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Saudi bloggers share life experience with orphans over Cisco TelePresence

- June 11, 2009 - 5 Comments

Last week, Cisco Saudi Arabia hosted 18 orphans from Al Hayyat Group, a Saudi based charity initiative, and connected them via Cisco TelePresence with three prominent Saudi bloggers who are currently residing and attending college in the United Kingdom. Yazeed E. Al-Ghuraibi, Ebraheem M. Hashem and Basem Alsallom spent an hour talking to soon-to-graduate Saudi student orphans. Over a lively discussion, the bloggers shared their experience in being abroad students in a new culture, choosing a study major that met their passion and adapting and integrating into a new community.The bloggers are well known in the Saudi blogosphere and are noted for their interest and activism in technology, photography, youth, education and community development issues. Three of them are receiving an outstanding academic performance scholarship from the Saudi government and will be back to Saudi following their bachelor’s degree completion. The bloggers were quite impressed with the Cisco TelePresence experience and one of the bloggers captured the meeting on video and posted it onto YouTube here (in Arabic). The video is being actively discussed it being shared among the Saudi blogger community.I personally like it when we use Cisco TelePresence for non-business activities. With the real-life meeting experience TP provides, it can get overwhelming and truly emotional; just like this one here.

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  1. I have visited Cisco and been lucky enough to be treated to a demonstration of the TelePresence system. It is very impressive and you can easily convince yourself that the other party is just sitting across the table from you. In fact the 'illusion' starts when you enter the building and the receptionist you chat to turns out to be a TelePresence screen also! (with a real person at the other end).

  2. I agree, it's a very touching video. I'm glad to see this rapid technology development, now anything is possible and distance is no more problem anymore

  3. This is really a very emotional video.Thanks for sharing it. at least we came to know about the life of bloggers in saudi arabia its really very touching

  4. request subtitles.

  5. The video now has subtitles.