While last month's Global Citizen Festival drew more than 60,000 people to the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park, Akamai helped bring the live concert to a massive online audience around the world by delivering the video stream over our Sola Sphere media platform. The Festival was streamed live around the globe in HD quality by Premiere Festival Sponsor, Vividas. The event, which was organized by the Global Poverty Project to raise awareness of and fight extreme poverty, included performances by Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan.
We were pleased to again partner with AEG Digital Media in making another high-profile event available to online viewers who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to participate. This was a tremendous effort that was live-streamed on VEVO, YouTube, Aol, Yahoo, VH1, CMT and NYTimes.com, and broadcast by AXS TV, Palladia, Globo Brazil and Fuse. Organizers said it was the largest syndication of a live music charity concert in webcast and broadcast history.
Those efforts paid off. Afterward, the Global Poverty Project said the event raised $1.3 billion in pledges to help its cause.
It's by no means the first time we've worked with AEG Digital Media on a high-profile, large-scale event. Other successful projects include the GRAMMY Live Webcast, Coachella festival, and the Royal Wedding among hundreds of others. In using Sola Sphere, AEG Digital Media can deliver its video to viewers across geographies, networks and connected devices at the highest quality possible.
Visit the Global Poverty Project online to learn more about its efforts to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty.