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Future of Collaboration Hackathon 2013

Tata Communications

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

Future of Collaboration Hackathon 2013

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Join Tata Communications in building more connected collaboration systems! (#collabhack13)

$50K in cash prizes as well as $25K to fund the winning company through an acceleration program will be awarded! Additionally, you will have the opportunity to get in front of leaders in communications and collaboration solutions!

The problem: the industry has come up with a myriad of collaboration tools over the past two decades from high-definition telepresence to beautifully designed group project management environments. These tools are meant to make it easier for people to collaborate across space and time, but what most share is a failure to gain widespread adoption. Instead, teams revert to audio conference calls or emailing around docs and updates as the “at-hand” and universally available tools of choice, despite the obvious limitations of both.

The challenge to hackers: develop collaboration systems that will enhance teamwork and be appealing in some new ways for people to want to adopt them. Collaboration tools can be for real time or non-real time and for same-space or collaboration at a distance.

July 12th-13th, Tata Communications will host a Hackathon dedicated to building the next big thing in bridging the gap so teams are able to work together, regardless of whether they're across the room or across the globe! We’re looking for the next collaboration tools that will become as ubiquitous and easy as a phone call or email.

Participants are particularly encourage to look at how WebRTC (www.webrtc.org) – a set of open Javascript APIs that enable real-time voice and video chatting natively in supported browsers – can enable new approaches to collaboration.

It’s never too early to start forming teams and brainstorming ideas! Search for ‘The Future of Collaboration’ on Bizzabo or click here to see who else is attending and connect before the event.

Developer Toolkit

WebRTC - Learn more about WebRTC here.

Media Network Services - Distributed VideoRoaming TURN Service. Learn more here.

vLine - WebRTC PaaS provider. Learn more here.

Twilio - Use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS applications via a web API. Access the developer toolkit here.

James Cham - 3 Thoughts on Collaboration here


Prizes will be distributed to participants, plus the opportunity to get in front of leaders in communications and collaboration solutions.

First prize $15K plus 3-month accelerator program (U.S. = nestGSV; India = iAccelerator-CIIE)

Second prize $10K

Third prize $5K

Best Business Model $5K

Best U.S.-India collaboration $8K

Best use of video collaboration for education $3K

Audience favorite - U.S. $2K

Audience favorite - Bangalore $2K

Best implementation of the Twilio API - Two Automatic Driving Assistants

Experience the speed to lead with the Tata Communications F1 Package, which includes:

- (2) Formula 1 (F1) tickets to either the Austin U.S. race or Delhi race

- Air travel, airport pick up and drop off, hotel stay, as well as local travel for the duration of the event

Hosting at the Paddock Club lounge at the Circuit, a tour of the FOM Technical Centre and refreshments all day

Additional prizes to be announced! 

Project submission form: goo.gl/O7PDv

Judging qualifications

30% - Usefulness of solution demonstrated

30% - Strength of business model and monetization potential of solution demonstrated

20% - Creative usage of open APIs such as WebRTC in the technology stack

20% - Market impact




5pm - Kickoff event with networking, and developer dating; which leads into idea pitches and team formation

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Opening speeches and presentations from nestGSV, Julie Woods-Moss of Tata Communications (welcome and background) and other speakers (explanation of rules, etc.)

8pm - Karl Perkins, Chief Architect - UC & C at Tata Communications, discusses WebRTC

8:30pm - Have an app idea? Each participant who signed up to pitch gets 3 minutes to present their idea. Open networking and team formation follows

9:30pm - Teams start coding



The Hackathon continues all day Saturday. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce your hack

9am - Bangalore pitches and judging

6pm - Judging begins; hack presentations start promptly at 6:00. Each team will have 3-4 minutes to pitch their hack to our judges

7pm - Judges deliberate; food for participants served

8:30pm - Final round judging, including Bangalore finalists and any joint U.S.-Bangalore teams

9:30pm - Winners announced; closing ceremony

10pm - Event ends

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is one of the world’s leading providers of the connectivity and infrastructure that enable today’s collaboration and communication tools. The company owns and operates over 210,000 km subsea and terrestrial cable and 25% of the world’s lit international bandwidth capacity, and is the world’s largest wholesale provider of international voice and mobile roaming services.

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Have questions about Future of Collaboration Hackathon 2013? Contact Tata Communications

When & Where

425 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a worldwide telecommunications and Internet service provider. It owns the largest submarine cable network that expands across the ocean floor around the world. 30% of internet traffic goes through Tata and they connect to every major carrier from one of their 42 data centres.

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