The BigBlueButton Web-conferencing platform has been around for four years now. It supports real-time slide-sharing, chat, voice integration with phone switches (FreeSWITCH), desktop sharing, recording, and playback of sessions. It also supports integration with open source systems like Moodle, Sakai, Joomla, Drupal, and Wordpress.
However, project manager Fred Dixon and his team are prepping the open source project for the gigatbit Internet by transforming BigBlueButton from a Flash-based platform into a high-quality Web conferencing system with native HTML5 client and WebRTC-based communications. They anticipate that doing so will enable BigBlueButton to scale to hundreds of simultaneous users.
The BigBlueButton submission secured a $45,000 prize through the Ignite awards.