Wikimania is the Wikimedia Foundation's annual conference. Each year it takes place in a different host city and attracts thousands of attendees from around the world, many of them contributors to massive open source projects like Wikipedia, to discuss and shape the way the open web evolves.
This year's Wikimania conference took place at the Barbican Centre in London, spanning 200 talks over 5 days in August, with 3 months of fringe events proceeding the main event.
7 hours before the opening ceremony I received a phone call saying that the live streaming partner for Wikimania had cancelled and asking if I had an H.264 USB encoder laying about. 40 minutes later and I was backstage at the Barbican with the kitchen sink setting up a broadcast with just over 6 hours until air.
We needed a live streaming platform that could handle a potential million concurrent viewers at any one point in time, it was also preferable to have DVR playback, easy archiving of videos and a live blogging platform too. I've had a fair amount of experience with Livestream.com and so pushed that forward as my recommendation.
At 7pm on Wednesday 6th August, Wikimania went live from London. A different video production company supplied the camera crew and videoing services, whilst I gave a live streaming toolkit and advice.
The event was incredibly fun to be involved in, albeit it at the last minute, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the organisational team behind London's event do next.
If you have any queries or questions about possibly live streaming your event, please don't hesitate to get in touch!