TokBox wins Audience Award at Founder Showcase

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!

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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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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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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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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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