The Hitchhikers Guide to ClueCon

By Madison Ream

“Any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” Douglas Adams

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Reflecting on the last 15 years of the ClueCon Conference we would like to present you with- drumroll please– The Hitchhiker’s Guide to ClueCon

Now, I know you may be thinking you’ve been to other conferences and felt like an outsider so why should this conference be any different? I’ll tell you why. Because we’re giving you this kick a** guide, that’s why.

Whether you’ve been to ClueCon all 15 years, or this is your first time ever, the attendee list is constantly changing and is always made up of new faces who are looking to meet and connect.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as we begin our trek through the ClueCon-iverse!

 

Don’t Panic

The reason this blog is published in the form of a micro sub meson electronic component is that if it were printed in normal book form, a ClueCon hitchhiker would require several inconveniently large buildings to carry it around in. (You’re Welcome)

The story so far:

In the beginning ClueCon was created.

This made a lot of people very happy and has been widely regarded as a fantastic move.

Many races believed that it was created by some sort of god, though the Open Source people of ClueCon MMIV believe that the entire ClueCon-iverse was in fact sneezed out of the nose of a 3-headed being called The Trio, individually known as Anthony Minessale, Mike Jerris, and Brian West.

This is indeed how ClueCon was created.

The following statements will serve as your guide through the ClueCon-iverse. Use them well.

  1. Don’t Panic
  2. A Raspberry Pi, it says, is about the most massively useful thing a ClueCon-iverse hitchhiker can have.
  3. Forty-two, the answer to the ultimate question of life, the ClueCon-iverse and everything. This number will be very useful to you on your journey, DO NOT forget it.
  4. Technology has achieved some wonderful things of course, but I’d far rather be happy than right any day.
  5. For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. This is because the hotel wifi was crap. Not to worry, we have our own.
  6. The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the ClueCon-iverse are so remote, the only thing to do is attend the conference.
  7. Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the raffle ticket as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich.
  8. Seriously, Don’t Panic.
  9. In the end, it was the Thursday afternoons they couldn’t cope with, and that terrible listlessness that starts to set in about 3:30, when you know you’ve entered all your raffle tickets for the grand prize. You stare at the clock the hands that move relentlessly on to four o’clock, and you enter the long dark teatime of the unknown. Get ready, they may call your number.
  10. He was staring at the FreeCYCLED items with the air of one who is trying to convert Fahrenheit to centigrade in his head while his house is burning down.
  11. The storm had now definitely abated, he figured out how to move the ping pong ball.
  12. There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to attending the conference. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself into the unknown and inevitably come out better for it. Bring business cards.
  13. The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of ClueCon Attendees, friendliness came in at number 1.
  14. Here’s an interesting little notion. Did you realize that most people’s lives are governed by telephone numbers? I’m sure you did if you’re part of the telecom community.
  15. Example of a conversation heard at ClueCon:

“You may not instantly see why I bring the subject up, but that is because my mind works so phenomenally fast, and I am at a rough estimate thirty billion times more intelligent than you. Let me give you an example. Think of a number, any number.”

“Er, five,” said Attendee 1.

“Wrong,” said Attendee 2. “You see?”

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You can register and learn more about ClueCon here!  ClueCon is an annual technology conference held every summer on August 5-8th and hosted by the team behind the FreeSWITCH open-source project. Our primary focus is to gather various open source projects to discuss VoIP, open source software and hardware, telecommunications, WebRTC, AI, and IoT. We sit at the intersection of communication and technology and celebrate all things technical. Join us for our special hack-a-thon: the Coder Games where you can show off your skills by building a contraption out of everyday materials, coding a self driving car, and participating in our VoIP Game Show!

We love to learn and we love to have fun; our conference truly is for developers by developers.

Oleg Agafonov Bio

Oleg is a solution architect with more than 10 years of experience in software development. He held senior engineering roles at Luxoft, Yandex, Parallels, MegaFon and Telestax. During the last 6 years he has been designing distributed systems for various telecommunication companies. Oleg strives to always bring new and modern technologies to the industry. He loves combining technologies designed in the previous decades with latest trends frameworks in order to accelerate the adoption of telecom stacks in the nowadays emerging market environment.


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Rob Pickering Bio

Rob is a bit of a greybeard who fell into communication software when someone paid him to write a TCP/IP stack for a new microprocessor in the 80s. He never managed to escape, founded and recently exited UK VoIP PBX vendor ipcortex. These days he spends most of his time hacking at the intersection of telephony, WebRTC and natural language processing.

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Giovanni Maruzzelli Bio

Heavily engaged with FreeSWITCH (wrote a couple endpoint, and co-authored with Anthony Minessale the 3 most current FreeSWITCH books), Giovanni is a consultant for the Telco industry, designing solutions and training courses for FreeSWITCH, SIP, WebRTC, OpenSIPS and Kamailio. An Internet tech pioneer, in 1996 Giovanni was cofounder of Italia Online, the most popular Italian portal and consumer ISP, and architect of its Internet technologies. After the New Economy galore he was two years in Serbia as Internet and Telecommunication Investment Expert for World Bank – IFC. Since 2005 he’s based in Italy, and serves ICT and Telco companies worldwide

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Lorenzo Miniero Bio

Lorenzo Miniero is the chairman and co-founder of Meetecho, a company providing both consultancy services and communication platforms. He got is degree and Ph.D at the Computer Science Department at the University of Napoli Federico II, where he started working on multimedia conferencing and met the colleagues with whom he co-founded Meetecho as an academic spin-off. He is an active contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standardization activities, especially in the framework of real-time multimedia applications. He is most known as the author of Janus, a general purpose and open source WebRTC server.

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Alberto Gonzalez Trastoy Bio

Alberto is a Senior Software Developer in IoT, VoIP and WebRTC projects and Sales lead at WebRTC.Ventures.
His telecom engineering background and interest in tech have lead him to build many projects for small and big enterprises, projects including: telepresence remote control, live broadcasting games, speech analytics and many others Real Time applications. This interaction with such a variety of products has made him also become a technical voice for WebRTC.Ventures customers.

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Peter Kelly Bio

Has been developing VoIP and carrier platforms with OpenSER, OpenSIPS and FreeSWITCH since 2009 and now runs Sourcevox in the UK, an open source telecommunications consultancy.

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Diego Gosmar Bio

Diego is a Passionate Visionary Innovator with almost 20 years of experience in the ICT and Telco industry. has been driving the XCALLY international expansion, covering now more than 50 countries worldwide all over the continents, managing key partners and hundreds of customers spread from Singapore to Middle East, Europe, South Africa, US, Brazil and more.
Diego have spoken at international events for more than 5 years, covering Open Source Telephony:
https://www.gosmar.eu/
https://astricon2017.sched.com/speaker/diegogosmar

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Alessandro Polidori Bio

Senior Software Engineer, with more than 8 years of experience in web technologies, distributed architectures and agile methodologies. Expert in Node.js and Linux I am involved in design, implementation of code that powers core services, REST APIs, WebSocket communications and client side Web Applications with real-time WebRTC audio and video, applied to VoIP PBX systems. Open source enthusiast (personally and for work) I have taken part on some international conferences, speaking about WebRTC used in audio and video calls at “Astricon 2018” – Orlando and speaking about the Nextcloud NethServer integration at “Nextcloud conf 2018” in Berlin.

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