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Press Release: January 10, 2007

O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference Adds New Speakers and Sessions; Schedule Now Online; Early Registration Extended through January 29, 2007

Sebastopol, CA -— The program schedule is nearly final for ETel, the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference. A cross-section of noted industry experts will be leading more than 50 sessions and hands-on workshops designed to capture the trends of the evolving telecom industry and provide the means to navigate the communication opportunities ahead. ETel 2007 is scheduled for February 27 through March 1, 2007 in Burlingame, California.

Mark Spencer, president of Digium, Inc. and original creator of Asterisk had this to say about last year's event, "ETel gave me an opportunity to see some sprouts of true innovation coming out of the rich environment we built with Asterisk. It showed me that indeed, given the right framework, there are creative people who can truly innovate with new technologies and services. I have no hesitation in recommending that telecom technologists attend ETel to get exposed to new ideas and maybe even get some ideas for services of their own."

A mix of the inspired and the practical, ETel offers an exciting and unique opportunity for telecom veterans to collaborate with the new generation of developers and alpha geeks who are creating the next wave of IP telephony applications and tools. The ETel conference schedule is now available online at:

Featured speakers and sessions include:

  • Jeff Bonforte, senior director of Real Time Communication Product Management, Yahoo! Inc.: Where Will Voice 3.0 Take Us?
  • Jason Ling, head of Mobile Products and Technologies, MySpace Mobile – Portable Communities Empowering Users
  • Om Malik, senior writer, Business 2.0: The Business of VoIP
  • Tero Ojanpera, executive V.P. and Chief Technology Officer, Nokia
  • Mark Spencer, president, Digium, Inc.: The Future of Asterisk

Additional speakers and sessions of interest include:

  • Brian Aker, director of architecture, MySQL: VoIP Hacking at Home
  • Brian Capouch, assistant professor and chair of the Dept. of Computer Science at Saint Joseph’s College: Hard Hat Engineering Session
  • Jyri Engestrom, co-founder, Jaiku: Ambient Storytelling: Social Communication Through Handset Presence
  • Ram Fish, CEO/founder, FONAV: Linux Wi-Fi Telephony Handset – Fonav
  • Kaliya Hamlin, co-producer, Internet Identity Workshops: Empowering People and the Coming Identity Layer of Everything
  • Matt Hamrick, co-founder, Open Cell Phone Foundation and the Homebrew Mobile Phone Club: Open Source Phoneware
  • Mike Liebhold, senior researcher, Institute for the Future
  • Aron Rosenberg: Making Video Telephony Work

A number of announcements are expected at ETel this year including the debut of a groundbreaking product from the resident hackers at Poly9. ETel 2007 will also feature an exhibitor gallery, showcasing the projects and products shaping the future of telephony. The conference will again host an ETel Fair, a place to see first-hand the creations of under-the-radar inventors in an interactive, science fair-style event. New this year is ETel Launch Pad, a special session where groundbreaking start-ups will be introduced to the telephony community.

Early registration for ETel has been extended through January 29, 2007. Attendees who register by this date will save $300. O’Reilly is also offering a special "Friends & Family Discount" for the conference this year: 40% off the regular conference fee. This discount can be combined with the early registration pricing for additional savings. For further information, visit

O'Reilly conferences include: ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference; OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention; the MySQL Conference & Expo, co-presented with MySQL AB; ETel, the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference; the O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference; the O’Reilly TOC Conference; RailsConf and RailsConf Europe, co-presented with Ruby Central; Web 2.0 Expo and Web 2.0 Summit (co-hosted by Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle, and co-produced with CMP Technology). O'Reilly conferences bring together forward-thinking business and technology leaders, shaping ideas and influencing industries around the globe. For over 25 years, O'Reilly has facilitated the adoption of new and important technologies by the enterprise, putting emerging technologies on the map.

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Upcoming O'Reilly conferences:

  • O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, March 26-29, 2007 in San Diego
  • Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, April 15-18, 2007 in San Francisco, CA
  • MySQL Conference & Expo, April 23-26, 2007 in Santa Clara, California
  • RailsConf, May 17-20, 2007 in Portland, Oregon
  • O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, May 29-30, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • O’Reilly TOC Conference, June 18-20, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention, July 23-27, 2007 in Portland, OR
  • RailsConf Europe, co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central, September 17-19, 2007 in Berlin, Germany

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