WebFWD Summit II

Mozilla is an global organization dedicated to open standards and web-based innovation. An example of their efforts is WebFWD: Mozilla’s open innovation program that supports open source projects that extend the web.

Since last fall, BigBlueButton has been a member of WebFWD. Last week, two of BigBlueButton’s developers — Marcos Calderon and Fred Dixon — attended the WebFWD summit II in Mountain View, CA.

The summit packed as much learning, coding, team building, and great food that we could consume in four days. It was awesome! We benefited from coaching and mentoring sessions with select Mozillians on Friday, a hack day where we did code sprints and collaborated with other developers in the Bay area who were interested in our projects on Saturday, a pitch session on Sunday where we refined our messaging, and a live broadcast on Monday over Air Mozilla on the status of our projects.

Building a successful open source project isn’t easy. We’ve been working on BigBlueButton for over four years now and, while building something of value is never easy, it is easier with the first-class support of Mozilla behind you. On behalf of the BigBlueButton community, I want to thank Diane Bisgeier and Pascal Finette, the two principals of the WebFWD team, and all the great people at Mozilla who shared their time and expertise during the WebFWD Summit. Your definitely helping BigBlueButton to succeed!

This post made our day

This post in our bigbluebutton-users mailing list made our day.

Hello Fred & Team,

I thought this would give you a chuckle, my department has been asked to pilot Adobe Connect and we are having some trouble on day 1 trying to get into the same meeting room. My colleague works in another part of the building, and we need to see what each other is doing to troubleshoot so I said “Why don’t we open a BigBlueButton session so we can talk about our problems with Adobe Connect?”… much laughter amongst ourselves… Ladies and Gents, do we have a clear winner or not?? Thank you for producing a product that is above all easy to use!

Best Regards – Deb @ Plymouth State University, Learning Technologies

Highlighting the great work of the MConf Team

Highlighting the great work of the MConf Team

The MConf team, a group of developers at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil, have been hard at work this past year on contributing to BigBlueButton project.  I want to highlight some of their contributions and encourage everyone who is using BigBlueButton to check out their projects.


We recently had the pleasure to co-authored a chapter in a published textbook with Valter Roesler, Felipe Cecagno, and Leonardo Crauss Daronco — three of the members behind MConf team.  The textbook is

Multimedia – A Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Issues, ISBN 978-953-51-0216-8, edited by Ioannis Karydis.

The textbook is available on-line for download at…

Specifically, we co-authored Chapter 10: MConf: An Open Source Multiconference System for Web and Mobile Devices.  This chapter gave a background BigBlueButton and the web-based portal (MConf-web) and android client (MConf-mobile) that the MConf team have been building for BigBlueButton.  You can download the specific chapter here:…

Android client

The MConf team recently released their BigBlueButton Android client on the Andriod marketplace, see…

Web-based Portal

Their MConf-web project is creating a ruby-on-rails front-end for BigBlueButton for scheduling meetings and building on-linen communities.

Check out their GitHub page at

We recommend that everyone check MConf’s projects.  They have also been active in improving BigBlueButton’s core: if you like the video dock module in BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4, it was contributed by Felipe Cecagno.

BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 Released

BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 Released

The BigBlueButton core development team is pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4.  We have added fit-to-width to the presentation window, giving presenter the ability to display any document as fit-to-width or fit-to-page using two new buttons (see image below).

The 0.8-beta-4 release now has a virtual machine (VM) that anyone download and run on the computer using VMWare Player/Workstation (PC and Unix) and VMWare Fusion (Mac).  See download BigBlueButton 0.8-beta-4 VM.

We’ve also closed sixty-five issues since release of 0.8-beta-3.  See release notes for details.

We encourage everyone who is interested in BigBlueButton to download (or install) 0.8-beta-4  and give us your feedback (see installation instructions for 0.8-beta-4).   As a user, you can immediately try 0.8-beta-4 by logging into our BigBlueButton demo server.   In any event, we encourage you to post your feedback to our bigbluebutton developer mailing list.

Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on 0.8!