Next week I'll be at Fall VON in Boston on Tuesday-Thursday where NMS is exhibiting (booth 775), I have a variety of meetings (email me if you'd like to meet) and I'm speaking on Wednesday afternoon's "Bloggers of the World" panel.
Then Saturday I'm off to Prague for a few days of tourism and, more importantly, the Connect 2006 conference on the 18th & 19. Connect 2006 focuses on multimedia applications and the transition to the mobile Internet. VoIP plays a part here, but it just an enabler. The big story, now and for years to come, is mobile and the evolution of mobile communications. From the speakers and the current attendee list, it looks like a good mix of innovators and large players, e.g. major operators like Vodafone, major equipment providers like Alcatel and leading trade associations like the Mobile Entertainment Forum. Of course what I find fascinating is small companies with innovative ideas. Session details are here and registration info here. As an added incentive, I'm closing the conference with a presentation:
Disruption! Where Do We Go From Here?
Evolving technology (bandwidth, storage, processing, batteries, etc.) enables disruption, but actual disruptions spring from new business strategies and new combinations of technology that act as platforms for innovation. What will drive Telecom 2.0? The Internet provides some ideas like harnessing collective intelligence, users as co-developers, lightweight programming tools, mashups (loosely coupled systems), and AJAX. We can also look to consumer trends in communities (Cyworld, MySpace), gaming (World of Warcraft), and music (iPod) for more ideas. But the interesting exercise comes from mapping these ideas onto telecom as today's operators migrate to IMS and 3G with (or without) WiFi, WiMAX, and one or more of the diverse approaches to mobile TV.