Shared_Studios Partners with Zoom

May 9, 2017

Shared_Studios Partners with Zoom

Shared_Studios™, the art and technology company behind Portals, today announces that it is partnering with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to shift video conferencing quality across the Shared_Studios network into higher gear. This partnership will enable people across any distance to seamlessly create, collaborate, and play.

Shared_Studios is proud to work with Zoom  – a market leader and trailblazer in the video communications space – to ensure all Portal conversations, interactions, and performances are seamless, from major cosmopolitan cities to rural areas with limited bandwidth.

Shared_Studios chose Zoom’s video and web conferencing platform for this important task due to the company’s industry-leading quality, feature set and ease of use. “We tried just about every video conferencing system and found Zoom to have the highest quality and greatest reliability all across our network, in rural and urban locations, across all continents.” said Kathryn Mammel, Partnerships Director for Shared_Studios.

As part of the partnership, Shared_Studios will live stream select Portals events – from rap cyphers to dance collaborations and policy discussions – to Facebook and YouTube, using Zoom’s webinar feature. In addition, using Zoom’s chat features, up to 200 participants will be able to pose questions to Portal curators at diverse sites from Gaza City to Yangon. “This partnership is an opportunity for us at Zoom to work with other technology innovators to create unique and eye-opening experiences for people around the world,” said Janine Pelosi, Head of Marketing for Zoom.

Portals are gold shipping containers equipped with immersive audio-visual technology. When you enter one, you come face-to-face, live, full-body, with someone in an identical gold shipping container somewhere else on Earth. Since launch in 2014, Portals have expanded to more than a dozen countries and connected more than 45,000 people around the world in intimate, one-on-one dialogues. Prior Portals participants include Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon, Haidar al-Abadi, John Kerry, Samantha Power Sergey Brin, Fareed Zakaria, Ewan McGregor and many more.

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