Network from Home with ACW Communities Free Virtual Meet-ups

Alliance of Channel Women Partners with 8×8 Video Meetings to Close Social Distance

Alliance of Channel Women (ACW), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, today announced it has launched ACW Communities to enable ACW members to network from home. The free virtual meet-up service is made possible through a partnership with longtime ACW sponsor 8×8 Inc. (NYSE:EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, which is hosting ACW Communities using 8×8 Video Meetings.

“The goal of the Alliance of Channel Women is to empower and advance women’s careers and leadership roles in the technology channel,” said Amy Bailey, president of Alliance of Channel Women and vice president of marketing at Telarus. “As an all-volunteer organization, we believe that participation unites us as members, advances our charter and promotes our personal brands. Given the current shift to work remotely, by creating ACW Communities, we are delivering additional value for members, who can now virtually meet, connect and collaborate powered by 8×8 Video Meetings.”

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ACW Communities allow members to host, schedule and publicize Virtual Meet-ups quickly to the ACW Communities Calendar. Members also can find and enter any scheduled meet-up by clicking on the 8×8 Video Meeting link without the need for a download or plugin.

“The Alliance for Channel Women is more than just a networking group; it’s a community for learning and collaboration for not just me but also my many peers in the channel,” said Tina Smith, vice president of North America channel marketing at 8×8. “It has been a tremendous resource for education, mentoring and knowledge sharing, and it is personally rewarding that 8×8 is helping advance the ACW cause through video collaboration to make membership more fulfilling and enriching at this critical time.”

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8×8 is the main contributor to the open-source solution, and the standalone and integrated versions of 8×8 Video Meetings are powered by Jitsi. The code has been hardened with over a million downloads and is embedded in applications like banking video conferencing, education as a service platforms, and home security applications globally. 8×8 Video Meetings, available as free and paid standalone versions at https://8×, is optimized for use with the WebRTC standard which enables attendees to instantly join meetings without any downloads or plugins.

8×8 Video Meetings is also packaged with 8×8 X Series meeting the needs of businesses with a mobile and remote workforce by providing a highly reliable and resilient solution across desktop and mobile devices for voice, video conferencing, chat, contact center, APIs and advanced analytics built on an open cloud technology platform. This allows companies to rapidly unify a distributed workforce and enable flexible workstyles. It is also offered with 8×8 Express, which is for small organizations and teams that require a complete, preconfigured business phone system with a dedicated business number, video meetings and messaging in a single desktop and mobile application.

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