July 1st, 2010
30 Hour Day: Why it’s been a little quiet around these parts this week
Has the Portland startup tech news slowed to halt? Have folks taken the week off in preparation for Independence Day? Has everyone been heads down working on their next amazing project?
To answer those in order: No, not by the looks of my inbox. No, not from what I see. And to some extent yes. You see, this weekend, we’ll be holding the next 30 Hour Day. And that has had my usual blogging time all eaten up with other activities.
What’s 30 Hour Day, you ask? Well, Shawn Levy over at The Oregonian had a really good take on the concept:
Think of 30 Hour Day as yesterday mashing up with tomorrow.
On the one hand, you have a telethon, as old-school an entertainment event as you can conjure.
On the other hand, you have a day-and-a-quarter of live streaming media sent out from Portland to an audience watching in on computers, smart phones, and iPads all around the world.
The organizers put it this way: “Think Jerry Lewis meets YouTube — only better.”
[T]he event is different than your run of the mill telethon. Instead of broadcasting via television, the event will be live streamed on the internet at a variety of web sites. Viewers can participate via the 30 Hour Day web site, on Ustream.tv, via your iPhone, iPad or Android phone (using the Ustream app), or on any one of the unaffiliated sites that will be streaming the event. Heck, you can even go on down to Pioneer Courthouse Square and root on the hosts in person!
You can also, as luck would have it, embed the content in your own site. I mean, it is the Web after all.
And here’s the embed code for you:
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Please sponsor, watch, or come down to see the show live
Last time around, 30 Hour Day was seen by more than 70,000 people and earned more than $7000 for charity. This time around, it’s being broadcast live from Pioneer Courthouse Square in hopes of raising donations for p:ear, Oregon Food Bank, and the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Interested in helping? Sponsors are still welcome and needed. Of course, we’re hoping you’ll all tune in to watch all of the 30 hours of awesome entertainment we have lined up for you. And maybe just maybe, kick in a few bucks to help some very worthwhile charities.
And if you have a little time on Friday or Saturday? By all means, come on down and see the show live in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Next week—post Fourth of July—we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming.