Michelle Burbick
Michelle Burbick is the Associate Editor and a blogger for No Jitter, UBM Tech's online community for news and analysis...
Read Full Bio >>

Michelle Burbick | March 27, 2017 |


TADHack-mini Orlando 2017: The Hacks Are In

TADHack-mini Orlando 2017: The Hacks Are In Following a rigorous weekend of hacking and coding, winners have been named and they're ready to present their applications at Enterprise Connect.

Following a rigorous weekend of hacking and coding, winners have been named and they're ready to present their applications at Enterprise Connect.

The TADHack-mini Orlando has wrapped up, and winners have been named, but the Enterprise Connect fun is yet to begin. Today the winners will present their communications-enabled applications in the 3:15 p.m. session, "Hackathon After-Action Report: Meet the Hackers, See the Hacks." And take it from someone who was there to see first-hand all the presentations and cool ideas turned into reality -- you'll definitely want to put this session on your agenda and see the hacks yourself.

On Saturday, 22 developers gathered at a co-working facility, Catalyst Spaces, in Orlando, Fla., along with 15 remote participants from around the globe, to form teams and kick off a weekend of coding what could be the next great communications-enabled app. In total, 13 hacks were presented for judging on Sunday afternoon, with each developer or team demoing the creations in hopes of getting a piece of the $8,000 prize pot. Following the presentations, sponsoring companies gathered in a private room to evaluate the hacks and pick their winners. That judging panel comprised Cisco Spark/Tropo, DataArt, Dialogic, Flowroute, Matrix, RingCentral, Telestax, Temasys, and

So what hacks won? Here's the rundown:

Elder Connected Care -- An app for organizing family and friends who are helping care for elder health needs, all in a shared space, with an "Uber-like" feature enabling family members to add in nurses for ad-hoc consultations to explain complex medical documents or verify medication changes, for example.

Created by Justin Haefner using RingCentral APIs, Elder Connected Care earned the biggest prize of the event, RingCentral's first-place award of $3,000.


Convergence -- A service that allows people to avoid having to provide customer service agents with personal information (like Social Security numbers, for example) over the phone by using secondary communications to collect information and verify people; through the use of a RingCentral Glip bot, it also provides agents with talking points and customer profiles.

Created by John Li and Ian Thomas, using RingCentral APIs, Convergence took that company's second-place prize, $1,000.

Telemergency Line -- A service that provides virtual assistance for emergency situations using video chat and phone calls, with a "panic button" triggering the flow of emergency communications and support.

Created by remote team Germán Goldenstein, Rafael Viscarra, and Fernando Vasquez, using APIs from, Cisco Tropo, and RingCentral, Telemergency Line developers took home a $300 prize from RingCentral.

Whos_Up -- An app created by college students, for college students, enabling them to video and chat each other to get help on certain school projects without having to share personal contact information.

Created by a team from Valencia College -- Bruno Alves, Shibli, and Jerry Reed -- using the streaming video API and Cisco Spark rooms, Whos_Up won a $300 prize from Cisco Spark/Tropo and a $1,000 prize from Vidyo.


Remote Help -- An app for escalating a contact center interaction from messaging and voice into screen-sharing and two-way video.

Developed by Thomas Howe using Vidyo APIs.


Translator Bot -- A translator bot that lets each member of a Cisco Spark room to set his or her language choice and translates all chat messages to the selected language for each person.

Created by Utku Yavuz and Janet Garcia using Cisco Spark, Translator Bot won the $600 prize from sponsor Cisco Spark.


PhoneWall -- An app that provides phone numbers on demand and then routes calls and texts to an individual's phone, aimed at eliminating the need for people to give out their phone numbers.

Also created by team members Li and Thomas (of the Convergence hack mentioned above), using Cisco Tropo, PhoneWall won a $100 prize from Cisco Spark/ Tropo.

Legal Aid -- An app aimed at providing legal services through messaging, reducing more costly voice calls for those seeking social services.

This, too, is a second hack, created by Howe (Remote Help, above) using Flowroute messaging APIs, Legal Aid grabbed the $1,000 prize from sponsor company Flowroute.

Burbudy -- A hack that enhances video surveillance systems to enable homeowners to video chat with someone who is burgling his or her home, warning the burglar to get out now! (see the video demo embedded below)

Created by remote participant Mike Dauphinais using both Temasys and Telestax Restcomm, Burbudy won the $400 prize from Temasys as well as the $400 prize from Telestax/Dialogic/DataArt sponsor group.

Two Player Hangman -- A two-player Web-based version of the classic hangman game, with an audio call feature.

Created by first-time hackathon participant Genesis Barrios using Temasys APIs, after being abandoned by her teammate, Genesis persevered to bring home the $300 Temasys prize and an extra $100 for being a good sport from the Telestax/Dialogic/DataArt group of sponsors.


Sky5 Studio Live! -- A live interactive recording studio enabling musical artists to collaborate with producers in a virtual studio with a video conferencing feature.

Created by Tshela (Sheli) Green using Temasys APIs, Sky5 Studio Live won the $300 prize from sponsor Temasys.


Vboard.Me -- An interactive online classroom with screen share, whiteboard, and live calling features.

Created using Temasys APIs by remote participant Dale V. Ross with team Ross Squared, Vboard.Me took home the $200 prize from Temasys.

Pretty cool stuff, right? Attend today's 3:15 p.m. session, and you can see demos from winning developers of Elder Connected Care, Translator Bot, Sky5 Studio Live!, Legal Aid, Remote Help, and Burbudy -- all made possible by the democratization of telephony.

Follow Michelle Burbick and No Jitter on Twitter!


June 20, 2018

Your enterprise may have adopted SIP Trunks, but are you up to date on how the latest technology is driving evolution in approaches?

In this webinar, youll learn how the new generation of SI

June 6, 2018

The two largest strategic vendors-Cisco and Microsoft-have been busy making changes to their enterprise communications roadmaps, incorporating collaboration applications as fundamental components.

May 23, 2018

If Cisco is a critical strategic supplier for you, then its vital for you to understand the most recent announcements around Webex Teams, and how to build your migration path for the next generatio

March 12, 2018
An effective E-911 implementation doesn't just happen; it takes a solid strategy. Tune in for tips from IT expert Irwin Lazar, of Nemertes Research.
March 9, 2018
IT consultant Steve Leaden lays out the whys and how-tos of getting the green light for your convergence strategy.
March 7, 2018
In advance of his speech tech tutorial at EC18, communications analyst Jon Arnold explores what voice means in a post-PBX world.
February 28, 2018
Voice engagement isn't about a simple phone call any longer, but rather a conversational experience that crosses from one channel to the next, as Daniel Hong, a VP and research director with Forrester....
February 16, 2018
What trends and technologies should you be up on for your contact center? Sheila McGee-Smith, Contact Center & Customer Experience track chair for Enterprise Connect 2018, gives us the lowdown.
February 9, 2018
Melanie Turek, VP of connected work research at Frost & Sullivan, walks us through key components -- and sticking points -- of customer-oriented digital transformation projects.
February 2, 2018
UC consultant Marty Parker has crunched lots of numbers evaluating UC options; tune in for what he's learned and tips for your own analysis.
January 26, 2018
Don't miss out on the fun! Organizer Alan Quayle shares details of his pre-Enterprise Connect hackathon, TADHack-mini '18, showcasing programmable communications.
December 20, 2017
Kevin Kieller, partner with enableUC, provides advice on how to move forward with your Skype for Business and Teams deployments.
December 20, 2017
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst with ZK Research, shares his perspective on artificial intelligence and the future of team collaboration.
December 20, 2017
Delanda Coleman, Microsoft senior marketing manager, explains the Teams vision and shares use case examples.
November 30, 2017
With a ruling on the FCC's proposed order to dismantle the Open Internet Order expected this month, communications technology attorney Martha Buyer walks us through what's at stake.
October 23, 2017
Wondering which Office 365 collaboration tool to use when? Get quick pointers from CBT Nuggets instructor Simona Millham.
September 22, 2017
In this podcast, we explore the future of work with Robert Brown, AVP of the Cognizant Center for the Future of Work, who helps us answer the question, "What do we do when machines do everything?"
September 8, 2017
Greg Collins, a technology analyst and strategist with Exact Ventures, delivers a status report on 5G implementation plans and tells enterprises why they shouldn't wait to move ahead on potential use ....
August 25, 2017
Find out what business considerations are driving the SIP trunking market today, and learn a bit about how satisfied enterprises are with their providers. We talk with John Malone, president of The Ea....
August 16, 2017
World Vision U.S. is finding lots of goodness in RingCentral's cloud communications service, but as Randy Boyd, infrastructure architect at the global humanitarian nonprofit, tells us, he and his team....
August 11, 2017
Alicia Gee, director of unified communications at Sutter Physician Services, oversees the technical team supporting a 1,000-agent contact center running on Genesys PureConnect. She catches us up on th....
August 4, 2017
Andrew Prokop, communications evangelist with Arrow Systems Integration, has lately been working on integrating enterprise communications into Internet of Things ecosystems. He shares examples and off....
July 27, 2017
Industry watcher Elka Popova, a Frost & Sullivan program director, shares her perspective on this acquisition, discussing Mitel's market positioning, why the move makes sense, and more.
July 14, 2017
Lantre Barr, founder and CEO of Blacc Spot Media, urges any enterprise that's been on the fence about integrating real-time communications into business workflows to jump off and get started. Tune and....
June 28, 2017
Communications expert Tsahi Levent-Levi, author of the popular blog, keeps a running tally and comprehensive overview of communications platform-as-a-service offerings in his "Choosing a W....
June 9, 2017
If you think telecom expense management applies to nothing more than business phone lines, think again. Hyoun Park, founder and principal investigator with technology advisory Amalgam Insights, tells ....
June 2, 2017
Enterprises strategizing on mobility today, including for internal collaboration, don't have the luxury of learning as they go. Tony Rizzo, enterprise mobility specialist with Blue Hill Research, expl....
May 24, 2017
Mark Winther, head of IDC's global telecom consulting practice, gives us his take on how CPaaS providers evolve beyond the basic building blocks and address maturing enterprise needs.
May 18, 2017
Diane Myers, senior research director at IHS Markit, walks us through her 2017 UC-as-a-service report... and shares what might be to come in 2018.
April 28, 2017
Change isn't easy, but it is necessary. Tune in for advice and perspective from Zeus Kerravala, co-author of a "Digital Transformation for Dummies" special edition.
April 20, 2017
Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research, shares insight gleaned from the firm's 12th annual UCC Total Cost of Operations study.
March 23, 2017
Tim Banting, of Current Analysis, gives us a peek into what the next three years will bring in advance of his Enterprise Connect session exploring the question: Will there be a new model for enterpris....
March 15, 2017
Andrew Prokop, communications evangelist with Arrow Systems Integration, discusses the evolving role of the all-important session border controller.
March 9, 2017
Organizer Alan Quayle gives us the lowdown on programmable communications and all you need to know about participating in this pre-Enterprise Connect hackathon.
March 3, 2017
From protecting against new vulnerabilities to keeping security assessments up to date, security consultant Mark Collier shares tips on how best to protect your UC systems.
February 24, 2017
UC analyst Blair Pleasant sorts through the myriad cloud architectural models underlying UCaaS and CCaaS offerings, and explains why knowing the differences matter.
February 17, 2017
From the most basics of basics to the hidden gotchas, UC consultant Melissa Swartz helps demystify the complex world of SIP trunking.
February 7, 2017
UC&C consultant Kevin Kieller, a partner at enableUC, shares pointers for making the right architectural choices for your Skype for Business deployment.
February 1, 2017
Elka Popova, a Frost & Sullivan program director, shares a status report on the UCaaS market today and offers her perspective on what large enterprises need before committing to UC in the cloud.
January 26, 2017
Andrew Davis, co-founder of Wainhouse Research and chair of the Video track at Enterprise Connect 2017, sorts through the myriad cloud video service options and shares how to tell if your choice is en....
January 23, 2017
Sheila McGee-Smith, Contact Center/Customer Experience track chair for Enterprise Connect 2017, tells us what we need to know about the role cloud software is playing in contact centers today.