Post-Astricon Wrap Up

I was fully intending to blog from Phoenix during Astricon (The Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition — Oct 13-15) but found myself on such a social whirlwind and marketing juggernaut that time did not permit. Suffice it to say: it was an amazing event — a huge gathering of developers, coders, resellers, and enthusiasts of Asterisk — a telephony system which stands as one of my biggest voice-over credits, and clearly the reason I’m so recognizable in the world of IVR.

JR Richardson, Me, "Gord" Gillespie, and Kevin Broadfoot

JR Richardson, Me, "Gord" Gillespie, and Kevin Broadfoot

Among  the more amazing talks was a Tutorial on Local number Portability by Jim Dalton of TransNexus; Open SIPS — Clustering and Balancing Asterisk by Bogdan Andrei-Iancu of the Open SIPS Project, and a great presentation about the use of the Asterisk trademarks by the always wry and entertaining Digium in-house counsel, Michelle Petrone-Fleming.

To be honest — many of the talks are hugely technical, and go way over the heads of lots of us — especially those whose job it is to simply make the IVR prompts sound as good as possible. But I do derive a great sense of satisfaction from hearing discussions from people who are passionate about what they’re presenting, and feel so fortunate to be included in this amazing community of people who are scary-bright — and yet still so completely affable and often kooky.

Mark Spencer and Chris DiBona (Google Open Source Project) share a cocktail

Mark Spencer and Chris DiBona (Google Open Source Project) share a smart cocktail

I brought with me a fun promotion item which proved to be a big hit: a wristband (in Asterisk Orange) with my logo and a USB clasp — loaded onto the USB was my voice-over demo and a limited-time promotional offer for a discount on customized recordings — which many people have taken advantage of.

If you attended this year’s Astricon, feel free to post a comment with anecdotes or opinions of how you thought it went over! I personally thought it was the best one yet.

Pimp hats, Mardi-Gras beads, and leis were required attire at the All-Conference Party. as Mathew Nikasch and I illustrate!

Pimp hats, Mardi-Gras beads, and leis were required attire at the All-Conference Party. as Mathew Nikasch and I illustrate!

Next blog: back to business: some simple grammar tricks to *always ensure* you get the inflection you want in your IVR prompts!

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