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Brightcove Engineering's Hack Week X

Continuing a decade of innovation and collaboration

This week Brightcove Engineering teams from across the globe will embark on our annual Hack Week. Now in its 10th year, participants from five offices and various remote locations around the world will be working collaboratively to use their skills and imaginations to build creative solutions, invent potential new product features, or even devise entirely new product lines. Hack Week is a time where no idea is too crazy and no technology is too new for consideration.

This year we are excited to be working alongside our new co-workers who join us from the Ooyala OVP acquisition. As we do every year, we make every effort to promote cross-site team building—flying several engineers from remote offices to our Boston, MA headquarters in addition to sending several Boston-based engineers to those same remote offices, including our new location in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Teams compete for prizes in various categories like Most Business Impact, Most Innovative, Craziest Idea, People’s Choice, and Best Hacker. Not all ideas are winners, but there is still value in projects that don’t prove successful. They provide valuable learning opportunities to validate or reject concepts before long-term engineering projects are considered.

Two of the latest products and features that resulted from previous Hack Weeks include Dynamic Delivery and our newest play back engine for the Brightcove Player, which allows us to use Media Source Extensions to playback HLS content on desktop browsers.

It will be exciting to see which projects rise to the top this year! Half the fun of Hack Week is seeing all of the innovative projects that our talented engineering teams develop and the new paths they forge for the future of digital video and streaming services.

Keep an eye on the Tech Talk blog for Hack Week updates, information on the winning projects, and more over the coming days and weeks!