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  • Nov 24, 2015

    A New Option for Real-Time Virtual Site Visits

    A new service connects planners with online tour guides.

    Georama guides use a smartphone or a GoPro attached to a stabilizer. The equipment can be connected to multiple cellular and Wi-Fi networks to provide a more reliable stream.

    Georama guides use a smartphone or a GoPro attached to a stabilizer. The equipment can be connected to multiple cellular and Wi-Fi networks to provide a more reliable stream.

    Planners who want to check out destinations, venues, entertainment, or other elements for their events now have a new way to do it without leaving their offices. Georama is a virtual reality travel platform that offers live tours in high-definition video. The company launched its consumer services in September, and now it is targeting the business sector, including planners, venues, and destination management companies.

    "Our vision is to help people be where they can't be," says Nihal Advani, founder and C.E.O. of Georama. "We still believe strongly that nothing beats a physical trip, but at the same time many companies can't afford either the time or money or both to go to every destination they are considering. So it's a way to do your research, cut down your options and then maybe go physically, if you can, to your top location."

  • Nov 16, 2015

    India's Pushkar Camel Fair now at your fingertips

    See the Thar Desert of Rajasthan and experience the Pushkar Camel Fair, the world's largest camel market, in real-time.

    The annual Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan

    Georama, a real-time virtual travel platform that allows people to experience the world anywhere, anytime, now brings the famous Pushkar Mela of Rajasthan to you. Virtual explorers can attend one of India's longest-standing traditions from the comfort of their own home. Join and interact with Georama Guide, Henna, live during the festival, as you watch people buy and sell livestock and meet with relatives and celebrate life after the annual harvest.

    Starting November 18, join the festivities by visiting or download the Android App by clicking Using Georama's real-time virtual travel platform, anyone, anywhere can join in on the festivities via their desktop, tablet or mobile device.

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  • Nov 13, 2015

    Pushkar Camel Fair goes digital

    Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, the world’s largest camel market, is now set open to the world. The five-day event starts November 18, 2015. Virtual explorers can now attend one of India’s longest-standing traditions – from the comfort of their own home. They can join and interact with Georama guide, Henna, live during the festival, which is set against a sea of 50,000 dusty camels and rolling dunes, Explorers can also watch people buy and sell livestock and meet with relatives and celebrate life after the annual harvest.

    Using Georama’s real-time virtual travel platform, people from across the globe can join the festivities via their desktop, tablet or mobile device, through or the Georama android app.

    The event is hosted by Georama, the world’s first real-time virtual travel platform. Georama is a technology company based in India and the United States. The company’s founder, Nihal Advani, was born in Mumbai and was inspired to create this platform, so that events like these can be seen by people all over the world.

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  • Oct 07, 2015

    Bootstrapping In America

    Georama was launched in 2012 and is in the business of helping people travel anywhere they want to go even if they can't make it there in person. They also provide guided tours and tours of college campuses.

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  • Oct 01, 2015

    New in Chicago

    Georama, a Chicago company, launched an online video platform this week that lets people give high-definition, interactive guided tours of places to other people watching from their computers or smartphones somewhere else in the world. Guides stream tours live from their smartphones using Georama's Android app. (The company plans to release an iOS version later this fall.) The best guides are awarded expert and influencer badges. While tours are free to watch, guides can monetize their tours by accepting tips and special requests such as directional changes or time extensions from explorers, who pay anywhere from $1 to $10 to direct the tour. This is the first time individuals can give tours with Georama's platform, which was previously available to tourism, education and hospitality organizations.

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  • Sep 30, 2015

    집 소파에 앉아서 전 세계를 여행할 수 있는 가상 현실 플랫폼 ‘지오라마’ 출시

    지오라마(Georama)는 상황적으로 여행이 어려운 사람들에게 집 소파에 앉아서 전 세계를 여행할 수 있게 하는 가상 현실 여행 플랫폼이다. 지오라마 플랫폼은 고화질의 영상으로 실시간 가이드 투어를 제공한다. 기업용 서비스를 기존에 출시했으며 최근 사용자용 사이트를 오픈했다.

  • Sep 30, 2015

    Virtual Travel Tour App Launches Today

    Georama, a new travel app that allows users to travel the world virtually, launches today. The app connects people—or travel agents—with tour guides around the world who stream their experiences on video. The site offers real-time tours in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona

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  • Sep 30, 2015

    Visitez le monde entier depuis votre canapé grâce à cette fantastique plate-forme de réalité augmentée

    Pour des raisons diverses et variées, de nombreuses personnes n’ont pas la possibilité de voyager comme ils le souhaitent. La start-up Georama a décidé de mettre au point une plate-forme sur Internet permettant à ses utilisateurs d’assister à des tours guidés d’une incroyable multitude d’endroits. SooCurious vous en dit plus sur ce logiciel qui vous permet de découvrir le monde depuis votre domicile.

    Internet a totalement révolutionné l’industrie du voyage. Un florilège de sites offre la possibilité d’organiser soi-même son périple en choisissant ses destinations. D’autres permettent également à l’utilisateur de créer sa propre carte afin d’arranger le voyage de ses rêves. Il s’agissait de la spécialité de Georama, start-up lancée en 2012 par Nihal Advani. En se rendant compte de la compétition présente dans ce domaine, ce dernier a décidé d’orienter son entreprise vers une autre forme de service.

  • Sep 29, 2015

    Georama: viaggi per il mondo dal divano di casa

    Tour con la guida, fruibili HD, dal proprio divano: Georama si spende la carta consumer dopo aver provato i servizi business

    Gira il mondo dal tuo divano. Non un invito alla pigrizia, quanto un modo per vedere posti nuovi quando si sogna un viaggio che non si può fare. Georama è una piattaforma di realtà virtuale dedicata ai viaggi, che offre visite guidate in tempo reale e alta definizione.

  • Sep 25, 2015

    3 need-to-know Chicago launches you may have missed this week


    At Disrupt's Startup Alley, Chicago-based Georama launched the consumer version of its real-time virtual tours. The company, whose enterprise service is already used to giving virtual tours of colleges, museums, and zoos, wants to expand that by offering an array of virtual tours for travel-lovers everywhere — offering people "a new way to travel the world."

    Users can already use Georama's consumer site to take virtual tours in cities like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Seoul, and Istanbul. The site has 30 tour guides signed up, who schedule tours of local hotspots and use live streaming HD videos to share their experience online.

    Scheduled tours are free, but viewers can pay to ask certain questions or make specific requests.

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  • Sep 23, 2015

    Georama's Live Virtual Reality Platform Lets You Explore The World From Your Sofa

    St. Augustine of Hippo said "the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page"—-which is somewhat unfair to people who can't travel because of financial or physical reasons. Georama wants to help them with its virtual-reality travel platform, which offers live guided tours in high-definition video. The startup, which already has an enterprise service, launched its consumer site today in Disrupt's Startup Alley.

    Online travel agencies have revolutionized the tourist industry and Georama now wants to do the same for online tours by becoming "the destination for virtual travel."

  • Sep 14, 2015
  • Sep 01, 2015

    Announcing: The Winners of Skifties 2015 Social Media Awards for Travel Brands

    Skift, American Express, and our Editors' Choice judges are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Skifties Social Media Awards for Travel Brands.

    In this second year it is important to recognize travel brands that have turned social media interactions into quantifiable business objectives. Skift acknowledges this shift from social media's early purpose of acquisitions and interactions to drivers of awareness, consideration, and conversions.

    This year we made selections in 25 categories that focused on the most effective travel brands by verticals, platforms, and use cases. To us Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are still the key platforms. That said, we also kept in mind LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vine, and Snapchat to consider the various target audiences travel brands hope to reach.

  • Aug 04, 2015

    The Video Tech That Connects Travelers Virtually With Destinations in Real Time

    Georama is a new video technology platform that connects large audiences—such as a ballroom full of meeting attendees or thousands of individual travelers online simultaneously at home—with a remote group of people traveling around a destination almost anywhere in the world in real time.

    Those audiences can also interact with the subject group live via Twitter and Facebook comments to help direct the virtual experience through the two-way engagement functionality.

    The platform opens up new ways for destination marketing organizations (DMOs) to show meeting attendees and leisure consumers new local travel product and experiences, and it answers the growing demand for more mobile connectivity and social interactivity in destination meetings and events.

  • Jul 25, 2015

    Michigan chooses Georama to promote state's most desirable tourist destinations

    Georama and Pure Michigan have partnered to create a groundbreaking destination marketing campaign, Pure Michigan LIVE, which showcases the state of Michigan to the world with live, interactive tours. The campaign offers live, interactive tours of some of the most desirable tourist destinations in the state.

    The campaign's first tour took place in June on historic Mackinac Island, and tallied in at more than 3,500 users who tuned in live from 22 countries and six continents. The second tour took place on July 17 at the Detroit Zoo featuring a variety of exciting animals and exhibits. Tom Daldin, host of PBS show Under the Radar Michigan, was the tour guide as viewers virtually explored the zoo in real-time.

  • Jul 22, 2015

    Pure Michigan – First Live Virtual Tour

    In the middle of June, Pure Michigan launched the first live virtual tour in Northern America in collaboration with Tom Daldin, host of PBS show Under the Radar. This means that the US state travel promotion agency becomes the first in the United States to host a first-person, real-time interactive web experience using wearable technology. Melbourne, Australia has been the first destination to take advantage of this growing tech, and the first experience offered by Pure Michigan promises to be a memorable one.

  • Jul 17, 2015

    Watch here: Pure Michigan offers 'live virtual tour' of Detroit Zoo from noon-2 p.m., July 17

    Following the success of its first-ever virtual tour of Mackinac Island, Pure Michigan is teaming up again with PBS TV show "Under the Radar" to offer a virtual tourist experience of the Detroit Zoo.

    Fans can tune in from noon to 2 p.m. EST on July 17, 2015 on the Pure Michigan website.

    You can also watch here on MLive:

    On the trip you can see everything from the largest polar bear exhibit in North America to the Giraffe Encounter deck.

  • Jul 14, 2015

    Live virtual tour of Detroit Zoo on July 17

    After the success of its first ever virtual tour of Mackinac Island, Pure Michigan and Under the Radar will provide people with a virtual tourist experience of the Detroit Zoo on Friday, July 17 from noon to 2 p.m.

    Pure Michigan will partner with Georama, a real-time vicarious travel platform, to allow the public to virtually tour the zoo with guide Tom Daldin, host of the PBS show Under the Radar Michigan.

    To take the virtual tour, people will have to log on to

  • Jul 13, 2015

    Pure Michigan To Host Virtual Tour Of Detroit Zoo July 17

    Pure Michigan will be hosting a live virtual tour of the Detroit Zoo July 17 to provide a real-time vicarious travel platform with guide Tom Daldin, host of the PBS show Under the Radar Michigan.

    Pure Michigan has once again partnered with Georama to highlight the Detroit Zoo, which boasts 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 2,500 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates representing 280 different species.

    The tour will start with a ride on the Tauber Family Railroad, which serves nearly half a million passengers each year. Daldin will explore exhibits including the Australian Outback Adventure, the African Grasslands, the Arctic Ring of Life, the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness and Dinosauria, on display at the zoo until September 7. With the Detroit Zoological Society's focus on conservation, Daldin will also stop at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center and the National Amphibian Conservation Center.

  • Jul 08, 2015

    Columbia College Chicago Now Offers Prospective Students Interactive Virtual Tours

    Columbia College Chicago has partnered with real-time travel platform Georama to provide prospective students interactive virtual tours. The online tours, which will be featured in High Definition, will make it easier for prospective students who cannot go to the campus for an on-site visit.

  • Jul 07, 2015

    Columbia College Chicago Offers Online Virtual Tours

    Columbia College Chicago now offers interactive virtual tours for prospective students using the vicarious online travel platform Georama and the GoPro camera.

  • Jul 02, 2015

    Columbia College Chicago offers new virtual tours

    Dive Brief:

    • Columbia College Chicago has partnered with local startup Georama to offer interactive, live-streamed virtual tours in HD for students who want to see the campus remotely.
    • Columbia is the first college to offer the service, and Robert Morris University is soon to follow.
    • Georama lets students watch a livestream from the point of view of an on-campus guide and also interact in real-time, getting their questions answered in the same way they would if they were actually present.

  • Jul 01, 2015

    Institution first to offer live, interactive campus tours with Georama

    Columbia College will use Georama's platform to facilitate live-streamed virtual tours in HD for prospective students.

    Georama, the real-time travel platform, announced its partnership with Columbia College Chicago to provide live, interactive campus tours for prospective students who can't make an in-person visit.

  • Jul 01, 2015

    Columbia College Partners With a Chicago Startup to Give Live Video Campus Tours

    Prospective students interested in checking out Columbia College Chicago, but don't have the time to catch an actual campus tour, can now still get a glimpse of the school thanks to Chicago startup Georama's real-time video broadcasts.

    Columbia College and Georama announced their partnership Wednesday morning, and the two have already completed several virtual campus tours. 15 more tours are scheduled throughout the summer.

  • Jul 01, 2015

    Columbia College Chicago Rolls Out Live, Interactive Virtual Tours

    Prospective students at Columbia College Chicago can now view live-streamed, interactive virtual tours in HD. The institution has partnered with vicarious travel platform Georama to broadcast tours for students who cannot make a physical trip for an on-site visit. Typical viewers include out-of-state students who can't afford to make a trip to all the universities they are considering, international students who don't have a visa to make a trip prior to college admission, or students who simply wish to experience the campus virtually before making the investment to visit in-person. Tours can be viewed live or on demand.

  • Jun 25, 2015

    Take a Virtual Tour of Mackinac Island With Pure Michigan

    If you've never been up north, you're not fully enjoying everything living in Michigan has to offer. Luckily for those that haven't made the five* hour trip up north, the lovely people at Pure Michigan and Under the Radar Michigan's Tom Daldin brought us a live, interactive tour of Mackinac Island.

  • Jun 22, 2015

    This Live-Streaming Service Brings Virtual Tourism to the Next Level

    Meet Georama, 2015's answer to live-on-location web streaming. If Periscope had a travel-focused cousin, it would probably look a lot like Georama, a platform that this month demonstrated its usefulness by offering a four-hour (!) real-time tour around Michigan's Mackinac Island. The excursion, which featured a pro host (Tom Daldin of PBS's "Under the Radar Michigan") and interactive Q&A with viewers at home, was billed as the first live-streamed tour of its kind in North America — and only the second in the world. You can check out the archived video of the tour here.

  • Jun 19, 2015

    Pure Michigan Offers Live Virtual Tours of Mackinac Island, Detroit

    Pure Michigan is offering virtual and interactive guided tours of Michigan destinations, including Mackinac Island and Detroit, among other destinations.

    "This gives Pure Michigan a new way to showcase Michigan to the world and inspire and excite people from around the nation and the globe to make a trip," says Nihal Advani, founder and CEO of Georama, the Chicago-based company working with Pure Michigan to offer the travel platform. "It's like a preview of what it would be like to be in Michigan."

  • Jun 17, 2015

    A Chicago Startup Partners with Pure Michigan for a First-of-its-Kind Virtual Tour

    Located over 330 miles Northeast of Chicago, tucked in between Michigan and Canada on Lake Huron, is Mackinac Island, America's "all-natural theme park." A popular tourist destination and summer colony, the entire island is a National Historic Landmark, famous for its Victorian architecture, mountains, scenic beaches, and fudge. And thanks to a Chicago startup, the whole world had a chance to tour it this month.


  • Jun 11, 2015

    Live at noon: Explore Mackinac Island with virtual tour

  • Jun 10, 2015

    Live from Mackinac Island! Pure Michigan to offer real-time interactive web experience on June 11

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    LANSING, MIPure Michigan will become the first U.S. travel destination -- and second in the world, after Victroria, Australia -- to host a first-person, real-time interactive web experience using wearable technology.

  • Jun 10, 2015

    Join Pure Michigan and under the radar for a virtual trip to Mackinac Island

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    Visiting Mackinac Island, the "all-natural" theme park of America, is like taking a step back into time, where you explore the island by horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, take in the views from the porch at Grand Hotel and where you can taste some of the best fudge made. For the first time ever, Pure Michigan is offering a virtual tourist experience of iconic Mackinac Island on Thursday, June 11 from noon to 4 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    Pure Michigan has partnered with Georama, a real-time vicarious travel platform, to allow the public to virtually tour the island with guide Tom Daldin, host of the PBS show Under the Radar Michigan. Participants can join the tour simply by logging into Pure Michigan is the first state tourism office in the nation to utilize this technology, and only the second in the world after Victoria, Australia.

  • Jun 08, 2015

    All-new Global All-Stars Innovators Showcase

    The Global All-Stars Marketing Institute returns for its fourth year and helps kick off the DMAI Annual Convention by showcasing the latest insights, case studies and original research surrounding leading technologies and travel trends. This session is aimed at helping attendees position their destination as world leaders in today's ever-changing travel marketplace. The Global All-Stars Marketing Institute is a joint collaboration between DMAI and Founding/Organizing Partner Miles

  • Mar 20, 2015


    On any given day, there are thousands of things to do and see in Chicago to entertain a bored or curious mind - something many of us probably take for granted. The fun of exploring Chicago is something many of our patients miss out, on especially if they are frequently admitted. Thanks to the advances of technology, patients can now experience the outside world from their hospital rooms.

  • Mar 02, 2015

    Here's Why Marketers Are Flocking to Mobile World Congress in Spain

    More than 70,000 tech, marketing and other digital industry professionals are in Barcelona this week for the 28th annual Mobile World Congress. It's not as ridiculously big as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which saw 170,000 attendees, but it's about twice the size of South By Southwest Interactive held yearly in Austin, Texas.

  • Feb 25, 2015

    Chicago Lunar New Year Parade Goes Global

    Georama, a company that helps people experience the world vicariously in real-time, partnered with the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce to bring the Lunar New Year Parade to those who could not be there.

    The 103rd annual Lunar New Year Parade was held Sunday, 22nd February, and it was the first time it had been live streamed. This allowed people from anywhere in the world to tune in to see how Chicago celebrates the Lunar New Year. Also, this was a welcome addition for those who wanted to be there but couldn't make it due to the subzero temperatures, as it allowed them to still experience the event from the comfort of their homes. One viewer even commented saying that she loved being able to watch in her 'jammies' at home.

    "Our partnership with Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was a success – people from over 45 cities and 5 countries tuned in, and it was great to show those who don't live in Chicago exactly how we celebrate Chinese New Year!" said Nihal Advani, Founder and CEO of Georama. "Event's like this showcase how us Chicagoans celebrate and respect all cultures."

  • Feb 24, 2015

    Finally Beyond the Hype? Simulcasting Experiences and Virtual Reality

    Two of the most hyped promises of the digital age include the ability to use video to visually share our experiences – and the idea of immersive virtual reality that transports us into a life-like digital environment. Unfortunately museum leaders have only been able to imagine how we might use these capabilities to expand access to exhibits and educational programs. New signals in the world suggest that the hype of video simulcasting and virtual reality soon may be more mainstream. Two recent experiences have shifted my thinking and elevated expectations on new ways museums might share experiences in the not-so-distant future.

    Scaling-out the Guided Tour
    Instagram has mainstreamed social sharing of images but nothing compares to the impact of live video and a trusted guide. A few weeks ago I was treated to a real-time tour of Chicago from the comfort of my home in Brooklyn. My host was a tour guide from Chicago-based Georama. The visual experience was from a chest-mounted camera that delivers what Georama terms vicarious experiences - the ability to virtually explore a destination in real-time via a human guide who is on the ground and able to answer questions from hundreds or thousands of people watching in real-time.

  • Feb 13, 2015

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Visits 1871

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  • Feb 10, 2015

    Georama Wins at Illinois' Top Tourism Conference

    Georama, a company that provides a new medium for destination marketing via live interactive video, won the Shark Tank by 1871 competition held at the 2015 Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism which took place from February 2-4 at the Hilton Palmer House.

  • Feb 5, 2015

    Georama wins $5,000 in tourism-focused pitch competition

    Virtual travel company Georama took off with tourism professionals Wednesday. The Chicago-based startup, which licenses wearable camera and backpack technology that allows for real-time interaction in live streaming tours, took first place among five startups pitching to a state tourism-industry audience at the Palmer House Hilton.

    "It provides the ability to give your prospective travelers a preview of the experience," Georama founder and CEO Nihal Advani told attendees of the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism.

  • Feb 2, 2015

    Georama, Lurie Children's bring world to patients

    Georama, an interactive virtual travel company, is partnering with Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave., to take patients who cannot leave the hospital on virtual adventures around the world.

    Georama and Lurie Children's kicked off their partnership in December by bringing the Christkindlmarket to patients at the hospital. The footage of the market was live-streamed to patients, and the children were able to interact with Christkind, the marketplace's mascot, by calling a direct line while she gave a digital tour around the market, said Nihal Advani, Georama's CEO and founder.

  • Jan 30, 2015

    Opening Virgin Hotels Chicago

    What a welcome for Virgin Hotels Chicago. From tucking a special guest into bed (more on that later!) to meeting some of the city's most promising entrepreneurs, from celebrating with all of the staff to throwing the kind of party only we know how, we launched our very first hotel in true Virgin style.


    Later on, I met with a great group of entrepreneurs for a roundtable discussion. They were bright sparks from 1871, Chicago's non-profit digital entrepreneur community: Howard Tullman, 1871's CEO; Kelly McCabe from Crowdtap, Nihal Advani, Georama, Matt Chapdelaine, HerbFront; Ed LaHood, MagicTags; Rod Rakic, OpenAirplane; Pere Rigo, Package Zen; Tricia Martinez, SHIFT; David Bakker, Weave the People; Jimmy Odom, WeDeliver; Betsy Fore, Wondermento; Connor Detjen, Selfie; and Pavan Bapu. Pavan's company Gramovox make the world's first Bluetooth gramophones, and we had a little dance to the apt Frank Sinatra classic, My Way (The Virgin Way!)

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  • Jan 23, 2015

    Georama partners with Lurie Children's Hospital to give kids virtual tours

    Trips to Millennium Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry go hand-and-hand with being a kid in Chicago. But those outings are tough if you're a kid in a hospital.

    Georama wants to change that. The 1871-based interactive travel discovery platform, launched in 2012 by CEO Nihal Advani, has partnered with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital to take patients on virtual trips, the company announced this week. About 40 kids took part in a virtual visit to Christkindlmarket in December, and the tours will continue monthly at other attractions, Advani said.

  • Jan 20, 2015

    Georama Is Bringing 'Virtual Adventures' to Lurie Children's Patients Who Can't Leave the Hospital

    The hospital can be a scary place for kids, especially if they have to stay for an extended period of time. The constant in-and-out of doctors and regular tests, combined the the monotony of sitting day after day in the same hospital room can be a traumatic experience for a young child. So to ease their tensions and make the experience more exciting, a Chicago startup is bringing "virtual adventures" to Lurie Children's Hospital.

  • Jan 20, 2015
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    1871 Member Georama Announces Partnership to Provide Virtual Adventures at Lurie Children's Hospital

    Georama, a company that helps people virtually experience a destination in real time via a guide, joined Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital today in a partnership that will create virtual adventures to be broadcast throughout the hospital.

    "Our technology has the potential to make a big social impact by providing experiences for those who are physically or financially unable to be somewhere," said Nihal Advani, Founder and CEO of Georama. "Lurie Children's is known for being an innovative organization that already has a dedicated Children's Services team that creates programming for patients and their families, and this enhances those opportunities."

    Georama began working with Lurie Children's last month when they produced a live virtual tour of Christkindlmarket Chicago. Working with Christkindlmarket organizers and their market mascot, Christkind, Georama facilitated a full tour of the market that featured Christkind showing the children each area of the market and interacting with vendors from toy shops, food stalls, sweets stores and souvenir shops. Christkindlmarket Chicago donated crowns and "passport" activity books for the children to use during the event.

  • Jan 20, 2015

    Six Chicago Startups That Are Ready to Expand into the Canadian Market

    Though many U.S. startups interpret "Expanding North" as simply launching into the Midwest, Chicago entrepreneurs look towards Canada when it's time to literally move up.

    Last week, INcubes - a Toronto-based accelerator - teamed up with 1871 for Going Global, a showcase for Chicago and Canadian startups that are ready to expand internationally into each other's respective markets. Held in Toronto, the event featured 10 early-stage companies operating in a variety of categories, including FinTech, CyberSecurity, and the Internet of Things.

    Explained 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, "It is critical for companies to be globally enabled from the earliest stages of their development in order to be successful in today's economy. With access to capital, customers and talent, Chicago is the best place for international companies to launch into the US market."

    Added Ben Zlotnick, Founder of INcubes, "Toronto is ranked in the top 10 for global startup ecosystems, but our companies cannot focus only on the domestic market. For our companies, global expansion is a necessity, not an option."

  • Jan 15, 2015

    Twitter's your ticket to invite-only 1871 event in Toronto

    If you're itching for a last-minute high-tech trip across the border, scratch no more.

    Tech innovation center 1871 and Toronto-based INcubes, a startup hub, are hosting Thursday an invite-only company event at Toronto's Telus House.

    Luckily for non-invitees and those of us who couldn't get out of the office for a quick jaunt to Canada, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman's giving us an inside look on Twitter. Follow along for pitches by nine companies from Chicago and Toronto – including appearances by local names such as TraknProtect, Dough, Georama, Xaptum, Buy Side Design and Omicron Financial.

    The event features Tullman, Toronto Mayor John Tory, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Google Canada's head, Sam Sebastian.