Friday, September 3, 2010

Student Travel Company Launches Essay Contest with Social Media Twist

Student Travel Company Launches Essay Contest with Social Media Twist

EcoTeach, a student travel company that combines conservation, recreation and cultural awareness, has kicked off its “How Travel Can Change Your World” essay contest, an online contest that utilizes a popular vote strategy driven by social media to determine winners.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 1, 2010

EcoTeach (http://www. ecoteach. com), a student travel company specializing in life-changing trips to Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico that combine conservation, recreation and cultural awareness, has kicked off its “How Travel Can Change Your World” essay contest, an online contest that utilizes a popular vote strategy driven by social media to determine winners.

From March 1st to April 30th, students and teachers are encouraged to log onto http://www. ecoteachcontest. com (http://www. ecoteachcontest. com) and submit a 250-word essay that focuses on how travel has, or could, change their world. The essay entry may also include one photo.

On May 3rd, a four-week voting period begins. The essay contest page is open to anyone who wants to cast a vote. Essay contestants can drive votes to their essay by posting a link to their essay on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social networks, sending it to friends and family via email, or featuring it on their blog. To cast their vote, people need only to click on the vote box next to the desired essay and fill out a short voting form to ensure no duplicate votes are cast.

“We wanted to launch a fun, interactive promotion that could connect with the thousands of students and teachers who have already experienced one of our trips – and also reach a new crop of teachers and students interested in travel that makes a difference in the world,” notes Deb Smucker, owner of EcoTeach. “We recognize that students and teachers communicate through social media and felt that by opening the contest to popular vote, we could give them a fun way to share their thoughts on how travel has shaped their world, and at the same time, harness the power of social media to expand awareness of EcoTeach.”

Winners for the "How Travel Can Change Your World" Essay Contest (http://www. ecoteachcontest. com) will be announced June 15. One (1) first place winner will receive $500 in EcoTeach Bucks. One (1) second place winner will receive $250 in EcoTeach bucks. The EcoTeach bucks can be put toward any 2010 or 2011 eco-trips to Costa Rica, applied to EcoTeach merchandise or donated to the EcoTeach Foundation to support a specific project in the winner’s name. Five (5) third place winners will receive an EcoTeach Prize Package valued at $50.

About EcoTeach
EcoTeach is dedicated to providing travel experiences that combine education with conservation, recreation and cultural awareness. Since 1994, more than 8,000 travelers have journeyed with our team of experienced professionals to Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru working side by side with local communities to change perceptions and behavior regarding conservation and ecology. More information is available at http://www. ecoteach. com (http://www. ecoteach. com) or by calling 800-626-8992.


"Let me tell you about it," concept works best for Teen Music Television show

"Let me tell you about it," concept works best for Teen Music Television show.

South Florida teen music show is written, directed, filmed and edited by volunteer cast and crew aged 12-18.

Boca Raton (PRWEB) May 12, 2003

For 3 weeks, the teen reporters have been drawing names and giving away New Found Glory-Good Charlotte tickets for the Honda Civic Tour. They've handled it the "old fashioned way" copying entries from their website on to "3 by 5" cards and drawing the randow names from a box. The grand prize winner, a 19 year old from Boca Raton would realize his dream of meeting his favorite band Good Charlotte and traveling with them for 2 days. The artist promtions, the interviews, the filming, and the time-consuming editing are all part of the unique Swept Away Television experience.

 Sisters Jaime,22 and Amanda Rich,18, founded the show and created the non-profit 501c(3) organization in order to give other teens a shot at learning to produce, film, direct and edit their own programs. When they left for college in Orlando, a gang of younger teens took over the production of the show. Their 16 year old brother Zach, 16 year old Nick Corirossi, 16 year old Michelle Nash,13 year old Gaby Wagner,12 year old Brittany Rich, 16 year old Erica Connelly, 17 year old Sam Retteen, and 17 year old Jeff Hendler recruited teenagers from Miami to Ft Pierce. The teens put together a weekly show centered on the music that they enjoy, from developing artists everywhere. The teens select the artists they would like to interview and work through the artistÂ’s manager or record company to make it happen.

 Amanda Rich remembers,”One of JaimeÂ’s friends had a boyfriend who knew John MayerÂ’s road manager. This was back in 2001 before his album was released on Aware. She turned us on to him and we started trying to arrange an interview with him. It took 6 months but we finally were in the same place at the same time. He wasnÂ’t on the radio, mtv or vh1 at that time, but we loved his music and were determined that everyone should hear him! The interview is amazing and heÂ’s a brilliant songwriter. Now heÂ’s a Grammy award winner for 2003.

 The next stop for the teenagers is a first look option agreement signed with a major production company this Spring. The teens completed an hour long pilot episode, filled with many of the interviews they've become known for. They made a DVD which the production company is using to "pitch the show"to interested networks.

  Show hosts Nick Corirossi and Zach Rich will appear later this month in an unscripted commercial for Acuvue Contact lenses. The commercial, titled "Cable Access" deals with Zach and Nick trading their glasses for the lenses. Both teens struggled with using the viewfinder on the camera while wearing glasses and made the switch to the lenses!

 The Swept Away gang has a website where many of the interviews can be downloaded and watched. The website address is www. sweptawaytv. com. The gang also welcomes suggestions from other teens about who theyÂ’d like to see on the show and on the website.

Vyopta Receives Austin Business Journal's Fast 50 Award

Vyopta Receives Austin Business Journal's Fast 50 Award

Developer of Video Application Software Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Businesses in Central Texas

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) November 11, 2010

Vyopta Incorporated, a premier software developer of video and unified collaboration applications, has been named by the Austin Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private businesses in Austin, Texas.

“We are excited to get recognition as a one of the fastest growing companies in Austin," says Alfredo Ramirez, president of Vyopta. "We are in an industry that is growing rapidly despite the slow economy. This award validates our investment over the past few years in creating technology that has significant impact both on companies for revenue generation and on reducing an organization’s environmental impact.”

“Video conferencing is pioneering a shift in business paradigm,” says Mr. Ramirez. “We are building upon the use video as merely a means to reduce travel cost to add an ability to monetize activities. For instance, we have initiated and closed several transactions all over the globe through video without ever having met in person.”

Vyopta is the first company in Austin developing software applications to integrate video communications into business processes and workflows. Its customers adopt Vyopta solutions to help them automate and manage remote sale and service transactions that require high-touch and high quality communications.

With projects supporting eleven of the Fortune 500 companies, Vyopta was ranked 11th in its category of companies for the Austin Business Journal Fast 50.

About Vyopta Incorporated
Vyopta is a privately held technology company that develops proprietary application software to simplify, adapt and optimize video communications in business. Vyopta has served a variety of industry verticals (including government, education, healthcare and the private sector) to help support high-touch sales and service processes with high-definition video. Vyopta’s mission is to drive adoption of video/unified communications through simplification in the use of the technology and to expand the use of technologies as an integrated part of business process to enhance collaboration and advance business goals. For more information on Vyopta, visit http://www. vyopta. com.