ITU REGIONAL SEMINAR

“A touch of innovation, just like ITU wanted.”

Event
ITU Regional Workshop on Strengthening Capacities in International Internet Governance

Venue
Anatel HQ, Brasilia, Brazil

Audience
60 delegates from all over the Americas and ITU officials from Geneva.

Languages
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Summary

The International Telecommunication Union is the oldest specialized agency of the United Nations. ITU holds an average of 100 meetings per year, in the six official languages of the UN.

ITU Regional Office for the Americas promotes events throughout the continent and is often required to provide language interpretation in as many as four languages. In May 2017, the Organization wanted to innovate with new “electronic meeting methods” during a regional seminar.

KUDO allowed participants to follow and engage fully regardless of their physical location, and in their preferred language.

The Challenge

For its Regional Workshop on Strengthening Capacities in International Internet Governance in August 2017, the idea was to offer delegates a novel meeting experience that would increase accessibility and inclusion while extending the meeting beyond the confines of the room.

Obviously, the solution had to include simultaneous interpretation in three languages. It could not compromise on quality and it had to prove its cost-effectiveness. ITU also wanted to incur no travel expenses or overspend in equipment setup.

The KUDO Way

KUDO’s cloud-based multilingual collaboration solution was engaged and delivered HD video, crisp audio and full simultaneous interpretation streamed right to the attendees’ smartphones or notebooks. It was also a fully redundant solution, with a conventional set of infrared receivers on stand-by, for total peace of mind.

Interpretation was done by interpreters on-site, in Brasilia, and remotely, from Washington, D.C. Setup was a breeze, with the local PA system and a webcam fed to a few KUDO computers, in true plug-and-play fashion.

Participants enjoyed the innovation of following the meeting through their own devices. Those who could not make it to the venue joined from their respective countries and felt as if they were in the room.

Speakers could share their screen and documents the participants could see and download as they pleased. They could even ask questions through KUDO’s free mobile app or web-based interface. All with a touch of innovation, just like ITU wanted.

  • “KUDO performed to everybody’s satisfaction and greatly added to our Seminar’s high-tech flavor.”
    Bruno Ramos
    Regional Director for the Americas | ITU