AstriCon 2016 Keynotes Announced

By David Duffett
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We are working hard to make sure that our 13th AstriCon, at Glendale, AZ, September 27-29 is the best yet – and I wanted to take time out to let you know about our amazing keynotes.

This year we have three of them:

Astricon 2016 keynoteWednesday, September 28th at 9.00am our keynoter is Bill Ledingham, CTO/EVP of Engineering at Black Duck Software.

Ledingham’s presentation is “From Macro Trends to Micro Services: How Open Source Software is Reshaping the Development and Deployment of Applications and Services.” In addition to his role at Black Duck Software, the industry leader in products and solutions that help companies secure and manage their use of open source software, he’s also a partner at Converge Venture Partners, where he actively works with a number of early-stage companies. A veteran in the voice industry, he served as an executive and member of the founding team at SpeechWorks, a leader in speech-based solutions that IPO’d in 2000 and is now part of Nuance. He also has been on the founding team at other companies in the virtualization and information security spaces.

Thursday, September 29th at 9.00am, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix will take to the stage.Astricon 2016 keynote
Matthiue will present “Asterisk of Things.” He will point to why Asterisk is in a key position to bridge machine-to-human-to-machine communications – both in technological terms, and as the IoT (a market expected to grow to nearly $20 trillion over the next five years) and Asterisk communities continue to align. He is the co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, a revolutionary real-time IoT platform recently acquired by Citrix. Octoblu connects things, systems, people and clouds to a global mesh network allowing users to automate and control design flows, processes and sensor data, and analyze/react to real-time events and messages as well as big data trends and anomalies. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, he was the founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS acquired by AppFog, and the founder of Teleku, a communications-as-a-service cloud platform acquired by Voxeo.

Matt Jordan Astricon 2016 keynoteIn the afternoon of Thursday, September 29th at 3.10pm, Digium CTO Matt Jordan will deliver a wrap-up keynote session, “Asterisk: Past, Present, and Future,” closing this year’s event and bringing all the key messages around Asterisk together as well as looking into the medium-term future. Energizing the community with a glimpse into the future strategy for Asterisk, Jordan will also preside over an update of the project delivered by some of the main members of the Asterisk development team.

And these are just the keynotes! There are more than 50 other talks this year, all of which which deliver great information on the various things you can be, do and have with Asterisk.

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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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