AstriCon Keynote Details Released

By David Duffett

The keynote speeches at AstriCon are a significant part of the event, and other than the all-important Wrap-Up session, Dangerous Demos and Evening Receptions, they are the only all-participant sessions across the 3 days that make up AstriCon.

Asterisk has always been about Technology and Community, and to that end each year we look to have one of our keynoters address a technology aspect while the other focuses more on the community dimension of Asterisk.

This year we’re both excited and delighted to have secured two fabulous keynoters:

On Wednesday, October 4, Dean Bubley will address the technology aspect when he looks at where Asterisk fits into the communications of the future. He will also take a sideways glance at what he believes is being over-hyped by various commentators in their general predictions for the next era.

Dean is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst & futurist with over 25 years of experience, he specializes in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading market observers covering network infrastructure & software, service provider business models, voice/video communications and telecom policy. He is a contrarian and visionary, with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus.


The following day, Thursday, October 5, a long-time friend of the Asterisk project and co-author of  IETF RFC5456 for the IAX (Inter-Asterisk eXchange) protocol, Brian Capouch, will tell of the Telephony Love Story between him and Asterisk. This is bound to be pure Asterisk Community Gold!

Brian retired in 2016, as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, after 34 years of teaching there.  Saint Joe became one of the first colleges with a full-time Internet connection in 1988 and began offering a for-credit course in VoIP in 2002.  He has been a longtime advocate for Open Source software and has participated in the process of developing the MIME standard.

So, as you can see, we have two keynotes full of potential that should both not only offer food for thought, but also reinforce the unique community aspect of your favorite Open Source Communications project, Asterisk.

When you add this to more than 50 regular conference sessions, the full Expo floor, the Open Source Showcase and (at the absolute top of the list) the incredible range of Asterisk Enthusiasts you will interact with at AstriCon, the only question is:

If you don’t have your AstriCon pass yet, WHY NOT?

Register NOW at

I can’t wait for Orlando 2017. See you there!


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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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