Pandoo Foundation Selects Ideal Systems for 360° VR Video Production

SINGAPORE – MAY 16, 2017 - Ideal Systems today announced that it was selected by PANDOO Foundation to provide 360 VR Camera, equipment and editing services for the first 360° 3D video production to be shot on location in Cebu, Philippines. PANDOO Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and unite kids to take action for positive change, and whose vision is to enable a sustainable movement led by kids to build a better world.

(L-R): Director - Dave McVeigh, Pandoo Country Director, Geneviève Bisson, Amor, CTO and Executive Producer Aroon Tan.

(L-R): Director - Dave McVeigh, Pandoo Country Director, Geneviève Bisson, Amor, CTO and Executive Producer Aroon Tan.

Aroon Tan, CTO/Executive Producer working on PANDOO productions commented, “In keeping with our innovation of bridging the “virtual” game world to our real-world social impact causes we wanted to shoot one of our projects in immersive 360 VR video. We selected Ideal Systems with their advanced Nokia OZO 4K 3D VR camera and its production platform OZO Creator. Ideal also provided us with VR video production specialists to assist our production team on location. We successfully completed the one week shoot in 360 degree and three-dimensional video with ambisonic full-sphere surround sound. Ideal had set up the OZO Creator image processing production system on a custom laptop for portability allowing us to adjust the OZO settings such as seam visualization and stitching for our many different locations and conditions. Ultimately, taking our gamers on a virtual-field-trip where they experience the stories of other kids around the world through a VR headset and headphones. Such empathy between kids across the world will lead to real world change.”

The Cast

The Cast

PANDOO Foundation receives 20% of all net membership fees from PANDOO Nation, which is an exhilarating Massively Multiplayer Online Game for kids. PANDOO Nation innovatively links its game play to the real-world projects undertaken by the Foundation. Kids have the opportunity to help fund causes they believe in, and in return they receive a tactile experience of helping others around the world through real world connections with updates, pictures and now through immersive 360 virtual reality video. The game enables the virtual missions of its players in the game to be bridged to the real world and help improve lives of less fortunate kids.

The Crew

The Crew

VR shoot writer/director Dave McVeigh of Cebu-based DMC stated, “I’ve been behind the camera directing shoots in sixteen by nine for long time. Directing for VR in 360 is a wildly different experience. First off, there is no behind the camera! We had to hide all the crew at each of the locations which ranged from busy city streets, to beaches, to mountain tops. Not always easy to direct the actors when you are twenty meters away. I had a real-time feed into an Oculus HMD (head mounted display) and the effect is incredibly immersive. You often forget you're not standing right there with the kids so I'm sure I appeared insane at times, which is all part of the fun. When you see the rendered clips, you really feel like you are right there, on the mission. The immersion is TOTAL. This technology is going to blow the doors off traditional framing and tradition storytelling."

The Star

The Star

About Ideal Group

Ideal is Asia’s largest broadcast and media systems integrator and is a multinational organization providing innovative media, design and AV solutions to sectors including broadcasting, telecoms, and media. Ideal Systems provides services that range from systems consultancy and design conceptualization, to systems deployment and support of broadcast systems, facilities, and studios, to billing and subscriber-management solutions.

Ideal Group operates from 13 regional offices in Asia. The company employs over 180 full time staff members in its offices in Hong Kong (Headquarters), China(3), Taiwan, India(2), Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Dubai. www.idealsys.com

About PANDOO Foundation

PANDOO Foundation Inc. is the Philippines entity of a global non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and unite kids to take action for positive change, and whose vision is to enable a sustainable movement led by kids to build a better world. PANDOO Foundation is a unique non-profit because of its link to PANDOO Nation, a story-driven MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) for preteens where every time players level up, they unlock causes and fund development programs through gameplay.

From Singapore to the Philippines, Cambodia to Canada and the United States, PANDOO Foundation delivers projects that empower young people and their communities. Working alongside partners from around the world, it sustains development programs in health, infrastructure, education, leadership and disaster relief. www.pandoofoundation.org

About DMC

DMC is a Cebu City Philippines-based creative studio that specializes in innovative video content creation, branding, commercials, network promos, game trailers and branded content for clients like HBO, EA Games, Disney Channel, Fox Studios and many other.  The studio was formed by Dave McVeigh, an award-winning creative director with over 20 years experience working in Hollywood and Asia on countless campaigns for networks, films, game trailers, products and start-ups. www.DaveMcVeigh.com

===========

Contact for this Press Release
Fintan Mc Kiernan
Ideal Systems (Singapore)
fmckiernan@idealsys.com
+65 6684 8770

FundLife will pilot its first football summer camp program, Football for Life (F4L), in Cebu this year, with in-field partner organization, Pandoo Foundation.

CEBU – APRIL 10, 2017 - FundLife Partnership Manager, David Henry, met with Pandoo Sports & Leadership Program Manager, Lisa Stevens, to sign the MOU and discuss plans to replicate the programme’s previous success in Cebu’s communities. The programme will intertwine sports and leadership learning to empower kids living in urban poverty.

Combining the success of FundLife’s Football For Life Tacloban program and Pandoo’s expertise in interactive education, the partnership marks the beginning of exciting new learning opportunities for Cebuano children and a chance for both organizations to accelerate their impact in the region. During the visit, Mr. Henry and Ms. Stevens identified potential beneficiaries, project sites, development stakeholders and community groups, many of whom were excited to begin this new project.

FundLife Founder, Marko Kasic, is delighted by the new partnership. “We are very excited to join hands with Pandoo,” commented Mr. Kasic. “F4L’s success in Tacloban has given us great confidence in the power of sport-based learning and through this new partnership, we can combine our resources and field knowledge to create even greater impact in Cebu. Pandoo’s summer camp is a perfect opportunity to screentest a new community and we can’t wait to start.”

Founded by FundLife in 2014, Football For Life was created to support Typhoon-Survivor children in Tacloban, Eastern Visayas. As FundLife’s flagship programme, F4L is a specialised, play-based social intervention project that uses football to foster positive behavioural changes in disadvantaged children and nurture local youth coaches to become leaders in their communities. The pilot Cebu programme will build on their existing social impact to some of the City’s most marginalised children.

Aligning in values, mission and experience in sport-based programmes, Pandoo Foundation provides an invaluable resource for the F4L project. Incorporated in Cebu in 2014, the organization has become a thought-leader in interactive education and has several established outreach projects in literacy, arts, sports and community development. The Foundation has achieved significant social impact through its diverse skill-building projects and strives to equip the next generation with the right tools to free themselves from poverty.

Pandoo Foundation President, Francois Perreault, believes sport is key to engaging local youth. “Start with play and the learning comes naturally,” said Mr. Perreault. “Critical life-skills are developed through sport and these programmes are essential in building communities of strong, confident young people that can enact real social change.  We are delighted to be working with FundLife and so are our kids!”

Pandoo Foundation is sister organization and beneficiary of Pandoo Nation, a story-driven online world for kids that turns gameplay into co-sponsorship of real-world causes. 

ShiftRunner Appoints Infectious Disease Scientist Lisa Stevens To Lead Pandoo Foundation’s Healthcare Program in Cebu

SINGAPORE – NOVEMBER, 8, 2015 - Infectious disease scientist Lisa Stevens joins Pandoo Foundation as Health and Sanitation Program Manager in Cebu, Philippines, responsible for creating the foundation’s first health education program customized for children in developing countries.

The health program will be one of three new outreach initiatives piloted in the Philippines this year by Pandoo Foundation. 

Pandoo Foundation is the non-profit sister organization of ShiftRunner Pte Ltd, the Singapore-based game developer behind Pandoo Nation, the first game platform for preteens that allows kids to convert game-play points into dollars to support causes in developing countries. One of those causes is health care education and risk prevention.

“Like everything Pandoo, it all starts with kids,” said Ms. Stevens. “Health and poverty are inextricably linked. Our program is designed to use health education as a risk prevention tool in developing countries, beginning with the Philippines. Leading causes of death in the provincial Philippines include things like tuberculosis, malaria, tooth infections, ectopic pregnancies and diarrhoea — afflictions that aren’t even on the radar in wealthier countries. Research shows that education is the best preventative tool, particularly if you can reach children and young mothers.”

With Ms Stevens, 27, ShiftRunner adds another specialized professional to its growing Pandoo Foundation team. One of three new outreach initiatives in Cebu, Pandoo Foundation’s health program will empower young people to adopt healthier lifestyles and living practices through engaging educational tools and workshops. The program signals another step towards the Foundation’s core mission objective which is to alleviate poverty in developing counties.

Ms. Stevens’ will build on the success of Pandoo Foundation’s literacy outreach program and relationships with local community leaders to create sustainable behavioral changes in and around Cebu.

Given its susceptibility to recurring natural disasters, especially typhoons, Cebu has a unique requirement for disease prevention and disaster-related education that Ms. Stevens will incorporate into kid-friendly workshops and manuals.

Ms. Stevens will work closely with Executive Director and President of Pandoo Foundation, François Perreault, and Philippine Country Manager, Geneviève Bisson, to develop a pilot summer camp health program that will be introduced in Cebu.

“Health is at the root of poverty,” said Mr. Perreault. “Pandoo Foundation is already proving that engaging kids in interactive education has a transformative effect on local communities. Lisa’s dedication to global health and her considerable expertise make her the ideal candidate for pioneering our program.”

Ms. Stevens studied diagnostic Microbiology and Molecular Pathology at the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand in 2010 and, in 2011, became a registered scientist with the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Scientist Board (NZMLSB).

Ms. Stevens’ joined Southern Community Laboratories, Healthscope Group, in 2010, where she participated in the analysis and diagnosis of infections and communicable diseases including the NZ Ministry of Health cervical cancer screening program.

In 2013, Ms. Stevens’ worked with global clinical research company Covance, to evaluate innovative new disease treatments in Asia, with specific focus on viral illnesses including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C. Furthering her study and fascination with global health, Ms. Steven’s began a Postgraduate Diploma Global Health of Infectious Diseases at University of Edinburgh in 2012.

Ms. Stevens’ is also a former professional athlete, representing New Zealand at the World Synchronized Figure Skating Championships, Croatia, in 2009. Ms. Stevens is a cross-fit enthusiast, a marathon runner and a triathlon competitor who continues to break personal records for sporting challenges across the world. Her next event: The Cebu City Marathon in January, 2016.

ShiftRunner Uses Game Play Strategy To Raise Gala Funds For Its Canadian Field Partner, HOPE International Development Agency

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 – If it’s good enough for kids, maybe it’s good enough for adults, too.

That was the thinking of the Singapore-based team at ShiftRunner, developers of Pandoo Nation, the innovative online fantasy world that allows kids to use game-play to contribute to causes of their choice in developing countries.

ShiftRunner devised a game-play theme for the annual fundraising gala of its field partner, HOPE International Devleopment Agency, which helped double the amount of donations from a year earlier, raising S$70,000 on the night. Under the call sign #GameForHOPE, the ShfitRunner team encouraged tables to compete for points through the evening’s activities in support of the Pamulaan Center for Indiginous Peoples Education in Davao, a HOPE initiative in the Philippines.

“The competition theme was borrowed from our game, Pandoo Nation,” said Anthony Blass, ShiftRunner’s CEO. “But it was brought to life by our chief marketing officer, Michelle Waite, and it was executed flawlessly by her team, including Natalie Doran and Sam Goodwin. They did a fantastic job using the Pandoo concept to create excitement and energy around giving. It’s exactly what we do with kids in our game. Turns out, it works with adults, too.”

Ms. Waite says Pandoo Nation continues to inspire fresh thinking.

“It’s what we do at ShiftRunner,” explains Ms. Waite.  “We try to link everything to our game, to causes and to giving. Gamifying giving works for preteens in Pandoo Nation, so we were confident that with a little imagination, it could work just as well for an adult crowd at a black tie gala event. Who isn’t motivated by a little competition?”

#GameForHOPE 2015 invited 128 prestigious guests to put gamified giving into practice. Whether solving a Rubik’s cube, putting or testing their strategic brainpower on Pandoo Nation’s ‘Rescue Camp’ mini game, attendees clocked up Pandoo points for their table in between four decadent courses at the Conrad Centennial Singapore. Lucky raffle winner, Serine Chiu, won the chance to see firsthand the impact of the evenings donations with a once in a lifetime trip to the Philippines sponsored by Pandoo Foundation. Ms. Chiu will visit Pandoo Foundation’s center in Cebu City and then head to Davao, to experience the educational projects supported by HOPE International at the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education.

Co-Chairs Elizabeth Hernandez and Nick Johnston presided over the evening’s proceeding, with Ms. Hernandez’s table ‘The HOPE Hotties’ taking home the Pandoo gift bags and the 2015 title.

“We won, not a fix I promise!” laughed Co-Chair and HOPE International Singapore board member, Elizabeth Hernandez. “A competitive fundraiser is a genius idea; it brought out the kids in us. What #GameForHOPE has demonstrated so successfully is that giving can be more than a transaction, it can be an experience. #GameForHOPE is a testimony to the strength of our friendships; thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for their continued support.”

This year’s Gala boasted a variety of exclusive auction items for both live and silent bidding, with winners also claiming 50-100 points for their team. ShiftRunner’s own CEO and talented mixologist, Anthony Blass, welcomed guests with an array of professionally crafted cocktails, which he referred to as “pocketbook lubricators.”

It must have worked, too, because four hours of his bartending services were auctioned off for S$1,900 – the second most lucrative live auction item on the evening. “That was just good friends bidding me up, expecting that I might stick around and wash dishes afterwards,” says Mr. Blass.

The animated live auction saw guests battle for a six person stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore with dinner by a private chef in the presidential suite and bid to name a cow for HOPE. A team of avid sports fans, ShiftRunner donated four prime location tickets to any 2016 Yankees game with thanks to Sam Goodwin, and a round of golf with lunch at Sentosa Golf Club courtesy of auctioneer and ShiftRunner friend, Jeff Waite.

A relational organization and devout partner to local projects, HOPE International Singapore will use all proceeds of their annual gala to cover the construction costs of a new dormitory at the Pamulaan Center for Indigineous Peoples Education in Davao, and will sponsor six at S$1,750 a year. A pledge has been made by an independent company to fund the education of a further three students and HOPE Singapore, in its Christmas Appeal, is seeking to raise support for an additional 25 students.

“The sustainability of community projects relies on a preservation of indigenous culture. We are delighted to be supporting the Pamulaan Center and their expansion,” commented Asia Pacific Director of HOPE International Development Agency, Lowell Shepard. “#GameForHOPE introduced an entirely new, creative element to our annual Gala which had an inspiring impact on our guests and donations. With such a provocative concept, I have no doubt that Pandoo Nation and its team will find limitless success.”

Pamulaan is a volunteer, non-governmental and non-profit educational institution, whose focus is to provide poor and marginalized indigenous youth with access to quality and culture-based education. To achieve its mission, Pamulaan creates culturally appropriate and relevant programs for the indigenous children, youth, community leaders, and development workers from various communities in the Philippines. Pamulaan Center hopes to produce graduates equipped with knowledge, values and skills to initiate collaborative actions towards sustainable development in their communities.

Inspirational Teen Dylan Palladino Packs His Bags For Cebu As Newest Intern At ShiftRunner Pte. Ltd.

SINGAPORE – JULY 6, 2015 - Fundraiser and global citizen Dylan Palladino, takes on newest challenge in one-month internship with Pandoo Foundation, a non-profit outreach organization funded by social awareness company ShiftRunner Pte Ltd, it has been announced today. 

Dylan Palladino, an awarded junior at the Singapore American School, will continue his lifelong campaign for change under the wing of ShiftRunner’s co-founder and Pandoo Foundation’s Executive Director & President, François Perreault. Out of the office, Dylan’s internship will take him directly to the heart of the company’s community program in Cebu, where the teen will spend three days in the field learning about and supporting Pandoo Foundation’s local outreach efforts.

Dylan will also work closely with the Executive Director to sculpt the framework for an innovative school based program launching this fall, where 16 international schools, 128 students, will collaborate with the game makers to create Pandoo Nation’s online community platform. This unique platform, the company states, will be designed to inspire and enable middle school-aged kids to take ownership in making our world better.

“We’re going to make social media matter. Imagine the capabilities of a unified online network of schools and organizations that makes ideas sharable, that allows projects to mobilize across borders,” commented François Perreault. “Students will be the designers, the planners and the users, because for us, change starts with them.”

Dylan has already made headlines by being named “New Yorker of the Week” for his acts of charitable giving at the young age of six and his extraordinary determination to implement sustainable social programs. At fifteen, Dylan’s journey took him to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, generating $125,000 of sponsorship for his “Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger” campaign to ensure two meals a day for 6,400 school children in Cambodia for two years.

The teen’s rousing call to action is rooted within his family, who exposed him to the destitution of the global communities around him and more importantly, the incredible progress achievable with funding for local and global projects.

“Seeing the inequity of the world didn’t make me feel sorry for these kids. They didn’t want my pity; they wanted a hand-up, not a hand-out,” Dylan passionately recounted. “They wanted a way forward, a way out of the slums, an education. I realized I wanted to be part of the solution!”

“Dylan has moved mountains, as well as climbed them! We are delighted to have him on board,” commented ShiftRunner CEO, Anthony Blass. “Our ethos is to reach for the highest point and we see no limit to the potential of the change-making generation. One of the reasons we are so excited about Pandoo Nation is its capability to bring likeminded, global conscious preteens together and instill that magical, proactive spirit that students, like Dylan, are using to make a real difference.”