Kyle Kast

5 Minutes Tops Update
By Kyle Kast

As some of you may remember, several months ago LEIGHTRONIX provided time and resources to offer a live stream for 5 Minutes Tops, a wonderful youth entrepreneurial program holding events throughout mid-Michigan. The stream was well-received.Sponsorship_Thanks

5 Minutes Tops is a series of Shark Tank-esque events founded by business educator Luke Schrauben and supported by Eaton RESA and LEAP. Students from the area pitch their small business ideas to a number of successful business persons from the community. Those members of the panel in turn award the young entrepreneurs with money for their business ideas as well as some words of wisdom.

The most recent 5 Minutes Tops competition was at the regional level, offering a much larger pool of money for students to earn. LEIGHTRONIX got involved, providing a high-quality live feed encoded by the IncodeX Vier® and transmitted to the VieBit™ streaming service for seamless, unlimited public viewing. Everything played out perfectly without any strain on the facility’s infrastructure. According to President and CEO of LEIGHTRONIX, David Leighton, the IncodeX Vier’s powerful hardware-based H.264 compression system limited the outbound bandwidth load on the network to less than 2.5Mbps.Empty_Room

A big supporter of the program, David offered up his personal time, along with LEIGHTRONIX resources, without hesitation:

Rear_Panel“I am proud to support the 5 Minutes Tops competitions. Leveraging the latest in LEIGHTRONIX streaming technology we are able to broadcast these events for those that cannot attend.”

Any family or friends who couldn’t be present for whatever reason had the option to watch the event from any computer, tablet, or mobile phone allowing participation regardless of geographical location. Be sure to check out our customer success story on 5 Minutes Tops for an in-depth look at the organization and equipment used to live stream.

Kyle handles a number of communication-based responsibilities at LEIGHTRONIX from social media to proofing manuals. He holds an MA in English from Northern Arizona University and has years of experience teaching college writing and technical communication.

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