Innovation in the City – Video Hack Day NY 2017

Innovation at Video Hack Day 2017

On Saturday March 11th, TokBox joined Ziggeo to co-host the third annual Video Hack Day at General Assembly in New York City. The one-day hackathon event saw creative web and mobile developers from the New York area and beyond come together and use the latest video technologies to rapidly build innovative and exciting applications.

Successful Innovation

By all accounts, the event was a resounding success, with over 100 ‘hackers’ submitting projects that ranged from highly practical civic solutions to online dance party platforms (which is not to say that dance isn’t practical). With a tight window of around 10 hours to complete a fully demo-able product, the participating teams were pushed to their limit, and the results were more than impressive.

In addition to TokBox’s OpenTok platform, the Hack Day participants were given access to multiple advanced video APIs to help build their apps, including Ziggeo, Clarifai, Livestream, JWPlayer, Switchboard Live, Internet Video Archive, and Radix – all sponsors at the event.

As the Product Manager of Developer Experience at TokBox, I attended the event personally along with TokBox engineer Dave Mun – together we helped dozens of developers rapidly integrate TokBox’s OpenTok platform into their Hack Day applications. This was a great opportunity to see people using our platform in the real world, and we came back with a lot of insights and feedback on what makes our platform great and what we can improve to help new developers using OpenTok in the future.

Winners and Favorites

We were very excited to see a strong response to the TokBox live video capabilities, with a third of the submitted projects incorporating the OpenTok API into their finished product. Here were some of our favorites:

Accumulab (winners of the TokBox prize) – used TokBox to build both mobile and web apps that incorporate video into biomedical lab environments, allowing scientists to live stream & interact with each other in the lab and archive it for their records.

Dance Off – a platform where users can face off in live dance competitions over the web, with voting and emojis to determine audience favorites.

DMP – incorporated live streaming and interaction into an Etsy-like marketplace, allowing products to be shown and explained through video while also documenting this with a text-to-speech capability.

TokBox at Video Hack Day 2017Hearthbeans – combined TokBox and image-recognition AI platform Clarifai to automatically record and analyze strategies of players in the popular online card game Hearthstone. Applying AI recognition to captured live images to work out what cards were being played was very innovative.

InstaOKe – a platform for friends (and strangers) to participate in karaoke together over the web. Their demo was supported by some excellent singing!

Check out even more Video Hack Day submissions and prize winners on DevPost.

Use TokBox for Future Hackathons

Overall, Video Hack Day 3 was a great experience for everyone involved, and we want to thank host Ziggeo for putting together such a wonderful event, providing great food, and bringing developers together to demonstrate the latest innovation in live video technology.

Expect to see TokBox at future Hackathons, and please contact us for help at any hackathon where you want make an impression with integrated live video. Our get-started page for developers is here: – check back for updates. Sign up today and make TokBox a part of your hackathon weaponry!