Hackathon Recap – 21 ideas, 11 teams, One goal!

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XBMC add-on (The Fruit Loops):
XBMC is a popular OS for HTPC (media center) computers that has no Ustream add-ons so far.
The team intention was to develop an add-on so that XMBC users would be able to browse,  filter and play the available streams on their media centers.
The XBMC add-on was developed and was successfully run on a media center to browse and watch Ustream content.

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Better presentations with Ustream (The A-Team):
Doing a presentation (with a speaker and slides) on Ustream nowadays requires screen capture with the Producer or the use of other professional video mixer gear. The plan was to develop a way of easily streaming and recording presentations with Ustream so that we can better serve Meetups and all other sorts of presentations.
At the end of the 24 hours a prototype was developed where the broadcaster could add a Slideshare link to the broadcast on the dashboard and during a broadcast and the broadcaster could indicate which slide should be displayed. A presentation mode viewing interface was also developed, where both the broadcast video and the current slide was displayed, in sync with each other.

Fullscreen Experience (FUX):
The Fullscreen Experience was built to help users switch between Ustream channels in full screen mode. The app improves the user experience, when following parallel events and offer picture in picture preview and keyboard shortcuts to easily switch between the viewers’ favourite channels.
The team built a working prototype of the full screen Ustream player with an editable list of favorite channels where users could switch between them with keyboard shortcuts. Quick switch was also available so that the secondary channel was displayed picture-in-picture. The solution was designed to support remote controls, too, and an advertising strategy was also created.

Ustream to keep the development of these projects alive, created the Ustream Lab, to provide dedicated time and a place for Ustreamers to keep up with the work and bring their ideas to live!

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Working and developing these projects we have learned that:
- People are full of good ideas.
- You can accomplish more than you’d imagine in 24 hours.
- It’s good to work freely & together.
- People can sleep literally anywhere when tired.
- You can never order enough pizza to be enough!

Although this event was very exhausting, a Hackathon is so much fun!

 

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