Namibia selected for QQ Project X

22 Jul 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia has been selected for the 2017 QQ Project X by Chinese Internet firm, Tencent Holdings that aims to help the youth explore the world and discover the beauty of nature using Internet.
The project was launched on 22 May and includes the first phase titled ‘The Species Exploration Programme’ that in June focused on Galapagos, Ecuador.
It explored the deep waters of the South American country and unveiled underwater species never seen before.
The Tencent Company was founded in 1998 and is one of the leading Internet service providers in China that also facilitates social media applications such as QQ, Wechat, Tencent games and Q Zone.
Introducing Namibia to the project on Friday, Tencent Senior Branding Manager Jenny Tung said Namibia was particularly chosen for the second phase of the project, ‘The Star Chasing Adventure’ because of the country’s dynamic nature.
“Not only does Namibia boast ancient mysterious deserts and wide-open prairies, it also has the most enchanting and fantastic starry sky,” said Tung.
She explained the exploration will capture Namibia’s beautiful landscape and sky, make it available to the world online and raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection.
“The project is technology oriented, young, dynamic and aware of social responsibilities,” said Tung.
A delegation of 15 experts from China will on 25 July hold the Starry Concert in the Quiver Tree Forest of the Namib Desert in the //Kharas Region, to capture images of Namibia’s starry sky and other characteristics.
On 26 July, the exploration will head for the observatory at Rooisand Ranch, Namib Naukluft Park in the Erongo Region to explore the stunning sky with an astronomical telescope.
The device will be used to record planets and stars visible in the Namibian sky.
Tung said on 28 July they will be in Kamanjab, Kunene Region to visit the Ovahimba people there and learn about their cultural background, as well as the connection between them and the Namibian sky.
“Besides our exploration, the delegation will broadcast the activities live on the Internet to show the truest beauty and wonder of Namibia to people who cannot visit the country in person,” said Tung.
She explained the exploration team will use advanced equipment to take panoramic pictures and videos of Namibia’s sky and in the end produce a 360-degree view that will be available online.