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===What is BigBlueButton?===
[http://www.bigbluebutton.org BigBlueButton] is a free and open source web conferencing system, primarily targeted towards online lecturing by providing a virtual classroom environment, and small group collaboration. However, BigBlueButton is by no means limited to classroom settings and small groups; it just means that the core features and components of BigBlueButton were developed with this target demographic in mind. The BigBlueButton name comes from the notion that starting a web conference should be as simple as pressing a metaphorical big blue button.
BigBlueButton was started in 2007 by Richard Alam, who at the time was a Master's student at Carleton University. Since then, many other individuals and organizations have become involved. The core team of developers come from [http://blindsidenetworks.com/ Blindside Networks], [http://cdot.senecacollege.ca/ Seneca CDOT], and [http://http://mconf.org/m/ Mconf].