Greetings from Asterisk-land, where preparations for this year’s AstriCon are well underway. The 10th anniversary AstriCon will be held October 8 – 10th at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. Since Asterisk is first and foremost a Community project, I thought I would get the latest information on keynote speakers to you, the Community, before anyone else.
We’ve already got two great keynotes planned! The first one is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th and will be a Community Keynote. The next one is all set for Thursday, October 10th and will be a Technology Keynote.
Here is the early scoop on all the details:
We have 4 key characters from the Asterisk Community lined up to speak, including:
Mark Spencer (obviously, the great guy that started it all – now Chairman and CTO at Digium)
Philippe Lindheimer (Project leader for FreePBX – the most popular Asterisk admin GUI in the world)
Olle Johansson (Open Source contributor and one of the original co-founders of AstriCon – Steve Sokol being the other co-founder)
Alistair Cunningham (Owner at Integrics, the creators of Enswitch – a widely deployed mega telephony platform based on Asterisk)
In this session, MC’d by me, each of the speakers will share some reflections on the past and, more importantly, give their thoughts on where they would like to see Asterisk go in the future. There may be a short time for some pre-submitted questions towards the end of this keynote session. If you have a question, please email it to me – david.duffett [at] asterisk.org – and I will do my best to ask it on your behalf, provided there is time.
The topic for this keynote is WebRTC: What is it, and what might it mean for the Asterisk Community? We also have a great speaker lined up for you.
Phil Edholm (of PKE Consulting) is a seasoned industry insider whose previous roles have included an 8-year stint as Enterprise CTO at Nortel. These days, Phil speaks far and wide (and loud) about WebRTC – the new Open Source technology that allows Real-Time Communications (that’s the RTC part) to be accessible via the Web (that’s the… never mind). This all happens through regular browsers, without the need for plugins or additional software of any kind. Right now, Chrome and Firefox (22 and up) are compatible. Phil is so much a thought leader in this key area, that he acts as the host of WebRTC World Expo, the popular TMC Conference and Exhibition focussing on WebRTC, that recently doubled in side between the first and second events.
In this session, expect Phil to pass on the important information detailing what WebRTC is, and is not. In addition, he will share his views about the way it will shape the communications industry in general and what it might mean to the Asterisk Community, specifically.
OK, that’s almost it for now – except to say that the general speaking schedule is also looking hotter than the Atlanta weather promisses to be when we meet there in October! I will be back in touch with more details on that in due course.
Not booked your AstriCon 2013 pass yet? You need to do that RIGHT NOW at www.astricon.net
Until next time.