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Founders and Development of Qik

Ramu Sunkara is the CEO of Qik, Inc. He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Sunkara started as the lead architect at Digital. He was the Vice President of Real-Time Communications and Collaboration Products at oracle. He was also the Vice President of e-Business Suite at Oracle. Sunkara was also the Senior Director of Grid Computing Products at Oracle. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Qik, Inc. Sunkara has also authored 16 US patents on software architecture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Vijay Tella is the Director of Products and Operations at Qik, Inc. He received his Bachelors in Technology from Indian Institure of Technology in madras. He received his Master of Science degree in Compurter Science from the University of California in Los Angeles, California. Tella was an Engineer, Director, and Vice President of Teknekron Software Systems from 1988-1997. He was the Senior Vice President in Engineering at TIBCO Software from 1997-2003. He was the Chief Stragedy Officer and Fusion Middleware at Oracle from 2003-2007.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Nikolay Abkairov is teh Cief Technical Officer of Qik, Inc. He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Moscow. Previously, he was the Technical Division Director of SPIRIT DSP as well as leading technology development of Visivo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Bhaskar Roy is the Product Manager as well as the Director of Marketing for Qik, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Engineering and Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology. He also received a Master of Business Asministration degree from the University of Phoenix. Roy was previously a Senior Systems Analyst at Tata Consultancy Services from 1990-1998, Chirf Operating Officer of Opsol Integrators Inc. from 1998-200, Founger of Eazen Inc. from 2001-2001. Roy was the Director and Product Manager of Oracle Corporation from 2003-2005, along with the Senor Principle Product Marketing Director of Oracle Corporation from 2005-2007. Roy is the Co-Founder of Qik, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Brad Rode is the Business Manager and the Corporate Developer of Qik, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alberta, Canada. Rode was the Senior Vice President and a founding team member at Taknekron Sofware Systems, Inc. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of Kabira Technologies, Inc. Rode was the Chief Executive Officer of iPin as well as the Executive Vice President of Products and Technology of TIBCO Sofware, Inc. 

Ramu Sunkara (CEO), Vijay Tella (Product and Operations), Nikolay Abkairov (CTO), Bhaskar Roy (Product Management/Marketing), Brad Rode (Business / Corporate Development)

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The Purpose of Qik

Qik is a technology that has many purposes and is being used every day throughout the world. Qik allows you to stream your live videos straight to the internet. In a matter of seconds, people are able to see you live. This technology provides an inexpensive way to capture events, instead of investing in a costly video camera. During a live stream, internet viewers can interact with you by sending in text chat messages that are displayed in real-time on the handset. This allows viewers to feel more involved in filmed events and to interact with the person filming by asking questions and making comments or suggestions.  You can stay contacted with distant family and friends.  If you have grandparents that live out of town, you could take a video of your daughter's birthday party and stream it to Qik for them to see right away.  They will be "attending" the event even though they are thousands of miles away.  If you go on vacation, you could use Qik to post one of your exciting adventures for all of your friends to view.  Companies are using Qik to advertise their products and for letting consumers know about new resources.  Many people use Qik for interviews and to broadcast news.  It is a great way to broadcast live breaking news.   Educators could incorporate Qik videos into different lessons.  These are just a few ways of how Qik is used; you can use it for whatever you want.   You can view other people's videos and even participate in a live chat.  This technology enables you to share moments of your life with others.  The developers have made Qik reliable, fast and secure and they are always thinking ways to innovate. 

How Does Qik Work?  How To Get Qik Started.


Registering For Qik 

The first thing that all Qik users must do is to register for the application at the Qik sign-in webpage http://qik.com/sign_up.  To register, a small amount of information is needed.  A username and password is sufficient for the first page of setup.  This is of course for security purposes.  The page consists of selecting the brand of the phone and phone model.  If it does not show your phone model then an option titled "other" will be at the bottom of the list.  Click "other" and type in your phone model.  Once  the phone brand and model have been chosen, the download page is next.  On the download page there will be three choices.  The first option is to get Qik via SMS.  The second option is to get Qik via PC.  The third option is to get Qik via WAP.  The first option is the most commonly used.  The phone number with an area code is needed.  Do not put in an incorrect mobile phone number, or else you will not be able to register.  It will then send a text to the phone.  This text will give further information what website to visit to download the Qik application to the phone.  Once these things are done, you will be asked to fill out your profile.  Your name and a picture is sufficient enough to get started.  You can later edit it if you want.  No credit card details are required for registration.  Qik is obviosly still in the beginning stages of building their application to new extents.  Therefore, Qik does not provide compatability with all mobile phones out in the market for sale.  Qik currently available on more than 108 mobile phones.  To see a list of phones that Qik is compatable with, check this link Supported Phones.  Qik is very sorry if they are not compatable with your mobile phone device.  But, Qik is working hard to get more phones that support it's outstanding application.  Time to enjoy the amazing features of Qik!

Are you having having problems registering for the Qik application? 

Please send an email to support@qik.com.  Qik employees are on stand-by to answer your questions.   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Installing Qik on Your Phone

Once the SMS message has been sent to the phone go to http://d.qik.com from your phone browswer.  All that is sufficient now is to select your phone model to dowload Qik.  Once the Qik application has been installed on your phone, which you should be notified, luanch the Qik application.  The last part in installing the Qik application onto your phone is to select "create a new account."  This is the final step that is taken to install Qik on your mobile phone.  New phones that are being released by mobile phone companies are pre-installing Qik onto mobile phones.  This is an amazing step for Qik.  If the Qik application is pre-installed onto your mobile phone then first, simply find the Qik application.  Then select the Qik application.  As before when manuely installing Qik, the last step is to create a new account.    Enjoy!  https://qiksupport.pbwiki.com/f/UserManual.pdf 

Are you having problems installing Qik onto your mobile phone?

Please send an email to support@qik.com.  Qik employees are on stand-by to answer any questions.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

How to Start Using Qik

 Qik uses the word "stream", which means that video is fead to the internet.  Qik wants their process of using their application to be effective and simple to use.  Simply find your Qik application on the mobile phone and select it.  Once you have selected the application Qik will start searching for an available network to "stream" videos to the internet live.  Please patient.  The time in which this occurrs depends soley on how powerful your wifi connection is and how advanced the wifi technology is on the mobile phone.  Please be patient while Qik searches incase your wifi connection is weak.  Once Qik has found an available connection, the next step is made to be especially easy for anyone to use.  By simply selecting the "Stream" button to record video live onto your account that you made on the Qik website.  You must be logged onto your account or else the video will not stream to the website.  The live video will instantly be streamed to www.qik.com/username, where your account is the username followed by ".com."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Using The Community of Qik

  A useful tool on the Qik website is providing the ability to create Groups.  Groups can be dedicated to certain interests.  For example, you can create a Group called "Educational uses for Qikkers."  This allows you to post videos that pertain to educational  uses of Qik.   

Unique Ways of Using Qik

Now that Qik is available for mobile phone use, people are not sure what to do with it.  That is, what are they going to use it for?  There are many good ideas and ways to use Qik which set Qik apart from other applications.  Qik is not only great because of the awesome technology that lies behind the application, but also because of the variety of ways in which people can use it to enhance aspects of their daily life.  Here are some unique ways of using Qik.  Not all of these ideas and uses may apply to you, but these may assist you to discover even more applications for this amazing technology

Contests

Qik and Qik users hold contests where users submit Qiks on a certain theme or topic to be eligible to win prizes. Qik has had a variety of unique contests held on their site.  One contest started by Qik was to Qik your Thanksgiving and Black Friday experiences.  The winner reicieved an iTunes gift card from Qik. -http://qik.com/blog/263/7ea728a67a744e965d4925edf21bb6cd56442458

Tracking Vacations and Trips

Qik is a good way to document trips and vacations to either share with your friends and family privately or with the world.  With Qik's new 'share your location' tool, Qik will put the user's location on a map next to his/her video.  Users get to decide whether or not they want to share their location and how accurately they would like their position to be pinpointed.  Users can set their location tracker to hide thier location, display the city, the street or even to track their precise position at any given time.- http://qik.com/blog/311/991b79df4571d418ded5378067b87b7c80fb3d11 

Broadcasting Events and News

Qik has a special section on their website for events.  Users and Qik post events and users stream their live Qiks so the world can witness the event also.  One event on Qik was Obama's Inauguration 2009.  For this 4 day event, Qik partnered with BBC, The Houston Chronicleand CBS and asked Qik users to post videos showing their experiences at the inagaration and their thoughts on then new Obama Adiministartion.  Thirty-five users responded with 190 videos, which have recieved over 35,000 views.   . 

Staying Connected to Family and Friends

In a fast paced society it is often difficult to stay connected with friends and family. Users of Qik can stream live videos of things they are doing like family reunions, weddings, livestock shows, contests, and sporting events.





How Is Qik Related to other Applications

As many may know, Qik has started to work with other web 2.0 applications.  This is very important for Qik users, because now Qik is even more fun to use.  Now your live videos can be seen by more and more people.  This is also important to the Qik company because Qik is becoming more popular by the minute when integrating with other web 2.0 applications.  These are just some of the numerous applications that Qik related to. 


Facebook

Qik enables you to go live on your Facebook profile.  Facebook is a free-access website that is owned and operated by Facebook. The people can join and connect with other people. People can also add new friends and send them messages and update their profiles. Qik is working hard to be able to stream live video to Facebook for all of your friends that are on your facbook community. Your friends will be able to chat live to you on your phone, which is a feature that Facebook is well known for using.  The person taking the video on their phone will be able to talk to the person that is chatting with them on facebook.  This technique is essentially the same way in which Qik streams live video to the Qik website, except it will be streaming live video to Facebook.  Currently, Facebook members can embed their Qik videos on their Facebook account.  It is the same way in which Facebook members put regular video on their accounts.  Enjoy Qik members!  


Seesmic

Another application that Qik enables you to work with is Seesmic and is actually a  technology partner of Qik. Seesmic is a website, which provides any information, text, graphics, videos,  and other materials.  The information, text, graphics and other material are created or provided by people which appear on the Seesmic website.  Seesmic also provides the ability to create, post, and playback videos on third party sites via the use of their video comment plug-in (www.seesmic.com).  Seesmic allows members to post Qik videos on your Seesmic account.  This allows people that have Seesmic accounts to view your live streamed videos and have live video conversations directly from Qik (Qik.com/info/partners).  Qik is stepping up and becoming more popular.    


MySpace 

Qik enables you to go live on MySpace. MySpace is a place to connect with freinds and you can find people you know and people you may not know.  Facebook is quite similar to MySpace and one will notice that some features, such chatting live, are important.  Chatting live Through myspace you can share with your friends video, video clips, and music videos. Qik can stream live video to myspace just like it can stream live video to facbook.


YouTube

Qik and YouTube have worked diligently to integrate eachothers' technologies, as they are have joined forces together.  Once a video has been streamed to Qik, the Qik website saves the video.  Members of Qik that have accounts with YouTube, which is easy and painless to apply, can post their videos onto YouTube.  YouTube is a world wide website which people can post videos they have made either on their video cameras, mobile phones, or computers.  Viewers from all around the world are free to watch these videos that are shared, which can now be streamed from Qik. 


Mogulus 

In short, Mogulus is a live, broadcast application on the internet with a browser of its own, which people can form live, scheduled, and on-demand internet television to share anywhere on the world wide web.  Many have guessed the extreme abilities of Qik.  Qik and Mogulus have become partners.  Qik can stream live videos to this live, broadcast application to share with anyone who has a Mogulus account.  Mogulus is so happy with Qik that their CEO gave a rewarding comment. 

"Qik is our primary partner to enable our producer to broadcast live from a phone to their Mogulus channel. Together we provide the most comprehensive LIVE broadcasting solution enabling Producers to broadcast live from any device, anywhere," said CEO of Mogulus Max Haot (http://www.qik.com/info/partners). 


Twitter

Twitter is a "social newtorking and micro-blogging service" which allows its members to notify friends or family of updates on the Twitter website.  These updates that Twitter allows you to notify people of are text-based messages.  These text-based messages are limited to 140 characters long, but most can get their point across just fine by this limit.  Think of Twitter like a bird tweeting or communicating with other birds through some kind of language.  Twitter's tweets are those text-based messages that are sent to the Twitter website for people to be notified.  Qik is actually partners with Twitter as well.  Qik members use Tweeter to notify their watchers when they start to stream live video onto the internet.  This very convenient for Qik and Tweeter members. 


Ovi by Nokia


Qik is also a partner with Share On Ovi by Nokia. Qik has been invited by Nokia to be a Forum Nokia Pro Partner also. Ovi is the Nokia site with free storage for video or photos as well as having the ability to share the videos with others through the web. Ovi is absolutely free for all those wanting to sign up and take advantage of what they have to offer. In addition to being a site that has unlimited storage for your video and photo needs, Ovi supports many different media file types as well. There is a complete list on the official Ovi site of over 100 different media files so you do not have trouble sharing in almost every format that you would want.

The video streaming is compatible with almost every blogging site. Other sites that that are able to stream live are 12 seconds, Blogger, Tumblr, and Wordpress. Some other sites for sharing the already streamed videos are Technorati, Del.icio.us, Stumble It!, Digg It, and Wordpress.

 

  

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Using Qik for Educational/Learning Situations, Lesson Plans

Secondary

Title

Hispanic Culture:  Artist Maria Elena Walsh Gallery viewing

Length of Lesson

10-20 minutes depending on how long discussion goes on

Grade

11th and 12th

Subject

Spanish

Objectives

Students will learn how to understand native speakers through seeing a video about a Hispanic artist, Maria Elena Walsh, and listening to the comments made by the one who is filming.

Standards

1.1,1.2

Materials

-smart board, projector, or a computer station for each student or groups of students that has access to internet and has sound capabilities
-regular supplies for class (books, pencils, note books) for an essay

Orientation

Students will be able to understand a varied vocabulary as well as communicate fluently and correctly. 

Procedure

-In class students will watch video of the exhibit of Maria Elena Walsh two times, first time just to listen, and the second time to jot some notes down. Link: http://qik.com/video/1283218
-After viewing of the video students will write down four interesting things that they noticed
-When this is done a discussion will go on between students and teachers about what they saw.  The teacher can ask pertinent questions about information that the students may not have been able to point out such as:  What was so important about the time line the artist created?  What important things were on the time line?  What kinds of music were in the books?  Did the artist or another musician create this music?

Evaluation

What parts were the students able to point out?  Were all of them able to speak on at least one bit of information?
They should have at least understood who the artist was, what types of art work were being presented as well as be able to communicate this to the teacher. 





 

Examples of Educational Value and Potential Value of Qik




 

International Purposes

Because of Qik's capacity to reach and interact with an infinite audience worldwide, there are many examples of this technology being used in a variety of international settings. Qik's ability to facilitate individual expression and the ease that people have in broadcasting their thoughts and opinions online has had both positive and negative reactions from different countries. Here are some examples of the international responses to and applications of Qik.

Singapore

Qik's popularity has greatly increased in this country after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demonstrated the technology on his Nokia phone during his address at the National Day Rally in 2008. In his speech, the prime minister praised Qik and assured the crowd that the Singapore government has been, and will continue to interact with citizens through this new media on the internet. Through his use of Qik to record the crowd and part of his speech, Lee Hsien Loong was able to share his thoughts not only with citizens in Singapore, but with an international audience as well. This also brings Qik into prominence within the political sphere. -http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=2299

China

In Tibet's Tiananmen Square, protesters decrying the human rights violations were recorded by a tourist using Qik.com. The person who captured the video, Noel Hidalgo, was deported from China because of his release of this video. In the subsequent days, videosharing sites including Qik and Youtube were placed on the banned site list in China. This highlights the potential legal remifications that this technology may have in certain countries.- http://www.auburnmedia.com/wordpress/2008/08/11/noel-hidalgo-deported-from-china-for-qik-video-of-protesters-in-tiananmen-square/

United Kingdom

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has formed a partnership with www.qik.com in order to give a voice to viewers in the UK as well as internationally. Qik is most notably utilised in their 'Have your say' section which allows viewers to broadcast their opinions on the BBC website. A select number of these videos are also included in television and online broadcasts through this corporation. The utilisation of this technology closes the gap between broadcasting corporations and their viewers and makes news and current events more interactive and accessible to the general public. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/7664881.stmLabels parameters



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