Using Language to End Polio Now

The World Polio Day 2018 was hosted by Rotary International as part of a campaign to wipe polio off the face of the earth. Global health experts and celebrities gathered in Philadelphia to take stock of collective efforts towards the eradication of this crippling disease.

To make sure the event would reach its full impact, the Organization wanted to live stream it worldwide and in as many as nine languages. To do so, they needed a cloud-based solution, with built-in language support.

The Challenge

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who work together across the globe with the aim of creating lasting change.

For the World Polio Day, the Organization needed to go beyond geographic and language barriers, to reach upwards of 100,000 viewers worldwide. It also wanted to use its own interpreters to render the program in another eight languages. Only their interpreters would have to work out of Rotary’s international headquarters, some 800 miles away.

The Outcome

With as little as a computer and ordinary connectivity, KUDO was able to capture all the action in the room and distribute it through the cloud in the form of HD audio and video. Spread through as many as 30 countries, viewers followed the program on their mobile phones or computers, in real-time and in a language of their choosing.

Rotary interpreters, trained online in the use of KUDO, translated every speech, including the narration of several videos, in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and German. And they did so remotely, from their booths in Chicago, through KUDO.