Cornell University & the University at Buffalo Partner on Shindig Event Series to Discuss Women In Tech

Shindig is proud to partner with the UB Women in STEM Cooperative on “The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive,” a series of video chat events on inclusion and improving the status of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Cooperative itself is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo and Cornell University and features the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales.

The series features monthly events until January, each featuring a new set of experts and opening the floor to questions from attendees. Participants are encouraged to join the conversation, ask questions, share their stories, build their networks, and further their understanding of topics including:

  • Innovations that can expand female or underrepresented minority student participation and success in STEM undergraduate education
  • Effective evidence-based STEM teaching practices commonly adopted at research universities
  • Unique institutional and cultural challenges to achieving STEM diversity
  • What difference at scale looks like

The first event in the series took place last week, with great engagement and feedback from the attendees. There are three more scheduled as follows:

Don’t miss out on this groundbreaking series and sign up today!

Shindig Offers Free Video Chat Classrooms and Meeting Spaces to South Texas Schools & Colleges

Shindig is proud to offer free video chat classrooms and meeting spaces to all educational institutions affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. With the academic year beginning, many school systems, both K-12 and higher ed, will face a shortage of physical classrooms and disruption due to the dislocation of staff, teachers and students.

As Marci Powell, former president of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA), put it:

Now is the time to lean into distance learning for overcoming this disaster. Through state-of-the-art virtual learning environments such as Shindig, we can start the semester and keep classes going.”

To that end, Shindig is offering its technology for FREE to educational institutions for virtual classrooms and large-scale parental or faculty outreach.

With Shindig, dislocated teachers and dislocated students will be able to meet for classes with all the same interactivity that they would enjoy in their physical classrooms if such were available.

The tech enables an online teacher to move seamlessly between addressing the whole class to circulating around the class to coach students individually. It also allows students to form teams and discuss the class material privately with one another in smaller groups just like the would in their physical facilities.

Similarly, Shindig enables large-scale town halls or all hands meetings in which up to 1,000 audience members can participate, both addressing the entire gathering or discussing issues in small groups.

The technology is also being made available to relief organizations for planning meetings and community outreach.

Any institutions interested in using Shindig’s technology are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming scheduled info sessions available for sign up at https://relief.shindig.com or by emailing info@shindig.com.

FantasyPros Starts Hosting Premium Forums With Experts on Shindig

FantasyPros is one of the premier online resources and communities for all things fantasy sports. It’s branched out from being a forum for fantasy sports fans to bringing on its own in-house experts, write articles and produce content aimed at informing FantasyPros readership/subscribers how to win their fantasy leagues.

FantasyPros started using Shindig as a forum to host exclusive, gated Q&As for a handpicked group of premium subscribers with their resident experts, Mike Tagliere and Bobby Sylvester. In the forums, subscribers ask Mike and Bobby a series of rapid-fire questions about their fantasy football dilemmas. Not only have the Shindig Q&A events added value for existing premium subscribers, but they also incentivize would-be subscribers to opt for a premium subscription because it gives them access to immediate actionable feedback for their lineups.

Thanks to our virtual attendees of the EdSurge ASU + GSV Interview Series!

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.

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 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.

Gartner gives Shindig 2017 Cool Vendors in Social Collaboration nod

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.

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

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

VuHaus: Live Q&A from SXSW with Classic Rockstars

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.

University of the People Brings Together a Global Community in Education

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.

How to Get Into Your Dream College: A Q&A with Joi Wade

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.