If you're really into developing software for the telephony market or adding the best of what's new to your IP based phone system, the ClueCon conference here in Chicago was the place to be.
Brian West has grown this ultra-geek-tech event and broadened the appeal to the point of where without VON this year the summer heat event in Chicago is really a must for anyone who has something new to show off.
Part dev camp, semi-uncoference like, but full of really nifty new ideas, this is the tech/geek side of VON that Carl Ford used to make so important in the mother of all VoIP events. Now with VON history, the market for the innovation lie here and at eComm, while IT Expo take the reigns of the trade show to not miss for showing off what's "new and shiny" while for the biz dev crowd Virgo Publishing has that pretty well wrapped up at their upcoming Channel Partners event in Boston.
My only critical comment is that many of the presenters need presentation training. Many of the slides were on dimensional, Powerpoint and the some speakers were had to hear, not because of the Public Address system, but simply they're not used to presenting. But that said, the content each and every speaker is presenting that I audited is off the charts and solid.
Special thanks to Dan York. He's picked up the ball on my moderating some of the sessions, as some critical calls related to some new launch activities have arisen.