From our own backyards to places all around the world, we use Skype for a taste of life from every corner of the planet. Check out some of the most interesting places Skype has been used.
At the North Pole
Although he didn’t see Santa, Mark Wood called from the icy tundra of the North Pole to transport children virtually to a place they’ve only heard about in Christmas stories.
Trekking to the South Pole
On a solo expedition, Mark Wood trekked through snow and ice to make a Skype call from the bottom of the globe – the South Pole.
On a US Navy Submarine Off Coast of Hawaii
Deep underwater in the USS Louisville, a U.S. Navy submarine affectionately known as “the slugger,” Commander John Safer, made a Skype video call to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” while submerged off the Hawaiian coast.
Inside an Airplane Restroom
In a rush to file a story, MSNBC reporter Mark Halperin visited the only private place he could find while 30,000 feet in the air – the airplane lavatory. From there, he used Skype to conduct the world’s first airplane interview with MSNBC’s “Up Too Early.”
On the Back of a Horse
While riding a horse on his ranch in South Dakota, former Kodak CMO Jeffery Hayzlett conducted a client meeting via Skype, right in the great outdoors. Never a stranger to unique business encounters, Hayzlett was visiting his ranch between writing his book and appearing as an advisor on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.
Sailing the Indian Ocean
Aboard a ship in the India Ocean, the non-profit organization Unreasonable at Sea uses Skype to connect mentors and entrepreneurs to classrooms in countries around the world.
Delivering a Conference Keynote Remotely
Stormy weather tried to stop the late Elizabeth Edwards from delivering a keynote address to the Personal Democracy Forum in 2008. Undeterred, Mrs. Edwards turned to Skype to ensure a memorable appearance live from her living room.
Attending a Film Festival While Under House Arrest
Under house arrest in Iran for trying to screen his “banned by the government” film, director Jafar Panahi made a surprise appearance at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. With the help of his daughter, who was at the festival, Panahi appeared on screen via Skype to address the assembled crowd.
In Hospital Delivery Rooms
Now a regular occurrence, members of the U.S. Armed Forces regularly turn to Skype to take part in once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like the births of many of their children. Two great examples are the heartwarming stories of Sergeant Theron Scott and specialist Brock Howland, who both witnessed their children’s births while stationed in Afghanistan.