David Duffett July 19th, 2012
I was talking with Steve Sokol just recently, and he was saying how great it would be to add something new to AstriCon this year.
For those that don’t know, Steve is a co-founder of AstriCon, the grand-daddy of AstriCon, and he is one of only a very few people that have been to every AstriCon – the others being Mark Spencer (as one might expect) and Leif Madsen.
Steve’s amazing breadth of knowledge, experience of all things Asterisk and his history with AstriCon leave me feeling like the new boy, having only gone to my first AstriCon in 2006 (although I did speak at all 4 – yes, four – AstriCons that year – Berlin, Paris, London and Dallas, TX!).
Anyway, back to the conversation, that went a bit like this….
Steve: AstriCon is very much like Asterisk in many ways.
David: What do you mean, Steve?
Steve: Well, both have been around for a good long time now, they are both mature and they both do what they do pretty well.
David: Yes, AstriCon has all the great stuff that has built up over the years – educational tracks where one can learn about Asterisk and Asterisk-related stuff, the exhibition where people can see all manner of products and services from within the Asterisk ecosystem, the all-show party and, of course, the ‘Fastest Dude to the Dialtone’ contest…
Steve (getting up out of his chair, and gazing into middle distance): That’s all great, but I think we can do more…
Steve: Yes, MORE! (grabbing me by the scruff of my well-worn AstriCon 2006 t-shirt). I think we could add a new dimension to AstriCon this year – something to capture the imagination of the entrepreneur in every AstriCon attendee!
David: What do you have in mind?
Steve: A start up competition…. Imagine having all the would-be entrepreneurs at AstriCon compete by building their own Asterisk-based product and business, right there at the show. Everyone who wants to participate gathers on the Tuesday evening. Those with ideas can pitch them to the crowd. After the pitches, the audience votes to determine the top four or five ideas. The winners of the vote form teams and go off to the CodeZone to build their products. On Thursday the teams present their ideas in the General Session. A panel of seasoned entrepreneurs act as judges and pick the most insanely great app as the winner….. What do you think?
David: I love it. I think the community would love it too – but the only way we’ll know for sure is to ask them.
Steve: Okay, Duffett – ask them!
….And that is what I’m doing right now…. Asking you:
Do you like the idea of a ‘Asterisk StartUp Bootcamp’ at AstriCon?
Let me know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting on this post.
Can you think of ways to make it even better, or maybe of something completely different that you would love to see at AstriCon?
If so, please use that same e-mail address or comment on this post, so that your ideas can be discussed.
We do our best to put on a great AstriCon for you every year, but direct feedback and ideas from you could take it to a whole ‘nother level!
My inbox is waiting….
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