Telecom Application Developer Summit

TADSlogoMost of my working life has been spent building telecom applications within telcos (BT), vendors (Lucent, Cambridge Technology Partners), in my start-up Teltier (mobile presence applications), and working with many tens of telecom application developers as an independent. Based on this experience, telecom application developers exist and are grossly under-served by the telecom industry.  A couple of months ago I had a series of conversations with telcos, suppliers and developers that followed a similar lament on the industry’s failure to build a sustainable and profitable telecom application ecosystem and an explicit request for me to do something about it given my relatively unusual independent status.

Since then I’ve been researching what we should do to deliver on the objective of building a sustainable and profitable telecom application ecosystem.  As a first step I’ve created TADS, Telecom Application Developer Summit, to bring the best and the brightest of the ecosystem together:

  • TADS (Telecom Application Developer Summit) is the ONLY global event dedicated to telecom application developers.
  • Telecom Application Developers include: telco ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), SIs (System Integrators), enterprise developers and many other developers building telecom and communications related apps that live either in the core telecom network, enterprise data center or public cloud.
  • TADS is 2 events in one: Developer Summit focused on helping telecom application developers learn about the latest enabling technologies, and discover new ideas and opportunities from sharing experiences with the experts building the telecom applications industry.  AND a Telco Summit focused on building a sustainable and profitable telecom application ecosystem.
  • TADS as an initiative by the industry for the industry, with the explicit aim of building a sustainable and profitable telecom application ecosystem as well as defining the Telecom Application Developers Manifesto.
  • Being part of TADS means you’re going to make a difference to our industry!

The about section of the website provides more background on the thinking behind the event and a shout-out to the advisors that continue to provide invaluable advice.  You can follow TADS on Twitter here.

Why Developers should attend?

  • TADS is the only global event dedicated to telecom application developers.
  • Learn about the latest enabling technologies in free and open source software (FOSS), WebRTC, and Telecom APIs.
  • Discover new ideas and opportunities from sharing experiences with the experts building the telecom applications industry.
  • And most importantly, help build the telecom application ecosystem and The Telecom Application Developers’ Manifesto!

Why Telcos should attend?

  • Network with telecom application innovators from around the world.
  • Discover new services from other markets, and how to build business success.
  • Understand telecom application developers and how best to work together and create a sustainable and profitable telecom application ecosystem.
  • And most importantly, help build the telecom application ecosystem and The Telecom Application Developers’ Manifesto!

The site is going to evolve rapidly and become a resource for Telecom Application Developers, beyond just the Summit.  I would also like to thank all the initial sponsors, Voxeo Labs, Telestax, OpenCloud, OnMobile, Microsoft, Layer 7 Technologies, hSenid Mobile, Apidaze, and all the advisors for recognizing the importance of what we are trying to make happen with TADS.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring or speaking please contact me, thanks.  We’re trying to create something from the grass-roots up, please help us make this happen.

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