NCC Provides Webcasting Support for Bill Gates Lecture at NIH

Bill Gates lecture

On Monday, December 2nd, NCC had the privilege of providing webcasting services for the 2013 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivered by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  The lecture, entitled “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” took place in front of a capacity audience at Masur Auditorium, while viewers outside of NIH had the opportunity to watch the live webcast streamed by NCC.

NIH Director Frances Collins made the introductory remarks, and Mr. Gates followed by giving a lecture about the work done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and how it aligns itself with NIH to develop vaccines, therapies, diagnostics, and other technological advances to enhance international public health.  Following the lecture, Director Collins returned for a Q-and-A with Mr. Gates, answering questions submitted by NIH staff.

Collins and Gates
A screen shot from NCC’s webcast: Bill Gates sits down with NIH Director Frances Collins for Q-and-A

The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture is now in its 13th year, and is one of the most significant lectures on global health held at NIH.  The lecture honors the late Dr. David Edward Barmes, who was a special expert for international health at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and longtime employee of the World Health Organization.

We were pleased to be able to create a better live viewing experience for webcast participants of Bill Gates’ lecture, expanding the range of multimedia services we offer to NIH and other agencies within the federal government.  We look forward to providing this reliable and accessible service for future NIH lectures and events in the future.