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The Third Annual Southern California Linux Expo

Panel: The future of VoIP and Open Source

Leaders from the VoIP and open source communities will cover topics relevant to the future of open source Voice Over IP (VoIP) efforts. Subtopics will include the effects of government regulation on peer to peer (P2P) / open-source VoIP projects, current future VoIP standards, as well as technical and legal hurdles.

Voice over IP, also known as IP Telephony, is a technology which allows for voice communications over the Internet and other IP based networks. VoIP allows for lower cost calls than traditional telecommunications networks. According to a recent Gartner Dataquest forecast, VoIP related revenues in 2005 should hit $10.6 billion and are expected grow to $24 billion in 2008. With this type of growth it is no wonder VoIP is the focus of major corporations and governments around the globe. SCALE 3x's seminars and panels will help you learn more about current and future open-source VoIP technologies, as well as provide you with the information you need to work with the coming developments and regulations.

About The Panel Members

Louis Mamakos is Chief Technology Office at Vonage. He oversees all technology functions at Vonage, which includes new product and services development, supervision of all research projects and integration of all technology-based activities into Vonage's corporate strategy. Mr. Mamakos has more than 20 years of experience in Internet technical engineering and architecture for large scale, commercial IP backbone networks. In the past Mr. Mamakos has held various positions at Hyperchip, UUNET Technologies, and MCI. For more information on Vonage see Vonage

Jeff Bonforte is the president of SIPphone, the leader in Internet telephony. SIPphone's free, standards-based dial tone allows people anywhere in the world to make free international calls, harnessing the power of the Internet. Previously, Bonforte worked in Zurich, Switzerland for two years consulting with leading European venture capitalists. Bonforte is also the founder of Starbox Systems, which develops and sells inexpensive technology devices that increase sales for music, movie, game and wine retailers. Prior to his work in Europe, Bonforte was CEO and founder of i-drive, which was recognized by Steve Jobs as the "leader in online file storage" at the 2000 New York MacWorld conference. Through this collective experience, Bonforte has established partnerships with technology leaders throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Al Brisard is President of Marketing at Pingtel. He is responsible the company's strategic product direction, product marketing, outbound marketing, and corporate communications. Al has 17 years of experience in voice and data communications marketing with a strong emphasis in bringing new technologies and business models to market. Prior to joining Pingtel, Al was Vice President and GM at MCK Communications, Inc., the market leader in providing remote voice solutions to the enterprise community. Prior to MCK, Al was Director of Marketing and Business Development at 3Com and played a key industry role in the adoption of DSL by the international marketplace. Al earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Daryll Strauss is a pioneer in the Linux community. He started using Unix systems while in college at Carnegie Mellon back in 1984. He has been involved in the Linux and open source community since 1995. His first open source program was a driver to support the original Connectix QuickCam. He is responsible for the first hardware accelerated 3D support for Linux on the 3dfx Voodoo Graphics card and built the Linux cluster used to render images for Titanic. He is now president of Digital Ordinance, a company that produces hardware and software to support HDTV and film post production. Mr. Strauss will also be hosting a seminar titled: Open Source Telephony Using Asterisk and VOIP