What is BigBlueButton?

  • Functions

    On BigBlueButton you can host video conferences with separate conference rooms (so-called breakout rooms), collaborate via the whiteboard function, share your desktop and use the chat function.

  • Participants

    Up to 45 people can participate in a stable BigBlueButton video conference.

  • Open source

    BigBlueButton is an open source software and is constantly improved by a global voluntary coding community

  • Your own server

    BigBlueButton can be operated on your own server which ensures a high level of data protection.

  • Did you know?

    BigBlueButton is already hosted by the Ministries of Education in several German Federal States and used at schools and universities.

How can I use BigBlueButton?

Digital Vereint provides simultaneous access to up to 200 members of Berlin organisations. If you are a member of an active association, an initiative or a non-profit organisation and want to use BigBlueButton for your civil society work, you can register here (please check our Code of Conduct):

Required information
Voluntary information

First steps: How to install and use BigBlueButton (BBB)

  • Check requirements

    The basic requirement for using BBB is a stable internet connection. BBB works best on the browsers Chrome or Firefox, but you can also use Safari, Internet Explorer or Edge, although problems might occur with older versions.

  • Create an account

    First, you need to register by filling out the form above. After a short check, you will receive an invitation to BigBlueButton via e-mail. Click on the link in the e-mail and then click on the button “Registrieren” (register). At this point, you will be asked to create a profile and define a password. Then you can get started. Click on your name on the top right to change your profile settings. Note: Make sure you save the link to your BigBlueButton homepage in order to use it for different video conferences.

  • Setting up conference rooms

    Before you start a conference, you should check your settings. Under the menu point “Raumkonfiguration” (room configuration) you can define the settings for all rooms.

  • Starting a conference

    You can start a new conference by simply clicking on “Raum erstellen” (create a room) on the homepage. A link is automatically created which you can copy and send to participants. The conference starts when the moderator enters the room.

  • Join a conference

    Participants receive the invitation link via e-mail. They can click on it and then they are added to the conference as soon the moderator starts it. All participants are asked if they want to enable their microphone or participate as “Zuhörer:in” (listener). If participants want to enable their microphone, they need to allow its use and test their audio. Then, participants can enable or disable their camera by clicking on the camera icon on the bottom.

  • During a conference

    By clicking on participants‘ names, you can invite them to a private chat, change their role to a moderator or presenter or back to a participant. By using the button „Bildschirmfreigabe“ (screen sharing), you can share your screen and with “Aufzeichnung starten” (start recording), you can record the conference. Additionally, you have the possibility to draft shared notes.

  • Breakout rooms

    By clicking on the cogwheel in the left column, you can create breakout rooms – separate group rooms for working in small teams. You can add participants to the respective rooms via drag and drop

  • Good to know:

    Participants can also join a conference via the phone. They have to dial in with a unique code generated for each conference and ending in the # icon.

    Accessibility:
    Click on „Anwendungen” (settings) to change the language, font size etc.