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Brian Aker

Brian Aker Brian Aker is the director of architecture for MySQL when he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunities to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence, never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

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RJ Auburn

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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Trevor Baca

Trevor Baca Trevor Baca is VP of software engineering at Jaduka and oversees software engineering, real-time systems engineering, telephony services development, information architecture, usability, and user-experience engineering teams. He has ten years' experience in telephony and software development and has held senior leadership roles in software development, systems engineering, strategy, product development, and human-computer interaction.

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David Beckemeyer

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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Jeffery Black

Jeffery Black is chief executive officer and founder of TalkPlus, and has over 28 years of international business experience in developing and marketing emerging technologies in the wireless, internet search, and internet appliance markets.

As CEO, Black directs every aspect of the company, from strategic vision and product development to marketing and operations issues. During his career, Black has founded and sold several companies including Hotels.com, iAtlas Corporation, and Resorts.com. Prior to TalkPlus, Inc., Black was acting chief executive officer/investor of BizExpense, Inc.; vice president of business development for Conomae Corporation; and vice president, Business Solutions Division, for the AltaVista Company. He also held numerous management and technology positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and the Tandy Corporation.

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Sean Blagsvedt

Sean Blagsvedt Sean Blagsvedt is Head of Program Management and Advanced Prototyping at Microsoft Research India and helped found the Bangalore-based lab 2.5 years ago. His current focus areas include mobile phone prototypes and strategies for emerging markets, novel uses of machine translation, and computing products and services for traditionally underserved populations such as email for the illiterate and job services for low-skilled workers.

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James Body

James Body possessed a love of chemistry and blowing things up whilst at school. Luckily, he managed to put these and a number of other disruptive skills to good use as a Regular officer in the British Army. During his 20 years service he graduated with degrees in Electronic Engineering and Design of Information Systems. After retirement from Her Majesties Service, he became a pioneer of UK based VoIP, setting up SIPCall and Gossiptel, leading UK SIP<>PSTN services. A founding member of the UK Internet Telephony Providers Association, he has championed the 'disruptive' elements of the European VoIP community. As Network Director of Truphone, he is responsible for all of the infrastructure and technology from the handset back into the PSTN.

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Jeff Bonforte

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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Stowe Boyd

I am fascinated with social tools, and their impact on business, media, and society. I coined the term "social tools" in 1999, only a few months before I started blogging, and I have never looked back. Since that time we have witnessed the rise of social media, social networks, and all things tagged "social."

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Sean Brown

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Brian Capouch

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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Hampton Catlin

Hampton Catlin Hampton Catlin has been developing web applications since high school and recently fell in love all over again with the web when he found the Ruby on Rails platform. Before that, he helped develop a distributed data crunching system to help Nasa analyze satellite weather data. More recently, Hampton is the inventor of the Haml markup language, Sass (Haml for CSS), and the LetIt::REST Rails modules. He is also co-author on the "Beginning Rails" book by Apress. Hampton is currently a developer at Unspace Interactive in Toronto, Ontario.

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Michael Cerda

Michael Cerda Michael Cerda is CEO and co-founder of Jangl, Inc., which develops services that offer consumers greater control and freedom when using their phones. Cerda previously spent 10 years with some of the world's most innovative and successful networking and communications companies, including Trapeze Networks, Redback Networks, Lucent, and Netopia. At Jangl, he leads a team intent on revolutionizing the way consumers communicate on their phones, and on marrying the mobile phone to the vast amount of personalized content already on the Web.

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Nenad Corbic

Nenad Corbic

Nenad Corbic, Chief Software Engineer of Sangoma Technologies, is a pioneer in connectivity hardware and software products for telephony, Wide Area Networks, and the Internet. Instrumental in developing and architecting the new line of Sangoma drivers, WAN and TDM protocol stacks, and APIs, Nenad’s latest projects include optimizing and expanding TDM architectures and developing high-availability Open Source VoIP/TDM switches.

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Lee S. Dryburgh

Lee S. Dryburgh Lee S. Dryburgh is a person-to-person communications technologist. He is both an engineering doctoral candidate at UCL (with sponsorship from Cisco) and a part-time SS7 (including Sigtran/Camel/Map) consulting engineer via his company 'SS7.net'. He has performed work for numerous operators including British Telecom, O2, Sprint, T-Mobile, Orange, Verisign, Hutchinson 3G, as well as vendors including Marconi, Nokia, Alcatel, Lucent, Nortel, and Cisco. He is an acknowledged expert in the telecommunication protocol suite, Signaling System #7 (SS7/C7), and lead-authored the bestselling book on the topic. His research focus is the future of telephony and in particular enabling conversation between relevant strangers.

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Robert Effinger

Robert Effinger is looking for ways to bring online social networks to your mobile. Robert works as a software engineer at Synthesis Studios and is the lead developer of OneHop, Synthesis's experiment in breaking online social networking free from the screen and out into the real world where face-to-face matters. In his academic life, Robert is a NASA funded Ph.D. candidate in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT where he studies robust, agile, and adaptive legged robot locomotion.

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Jyri Engestrom

Jyri Engestrom Jyri Engeström is founder of Jaiku, a service that brings people closer together by enabling them to share their rich presence. Jaiku members share presence messages on the Web and mobile phone by text messaging and using a mobile application.

Before founding Jaiku, Engeström worked for Nokia and helped to shape the company's Wi-Fi device offering. He also actively engages in conversation about technology and society, and is often recognized for introducing social objects as an alternative way to conceptualize social networks.

Engeström hosts Aula, an event that attracts an international audience to his native country of Finland. He blogs at www.zengestrom.com.

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Juergen Fey

Juergen Fey After his first professional life as Editor-in-Chief of several computer magazines in Germany, a few cross-country episodes developing Transputer and SPARC systems in between, Juergen moved on to develop a CMS for large portals and a Internet Casino as well before settling on the then emerging mobile communications industry. He worked as a Consultant for Nokia, Microsoft Mobile, Gate5, Vodafone Global, Sony NetServices and is now developing a mobile multimedia application based on HSUPA, IMS and SIP at Ericsson Prototype Division. Juergen covers both the deep technical system architecture as well as the User Experience part - talking about GUI interaction flows, C pointers and backplane callbacks in one sentence if needed. He knows the mobile industry from different and sometimes not compatible views. Juergen received a B.S in Electronics from F.H des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken.

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Ram Fish

Ram Fish Ram Fish is the CEO and founder of FONAV. His previous roles include vice president, Software Product Marketing at IXI Mobile, (creator of AT&T OGO), and chief product strategist for the client group at Openwave Systems. He started his career as a product marketing manager at PCSI, where he worked on the world's first mobile phone with internet access. He received his M.S. & B.S. in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Yale University.

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Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest Brady Forrest is Chair for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.

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Rob Frederick

Rob Frederick Mr Frederick brings over 10 years of technology expertise and management to Snapvine, a Seattle-based startup. Prior to Snapvine, Mr. Frederick was a Senior Technical Manager at Amazon.com, where he was responsible for launching Amazon's Global M-Commerce programs (WAP, PDA, & VXML) in 1999 and is credited with launching Amazon's first Web Services progam (AWS ECS) in 2002. He was one of Technology Review's TR35 in 2004, has attended each of the O'reilly Foo Camps since 2004, and is an author of 15 patents that span mobile commerce, web service marketplaces, and mobile social networking applications.

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Martin Geddes

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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Simon Gwatkin

Simon Gwatkin With more than two decades of marketing and strategic experience in technology, Simon Gwatkin is responsible for communicating and evolving Mitel’s corporate positioning and brand equity in the global marketplace.

Appointed vice president of strategic marketing in 2003, Gwatkin has raised Mitel’s international presence with key stakeholders and the public through dedicated and ambitious initiatives in marketing and media, analyst, and investor relations.

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Kaliya Hamlin

Kaliya Hamlin Identity Woman Kaliya Hamlin is a co-producer of the Internet Identity Workshops along with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. As a freelance evangelist for open standards in user-centric identity, she works tirelessly to communicate about the emerging open standards landscape to both technical and non-technical users. She was recently recognized with the Digital Identity World 2006 Award for "Balancing Innovation with Reality" and serves as a Steward of Identity Commons.

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Matt Hamrick

Matt Hamrick is a software engineer and engineering manager specializing in information security for embedded platforms. He has worked for companies such as RSA Data Security, Certicom, Bell Canada, Borland, and Handspring, but is now concentrating on open source solutions for mobile wireless convergence devices through the Open Cell Phone foundation and the Homebrew Mobile Phone Club which he co-founded.

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David Hersh

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Timothy B. Higginson

Timothy B. Higginson Speaker biography coming soon.

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Aaron Huslage

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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Ndiata Kalonji

Ndiata Kalonji Ndiata Kalonji is the director for the network team within Orange-FTGroup R&D arm in San Francisco. He assesses new technologies for overlay network services to support or influence both business and consumer Orange services strategies. His work covers different areas including semantic routing, open source router, traffic engineering, convergent multimedia delivery networks, FTTx, among others. Prior to his current position, Kalonji developed his experience with European projects on semi-conductor components for optical soliton transmission, and with integration testing of various Orange services prior to the roll out. Kalonji holds an MBA and an engineering degree in opto-electronics.

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Drew Lanham

Drew joins Nexidia as Senior Vice President, Media; leading Nexidia's expansion into new market initiatives, including digital media. Lanham most recently held the position of Vice President, Business Development at Good Technology, Inc. (acquired by Motorola), where he was responsible for forming and managing global partnerships with wireless carriers, handset manufacturers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Prior to Good Technology, Lanham was Vice President and General Manager, Access - Yahoo! Inc; where he established and managed the Access business unit focused on broadband and narrowband internet access. Lanham also held the position of Vice President of Business Development at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for developing, negotiating and managing global alliances. He has also held the position of Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development with Encompass, Inc. (acquired by Yahoo, Inc.).

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Norman Lewis

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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Mike Liebhold

Mike Liebhold Mike Liebhold is currently a senior researcher for the Institute for the Future, IFTF, initially focusing on the implications and technologies of a geospatial web as a platform for pervasive and contextual computing. Most recently, Liebhold has been investigating the long-term futures of high-performance computing and broadband networks. Previously, Liebhold was a visiting researcher at Intel Labs, working on a pattern language for ubiquitious computing based on semantic web frameworks.

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Owen Linderholm

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Jason Ling

Jason Ling Jason Ling is the head of mobile products and technologies for MySpace.com, where he is responsible for bringing the largest social networking site on the Internet into the Mobile Age. Ling is the driving force behind emerging mobile technologies and how it can empower MySpace Users.

In his spare time, you’ll find him brewing his own beer, complaining about freeway traffic, and watching far too much History Channel and Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters”.

Ling has previously worked for IBM, Disney Mobile, Infospace, and Vivendi Universal. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with his much better half and two over-pampered dogs.

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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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Om Malik

Om Malik Om Malik is the founder of GigaOmniMedia, Inc., an online news and weblog that delivers technology news, analysis, and opinions to a monthly global audience of one million consumers and professionals interested in the world of hi-tech. His daily rants on tech/telecom and broadband can be found at http://gigaom.com.

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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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Shawn Merdinger

Shawn Merdinger Shawn Merdinger is a independent security researcher and consultant based in Austin Texas, USA. In former corporate lives he's worked with Cisco Systems' STAT and TippingPoint. His research in VoIP security has led to multiple CVE vulnerabilities, several international security conferences, and involvement as a Technical Advisor with VOIPSA, the Voice Over IP Security Association.

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Anthony Minnesale

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Sean Moss-Pulz

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Kevin Nethercott

Kevin Nethercott Kevin Nethercott brings over 20 years of experience in international sales and business development with more than 10 years of experience in the VoIP industry.

As founder and CTO of SkyWave, Inc., a Pulver 100 company, Nethercott pioneered the deployment of VoIP technologies, established the first operational VoIP network in Japan, and developed the first real-time VoIP billing engine. As a recognized leader in the VoIP industry, he was also responsible for the creation of the VoIP Forum of Japan and is a member of its board of directors.

Nethercott is fluent in Japanese, is a regular speaker at VoIP conferences, and holds a B.A. in marketing from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

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David Nielsen

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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Tero Ojanperä

Tero Ojanperä Tero Ojanperä is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, expanding mobility into new areas such as imaging, games, entertainment, media and enterprises. Tero Ojanperä is responsible for corporate and technology strategy, strategic alliances and partnerships, research, standardization, intellectual property rights, venturing, S60 SW platform sales & marketing, Forum Nokia developer support activities and business infrastructure.

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Tim Panton

Tim Panton Tim Panton has been a software developer for some 25 years, working on a diverse range of projects stretching from chemical plant simulation to tourism web sites. He is also a contributer to open source projects, especially GJTAPI -- a framework for implementing JTAPI (The Java Telephony API) and Westhawk's Java SNMP stack.

Panton divides his time between Mexuar Technologies Ltd, home to the Corraleta product, and Westhawk Ltd, an independent technology consultancy.

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Surj Patel

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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Jay Phillips

Jay Phillips Jay Phillips is a passionate hacker and open source evangelist turned entrepreneur. Phillips is the mind behind Adhearsion, a new Ruby-based, open source framework bringing people, businesses, and technologies closer together than ever. With his company Codemecca LLC, Phillips helps companies achieve newfound value in their VoIP deployments by tapping Adhearsion's many strengths.

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Dorrian Porter

Dorrian Porter is the founder and CEO of Mozes, a platform for the creation of interactive mobile experiences. He is an entrepreneur who co-founded HigherMarkets, an on-demand software company focused on the education market.

Previously, Porter practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, where he represented a wide range of tech companies. Prior to joining WSGR, he worked in Canada as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault, an analyst at Harrowston, Inc. (now TD Capital), and at the Canadian Parliament, including the prime minister's office. He received his law degree and MBA from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

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Aron Rosenberg

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Alex Russell

Alex Russell Alex Russell is project lead for the Dojo Toolkit and director of R&D for SitePen, a consulting firm specializing in responsive web applications and the open source tools that enable them. He also serves as president of the Dojo Foundation, an organization that supports development of several high-quality open source JavaScript projects and distributes them under liberal terms.

Before joining SitePen, Russell was a senior engineer at JotSpot and Informatica where he helped both companies build highly interactive web interfaces. His earlier open source involvement included stints as editor of the OWASP Guide to Building Secure Web Applications and primary author of the netWindows DHTML toolkit.

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Chris Sacca

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Greg Sadetsky

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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Alec Saunders

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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Joshua Schachter

Joshua Schachter Joshua Schachter started del.icio.us as a hobby in 2003 and ignited the whole tagging phenomenon. He began to work on it full-time with the founding of del.icio.us inc in March, 2005. Before that, Joshua worked in financial services in NYC for ten years, including most recently with Morgan Stanley. Joshua has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Benoit Schillings

Benoit Schillings Benoit Schillings joined Trolltech in October 2005 as chief technology officer responsible for leveraging Trolltech's existing technologies and services, in addition to strengthening the company's ability to bring new technologies quickly to market.

Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed, and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. More recently, he comes to Trolltech from his position as CTO at Openwave Systems where he was responsible for the structure, design, and operation of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7.

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Joel D. Selanikio, MD

Joel D. Selanikio, MD Dr. Joel Selanikio is a co-founder of the DataDyne Group, and the director of the open source EpiSurveyor project. A pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist, he has a passion for combining computer science and public health to address health inequities in developing countries, and is a pioneer in the promotion of open source development for public health. In his former role as an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio led the response to numerous foreign and domestic outbreaks, and served as the Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Mark Simpkins

Mark Simpkins is a technical consultant for the Design Against Crime initiative, based at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. He has advised them on the use of social software tools in design-led practice in both the collation of evidence as well as integration into actual design solutions. The first project was Bike Off, a site dealing with bike parking facilities, used to collect anecdotal evidence on the quality of facilities for research into bike theft. Based on principals initially developed for ConsultationProcess.org, the project is pre-populating a weblog framework with information (in this case photographs of bike parking facilities), and inviting the community to comment upon this information. The results from this site will be fed back into students' design projects, as well as future evolutions of the site.

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Mark Spencer

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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Quentin Stafford-Fraser

Quentin Stafford-Fraser Quentin Stafford-Fraser was a co-inventor of the webcam, and one of the developers of the VNC software now installed on millions of machines worldwide. More recently, he has been involved in several technology-related startups in Cambridge, U.K., and Seattle, Washington, including Ndiyo in 2001, Newnham Research in 2003, and Exbiblio in 2004. At present he is the full-time executive director of Ndiyo, a non-profit UK company dedicated to making IT more affordable and sustainable for the global community.

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John Stark

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Jerry Thompson

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David Troy

David Troy is a technology entrepreneur. He founded a mail computer sales firm at age 14 in 1986, and transitioned into the Internet Service Provider market when he founded ToadNet, a prominent ISP in the mid-Atlantic area. He was an initial investor in Core Communications, a profitable CLEC based in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2004, he sold ToadNet to Landmark Communications (parent company of the Weather Channel, Trader Publications, and several other media properties) in an all-cash deal.

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Greg Unrein

Greg Unrein Greg Unrein is the product manager overseeing Jive Software's open source products. He splits his time between keeping up with Jive Software’s IgniteRealtime.org community and guiding the product development of the Wildfire and Spark enterprise instant messaging solutions.

Unrein is perpetually espousing the virtues of open source, open standards, open community, and real-time collaboration.

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Jim Van Meggelen

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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Rajesh Veeraraghavan

Rajesh Veeraraghavan Rajesh Veeraraghavan has a masters degrees in computer science and economics; has spent over 6 years working as a software developer in various product groups at Microsoft in Redmond and in the Bay area; and is also a very active volunteer at the non-profit AID (Association for India’s Development). He is currently working as an associate researcher at the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India at the Bangalore office.

Veeraraghavan has been working on a number of projects that look at technology and agriculture, the most notable being an experiment to see whether a set of computer kiosks set up for an agricultural cooperative can be successfully replaced with a less expensive SMS based mobile-phone system. More information about Veeraraghavan’s projects can be found at http://research.microsoft.com/~rajeshv.

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Sunil Vemuri

Sunil Vemuri Sunil Vemuri is co-founder and chief product officer at QTech, Inc., where he leads product development and strategy for QTech's software-based memory aids. This includes capturing and archiving recorded speech and converting these into memory triggers and reminders.

Prior to QTech, and as part of his dissertation work at MIT, Vemuri built and evaluated a personal long-term memory aid that captured everyday conversations and studied how conversation archives can help remedy common memory problems. Vemuri also worked at Apple's Advanced Technology Group where he researched, built, and deployed several systems that leveraged information retrieval technologies as part of learning and organizational memory.

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John Waclawsky

John Waclawsky John Waclawsky joined Motorola in August of 2005 as the chief software architect for the Motorola Software Technology Groups. He is also responsible for leading the Motorola Software team in concert with the Motorola Business Units, Labs, and the CTO organization in constructing unified software architecture for Seamless Mobility useful across Motorola’s business units for coordinated product and solution development. His main architecture role is to guide the development of reference components that strategically leverages Motorola software assets and promote their large-scale re-use.

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Craig Walker

Craig Walker Craig Walker is the co-founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications. In 2001, he became the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he led the company out of bankruptcy and transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry. When Dialpad was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005, Walker became senior director of VoIP and successfully merged the Dialpad team with the Yahoo! Messenger group.

Prior to Dialpad, Walker was a technology venture investor at Sterling Payot Capital and a corporate attorney at top tier law firms in Silicon Valley, where he represented companies ranging from early stage start-ups to Cisco Systems. Outside of work, he spends his free time with his wife and three kids and is a board member of the Ascent Russian Orphan Aid Foundation.

Walker received his B.A. from UC Berkeley, his M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

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Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley Simon Wardley leads the team at Fotango an innovative software and systems development business and the creators of Zimki, the JavaScript web application platform launched in the summer of 2006. Zimki enables developers and businesses to build and deploy web apps quickly, with no up front cost and no requirement for additional development tools, hardware or hosting. Simon has worked within the software industry for a long time. He has held senior and advisory roles within large multinationals as well as several successful start-ups. He is a strong advocate of the commodisation of IT services, SaaS, Utility Computing and the Open Source movement.

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Brian West

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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Dan York

Dan York Dan York, CISSP, is director of IP Technology reporting to the CTO of Mitel Corporation and focused on analyzing emerging VoIP technology and VoIP security. As chair of Mitel's Product Security Team, he coordinates efforts to communicate both externally and internally on VoIP security issues, respond to customer inquiries related to security, investigate security vulnerability reports, and monitor security standards and trends. Previously, Dan served in Mitel Product Management bringing multiple products to market including Mitel's secure VoIP Teleworker Solution in 2003. Dan is also the Best Practices Chair for the global Voice Over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA) and writes in the Voice of VOIPSA group weblog and produces and co-hosts Blue Box: The VoIP Security Podcast. His writing on emerging telephony issues can be found on his own weblog, Disruptive Telephony.

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Moshe Yudkowsky

Moshe Yudkowsky Moshe Yudkowsky has twenty years of experience in product development in high-technology industries. He is president of Disaggregate, a consulting company that helps companies create, understand, and apply revolutionary technology. Yudkowsky specializes in consulting and education for speech recogntion, text-to-speech, and biometrics.

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Jonathan Zar

Jonathan Zar is Secretary and Outreach Chair for VOIPSA, the VoIP Security Alliance, the industry’s global coalition to protect security and privacy in converged media. More than 115 million units of products have now been sold based on technologies created and commercialized under his leadership at companies including Apple Computer. A member of the IEEE, the ACM, the Licensing Executive Society, GABA, CINA and TiE, global associations for entrepreneurs: Jonathan is a recognized authority in creating valuable brands for revenue growth. He is a trusted advisor to venture investors and C-level executives at public corporations. He is joining on this presentation today with his colleagues Dan York and Shawn Merdinger.

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Shumin Zhai

Shumin Zai Shumin Zhai is a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Specializing in human-computer interaction research, Zhai has published over 100 research papers, received numerous patents, contributed to three IBM Research Division Accomplishments, and led major IBM product innovations. His work has been broadly reported in the news media.

Zhai is on the editorial boards of Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, and other journals. He has been a visiting professor and lectured at various universities in the U.S., Europe, and China.

Zhai earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. In 2006, he was elected to ACM's inaugural class of Distinguished Scientists.

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Jenny Zhou

Jenny Zhou Jenny Zhou is a network architect at Orange Labs, a R&D division of France Telecom based in San Francisco. She is currently working on emerging technologies that enable the delivery of advanced voice and video services. She joined the Orange Labs in 2001, where she has been actively involved in the areas of Wireless, VoIP, Fixed-Mobile Convergence, and IP video. Previously, Jenny held senior technical roles at Zhone Technologies and Nortel Networks, involving in Softswitch development, GSM/CDMA network engineering, as well as network evolution from 2G to 3G. Jenny has been an active member in the 3GPP2 and IEEE standards groups.

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