ClueCon Update

As August approaches, it is becoming clear that the health of the world is unlikely to be in a place that will allow ClueCon to go on as planned. We are concerned about the safety of our attendees from all over the world. Like everyone else, we have been waiting patiently and watching the spread of COVID-19, and we have decided it will not be possible for our attendees or us to plan for the event that we know and love. 

With that said, we are going to cancel the in person version of ClueCon in Chicago this August. But we aren’t giving up on meeting with our community and catching up with old friends and making new ones! Instead, we are working hard behind the scenes to offer a free, deconstructed version of ClueCon online. We will strive to offer the elements that make ClueCon, ClueCon: opportunities to connect, industry expert speakers, a version of our Hack-A-Thon, The Coder Games, and of course some swag and prizes. Stay tuned to find out all the details and how you can join us August 4th – 6th online. In the meantime, you can use our intent to sign up link to stay in the know.   

We hope everyone is staying safe and we look forward to the day that we can all get together again!

The ClueCon Family

A whole week of ClueCon!

Right now we’re thinking of the ClueCon family in every corner of the world. We hope you’re taking care of yourselves and that you and your loved ones are doing well. With any luck, you’re enjoying extra time at home – if you don’t already work remotely! The FreeSWITCH team is carrying on the same as ever, working remotely from all over the globe. We will be around if you have any questions about our ClueCon plans, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

We have plenty of activities lined up for August 3rd-6th in Chicago at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel on the Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier commercial district. When you’re not busy with ClueCon, you’ll be able to enjoy a bustling neighborhood filled with upscale shops, historic sights, and tasty restaurants like Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse.

Plan on having a full schedule though, because one ticket will get you access to the ENTIRE conference, including all of the awesome presentations, the Coder Games Hack-A-Thon, and networking events! The speakers are a major highlight of ClueCon, and as an attendee you’ll learn from brilliant professionals about creative problem-solving, demos, and get insights about the future of the industry. You can join us at the Coder Games, and code or build your way to prizes! After days of speakers and presentations, you’ll also have plenty of networking opportunities with great food and drinks – this year’s Gigabit Reception will include board games, hors d’oeuvres, karaoke, and a Mario Kart tournament, just to name a few.

Your registration also includes a ticket for the Wendella Sunset Boat Tour. Wrap up the week and be a part of nature’s nightly celebration to watch the sun slowly set behind the city from the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan on a serene cruise, complemented by wine or cocktails. After a busy week, this is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the city.

Stay safe, and we’ll see you at ClueCon in August!

How COVID-19 will impact ClueCon

Like the rest of the world, ClueCon is keeping both eyes on how the COVID-19 virus will unfold. We are hopeful that the virus will wane by August but we also want to be prepared and lookout for the safety of the entire ClueCon family.

We are planning on holding ClueCon in Chicago, August 3-6th, so don’t be shy about submitting a speaking proposal or signing up to attend! As usual, our tickets are 100% refundable so if for any reason travel won’t work out or you are sick and unable to attend, there is no risk to our attendees. While we fully anticipate having a normal ClueCon, we understand that many companies are not focused on travel right now. If you are planning on attending ClueCon but are unable to purchase a ticket yet, please sign up for the special free ticket on our registration page to show your intent to attend. This will better help us to plan and will let us know to update you with more information as we receive it.

We hope that everyone is staying safe, and hope to see you in August!

Sponsoring ClueCon 2020: What you need to know

By Dani Plicka

Do you need to get your name or new idea out there? Have you been searching for the perfect opportunity to get brand recognition from a global audience? Maybe you want to do some networking with brilliant telecom professionals, or you want to support and shape the future of communications technology.

If any of these priorities resonate with you, consider sponsoring ClueCon 2020! ClueCon attracts some of the best and brightest innovators in the industry from around the world. Help us make it all happen and your brand will be recognized globally as supporting the future of the industry while you build lasting connections.

ClueCon will be taking place August 3rd-6th in Chicago, and the sooner you sign up to sponsor, the more recognition you’ll receive! There are various levels of sponsorship available, so you’ll get the kind of exposure that suits your brand’s needs. Whether you want an exhibit booth to share your ideas, or you just want to see ads with your logo getting out to our broad social media audience, there’s something for everyone. Most sponsorship opportunities even come with conference passes for your team to join the fun at ClueCon.

Thinking big? Opportunities are still available to host a branded event for our Monday night dinner! Too big? We’ve got you covered: sponsor the snacks for our hack-a-thon, host a private meeting space, or have us air your company commercial during the conference. Six levels of sponsorship are available, from 8bit all the way to 256bit. You can find out more about sponsorship opportunities here: https://www.cluecon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2020-sponsor-prospectus-sm-1.pdf

If you have any questions, contact sharon@cluecon.com or call +1 877-742-CLUE.

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.

Reason #5 Why Attend ClueCon? The Networking Events!

Reason to Attend ClueCon #5

 We have four official networking events including “Fun, Food, and Festivities by Flowroute and FreeSWITCH”

 

There are a million reasons to attend ClueCon and we’re going to do our best to name them all! Reason number five is that we have four networking events, including Fun, Food, and Festivities by Flowroute and FreeSWITCH, all planned with developers in mind.

Specialized restaurants are a staple to Chicago tourism and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything that the Windy City has to offer! Join us for our second year of southern-comfort style food with a side of sass; this restaurant features an eccentric twist that will guarantee a lot of laughs. The servers at Last Resort are encouraged to lightheartedly antagonize its customers…but don’t worry! You’ll have your ClueCon family to back you up.

You can learn more about our other networking events here!

Reason #4 Why Attend ClueCon? The Great Speakers Like David Duffet!

There are a million reasons to attend ClueCon and we’re going to do our best to name them all! Reason number four is that our conference is packed full of qualified and interesting speakers like David Duffett! You can see who else is speaking at ClueCon right here.

David is a Geek that has been publicly speaking and teaching for more than 25 years, from London to Los Angeles, Berlin to Beirut, Kingston to Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai to Melbourne, and Mexico City! He loves communications technology has served as the Worldwide Community Director for the Asterisk® project! David has always been grateful to the Geeks that build the various technologies he speaks about, and he wants to give back – by helping Geeks to Speak! [Asterisk is a registered trademark of Digium – A Sangoma Company]

David’s talk is all about helping Geeks such as yourself to communicate with decision makers and Non-Geeks! Check his talk out at ClueCon among many other interesting speakers!

Want to learn more?