LUCKNOW : The 4th edition of the Microsoft Skype-a-Thon, one of the world’s largest live connections of students at one time, saw participants from 102 countries travel a total of 23 million virtual miles in the span of two days. As many as 11,000 students took part from over 300 schools across India, covering 4.26 million virtual miles, the most by any country
globally. Held recently, the annual event continued its theme of ‘Open Hearts. Open Minds’. It allowed students to experience new cultures, go on virtual field trips, hear from guest speakers and learn from other students, educators and experts from around the world by travelling virtual miles over Skype over a 48 hour period. Skype-a-Thon saw discussions on diverse topics including conservation, history and computer science. Students also shared cultural experiences through song and dance, games, reading, stories and virtual field trips, exchanging ideas and learning from each other.The India miles were inaugurated by Anant Maheshwari, president- Microsoft India.