Getting Social with WebRTC, the Value of Meeting Up
A common theme of the WebRTC Solutions Community is actually the advent of a growing and vibrant community. In fact, I would be remiss if I did not point out that the WebRTC Conference & Expo will be going on from May 12-14 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Miami, Fla. If you have not made arrangements to not just see the latest and greatest, but also have an opportunity to become a certified developer, there is still time. A major focus of the event will be on the “webification of communications.” It will also be on WebRTC and how it is enhancing the utility of our mobile devices, which several social media companies including Google and Facebook have recently confirmed now represent the majority of their interactions.
In short, thanks to WebRTC, the times really are changing quickly and the engagement of the developer community, along with a series of WebRTC-based services and use cases, are rapidly giving credence to the technology’s promise. Hype is giving way to something more tangible. Proof of commercial value is replacing proof of concepts.
Back to the headline above and its relationship to the growth of the community. Big events are the place to feel the love, and the growing number of hackathons is as well. But maybe the most heartening development is the increasing number of local “meet-ups” popping up around the world. It is why I was attracted to a recent blog on Unify’s site by Phillipp Bohn, head of Unify’s Circuit Ecosystem, which was titled, First Munich WebRTC Meetup.
While obviously put together to establish a local affinity group around Circuit, Unify’s WebRTC-based unified communications (UC) and collaboration, it also was a great opportunity for local WebRTC enthusiasts in general to swap insights and explore opportunities. I particularly like the reference to IDnow’s use of WebRTC for customer identification to prevent fraud, which is worth a look if you are not familiar with it.
Interestingly, while WebRTC is about making remote interactions in real time easy and more tactile in terms of providing enriched/more contextual sessions, on the ground the way in which the technology is gaining traction is through real time in the same physical space. This is why the sprouting of WebRTC-focused local meet-ups around the world is something to keep an eye on.
Finally, another thing to keep an eye on while you are hopefully in Miami is the continuing flow of rumors about what is going to be on the program at the Google I/O 2015 developer conference later this month in San Francisco. A feast for Android developers, already on the program is a session about WebRTC that is sure to be packed.
When it comes to WebRTC, seeing is believing - and so is having the opportunity to kick the tires and talk to subject matter experts and fellow enthusiasts up close and personal.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi