This year (no surprise) Kranky Geek is being held virtually on Thursday, 19 November 2020. Each session will be LIVE broadcast on YouTube and there will be a real-time Q&A following each session. Sessions will be available for replay post the event. Register your interest to be kept informed.

We’re focusing (as always) on content and information with limited “talking heads” and keeping an active pace.

Kranky Geek Virtual 2020

Thursday, November 19th

11:00 Eastern
~10 min
Kranky Geek

Welcome to Kranky Geek

Glad to have you here, lets review what happened with WebRTC in 2020 and how is that affecting our event today and the future for all of us.

11:10 Eastern
~30 min

Scaling FB Video Chat Products With Covid-19

With the beginning of Covid-19 outbreak, Facebook felt the increasing demand for real time video. In a very short time we introduced a new product, Rooms, to make it easier for people to connect with others and feel the sense of togetherness. In this talk we will cover the challenges and solutions around scaling our infrastructure to support large Rooms, ensure sufficient capacity with the increasing demand, and delivering high quality on a large range of calling scenarios.

11:40 Eastern
~ 40 min
Browser Update

Checking the pulse of WebRTC implementations

All browser vendors will be sitting with us at the same time discussing their plans and the work they are doing with WebRTC. Find out the latest and what’s next with all the major browsers in this interaction session. Sure to be entertaining!

12:20 Eastern
~30 min

Implementing Always End-to-End Encryption in the Browser

WebRTC is end-to-end encrypted (E2EE ) in simple peer to peer sessions, but middle boxes like media servers often perform decryption for larger calls. Emil Ivov of 8×8 will review how 8×8  leveraged new browser API’s with WebRTC to provide true, always-on E2EE in the open source Jitsi project.

12:50 Eastern
~30 min

Scaling Multiparty Video Calls for Client Endpoints

Vonage has seen an unprecedented growth in overall traffic since the COVID-19 outbreak. With the urgent need for real-time video for the multiparty use case, there’s an increased importance and criticality of client endpoints performing at high levels in group video calls. Scaling a multiparty video call requires optimizing both the client and server. In this talk, we’ll cover best practices and the importance of scaling and optimizing client endpoints to ensure a great video experience in the browser and mobile applications.

13:20 Eastern
~ 40 min

WebRTC project update

The Google WebRTC team will return for their annual update and review.


Many thanks to Google for 5+ years of sponsorship of Kranky Geek as we help developers build developers build real time applications using WebRTC.
with industry supporting sponsors from

Expert speakers

Meet the great speakers at this year’s event

Harald Alvestrand

WebRTC standardizer, Google

    Stefan Holmer

    Chrome WebRTC lead, Google

      Bernard Aboba

      Principal Architect at Microsoft

        Manik Sachdeva


          Niklas Blum

          Google, Product Manager WebRTC

            Huib Kleinhout

            Google, Product Manager

            Youenn Fablet

            Software Engineer at Apple/Webkit

              Li-Tal Mashiach

              Engineering Manager at Facebook

              Emil Ivov

              Head of Product, Video Collaboration at 8x8. Jitsi Founder and Project Lead

                Nils Ohlmeier

                Engineering Manager Firefox Media at Mozilla

                  Send us your best 'Tiktok Video'

                  During Covid, many new applications , services and ideas have been born in the collaboration space for video, audio and sharing – all using WebRTC. Got a new start-up looking for beta users? Here’s your opportunity to showcase your company or application.

                  We’re looking for your 30-second video on your product, service or idea or even some technical trick you’ve discovered that you wish to promote.  Using the ‘TikTok’ style, send your video content to us at [email protected]

                  Your short form video should be fun & informative. These videos will be featured during the Kranky Geek event and posted on our YouTube channel.*

                  The Kranky Geek Event is organized by

                  Chad Hart


                  Editor and technical blogger on WebRTC and co-organizer on this event

                  Chris Koehncke


                  Prolific writer & commenter on emerging communications technologies

                  Tsahi Levent-Levi


                  A technologist at heart, with a passion for cooking, science fiction and a zest of WebRTC
                  * All videos and any other materials submitted to Kranky Geek (KG) become the sole and exclusive property of KG and cannot be returned at any time. By submitting a video, you agree KG may, but is not obligated to, use the video in connection with the show, in any way, in any medium, worldwide, in perpetuity. Further, you warrant all videos are 100% original and do not violate the right of privacy or publicity of, or constitute a defamation against, any person or entity; that the video will not infringe upon or violate the copyright or common law rights or any other rights of any person or entity; and that there are and will be no encumbrances, liens, conditions or restrictions whatsoever upon or affecting such videos. You agree to indemnify KG for all damages and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of any breach or failure of the warranties made herein.