The readers of this blog will probably know that I’m not a geek in any sense of the world, and that technology is a tool, albeit important, for something else, which is human emancipation. So I do not regularly report on technical conferences.
However, here is one that, despite its technical nature, I would like to mention and support, not just because I will be speaking there, but because I have seen how serious organizer Lee Dryburgh has been about inviting all those who are doing the pioneering work on what could one of the basic building blocks of the peer to peer infrastructure, the developments around wireless communications, freed from the constraints of walled gardens and proprietary limits.
Here is the text of the announcement.
“When some of the worldâ€™s leading thinkers in telecommunication and wireless technology innovation gather at the Emerging Communications (eComm) Conference 2008 here next month, conferees can expect to witness telecommunications history in the making. The iPhone developer movement, Googleâ€™s support for the new Android mobile operating system and FCC-mandated open spectrum have created the perfect storm to change the face of the mobile industry.
With a roster of speakers that includes Rich Miner, group manager, mobile platforms at Google; Jonathan Christensen, general manager, audio and video at Skype; Brough Turner, chief technical officer and senior vice president at NMS Communications; ex-Google employee turned angel investor Chris Sacca; Benoit Schillings, chief technical officer at Trolltech (Nokia), and Christopher Allen, founder of the largest iPhone developer-support community, attendees are guaranteed exposure to the best opportunity space in global telecoms as mobile becomes the new platform for innovation.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t be surprised to see an iPhone SDK, J2ME, Skype and Android battling to take center stage,â€ said Lee S. Dryburgh, conference organizer and chair. â€œItâ€™s for certain that eComm 2008 is the first telecom conference focusing on the democratization of telecoms innovation and weâ€™ve attracted the best people on the planet.
â€œIn the context of the perfect storm that arose toward the end of last year, eComm2008 at the Computer History Museum on March 12â€“14 is definitely the place to be if youâ€™re concerned at all about the future of the telecommunications industry,â€ Dryburgh added. â€œThe tsunami of change heading for the wireless communications industry is so strong weâ€™ve dubbed the event â€˜The Trillion Dollar Industry Rethink.â€™â€
eComm 2008 sponsors so far include Voxbone, Ribbit, Six Apart, NMS Communications, IfByPhone, MIR3, Voxeo, Wireless Grids Corporation, and VAPPS.
Attendees may register online at http://www.eCommMedia.com, where full details about the conferenceâ€”including the roster of speakersâ€”are available.
The Advisory Board assisting Dryburgh in selecting content and speakers for eComm includes:
* Imran Ali, founding partner in Carbon Imagineering;
* Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis;
* Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives;
* Martin Geddes, chief analyst at technology consultancy STL Partners;
* Norman Lewis, chief strategy officer at Wireless Grids Corporation;
* Sheldon Renan, principal in technology consultancy Vision & Strategy, LLC;
* Brough Turner, senior VP, chief technology officer and co-founder of NMS Communications; and
* Phil Wolff, CEO of Reef9 Media and managing editor of Skype Journal.
The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View.
Established in 1996, the museum is a public benefit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating computing history. It houses one of the largest collections of computing artifacts in the world, a collection of more than 13,000 objects, 20,000 images, 5,000 moving images, 4,000 linear feet of cataloged documentation and 5,000 titles or several hundred gigabytes of software. The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age.”
To be there contact dryburghl at gmail.com. To attend, register online at www.eCommMedia.com