We had the pleasure today to live stream and capture the Kellogg Executive MBA (EMBA) Convocation at Alice Millar Chapel. We have been supporting this event for quite some time and I have always enjoy supporting occasions such as these at the University. Today, I had the opportunity to direct the live event, and ran the event from set up to break down. It’s an important event – not only for the students that are being honored, but also for those of us who work at Northwestern.
The student speakers for the EMBA convocation, James Rosseau and Marshall Swor, gave moving speeches about the impact Northwestern University had on their lives and the continuing impact of the bonds they created during their time here. The speeches were well-received with standing ovations from the crowd, which included over 100 students and their families.
Additional speakers included Ann Drake, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DSC Logistics and Sally Blount who provided opening remarks.
On the technical side of the event, Mike Curtis ran Mediasite which provided a live feed to the Convocation Ceremony page.
My fellow colleagues also working the event included John Zachary, Jon Fraaza and Nic Park. They did an awesome job camera operating and working audio.
The setup for this type of “on location” event is a bit larger than you might think. It involves a lot of technology – and some elbow grease – to successfully bring everything together.
Our technical setup involved two Panasonic PX270 cameras that fed video into a Tricaster. We used the Tricaster to “live switch” the event, which was then put on Northwestern’s website via the Mediasite. Over 100 people were able to watch the event live from all over the world.
We’re looking forward to streaming the EMBA convocation for the graduating class of 2016!