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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Voice 2.0 - a Success!

As a classic techie introvert, I like to decompress for a while after events and let my thoughts gel before making any comments. For this reason, I did not post last night or early this morning on the conclusion of the Voice 2.0 conference that wrapped up yesterday evening. Alec Saunders, however, wrote about the conclusion of the event first thing in the morning and was even beaten to the punch by Grant Buckler who wrote about one of the sessions on Monday.

Alec gave a good summary and so I am not going to risk repeating his assessment here. I will say, that I have received a great deal of interest from people enquiring as to when they could expect a follow-on event. The feedback has been unanimously positive, with comments on the event being a unique and thought provoking experience that people enjoyed and learned from. It was not an unconference, but the format and approach was quite different from what other conferences offer, and people wanted more.

It is truly gratifying when you are able to satisfy a need or scratch an itch that others may not have recognized existed, so you can bet we will aim to address this need again, and even try and improve upon the experience that everyone had this year.

Stay tuned …

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I just got off the phone with Jim Courtney of Skype Journal and Bill St. Arnaud of CANARIE. As Jim Courtney agreed at the last minute to moderate our sessions on Alternative Networks, and Visions for Telecom (thanks a bunch Jim), I wanted to introduce him to Bill and for the two of them to agree on how the session would run.

Our conversation unfolded in a way that I hope several of the topics will go for those at the conference. Having seen Bill's charts, Jim was interested in learning more, but shortly after we were into the discussion, Jim became captivated by the possibilities of what Bill was describing. Jim's 'aha' moment led him to suggest that he would like to post on this subject and would follow-up with Bill shortly to further that effort.

Everyone of the sessions at the Conference has the potential to generate aha moments, even from industry insiders. It is going to be fun!

Wow!! I have been incredibly negligent. It has been a long time since my last posting. There has been so much going on, as we have worked to finalize many elements of the conference, that my blogging responsibilities got ignored.

Anyway, we are now only days away from this exciting first time event, and those of us who have been involved in organizing Voice 2.0 can't wait to see some of the discussions unfold and products demonstrated. I am especially looking forward to the demonstration of a brand new Voice 2.0 service that is coming out of stealth mode for the first time, at our conference.

With the exciting lineup of speakers and topics in our main conference stream, it is easy to forget the equally superb workshops that we have managed to line up for participants - at no additional charge! Martin Geddes got it right when he said in his blog; "
It’s great value-for-money. Non-profit, no fancy schamncy stuff, just what you need. Affordable to everyone". Consider the following workshops that are included in the price of your conference registration fee:
  • Issues of Security in VoIP, provided by industry guru and CEO of VoIPShield Paul Slaby
  • Designing Telephony Products for Usability. This is a compressed version of a day long workshop that Martin has provided to leading mobile phone vendors - at a hefty fee.
  • Quality of Experience Engineering, provided by leading tech training company - TrainingCity
  • Mobile Development Platforms for Next Generation Telecom Applications will provide a look at how to develop third party applications for Nokia's leading lineup of internet ready phones.
And as I said, all of this is included with your low registration fee. The choices will be difficult, but there won't be any bad choices. Don't let your friends and colleagues miss the opportunity to participate in this first of a kind event. There is still space available - but once we are sold out, that will be it.

I look forward to seeing you there!