Skype was losing market share around the world so we created a docuseries focusing on the rich ways you can use Skype to communicate.
There are three films, featuring a Russian pet detective, an island suffering due to climate change, and young Mexican basketball players using Skype to stay on top of their school work.
For 25 years, Valeriy Sugrobov has been searching the streets of Moscow for everything from cats and dogs to crocs and hedgehogs — if it’s a pet and it’s lost, he’ll find it (most of the time). Before turning his talents to the field of pet detection, Valeriy had been a police officer in Moscow. With all this experience under his belt, being a pet detective is a job Valeriy not only takes very seriously, but one at which he is incredibly talented. Skype plays a big role in his investigations. When time is of the essence, Valeriy is able to take a case immediately by interviewing people over Skype, as well as file sharing images or necessary documents for the missing pets.
Changing the Game
Follow the personal story of one boy named Mele, who had an incredibly tough upbringing. The Mexican Indigenous Basketball Academy invited Mele to live, study and train in Oaxaca City. The decision to join the academy changed his life. The academy gives indigenous kids from all over Mexico the opportunity to receive an education, have three solid meals a day, train with professional coaches and have the chance to compete all over the world. As the kids in the academy prepare for their big game in Mexico City, Skype helps them stay on top of their studies and keep in touch with their communities back home.
Turning the Tide
There’s a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called Kiribati. It’s home to about 100,000 people, and in roughly 40 years, the entire island will be underwater due to rising sea levels from climate change. The people who live there will have no other option than to abandon their homes and their lives and find refuge in neighboring countries. To show how Skype isn't just a means to stay in touch, but a powerful productivity tool for good, we enlisted war reporters Anna Therese Day and Gianluca Panella to bring the story to the world's attention.