A Portal is essentially a gold space – more often than not a shipping container but they come in numerous forms: inflatable rooms, repurposed huts, a single screen, even a bus. Walk inside and generally you’ll find an NEC short-throw projector, Biamp Devio microphones and Community loudspeakers. Behind the scenes Zoom videoconferencing is at work. All manufacturers are working as sponsors of the project.
A hackathon set to be held next week is bringing together students and medical workers in Baltimore and Gaza City.
It won’t involve travel. Instead, the key to link lies within a gold shipping container.
Known as Portals, the retired cargo transport vessels allow groups of people from different sides of the world to sit down for a conversation.
Education often brings students to new places, but it looks like that may be more true than ever for Andover students in the coming months.
The Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, has funded a portal through Shared Studios, an organization that creates spaces with technology and connects people internationally. The inflatable portal is equipped with video and audio technology that allows people inside the inflatable, yellow portal to communicate with people in other portals around the world. There are currently 47 portals around the globe.
"The real innovation is in the global network of Portal sites around the world," explained the school department's Director of Strategy and Innovation Stephen Chinosi. "Having access to people who are interested in connecting with others to build 'real' relationships and potential partnerships. The Portal is using the best technology to actually connect people through focused and open dialogues. The experience is nothing like a Skype call, which only focuses on the head/shoulders. The Portal feels like you're in a room with someone who happens to be on the other side of the world."
here will be plenty of "wow" at this year's Imagine Solutions Conference.There's even a presentation called "WOW," which will feature an interactive presentation by a "mathamagician."
Another wow moment in the waiting: A golden portal — in a shipping container — that attendees can walk through and come face-to-face with people inside sister portals around the globe.
The annual conference, sponsored by the Searching For Solutions Institute, a public foundation, is Monday, Feb. 26. It will once again be held under the big tent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples.
Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.
Todo comienza en una cabina dorada. Portales es una iniciativa de arte público creada por Amar Bakshi y Michelle Moghtader; son espacios y pantallas equipadas con tecnología audiovisual inmersiva. La idea es que la gente se acerque para platicar con personas de otros lugares cara a cara con la intención de saber cómo es la vida en otra parte de su país o del mundo.
Even before Internet ubiquity, in the mid-1990s, when I was in third grade, students who finished bookwork early (young nerds like myself) were sent to the back of the room – where the (one lonesome) computer was located – and given access to a digital rendering of the entire world, led by the intrepid Carmen Sandiego.
When Shared_Studios brought its Portals project to Times Square last month, it brought in one of its star curators to take a turn on Broadway. Lewis Lee, who with his generous and engaging nature embodies the Portals mission to connect people around the world, flew in from Milwaukee to connect visitors with friends and strangers. Or more specifically, strangers who become friends.
I just spoke to refugees from Mosul in Irbil, Iraq. Rami and Sami are two brothers who have been living in a refugee camp in Irbil for three years. Their journey from Mosul took them first through Syria, then Turkey, and after a delay of five days at the Kurdish border, they were permitted to enter again into the area of Iraq now controlled by the Kurds. Irbil is in Kurdish territory. The delay at the border was because relations between the Arabs and the Kurds is not that good.