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January 17, 2012

WeVideo, Qatar Foundation International Team to Foster Cross-Country Student Collaboration

By Monica Gleberman, Contributing Writer


School is certainly the place to foster collaboration and in an effort to promote this thought process WeVideo, a company that offers cloud-based collaborative video editing solutions, has teamed with the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to help students in the United States foster a relationship with those in Qatar. 


As part of the new initiative, 39 students from both countries will begin using the online cloud service to work on projects together that will be displayed in Washington D.C. this March.

“WeVideo’s cloud-based collaborative film editing is a perfect fit for our student exchanges. The trips are just the first step towards sustained interaction between U.S. and Qatari schools,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, executive director of Qatar Foundation International. ‘WeVideo is providing to be a vital tool in cementing and enriching their experiences.”

WeVideo lets users upload video clips and photos to create their own storylines in the cloud. With the software, users can upload, edit, add titles, crop, and add additional clips all within the browser without having to download any additional software. Users can create their own videos or collaborate with others on video stories, and all the editing can be done from the Internet, letting editors work from their computers, tablets, or even mobile devices.

QFI, a private foundation, was created with the mission to keep education innovative and to build on communities. QFI wants to transform lives by creating international bonds between different nations hoping to team up to find solutions to global problems, according to company officials

Students from a school in Chicago recently took a 10-day trip to Doha, Qatar, to work with Qatar students on environmental projects and learn about their culture by working together on videos.

WeVideo was created to help anyone become creative and offers a chance for people, regardless of their location or computer model, to effectively create presentations through the WeVideo’s website. Jostein Svendsen, WeVideo CEO, said this relationship emphasizes the reason WeVideo was created.

“It is one thing to put our software out there in the cloud, but it is more gratifying to see the U.S. and Qatari students employ our tools in such a creative way,” said Svendsen. “Our partnership with Qatar Foundation International is a great example of how collaborative video editing can help lower cultural barriers and bring people together from all over the world.”

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Edited by Carrie Schmelkin


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