Over the past four years the BigBlueButton community has worked closely together to develop, test, and deliver releases of BigBlueButton, its source web conferencing system.
We (the core developers) delivered the tenth release on June 19, 2012. We’re now working on the 11th release which is steadily moving towards beta (see what’s planned for BigBlueButton 0.81).
To accelerate the development efforts and further engage our community, we’re inviting all members of our community to join us — either in person or remotely – for a series of collaborative workshops during a one day event on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012.
The summit will be held at
The Code Factory
246 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Don’t worry if you can’t travel to Ottawa – you can join any of the workshops remotely via BigBlueButton (of course!).
There will be four workshops, each focusing on a topic that is key to the growth of the BigBlueButton project. All workshops will be recorded.
9:00 – 9:30 – Growing the BigBlueButton Community
– Overview of activities to grow and support the BigBlueButton Community (Fred Dixon)
9:30 – 10:45 – Workshop #1: Improving BigBlueButton’s Usability
In this workshop we invite others to give us feedback on their experiences using BigBlueButton. We’ll discuss topics such as:
– What areas of BigBlueButton cause the most problems for usability?
– What areas of BigBlueButton can we improve to reduce the support efforts?
(15 minute break)
11:00 – 12:00 – Workshop #2: Review of BigBlueButton’s Road map
We invite others give us feedback on the product road map and emphasis of features they want to see in coming releases. We’re looking for feedback both from academic and commercial markets.
We’ll discuss topics such as:
– Does our road map reflect the needs of distance education?
– How can we improve the modularity of BigBlueButton to enable more commercial companies to embed it into their products?
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch (at The Code Factory)
1:00 – 2:45 PM – Workshop #3: Evolving the BigBlueButton Architecture
This workshop will center around a technical discussion on evolving the BigBlueButton architecture to meet the needs of our road map. Topics include:
– How do we make BigBlueButton more stable (we’re never satisfied)?
– How do we make BigBlueButton more modular?
– How do we best evolve the APIs?
– How do we best evolve the architecture to support an HTML5 client?
(15 minute break)
3:00 – 4:00 – Workshop #4: Review of the BigBlueButton Development Process
This workshop will look back at previous development cycles and discuss ways we can continue to improve the BigBlueButton development process.
– How can we best apply our development resources to putting out a really solid 0.81 release?
– How can we continuously improve our documentation, project management, and development process?
If you’re using BigBlueButton at your university or college, or integrating it into a commercial product or service, we invite you to participate in one or more of the above workshops.
These workshops will be broadcasted live and recorded using BigBlueButton. To join any workshop remotely, go to
Note: This server will be available 24 hours before the event. The recordings will be made available after the summit finishes.
To register to attend the summit: http://bigbluebuttonsummit2012.eventbrite.ca/ and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates!