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Deathowl creation – Openduty

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Ustream as a company likes to challenge employees to think outside of the box and fuse in creativity. We believe that being surrounded by unique, innovative people helps develop new ideas.

In February, we hosted an internal Hackathon to give engineers the freedom to work on things they love and to hack solutions that could solve problems to find better ways of doing things at our company.
(To learn more, check out this previous blogpost)

We hoped that in a few months, one or two of the Hackathon projects would become a reality and make it into the product as a feature or a completely new application.

Some of our developers needed a tool to make their life easier. Instead of purchasing an already available product, they gathered together and developed their own tool, now called Openduty. (You can see the source on Github)

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The OpenDuty project is an alarm aggregation and dispatching service built for system administrators and support teams on call duty. When an incident happens regarding our server or service, this tool provides a proper alerting system for quick notification. This development will automatically route actionable alerts when a problem occurs and determine whom to contact.

Till the end of the Hackathon contest an internal SMS gateway, a Pagerduty compatible REST API, and a basic admin dashboard was developed. The team succeeded to send automated SMS and phone call notifications for a given alert, escalate it according to a calendar, and see logs according to the failures in the system.

In 2 months they have build a Beta version and started implementing new bells and whistles.

Today, Openduty collects alerts from monitoring tools, provides an overall summary of the alerts and allows users to build notification rules. It provides also the freedom to set up multiple levels of coverage, so if the “primary” on-call person doesn’t respond to an alert in a timely fashion, it’s automatically escalates to a “secondary” person, and so on. The system integrates with GTalk, Push notification, Phone and Text Message (operates through Twilio).

The idea came from Bálint Csergő (Deathowl) who works as an Infrastructure engineer at Ustream Hungary. He and his team constantly work on new ideas to make Ustream’s service better.

We welcome any feedback or ideas regarding this project!

Learn from the Best – Visit a Meetup!

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Companies working with cutting-edge technologies have to keep up with the ever-changing software landscape. It is a key to continuously improve products with new features and enhancements as to have an outstanding team within the fast-moving technology.

Tech meetups are a great way to learn or dispense your knowledge to a community that shares your interests, as well to keep connected experts and companies inside the industry.

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Lady Gaga’s Last Show at the Roseland Attracts Little Monsters Across the US

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Pop icon Lady Gaga performed her seventh and last show on Monday, April 7th at the Roseland Ballroom, one of New York City’s historic musical landmarks, which was set to close its doors after her performance.

To mark the special occasion, the concert was streamed live online through a website called GetMoreGaga.com, thanks to Verizon Wireless. The event promoted the company’s 4G LTE network, allowing fans to watch the sold-out show from the comfort of their own home.

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

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On February 21st, 2014 the Hungarian Ustream office hosted its first internal hackathon.

In the previous blog post (What the heck is Hackathon?) we talked about the premise and importance of this 24-hour coding contest, and how it brings people together to collaborate on a common project. All in the name of one mighty goal – to make Ustream’s service better!

Not only the wide palette of ideas, but the team names themselves were injected with a healthy dose of creativity. We had Cougar Petting Trolls, A-Team, Geolition, The Fruit Loops, Screamo Mariachis, Call of Duty and Red Ducks, just to name a few.

But, lets take a look what they were working on. Here are the 11 project and ideas:

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Streamsquare social network (Cougar Petting Trolls):
People go to places and check in on Foursquare, but from now they can broadcast the venues they are at, so others can see what is actually happening there. People get points and badges based on the time they spend there and the feedback from users who saw their streams.
In 24 hours they have developed a working web and native Android and iOS application prototypes and won the Hackathon competition!

What the Heck is Hackathon?

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Did you know that Facebook’s Like button was conceived as part of a hackathon? Or that Twitter and GroupMe both originated in hackathons? Yes, many great companies and ideas have been born on through these special events, and I’m proud to introduce that Ustream hosting our first internal hackathon this week.

But what the heck is a hackathon exactly and why is it important for companies?

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The Hottest Trend on the Red Carpet This Year? USTREAM!

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The People’s Choice Awards made major buzz in the Entertainment universe last week, engaging fans around the world with the power of live video. Showcasing the best of television, movies, and music, this year’s award show was not only decided by the fans, a record number of viewers took advantage of watching every moment in live time on the Ustream platform.

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Live Footage of Kiev Protests, as Told by Citizen Broadcaster Gifs

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For a LIVE guide of protest streams by broadcasters in Kiev, check out our previous Ustream blog: ‘Happening NOW – Live Footage of Chaos in Kiev’

 

 


 

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Biz 101 – Tackle Broadcasting Like a Pro

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Last week, the Seattle Seahawks raised the 12th man flag atop the Space Needle; creating a powerful visual for an entire city to rally behind their winning team. Thanks to their Ustream broadcast, this special moment was not only shared by onlookers and the city of Seattle, but Seahawks fans around the world. By harnessing the power of live, the Seahawks have initiated a hub for fans to connect and engage with their favorite team.

We can’t guarantee a Super Bowl ring, but these helpful tips inspired by the Seahawks and other NFL teams will definitely help you win big in your broadcasts (insert end-zone dance here).

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Be Here Now: Connect with Loved Ones Live During the Holidays

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Live video technology is quickly becoming an innovative solution for friends and family to stay connected when it matters most. From lavish holiday feasts to New Years celebrations, Ustream allows anyone, anywhere to share the ultimate gift with their loved ones: their presence.

Looking to optimize your holiday experience this season? Transform standard audio phone conversations on your smartphone into visual, interactive experiences in live time. Be here now.

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Ustreamed History: The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

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“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Nelson Mandela, 1994

 

The world has lost another extraordinary man. Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, who was an icon of peace, freedom and reconciliation, passed away yesterday at age 95. He died after long-lasting lung illness at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family.

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NBS broadcasts a previously recorded interview with Madiba

As soon as the news of Madiba’s death spread across South Africa, people gathered outside his Johannesburg house, as well as in front of his former home in Soweto, singing and dancing to mourn his death and remember his exceptional life. Continue reading