CXTech Week 38 2022 News and Analysis

The purpose of this CXTech Week 38 2022 newsletter is to highlight, with commentary, some of the news stories in CXTech this week. What is CXTech?  The C stands for Connectivity, Communications, Collaboration, Conversation, Customer; X for Experience because that’s what matters; and Tech because the focus is enablers.

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Covered this week:

  • TADHack France is Ready!
  • TADHack Sri Lanka 2022
  • Enterprise Connect 2023 Donate 3 free tickets for TADHackers
  • TADHack Memories: How a Marketing Guy Won #TADHack with ThirdEye
  • TADSummit Adds more Original Content from Marten Schoenherr and Jesus Cruz Manjavacas
  • Amit and Manjeet with FlexifyMe
  • United States Postal Service smishing scam hits close to home
  • Clickatell and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deliver eNaira banking services using USSD
  • People, Gossip, and Frivolous Stuff

TADHack France is Ready!

TADHack France got a major update this week, it will run at Linagor’s office’s (100, terrasse Boieldieu, 92042 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX), and we’re adding FOUR local sponsor prizes:

Thanks to Le Voice Lab and Linagora for running TADHack France.

TADHack Sri Lanka 2022

For the 8th time, hSenid Mobile Solutions (Pvt) Ltd presents TADHack Sri Lanka 2022. The largest global hackathon focused on programmable communications. Where locations around the world run in parallel over one weekend, 15-16 October.

It’s that time of the year where Sri Lanka demonstrates their impressive talent to the world by mashing up the ideamart APIs with the global sponsors: STROLID, Radisys, and Jambonz.

Enterprise Connect 2023 Donate 3 free tickets for TADHackers

Yeah! Enterprise Connect 2023 (27-30 March) have donated 3 free tickets ($2199 value each) for TADHackers. All you need to do is take part in TADHack Global 2022 15/16 Oct and send us an email to let us know you’re interested in the tickets.

TADHack Memories: How a Marketing Guy Won #TADHack with ThirdEye

From 2015 Chad Hart with a WebRTC based hack using Oracle and Optare Solutions.

Read his review here.

You don’t need to a be a coder to win at TADHack!

TADSummit Adds more Original Content from Marten Schoenherr and Jesus Cruz Manjavacas

This week we added a keynote from Marten Schoenherr as he builds out his bootstrapped companies. And asking a poignant question “Should Telcos give up on CPaaS?” is Jesus Cruz Manjavacas, Development Technical Manager at PLAY.

AWA – a Telco bootstrapping product development: Challenges with dynamic market consolidation – an 18 month road trip.

Marten Schoenherr, CEO Automat Berlin/AWA Network/Founding Partner at TheWorkinGroup.

  • Product roadmap vs. copy with pride
  • Independent stack vs. unique feature
  • Meta platform vs. black-box vendor

Should Telcos give up on CPaaS?

Jesus Cruz Manjavacas, Development Technical Manager at PLAY | GCP Professional Cloud Architect

  • Some thoughts about why Telcos could hesitate but still address CPaaS in their portfolio.
  • Recent relevant lessons learned in from building services for SMB.

Amit and Manjeet with FlexifyMe

I’ve known Amit for over one decade, since Telestax. And Manjeet I’ve known since 2015 when he presented at TADSummit in 2015, and we did an Innovator Interview with Manjeet when he was CEO & Co-founder at Buddy4study back in 2020.

FlexifyMe is a Pune-based health tech platform that helps clients improve their health and recover from chronic illnesses through yoga, meditation, and nutrition.

In May 2022, FlexifyMe raised $300,000 in a seed round from investors including Ravi Bhushan, founder of BrightChamps; Amit Ratanpal, founder of Blinc Management; Sachin Anand, Sales Director APJ, Intel; and Dipen Shah, Managing Director at VAG-group. 

United States Postal Service smishing scam hits close to home

Several of my neighbors have been hit by the United States Postal Service smishing scam.

People simply do not check the URLs in their SMS because its all jumbled up and likely a tinyURL, they are less aware of phishing on SMS, and they expect a greater degree of automation on how links on their mobile are handled.

This all adds up to a much higher fraud success rate. The USPI have a great video on it. The mobile carriers could be doing so much more, educating people takes time and it’s never 100%.

Clickatell and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deliver eNaira banking services using USSD

While western-centric events focus on 5G and 6G, here’s a service launch using technology standardized in 1997! USSD became available in the early 2000s as GSM was rolled out in Africa. And we’ve seen banking services deployed using USSD through Africa in the 2010s.

There remain a significant number of unbanked in Africa, and USSD provides a simple mechanism for a cheap 2G/3G phone without a data plan to offer banking services. It’s also an example of chat commerce, which covers much more than WhatsApp. Clickatel shows there’s money to be made in chat commerce focusing on specific market needs.

People, Gossip, and Frivolous Stuff

Will Yapp is now Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Right Networks. I’ve known Will for close to 20 years.

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