The programs and panelists for this year's Connect conferences are pretty well developed, and session descriptions and participants' names are rapidly being filled in on the Connect conference web site. You might want to check it out.
Day one of each conference is devoted to industry issues and innovative applications. For industry issues, panelists have been selected to represent differing points of view, which typically results in edgy discussions and real controversy, both on stage and between panelists and members of the audience. Some of the innovative applications have been a bit edgy as well, like this Virtual Girlfriend video telephony application exhibited at Connect 2006 in Europe.
Day two is a more traditional vendor-sponsored developer conference that targets NMS customers and prospects and delivers deep dives into NMS products and development tools.
Whether you are interested in day two or not, day one should be interesting for anyone in telecom. Also, if you subscribe to this blog's RSS or email feeds, I'm incredibly flattered, and would like to meet you. :-)