I paraphrased a Sir Isaac Newton quote, when highlighting the hacks show the power of programmable telecoms / communications as the teams can “stand on the shoulders of giants.” Mashing up programmable telecoms with many other services available over the web. The hacks created show how CPaaS, UCaaS, and CCaaS platforms can solve problems across all aspects of people’s lives, not just in business.
TADHack-mini Orlando helps showcase the sponsors to the EC19 audience – Flowroute, Telesign and VoIP Innovations. Its an excellent recruitment tool, not only for employees and contractors, but also for apps into for example VoIP Innovations Showroom. It brings new blood into the industry, which is sorely needed. I do not feel old attending Enterprise Connect, which is saying something these days! And most of all it keeps the sponsors’ honest. There is nothing as insightful (or as hard) as working with a diverse group of developers using your APIs, SDKs, and documentation. They are brutal – its great
I know some vendors shy away from TADHack, preferred slideware to reality. Others think TADHack is purely about developer acquisition, ignoring education, recruitment, promotion across EC19, and contributing to the growth of the industry. Its a shame so few CXTech providers’ marketing groups understand the value of TADHack. Thankfully Flowroute, Telesign and VoIP Innovations understand and support us.
In this weblog I show the slides given at the EC19 session. In the summary of the TADHack-mini Orlando weblog, you can see videos of all the teams’ pitches. Given the many discussion over the passed few days, I’m going to write a weblog on why the CXTech industry must do hackathons, what TADHack is unique and receives high praise, and why we must do hackathons differently to the BABS (Bay Area BS) machine.
SaveMe by Giancarlos Toro, Conner Luzier, Thiago Pereira, Vikki Horn won prizes from Flowroute, Telesign and VoIP Innovations. It is a secure video reporting app using WebRTC and SMS.
CallNection by German Gamboa, Garrett Curtis, Vincent Tang, and Eric Good won prizes from Flowroute, Telesign, and VoIP Innovations. Its an interesting take on the anonymous chat chat scenario. The scenario of Harold and Peaches getting to know each other was another comedic masterpiece.
City Assistant by Chris Woodle, Peter Tarsoly, Hunter Henry, Muntaser Syed won prizes from Flowroute , Telesign, and VoIP Innovations. When you’re traveling and data is limited, the City Assistant is here to help all of your needs! Simply text it for translations, directions, and or even simple questions. It can handle all of your travel needs in a pinch. This also gets generic medication names for medications found in the FDA database, by text or images.
IAprove by Richard Dixon, Javier Carrion, David Bruno, Kevin Coleman won the VoIP Innovations prize. Its an SMS multimedia approval system. They gave a Disney use case, well we are in Florida, to show how it speeds up selection and approval processes.
SmartIoTFlags by Mike Cairns from AT&T won the Telesign Prize. Waiting in doctor’s offices sucks. Schedule your doctors appointments via chatbot and maintain real-time state of patient exam rooms using IoT Smart Flags. We need more people hacking from large corporations!
Thanks to Enterprise Connect, No Jitter, Michelle Burbick and Eric Krapf for your continued support. Thanks to Valencia College, the Collaborative Design Center, and Jerry Reed for your support. To the sponsors Flowroute, Telesign and VoIP Innovations for making TADHack Orlando 2019 possible. To the partners of TADHack-mini Orlando 2019 for promoting us. And to everyone who took part both in-person and remotely.
TADHack-mini Orlando 2019, held at Valencia College’s Collaborative Design Center, was an impressive hackathon. Thank you to Flowroute, Telesign, and VoIP Innovations for making TADHack Orlando 2019 possible. And a big thank you to all the teams in Orlando, Austin and Belgium who took part.
We showcase the power of mashing up programmable telecoms / communications with a range of other services to create compelling solutions to real world problems. With some returning teams from 2018 the quality of the hacks and market readiness is impressive.
Returning teams shared stories on how their hacks in 2018 led to job offers within a month and then permanent roles. The skills people build at TADHack, the problems people solve provide compelling evidence on their abilities. Programmable telecoms / communications skills are in high demand!
SaveMe by Giancarlos Toro, Conner Luzier, Thiago Pereira, Vikki Horn won prizes from Flowroute ($250), Telesign ($250) and VoIP Innovations ($250 +$250 Best Buy Voucher). It is a secure video reporting app using WebRTC and SMS.
Water Watcher by Jerry Reed won prizes from Flowroute ($250) and Telesign ($125). It provides a non-intrusive home monitoring for at-risk persons. Jerry’s quite practical demonstration had the whole audience laughing.
CallNection by German Gamboa, Garrett Curtis, Vincent Tang, and Eric Good won prizes from Flowroute ($250), Telesign ($250) and VoIP Innovations ($250). Its an interesting take on the anonymous chat chat scenario. The scenario of Harold and Peaches getting to know each other was another comedic masterpiece.
City Assistant by Chris Woodle, Peter Tarsoly, Hunter Henry, Muntaser Syed won prized from Flowroute ($250), Telesign ($250) and VoIP Innovations ($250). When you’re traveling and data is limited, the City Assistant is here to help all of your needs! Simply text it for translations, directions, and or even simple questions. It can handle all of your travel needs in a pinch. This also gets generic medication names for medications found in the FDA database, by text or images.
IAprove by Richard Dixon, Javier Carrion, David Bruno, Kevin Coleman won the VoIP Innovations prize ($250). Its an SMS multimedia approval system. They gave a Disney use case, well we are in Florida, to show how it speeds up selection and approval processes.
SmartIoTFlags by Mike Cairns from AT&T won the Telesign Prize ($125). Waiting in doctor’s offices sucks. Schedule your doctors appointments via chatbot and maintain realtime state of patient exam rooms using IoT Smart Flags.
Mike Dauphinais wrapped up the pitches with Scrappy using Flowroute. An app that scrapes electricity web site’s pricing and sends an MMS when its time to change provider. Which in Belgium you can do at any time with no penalty.
Here are the Flowroute Winners
Here are the Telesign Winners
Here are the VoIP Innovations Winners
Thanks to Valencia College, the Collaborative Design Center, and Jerry Reed for your support. To the sponsors Flowroute, Telesign and VoIP Innovations for making TADHack Orlando 2019 possible. To the partners of TADHack-mini Orlando 2019 for promoting us. And to everyone who took part both in-person and remotely.
Besides bringing a consistent group for distinguished speakers, with every edition we aim to improve the interaction between all the participants. From the first edition of the event we had the VUC Visions panel and Dangerous Demos, along with the cocktail party for social networking. At the previous edition we introduced the Ask Me Anything session with Kamailio core developers.
In 2019, we are adding two new sessions to offer even more chances that the participants know each other and network between them, opening the doors for partnerships and collaboration. These are:
Your Deployment On Stage – 5 Minutes 5 Slides – the session is coordinated by Markus Monka, head of IT infrastructure at sipgate.de. In this session any participant can come in the front of the others and speak about how they use Kamailio or what they are offering in the VoIP/RTC space. Think of it as a quick exposure, letting the others notice your presence so they can approach during the breaks or social networking event for further discussions. Time is limited, the proposals will be accepted in the order they are received. You can contact us starting now and get your 5min — use the web form for it. Important note: this session is not for accepted speakers, but for the registered attendees.
Berlin City Tour By Boat – with special credits to sipgate.de for sponsoring it, this new social networking event during the evening of May 6, 2019, aims to offer a relaxing time combine sightseeing in the beautiful city center of Berlin with enjoying a few drinks, overall enabling more chances to chat between us.
Looking forward to meeting many of you in Berlin at Kamailio World Conference 2019! You still have the chance to secure your seat now at the early registration fee:
You might have noticed an update to Jitsi Meet on your Android or iOS device, that’s because our brand new release, 19.0 is out! “19.0?! What did I miss?!” we hear you say. The first thing to note about this release is we switched our versioning scheme. We are now using CalVer, so 19.0 means this is the first release of 2019, the next one will be 19.1 and so on.
Let’s jump right in to what’s new! First, some style changes:
The entire UI and dialogs now have a dark and cohesive appearance. Not only does it look better, but it may even save you some battery if you’re using an AMOLED display!
Next, a long awaited one: chat support!
We are very close to feature parity across all our platforms – this was a big milestone for achieving that. We hope you like it!
We also added some more new functionality to make your meetings more pleasant :
display names are now shown,
a new contact menu for kicking or muting users, and a
meeting title bar!
All of these combined should help everyone have a better experience, either because you’ll know who you are actually talking to when they have no video or because you’ll be able to mute or kick them if they are being annoying.
Last, but not least, some candy for our iOS users: Siri shortcuts support!
Thanks to the integration with Siri shortcuts it’s now easier than ever to join a recurring meeting, just by using your voice.
Of course, we added tons of smaller fixes and performance improvements. You can find this version in the Apple Store and Google Play as usual. Stay tuned for what 19,1 will bring!
Kamailio SIP Server v5.2.2stable is out – a minor release including fixes in code and documentation since v5.2.1. The configuration file and database schema compatibility is preserved, which means you don’t have to change anything to update.
Kamailio® v5.2.2 is based on the latest source code of GIT branch 5.2 and it represents the latest stable version. We recommend those running previous 5.2.x or older versions to upgrade. There is no change that has to be done to configuration file or database structure comparing with the previous releases of the v5.2 branch.
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These days it is rare to find a hackathon where you can freely tinker around with your tools without worrying about a business case. With many corporates penetrating the scene, hackathons are become more and more like startup weekends in disguise.
The truth is, not every hack needs to have a purpose, and not every hack needs to turn into a startup. The beauty of hacking freely is that you don’t need to have a purpose behind your hack. Personally I find that this inclination towards developing “business models” over a weekend is restrictive to the freedom of hacking away, because:
Hackers are not Entrepreneurs
If we were to understand the original meaning of the term hacking we need to travel back in time to the late 1950s inside the trenches of the labs at MIT. The book hackers takes us on this journey back in time where the heroes of the book had never seen a computer in their lives, but were members of the Tech Model Rail Club (TMRC). These members spent most of their time tinkering and improving on railroad systems. The core members of the club were obsessed about improving the System to the extent that they developed a culture and a jargon of their own:
“When a piece of equipment wasn’t working, it was “losing”; when a piece of equipment was ruined, it was “munged” (Mash Until No Good); the two desks in the comer of the room were not called the office, but the “orifice”; one who insisted on studying for courses was a “tool”; garbage was called “cruft”; and a project undertaken or a product built not solely to fulfill some constructive goal, but with some wild pleasure taken in mere involvement, was called a “hack.” “
No matter how hard I try I will not be able to describe this art better than this excerpt from hackady:
“Hacking is an art form that uses something in a way in which it was not originally intended. This highly creative activity can be highly technical, simply clever, or both. Hackers bask in the glory of building it instead of buying it, repairing it rather than trashing it, and raiding their junk bins for new projects every time they can steal a few moments away.”
A hacker starts with a question such as can I make X do Y or would I be able to re-purpose this to do that?
On the other hand, an entrepreneur would start with an understanding of the market and segment it to understand his target user’s problems. Following that an s/he would develop feasible solutions to tackle this problem while keeping in mind a business model that allows his solution to generate appropriate revenue. While all of this is interesting it tends to distract one from the original hack in question. Many hack ideas would be disregarded along the way. They’re pointless from a business perspective but pleasurable from a hacking perspective.
The TADHack experience
So what is TADHack? According to their website:
“TADHack is a hackathon that helps people learn about the latest Internet, IT, and Telecoms technologies; and use those technologies to solve problems that matter.”
So it’s a hackathon related to anything telecommunications. I was skeptical about attending at first because I didn’t know much about telecoms and protocols. Eventually I decided that I have nothing better to do that weekend so why not just give it a shot.
I really wanted to get my hands dirty with some hardware for this one so I looked around my room to see what kind of tools I have available. Well I found a HackRF Software Defined Radio, A raspberry Pi kit — containing a bunch of drivers, displays and a breadboard, and an RC car. I always wanted to understand Radio Frequency (RF) so I decided why not decode the signal from my remote which controlled the car and see if I can regenerate this signal to control the car. Having watched Michael Ossoman’s series a while ago, this was my first practical project out of that tutorial.
Initially I wanted to connect the hackRF to the raspberry pi and use it to decode and send the signals, but I ran into problems with that so I ended up using my laptop instead. I installed GNU Radio on my laptop and followed a tutorial to decode the signal. I found that the toy car operated at a frequency of 40MHz so I listened at that signal and captured the signal being transmitted from the remote. I inspected that signal in Audacity and discovered that it was an on-off keying signal that relied on a sequence of amplitudes to send a sequence of 0’s and 1’s.
Next I decoded the signal in another flow graph and transmitted the digital signal to control the RC car. It took alot of attempts but eventually I got it to work. It worked for the forward button but I had trouble with the other 3 directions. Nevertheless it was exciting to see the wheels rotate as a result of my generated signal!
I had plans to do other things based on that such as record the directions in a smart contract (fictional use case), but I couldn’t get it done due to time. While this hack was pointless for many outsiders, it was really fun to work on and I learned a lot about radio waves in the process. After I built it I made up a fictional use case for it and pitched it on the final day. And the runner-up award goes to …
While I ended up not using any of the APIs of the sponsors due to the lack of time, I explained what I was planning to do with Status.im and smart contracts if I did have enough time.
Overall it was a very positive experience and I enjoyed the fact that we were free to build anything we wanted that utilised the technologies of the event sponsors. I look forward to attending TADHack in 2019 and I think you should too. Find out if they organise one in a city near you or even join online global hackathon from the comfort of your home.
There will be sessions covering IMS/VoLTE and IoT, and, of course, we have the very popular two sessions that never missed a Kamailio World edition: Dangerous Demos with James Body and VUC Visions with Randy Resnick.
The open discussions session Kamailio – Ask Me Anything with the main developers or the project is again present and allows the attendees to address questions about their needs of using Kamailio and the development of the project.
A new kind of session is introduced at this edition Your Deployment On Stage – 5 Minutes 5 Slides enabling attendees to show what their are doing in the RTC space, what are their services and products, where and how Kamailio is used.
The details for other speakers and sessions will be published in the near future, stay tuned!
I’ll run through the logistics, plan for the weekend, and then introduce the sponsors who are making TADHack-mini Orlando possible to briefly explain their resources.
Its going to be fun! I’m bringing a Nespresso machine, with lots of different coffee pods so you can try them out.
Please bring friends and colleagues along to hack with you, just make sure they register beforehand, thanks.
If you have any questions, just ask. We’re excited to see your hack
Remote Entry Procedure (you only need to read this if you’re taking part remotely)
Before TADHack-mini Orlando, please check out the sponsors’ developer resources. If you have any questions please ask.
You need to record your pitch and submit it to us by 1PM ET on Sunday 17th March. The pitch is where you explain and demonstrate your hack. Either one person or the whole team can give the pitch. The only strict limit is the video must be 5 minutes maximum. The recommended structure is:
Introduce you / the team (and team name if you have one)
Introduce the hack name and a brief description
List the sponsor’s resources used in the hack (which sponsors should judge your hack)
Explain the hack, can be done through a simple presentation / a little acting, whatever you / the team wants to do.
And, of course, a demo of what you created.
Please send your pitch video to firstname.lastname@example.org by wetransfer.com. And as a back-up if you would also upload your video to YouTube, this will ensure the video will be played no matter what. Also please send an email to email@example.com with the following information to ensure we get your entry judged by the right sponsors and we have all your information correct:
Wetransfer URL, YouTube URL
The team name and team members’ names (this can just be your name)
Hack name and a brief description of the hack
List the sponsor’s resources used in the hack (which sponsors should judge your hack)
Name and email of person nominated by the team to receive the prize (if awarded) on behalf of the team. Please discuss this ahead of time on who will receive the cash and how the cash is distributed amongst the team, usually its equally but its the team’s decision.
All hacks will be promoted on the TADHack YouTube channel, we want to write weblogs on all of them. TADHack is focused on promoting everyone involved. If you have time and are able to draft as weblog about your entry in the weeks / months after TADHack, that would be great. The suggested weblog structure is:
Introduce the team and their backgrounds, as well as the company if the entry is from a company;
Describe the hack, a deeper dive into how you created the hack and its functionality, for example the libraries used and some of the problems you faced;
Share any code / links / demos that are available; and
VoIP Innovations are back, sponsoring for the second year runningÂ TADHack-mini Orlando 2019Â on the 16-17 March, just beforeÂ Enterprise Connect. The key to VoIP Innovations success is using technology to provide choice, automation and control for their customers. This success came from their industry leading BackOffice platform, Titanium III. Where customers can use network features such as inbound and outbound calling, E911, Fraud Detection, Hosted Billing, and an End User Portal.
In 2017, they acquired the programmable communications API platform technology developed by the France-based company, Apidaze. With this acquisition, all VoIP Innovations services are now programmable meaning customers can build their own services on their network, or add voice, messaging, fax, and video to apps, services or business processes. Theyâ€™ve also opened up a dynamic Showroom comprised of a rapidly expanding portfolio of services that were built using their Programmable Services platform.
Check out VoIP Innovations developer resources section on theÂ TADHack-mini Orlando pageÂ by scrolling down to the Developer Resources section and click on VoIP Innovations. Follow the instructions before the event on how to get started so you hit the ground running on Saturday.
But do not worry if youâ€™re not set-up ahead of the event, Joe from VoIP Innovations will be there throughout the weekend to help you.Â And I’ve just learned a good friend of TADHack, Harold Vance, who has just joined VoIP Innovations, will also be joining us over the weekend. Do not be afraid to test out your ideas and pitches with Joe and Harold, not just the technical stuff, they want you to be successful using VoIP Innovations APIs. I’m sure Harold will gladly help with any acting parts in your pitch as well
If you want to develop your hack into a deploy-able service, VoIP Innovations will promote the hack in their Showroom for their 2000 service provider partners to sell to their customers across North America. From a hack you could build a business, and VoIP Innovations wants to help you succeed!
We’re pleased to announce TeleSign are sponsoring TADHack-mini Orlando 2019 on the 16-17 March, just before Enterprise Connect. TeleSign connects and protects online experiences with sophisticated customer identity and engagement solutions. Through APIs that deliver user verification, data insights, and communications they solve today’s unique customer challenges by bridging businesses to the complex world of global telecommunications.
Most of the large web brands around the world use their APIs; so you’re in good company hacking on TeleSign.
Check out their developer resources section on the TADHack-mini Orlando page by scrolling down to the Developer Resources section and click on TeleSign . Follow the instructions before the event on how to get started so you hit the ground running on Saturday.
But do not worry if you’re not set-up ahead of the event, Filipe and Dave from Telesign will be there throughout the weekend to help you. Do not be afraid to test out your ideas and pitches with them as well, not just the technical stuff, they want you to be successful using their APIs.
Telesign’s focus for TADHack-mini Orlando are their Voice API and Phone Numbers API. They have lots of other APIs to play with as well, but the focus for this weekend is the Voice and Phone Numbers APIs. The best hackathon project(s) will be showcased on TeleSign’s official blog as well as all of their social media. Good luck!
The selection procedure is ongoing, therefore expect the details for other speakers to be published in the near future.
The two interactive sessions present at all the past editions return in 2019, respectively VUC Visions and Dangerous Demos. In addition, we will have at least two other similar sessions to allow better interaction between Kamailio developers and the participants. As usual, expect presentations that go beyond Kamailio, covering Asterisk, FreeSwitch, VoLTE/IMS, WebRTC or IoT and technologies such as blockchain, containerisation and artificial intelligence.
To facilitate more networking between attendees, the 2019 edition is adding a new social event in the evening of the 6th of May, a boat trip on the channels of the city center.
The registration is open, you can do it now to benefit of the early registration price:
Kamailio were awarded ‘Open Source Excellence’, a key reason being the superb management of the project. Kamailio is used within huge networks and really is the secret weapon of many modern telcos. It is open source and, in the judges’ opinion, one of the best run projects around.
This recognizes the enormous effort made over more than 15 years by the development team and the community to keep Kamailio at the top of open source SIP/VoIP server applications, with a well defined development process and project organizing procedures.
With key targets such as flexibility, robustness, security and scalability, Kamailio continued to bring constantly a consistent set of new features with each major release (19 of them, from SER 0.8.x to Kamailio 5.2.x) and consolidated the trust in being a reliable application that can be used from start-ups to large established telcos and mobile operators.
It is actually a double celebration, because Fred Posner (twitter), one of our most prominent community members and advocate, was also awarded — citing:Â a genuine ‘Pre-Posthumous Legend’, a selfless, long standing contributor and supporter of the open-source community who has never sought the limelight.
Thank you SimCon for the award and Simwood for supporting the project for so many years!
Maintaining and administering phone systems has not always been easy. And, as businesses need more and more functionality, phone systems have become more advanced to accommodate. Luckily, those tasked with
Fact that open source development is huge nowadays couldn’t be felt better than at Fosdem 2019, practically during the first day was almost impossible to move around even on the corridors. It is irrelevant to say that I gave up quickly in the morning trying to attend any session, after failing to find seats in two of the rooms I wanted to get in.
Therefore the first day resumed to hallways, expo areas and cafeterias, meeting and chatting mainly with fellow Kamailians and VoIP/RTC folks. I got also the chance to see again and catch up with couple of other projects and organizations, among them: FSFE, OSI, SFC, the main Linux distros, Fossasia or GSoC.
Back to real time communications, being again being again part of organizing team for the DevRoom and the lounge…
The lounge was available during the both days, as usual filled with many XMPP projects and devs, joined by the Matrix.org team. The SIP/VoIP folks were never attracted by the lounge during all these years, but we always had a stronger presence in the DevRoom.
The RTC DevRoom took place in building H, with a fair large space accommodating about 150 seats, allowing us to run smooth during the day. I haven’t done much on Sunday apart of helping around and chatting with folks just outside.
Henning gave a presentation on what’s new lately on Kamailio project. You can find his talk and some pictures in a blog post from him. Asterisk, Matrix, Homer SIP Capture, reSIProcate and CGRateS had their usual presentations as well and WebRTC was also a relevant stake of the day. A new comer this year was the sip3.io project, another SIP capture and troubleshooting tool. Of course, some presentations were about XMPP, open source devs doing a lot of cool stuff with that protocol as well.
On Saturday, we had our informal developers meeting about Kamailio, among participants, besides myself (Daniel-Constantin Mierla), there were Henning Westerholt, Federico Cabiddu, Alexandr Dubovikov and Dragos Oancea. Four were also at the developers meetup in Dusseldorf and we agreed that was something very productive and we should do it again. Couple of ideas were discussed about short term development, more to be announced via mailing lists.
The top of the event was as usual the dinner, done by Kamailio project every Fosdem edition since 2009 (see who was there 10 years ago). Like in the past few years, we were joined by other VoIP devs participating in the DevRoom, being nearly 40 participants (to give few more names: James Body, Tim Panton, Dan Jenkins, Daniel Pocock, Joachim Vanheuverzwijn). Lot of fun and interesting discussions!
Big thanks to Voxbone.com for sponsoring it and to Torrey Searle for helping to organize the dinner!
And to attract more of you to contribute to open source (and Kamailio), I have to mention that I got one of the most amazing gifts in more than 17 years of OSS development: home made Belgian chocolate truffles, amazing taste (thanks Joachim/Zoiper)!
Overall, another great two days spent with friends, Kamailio/VoIP community and FOSS developers!
Kamailio SIP Server v5.1.7stable is out – a minor release including fixes in code and documentation since v5.1.6. The configuration file and database schema compatibility is preserved, which means you don’t have to change anything to update.
Kamailio® v5.1.7 is based on the latest source code of GIT branch 5.1 and it represents the latest stable version. We recommend those running previous 5.1.x or older versions to upgrade. There is no change that has to be done to configuration file or database structure comparing with the previous releases of the v5.1 branch.
Note: the branch 5.1 is the previous stable branch. The latest stable branch is 5.2, at this time with v5.2.1 being released out of it. Be aware that you may need to change the configuration files and database structures from 5.1.x to 5.2.x. See more details about it at:
The year 2019 started once again at fast pace for Kamailio SIP Server project. Among the activities within the community, we have always tried to cover as much as possible the events related to open source and real time communication worlds.
During the next few months, there are many occasions where you can meet with Kamailio developers and community members, among them:
Asterisk World and ITExpo, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA, during January 29, 2019 – Fred Posner will give a presentation about Kamailio
Fosdem, Brussels, Belgium, during February 2-3, 2019 – Henning Westerholt will give a presentation about Kamailio as part of RTC Devroom. Daniel-Constantin Mierla, Federico Cabiddu, Alexandr Dubovikov, Torrey Searle and couple of other developers will attend the event and participate to our traditional dinner on the evening of the 2nd of February
Should you participate to those events, or just happens to be in the same city during those events and want to meet, get in contact with us via sr-users mailing list. We would love to get in touch and share the latest updates about Kamailio!
You’ll get the best possible training in programmable telecoms from the people that built the platforms. This is a unique opportunity.
This hackathon takes place just before Enterprise Connect 2019, the largest enterprise communications event on the planet. Winners get a chance to pitch before this massive audience in a session dedicated to the TADHack winners. Its a great opportunity to promote your team (find great jobs) or your business / idea (win more deals).
Even if you’re not lucky enough to live in Orlando or be visiting Enterprise Connect, you can still take part in TADHack-mini Orlando remotely from the comfort of your own home. We’ve had many winning remote hacks over the years. Check out BurBudy to see the fun you can have!
Get educated on the power of programmable telecoms – no coding skills necessary to attend!
Work hands-on with experts and share best practices.
Create hacks (prototypes) using telecom technologies to solve local or global problems that matter to you.
Get your innovative service / platform / idea promoted and presented to the global industry. Winners get to present their pitch at Enterprise Connect on Monday 18th March at 2PM.
Meet the global community of telecom innovators – they are really nice people, just a little bit geeky.
Learn about the programmable telecom APIs; WebRTC; communications service platforms like UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service), CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service), UC&C (Unified Communications and Collaboration); cloud communications; decentralized / distributed web; and many other web- and IT-centric service platforms
TADHack is all about learning, sharing, coding, creating, and most importantly having fun with a diverse group of people. And if that is not enough to entice you, we have lots of cash prizes, free entrance, free food, and free parking
The Orlando technology and entrepreneurial communities are amazing! We’re getting lots of local support, props to all these groups:
Valencia College are stars in supporting TADHack this year in letting us use their Collaborative Design Center. Especially Jerry Reed and his colleagues from the Computer Science Department; and Katie and Rachel from the CDC.
Code for Orlando aims to fix problems in one of Code for America’s three Focus Groups: Safety and Justice, Economic Welfare, and Healthy communities. You can read more about the focus groups here: https://www.codeforamerica.org/what/focus-areas. Erin and Andrew (Co-Captains of Code for Orlando) are working with us to help developers use the TADHack sponsors’ technology to make a difference for Orlando!
OrlandoJS. Bruno Genaro and his team provide TADHack with great support and guidance.
IOT Orlando, led by Jared Mitchell Porcenaluk, has promoted us across the Orlando IoT community. Jerry Reed was recently presenting at one of Jared’s events.
OrlandoDevs, a community of software developers in Orlando, FL.
Three months and a bit till the start of Kamailio World 2019, the 7th edition of the conference about Kamailio project eco-system and the open source real time communication platforms.
If you want to contribute to the success of the event and benefit of a great exposure, you can join us as a sponsor. You can choose from several standard packages presented in the Sponsorship page  of the event website or ask for a personalized package that can be tailored to suit better your needs .
Many of the persons with relevant contributions to the evolution of the project are invited to the event, besides that the sponsorships help to cover the costs on site for all speakers. Also, we are offering again several grants to students interested in real time communications (last edition we had four students from Spain, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic). If SER-OpenSER-Kamailio helped you along the years, your support can add on board more people that can contribute back to the project as well as having a great event with many developers and the project community at Kamailio World 2019!
Do not hesitate to contact us for more details about sponsorship options.
Last summer, West Corporation acquired Flowroute, a software-centric carrier that provides communication services and technology for cloud-based products. This was a great endorsement for the growth and success of the CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service) and programmable telecom industry.
Flowroute has been involved with TADHack since its inception and is sponsoring TADHack-mini Orlando for the third straight year.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with TADHack, it is an event where people from all backgrounds, including developers, graphic designers and IT managers, come together to collaborate on cloud-based apps and services to solve problems that matter by utilizing programmable telecoms. What is great about TADHack is you don’t need to be a coder to participate.
Partnering with Enterprise Connect, enables attendees to get hands-on experience with Telecom APIs, UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service), CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service), UC&C (Unified Communications and Collaboration), and much more. For those not attending Enterprise Connect, you get to build your portfolio of skills in programmable telecoms that will be in demand for the next decade.
For TADHack sponsors, it’s a great way to demonstrate the power of their platforms to solve a multitude of problems using programmable telecoms. Not just the typical enterprise use cases.
“We look forward to TADHack each year as we have the opportunity to interact with some incredibly smart individuals who have a passion for telecom and how it can drive the customer experience. By opening up our software we’re able to give developers the ability to innovate the customer experience through unique implementations of voice and messaging in cloud-based apps and services,” said Eric Harber, General Manager at Flowroute.
Some of Flowroute’s past winners include:
Thomas Howe with Legal Aid. Extending social services through messaging to all stakeholders. Which also won the Code For Orlando prize.
Tim Christovich, Jeremiah Lantzer, Muntaser Jems Syed, and Chris Woodle used Flowroute to create Ciphertext. A mobile application platform for shared and controlled access to your smart home devices. The mobile app allows you to share access to a smart-lock enabled door via an SMS text message or an MMS delivered QR code.
Steffen Camarato, Bruno Harger Alves, Vikki Horn, Nicolas Jaramillo used Flowroute to create their hack Ghosted. Their app, “Ghosted”, enables anonymity to protect users, but allows a full scale system to communicate via SMS, MMS, and voice calls, without letting the other user know their phone numbers.
Kamailio SIP Server v5.2.1stable is out – a minor release including fixes in code and documentation since v5.2.0. The configuration file and database schema compatibility is preserved, which means you don’t have to change anything to update.
Kamailio® v5.2.1 is based on the latest source code of GIT branch 5.2 and it represents the latest stable version. We recommend those running previous 5.2.x or older versions to upgrade. There is no change that has to be done to configuration file or database structure comparing with the previous releases of the v5.2 branch.
Like at the previous editions, the event spans over three days, May 6-8, 2019, taking place at our usual venue, in the hearth of Berlin city, Germany. The first day contains the technical tutorials, the following two days are for conference presentations and exhibition.
With this edition, we are introducing a new social networking event during the evening of the first day, the 6th of May. The goal is to allow more time for interaction and networking between participants, as well as get a taste of Berlin. Therefore, this event is organized outside of the conference venue, couple of options being considered at this time, like city tour by boat or double deck bus, pub or pizza party. The cocktail party will take place as usual, during the evening of the 2nd day, the 7th of May. More updates about this new social networking event in the near future!
Note also that the Call For Speakers is still in progress and we already have a consistent group of submissions, if you plan to present at Kamailio World 2019, hurry up with the proposal! Scalability and security, WebRTC, IMS and VoLTE or IoT with Kamailio as well as related projects such as Asterisk or FreeSwitch are among the topics to be covered this year.
TADHack-mini Orlando 2019 runs on the 16-17 March, at Collaborative Design Center (Building 10, 3rd floor) at Valencia College, West Campus.
A TADHack is an event in which people (e.g. students, graphic designers, project managers, product managers, IT Managers, Enterprise Connect attendees, computer programmers, interested individuals, and subject-matter-experts) collaborate on a software project focused on programmable telecoms. You do not need to be a coder to take part.
TADHack is the weekend before Enterprise Connect 2019, so while everyone travels into The Enterprise Telecoms (sorry, Communications) event of the year; they get to see the sponsors of TADHack-mini Orlando showing how easy their technology can be used to solve a variety of problems people face in their everyday lives. Its not just APIs, through management consoles you can integrate applications, set up workflows all with no programming expertise. That’s why we emphasize TADHack is for Everyone!
We encourage people who can not attend TADHack in person in Orlando to take part remotely. We’ve had some really funny remote pitches, check out BURBUDY by Mike Dauphinais.
Winners and runners up from TADHack-mini Orlando 2019 can also give their pitch on Monday 18th March to the entire Enterprise Connect audience, its a great opportunity.
TADHack is all about learning, sharing, coding (you can even avoid this with some of the GUIs / management consoles), creating, and most importantly having fun with a diverse group of people. And if that is not enough to entice you, we have lots of cash prizes, free entrance, and free food.
Fosdem 2019 is approaching, so we surveying to see who from the community plans to go to the event. We also plan to organize again a dinner on Saturday evening, a tradition for our project at the past 10 editions or even more.
Henning Westerholt will give a presentation about Kamailio in the RTC Devroom.
Several other developers plan to go to the conference as well, among them Daniel-Constantin Mierla, Federico Cabiddu and Alexandr Dubovikov, therefore we open here the invitation to join for everyone in our community. Of course, at Fosdem will be developers from other VoIP projects, like Asterisk, Janus, CGRates, Homer, Jitsi, …
At the past editions we typically had two “kamailio” events:
(1) an “ad-hoc” developers meeting in the cantina (or other available
room around) to discuss about short term plans for Kamailio — time and
place being decided as we meet there between us (expected in the
afternoon of Saturday or during Sunday).
(2) a dinner at a place nearby, with other VoIP folks joining us
If you plan to go to Fosdem and want to join the dinner, announce yourself on firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. Just be aware that you have to pay for your food and drinks at the dinner, unless we are going to be surprised again by a generous sponsor that covers partially or completely to dinner.
If you need more details about Fosdem, the website is:
Over the last few years, cloud computing services have dominated the information technology market. Cloud has become the go-to solution for various products and services, including business communications. Now that
Fast, so fast, the 2018 is gone, one of those years of consolidation in terms of development and community activity for the Kamailio project, with another major release and an amazing edition of Kamailio World Conference! Thank you everyone for contributing to the project!
We are now looking forward to a healthy and fruitful year 2019 to all Kamailio friends and the project itself, once again hoping to meet many of you at the 7th edition of Kamailio World Conference and other events around this magnificent world!
Resellers. Value added resellers (VARs). Managed service providers (MSPs). Trusted advisor. These are chief among the terms commonly used to describe a vendor’s channel partner. These partners work with small
Slowly getting to another end of a year, the 18th since the project was started — a fruitful 2018, with a great evolution for project development and plenty of community interactions. We had another major releases, 5.2 in November and, after quite long time, a meeting dedicated for Kamailio developers, done by end of September 2018, in Dusseldorf, Germany. We are grateful to all developers and community members that contributed to moving the project further!
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Every once in a while we learn about a project like no other using Jitsi Meet. Today we’d like to share one such project: Papa Noel Online and its sibling project Los Reyes Magos TV.
These projects allow children in Spain to have a video chat with Santa Claus or one of The Three Wise Men.
This is a non-profit initiative, part of a larger project, which is funded with the support of different charities and several town councils. It was launched a couple of years ago and it has grown tremendously, with more and more councils getting on board every year.
Below is an example of a 3 Los Reyes Magos (3 Wise Men) call:
Over the past Christmas season, over 10.000 video calls were processed, mostly from Spain but many of them from Argentina and Mexico too. That is impressive, to say the least.
Something we found fascinating is that this year participants will be able to interact via sign language, in addition to audio and video. In order to better present this to users they are using the recently introduced Brady Bunch Layout. We certainly never had this use case in mind when Brady Bunch was built, but you can see how this feature is critical for some use cases!
Testing the use of a sign-language interpreter using Jitsi’s new Brady Bunch layout.
We’ve known Javi Arranz, CEO of Eternity Online and the mastermind behind this project for a while now. He is deeply involved in several charitable efforts in Spain. Javi wouldn’t stop praising Jitsi, claiming he couldn’t have done it without it.
We are incredibly proud and humbled that Open Source technology produced by the Jitsi community is used in such wonderful and noble projects.
When preparing the latest major release of Kamailio (the v5.2.0) and the days after, I run some tests to compare the performances of using native scripting versus Lua and Python (v2). The tests were not focused on measuring the capacity of Kamailio, but to see the difference in executing similar SIP routing logic with different scripting languages.
The results and conclusions are collected in a wiki page:
It was pleasant to discover that native scripting, Lua and Python perform more or less the same, the differences are so small that can be just a side effect of what other applications are running at that moment in the system. The tests were related to processing registrations with user authentication, using MySQL as a backend.
A test consisted of 20 000 registrations for 10 users being sent at a rate of 4000 requests/second, with a limit of 10 000 at the same time. Note that each registration was challenged for authentication and resent with credentials, then authenticated (this performs a MySQL query) and replied with 200ok. The average of running the routing script ranged form 60 to 80 microseconds, most of them being around 70 microseconds (for a better understanding, that means more than 10 000 authenticated registrations per second).
The wiki page includes the sipp scenario, used configs and tools to perform the tests, therefore anyone can try to run and check the results.
A bit of a surprise was to see that Python has really good results. I ran couple of basic tests during the development of KEMI framework for Kamailio 5.0 and using Python seemed slower. Not this time, so I will have to re-run the tests just to be sure I haven’t forgotten something.
Anyhow, during the development of Kamailio 5.2, there were couple of additions to KEMI to improve the performances. Among the most relevant were to export several functions that are equivalent to some native scripting language conditions, such as matching From/To URIs against myself keyword or matching the SIP methods.