Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang – AME Cloud Ventures

Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in 1995 and served on the Board of Directors until January 2012. While at Yahoo, he led several initiatives, including two of the biggest investments in the internet sector: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group. Mr. Yang currently works with and invests in technology entrepreneurs through AME Cloud Ventures, his innovation investment firm. Mr. Yang serves as a director on the boards of Workday Inc., Lenovo Group, and Alibaba Group, as well as on a number of his portfolio boards. He also serves on the Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and is a board member for the National Committee of US-China Relations. Mr. Yang is a member of the Brookings China Advisory Council, the Committee of 100, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Yang holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is widely recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the internet technology sector.

Anthony Minessale

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Anthony has 20 years of experience in software engineering and 15 of them are dedicated to telecommunications.  In 2005, Anthony founded FreeSWITCH, the Open-Source Software-Defined Telecom engine used by the Enterprise worldwide to power their platforms.

FreeSWITCH is a cross-platform software stack written in C and C++ that implements a fully-functional telecommunications engine. FreeSWITCH has a large active community and is used in most popular CPaaS platforms as the core telephony stack.

As an avid open-source advocate, Anthony has spent his career working to create a world where open-source software is not only an effective development model or a way to get free code but also a critical component in a successful business model. He believes that by uniting the two concepts, the developers of the world can learn to accelerate ideas and then take them to the next level.

Together with a team of the best minds in the industry, Anthony founded SignalWire in 2018. SignalWire has a primary mission to bring the complex technology behind real-time communication to the mainstream. Going 2 steps beyond where FreeSWITCH leaves off, SignalWire is solving the recurring problems faced by companies today who are trying to digitally transform their legacy hardware solutions. Likewise, new companies are sprouting up every day and it’s critical that these startups can solve their communications needs quickly and economically.

Lorenzo Mangani

 

Lorenzo is founder of Amsterdam based QXIP BV, Co-Founder and Developer of the HOMER SIPCAPTURE Project. Formerly a Sound Engineer, Lorenzo has been deeply involved with telecommunications and VoIP for well over a decade and has contributed ideas, design concepts and code to many voice-related Open-Source and commercial projects specializing in active and passive monitoring solutions with his team at QXIP.

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Nickolay V. Shmyrev

Nickolay is a speech recognition researcher with more than 15 years of experience in speech technology.

Over the years Nickolay maintained and supported famous voice projects of the open source world – cmusphinx (pocketsphinx), festival, openmary, kaldi, voxforge. Helped beginners and companies to implement their own speech recognition and designed complex speech solutions.

Now Nickolay is leading the Vosk project to bring modern accurate, fast and flexible speech recognition to the open source – telephony, mobile applications, web and desktop.


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SC Lee

SC Lee, Director of Product Management at Poly, is responsible for Poly’s Fully Cloud Managed and Programmable OBi Edition SIP Endpoints. With over 2 decades of experience developing and managing Communications and VoIP Products, SC Lee offers a unique blend of vision and knowledge. Prior to Poly, SC lead Product Management for WebEx for Developer ISV eco system at Cisco and cloud based contact center platform Dial-IQ at Velocify. SC Lee received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison

 


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Jerry Eisner

Jerry Eisner, ENP has been involved in public safety communications for over thirty-five years. His experience in many fields including: two-way radio systems, computer aided dispatch and records management systems, facility design and construction management, E9-1-1 customer premise equipment, E9-1-1 infrastructure, E9-1-1 database management, and Next Generation 9-1-1 has lead him to be a recognized industry subject management expert. He has had leadership roles in small projects and the largest projects in the industry. He joined RedSky Technologies in 2011 to lead the company’s efforts in the Next Generation 9-1-1. On APCO, NENA, NFPA, and the ATIS PSAP Outage WG.


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Norm Brandinger

A strategic technology leader, Norm leverages his expertise in software and hardware to deliver value including revenue generation and customer acquisition. He has built systems and architected complex communication solutions to drive business growth. His work includes creating business plans that apply emerging technologies to launch VoIP provider platforms.


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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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Richard Cheshire

The Cheshire Catalyst (Richard Cheshire) (@Cheshire2600) was the last editor of the notorious TAP Newsletter of the 1970s and 1980s. (TAP was a predecessor of 2600 Magazine.) In his “share the knowledge” spirit, he has volunteered at every HOPE conference put on by 2600 since the first one in 1994. His PHonePHriendly.Com sets up web pages meant to be read on mobile phone web browsers, and allows him to delude himself that he’s still into phones as a phreak.

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