Originally posted at blog.mumm.me
Hackathons are awesome.
At TokBox we put our normal schedule aside for a couple days to run our first internal hackathon. The rules were simple: pitch an idea, form teams, build something, then demo it 30 hours later. The winning team would get a prize.
My team didn’t win (though we were proudly among the first losers), but it was a really positive experience. Here’s why I think every company should try doing an internal hackathon:
The big guys are duking it out again, and this time video chat is front and center. In the past few days Google unveiled Google+ with video “Hangouts”, Microsoft-owned Skype released the SkypeKit SDK and there is speculation that Facebook may announce next week it is bringing video chat to the social network.
There’s one thing missing in all of this. The web.
Google+ is surely a nice piece of work and Hangouts is great – and we love anything that makes video conversations more common – but these ‘new’ innovations are actually not new at all, they are alternatives to what we already have, just in a new location. They do nothing to help bring video chat to the web outside of the Hangout.
We’re happy to announce that TokBox won the Demo Table Competition at the 7th Founder Showcase in San Francisco this week. Woo hoo! Our trusty TokBox crew members toiled away for hours (five to be exact) showing off OpenTok. They demo’ed everything from PokerView, to Meet Me Under the Mistletoe and eBuddy. See their smiley faces below.
Thanks to the Founder Showcase audience for helping us bring home the win!
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.
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.
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.
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.