8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, today announced a joint hackathon hosted by Jitsi and Mattermost to tackle communication, collaboration, and engagement challenges facing remote workers around the world.
The virtual hackathon, Hacking from Home: Thriving in a remote environment, will take place November 10-17, 2020. Jitsi, the 8×8-sponsored open source Video as a Service programmable application, and Mattermost, the open source messaging platform for DevOps, will host the competition.
COVID-19 has impacted nearly every industry, shifting many jobs to remote and requiring students, educators, employees and entrepreneurs to work from home. The goal of this hackathon is to create new solutions that optimize remote work for everyone, while delivering the speed, transparency, trust and security of open source software.
Sample challenges for participants include helping in-office and remote employees navigate hybrid work environments, reducing isolation through social interaction, and streamlining operations and processes through new approaches to company handbooks.
Teams from around the world will compete virtually using Jitsi for voice and video conferencing and Mattermost for messaging with integration across both platforms supporting seamless collaboration within teams.
“Demand for the trust, transparency and security of open-source video meetings technology has skyrocketed as businesses, organizations, educators and students around the world shift to working remotely,” said Emil Ivov, Jitsi founder and head of video collaboration at 8×8, Inc. “We’re proud to be joining forces with open-source platform Mattermost for this global hackathon. Together, our open-source community will tackle some of the biggest long-term challenges of remote work.”
“Open source contributions have always been integral to the success of Mattermost,” said Mattermost co-founder and CTO Corey Hulen, “Hackathons like this give us the opportunity to celebrate our community’s contributions while challenging them to think creatively about the future of remote collaboration.”
All are welcome to participate in the hackathon with cash prizes going to the top three winners. To sign up and learn more, visit mattermost.com/hackfest2020.
Jitsi is a set of open source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure video conferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet. 8×8 is the main contributor to the Jitsi.org open source solution, and the standalone and integrated versions of 8×8 Meet are powered by Jitsi. The Jitsi.org code has been hardened with over a million downloads and in applications like banking video conferencing, education as a service platforms, and home security applications globally.
About Mattermost, Inc.
Mattermost is an open source DevOps collaboration platform for team communication across mobile, web and PC with instant search, continuous archiving and unlimited integrations. Mattermost software is used by thousands of organizations around the world in 16 languages. Mattermost, Inc. helps solve collaboration challenges for developers, operators & security teams so organizations can focus on business-critical tasks.
About 8×8, Inc.
8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT) is transforming the future of business communications as a leading Software-as-a-Service provider of voice, video, chat, contact center, and enterprise-class API solutions powered by one global cloud communications platform. 8×8 empowers workforces worldwide to connect individuals and teams so they can collaborate faster and work smarter. Real-time business analytics and intelligence provide businesses unique insights across all interactions and channels so they can delight end-customers and accelerate their business. For additional information, visit www.8×8.com, or follow 8×8 on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
8×8® and 8×8 X Series™ are trademarks of 8×8, Inc.