A couple of Omaha high schools are using brand new state-of-the-art high definition video boards in their gyms. The technology was created by a local startup company called ScoreVision.
Universities have used video boards for decades to rile up their home crowds. Now, local high schools are hoping to reap those same benefits.
“We thought we could change the game for high schools everywhere," said Gordon Whitten, ScoreVision CEO.
Whitten and other Omaha technology entrepreneurs launched ScoreVision last summer. It’s a software company dedicated to upgrading 40 year old scoreboard technology with new flat screen video boards. Westside and Brownell Talbot are the first high schools in the country to have them installed.
“The implementation has gone really, really well,” Whitten said.
With new technology simplicity is paramount. This iPad controls the entire operation of a home basketball game. However, the benefits of the video boards go far beyond athletic events.
“It basically helps the whole school get engaged in the whole educational experience of multimedia production," Whitten said.
“Everything we do here we try to do it for the kids and give them the atmosphere that they need to grow and continually push those bounds," Rob Uchtman, Director of Technology at Brownell Talbot added.
Brownell Talbot senior Jordan Willett is just one student taking full advantage of this unique opportunity.
“Instead of taking a project and turning it into a teacher for a grade we now get to edit, film it, see it through beginning to end and it’s something the whole community gets to experience," said Jordan Willett, a senior at Brownell Talbot.
Jordan went about and beyond all expectations. He created an entrance video for the Raider basketball team - a showcase video before every home game.
“It’s really cool but it’s got a little pressure with it because it means we need to make the next one that much better. But it’ really cool to see something we did and work so hard on to get played and get everyone pumped up to it," Willett said.
“Fancy scoreboards don’t win basketball games, but commitment does. And this shows a commitment to our athletics, our basketball team and everything we do," said Eric Jones, head boy's basketball coach at Brownell Talbot.