Digium® Announces Keynote Speakers for AstriCon '09

IBM and Google luminaries set to present on open source's mainstream movement at sixth annual open source telephony conference

(PresseBox) ( Huntsville/Ala., )
Digium® the Asterisk® Company, today announced that Chris DiBona, Google's open source program manager, and Mike Smith, CTO of IBM's server and technology group, will deliver the keynote presentations at AstriCon '09. The AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition, now in its sixth year, remains the longest running conference devoted to Asterisk, the world's most widely used open source telephony software. This year's conference-which takes place October 13-15, 2009-will focus on Asterisk's mainstream adoption in large enterprises and government agencies.

DiBona, an internationally recognized advocate of open source technology, will discuss the role of Google in open source projects. Smith is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for the integrated IBM Smart Business Platform. In his keynote, Smith will discuss how IBM is using Asterisk and other open source technologies to design new solutions for small and mid-sized businesses.

"Last year's amazing turnout of more than 600 Asterisk enthusiasts proved AstriCon 2008 to be the open source telephony event of the year," said Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and Digium's chief technology officer. "This year as Asterisk turns 10 years old, we look forward to breaking new attendance records and welcoming a broader audience for three days of discussions and keynote presentations from two of the community's authorities on open source's growing footprint in enterprises and government agencies."

AstriCon '09 will take place from October 13-15, 2009, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa near Phoenix, Arizona. This year's convergence of users, developers, resellers, entrepreneurs and other fans of open source technology will continue the celebration of one of the most influential open source projects with educational sessions devoted to the developing Asterisk ecosystem, trends in Asterisk use, the latest applications and a broad range of technical topics. Registration is open at www.astricon.net.
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