Oddvar Lovaas • over 3 years ago
Communication through Matrix in your hackathon project!
I'm sure a lot of apps/projects will want to have a real-time communication component - and I wanted to quickly tell you about a new initiative called Matrix.org, which provides a *totally* different way of doing it:
Matrix is a non-profit open initiative, publishing a new open standard for interoperable HTTP-based instant messaging and VoIP - as well as some open source reference Python implementations you can run yourself to host the service. The long-term goal is to make VoIP and IM as flexible, decentralised and ubiquitous as email!
- Creating and managing fully distributed chat rooms with no single points of control or failure
- Eventually-consistent cryptographically secure synchronisation of room state across a global open network of federated servers and services
- Sending and receiving extensible messages in a room with (optional) end-to-end encryption
- Inviting, joining, leaving, kicking, banning room members
- Managing user accounts (registration, login, logout)
- Using 3rd Party IDs (3PIDs) such as email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook accounts to authenticate, identify and discover users on Matrix.
- Placing 1:1 VoIP and Video calls
Matrix is *very* new - we only launched last month, but is already very usable to be used in your hackathon projects.
Please go to http://matrix.org and read all about us and check us out - we would love to see projects use Matrix as their messaging solution at TC! We are also happy to help out with any integration issues - you can get in touch via Matrix at http://matrix.org/alpha - and we will of course be at the TC hackathon event itself!
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