John Mocko, Sonic Foundry 2016 Enterprise Video Innovation Award Recipient

May 2016


Congratulations to John Mocko, Physics Senior Teaching Lab Specialist, recipient of the Sonic Foundry 2016 Enterprise Video Innovation Award which recognizes Mediasite users for revolutionizing enterprise video in business, education, health and government. The award is an international competition and John won the 2016 Innovation Award for his work on the UF Physics Lightboard Studio. In addition, at the award ceremony John won a Mediasite Recorder valued at $25,200.00 for the University of Florida. View John’s winning video submission for the award.


John based the UF Physics Lightboard on an open source design by Dr. Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University, but from there John added several innovative enhancements to the design that were recognized with the award. Those enhancements include the ability to record two simultaneous videos with ink writing functionality on both video feeds using Mediasite Desktop Recorder. This dual video recording enhancement allows instructors to replicate the classroom lab experience for online classes. Additional enhancements allow the instructors to power up the system with one button and to wirelessly control the video switcher to change video feeds so the system can be operated easily directly by the instructor without requiring a full time video technician to operate it. The system can also conduct live office hours for online classes through live streaming. The Lightboard can also be used for “green screening” to make an instructor appear to be on location somewhere in the world rather than inside a video studio. Learn more about the Physics Lightboard Studio.


Winners were honored at Unleash 2016, the global Mediasite User Conference awards ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin.


John, along with his wife Megan, have also been accepted as co-presenters at the 2016 Campus Technology Conference in Boston this coming August where they will give a talk titled “Lightboard Design, Construction and Special Techniques for Online Classes and Labs."