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.


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:

Blindside Networks Inc.
ICES Corporation
Mconf Tecnologia
Seneca College

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


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.

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