On October 16th, Ottawa will play host to Voice 2.0, a conference which bills itself as a “day long voyage of discovery” into the evolution of the communications industry.Â Genetically, this event will be a hybrid between a BarCamp style unconference and a more traditional panels and keynotes format.Â The conference will consist of keynotes, panel discussions and participant defined workshops in five key topic areas: open source telephony, lead platform technologies and architectures, new applications of voice technology (mashups), alternative networks, and the new user experience.Â
There are three tracks — a presentations / panels track, a workshop track, and a participant defined track (think BarCamp).Â There are also a number of slots set aside for demos of new products as well.Â The conference blog and wiki are already up as well, so if you’re interested inÂ participating inÂ or leadingÂ one of these sessions, zip over and check it out.
BetweenÂ Voice 2.0, the Telco 2.0 brainstorm happening in London this fall, and next Spring’s ETel, it’s time that we collectively kickstart the future of communications.Â So, bring yourselves, bring your new products, bring your ideas and be prepared for a day of robust discussion, sharing and networking.Â
See you in Ottawa on October 16th.
Postscript: While this conference bears the same name as the Voice 2.0 manifestoÂ I wrote about a year ago, it’s much more.Â Ross MacLeod approached me after BarCamp Ottawa, and wanted to run a conference around some of the Voice 2.0 ideas and, of course,Â I was enormously flattered, and only too happy to lend support.Â However, to give credit where it’s due, he’s taken it further and deeper.Â This event will go far beyond what I had originally proposed.