Last week we announced our all-new integrations framework, HipChat Connect. Integrations powered by HipChat Connect are the most sophisticated on the market with abilities far beyond the “normal” integration experience.
We recruited 12 partners to bring this new experience to life. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing you what these add-ons can do for your team. Find all our newest add-ons at hipchat.com/connect.
We will be kicking off our HipChat Connect introductions with Meekan and Convergely. Every team on the planet will benefit from plugging these add-ons into your team rooms. The HipChat team is already loving these two for building consensus, making decisions, and scheduling meetings.
Lightweight polls, image annotations and message scheduling
Convergely created an add-on that let’s you do some pretty neat stuff right in your HipChat rooms like creating a poll and delegating tasks. Installing Convergely in a chat room will give you all-new powers inside HipChat. You can schedule a message for later (like when your Australian counterparts are awake), create team tasks, solicit input from your team, or even annotate images. It’s bonkers.
The first thing you’ll notice after installing Convergely is that your file attachment icon has been replace with a + sign.
From here, you can perform any of the tasks you see: schedule a message, create a task or annotate an image. And of course, you can still upload files like you did before.
We love the “annotate image” option – it saves us loads of time. No more downloading an image to your desktop, annotating in another tool, and re-uploading that image.
Mark it all up right in HipChat and share with the team. For instance, noting goals on a graph:
And if you want to send reminders to your team, you can easily do that using Convergely in HipChat. Or maybe just give your peeps daily reminders about how stellar they are:
You’ll see the message queued up in the right panel.
It’s only visible to you. Your team will never know you rely on such trickery.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Scheduling has never been easier
Meekan is great for teams with busy schedules. This flexible time scheduling engine matches everyone’s calendars in seconds.
Meekan has built an intelligent bot that handles scheduling from within HipChat. Once it’s enabled for your account, you’ll map your calendar of choice to your HipChat account, including Google Calendar, Outlook, or iCloud calendars. Meekan will open up a 1-to-1 chat with you to introduce itself and get to know you and your schedule a bit better. That’s the polite thing to do, of course.
Then, it’s off to the races. In a team room, just ask for a meeting, and Meekan will match everyone’s calendars for the optimal time. Then, just like that, you’ve booked a meeting with the HipChat app. And you can do this for all your meetings. Yep, it’s that simple.
Here’s Ryan asking Meekan for a meeting:
Instantly, Meekan books the time that works for everyone in the room.
We’re so excited about these two add-ons because they show the true potential of HipChat Connect. And this is just the beginning. With the HipChat Connect API, the sky really is the limit. We’re not at all satisfied with the status quo. Instead, we want to revolutionize chat so that is it not something you use for work, but something that can actively be working for you to make work life easier.
Explore all the new add-ons with powered by HipChat Connect at hipchat.com/connect.