I had the time of my life recently in Plano, Texas at GENBAND’s R&D and Training Center, serving as a judge for the first internal Kandy Hackathon.
The Kandymobile outside GENBAND’s Plano R&D and Training Facility
The Kandymobile pulled up, and dozens of our best and brightest toured the demos, for inspiration to create their own creative applications tapping the Kandy Platform-as-a-Service.
While I sensed all along this was going to be a great day, I was amazed to see two themes emerge:
- Innovation is not bounded by technology…as such technologist are not the only ones who have the right to innovate!
- How does each one of these applications being presented solve real world business problems and pain points?
Historically, speaking innovation has always been tightly bound to technology. But today, with access to APIs and SDKs the mystery of the technology is being demystified.
Register for Kandy’s public Hackathon: http://kandy.challengepost.com/
Guess which team won the Hackathon?
The marketing team.
The winning marketing team!
In fourth place?
The technology team.
We even had one team that included one of our internal attorneys, and he presented the service logic of his team’s application.
Does Kandy really make it that easy for application developers, trained and “amateur” to innovate?
A few highlights:
- Every application included video messaging
- Many applications used the mobile SDK for both IOS and Android while others focused on desktop client experiences
- Some tied into location and created a powerful social media engine
- Some included co-browsing and PSTN call out capabilities
- And all of these applications were created in under 24 hours.
Hacking Away in Plano
Important lessons learned for those following this Enterprising Strategies column?
The days of a monolithic PBX constraints for businesses and enterprises are over.
Enterprises communications need no longer live in a silo.
Embed Real Time Communications into existing workflows
The rapid innovations that I witnessed at our Kandy Hackathon showed how easy it is to make that happen.
Now you know why CNBC this week listed GENBAND/Kandy as the top 50 disruptive companies in the market place along with the likes of Uber, Slack, SurveyMonkey, …
GENBAND’s CEO David Walsh
The flood gates are opening up. The days of the phone as the singular end-point for communication are vanishing. Now every web-page is an end-point for communication. And last time I looked we have about a trillion web-pages out there. Can you imagine now what Kandy is going to do to this landscape?