The Coldest Blrt: Journey To Antarctica

Travel is our theme for April and it’s a topic that always brings to mind the moment when a Blrt was successfully dispatched to Sydney from the frozen continent of Antarctica.

Blrt in Antarctica

Last year our CEO and Founder, Anurag, trekked to Antarctica alongside 100 other Australian entrepreneurs for the annual think tank of The Unstoppables. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that clearly inspired those who made the journey. The trip resulted in the formation of more than 98 new businesses, $15 million in investment and $32 million in sponsorship.

Journey to Antarctica

Special to our own hearts, however, was the triumph of Blrt in the remote conditions. As you may imagine, internet access in Antarctica is rather limited, annoyingly slow and outrageously expensive. For an intrepid entrepreneur to send a video to family back home, the potential expense and sluggish loading times were off-putting. Enter Blrt.

Seeing as a Blrt consumes up to 50x less bandwidth than video, it was the ideal way to get those stunning photos from Antarctica to the shores of Australia and still present them in a dynamic way. Blrt performed like a champ, as dozens of Blrts were sent home from the bottom of the planet.

We documented the trip live at the time but have gathered all of those posts in one place here. A journey through these posts will open your eyes to incredible vistas, rare wildlife, and inspirational stories of entrepreneurial triumph.

Journey to Antarctica

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Day 1 – Punta Arenas

Anurag takes a walking tour of the city ahead of their flight to Antarctica before joining other members of The Unstoppables for dinner and a briefing for their upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Punta Arenas (Still!)

The weather has spoiled plans to fly but true to their name, The Unstoppables didn’t view it as a setback. See what they got up to after getting the bad news.

Day 3 – King George Island

The Unstoppables finally board a plane, only to have to turn around and return to Punta Arenas when the weather takes another bad turn. They hop on a flight later in the day and are finally able to land on King George Island. This is the day history was made: the first ever Blrt was sent from Antarctica!

Day 4 – Charlotte’s Bay

Arrival on the Antarctica mainland and Anurag’s Blrts back home to Australia begin to inspire envy.

Day 5 – Inside The Polar Circle

Kayaking and a Zodiac cruise were on the agenda but the weather again plays spoiler. Still, The Unstoppables cross into the Polar Circle.

Day 6 – The “Polar Plunge”

Yes, the “polar plunge” is exactly what you think it is (except somehow colder).

Kayaking in Antarctica

Day 7 – Aboard the Sea Adventurer

The Unstoppables continue to absorb and offer impressions of the oneiric landscape of Antarctica.

Day 8 – Geoff Wilson

No stranger to Antarctica, Geoff Wilson announces his intention of returning to the frozen continent and becoming the first person to trek on foot across the full length of the landmass.

Day 9 – Antarctic Volcanoes

The journey begins to draw to a close but not before a close look at black ice and Antarctic volcanoes.

Day 10 – Return to Punta Arenas

The Sea Adventurer returns to King George Island ahead of the return flight to Punta Arenas. Reflections are offered over striking photos taken by the crew.

Where will you send a Blrt from?

Anurag and The Unstoppables demonstrated that you can send a Blrt from any even-somewhat connected spot on the planet when they successfully sent a Blrt from Antarctica to Sydney. There’s never been a more dynamic way to share photos from your journeys – where will you send a Blrt from?

About Blrt

Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.

Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.

Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.

Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.

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