Conference Speakers

Alan Duric

Telio, Co-founder and CTO

Alan Duric is co-founder and CTO at Telio ASA, the leading European access independent Broadband Telephony/Multi-Modal service provider. Mr. Duric is an early pioneer of VoIP with over a 12 years of active contribution in multi modal communcations, through his sw development and standardization work (as a co-author and/or contributor to number of IETF, ETSI and ITU standards).

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Alan Quayle

Alan has 18 years experience in the telecommunication industry, focused on creating profitable new businesses in service providers, SQL courses, suppliers and consultancies. He works on web/voice/telco 2.0, service/content delivery, and innovative broadband/converged services with operators such as AT&T;, Etislat, M1, O2/Telefonica, Swisscom, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone; and suppliers such as Adobe, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Motorola, Oracle, Nokia Siemens Networks and Sycamore; and many innovative start-ups. For more information check out and

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Alec Saunders

Iotum, CEO

Passionately engaged with how technology can positively affect quality of life, Alec wants to see five-year plans on the market in one. A double-decade veteran of product management and marketing, he spent nine years at Microsoft where he helped launch Windows 95, the first two versions of Internet Explorer, the Universal Plug and Play initiative, the push into home markets, opt-in email marketing and what might well go down in history as the very first direct email list ever.

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Andreas Constantinou

VisionMobile, Research Director

As Research Director at VisionMobile, Andreas oversees the research and industry mapping projects at VisionMobile. He has nine years experience in research, development and strategy in wireless, specialising in mobile handsets, software strategy and open source. Andreas has worked on several product and marketing strategy projects for clients including Sony Ericsson, France Telecom, T-Mobile, OMTP, Qualcomm, Red Bend, Abaxia, TAT and Trolltech, and authored numerous research reports for analyst firms Informa, Ovum and ARCchart. His interests include uncovering under-the-radar industry trends and pursuing human-centric design.

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Anup Murarka

Adobe, Director of Technical Marketing

Anup Murarka is director of technical marketing for Mobile and Devices at Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this role, Murarka is responsible for defining strategy and direction for Adobe's mobile agenda. Murarka comes to Adobe from its acquisition of Macromedia, where he was responsible for marketing in the Mobile and Devices group. Prior to Macromedia, Murarka worked at OpenTV, where he was involved in all aspects of developing OpenTV's solution offering.

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Örjan Johansson

Conveneer, Chairman of the Board

Örjan Johansson was one of the founders of the Bluetooth SIG which is the foundation for the Bluetooth de facto standard invented by Ericsson. At Ericsson he was also the Director & General Manager for Bluetooth Technology & Products. Prior to the current position Mr. Johansson was Chairman of the Board of Anoto Group AB. Today Mr. Johansson, apart from working at Conveneer, is serving as board member in a number of Swedish companies.

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Benjamin Joffe

+8*, CEO

Benjamin is the CEO of +8* (, a Beijing-based strategic consultancy focused on Internet and mobile innovation in Asia. He is also a renowned expert on cutting edge services such as social networking, FMC or digital worlds, leveraging over 8 years of experience in Japan, South Korea and China. Benjamin is also the founder of Mobile Monday in Beijing, a community of over 3,000 mobile professionals in China and a member of the global Mobile Monday global network, to enhance information and connections in the mobile industry. He was selected among China's Top 100 Mobile Industry Influencers in 2007.

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Brad Templeton

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chairman

Brad Templeton founded and ran ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company, then sold it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world's most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world's longest running blog. He has been a software company founder, and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products. He is chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Brian Sathianathan

Avot Media, Founder & President

Brian is the Founder & President of Avot Media Inc, an innovative mobile video platform provider. At Avot, Brian’s mission is to drive strategy for its mobile video solutions with innovative products such as tipMotion. He lays down the vision, strategic direction, and leads product development for Avot Media. Brian Sathianathan has directed several engineering programs and managed product development in fast-paced environments for over ten years. Previously at Apple Inc., Brian was involved in the release of many revolutionary products such as the iPhone and Intel Mac systems. He also led new product development in the areas of real-time embedded systems applications, wireless communications, and security technologies.

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Brough Turner

NMS Communications, SVP and CTO

Brough Turner is SVP, CTO and co-founder of NMS Communications wherehe oversees evolution of technology and product architectures andworks on business strategy and new market development. Brough writesand is quoted widely on telecommunications topics in trade and generalbusiness publications and he is a frequent speaker at telecom industryevents around the world. His current interests include mobilewireless access, broadband policy, mobile video, and user createdcontent and communities. Brough blogs at on the technology, economic andsocial issues of communications at the intersection of telecom,mobility and the Internet.

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Chris Mairs

MetaSwitch, CTO

Chris joined Data Connection as one of the founding team in 1981. Prior to joining Data Connection he acquired a degree in Computing from Cambridge University and worked for IBM on mainframe and communications systems software.

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Christopher Allen, Founder

Christopher Allen is one of the leaders of the iPhone developer community. He is one of the founders of iPhoneDevCamp and oversees its Hackathon, is co-author of "iPhone in Action:Introduction to Web and SDK Development", published by Manning. A longtime entrepreneur & technologist, Christopher is also a leader in social software and was one of the authors of TLS, the next-generation SSL protocol.

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Cullen Jennings

Cisco, Distinguished Engineer, Office of CTO

Dr. Cullen Jennings is a Distinguished Engineer in the VoiceTechnology Group at Cisco. He reports to the CTO of Cisco and isresponsible for helping set the direction for the technology thatwill make up the next generation of the Cisco communication products.He currently serves as IETF Real Time Applications Area Director. Inthat capacity, he has responsibility for the IETF's activities invoice, video, and instant messaging.

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Dan York

Voxeo, Director of Emerging Communication Technology

Dan York is Director of Emerging Communication Technology in the Office of the CTO of Voxeo Corporation focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies, addressing VoIP security issues and leading Voxeo’s move into “social media” with the deployment of blogs and podcasts.

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Daniel Brusilovsky

Teens in Tech, Founder

Daniel Brusilovsky is a 16-year-old media producer, entrepreneur and student residing in Silicon Valley, CA. Daniel grew up with technology and pursued his passion for media content when he started blogging and podcasting in March 2007. In February, Daniel joined Qik, a company that provides a live and interactive mobile streaming service. Soon after joining Qik, Daniel had the idea of creating a community just for teenagers who wanted to start producing media content. This idea gave rise to Teens in Tech, a media platform and community for teens wanting to produce and distribute content over the internet. In August of 2008, Teens in Tech launched into private alpha and received coverage from various sites including TechCrunch, Techmeme, GigaOm, The Blog Herald, Ypulse, and other sites. Daniel also enjoys playing the drums and has a passion for music.

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Darrin M Mylet

Cantor Fitzgerald, Vice President Wireless Services

Mr. Mylet joined Cantor Fitzgerald in 2003 to grow the firm’s unique trading technologies and business objectives relative to wireless. Mr. Mylet is working globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of radio frequency rights among telecommunications operators, spectrum owners, equipment vendors, municipalities and government agencies. Further, Mr. Mylet is working within multiple Cantor Fitzgerald companies to grow its business with the use of mobile wireless technologies. These include both indoor and outdoor public and private wireless systems.

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David A. Burgess

Kestrel Signal Processing, Engineering Consultant

Most of David's work has been in signals intelligence and radiolocation. This afforded him extensive experience with physical layer and protocol processing for cellular air interfaces (GSM, IS-95 and others) and in the design of high-performance software radios. Now he is applying that expertise to low-cost telecommunications systems through the OpenBTS project, a hybrid GSM/SIP basestation effort based on open-source hardware and software. The OpenBTS vision is a new kind of wireless service for underdeveloped rural areas that can be operated at a fraction of the cost of conventional cellular and leapfrog to simple, direct IP/mobile convergence.

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David Beckemeyer

Televolution, CEO

As founder and CEO of TelEvolution Inc., David sets corporate strategy and oversees all operations including developing the patent-pending PhoneGnome technology and business model. Most recently he helped lead the successful deployment of Phweet Alpha, the new service that makes it easy to speak with friends on twitter. Prior to founding TelEvolution, David engineered and established EarthLink's service in 1994 and served the company for ten years as Vice President Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. David has authored several papers on large-scale Internet services. David founded BDT.COM, an early pioneering Internet company in the San Francisco bay area, in 1985.

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David Troy

Popvox, Founder

David is the founder and CEO of Popvox, LLC, an global VoIP consultancy providing design and operations support to emerging carriers in Europe, South America, Canada, and the United States. He is a longtime contributor to Asterisk, author of the AstManProxy manager proxy, and develops code for OpenSER. In 2006, he developed innovative distributed callcenter technology using Asterisk, OpenSER, and Ruby on Rails, which was used in the 2006 US elections. In 2007, he developed the sites Twittervision and Flickrvision, which received international attention. His most recent project is, which allows viewers to see videos from around the world. He lives in Arnold Maryland with his wife and two children, and is a certificated private pilot.

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Dean Bubley

Disruptive Analysis, Founder

Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst with over 16 years’ experience, he primarily specialises in mobile, wireless, networking, and telecoms fields, with further expertise in certain aspects of the software and semiconductor sectors. His present focus is on wireless technology, especially the evolution of mobile device architecture & software, fixed-mobile convergence, IMS, wireless VoIP, shifts in service provider value chains, enterprise mobility, in-building technologies, femtocells, spectrum policy, wireless broadband, and the integration of cellular and WLAN technologies. He is also the author of the Disruptive Wireless blog, found at

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Ed Fontana

Commuter Community Android App., Android Developer

Ed Fontana earned engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee and Stanford University. He is a product developer, systems engineer and a prolific inventor. He joined the Power Labs at AT&T; Bell Laboratories in 1985, one year after divestiture. Ed and his teams designed and delivered telecommunications products that dominated the market. During his tenure, Power Systems won the Shingo Prize and the Deming Prize for excellence in manufacturing. Ed's unique cross discipline talents have most recently focused on using Google Android to help ordinary people use feature phones to coordinate their lives. Ed holds 23 patents, all collaborative.

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Florent Stroppa

Voxmobili, Director of Product Management

Florent Stroppa is Director of Product Management at Voxmobili. He is responsible for product management, product marketing, competitive analysis and sales support. The mobile applications and services he manages are deployed at operators such as Orange, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile, Turkcell and Telstra. He was recently awarded at the Google Android Developer Challenge for the product "Phonebook 2.0".

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Francois Lefebvre

Communications Research Centre Canada, Project Leader

François joined the Broadcast Technologies research branch at the Communications Research Centre Canada in 1999 to lead its Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting team. Since then, he has contributed to numerous national and international standardization efforts and R&D; projects. His recent work has focused on creating and developing software building blocks for next generation mobile broadcasting networks, devices and applications by leveraging free tools (as in beer and speech) such as GNU Radio and Openmoko. François holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Laval University, Québec, Canada.

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Ge Wang

Smule/Stanford, Co-founder/CTO/Assistant Prof.

Ge Wang is currently an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and is the CTO, Co-founder, and Chief Creative Officer of Smule. Ge's research interests include interactive software systems (of all sizes) for computer music, programming languages, sound synthesis and analysis, music information retrieval, new performance ensembles (e.g., laptop orchestra and mobile phone orchestras) and paradigms (e.g., live coding), visualization, interfaces for human-computer interaction, interactive audio over networks, and methodologies for education at the intersection of computer science and music.

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Gerd Leonhard, Media Futurist

The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd one of the leading Media Futurists in the World. He is the Co-Author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (2005, Berklee Press), as well as the Author of ‘Music2.0’ (January 2008, and ‘The End of Control’ (see the preview chapters at, publication date: early 2009).

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Graham Brierton

Voicesage, CTO

Graham Brierton is CTO and original designer for Voicesage, an innovator in the Communications Enabled Business Processes space. He has spent the last 16 years as a technologist, business process engineer, problem solver and entrepreneur. He is passionate about making technology simple, relevant with clear bottom line business benefit. He has a broad range of industry experience from saw mill management, to insurance, to internet banking, to gas turbine power plant manufacturing and beyond. His range of business knowledge and healthy disrespect for 'the way things should be done' brings viability to the Voicesage vision of the power of voice.

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Irv Shapiro

IfByPhone, CEO

Irv Shapiro, CEO/CTO of Ifbyphone has spent over 30 years driving technology innovation with a focus on data communications and networking. Irv began his career writing custom VAX/VMS device drivers for Digital Equipment Corporation, then founded Metamor Technologies, a two-time INC 500 award recipient, followed by Edventions, an elementary school infrastructure company. Following the sale of Edventions he founded Ifbyphone and developed its proprietary VoiceXML generation technology.

Irv is a member of the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, has a BS/CS from Washington University in St. Louis and is a regular speaker and writer on the application of technology.

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James Siminoff

PhoneTag, CEO

James Siminoff is a serial entrepreneur who has been building businesses for over a decade. In 2003 James was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. James drew from his experience of starting successful companies to develop a system to transcribe voicemail messages into text. In 2007 James received the Entrepreneur Award from Crain's Business New York in recognition for his accomplishments with PhoneTag.

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Jan Linden

Global IP Solutions, VP of Engineering

Jan Linden has been conducting research and development in media processing and communications for more than sixteen years. He is the Vice President of Engineering of Global IP Solutions and as such responsible for all research and development activity within the company. Prior to joining Global IP Solutions in 2000 he was with the University of California, Santa Barbara and SignalCom, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, has published more than 30 articles in various publications and has filed and been awarded several patents.

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Jay Phillips

Adhearsion, Ruby and VoIP Hacker

Jay Phillips is an innovator in the spaces where sophisticated VoIP development falls apart and where modern programming languages rock. As the creator and project manager of Adhearsion, Jay brings new possibilities to these two technologies through his work on the open-source Adhearsion framework.

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Jeevan Kalanithi

Taco Lab, Principle

Jeevan Kalanithi is a designer and technologist specializing in human-computer interaction. He is a principal of Taco Lab, a design/engineering firm specializing in physical-to-cloud interfaces. Jeevan and his collaborators' works have been shown at venues such as Villette Numerique, EYEBEAM, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Miami Art Museum. Jeevan has received awards including honors from ID Magazine's Student Design Review and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. His work has been featured in Gizmodo, Engadget, Wired Gadget Blog, PC Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Jeevan holds an SM from The MIT Media Lab and BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford.

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John Forsyth

Symbian, Vice President of Strategy

John Forsyth has been with Symbian since its inception and has held a number of roles shaping the design and development of Symbian over the past ten years. In his role as VP Strategy, John is responsible for leading the development of Symbian’s business strategy, and the overall future for Symbian OS as an open mobile software platform. With the planned open sourcing of Symbian OS, John is leading Symbian’s efforts to create and nurture a community that will successfully deliver the innovations of thousands of individual developers into hundreds of millions of handsets worldwide.

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Jonathan Christensen

Skype, General Manager, Audio & Video

Jonathan Christensen has more than 15 years of experience shaping strategy for the growth of IP communications in start-ups and world class organizations such as Skype, Microsoft, and Time Warner. In 2005, Jonathan co-founded Camino Networks where he was CEO. He is currently a senior member of the Skype team leading core technology development for audio and video, as well as initiatives for voice quality, network interconnect, and business adoption.

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JP Rangaswami

British Telecom, Managing Director

JP Rangaswami is the Managing Director, Service Design for BT Design -- BT Group’s IT design and delivery business. JP is responsible for group operations as well as enterprise management platforms and web technologies. JP joined BT from Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein where he served as Global CIO demonstrating recognized market leadership in the use of innovative tools and techniques. He is a highly recognized leader in implementing business transformation through innovative technology practices. Innovate magazine awarded Rangaswami the title of European Innovator of the Year in 2005. The European Technology Forum named him CIO Innovator of the Year in 2004. In 2003, Waters Magazine voted Rangaswami CIO of the Year.

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Karrie Karahalios

UIUC, Assistant Professor

Karrie Karahalios is an assistant professor in computer science at UIUC where she heads the Social Spaces Group. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they perceive in networked electronic spaces. Of particular interest are interfaces for pubic online and physical gathering spaces such as chatrooms, cafes, parks, etc. The goal is to create interfaces that enable users to perceive conversational patterns that are present, but not obvious, in traditional communication interfaces. Karrie completed a S.B. in electrical engineering, an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science, and an S.M. and Ph.D in media arts and science at MIT.

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Lee S Dryburgh

eComm Media, Inc., Founder & P2P Comms. Technologist

Lee S. Dryburgh is a person-to-person communications technologist and visionary. His first love was the telephone and in his early 20's he wrote the best selling book on the SS7 telecommunication protocol suite (published by Cisco Press). He has spent his entire career working in engineering departments in 30+ countries and in 13+ States for major telecom operators and vendors. Noticing the displacement of the telephone and the increasing disconnect between operators and their customers, he embarked upon a Cisco sponsored engineering doctorate focusing on enabling conversation between relevant strangers. Being unhappy about a large demographic void in the conference space, he created eComm.

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Malcolm Matson

OPLAN Foundation, Founder/Entrepreneur

Malcolm Matson is a successful entrepreneur and has been a pioneer of the broadband era since the early 1980s. He was the first person to understand and articulate the disruptive consequences of ‘abundant bandwidth’, and how infrastructure and ‘content’ would eventually become totally independent of each other. In the late 1980s he founded COLT Telecoms - Europe’s first all-fibre public network.

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Mark Roettgering

T-Mobile USA, Lead Director, Corporate Strategy

Mark Roettgering leads the Corporate Strategy & Analysis Team at T-Mobile USA. There, he leverages his 17 years of industry and consulting experience to help the enterprise make smart decisions in the face of high uncertainty and high business complexity. A diverse, background in hardware development, manufacturing, finance, marketing, CRM, consumer research, and product development gives Mr. Roettgering a unique perspective on the multifaceted 'emerging communications' space. Mark earned a BSEE from the University of California at Davis and an MS in Management Science from Stanford University.

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Mark Rolston

Frog Design, Chief Creative Officer

As Chief Creative Officer at frog design, Mark Rolston is responsible for the creative direction of the company’s work for clients. He orchestrates teams of strategists, technologists, designers, information architects, analysts, and others to produce groundbreaking work for Fortune 500 clients.

As the founder of frog design’s digital media group in 1997, Mark was an early pioneer of digital media and the Internet. Called “the most talented web designer in Austin” by the Austin American Statesman, Your browser may not support display of this image.Mark has been personally responsible for extensive new media design work and user interfaces, including all of the Compaq Presario utility applications (audio playback, telephone, fax, etc) in the early 1990s. He managed the design of which launched in 1999, marking the birth of the most profitable website on the Internet. Recent user interface and eCommerce projects managed by Mark include work for clients such as HP, Microsoft, SAP, and Sun Microsystems.

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Mark Spencer

Digium, Founder and CTO

Mark Spencer founded Digium in 1999 as Linux Support Systems while still a student at Auburn University. When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX for the company, Spencer used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to develop his own PBX. This was the beginning of Asterisk. As Asterisk gained in popularity, Spencer renamed the company Digium and changed his focus from Linux support to opening up the telecom market. Today, as chairman and CTO of Digium, Spencer continues to drive the vision and technology direction of Digium and growth of the Asterisk Community.

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Martin Geddes

BT, Head of Strategy

Martin Geddes is Head of Strategy at BT Design, a division of BT Group. He is acknowledged as one of the leading thinkers and analysts on the future of the communications industry. He has a specialist interest in the future of voice and personal communications, as well as the application of two-sided market structures to the telecoms industry. Until the close of 2008 he was Chief Analyst at STL Partners, where he co-founded the Telco 2.0 Initiative. This is designed to catalyse business model innovation and collaboration across the telecoms-media-technology ecosystem.

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Martyn Davies

Dialogic, Principal Consultant

In a career of over twenty years, Martyn has taken in software engineering, support, sales and marketing, starting with data networking and leading to today's converging voice, messaging and data over IP. Today Martyn is Principal Consultant at Dialogic, working with third party software developers to create telephony applications with a wide variety of different tools, open and proprietary. Working on the edge of the old and the new with everything from SS7 to SIP, he tries to retain an open mind and a sense of curiosity.

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Mary Ann Cotter

Cooking Capsules, Founder

Mary Ann is the founder of Cooking Capsules, an app that introduces a new way to cook. It is among the Top 20 winners in the Android Developer Challenge.

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Matt Ranney

RebelVox, VP of Technology

Matt is the co-founder and VP of Technology at RebelVox. He has been designing and optimizing data networks for over 15 years. For the past 5 years, Matt has been putting VoIP into challenging environments and trying to save everybody's time through clever application of technology.

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Maura Corbett

Qorvis, Partner

Maura Colleton Corbett brings nearly 20 years of communications, public affairs and coalition building experience to Qorvis Communications, leading the company’s technology public affairs practice. Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues affecting the high-technology industry, including competitive communications, wireless applications, unlicensed spectrum policy, broadband deployment, and content-related policy issues including privacy, security and copyright. She has represented clients before the US Congress, FCC and the US Department of Commerce/NTIA and extensively with members of the press. In addition, Corbett brings unique and deep-rooted experience in industry coalition building for a number of high-technology matters, most recently, white spaces, Internet radio, Net Neutrality and copyright reform for the digital age.

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Michael Calabrese

New America Foundation, Vice President; Director, Wireless Future Program

As Vice President of the New America Foundation, Michael Calabrese directs the Wireless Future Program and helps to guide the Foundation's work related to retirement security and the Next Social Contract Initiative. Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as Director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, as General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO. For more information see:

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Morgan Gillis

LiMo Foundation, Executive Director

Morgan Gillis joined the LiMo Foundation in August 2007 as executive director. He has overall responsibility for leading the Foundation and all operational affairs including marketing, membership development, commercial and legal. Prior to joining LiMo Foundation, Gillis served for six years as the operational board member for Symbian Limited, with global responsibility for sales and professional services. He established licensing agreements with all major handset makers, negotiated global agreements with several Tier One operators and oversaw the support of numerous customer implementation projects, which helped establish the smart phone as a new industry category.

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Omar Javaid

Qualcomm, Vice President of Business Development

Omar Javaid is Vice President of Business Development for Qualcomm MediaFLO Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing international business development, marketing and program management. Javaid brings more than a decade of technology and entrepreneurial experience to Qualcomm, ranging from strategic business planning to advanced information systems planning, development and implementation. Javaid joined Qualcomm in 2003 as senior director of business development for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions (QWBS). Prior to Qualcomm, Javaid was chief technologist for Wireless Knowledge, overseeing and driving thought leadership and enterprise client development. Previously, he was founder, chairman, and chief technology officer at Mobilocity.

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Peter Diedrich

Mobivox, CEO

Peter has over 20 years of experience in technology and telecommunications, management consulting and venture capital. Peter has played key leadership and executive roles at a number of notable firms, including Bell-Northern Research, Nortel Networks, McKinsey & Company, Bell Canada Enterprises, RBC Capital Partners, and Skypoint Capital. From 2006-08, Peter was President and CEO of TBayTel, Canada’s largest independently owned full-service telecommunications carrier and a member of the TBayTel Municipal Services Board. Peter is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Carleton University and a Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Peter Ecclesine

Cisco, Wireless Technology Analyst

Peter Ecclesine is the wireless technology analyst in Cisco's Corporate Development Technology Group, and serves as Chair and Technical Editor of IEEE 802.11y, 3650-3700 MHz Operation in the USA. He has been working on wireless investments and acquisitions at Cisco since 1996, and has an evolving interest in changing wireless laws, originally in the 5GHz radar bands, then 70/80/90 GHz bands, the shared 3.65 GHz band, now more generally to permit world radios to be used anywhere.

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Ram Fish

Nokia, General Manager, VoIP Products

Ram Fish was appointed the General Manager of VoIP Products for Trolltech after Trolltech acquired his company, FONAV. Ram led FONAV as its CEO and founder. In 2008, Nokia acquired Trolltech. 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. and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA from Yale University.

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Richard Whitt

Google, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel

Richard S. Whitt is the Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google Inc. In that capacity, Rick is responsible for Google’s strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Most recently he has represented the company’s interests on a variety of broadband policy issues (such as network neutrality), spectrum policy matter (such as the 700 MHz auction and TV white spaces), and “unregulation” of VoIP and other Web-based applications.

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Ricky Yuen

Qualcomm, Senior Staff Engineer

Ricky Yuen is currently employed at Qualcomm as Senior Staff Engineer/Manager and is responsible for all R&D; activities relating to the adoption of sensor technology in mobile devices. Ricky Yuen has more than 14 years of experience in the wireless industry and has held a broad range of responsibilities including systems architecture, software engineering, project management, and product launch on a variety of cutting-edge technologies. Ricky Yuen earned his MS and BS Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds an Executive MBA degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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RJ Auburn

Voxeo, CTO

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 since the age of 15.

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Rodrigue Ullens

Voxbone, CEO

Rodrigue Ullens is the co-founder & CEO of Voxbone. Previous to founding Voxbone, Rodrigue provided advice, trainings and seminars to European carriers such as Belgacom mobile, KPN, France Telecom, Orange, as well as to several European governments. He received a B.S of Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

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Russ McGuire

Sprint, VP of Strategy

Russ McGuire is a leading strategist and visionary in the telecom industry. As vice president of strategy for Sprint, he is responsible for developing the strategic vision and strategic framework for the $40B+ telecommunications giant.

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Sascha Meinrath

New America Foundation, Research Director, Wireless Future Program

Sascha Meinrath has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary" and is a well-known expert on community wireless networks (CWNs) and municipal broadband. Leading news sources, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Nation, and National Public Radio, often cite Sascha's work in covering issues related to CWNs. Sascha is the Research Director for the New America Foundation's Wireless Future Program. Additionally, he coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of open source wireless integrators, researchers, implementers and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies.

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Shai Berger

Fōnolo, Co-founder and CEO

Shai is co-founder and CEO of Fonolo, a startup pushing the boundaries of web-telephony integration. Shai was previously at Keynote Systems (KEYN), where he lead the team responsible for Streaming Perspective, the industry standard for streaming performance measurement. Today, some of the world's largest companies (such as AOL, Akamai, BBC, CNN, and MTV) use that service to ensure that their content reach their audiences. Streaming Perspective is also the basis of Microsoft's certification program for Windows Media hosting companies. Formerly, Shai lead the Streamcheck team from its launch in August of 2000 until its acquisition by Keynote in July 2003.

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Stefan Agamanolis

Distance Lab, Chief Executive/Research Director

Stefan Agamanolis heads Distance Lab, a creative research institute bringing together technology, design and the arts to redefine and overcome distance. He has over 10 years of experience inside the MIT Media Lab, first as a student and later as one of the founding research directors at Media Lab Europe. Working with briefs from industry partners, Distance Lab generates ideas and builds prototypes that can lead to new innovative products.

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Stuart Henshall

Phweet, CEO

Stuart Henshall is Founder and CEO of Phweet which brings talk to any URL. Phweet eliminates phone numbers and lets users manage interruptions and present their own CallerID with call context. Stuart is a well known VoIP ( blogging evangelist (founder Skype Journal). His research company Mosoci LLC has done extensive research in the mobile social space.

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Thomas McCarthy-Howe

The Thomas Howe Company, CEO

Thomas McCarthy-Howe has nineteen years of experience in telecommunications product development. He is currently an independent consultant to service providers, enterprises and equipment vendors in the design and development of next generation communications equipment and services. Thomas has held senior management and engineering positions at industry leaders such as Comverse, Versatel Networks, PictureTel and Aware. As a member of the PictureTel engineering team, Mr. Howe designed audio and video software of the first PC-based video conferencing system, as well as software for the original version of NetMeeting, and as Aware Inc.'s software architect for the first commercially available ADSL chipset. In 2007, Thomas won the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Mashup Contest. In addition to his writing and teaching, he currently serves on several technical advisory boards and boards of directors.

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Todd Simpson

Ditech Networks, CEO

Todd G. Simpson is President and CEO of Ditech Networks. With over 10 years of leadership experience in the technology industry, Todd has helped establish Ditech as the leader in voice quality solutions for the global telecom market. Todd joined Ditech Networks in June 2005 through its acquisition of Jasomi Networks, and became CEO in September 2007 after holding several senior level positions. At Jasomi, Todd worked to establish the corporation as a thought leader in IP communications, positioning the company to win several awards as the provider of VoIP session border controllers. He has also obtained several patents.

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Tony Jebara

Columbia University & Sense Networks, Chief Scientist

Tony Jebara is associate professor of computer science at Columbia University as well as chief scientist and co-founder at Sense Networks. His research intersects computer science and statistics to develop algorithms that learn from spatio-temporal data, networks, images and text. Jebara’s work has been featured on TV (ABC, BBC, New York One, TechTV) as well as in the popular press (New York Times, Slash Dot, Wired, Scientific American, Newsweek). Recently, Esquire Magazine named him one of their Best and Brightest for 2008. Jebara obtained his PhD in 2002 from MIT.

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Trevor Baca

Jaduka, VP of Software Engineering

Trevor Baca is VP of Software Engineering at Jaduka, where he leads realtime systems engineering and telephony services development. Baca has ten years' experience in telephony and software development and has held senior leadersip roles in Software Development, Systems Engineering, and Human-Computer Interaction. Earlier in his career Baca worked at Simplified Development Corporation as Director of Systems Engineering and oversaw the development of Simplified Ventana, one of the first telephony provisioning systems developed through extensive user experience engineering. Baca holds patents US 6,292,554 in switching and protocol integration and US 6,914,967 in realtime QoS analysis and corrections.

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Tristan Degenhardt

Digium, Product Line Director

Tristan Degenhardt is product line director of Switchvox at Digium. Degenhardt co-founded Switchvox in 2003, contributing her expertise in developing intuitive user interfaces for data systems. As vice president, operations at Switchvox, she directed initiatives to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. Switchvox was acquired by Digium in 2007. Before Switchvox, Tristan pioneered development in media delivery at Vivendi Universal Net USA /, including new designs for the user interfaces of mp3 players, webpads and interactive TV. At Vivendi, she was awarded a patent for a system of providing access to electronic works over a network.

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Wes Leonardo

Ribbit, Sr. Flash Platform Engineer

Wes Leonardo is a Sr. Flash Platform Engineer with the Ribbit Developer Platform team. Wes works closely with the Ribbit community to enable and inspire the use of Ribbit's technologies in their applications. He has worked with the Flash Platform and ColdFusion for the past 7 years. Prior to joining Ribbit, Wes has worked for companies such as Amcom, The Children's Internet, D2D Cars, and eBay. Wes is also an active member of the Silicon Valley Flex User Group and has presented at the 360|Flex conferences.

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