Mandalay Bay is one of the newest and nicest hotels in Vegas, making this a tempting business trip. In fact, while one well known VoIP blogger, Jeff Pulver is known for his poker play (he even has his own website - www.pulverpoker.com), I'm a Blackjack fan myself - so it might be time to polish up on my Blackjack skills by heading to Foxwoods Casino just 1.5 hrs away. Actually, I won't be able to attend, new baby and all, so avoiding long trips, but maybe you can. Registration is free for the media, but there is a fee for non-media. The link to register for the conference is here.
According to Skype's PR rep, "Aside from several news announcements, the event will add color to many looming questions, such as:
- What will the next technology revolution be
- How will it impact commerce and communications on the web
- And what opportunities will it provide for developers and technology innovators
- How will the Long Tail Theory play out
- Web 2.0 and how to build revenue streams
Here's the info including the Skype conference track descriptions.
Keynotes - Day 2
30 An Open talk with the eBay Companies
Host: Greg Isaacs, Director, eBay Developers Program
Panel: William C. Cobb, President, eBay North America
John Donahoe, President, eBay Marketplaces
Dana Stalder, Sr.Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations, PayPal
Alex Kazim, Senior Vice President, Skype
You have questions, eBay corporate executives have answers. This is your unique opportunity to hear from the people who are leading eBay, Inc. into the future. You will gain an understanding of the role of each company within the eBay ecosystem, and the strategic direction they will take to ensure continued innovation and market leadership in the future. More importantly, this open discussion will give you a snapshot of the opportunities eBay sees for the developer community. You will leave with the information and insight you need to start creating a new generation of applications for commerce and communications on the web.
112 Opportunities for Developers Using Skype's API 112 Opportunities for Developers Using Skype's API
Speaker: Lenn Pryor, Developer Relations Director, Skype
Are you wondering what exactly Skype is and what it means to you and your application? In a nutshell, eBay + PayPal + Skype = Unparalleled commerce and communications on the web. Come to this session and let us explain the beauty of Skype, why you should incorporate it into your application, and how to use the Skype API to do it. You'll learn about the Skype Developer Program and see examples of cool applications the Skype developer community has already created. The labs in Track 2 will show you how to get started on one of your own.
113 Skype Certified! The 5 Ws 113 Skype Certified! The 5 Ws
210 Lab: Getting Started Building Skype Applications 210 Lab: Getting Started Building Skype Applications
Speaker: Peter Kalmstrom, Product Manager, Skype Toolbars
It's refreshingly easy to get started on a Skype-enabled application thanks to a managed code approach. This lab will give you hands on coding experience using the Skype ActiveX controls and the Skype COM wrapper. You should be familiar with C# to get the most from this exercise.
211 Lab: Using the Skype Application to Application Messaging API (App2App) 211 Lab: Using the Skype Application to Application Messaging API (App2App)
Speaker: Indrek Mandre, Skype Core Services Developer
The Skype App2App API allows developers to build applications that communicate directly—bypassing the chat window. Following up on session 212, this lab will show you how to use this advanced functionality. You should be familiar with C# to get the most from this exercise.
212 The Skype Application to Application Messaging API (App2App) 212 The Skype Application to Application Messaging API (App2App)
Speaker: Indrek Mandre, Skype Core Services Developer
The Skype App2App API allows Skype clients running on different hosts to communicate directly with each other, opening the door to a new breed of networked Skype applications like games, expressive messaging, and collaboration tools. This communication is secure, efficient, and also masked so it doesn't impact the user experience. This session provides a general overview of the API capabilities and architecture and the in-depth information you need to work with its commands, events, and object lifecycles. A discussion about the most typical uses for the API and a comparison with similar systems, including advantages and limitations, will provide insight into common problems and how to solve them.
213 Skype ActiveX Components: Skype Development on Steroids 213 Skype ActiveX Components: Skype Development on Steroids
Speaker: Peter Kalmström, Product Manager, Skype Toolbars
Developers and entrepreneurs interested in quickly adding Skype to Windows applications shouldn't miss this performance-enhancing session. You'll learn all about the entire Skype Active X component family, see components in action in real-life examples, and learn how to use them to boost productivity. Specifics include coding with the Skype COM API, which offers all the objects and events you could ever wish for, how the PNR (Phone Number Recognizer, a component that knows everything about the complicated world of international phone numbers) makes worldwide telephony easier, and practical tips on putting an application together.
220 Using Skype to Improve Buyer/Seller Communications 220 Using Skype to Improve Buyer/Seller Communications
Speaker: Gunjan Bhow, Exective Vice President of Marketing of Product Development, Actiontec Electronics
The continued success of any marketplace is dependent on the richness of communication among its participants and the trust that develops as a result. Leveraging Skype in eBay postings and transactions can elevate this communication and trust to a new level. In this session, you'll learn how the combination of instant messaging, voice, and video can augment the online sales process, particularly for high-touch selling, and enable eBay sellers to offer entirely new kind of services that are inherently personal (advice, tutoring, etc.).
304 Building Voice Applications Using Voice XML (VXML) 304 Building Voice Applications Using Voice XML (VXML)
Speaker: Lester Madden, Developer Evangelist Lead, Skype
Voice applications and applications with a GUI are completely different animals. This session explains why, and covers you what you need to know about building a voice application that communicates via Skype. In addition to an overview of VXML, you will get leading-edge tips on identifying voice application opportunities (think live traffic reports, horoscope of the day, language learning tools, or international delivery tracking systems), creating and deploying your application, and where to find additional help and resources.
311 Servers and Plugins - The Future of the Skype API
Speaker: Mat Taylor, API Product Manager, Skype
Don't miss this chance to see what's coming down the pike for the Skype API. Looking at it from two angles—your application in Skype and Skype in your application—this session is intended for Developers and Publishers interested in either building plug-in games or other widgets to extend Skype features or embedding Skype services into existing applications and services. Following an introduction to the Skype ecosystem, we'll use sample applications to talk about the latest API developments, including the Extensions Framework and how to build and publish an Extension; how to use the SkypeServer API, the Java API, the VoiceAccess API, and the Call Transfer API. We'll also touch on Conferencing Servers, Skype Stealth Mode, Web-based apps, and other neat stuff.