Zang Cloud Delivers Winning Application in College Competition

Zang today announced that its all-in-one cloud communications platform and applications-as-a-service, Zang Cloud, helped bring home first place honors to students from Ontario’s Durham College in the Society of Communication Technology Consultants (SCTS) Maker Challenge. The students won the competition, which was between student teams from Ontario colleges, by creating an application that connects active directory users to Zang Cloud accounts through SMS.

Hosted by the Canadian Regional Group of the Society of Communication Technology Consultants (SCTS), the Maker Challenge was created to help students become better aware of the jobs and opportunities available in the unified communications space. Three teams comprised of students from Durham and Centennial Colleges were given access to a vendor’s technical engineer, SDK/API, and a test environment in order to develop an application, extension, or enhancement of that vendor’s unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) offering. The teams were then given two weeks to develop their ideas, and then on November 17th, presented and demonstrated their ideas to a panel of judges.

While three different vendors were involved with the Maker Challenge, the Zang team from Durham College claimed first prize for their SMS app, winning over the judges with the idea that you could be sitting on a tropical beach without data, but still communicate with your servers through text messages. The application the students created is available globally in 58 countries.

“We’re proud of the students from Durham College for exhibiting the power, flexibility and usability of the Zang Cloud platform, and thank all the students for participating in this excellent initiative,” said Davide Petramala, executive vice president of Zang. “With the vast majority of IT teams currently developing apps for customers, partners and employees, Zang Cloud offers easy to use drag and drop tools, pre-built applications and robust APIs that make it possible for anyone to leverage the best of the web to quickly build and deploy applications that communications-enable consumer or enterprise applications and services.”

About Zang, Inc.
As the industry’s first all-in-one cloud communications platform and applications-as-a-service, Zang makes it easy to add communications as a natural part of any app or browser experience. Zang helps developers to easily and quickly build in high quality communications instantly into their apps, allowing companies to dramatically enhance their communications experience internally and externally. With Zang, you can take advantage of the best of the web through the apps services and APIs available today at