Nick Oakley, Future Concept Design Strategist at Intel (Oregon, Portland, USA) , reflects on the Global Studio's project 'On the Move 2: Computing Now'. http://theglobalstudio.eu/global_studio_projects_move2.htm
... 'one [of the challenges] was the geographic distance, having to sync up and having to deal, like this year, with eleven teams of  students.
From the US side you were getting up early in the morning and coming in, the students, a few hours before and upload all their work and you were having to download stuff very, very quickly and try and make an assessment of the feedback... And that was really hard actually. For whatever reason, you know, the server did not work terribly quickly and the three of us in different locations in California and Oregon and or at home, even working from home. The stuff would download at different rates and we'd all be able to sync and it would be quite challenging.'
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