SAN FRANCISCO–Feb. 26, 2009—Final preparations for next week’s Emerging Communications Conference (March 3-5 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel) are wrapping up as organizer and chair Lee S. Dryburgh reports that registered attendees have already surpassed last year’s numbers.
“We’re seeing that more companies are sending the more senior level executive and fewer middle level execs,” said Dryburgh. “That’s consistent with audience composition at other recent industry conferences, as we all weather the economic storm.
“I’m glad that eComm has been able to exceed last year’s revenue and participation levels before the conference’s first day,” continued Dryburgh, “even when we’ve provided discounts only for early-bird sign-ups and to speakers. We made the decision early on to limit the number of complimentary conference passes to ensure that the event’s premium status was maintained.
“This clearly shows that what started largely under the banner of a VoIP revolution more than a decade ago is not dead, and that there is strong community eager to drive the next revolution within the realm of emerging communications.”
Included among the dozen keynote speakers and scores of other presenters over the three days of eComm2009 are:
• Ge Wang, assistant professor at Stanford University and co-founder, CTO and chief creative officer of Smule.com;
• Jonathan Christensen, general manager for audio and video at Skype;
• John Forsyth, vice president of strategy at Symbian;
• Malcolm Matson, founder of the OPLAN Foundation and entrepreneur;
• Michael Calabrese, vice president, and Sascha Meinrath, research director, both of the wireless future program at the New America Foundation;
• Tony Jebara, co-founder and chief scientist at Sense Networks and assistant professor of computer science at Columbia University;
• Media futurist Gerd Leonhard;
• Richard Whitt, telecommunications and media counsel for Google in Washington, D.C.;
• Martin Geddes, head of strategy at BT Design;
• Benjamin Joffe, founder and CEO of +8*;
• Mark Rolston, chief creative officer of Frog Design.
Sponsors include Skype, MetaSwitch, NEC Sphere, Voxbone, Global IP Solutions, Voxeo, Jaduka, Ribbit and Broadsoft.
Those wishing to register online may do so at http://www.amiando.com/ecomm2009.html. For an additional $100, attendees may register on site.