Sneak peek for Asterisk Community: AstriCon Keynotes

By David Duffett
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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:

Community Keynote

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] – and I will do  my best to ask it on your behalf, provided there is time.

Technology Keynote

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

Until next time.

There Are 2 Comments

  • NUMAN says:

    There are thousands of people who are not able to attend the Astricon conference due to visa issues or others barriers.
    I would request the community to have full video coverage and record the sessions and than broadcast on social media/youtube for others to watch and update themselves.
    Thank you!

  • Billy Chia says:

    Asterisk is a global community, and we are always looking for ways to include as many people as possible. Although we can’t record everything that happens at Astricon, there are many sessions get recorded. Videos from past Astricon events can be found here: Videos are great, but I highly recommend attending. Nothing compares the the actual experience of being at Astricon. One of my favorite parts of Astricon is meeting people from so many different countries around the world!

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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