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BigBlueButton Summit VIII: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The BigBlueButton developer community met in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada last week to coordinate development of the open source project for the next six months.

This was our eighth developer summit in four years. At this summit we had participants from Brazil, United States, Tunisia, and Canada. As with each summit, it’s an opportunity to work together for five days on exploring improvements to BigBlueButton, incorporating feedback from users, discussing architectural choices for the project, and making presentations to the community.

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The focus of this summit was along a number of tracks: finishing BigBlueButton 1.0 release (currently in Release Candidate), planning the next BigBlueButton 1.1 release, reworking the BigBlueButton UI, and working on the architecture for the HTML5 and mobile client.

Thanks to all the developers who participated at the week-long summit:

    Anton Georgiev
    Calvin Walton
    Chad Pilkey
    Danny Perrone
    Felipe Cecagno
    Zachary Chai
    Fred Dixon
    Stephen Dame
    Gabriel de Campes
    Ghazi Triki
    Leonardo Daronco
    Lucas Zawacki
    Max Doumit
    Maxim Khlobystov
    Oleksandr Zhurbenko
    Oswaldo Acauan
    Pedro Marin
    Richard Alam
    Tiago Jacobs

We thank the following organizations who helped make this summit possible:

There was a lot of collaboration during the week. Here’s a picture reviewing the planned updates to the user interface.

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As with each summit, the highlight is making presentations to the BigBlueButton community on our progress. Here are the links to the presentations:

BigBlueButton UI Update

Tyler Copeland gives an update on the work to evolve the BigBlueButton user interface.

BigBlueButton Project Update

Fred Dixon gives an update on the project.

BigBlueButton HTML Client Update

The HTML5 development team gives an update on the progress to create an HTML5 client for BigBlueButton.

We had a lot of fun at this summit, including an evening out to a local puzzle room where we tried to solve all the puzzles and escape from a room in 45 minutes. I think some members thought debugging BigBlueButton was easier than the puzzle rooms :-). Thanks to the Code Factory for providing us the space for the summit.

Nice tweet from Boston College

Just saw this tweet from Boston College. Looks like they are using BigBlueButton from within Canvas.

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We’re feeling the love.

BigBlueButton Summit VII: Porto Alegre, Brazil

We just returned back from another great developer summit in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This was our seventh developer summit. The BigBlueButton project holds developer summits every six months to bring the core developers and committers together to review and coordinate development on the project, do code sprints, and enjoy some good meals and company together.

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The project has come a long way from it’s first developer summit. Now that we have released BigBlueButton 1.0-beta, looking back to previous summits, we can see how the earlier planning helped us to reach this milestone. At this summit we had the largest number of developers (19 in total) working together on the project.

    Alexandre Kreismann
    Anton Georgiev
    Calvin Walton
    Chad Pilkey
    Danny Perrone
    Felipe Cecagno
    Fred Dixon
    Gabriel de Campes
    Ghazi Triki
    Leonardo Daronco
    Lucas Freire
    Lucas Zawacki
    Mario Gasparoni Junior
    Max Doumit
    Maxim Khlobystov
    Oleksandr Zhurbenko
    Oswaldo Acauan
    Pedro Marin
    Richard Alam
    Tiago Jacobs

We thank the following organizations for helping make this summit possible:

At the end of the summit, the teams made two presentations to the community (using BigBlueButton of course) on the main activities: BigBlueButton core and HTML5 client. For those that missed the live presentations, you can view the recordings below.

BigBlueButton Project Update

BigBlueButton HTML Client Update

Thanks to everyone who traveled to Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was a great time! If your looking for a place to hold a developer summit, we definitely recommend Nós Coworking

BigBlueButton 1.0-beta Released

We (the core developers) are very pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 1.0-beta.

Our intent for this release is to increase opportunities for interaction between instructors and students. BigBlueButton 1.0-beta offers the following new features:

  • Polling – Presenters can now poll students for immediate feedback. The BigBlueButton client includes a feature that can automatically suggest the proper polling choices based on the content of the slide (we call this Smart Polling).
  • Improved video dock – The video dock now shows the webcams without boarders to give more visibility.
  • Emoji – Students can now use emoji icons (happy, neutral, sad, confused, and away) to give feedback in addition current raise hand.
  • Puffin Browser detection – BigBlueButton detects Puffin version 4.6 (or later) and enables the user to broadcast their microphone and webcam within a BigBlueButton session on a mobile device. The Puffin Browser is a mobile web browser supports the latest Flash engine over the cloud for iPad, iPhone and Android.

For details (with screen shots) see 1.0-beta overview.

Contributing organizations for this release:

  • Blindside Networks — Core development, documentation, QA, and release management
  • Seneca College — Client development
  • Mconf — Improved video dock, auto reconnect, and webhooks
  • ICES Corporation — Development and testing
  • HostBBB — Testing

BigBlueButton committers for this release:

  • Richard Alam – Lead architect
  • Felipe Cecagno – Client
  • Fred Dixon – Project manager
  • Tiago Jacobs – red5
  • Chad Pilkey – Client
  • Calvin Walton – Record and playback

This release represents over five months of focused development effort and testing, and we’ve been running builds of 1.0-dev on our demo server for over two months now, fixing all the issues we could find before beta release.

The goal of the BigBlueButton project is to enable remote students to have a high-quality on-line learning experience.  With each release we see an increase in adoption by the educational community.

“Our instructors love BigBlueButton. With our previous web-conferencing solution our users encountered many technical and usability problems that caused a lot of support effort on our part. With BigBlueButton, the support issues are almost non-existent. We are constantly impressed with the level of quality in this open source project.”

Marc Matthes, Dir. of Computer Networking Programs and Program Developer, Distance Learning Department, Iowa Central Community College

For instructions to install BigBlueButton 1.0-beta (or upgrade an existing 0.9.x server), see 1.0-beta install.

For details on the beta release process and the steps ahead before nearing release candidate, see our development process.