Sebastopol, CA--The Call for Participation for the second annual O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference, aka ETel, is now open. Technologists, CTOs, chief scientists, researchers, programmers, hackers, business developers, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties are invited to lead conference plenary sessions and workshops at ETel 2007. Topics will be centered on innovations and projects in open source telephony, P2P VoIP, open source hardware, wireless mobility, mobile telephony, wi-fi VoIP, telco networks as platforms, and the intersection of VoIP telephony with web services. Proposals are due no later than September 26, 2006.
Telephony sits at the intersection of emerging technology, enormous corporate interests, government bureaucracy, eager consumers, and hackers who are poised to change everything we know about telephone communications networks. People in all fields of the telecom world are recognizing and embracing changes in the telephony industry, and with that a real sense of excitement and entrepreneurial opportunity. Now that IP telephony is being democratized, the industry is at a massive inflection point, worthy of serious investment. When the cost of a call is driving towards zero, the greatest challenge is to make phone calls more apt, meaningful, and useful.
Some of the specific topics on the radar for the next ETel are:
Evening fairs, a much-loved fixture at many O'Reilly conferences, are science fair style events showcasing under-the-radar projects and people who aren't quite ready to take the formal conference stage. The ETel Fair will return for the 2007 conference and promises to be a bizarre bazaar of ideas, technology, and people with something daring to show the world.
"ETel was a ground breaking conference," says program co-chair Surj Patel. "We took a risk and broke from the tried, tired old format of most telco events--thinly disguised trade shows to sell boxes--and created a revitalized forum for early stage innovators, alpha geeks, and telco researchers to meet, debate, and share ideas with the people who may actually make them happen in the world. It was a heady atmosphere. Our aim now is to take that spirit of imagination, discovery, and action into ETel 2007 and beyond."
ETel is the one place that clearly articulates the direction the industry is heading. ETel brings together business leaders, visionary researchers from industry and universities, entrepreneurs, new venture funders, open source activists, and grassroots developers. Over the course of three days, ETel provides a road map to identify the opportunities as new forms of communication emerge. Like other O'Reilly conferences, ETel is a mix of the inspired and the practical, providing one of the only opportunities for the established telco/telecom community to come together with the new generation of developers and alpha geeks who are creating the next wave of IP telephony applications and tools.
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