SOURCE: Watchitoo


February 01, 2012 07:07 ET

TEDxBigApple & Watchitoo Partner to Provide Live Streaming for Disruptive Ideas Summit

TEDxBigApple Showcases Watchitoo Video Streaming Technology, Extending Reach of TEDx Event to a Global Audience

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 1, 2012) - Watchitoo (, the interactive streaming media company that provides professional HD video collaboration and streaming technologies, announced today that it will be partnering with TEDxBigApple to provide a live broadcast of the TEDxBigApple's Disruptive Ideas event on February 4th, 2012 at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York City.

TEDxBigApple to Feature Innovation and Disruptive Ideas

TEDxBigApple's event is themed around Disruptive Ideas with Near-Term Impact in housing, biotech, local spaces, bio materials, fashion, and much more. It will focus on ideas that are likely to change the world in the near-term (~3-5 years) instead of those whose impact is in the past or the distant future. The program is designed to spark deep discussion and connection.

"We chose this around-the-corner time frame to provide our speakers with a platform to share ideas that will help solve immediate global challenges," said Anthony Placet, co-organizer at TEDxBigApple. "Each of us believes passionately in the power of individuals to inspire change, and we hope that this event will propel a positive influence in the everyday lives of people. In keeping with our theme of disruptive ideas, we partnered with vendors that we believe will become global change makers. We are proud to have livestreaming company Watchitoo extend their active online viewing platform for our remote audiences, thus allowing our event to reach beyond the boundaries of the traditional online experience."

The event organizers are walking the talk by using green props made of biocomposite material, distributing digital programs and using biodegradable flatware. They are collaborating with Music For Tomorrow, a Non Profit organization that supports local jazz musicians and is helping to rebuild the New Orleans jazz culture. Art Venue is another featured partner that helps to connect local artists and local businesses.

Confirmed speakers for the event include: Biotechnology Pioneer Joanna Aizenberg, Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Tom Igoe, Fashion Maverick Kavita Parmar, Founder and Executive Director of The Camden Coalition Jeffrey Brenner, visually impaired architect and speaker Chris Downy, renowned Engineer Robert Langer, Founding Director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership and Reverse Innovation espouser Vijay Govindarajan and Partner of Venrock Venture Capital Bryan Roberts.

Watchitoo Extends the Reach of Live Events

"We are excited to be offering a worldwide audience the insights and provocative ideas expressed by industry luminaries and change-agents at TEDxBigApple in New York," said Tom Clark, EVP of Watchitoo. "Viewers will be able to tweet live questions to the online conference, post to Facebook and scale to thousands of viewers to create a truly interactive and collaborative experience."

Watchitoo's live streaming platform allows up to 25 live participants to simultaneously participate in a virtual video conference environment around nearly any form of rich media (e.g., PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, documents, photos and Hi-Definition video clips), from anywhere in the world through an internet connection. The technology allows this rich media and video collaboration to be viewed online in real time by audiences of thousands of people.

Last month, Watchitoo launched Watchitoo Layers, enabling people to provide a new level of engagement by incorporating interactive visual features and applications on top of any video stream.

About TEDx, x=independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. For more information on TEDxBigApple, visit

About Watchitoo

New York-based Watchitoo provides an embeddable video collaboration platform to deliver live multi-streaming content. The Watchitoo platform allows multiple participants to see and hear one another in real-time, collaborate around any form of rich media, and be viewed by an audience scalable into the thousands. With Watchitoo, any viewer can become a participant and any participant can be switched back to a general viewer. For more information, visit

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