O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference - January 31 - February 2, 2006 - San Francisco, CA
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Shirish Andhare
Shirish brings to bear over 11 years of experience in telecommunications with companies like Octel, Lucent, Vertical Networks, Tellme Networks, and now Sylantro, to present his perspective from unique vantage points as a developer and marketer.

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Peter Ashley
Peter Ashley is Director of the PayPal Merchant Services division of eBay, which is responsible for extending the PayPal transaction platform beyond the eBay marketplace. Currently, he is responsible for building PayPal’s New Media and Micropayments business, aimed at addressing unmet merchant needs for a fast, safe and easy way to conduct low value online transactions. While at PayPal, Peter has led several business development initiatives which defined new revenue channels for PayPal and eBay.

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RJ Auburn
In addition to being the driving force behind Voxeo's technology innovation and integration, Auburn is also the editor and chair of the W3C Call Control XML (CCXML) standard, co-author and editor of the W3C's State Chart XML (SCXML) standard, and an active leader on a number of other standards, including VoiceXML, Media Control, and SIP. Auburn is an acknowledged expert in the fields of voice recognition, call control, and call center integration, and has been working with and on next-generation telephony projects and standards for nearly ten years.

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David Beckemeyer
As chief executive officer, David Beckemeyer sets corporate strategy and oversees all aspects of the business for TelEvolution. He has been instrumental in spearheading and executing TelEvolution's major milestones, including founding the company, developing the patent-pending PhoneGnome technology and business model, securing angel financing, establishing a world-class advisory board, and recruiting a seasoned executive team.

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Jeff Bonforte
Jeff Bonforte is the senior director of Real Time Communication Product Management, including Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and Yahoo! Voice. Bonforte oversees the product and business operations for Yahoo!’s leading consumer instant messaging and voice initiatives. He is also responsible for enhancing and extending Yahoo!’s voice platform across Yahoo!’s network of services.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Bonforte was president of SIPphone, Inc., a leading VoIP startup where he championed the development and launch of the Gizmo Project, a free internet telephone.

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Fabrizio Capobianco
Capobianco, a serial entrepreneur and veteran executive at Reuters and Tibco, founded the first Italian web company, Internet Graffiti. He also founded Stigma Online, developer of an information portal product with customers that included Kraft, Novartis, Italian Broadcasting Television, and the Italian Stock Exchange.

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Brian Capouch
Brian Capouch is an assistant professor and chair of the department of computer science at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He also operates a small wireless ISP. He has taught two college classes and given presentations on VoIP and Asterisk. Currently he is restoring a 152-year-old railroad hotel.

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Wes Carr
Wes Carr has been pushing the limits of Macromedia Flash as an application development environment since 2000. In 2003, he co-founded 2Entwine, LLC, a small start-up focused on making interactive, near real-time, applications centered on instant messaging. His efforts at 2Entwine have most recently culminated in the first web-based application, Gtalkr, built on the Google Talk network. Carr holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Gary Clayton
Gary Clayton's leadership at Tellme has created an environment where audio and user interface design work in concert to create the future of the phone experience. As CCO, he leads the Creative Services team of user interface experts, human interaction designers, speech engineers, and audio producers.

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Peter Cochrane
Peter Cochrane is a futurist and strategist for technology-driven business who invests his own time and money as an agent of change and creator of new ventures. Cochrane is brilliant at explaining the impact and opportunities of new technologies and their applications to both technical and non-technical audiences. An internationally sought after speaker, Cochrane has authored over 600 papers and articles and numerous books on business, management, technology, the future, and living with rapid change.

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Blaine Cook
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Samuel T. Cossette
Samuel has been professionally involved for some years in telephony, applicative contextualization and mobile backend infrastructure projects. He is generally turned on by any application that can be used from the command-line. Samuel is Poly9's Chief Telecommunications Officer.

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Marc Davis
Marc Davis is the Founding Director of Yahoo! Research Berkeley. He is responsible for the technical and creative vision and leadership for the Lab. Prof. Davis is on leave from the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) at the University of California at Berkeley where he directs Garage Cinema Research. Prof. Davis' work is focused on creating the technology and applications that will enable daily media consumers to become daily media producers. His research and teaching encompass the theory, design, and development of digital media systems for creating and using media metadata to automate media production, sharing, and reuse.

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Simon Ditner
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Sean Egan
Sean Egan has been developing communications software since 2000 when, as a college freshman, he started working on Gaim, a popular open-source instant messaging client. Today, he leads Gaim development, managing a team of hundreds of contributors from around the world and has even written a book on the topic titled Open Source Messaging Application: Building and Extending Gaim (Apress LP). Egan continues to persue interoperability in communications at Google Inc., where he works as a software engineer on the Google Talk team, whose goal is to bring openness to real-time communications by embracing standards. Specifically, Egan works on making it easy for XMPP clients to interoperate through the release of libjingle, an open-souce implementation of Jingle and Jingle-Audio, the protocols Google Talk uses to initiate and maintain voice conversations.

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Johannes Ernst
Johannes Ernst is the founder and CEO of NetMesh Inc., which pioneers Situational™ Software. Previously, he was founderand CEO of Aviatis Corp., a developer of collaborative engineering tools. He holds a doctorate in EE, and also worked for BMW Research and Engineering, FZI, and Integrated Systems. He became a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2001. Visit his blog.

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B.J. Fogg
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Jean-Marc Frangos
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Matthew Gast
Matthew Gast is Director of Consulting Engineering at Trapeze Networks. Prior to Trapeze, he was a member of the business development team at NetScreen, where he worked with strategic partners and alliances. Matthew's most recent book, 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly Media), is a well-respected and best-selling reference on that rapidly emerging technology, now in its second edition. He is also an active participant in the Wireless LAN Security Initiative at the Interop Labs (iLabs), where he works with other net workers to deploy cutting-edge wireless LAN security solutions.

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Martin Geddes
Martin Geddes is author of the popular telecom strategy blog Telepocalypse, as well as chief analyst at STL and co-instigator of the Telco 2.0 initiative (www.telco2.net) -- helping network operators and vendors make money in an all-IP world.

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Tom Hale
As senior vice president of Adobe's Knowledge Worker Solutions Business Unit, Tom Hale is responsible for expanding its software solutions that help people streamline communication and collaboration with customers, employees and partners. Driving the strategy and execution for core Adobe franchises like Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) and Macromedia(r) Breeze(r) software, Hale seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge workers everywhere.

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Casey Halverson
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Joe Heitzeberg
Joe Heitzeberg is founder of SnapVine, Inc, a pioneering mobile voice applications startup. Heitzeberg began his career at Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation where he built some of the earliest interactive, paid internet services for ESPN.com and ABCNEWS.com. In 1998 he incubated and sold a hosted ecommerce startup, JoeMart, to Infoseek.com that subsequently became the basis for GO.com's Auctions and Stores services.

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Evan (Rabble) Henshaw-Plath
Evan Henshaw-Plath is the co-author of the upcoming book Testing and Debugging Ruby on Rails from O'Reilly. He was the lead developer and architect of the podcasting site Odeo.com, one of the first high profile rails sites to launch. He works on many ruby on rails sites as a consultant for scalability and test coverage. Evan maintains blogs at anarchogeek.com and testingrails.com

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Tad Hirsch
Tad Hirsch is a researcher and Ph.D. candidate in the Smart Cities Group at MIT's Media Lab where his work focuses on the intersections between art, activism, and technology. He has worked with Intel's People and Practices Research Group, Motorola's Advanced Concepts Group, and the Interaction Design Studio at Carnegie Mellon University, and has several years experience in the nonprofit sector.

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Aaron Huslage
Aaron Huslage is a veteran geek generalist currently employed at three different startups. He has been a Unix consultant and system administrator for the past 14 years, and has been emerging telephony for the entire time in some capacity or another. Huslage helped build emergency Wi-Fi networks in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that allowed people to contact their families and do their all-important relief paperwork. Currently, he is interested in mobile telephony and identity as well as whatever else passes under his nose.

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Michael Jerris
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Benjamin W. Keighran
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Kristian Kielhofner
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Benjamin Kowarsch
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Brent Lang
Brent Lang is vice president of marketing for Vocera Communications, Inc., the innovative wireless communications company with the only wearable hands-free, instant voice communications system available. He joined Vocera with the goal of taking a big idea and turning it into an operating enterprise, strategically positioning Vocera Communications as the leader in wireless instant voice communication.

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Denis Laprise
Denis is a spirited developer and entrepreneur working mostly on web and desktop projects. His experience ranges from aircraft maintenance software to GIS. Strongly interested in algorithmic topics such as operations research and information retrieval, Denis gets to solve interesting challenges at work involving clustering, semantical analysis and bayesian filters (the latter, mostly to compose with the amount of spam he gets). Based in Quebec City, Denis is the Chief Algorithms Officer at Poly9.

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Scott Lawrence
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Jean-Phillippe Lebel
Jean-Philippe is an entrepreneur. Having completed a degree in Computer Engineering and now in the process of completing his MBA, he has been involved in several local and international organizations and now works in a simulation corp based in Quebec City. He also acts as the Chief "down to earth" Officer at Poly9. His interests include embedded and wireless technologies, simulation and project management.

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Kevin Lenzo
Kevin A. Lenzo is faculty at the Institute for Software Research International at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of Cepstral, LLC, a company offering voice building services on top of free software synthesis engines. He has over a decade of experience on speech research in academia and industry. At CMU, he is currently steward of the Sphinx open source initiative. He the author of the Infobot interactive agent. His is co-author of the forthcoming O'Reilly book "Building Synthetic Voices". He is president and founder of Yet Another Society, a non-profit organization for the adancements of collaborative efforts in computer and information science and the parent organization of the Yet Another Perl Conferences.

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Norman Lewis
Dr Norman Lewis is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Wireless Grids Corporation, USA. Prior to joining WGC, he was the Director of Technology Research for Orange, UK. Prior to this Lewis was the Director of Technology Research for the Home Division of France Telecom and of Freeserve.com. He is the Chairman of the International Telecommunications Union's TELECOM Forum Programme Committee.

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Ajay Madhok
Ajay Madhok is CEO and founder of Celiberate Networks Pvt Ltd. He is leading an international team to launch the worlds' first "Peoples' Directory" -- Equals. Equals is a trusted identity platform that manages communications on your terms.

Madhok currently serves on OASIS XDI (XRI Data Interchange) Technical Committee as the vice-chair, and sits on XRI, SOA, and Liberty Alliance.

As co-founder of AmSoft Systems, Madhok built a reputation as a visionary global pioneer in identity technology. His patent portfolio centers on enabling Digital Identity frameworks and trust controls.

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David Mandlestam
David Mandelstam is the President and CEO of Sangoma Technologies. Before founding Sangoma, David ran a private engineering company, was engineering VP of Solartech, an energy conservation company and was responsible for pricing at Spar Aerospace. Prior to immigrating to Canada, David was in charge of aircraft engine maintenance for South African Airways. David holds an M.Sc. in aerodynamics from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom and a B.Comm. from the University of South Africa.

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Cooper Marcus
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Bob Marsh
Bob Marsh has over thirty years experience in consumer computing and wireless technology. He developed one of the very first home computers (the Processor Tech Sol-20, now in the Smithsonian Museum of American History), and was a founding member in 1975 of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club. He co-founded and ran several start-ups in personal computing, wireless, and document management, two of which went through successful IPOs.

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Rudy Mathieu
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Brian McConnell
Brian McConnell is an inventor, author and serial entrepreneur. He has founded a series of telecom startups, including PhoneZone, one of the first electronic commerce companies; TrekMail, a multimodal messaging company (recently acquired by mobile email service provider Visto; and Open Communication Systems, which has developed a breakthrough conferencing services that will be demoed at ETel. He is also an O'Reilly author and frequent contributor to the O'Reilly Network, and also maintains Telephony Design, a telecom tutorial and buyers guide.

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Raju Menon
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Nitin Mittal
Nitin Mittal is a software engineer in the mobile communications industry with more than five years experience. He currently works as technology expert for Nokia in the Forum Nokia organization, providing technical services for the mobile developer community in the South East Asia Pacific Region.

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David Nielsen
Dave Nielsen has 13-years experience working with developers and driving top-notch programs to meet their needs. As director of ISV & Developer Programs, Nielsen works with the developer community to lead StrikeIron into new channels for sources of customers and revenue. Prior to StrikeIron, he managed the PayPal Developer Network for PayPal, an eBay company.

Nielsen serves as co-chair of the SDForum Web Services SIG that he founded in 2001. He is the author of PayPal Hacks, which shows how to build the right tools for selling products and services online using PayPal.

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Ejovi Nuwere
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John S. Ostrem
Dr. Ostrem co-founded China MobileSoft, a company focused on developing Linux-based software and platforms for mobile phones for the Chinese and International markets. He served at various times as Chairman, CEO, and CTO. China MobileSoft's technology has been included in over 80 shipping phones in the Chinese Market. In January of 2005 China MobileSoft was acquired by PalmSource, Inc. Dr. Ostrem is now Lead Scientist at PalmSource, where he is working on building PalmSource's involvement in key new global industry consortiums. To this end he is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Linux Phone Standards Forum. Dr. Ostrem began his career as a scientist and researcher at SRI (the former Stanford Research Institute), and developed the initial technology behind CIC, one of the first technology companies to be spun off from SRI. He is a graduate of the University of California.

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Gurdeep Singh Pall
Gurdeep Singh Pall is corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft Corp. He is responsible for overseeing R&D for products and services in the Real-Time Collaboration area, specifically, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server, Roundtable products, and Microsoft Real-time Collaboration (RTC) platforms.

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Surj Patel
Surj Patel is currently a freelance mobile and media technologist specializing in innovation. He most recently worked at the R+D lab for the wireless operator Orange in Boston. Previous to that, Patel was at the MIT MediaLab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Originating from the United Kingdom, Patel started his career as a pioneer of new media at the BBC in 1993 and then worked as part of the original web team there. In 1999 he helped form a content innovation group in the BBC looking at how all the new media formats could be made to interoperate to make useful viewer experiences. Along the way there have been small ventures and industry pats on the back.

His free time is devoted to his young family, music recording, and hacking fun tools like Amabuddy to explore technologies. Current interests are in mobile services, End User Programming of mobile services (people creating things for themselves), web services, and the evolving broadcast industry within an always connected world.

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Todd Pinkerton
Todd Pinkerton is a mobile software developer at Locamoda, Inc, developing technology to connect mobile phones to public display networks. Prior to Locamoda, Pinkerton worked for European mobile operator Orange at their Boston innovation center.

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Tobias Poppe
Tobias Poppe is one of the founders of Cellfire. He is a recognized technology leader in the field of computer security and has spoken at several conferences in Europe and Asia. Most recently he was editor of a security publication. Previously, he was the CTO of Emaze. He is a member of several research groups. Poppe studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.

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Brad Porter
Brad Porter developed Tellme's first XML-based voice platform within a few days of joining as the fifth employee. Today he oversees advanced technology initiatives at the company. His principle responsibility is to advance the state of the art in open-standards-based voice applications reaching over 100,000,000 callers. His experience working with enterprises to migrate their call centers to standards-based Web-architectures using VoiceXML, AJAX, SIP, XML, and SOAP has given him a unique perspective on the advantages and challenges of moving to a pure web architecture.

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William Quigley
William Quigley is a managing director at Clearstone Venture Partners and focuses on Clearstone's communications investments. Quigley joined Clearstone Venture Partners in 1999 from Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds where he invested in early stage communications companies targeting the software, equipment, and service sectors.

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Amritansh Raghav
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Srikanth Raju
Srikanth Raju works at Nokia in the Forum Nokia organization as senior technology manager and head of Technical Services and Consultancy for the Americas region. In this capacity, Raju leads a team of technology experts who helps partners and software developers to develop and deploy solutions on Nokia platforms.

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Stephen Rayment
Steve Rayment, a co-founder of BelAir Networks, brings over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which includes thirteen years in the wireless arena. At Nortel Networks and Bell-Northern Research, he led the development of broadband wireless products for the MMDS band, the development of broadband multimedia satcom equipment and the design of the industry's first wireless PBX.

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Rick Ringel
Rick Ringel serves as a distinguished engineer within Inter-Tel's Technology & Product Management group. He is the lead architect of the SIP application server product family, as well as a contributor to the evolution of other Inter-Tel products.

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Michael Robertson
In his eighteen-year career, high-tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson has spearheaded a cache of diverse, high-profile companies ranging from digital music to operating systems to VoIP to entertainment. Not one to shy from controversy, his quest to offer competing products and innovative technologies has brought him face to face with corporate giants--and corporate lawsuits.

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Aron Rosenberg
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Greg Sadetsky
Greg Sadetsky is the co-founder of Poly9 Group Inc., an open source research and development lab located in Quebec City, Canada. In the past year, he has been working on integration projects (i.e., doing mash-ups) for diverse groups such as media outlets, real-estate agents, forest fire fighters, and UFO reporting centers—some of these noted in The Economist and The Dow Jones Venture Capital Analyst. When not wearing a tie, Sadetsky likes to experiment with the most promising applications of emerging technologies.

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Peter Saint-Andre
Peter Saint-Andre is Executive Director of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF), Director of Standards at Jabber Inc., editor of the XMPP RFCs, and author of numerous XMPP protocol extensions.

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Peter Santangeli
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Alec Saunders
With more than 20 years in software, including 9 years of distinguished service at Microsoft, Alec Saunders is absolutely passionate about how technology can affect the quality of our lives. A visionary who appreciates the materials, work, and imagineering required to make it happen, Saunders is driven by challenge – whether it's from his co-workers, industry pundits, or nay-sayers. For all things Saunders, check out his blog – http://saunderslog.com.

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Deva Seetharam
Deva Seetharam is a researcher at France Telecom Research and Development center (FTRD) in Boston. Before joining FTRD, Deva led the active RFID business of TagSense Inc. Deva has developed data transport algorithms and protocols for low-power wireless sensor networks and active RFID tags. He has also designed and developed systems for several Fortune 500 companies including Rockwell Automation, Northwestern Mutual, Target Corporation and Safeway Inc. Deva holds a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab where he developed an operating system and a high-level programming language for distributed embedded networked systems. Deva has also served on international Zigbee and IEEE 802.15.4 standards committees.

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Nathan Seidle
As the proprietor of Spark Fun Electronics Inc, Nathan gets the chance to play with many different technologies including Bluetooth, GPS, microcontrollers, sensor arrays, cellular modules, and antenna design. Best known for creating the 'Port-O-Rotary' portable cellular rotary phone, Spark Fun Electronics is a hotbed for combining different technologies (and decades).

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Michael Sharon
Michael Eyal Sharon is a writer, programmer, and artist who makes social locative media as the co-founder and CTO of Kamida. Socialight is their current passion—a mobile social network which allows users to create, share, and discover virtual sticky notes around them. Kamida also loves making Big Games like Conqwest, Identity, and Superstar with the guys from area/code.

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Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer founded Linux Support Services in 1999 while still a computer engineering student at Auburn University. When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX, Spencer simply used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to write his own. This was the beginning of the world-wide phenomenon known as Asterisk, the open source PBX, and caused Spencer to shift his business focus from Linux support to supporting Asterisk and opening up the telecom market.

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Lisa Stifelman
Lisa leads Tellme’s world-class team of voice user interface specialists, and is ultimately responsible for the design of all applications on the Tellme Network. Lisa received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory Speech Interface Group, and a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University. Her background combines user interface expertise with extensive experience developing speech and audio applications. A world-renowned expert in her field, Lisa has been designing and developing interactive voice applications for more than 12 years. In 1990 she developed “VoiceNotes” —the first voice interface enabling users to dynamically create and organize speech recordings. After completing her Ph.D., Lisa founded AudioVelocity, Inc. to develop specialized audio recording software and devices.

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Roberto Tagliabue
Roberto Tagliabue has grown up in the design and fashion environment of Milan, Italy. Since the early '90s, he has been an active player in the world of interactive media, design of product experience, and digital brand identity.

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Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan is half executive, half technologist, with a dash of revolutionary thrown in to taste. At his prior start-up he learned first hand how painful and expensive it was to build phone applications. With a desire to change the state of the industry he founded Voxeo, a company whose goal is to enable any person or business to create and deploy telephony applications quickly and easily. Since its start in 1999 over 15,000 individuals and businesses -- ranging from the Fortune 5 to 5 person startups -- have used Voxeo's free telephony tools and paid IVR hosting and VOIP platforms to deliver any telephony application they desire.

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Brad Templeton
Brad Templeton was founder and publisher at ClariNet Communications Corp., the #1 internet-based electronic newspaper publisher, until selling it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. He is currently CEO of Caller App Inc., a new startup aimed at reinventing the phone call, merging the visions of telephony, email, and presence.

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Steve Tomlin
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Stephen Uhler
Stephen is currently the Principal Investigator of the ePBX project at SunLabs, which is exploring ways of integrating VOIP with traditional telephony in a corporate environment. Recently, Stephen has been the lead investigator of a variety of projects at Sun Labs, including the "Universal client", for providing enterprise applications to networked PDA's and the Brazil Web framework. Prior to that, as part of the TCL group, Stephen was the author of SpecTCL, a GUI builder for TK, the Grid geometry manager, and the TCL embedded web server. Before joining Sun, Stephen was the creator of PhoneStation, a computer telephony integration system from the last time VOIP was about to emerge as the next "Big deal" over a decade ago.

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Shawn Van Every
Shawn is an adjunct professor and media researcher at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) where he specializes in the development of tools that enable participatory media. At ITP he teaches courses that deal with participatory media and computational media (programming). Recently he co-organized the Open Media Developers Summit for the purpose of bringing together individuals working on technology that enables a truly open media.

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Erik van Eykelen
Erik van Eykelen is a senior technology advisor for Voipster BV, a VoIP technology and service provider based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. On ETEL, Voipster will unveil an open source VoIP initiative comprising a client-side VoIP engine, an XMPP-based API, a GUI and a service integration SDK. Additionally, Erik will present a browser-embedded VoIP & IM application.

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Jim Van Meggelen
Jim Van Meggelen is president and CTO of Core Telecom Innovations, a Canadian-based provider of open source telephony solutions. He has over fifteen years of enterprise telecom experience, with companies such as Nortel, Williams, and Telus, and has extensive knowledge of both legacy and VoIP equipment from manufacturers such as Nortel, Cisco, and Avaya.

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Quinn Weaver
Quinn Weaver is a programmer and entrepreneur in Berkeley with a background in VoIP and in financial services. He founded Fairpath Communications, which provides innovative Asterisk software, consulting, and turnkey systems, with a focus on IVRs.

In addition to working on Fairpath, Quinn is the president of San Francisco Perl Mongers.

Quinn holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University with majors in cognitive science and classical studies--Greek.

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Bill Weinberg
Bill Weinberg brings more than eighteen years of open systems, embedded, and other IT experience to his role as open source architecture strategist at the Open Source Development Labs, where he participates in OSDL initiatives for Mobile Linux, Carrier-Grade, Data Center, and Desktop Linux.

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Dave Weinstein
Weinstein has over 25 years experience with a broad range of communications companies in the mobile, landline and the Internet arenas. His roles in these companies have included CEO and Founder as well as Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and Sales. He has co-founded three companies and has been instrumental in a creating value for his companies through IPO, acquisition and technology sale. Weinstein has also successfully raised approximately $40 million in venture capital.

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Brian West
Brian West is a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kinda guy with no formal training in the field. He learns and adapts quickly; has a strong opinion, and is not afraid to share it. West is a firm believer in open source and can see things beyond their face value and think outside the box. He became active in the Asterisk community back in 2003 and has since progressed into a well-known member of the open source telephony community.

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Phil Wolff
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Phil Zakielarz
Phil Zakielarz is currently an undergraduate in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program at MIT. During the Summer 2005, as an intern at France Telecom R&D, he explored new modalities applying to handheld devices. Specifically, he developed a gesture-driven interface using accelerometers. During the school year, he has maintained a part-time role with France Telecom, continuing to improve the interface, as well as explore new applications of the technology.

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Philip Zimmermann
Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy, an email encryption software package. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP was published for free on the Internet in 1991. This made Zimmermann the target of a three-year criminal investigation. After the government dropped its case in early 1996, Zimmermann founded PGP Inc. That company was acquired by Network Associates Inc (NAI) in December 1997, where he stayed on for three years as senior fellow.

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