TokBox Launches IncuBox, a Developer Competition for University Students. Team with the best app using the OpenTok API receives premium mentorship, ownership of IP, plus the opportunity to present to VCs
San Francisco, CA – December 5, 2011 – TokBox, the company behind the OpenTok video platform, today announced IncuBox, a competition giving student app developers the opportunity to receive dedicated tutorial and assistance bringing their app to market.
The team that submits the best app using OpenTok’s online face-to-face technology will be invited to work out of TokBox’s San Francisco headquarters for eight weeks. They will work closely with TokBox’s elite development team, product managers, marketing team and other key players responsible for creating the OpenTok API from the ground up.
The winning team will not only have the opportunity to work with the TokBox team, they will also receive:
- A firsthand look at how OpenTok works (including a sneak peak at undercover features!)
- A $2,500 living allowance per team member for the 8-week incubation period (for up to two people)
- Full ownership of any IP created
- Weekly meetings with the developer, product, marketing team members and more
- A killer launch party at the end of the IncuBox program
- A chance to pitch your app to VCs
Ian Small, TokBox CEO commented: “We see so many great ideas from students which don’t get the proper support from industry or mentors so they struggle. IncuBox is our way of reaching out to support these ideas and these developers and helping them create something real and sustainable.”
“Students in particular embrace face-to-face as the future of online communication and have great imagination for how it can be used. The OpenTok platform makes it easy for anyone with an idea to simply add video, without needing the deep technical understanding, which has been a barrier for people in the past.”
Harvard student Monica Liu discovered OpenTok at the Harvard Startup Weekend Scramble, and 48 hours later had launched a new service called TownHall140, an online discussion forum incorporating Twitter and face-to-face discussion where questions and comments can be made in 140 characters or 140 seconds.
“I would urge anyone with an idea to submit for IncuBox, it could change your life. I had an idea to build a way for people to interact around issues that matter. Of course face-to-face is ideal for this, but I had no idea how to build it in, until I met Jonathon from TokBox. While the technology is really great, the real value comes from working with the really lovely team at TokBox who understand the challenges students face and are helping make my vision a reality,” Ms Liu said.
TokBox will begin accepting applications for IncuBox on December 4, 2011 at 12:01am PST. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. Applicants may include screenshots, screen-casts, mock-ups, links to live apps, demo videos, business plans, product roadmaps, or anything else to showcase the app. Applicants must show proof that they are a student in good standing at a 4-year college or university program. Undergraduates and graduate program students will be accepted.
TokBox will review all applications and select up to ten finalist teams by February 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. TokBox will then conduct interviews with those ten finalist teams between February 28, 2012 and March 2, 2012. TokBox will notify the winning finalist team using the OpenTok API by March 5, 2012 by 5:00 pm PST. Upon confirmation of eligibility and participation, the finalist teams that weren’t chosen will be notified no later than March 13, 2012 via email.
Students must 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2012 and a legal resident of the United States. Students must also be in good academic standing enrolled in a 4-year college or university program at an undergraduate or graduate program. Student apps must integrate the OpenTok API. OpenTok plug-n-play product integrations will not qualify.