ReadWriteWeb 2-Way Summit

Our CEO, Ian Small, will be participating on a panel at the RWW 2-Way Summit on Tuesday, June 14th in NYC.

The 2WAY Summit NYC is a tech conference about the future of the web that takes place, June 13-14 at Columbia University in New York City. The event will feature two energizing and interactive components that will bring our influential audience together for two days of electrifying content.

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Startup Poker Night

We will be hosting Startup Poker Night at TokBox’s San Francisco office on Tuesday, June 14th.

Ante up for Startup Poker Night hosted by TokBox. If you’re interested in startups, work for one, or are in town for Founder’s Showcase, stop by to play cards and meet like-minded people. In celebration of the launch of Poker View’s new webcam poker tables, powered by the OpenTok API, the munchies and booze are on us. Just show up and be ready to play.

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Founder Showcase

We’ll have a demo table at the Founder Showcase on Wednesday, June 15th in San Francisco.

The Founder Showcase gathers 400 top technology CEOs, investors, and early-stage companies in Silicon Valley for one action-packed night each quarter to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a start-up company to greatness.

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Startup Weekend Education

We will be at Startup Weekend Education in San Francisco this weekend (June 3-5).

If you’ve ever felt like you have a solution to a problem in education, or if you just want to be a part of a solution, then it’s time to turn words into actions! The weekend of June 3rd 2011 we will bring together makers, founders, creators, developers, teachers, students, designers and the business inclined to launch real start-ups to address the real problems in the multi-trillion dollar education, training and learning markets.

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StartupXLR8R II

We will be at StartupXLR8R II in Maryland this weekend June 4-5.

The startupXLR8R will included both an invitation only code-sprint + pitch track, as well as an open un-conference for entrepreneurs.

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How WorldWide Virtual Theater Carrousel used OpenTok

Guest Post

Sering is a community based theater company that sets up cultural projects for schools. They share their knowledge with other theater companies around the world. Although they make use of internet to communicate, they couldn’t find a solution that fitted their needs. They wanted a social platform that allows small groups of admins to work distribute initial content and let the project grow through a large number of participants.

Existing tools like e.g. Basecamp were found too complex in setup. So we (duall.be and skylight.be) built a custom solution for them that fitted their needs and named it a “virtual office”. One of the many requests was the ability to organize a grouped video chat between the project managers and the participants. And with that -since it’s a global community of children and adults who don’t necessarily speak each other languages- the ability to automatically translate text-chat to the users language.

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*Snap*, *snap*, *snap* with OpenTok

One of our first partner applications took OpenTok videos and turned them into a virtual photo booth. Meet me under the MistleToe is one of our favorites here at TokBox. They were one of our early users of the AS3 library, which gives developers a little more power because they can access the video feeds and do really fun things with them.

We didn’t want our JS developers to be left out in the cold, and so we’ve added video stream snapshot functionality to the OpenTok API. What would one use snapshots for you ask?

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Hoot.Me made DreamIt!

We are thrilled – thrilled! – for our friends at Hoot.Me, who made it into the inaugural batch of NYC startups in DreamIt Venture’s accelerator program. Hoot.Me brings video conferencing (yes, with OpenTok, *blush*) to study groups on Facebook and makes it even better with smart (text) chat and screen sharing in the browser.  (More about why we love them so much here.)

We’re going to be at TechCrunch Disrupt and want to meet more big-dreaming entrepreneurs like Michael and Sid at Hoot.Me.  We hear there are a bunch of you in NYC.  Come find us at our booth to see if OpenTok can be leveraged to fulfill the key value proposition of your application (or hang out and say hi, whichever).

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Using signals to pass real-time data

Problem

You are developing a multi-user OpenTok application and you need a way to pass data between user in real-time.

Solution

Use Session.signal() to notify user when there is new data on the server to be retrieved.

Tutorial Overview

In this tutorial I will show you how to implement this solution by creating a simple chat app that uses OpenTok signals to pass data between users in an OpenTok session. The app will allow connected users to communicate through both video chat and text chat.

I will use Rails for the backend portion of the app, however this technique can be applied to any server-side technology. I also use jQuery for DOM manipulation and AJAX and the OT_LayoutContainer class created and explained in this blog post for managing the layout of the video streams.

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API Hack Day Chicago

Saturday, May 28 we will be at API Hack Day Chicago.

API Hack Day brings developers together for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on projects, start new ventures and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with.

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