Last summer, to celebrate World Oceans Week, LenovoEDU and The Hydrous Virtual Dive Team brought the ocean to you with Expedition Palau, a synchronised virtual dive. This was a first-of-its-kind shared, synchronised immersive reality experience where viewers around the world dove under the waters of Palau, came face-to-face with incredible marine animals, and shared the wonder of the underwater world in real-time.

Thanks to your votes, we won the People’s Voice Webby for Technical Achievement! The Webby Technical Achivement category is for virtual or remote experiences produced in a way that sets an industry standard by using new, innovative web technology in an outstanding way that improves the overall experience.

In addition to the technical achievement win, the synchronous dive was an honoree for Public Service & Activism, Virtual & Remote. This category honors virtual or remote event series created to focus on or facilitate political change, public participation in civics, government policies/pursuits, or social activism.

Watch a clip of the dive below:

Watch more clips from the dive.

What is a shared, synchronised immersive reality experience?

Imagine you could travel to anywhere in the ocean, with anyone you want, all without leaving the comfort of your home.

The Expedition Palau virtual dive integrated livestreamed video presentation and 360 documentary video through a simple and easy to use application. As long as viewers had an internet connection, they could join fellow virtual divers from all over the world—in real time and explore marine ecosystems below the waves.

The free experience was open to people with or without a VR headset. The 360 documentary video portions of the dive can be experienced on tablets to VR headsets, laptops to phones.


LenovoEDU was the education sponsor of the event.

The Hydrous is a non-profit organisation on a mission to create open access oceans so that all people may explore, understand, and engage with marine environments, which are severely threatened by climate change and human impacts.