BT hacks what’s next for Future Voice platform on our Rapport sandbox!

July 8, 2015 in News

Author: G. Duboué

Venue:  BT internal Hackathon, July 7-9, 2015, BT Innovation Hub, Ipswich, UK.

BT used our Rapport sandbox to host an internal Hackathon in its Innovation Hub in Adastral Park.

The first objective of the hackathon was to educate the BT community about the power of Rapport APIs.

The second objective was to demonstrate how BT’s Future voice (FV) platform, equipped with Alcatel-Lucent Rapport APIs and opened up to keen BT developers, can easily create new value added services to improve the user experience and generate new revenue streams.

The third objective was to test the process for BT’s next external hackathons.


The “Safe Home” winning team: Zeeshan, Jonathan, Cathy, Jan and Stephanie (missing)

More than 100 in-house developers, architects, usability managers and product managers, competing as 10 teams and supported on-site by experts from Alcatel-Lucent, worked together for 3 days with passion, energy and a great deal of creativity. Using our Rapport sandbox’s rich set of WebRTC client APIs and network APIs, the teams defined, designed and delivered many innovative service concept demos and prototypes for both consumers, enterprises and wholesales segments.

The winning team’s built a “Safe Home” service prototype which brings together the Internet Of Things (IoT), and more particularly the home connected objects, with consumer communications.

Many senior BT executives visited the hackathon, including Karl Penaluna, President of 21C Global Networks and Computing Infrastructure at BT. Tim Shaw, BT’s Director of Voice & Multimedia said “The Hackathon has been a great success. We have driven a change in our understanding of the potential of communications and have built working prototypes that demonstrate the power of API’s. We will use this understanding to drive the value of our propositions to truly exceed what the customer expects from how they communicate“.

From left to right: G. Duboué (ALU), K. Penaluna (BT), T. Shaw (BT), R. Baker (ALU), M. Duffy (ALU), L. Connors (BT)

Thanks to Liam Connors for the outstanding organization of the event!… We are now looking  BT’s next hackathon for external developers!