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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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 TokBox will be at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.

Fueled by pizza, beer and RedBull, the hackathon event will begin Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, May 21st – 22nd. Then after a lightning round of demos and judging Sunday afternoon, the winning team will present onstage at Disrupt on Wednesday, May 25th. This is a great opportunity for superstar hackers to share the spotlight alongside the top startups chosen from Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield.

If you’re at the event, stop by our “Getting Started with OpenTok” workshop on Saturday afternoon.

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P-p-p-poker Face

Whether it’s the bead of sweat dripping down your opponent’s forehead, or a nervous twitch forcing their leg up and down like a piston, in a game of poker you want to see it all. For online poker players, these real-world cues were completely lost, until now.

With the launch of PokerView‘s WebCam Poker games, powered by the OpenTok API, the gap between real-world and virtual game interaction is being bridged. They are the first site to fully dedicate itself to the concept of live WebCam poker games.

How exactly does it work? Instead of a screen-name, avatar or chat-box, each player has a streaming video next to their hand. Now you can see your opponents mugs for better or worse.

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Microsoft + Skype != open standard for video chat

Over the last 24 hours, it seems like everyone on the planet has had something to share about the announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype.  Opinions have been voiced on everything from the price paid by Microsoft (too high?) to the potential product integrations (everything from Outlook to XBox.)  However, one commenter really struck a chord with me when they started to voice a perspective of what this acquisition means for the future of face-to-face video communications.

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Music Hack Day Recap

This last weekend we hosted Music Hack Day at our office in San Francisco. As a result of a collaborative effort on behalf of the people at Music Hack Day, the Echo Nest, SoundCloud, Song Kick, the TokBox team, and many others, the event was an astounding success. More than 150 developers showed up to create 55 awesome hacks over the weekend.

Music Hack Day @ TokBox HQ. Image provided by Thomas Bonte.

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1st concerts & why we’re excited about Music Hack Day

What was the first concert you went to?

At my last job, we used this ice-breaker often for new hires, offsites, client meetings, etc. etc.  The nice thing about this one is that it gets almost everyone’s guard down – for one, eyes-glazed, big-smile, nostalgia-flecked moment.

Here’s why, I think:  everyone likes music, and sometimes experiencing it  – making, discovering, and consuming it – with other people who like it as much as you do makes it even better.

At TokBox, we’re excited about Music Hack Day because so many of us here who love music and believe in bringing people together across the web can’t wait to see what a small army of hackers with an arsenal of APIs (we humbly offer up ours) might come up with for users to enjoy music together online. (We’re also awestruck by the likes of SoundCloud, Echonest, and SongKick and are pinching ourselves that they let us tag along for the ride.)

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Music Hack Day San Francisco

This weekend TokBox will be hosting Music Hack Day San Francisco at our offices on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th.

Music Hack Day comes to San Francisco to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It’s a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related.

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San Francisco Startup Weekend

This weekend TokBox will be at San Francisco Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a 54h crash course about Entrepreneurship! We are back in SF, for another great Weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

If you’re in the Bay Area and not attending Music Hack Day, consider coming to San Francisco Startup Weekend to meet some new people and build something cool.

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BayArea Mobile Meetup

Join us this Thursday at 6:30PM at the Bay Area Mobile Meetup Group in Mountain View. I will be giving a talk at the Bay Area Mobile Meetup Group about using the OpenTok API to create multi-screen videochat applications. You can learn more about the group here.

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OpenTok App Round-up (Week of 4/25)

Since we shuttered me.tokbox.com, we’ve seen a flurry of users sussing out OpenTok apps to see what might meet their needs (meet our contest winner: MyMeetingHub).    Not everyone found the right fit – but frustration drives innovation!  We were stoked to see users try out the OpenTok API to build themselves a solution – here are a couple of interesting ones:

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