the IEEE.tv website. Simulcasting is also possible, permitting viewers to follow separate sessions from different meeting rooms.
“Conference organizers want to reach a global audience for their presentations,” says Brad Kloza, manager of IEEE.tv, in Piscataway, N.J. “Live streaming is an easy way to accomplish that.”
Fourteen events have been streamed so far this year.
The Brooklyn 5G Summit, which covered the next generation of wireless and how it is likely to affect the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and other technologies, was live-streamed in April, for example. Those who couldn’t make the two-day event, held at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, could tune in at any time and catch the presentations. At each of the 23 sessions, a moderator relayed questions coming in to the speakers through the live stream. Even those who attended in person got an added benefit, Kloza says, as comments poured in from around the world, offering a global perspective.
IEEE.tv hosted three live streams during a conference about the organization’s future, called IEEE in 2030. IEEE President Barry Shoop, 2015 IEEE President Howard Michel, and 2017 IEEE President-Elect Karen Bartleson each had their own session, in which they answered questions from the live-stream audience, which asked more than 100 questions in total.
On the third Wednesday of each month there’s a live stream from IEEE N3XT, a series of events focused on entrepreneurship. The streams feature interviews with tech startup founders and provide tips for budding entrepreneurs.
And the first live stream of an IEEE Smart Tech Workshop is scheduled for next month. Each one- or two-day seminar is designed to provide a deeper understanding of cutting-edge technology.
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IEEE.tv uses state-of-the-art equipment to broadcast events such as the IEEE Honors Ceremony. Smaller events hosted by IEEE societies, affinity groups, and student branches, however, may use Google Hangouts on Air to live-stream through IEEE.tv. The only requirements are a Web camera and an Internet connection. The free service makes it possible to broadcast video in real time through third-party platforms such as YouTube as well as IEEE.tv.
The IEEE Young Professionals group, in particular, has been using Hangouts to connect with members and attract new ones. The group has held live-streamed webinars and video chats through IEEE.tv on leadership development, volunteering, and other topics.
Live-streaming meetings and presentations to the public can be useful, Kloza points out, for groups that want to attract new members or would like outside feedback on a project. Or, live streams can be private, allowing only members of a specific group to view them.
Once an event is over, its video is available on demand on IEEE.tv. That’s a benefit for event organizers, Kloza says, because they can share it immediately with interested parties who missed the event.
To catch the next live stream or to host your own, get information about IEEE.tv on IEEE.org.