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July 02, 2013

Globant to Host its First WebRTC Hackathon in July

Globant is a technology services provider that focuses on delivering innovative software solutions that leverage emerging technologies and trends. As such, it was only a matter of time before the company began working with WebRTC in some way. However, it's doubtful anyone guessed Globant's first move into the space would be in the form of a WebRTC hackathon.

The event, dubbed WebRTC HackaBLITZ, is scheduled to take place on July 13 at the Globant offices in San Francisco and will feature two specialists in the area: Juan Pedro Pereyra, a solutions partner at Globant, and Manuel Jasso, a systems architect for Wells Fargo Bank. The hackathon is open to "the development community," according to Globant.

"We think we've only scratched the surface when it comes to the possibilities of new experiences and interaction, so we want to get together and make some of these ideas come to life," said Juan Pedro Pereyra in a statement. "We invite developers and people interested in UX, JavaScript or Web development to join us for a day of coding, learning and sharing ideas."

While this is Globant's first ever WebRTC hackathon, the company is not unfamiliar with such events. In fact, Globant has organized and hosted more than 50 hackathons for developers across the world in areas including big data, webUI, UX, Computers Graphic, GWT (Google Web Toolkit) and much more.

Furthermore, this isn't the first ever WebRTC hackathon as AnyMeeting, a provider of Web conferencing for small businesses, held its own such event in January of this year.

Hackathons are a good way to generate interest in emerging technologies such as WebRTC. Best of all, yearly events such as these will go a long way toward improving and evolving the WebRTC standard, particularly in the areas of privacy and security.

WebRTC events in general are definitely positive for the technology. For example, last week's WebRTC Conference & Expo featured over 50 companies showing their WebRTC offerings. While companies including Bistri, Priologic Software/tawk.com, Requestec, vLine and Weemo showed off their video conferencing platforms, others — such as Requestec, popexpert and Best of Show winner Solobrate — featured WebRTC as part of larger apps.

Edited by Alisen Downey
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