The joyn Innovation Challenge
The joyn Innovation Challenge was an initiative to encourage innovation based on joyn. The challenge stimulated mobile and web app developers and technology innovators to build on the core capabilities of joyn and explore ideas for new and attractive services. Using the joyn ‘innovation accelerator’ a developer can use APIs on a live GSMA Rich Communication Services (RCS) network, and will be able to quickly turn ideas into reality in this developer-friendly environment. As these APIs have already been standardised, it will be easy for any new services to be transferred to a live operator commercial network as they become available. A competition was held and 17 ideas were shortlisted and companies asked to present their idea remotely to the judging panel on February 5th, 2013. The best new ideas will be showcased on the GSMA’s Pavillion at Mobile World Congress, 2013.
What is joyn
joyn is the consumer facing brand for the first of the GSMA’s Rich Communication services. Consumers using joyn will find it makes everyday mobile to mobile communications more engaging. Its enriched communication features brings users closer to the people in their mobile address book by combining all the ways they want to be in touch – Contacts, Chat, File share and Video share. Easy to use, and available natively or as a downloadable client, joyn is ‘just there’ and ‘it just works’. The joyn brand helps consumers to identify this package of services, which are part of the GSMA’s RCS portfolio.
The joyn Innovation Accelerator
Developers wanting to explore the RCS APIs can do so using the joyn ‘Innovation Accelerator’. The Innovation Accelerator gives developers global access to a live GSMA Rich Communication Services (RCS) network where they can build on RCS APIs and test their new service or application ideas in a trusted and safe environment. Use of the Innovation Accelerator is free and you do not have to enter the competition in order to use the Innovation Accelerator. Developers wishing to use the accelerator should register via the joyn Innovation Accelerator website.
The Innovation Accelerator was launched at the joyn Innovation Challenge workshop in Berlin, at the end of 2012. Use of the Accelerator will be subject to a separate registration in order to explore the joyn API test environment.