Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, gets great reception. No really, it saw its first 3G video call in 2010, the first tweet in 2011 and now the first Skype video call in 2013. The feat was achieved by brit Daniel Hughes who is raising £1 million for the Comic Relief anti-poverty charity.
He wanted one million people to donate a single pound and decided to climb Everest to promote this charity.
It took him all of 2011 and 2012 to raise the funds needed for the climb, to train (Daniel’s mountaineering experience was limited), had an agreement with band Moby to use their music to promote his effort (and other related efforts).
Things came together when HTC became Daniel’s main sponsor. He also secured satellite company Inmarsat (curiously, HTC and Inmarsat were his first two sponsors).
The ascend started in May and Daniel was blogging and making Skype calls the entire way up. The summit was finally reached on May 19 when he put on the red clown nose (characteristic of the Comic Relief charity) and made a Skype video call to the BBC News, the highest Skype call on record at 8,848 meters above sea level, using HTC One and Skype for Android.