Our first official webcast - review and feedback

As you may know, we held our first webcast on Monday with three special guests:

  • Duncan Coutts, Engineering Director, IOHK
  • Charles Hoskinson, CEO and Founder, IOHK
  • Michael Parsons, Chairman, Cardano Foundation.

We experienced some video issues during the webcast which were frustrating for us, and of course, you if you were watching live. We immediately gave a Facebook live link to continue watching if people wanted video as well as audio.

After the webcast we immediately contacted Crowdcast who are the company whose software we were using and asked if they knew what happened…

They to their credit, have been honest and transparent, and so we wanted to share what they found to be the issue.

Their team was keeping an eye on the live stream during the event and noticed that the video cut out after about 10 minutes. The problem was found to be with their 3rd party video hosting provider, as their servers reset during our webcast causing the stream to go down.

Crowdcast have confirmed to us that the issue was not related to the equipment which we used or our internet connection which was more than sufficient to support live streaming.

Crowdcast has handled events up to 30,000 concurrent viewers, so we appreciate that they can handle webcasts like ours and this was a very unfortunate glitch.

The good news is that Crowdcast have compiled the video recordings from the Crowdcast recording and Facebook live videos and uploaded it to the event so anyone joining the event late can still watch the replay.

You can do so here >> https://www.crowdcast.io/e/cardano-webcast-15-01-18

Overall, we felt our first webcast was a major success based on the number of positive reactions from the community both during and after the event. We plan to do more live webcasts for the future but it would be great to get some further community feedback and thoughts.

  • Was the webcast useful?
  • Was it what you expected?
  • What would you like to see in future webcasts?

Some questions that had more votes than others weren’t asked. Any reason why?


Thank you for the webcast and explanation.

In addition to continuing to:

  • address main concerns
  • explain how Cardano is aiming to be the best cryptocurrency
  • provide clarity for the roadmap

Nice to haves (things to consider) would be:

  • outline
  • youtube live stream
  • facebook live stream
  • better quality/resolution (I was not sure how to make it more clear)
  • slides/visuals
  • prizes/contest for best question and/or something similar

And I do wonder if the date format in the title would be better and more universal with the yyyy-mm-dd format like 2018-01-15.

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It’s good form to keep us getting the newest info from Cardano team.Why not live on youtube?Youtube is more matured.

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Thank you very much for the official webcast of Cardano! This is a fantastic and talented form that makes us feel the real of Cardano. Nothing is more useful than your promise, I just think it’s great. I really like your pragmatic style and I believe you will always be serious and responsible! :rose:

+1 for youtube. They can handle 10 000 + viewers without any problems. Moreover you can add some points in video for topics like at 10 minute we discuss this topic at 22 that topic.


Hi @MartinMKD - we put together a sheet looking at all the questions and votes… we made sure there was a spread of questions for each guest.

Was there any question in particular you would like answering? We are going to be doing more webcasts and so can make sure we include it :slight_smile:


@chauey Thank for the feedback - Crowdcast does stream to facebook live stream which was available. It also streams to YouTube so we can look into this as well.


@goracio Thanks Roman - hearing you loud and clear! :slight_smile:

Hi @dreday966 we will definitely look at YouTube in the future - Crowdcast integrates with it also.


Yep, it’s in the original thread regarding this webcast. Would you kindly make note of it? Can you also have a CF or IOHK person start scouring the forums and other outlets for questions and provide answers in a wikified FAQ form so that we can point every newcomer to it? Many questions repeat very often and people tend to look for FAQs more than they’re willing to read long documentation. Thank you.

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@MartinMKD Hi Martin, if you could help me out with the question, do you know which one please? Thanks.

We have started the Help Centre here https://help.cardanohub.org but appreciate we need to add more - it’s on the list of things to do :smiley:



yes, youtube is better at streaming

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Thanks Martin :slight_smile:

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Even with the technical issues, the content was fantastic!

Was the webcast useful?
Yes, it had somewhat of a mission statement of the types of problems Cardano could address, and it was good to hear about the aspirations and goals of Cardano.

Was it what you expected?

Yes, in that I got some form of introduction to the personalities behind Cardano. It was informative and the format of taking in community questions was great! There was short-term information, long-term information and a realistic comparison of Cardano to its ‘competition’.

What would you like to see in future webcasts?

As a person who has ADA, it would have been nice to hear more emphasis on why one would hold ADA over its competitors. From a personal standpoint, I was interested in hearing about the KMZ sidechains and CSL. I didn’t expect it to be on the first webcast because I feel it may be too heavy for digestion in the first webcast, but I would love to see some visual explanations of how both are utilized.

But I was delighted to see the first webcast! As other users suggested, I believe YouTube handles 100k+ viewers well. Though not directly relative, I know for a fact that Twitch handles streaming very well, it’s what they’re known for.

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Unfortunately the replay doesn’t seem to work for me. Got to say crowd cast is making cardano look bad by association. I was very keen to see the webcast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but I am losing interest now!

Great job guys!!

Was the webcast useful?
The webcast was absolutely useful. This was a great way to see the other brilliant minds steering the ship and large community engagement that buy into the Cardano vision will create stickiness if we hit geo political rough patches.
Was it what you expected?
Yes. I would love for the production quality to improve but i thought the questions and answers were great. Maybe you guys should do the webcast and glasses of whiskey! :slight_smile: this is fun dammit!!!
What would you like to see in future webcasts?
Some of the excitement for me was getting a sense of the flywheel affects that are being generated within Cardano approach both in principles, coding, and networking to all the communities…more discussion of how all these elements will look like in the years to come.


I would like to echo the enthusiasm of @saline09. I thought this was very useful and I would like to see more. I also echo those who voiced there opinion on using YouTube. I expected more questions to be answered, but time is limited I understand. I would like to see Darren Camas join and talk about Emurgo and the partnerships developing in that sphere.

I actually stopped the podcast to buy as much Cardano as I could… then resumed. That is how I felt about it.

Thanks very much for the feedback - appreciated :smiley: