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SXSW Interactive 2013

Backplane Protocol Workshop & Hackathon

Have you ever dreamed of a simple lightweight protocol that enables the quick integration of application widgets across a website. The Backplane Protocol realizes that dream by providing a secure transport layer for passing messaging between widgets within a web client session. The Backplane Protocol is open and once implemented, allows for the adding, removing, and exchanging of web applications in mere minutes. This allows you to focus on your strategic initiatives rather than integrating each and every app you want to interface with.

This Hackathon is set to team up web app developers to Backplane-enable their apps and provide a cohesive client web experience. All those that complete the integration task will have their applications showcased on the Backplane Exchange website and will be available to work with existing Backplane-enabled web sites like ESPN, Universal Music Group, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Slate, and hundreds more. Get your Backplane on.

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  1. What is the Backplane Protocol and what problems does it solve ? What kind of identity information is available on the message bus ? What about ActivityStreams ?
  2. How does the Backplane Protocol work ? What happens on the client side ? What are the server side APIs ?
  3. As a site owner, what do I have to do to enable the Backplane Protocol on my site ?
  4. As a web application developers, what do I need to do to make my widgets Backplane ready ? What client side and server side code changes do I need to make ?
  5. So now that my web site or web app is Backpane enabled what do I do ? As the site owner what web apps are Backplane ready ? As the web app developer, what sites are Backplane ready ?


  • Brian McGinnis, Director of Engineering, Janrain


Brian McGinnis, Director of Engineering, Janrain

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  • Tags: developers
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Workshop
  • Track: Design and Development
  • Level: Advanced
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