Every month, tech innovators in the San Francisco area get together to teach, connect and foster technological growth and innovation within the restaurant industry.
Lead by food/restaurant expert, Kevin Galligan, the Restaurant Tech Meetup Group aims to demystify the restaurant industry for the startup community in San Francisco (and in turn demystify the startup community for the restaurant industry!).
With over 2,700 registered members between the New York and San Francisco locations, the Restaurant Tech Meetup Group helps startups better understand the restaurant business. With this advanced understanding of the industry, startups can identify key areas of need and tailor their products and services to blend the best of Silicon Valley innovation with world-class restaurants and food establishments.
For example, restaurateurs and tech developers alike can learn how to use technology to:
- find the best place to open a food establishment (e.g. parking a food truck or opening a bistro)
- improve a restaurant’s business from the front of the house to the back office
- develop an app to improve sales or drive down costs
- apply analytics to track sales
- discover the best platform to post or look for a job
- and more.
At each meetup, members have the opportunity to network with fellow innovators, practice delivering informative presentations, and discuss and share the latest in next generation restaurant technology.
Reaching more viewers – meetup group live streaming
With over 1,600 registered members in the Bay area (and roughly 1,200 members in Kevin’s New York location) and an average of 75 sign-ups per month, it’s clear that The SF Restaurant Tech Group is growing.
To ensure the growth continues and deliver member presentations to a wide online audience, Kevin decided to try something he hasn’t done before: meetup group live streaming and recording to a wide online audience. In doing so, not only can the meetup reach more viewers and attract future members, but Kevin can re-use meetup/presentation content for existing viewers who were not able to attend the meetup in person or view the live stream.
Enter Epiphan – easy meetup group live streaming and recording
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Epiphan Video’s Palo Alto office is fostering and supporting community organizers like Kevin who are interested in taking their communities online and expanding their reach to a global audience.
How it works is simple: community or meetup co-ordinators in the San Francisco area can use our Palo Alto office as an after-hours event space along with some of our most popular live production equipment to easily live stream and record their events at no cost whatsoever. (See our recent blog post titled “Live stream your next event from Epiphan’s Palo Alto event space for free” to learn more.)
For the SF Restaurant Tech Group’s recent August 15th meetup, Kevin decided to take advantage of this opportunity. With the help from Epiphan staff, Kevin used our all-in-one live production mixer, Pearl, to stream and record his meetup presentations to an online audience using the Facebook Live and YouTube platforms.
When the meetup began, local group members met at the Epiphan Video office and milled about in the catered food area, partaking in some casual networking with fellow innovators.
From there the event moved to member presentations which were captured, streamed and recorded with Pearl – pitches by pizza food truck, Firepie, followed by recruitment marketing and applicant management system, ZippyApp.
To capture the pitches, Epiphan staff used three video sources and two audio sources connected to Pearl:
- a LUMiO 12x PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera located at the front of the room to capture the audience,
- a Canon XF205 camera located at the back of the room to capture the presenter,
- a laptop computer to capture the presenter’s PowerPoint slides,
- a wireless lapel microphone to capture presenter audio, and
- an Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker I Array Microphone at the back of the room for instances when the speaker wouldn’t wear a lapel mic
The Epiphan Pearl operator added these video sources into custom layouts with background images and branding information and switched live between layouts using the Epiphan Live control panel to create a dynamic and visually impressive live stream.
ZippyApp PowerPoint presentation mixed into a custom layout
Results of taking the meetup online
The meetup presentations ran for about 90 minutes total and were successfully streamed to both YouTube and Facebook without issue. With the help of Epiphan Pearl, Kevin Galligan successfully delivered the meetup’s video to about about 250 viewers between the two video platforms! The Facebook Live video was also displayed in the feeds of roughly 900 followers of the Epiphan Video Facebook page.
The recorded video is also available on Epiphan’s events page on Youtube – perfect for meetup members who weren’t available to view the live stream or for those who wish to review the presentation/meetup content at a later date. Check out the full video on YouTube here.
Overall, we were happy to host Kevin Galligan and The SF Restaurants Tech Group! Thanks for using our space, Kevin!
If you’re an event organizer looking to take advantage of the Epiphan Video space and live streaming/recording equipment, don’t hesitate to contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Epiphan’s opportunities for meetup group live streaming!