Launch Pad

The ETel edition of Launch Pad will be a part of the conference's "opening ceremony," kicking off ETel with a bang the evening of Tuesday, February 27 . Launch Pad helps shed the spotlight on new technologies or business models in the IP telephony industry. ETel Launch Pad is co-organized by Om Malik and co-produced by GigaOm.

Launch Pad Reception

The Networking Reception immediately follows Launch Pad. The reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss and share ideas after an exciting event showcasing up and coming developments in the industry. The reception is co-produced by Om Malik, through his publishing venture GigaOM. Om is widely recognized as a key thought leader in the industry and always gathers an exciting and well-informed crowd. Be sure to come and join the conversation after Launch Pad!

Exhibit Hall

Visit ETel sponsors and exhibitors in an approachable and stimulating environment. Discuss your needs and get the chance to try hands-on some of the best new technology out there. The Exhibit Hall is open on Thursday, March 1.

Exhibit Hall Reception

Mingle with other ETel participants, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors Wednesday evening starting at 6:00PM in the Grand Ballroom F for the Exhibit Hall Reception. Light snacks will be served.

ETel Fair

ETel Fair takes place Wednesday evening in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. We give a dozen of the best hacker projects, pocket money startups, and deserving causes table space and support. We then give them to you, so that you may interact and find new customers, friends, and inspiration. Three companies found funding last year from our conference. What new ideas will this year's Fair bring forth?

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FreeTel brought to you by Calls For Change ( is a one-day event February 27th, bridging emerging telephony applications and social change. Join us for a series of talks and workshops targeting activists, advocacy, fundraisers, and organizers led by technical innovators who have been successfully using telephone networks as a powerful tool for social change.

ETel Informally

At the lobby bar, in the hallways, and between sessions, ETel is a melting pot for people and ideas bar none. Last year the founders of billion-dollar companies were happily mingling and talking with the next generation of garage hackers, sharing drinks, ideas, and insights about the space that means so much to them. Pull up a seat and join in the conversation.

"Birds of a Feather" Sessions

Following the planned sessions during the day, it's time for ETel participants to take the floor. BoFs are informal conversations that you and other participants plan. Visit the BoF page for more details and to sign up to lead a BoF of your own.