FACT SHEET from the 2008
Democratic National Convention
2008 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION:
MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY-SAVVY EVENT OF ITS KIND
Building on a commitment to bring more
people into the Convention experience than ever before, the Democratic
National Convention Committee has taken a comprehensive approach to
ensure the 2008 Democratic National Convention will be the most
technologically-savvy event of its kind. From the stage and podium
design to how people around the world view Senator Barack Obama’s
historic nomination, some of the most innovative technology available
will be front and center.
Anchoring the Convention’s technology offerings is the official Web
site, DemConvention.com. In addition to traditional
content such as video highlights and full text of Convention speeches,
the 2008 Convention Web site will feature an exclusive daily Convention
preview program, behind-the-scenes blog posts, pictures and video
uploaded by Convention attendees and citizens across the country, an
aggregated feed from an unprecedented blogger pool and much more.
- In a first for a political Convention, the DNCC will offer live,
gavel-to-gavel, streaming video coverage in HD at DemConvention.com. Microsoft’s Silverlight
platform will provide viewers with an unprecedented opportunity to
individually tailor their Convention experiences by selecting their
desired camera angles.
- A complete, Spanish-language simulcast will also be available on DemConvention.com. More than 300 million people
around the globe speak Spanish, including 35 million Americans, and the
simulcast will ensure that more people can fully participate in this
year’s historic Democratic National Convention and the democratic
- A series of daily webcasts, “Countdown to America’s Future,” will
feature exclusive interviews and nightly Convention previews.
“Countdown” will air Sunday–Thursday at 2:30 pm MT/4:30 pm ET and on
Friday, August 29 at 7:00 am MT/9:00 am ET. “Countdown” will also be
available on Comcast’s Video on Demand and via satellite to media
newsrooms across the country.
- “America’s Town Hall” will virtually throw open the doors to the
Convention hall by inviting individuals across the country to submit
text and video questions at DemConvention.com/townhall. Elected leaders
and national policy experts will respond directly to voters’ questions
live from the Convention floor and online throughout the week.
- Through a partnership with YouTube, Convention-goers will also be
able to share their unique perspectives by uploading photos and video
at kiosks inside.
- A record 120 blogs have been credentialed
as members of the media for the Convention, connecting communities
across the country to the historic event through the eyes and ears of
an influential group of online voices. The pool includes blogs covering
national, state and local politics, blogs representing a variety of
communities and issue-specific blogs.
- The DNCC’s blog will feature behind-the-scenes blogposts and video
and an aggregated feed of highlights from credentialed blogs.
- The DNCC formed a Technology Advisory Council (TAC), comprised of
leading technology companies and city and state officials, to advise
Convention planners on their forward-looking technology strategy. Over
the past year, the TAC has brought together a wide range of
highly-respected industry experts to pool the best practices from the
public and private sectors to engage more people than ever before in
the Convention experience.