[UPDATED July 31] We’d like to welcome all WebRTC and TokBox API developers, wherever you are in the world, to our TokBox Live Video and AR Online Hackathon! How would you like the chance of winning a $600 prize for each of two top teams – plus OpenTok Developer credits and two second place prizes bringing total prize value to $2520. It’s up for grabs for the teams which create the best OpenTok Live Video apps of any kind, with a special prize for combining Augmented Reality and Live Video. Read on to find out how to get involved. Your app will be developed in your own time during August/September 2018 in teams of 1 to 3 people – with your app submitted online at DevPost by September 18th.
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.
In our monthly post, catch up on all the live video news. Check out the features now available for the OpenTok platform, find out where we’re going to be popping up at an event near you and keep on top of everything that’s happening in the industry.
It’s your monthly live video news round up!
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.
At TokBox, security is of the utmost importance to us. We’re committed to providing a safe platform which meets all of the security requirements and regulations and therefore ensures reliability for our customers and privacy for their end users.
When the new regulation from the European Union called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is officially enforced on May 25th, 2018, we will be ready. In fact, we’ve already been hard at work ensuring we’re compliant and meet all new regulations set forth by the GDPR. This is part of an ongoing effort to keep our platform secure and maintain our transparency about how we use data.
Co-authored by Manik Sachdeva, TokBox Developer Evangelist.
When we talk about health, it’s often physical health which is at the forefront of our plans. However, mental health is equally important, but often takes a back seat. It’s perhaps not surprising: mental health is not well understood by the general public. Unfortunately it can come with a big dose of stigma attached as a result.
To top it off, it can be difficult to find a professional to help overcome challenges. Even when you do have access to a qualified clinician, the cost can be prohibitive.
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.
Innovation in banking has previously focused predominantly on customer convenience. For all of the efficiency and convenience technologies have brought to banking, banks always need to differentiate themselves with superior service. And that’s why many leading financial organizations are now turning their attention toward customer experience. In an age where banking is increasingly done online or through mobile applications, this presents a challenge to many financial service organizations.
Lately, we have been thinking and talking about broadcast in multimedia. By now, you might have seen that TokBox is powering applications that go beyond the contemporary one-to-one and small group settings that are typically associated with the current generation of WebRTC apps, to a much larger scale of hundreds or even thousands of people watching and participating in the conversation. At a glance, this might not sound particularly groundbreaking; video has been distributed to large audiences for years. However, a closer look is necessary: with a shift in the underlying technology, TokBox adds the option of real-time communication to the existing large-audience reach of broadcast video, to enable a whole new class of applications.
As behavior changes and as technology continues to transform the financial services industry, it is no surprise that bank branches are closing. Analysts suggest that the number of bank branches open in the US could be cut by within the next decade. This is to be expected as more and more of what we do as customers is online. According to research conducted by Accenture customers engage with their banks an average of 17 times a month, but only two of those interactions involve human contact.