Changes to Admin and Compliance Scopes

By psamanu on Tuesday, June 19th 2018

As a Webex developer, we want to give you advance notice of a key functionality change with spark-admin and spark-compliance scopes.   The following authorization scopes are now deprecated and will no longer work after August 15, 2018:...

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Using PubNub for Enterprise Bots Behind the Firewall

06/11/18

Building Cisco Webex Teams bots and integrations that need access to behind-the-firewall resources is a challenge that regularly faces developers building Webex applications for internal use. Webex API events are delivered with an HTTP push model that...

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Cisco Webex Cloud API Development Partners at Cisco Live! Orlando

06/01/18

We are excited to have such an amazing group of development partners showcasing their solutions and platforms at Cisco Live! Orlando from June 11th through June 14th.  We are including a snapshot of our Webex Teams API partners who will be...

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M.io Lets You Talk Across Apps, Including Cisco Webex Teams

05/22/18

--  This post is co-authored by Chris Traganos, VP Product of M.io & Frank Geck, Business Development Manager of Cisco -- Sounds simple right?  In the last few years collaboration, specifically messaging and video solutions have...

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Upcoming Bot Username Changes

05/18/18

Following the rebranding of Cisco Spark to Cisco Webex Teams, all newly created bots will now be given a domain of webex.bot. Existing bots, which use the sparkbot.io domain, will remain unchanged until August 31, 2018. However if you, as a bot...

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Enhanced Communications with Cisco Webex Teams and Vyopta

05/14/18

How many times have you been on a conference call and people complain they can't hear you? "You're breaking up!," "Is it your cellular connection?," "Is it your headset?," "Is it your wireless network?" Experiencing communication breakdowns like...

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Cisco Webex Teams and Appspace Help Optimize Digital Real Estate

05/07/18

I recently visited a tech company in Austin. Entered the lobby, checked in, was told that my contact was running late, and was asked, could I "please take a seat and wait?" "Okay, sure." After sitting down on a modern-esque  chair-you know, the kind...

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Optimizing Webex Bot Development with the Webex API Emulator

04/30/18

Do you develop bots for Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark)?  Do you ever wish that there was a way to create a set of regression tests to ensure that your bot behaves consistently given the same input?  Or maybe you wish that there was a...

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The new Cisco Webex for Developers is Here - What Developers Need to Know From Our Rebrand

04/18/18

New look and feel, same great service? Think again. There's more to our recent rebrand of Cisco Spark than initially meets the eye - in fact, there's quite a lot to like about our makeover, including some key things specifically for you as a former...

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Announcing Change to @mentions in 1-1 Cisco Spark Spaces

04/16/18

As a Cisco Spark developer, we want to give you a heads up regarding a key functionality change in the Spark Message API endpoint.   Currently, the Message API endpoint accepts @mentions in 1-1 Spark spaces. Soon, though, the API will return an...

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Announcing Cisco Spark License API Changes

04/10/18

As a Cisco Spark Developer, we want to give you a heads up that the Licenses API endpoint for Cisco Spark will soon be updated to include all hybrid services available for an organization.   Currently, the Licenses API endpoint provides information...

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Cisco Spark Developers can roll out Better and Faster App Experiences with Rollbar

04/08/18

Back in the day when I was a hard core developer working on 'complex networked multi-threaded cross platform scheduling systems' (yeah, 20 years ago, and yeah, trying to get as many of the old buzz words in…) we were concerned with the quality and...

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Vbrick Leverages Cisco Spark API's to Help Transform Video Communication and Distribution in the Workplace

04/08/18

Ever consider that corporate 'town halls' and 'all-hands' meetings create invaluable content your company can leverage in other ways for continued business success?  Ever consider your other various meeting activities - e.g., sales presentations,...

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Better Employee Communication and Engagement with Cisco Spark and Dynamic Signal

04/03/18

-- This post is guest authored by Russ Fradin, CEO of Dynamic Signal. --   The way we consume information is different today. That's because mobile devices, over the past decade, have dramatically changed how we communicate. We text. We get alerts....

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Approved Contact and Cisco Solve the Scheduling Merry-Go-Round

03/13/18

If you have a corporate job, I'm sure you've experienced the following 'merry-go-round' conversation when trying to set up a meeting:   "George, can you meet at Thursday at 1?"  "No, Jane, sorry-how about Friday at 3?"  "I'm in the air...

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Waiting Is The Hard Part, But Not Anymore with Cisco Spark and Envoy

02/21/18

When traveling for business, you know the routine: You arrive at your destination, walk in the front door, and you're greeted by the receptionist, who typically needs you to check-in, which can often be a frustrating, time consuming experience....

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Cisco Spark Disabling TLS 1.0

02/08/18

Update: This change will now be implemented beginning March 17, 2018 03:30 UTC.   The Cisco Spark platform will require API clients to use TLS 1.1 or higher beginning March 17, 2018 UTC. The TLS 1.0 encryption protocol will be disabled on all...

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Email Address Update API for Cisco Spark Now Available

02/06/18

Continuing to provide useful APIs for our Cisco Spark Developer ecosystem, we want to give you a heads up that Cisco Spark Organization Administrators now have the ability to update email addresses for people within their organization via the Update a...

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Picking Your Framework to Build Bots on Cisco Spark

02/05/18

Whether you are new to bot building or not, there is typically a big question you ask yourself whenever you start a new bot project: "How will I build it?"   That question usually begs a few more like: "Which messaging platform should I build it...

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Driving Positive Change in Higher Education Student Retention

01/22/18

Ask leaders of higher education across North America about their biggest challenge. You’ll get a consistent answer: student retention. The impact of a student dropping out can be staggering for both the institution and the student. The school has...

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Why You Should Join the Cisco Spark Developer Ecosystem

01/10/18

Happy New Year! A New Year brings the promise of new possibilities for all of us, and as we roll into 2018, have you thought about the possibility of joining the Cisco Spark developer ecosystem? If not, here is why collaborating with us should be one of...

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Android SDK Beta Release for Cisco Spark Now Available

12/20/17

Good news for Android developers — the Android SDK for Cisco Spark is now available as a public beta! If you’re an Android developer, our new Cisco Spark Android SDK lets you integrate secure and convenient Cisco Spark features in your...

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Events API for Cisco Spark Now Available

12/11/17

This past August, we announced limited availability of the Events API for Cisco Spark. We’re now making it available to all Cisco Spark developers!   The Events API provides access to user activities within Cisco Spark after they have...

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SDK and Widget Updates for Cisco Spark are Now Available

11/27/17

We’ve been hard at work developing brand new ways to use our SDKs and Widgets in your Cisco Spark applications. This month, we’re releasing new versions of our iOS SDK, Browser SDK, and Widgets. Each one of them is jam-packed with new...

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New and Improved Submission Form for Cisco Spark Depot is Here!

11/20/17

We’ve been working hard to make it easier than ever for you as a Cisco Spark developer to submit new integrations and bots to Cisco Spark Depot, the home for innovative and useful integrations and bots to enhance Cisco Spark and accelerate business...

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Building the Perfect Bot for Cisco Spark

11/15/17

You may recall Don Henley of Eagles fame, who crafted one of the best rock albums of all time, “Building the Perfect Beast.” At the time, Rolling Stone magazine referred to it as “meticulously crafted and programmed.” The title...

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Introducing Open Source Starter Kits

11/07/17

Since the launch of the Cisco Spark for Developers program in December 2015, we have seen an explosion of developers building innovative and unique solutions on top of Cisco Spark. Many of our customers use the Cisco Spark Depot to discover turnkey...

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Introducing the Cisco Spark Events API

08/24/17

The new Pro Pack for Cisco Spark™ Control Hub released this week provides you with advanced security, compliance, and analytics functionality right in the Cisco Spark Control Hub. Along with this release, a new Events API has been added to give...

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Adding an Unsubscribe Feature to Your Bot

07/25/17

When you’re in a Spark space with a bot and you want to stop getting notifications from that bot, you can simply leave the space or remove the bot from the space. As a developer, your bot even can subscribe to a membership webhook to get notified...

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Visit the Cisco Spark Ecosystem at Cisco Live in Las Vegas

06/22/17

At Cisco Live! US 2017, many of our Cisco Spark Ecosystem Partners will be participating in full force whether that is exhibiting in the Collaboration Partner Village, in the World of Solutions or showcasing the technical abilities of their offers in the...

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Integrate Audio and Video Features into an iOS app using the Cisco Spark SDK

06/10/17

Let’s say you want to develop an app on the iOS platform that allows you and your customers to easily communicate with each other. You want to show your products, but also want to provide live support to them when they need help. Wouldn’t it...

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Building a More Secure Bot

06/10/17

This tutorial shows how to make an existing Spark bot more secure. If you are building your first bot, it is recommended you start with this tutorial. Then come back here once it’s up and running!   If someone outside of your organization...

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There is a New Integration Scope in Town!

06/10/17

Recently we added a new integration scope called spark:all. The spark:all scope acts as an overall aggregate for the rest of the user scopes. It basically requests full access to a Spark account, i.e. reading/writing messages, creating/deleting spaces,...

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Cisco Spark Messages with Emoji Characters

06/05/17

Anyone that utilizes text messages on mobile devices are likely familiar with emojis. There's certainly good reason for this, since emojis help convey reactions and the feelings of a message better than just plain text. For example, it can be much easier...

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Cisco Spark Online Hackathon: Change the Way Teams Collaborate, Get Rewarded!

06/02/17

  Calling all developers!   Our first EVER online hackathon just hit the 1 month mark and there are 2 more months to go!   Experiment with the Cisco Spark developer tools to reimagine the way healthcare, education, and sales...

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Introducing Cisco Spark SDKs and Widgets!

05/23/17

It just got much easier to integrate Cisco Spark functionalities into your application. Introducing Cisco Spark SDKs for iOS and JavaScript and Cisco Spark Widgets for messaging and calling. With these new releases, you and your end users should be able...

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SIP Address for Cisco Spark Spaces

05/22/17

Coming soon you'll be able to see SIP URIs for group Cisco Spark spaces! Now anyone can join a Cisco Spark meeting. All Cisco Spark spaces will have a SIP URI, allowing people to join meetings in those spaces from any standards-based SIP hardware or...

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Managing Hybrid Services Licenses

04/26/17

Managing Cisco Spark Hybrid Services licenses is about to get easier with the Spark API. Organization Administrators will soon have the ability to list Hybrid Services licenses for an organization and use them to enable or disable services for users via...

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Provisioning Statuses for People

04/07/17

Cisco Spark Organization Administrators will soon have access to two additional fields for People to determine a user’s provisioning status. When new users are invited to join Cisco Spark, an email is sent to them to continue the sign-up process....

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Additional statuses for the People API

03/09/17

A few months ago we added the ability to retrieve a person’s status from the People API. The available status options are expanding to include a few more in addition to active and inactive.   People can now also be Out of Office (OutOfOffice)...

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Welcome to Berlin: Cisco Spark ISV Partners at Cisco Live!

02/17/17

At Cisco Live Berlin 2017, Cisco Spark ISV Partners will be participating in full force whether that is exhibiting in the Collaboration Partner Village in the World of Solutions or showcasing the technical abilities of their offers in the DevNet Zone....

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Hello, Botkit! A Very Warm Welcome to Botkit.ai

02/15/17

One of our favorite parts of the Cisco Spark dev community is how open it is. There’s something exciting for devs at every stage of their journey, whether they’re old pros in the Cisco Spark Depot or just starting out — and that makes...

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Testing the Administration APIs

02/01/17

Since we introduced Administration APIs this past October, you have asked how you can build and test with these APIs without being an administrator in your organization. To help with this, we have created a Administrator Sandbox organization that we can...

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You are likely to be eaten by a bot: Behind the scenes with Zork.

01/11/17

Last week, we introduced a bot that allows you to play the classic text adventure game Zork in Cisco Spark rooms or over SMS through Tropo.   Here’s how the bot works (links to the source code repo are at the end of this post).   First,...

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Play Zork by Spark and Text Message

01/07/17

You can now play Zork in Cisco Spark. Add adventure@sparkbot.io to a Spark room, or start a direct conversation with it, and you’ll be invited to play the classic text adventure game Zork: The Great Underground Empire - Part I.   Each room...

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Presence comes to the People API

12/20/16

Earlier this week, a new feature was added to Spark to tell you if a person is available or not. Based on your usage, we determine if you're actively using Spark and then in the client, help people understand if you're online or not by saying something...

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The Big Cisco Spark for Developers Fall Events Wrap-up

12/05/16

We have had a pretty busy couple of months around here at Spark for Devs. We've been spreading the good word about Cisco Spark to events around the world. I just wanted to take a minute here in this blog post to wrap up what we've been up to lately....

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Notice: Cisco Spark Depot Replaces the Cisco Spark for Web Integrations

11/28/16

With the recent launch of the Cisco Spark Depot, the Cisco Spark Depot replaces the Cisco Spark for web integrations. So you will no longer see the Add Integrations option in Cisco Spark for Web. In each room, you will now see a link to the Cisco Spark...

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A Tour of the Cisco Spark Admin API

11/16/16

Last month, we announced a new set of resources to administer Cisco Spark. Thanks to the new administration REST API , you can now not only add Users to an Organization, but also modify Users’ Roles or check Licenses.   One obvious point is...

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Changes to the Download Limit

11/06/16

This update applies to those sending or retrieving message attachments using the Spark API. Download and upload limits of message attachments are limited to 100MB in size - this effectively means you can upload a file 100MB or smaller, or download a file...

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The Cisco Spark Depot: Bots and Integrations Have Arrived

11/01/16

We’ll admit it: the Cisco Collaboration team is a little obsessed. When we’re not rolling out new products to help transform the way you work, we’re busy improving platforms you already use. Why? We believe in the power of continuously...

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Spark Apps Community

11/01/16

Say “hello” to my little friend...   Since bots have been the popular buzzword this year, we want to make sure you’re not missing out on all the action. Collaboration tools are evolving and integrating fast. Whether you’re...

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Enhancements to the People API

10/25/16

This update applies to those using the People API. We are making enhancements to support one’s own avatar. This will be available in the coming weeks with more details.   We focus on providing you the best features and experience. If you have...

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Announcing Admin APIs

10/21/16

Hello everyone,   We have received feedback from our growing partner community about Admin APIs. We are happy to announce the upcoming availability of Admin APIs. You may tentatively see them on the Spark for Developers portal in the next few...

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Changes to the People API

10/21/16

Hello everyone!
This update applies to those using the People API. We are adding additional attributes to the /people resource. New attributes include firstName, lastName, and timeZone information of the people.
We focus on providing...

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Import a postman collection for Cisco Spark, or contribute your own!

10/11/16

Cisco Spark APIs comes with a great companion — its interactive documentation - that lets you quickly experiment with the API. If you have not tested it yet, take a minute to create a room.. and don’t miss the “Test Mode" toggle button...

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Cisco Spark at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

09/27/16

This year in San Francisco, the Spark4Devs team was there to watch as some talented coders used our APIs to hack their way through the competition and emerge with some pretty amazing projects!   Take for example, PepperHealth which uses Cisco Spark...

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Make Your Spark Bot Smart: The New API.AI-Spark Integration

09/12/16

We’re very excited to announce one of the newest integrations with Cisco Spark: API.AI. With this integration, developers can use Spark and API.AI to configure their Spark bot with customized, nuanced, human language that enables users to interact...

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The Gupshup-Spark Integration: Bot-Building for Your Business

09/12/16

Today’s business world is filled with applications that deliver unprecedented ease, simplicity, and speed to users in the workforce. At least that’s what they’re meant to do. The best apps –  those that get the most use and...

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Spark GitHub Bot

08/29/16

To help with the understanding of bots, we put together a walkthrough of a Github to Spark integration – official integrations with Github exist now, and will be expanded, so this is purely for demonstration purposes (but you can use the code now...

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Built.io Bot Webinar part 2

08/23/16

It was awesome to see experts come together in a special webinar to teach us all about making a bot in Cisco Spark using Built.io! On August 10th, Steve Greenburg from our team and Kurt Collins from Built.io joined up to teach the Internet everything...

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IRC to Spark and Back Again

08/20/16

With the recent release of bot functionality for Cisco Spark’s API, we’ve explored methods to integrate Spark rooms with older legacy technology, to bring them into the next generation. With this in mind, we built a Spark bot application that...

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Rate Limiting with Spark API

08/17/16

To protect the Spark environment, the API has rate limits in place for the different resources available for use, such as /messages and /rooms.  These limits will vary depending on the calls being made, how resource intensive that call is on the...

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Downloading a File from a Spark Room

08/14/16

If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I retrieve a file using the API – it’s just a URL with an encrypted ID!”, this example should hold the answer.  It uses a bot to download a file sent to a 1:1 room (a conversation...

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Uploading Local Files to Spark

07/25/16

Uploading a remote file to a Cisco Spark room using a web-accessible URL is fairly self explanatory -  just supply the URL in the “files” field of a create message request: https://developer.ciscospark.com/endpoint-messages-post.html...

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Using a Webhook Secret

07/24/16

The recently released advanced webhooks include the ability to define a “secret” in your webhook, which will pass along with your webhook as a header called “X-Spark-Signature”. This can be used to validate a request is coming...

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Using Webhooks - Rooms, Messages, Memberships and More!

07/19/16

Webhooks are nearly universally implemented and loved in APIs of all shapes and sizes, and the Spark API is no exception. While we launched with just an outbound messaging webhook, the advanced webhook expansion reflects a plethora of options (even a...

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Spark Bot Demo

07/18/16

This quick walkthrough is intended to give you a very simple Spark bot that responds to commands typed into a room with a few example responses – nothing too fancy, but easy to build on. The commands will be passed to the bot using mentions –...

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Highlights from Cisco Live in Las Vegas

07/15/16

It has been quite a week for Cisco! Cisco Live is always a good and exciting time for everyone involved. If you follow this blog, then you've seen all the awesome announcements and improvements we've made to Cisco Spark, and if you followed #CLUS on...

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Using the Teams API

07/13/16

Teams are an integral part of Cisco Spark, allowing anyone to create a space for your real-life team to discuss projects and make decisions. Teams can be function specific – support, engineering, marketing – or specific to projects, with...

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Bots, Webhooks, Teams and Message Formatting - Oh My!

07/11/16

Cisco Live! is here, and after a breakthrough event in Berlin for the Collaboration business, we’re super excited to land in Las Vegas and share what’s new with our partners in the U.S.   Just this morning we rolled out  a bunch...

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How Cisco IT uses Spark and Redbooth

07/06/16

One of the most exciting integrations to come to Cisco Spark is from task management company, Redbooth. So when we heard that our very own Cisco IT had been using Redbooth for years, we had to find out more! Prior to Spark and Redbooth, they were using...

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Spark for Dev and Tropo at Cisco Live!

06/28/16

This is what happens in Vegas. Cisco Live is the premiere event in the US for all things Cisco-related and Spark and Tropo will be there to show off our APIs and showcase the partners who have decided to integrate with us. There will also be plenty of...

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Spark Your Collaboration - Bot 4 Bot Program

06/20/16

How easy is it to build integrations to Cisco Spark? I think it can be very simple, and our partners seem to agree.   Over the past few months, my co-worker, Joe Hruska, and I have been doing everything we can to educate the Cisco Partner community...

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How to Use OAuth to Request Permissions in Spark

06/07/16

If you want to do something (like creating a room, or sending a message) on Spark on behalf of someone else, you need to request permissions to the person by Spark OAuth function. This application provides you with a user interface (web) where the person...

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ICYMI: Relive the Magic from Startup Bus and Boulder Startup Week

05/31/16

Last week, we put a bunch of Cisco Spark and Tropo developer mentors on buses around the country and watched as teams of “buspreneurs” created products and companies as they trekked to Boulder, CO over four days from six points around North...

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Think. Build. Hack. All at TechCrunch Disrupt New York!

05/12/16

TechCrunch has once again Disrupted New York and they took Cisco Spark and Tropo with them. In a race to be the biggest and brightest tech startup, innovators from all over converged in The Big Apple to realize their dreams by building their apps and...

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Changes to the Rooms API

05/04/16

Hello everyone!   This update applies to those using a query parameter to display a SIP address for a Room. The ability to request a SIP address for a room has been removed from the /rooms and /rooms/id API call. It was a pre-production feature...

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HackDFW: Too Much Fun!

05/01/16

“Wow! Cisco DevNet is so awesome to be one of the only sponsors left this late at night. Thank you for being so supportive!" ...

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QWASI Makes Marketing Loyalty Programs Better with Collaboration

04/27/16

You’re standing outside waiting for a bus on a cold day.  You don’t really *need* a coffee because it’s mid-morning and you’ve already had two cups.  But what if your favorite coffee shop around the corner reached out at...

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Three Hackathons. One Weekend.

04/19/16

Last weekend, over 2,100 hackers gathered at three separate events around the U.S. to build some inspiring bots, use cases, and applications using the Tropo and Spark Platform APIs. HackDFW provided students with an unparalleled environment for...

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Welcome to the Spark Game of Life!

02/18/16

People have been asking us – how do you use the Cisco Spark APIs?  At Cisco Live! Berlin, Cisco DevNet attendees met the Spark Game of Life for the first time – one of our favorite early examples of the Spark platform APIs at work. The...

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Building a Spark Automated Translator Without Writing Code

01/29/16

This is a guest post from Fred Nielsen. Nielsen is a long time convergence and collaboration architect working for ePlus, focused on delivering solutions that mesh seamlessly with customers' existing business environments.  ePlus is actively...

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Developers Hack Away Hospital Wait Times

01/07/16

Everyone knows that long hospital wait times are the norm, not the exception. Backups at various points in the patient care journey cause this issue. A key driver for long wait times is the lack of systematic patient visibility. The issue is further...

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Quick Tour of Spark for Developers

12/15/15

Yep, there’s really only one type of tour we can do for our portal (the quick kind).  That’s because we built it and everything inside to be pretty self-explanatory. Or, as Rowan would say, “Simple. Magical. Open.” That is...

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Building a Platform Starts with Developers

12/08/15

When I started at Cisco 6 months ago I made one thing clear to the leadership team that acquired my business, Tropo: “If you want to build a great platform for Cisco Spark, you’d better do it with a developer-centric approach first, not as an...

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