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UCaaS Maker Challenge

Hosted at

SIRT (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) Stage 10

at the Pinewood Toronto Studios

Concept

Student teams to develop a Maker Challenge idea to extend, integrate, or expand an UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) solution. The sky is the limit and there are no holds barred. 

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a delivery model in which a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services are outsourced to a third-party provider and delivered over an IP network, usually the public Internet.  UCaaS technologies include enterprise messaging and presence technology, online meetings, telephony and video conferencing. UCaaS is known for providing high levels of availability (HA) as well as flexibility and scalability for core business tasks.

Process

October 20, 2016

Student teams will be given access to the test accounts including SDKs and API’s for the UCaaS solutions provided by ShoreTel, NEC, Cisco, Mitel, Avaya, and Interactive Intelligence.

November 3, 2016

Student teams will identify the solution or solutions for which they plan to develop their Maker Challenge idea and be given access to a Solution Engineer for that solution.  They will be assigned a SCTC Consultant Mentor (seasoned veteran of the industry) to support them during the Maker Challenge.  Maker Challenge idea development begins.

November 17, 2016

The UCaaS Maker Challenge big day as the students finalizes and present their idea to a panel of judges. 

Each of the UCaaS vendors will have booths with demonstrations of their UCaaS services available.  Great opportunity for students to meet their next potential employers. 

There will be an industry panel to discuss the future of the UCaaS marketplace. 

SCTC consultants will be there to see what the student teams have developed.  This is a great opportunity to make more industry contacts.

The winning team will get a prize package donated by the various sponsors (TBD) and the educational institution of the winning team will also be awarded a prize (TBD).

About the SCTC: The SCTC's independent, unbiased consultant members provide objective advice, effective project management, complex technical guidance and the benefit of experience when a client requires it.

SCTC consultants have expertise in many areas of communications technology such as: voice and data networks; contact centre design; all aspects of the RFP process; expense management; regulatory and policy analysis; and strategic planning and procedures development. A SCTC consultant can help you understand the latest communications technologies while increasing productivity and reducing costs within your company.

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