Washington and Lee University (W&L) in Lexington, Virginia, is a nationally ranked, private liberal arts university and one of the oldest schools in the nation. Its Mock Convention is a simulated presidential nominating convention held every four years and 95% of university students are involved. The W&L Mock Con dates back to 1908 and is the nation’s most accurate predictive convention.
W&L’s Mock Con committee expected record views of its live stream due to the interest in the February Democratic primary and its 12 candidates. The three-day simulated Convention Weekend offered an accurate replication of the actual Democratic Nominating Convention including nationally recognized guest speakers, a media panel, and the state delegation parade.
The students at W&L needed a Content Delivery Network (CDN) partner to help deliver seamless and high-quality live streaming to viewers worldwide. The team also wanted to capitalize on the growing consumption of news video across mobile devices and reach out to a wider Mock Con audience that consumed content on the go.