We’d like to welcome all WebRTC and TokBox API developers, wherever you are in the world, to our AR and Live Video Summer Virtual Hackathon! How would you like the chance of winning the $600 prize for the top team, and $300 for the runners up? It’s up for grabs for the teams which create the best apps combining Augmented Reality and Live Video. Read on to find out how to get involved. The app will be developed in your own time, with a week to get setup and then four weeks of coding in teams of 1 to 3 people – with your app submitted online by August 20th.
Recently, my colleagues and I were in Las Vegas sponsoring HackHLTH at the inaugural HLTH conference on the future of healthcare The hackathon was geared towards building health tech solutions that would improve the health industry and create a more robust ecosystem. In little more than 24 hours there were over 80 projects from over 250 participants.
Many of those projects took advantage of the OpenTok platform to include live video in their apps. It’s a testament to the great work of the TokBox engineering team that it’s so quick and easy to get live video up and running. I was proud to see teams build such a variety of solutions in such a short space of time.
This past week, my colleague Aaron and I had the opportunity to attend the Reactathon Advanced Conference. The conference featured some great talks, many of which included React Native, GraphQL, and WebAssembly. In addition to the conference, Reactathon also hosted a hackathon, which TokBox supported by sponsoring. It was great seeing the community that loves this great framework come together and share their knowledge.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on OpenTok React Native. As the name suggests, it’s a React Native library for OpenTok. As I work with developers at hackathons and other events, I’ve had lots of questions about React Native and OpenTok. So on April 11th I’ll be hosting a webinar where I’ll build iOS and Android applications with live video using OpenTok and React Native.
One of my favorite parts of being a developer evangelist is getting to meet fellow developers and share their journey to building awesome products. And there’s nowhere better to meet developers than a hackathon!
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend CruzHacks at my alma mater, the University of California Santa Cruz. It was great to be in a position where I could support an amazing event through sponsorship, mentoring, and judging.
As we continue to work towards enabling developers to reap the full potential of WebRTC, we wanted to demonstrate connecting a WebRTC audio stream with a PSTN user, using OpenTok SIP Interconnect and a third party SIP-PSTN Gateway.
When I introduced myself at the start of October, I shared my aim of working with TokBox developer community members to maintain and add support for third-party frameworks in order to reach as many developers as possible. I’ve been busy since then speaking to our community and learning about what they need to have a great experience with our OpenTok platform and get creative with live video.
Recently, TokBox introduced Video Chat Embeds enabling you to add real-time communication to your website with just a few lines of code. Video embeds can be easily integrated into websites built on any of the following platforms:
- Zoho Sites
- Weebly (Business and above)
- WordPress hosted account (paid)
TokBox is pleased to announce that with the release of OpenTok.js v2.12, OpenTok now officially supports Electron, allowing developers to build hybrid desktop applications which combine native APIs and web development to create native-like applications.