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Live video feed for sessions at the 2010 Hackathon

In a new experiment in 2010, we provided live audio/video broadcasts during the plenary and (some) break-out session discussions. We used the EVO system, a free, cross-platform video-conferencing system.

Below are the instructions that were posted to access the EVO feed. Some of that information is still current and useful in establishing an EVO account and joining a meeting.

Preparing to use EVO to connect to the sessions

To connect to the hackathon audio/video feeds, you must obtain an EVO account first. Do not wait until the day of the session because EVO registrations can take up to a day to establish. To register for an account, simply use the Register button on the front page of the EVO website. Accounts are free.
Click on "Start EVO 2.0" to download Koala.
Click on "Start EVO 2.0" to download Koala.

Once you have an EVO account, use the Start EVO 2.0 button on the EVO website as shown in the image at right. This will download a Java webstart applet to your computer. Run this applet and it will download the EVO application (called Koala).

If you have never used EVO before, you may want to experiment with it first (before the hackathon), in order to familiarize yourself with the controls and options. The EVO site has a useful EVO FAQ as well as a full user manual.

Please see the section below for information about how to connect to the actual session.

Note that although EVO is a full video conferencing system, we are likely to run the hackathon sessions in a broadcast style only.

Session connection information

We have prescheduled EVO sessions for the days of the Hackathon. Each day it will open at 08:30 in the morning and close 18:30 in the evening. The session password is "meet me there" (without the double quotes).

To find the sessions, use the Search menu item in EVO Koala as follows:

  1. Set the duration (top left-hand side button) to "For next 30 days"
  2. Check the radio button From all communities
  3. Check the box Filter titles and enter hackathon in the field
  4. Click the Search button

You should receive a list of 4 sessions as shown in the image below. On the days of the actual meetings, you will be able to click on one of the session names to connect to the broadcast that day. When you do, you will be asked for a password; as mentioned above, the password is "meet me there" (without the double quotes).

Using the search panel to find the sessions.
Using the search panel to find the sessions.

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