IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Tech Coast Angels, the nation's largest angel investment network, announced today that one of its portfolio companies, Vokle, is providing the technology platform for Time Warner Cable's "Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation" global online town hall meeting hosted by former Vice President Al Gore. The event will be a live interactive discussion on student attitudes toward math and science education on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 12:00 Eastern time and is produced by Time Warner Cable, Vokle and X-UP, a production company specializing in the youth market. The town hall meeting will connect U.S. students with students from around the world and with international science and technology leaders, including astronaut Sally Ride, inventor Dean Kamen, and Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters."
Vokle, a Tech Coast Angels portfolio company, is providing the online broadcasting platform for the town hall meeting. It allows speakers to present to a virtual auditorium of viewers, and attendees from around the world can ask questions and make comments in real-time via live video and text. Members of the public can join the town hall meeting at www.connectamillionminds.com.
U.S. students rank 35th in math and 29th in science worldwide, and the online town hall meeting will explore attitudes among American youth toward math and science and how to inspire and motivate them so they will be successful in a competitive global marketplace.
"Vokle represents the next generation of the social web, enabling a whole new level of one-on-one interaction within a global broadcasting environment. This pioneering industry-first technology has incredible potential for a huge range of applications and it's thrilling to see how it's being used for this event to improve educational outcomes in math and science and connect students around the world with inspirational leaders," said Richard Sudek, chairman of Tech Coast Angels. "Tech Coast Angels is committed to identifying this new generation of social web entrepreneurs and providing them the financing, mentorship and relationship capital they need."
Vokle provides an elegant, next generation interactive platform for broadcasters, bloggers or anyone wishing to reach an audience through live video dialogue. Speakers can easily broadcast to a virtual auditorium of viewers and take live video and text questions from the audience with a click of a button. Hosts have the option to assign staff roles to any attendee in the audience to help run the event. Roles include co-hosts to broadcast with the host, screeners to pre-screen video callers privately behind the scenes, and an editor to cut between live video streams for a more dynamic broadcast. Launched in December 2009, Vokle is a portfolio company of Tech Coast Angels, the nation's largest angel investor network. Vokle has been used enthusiastically by renowned influencers such as Imogen Heap, Arianna Huffington, Willow Bay, Sir Richard Branson and Tony Robbins to interact live with their audiences.
X-UP is a full service visual media production and marketing company that specializes in connecting with the American teen demographic. Founded in 2008 by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker/photographer Michael Franzini, the concept was born out of his research for One Hundred Young Americans (Harper/Collins 2007). Franzini traveled to all 50 states, interviewing and photographing teens of every imaginable type: cheerleaders, jocks, band geeks, country kids, city kids, gamers, skaters, stoners, goths, punks and those that defy all labels. By recognizing the traits they share in common and the ways in which they differ, X-UP is able to cut though the static and speak directly to American youth in a language they understand and relate to. Clients include Google, MTV, Panasonic, Rock the Vote, Walmart, and Partnership for a Drug Free America. Prior to founding X-UP, Franzini served as President and Executive Creative Director of Public Interest, a non-profit ad agency dedicated to promoting worthy causes.
About Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels, www.techcoastangels.com, is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. TCA members invest in companies in a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, biotech, IT, services, retail, Internet, financial, software, media, consumer products and tech startups. TCA members give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. TCA has more than 250 members, including its venture capital affiliates, in five networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Westlake/Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire. More information on investment with Tech Coast Angels can be found at www.techcoastangels.com, www.facebook.com/techcoastangels or twitter.com/techcoastangels.
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