Up Periscope for Tynwald Day record

The Code Club bus will be stationed in St John's on Monday as part of a record attempt to showcase the Isle of Man using a popular online video service

The Code Club bus will be stationed in St John's on Monday as part of a record attempt to showcase the Isle of Man using a popular online video service

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Fire up your smartphone’s camera and prepare to go live on Monday as part of a world record attempt.

A host of Manx technology companies have joined forces to showcase the best of the Isle of Man on our national day - and they need your help to do it.

Using a smartphone app called Periscope, which lets users broadcast live video to the world using the popular social network Twitter, they’re aiming to have the most number of users broadcasting from one country in a single day.

Whether you’re taking part in the Tynwald celebrations at St John’s, hiking on South Barrule or relaxing with friends, broadcast a video any time between 10am and 1pm on Tynwald Day (Monday, July 6) to take part.

The world record bid is being organised by the Manx ICT Association (MICTA) and is supported by SES, Manx Telecom, Sure, Bluewave Communications, and the Department of Economic Development.

Just download the Periscope app for free using your Twitter account, hit the red button and you’re live on air. If you don’t have the app it’s available for iPhone and Android from the App Store and Google, and there are dozens of videos online that will help users get started.

Kurt Roosen, Chief Executive of MICTA, commented: ‘This is a fun event using a fantastic app which opens up the possibility of live streaming video to anyone with an iOS [iPhone] or Android smartphone.

‘It’s also an ideal opportunity for the Isle of Man to demonstrate to the world our commitment to digital technology which plays a vital role in all sectors of the economy,’ he said.

The Code Club bus will be stationed at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh in St John’s on Monday to act as a wifi hotspot and command centre for the record attempt.

Streaming video using Periscope could incur data charges if the app is used when not connected to a wifi network. If in doubt, check with your network provider.

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