I figured it would be a good idea to see what others are saying and to highlight it as part of the why-attend-page-yet-to-be. With that in mind I took a quick scan over the feedback comments from the 08 event and searched Technorati to gather some of the blogger comments with regards the forthcoming 2009.
I'm very happy to read all the positive comments, the great enthusiasm and to generally feel the positive energies. I'm glad there is such a positive (and pioneering) community out there and I fully trust that the eComm event in March will well serve that community.
I'm very happy to be an active player in that community and I hope that we all, have a successful 2009. There has never been more opportunity for transformation, innovation nor wealth in the history of communications, so I truly believe we are part of something good, together.
Thankyou to the community for all the great support so far! Lets keep building and driving things forwards because the next few years are going to be terribly exciting and full of great opportunity.
Sample attendee feedback from the debut 08:
"Whilst VON is valuable, I would rate eComm above and beyond in terms of quality and content...The assembled cast and audience were of the highest caliber" - James Body (Truphone)
"Amazing to get all the different participants involved. Really great stuff. Felt like a kid in a candy store. Inspiring. Definitely one of the best events I've been to in a long time" - Ed Lucero (IPEVO)
"Quite revolutionary. The telecommunication industry will undergo a major revolution during the next 5 years" - Daniel Enstrom (Ericsson)
"Great conference" - Luca Filigheddu (Abbeynet)
"eComm 2008 far exceeded my expectations on both ideas presented and the attendees that shared ideas" - Gary Miner (MIR3)
"Kicked VON's butt! Seriously..." - Will Stofega (IDC)
"eComm is for the visionaries" - Jim Van Meggelen (Core Telecom)
"Very interesting and with an impressive speaker list" - Anne Marte Hjemås (Telenor)
"It felt a lot more lively and focused than VON" - Dave Troy (Popvox)
"Great content - too good, really" Jon Arnold (Independent Telecoms Analyst)
"A great conference" - Stanley Chia (Vodafone)
Sample blogger quotes looking ahead to 09 (in chronological order):
"I attend a lot of conferences and trade shows and, as I look back at the past year, the most interesting conference I attended was eComm 2008...If you are at all interested in where communications is going, subscribe to the eComm 2009 blog and think about attending eComm 2009" - (Sep 24, 2008, Brough Turner, Communications)
"This is one event not to miss!" - (Sep 28, 2008, Andy Abramson, VoIP Watch)
"The conference created a lot of excitement this year, and many people have told me what a great time they had at eComm, and what a fantastic calibre of speakers and delegates attended...I'm glad to see that his eComm is becoming a definitive event of our industry.
...eComm had over 70 speakers in 2008, and a lot of them are the royalty of the telecom and Web 2.0 industry. Like 'TED' for the telephony World, perhaps?" - (Oct 9, 2008, Dialogic)
"Yet while I greatly enjoy and find so much value in the large VoiceCon and ITEXPO shows and so many of the others that I attend, one show stands out each year among them all: eComm...it's focused... and it has some amazing speakers who are truly out on the bleeding edge of how the ways in which we communicate are changing. It's a place to learn from those who are out there leading the disruption... it's a place to forge partnerships... it's a place where many startups have found interested investors... it's a place where you can sit and randomly meet those who are creating the 'Post-Telecom Era'" - (Dan York, Oct 6, 2008, Disruptive Telephony)
"The people, The people, The people. Genuinely excellent people, speaking and in the room....If you've never been - then consider eComm 2009 now, and block out your calendar" - (Oct 9, 2008, Dial2Do)
"Next year the conference will return to its spiritual home at the San Francisco Marriott and will consider themes that overlap and criss-cross between the worlds of cellcos and telcos alongside the unfolding ecosphere of social media and hacker culture" - (Nov 17, 2008, Imran Ali, Mobile Messaging 2.0)
"Perhaps the most informative event I have attended during my two-and-a-half years of writing for Skype Journal was last spring's eComm 2008." - (Nov 20, 2008, Jim Courtney, SkypeJournal)
"eComm is at the epicenter of what's emerging from the developer world...eComm is shaping up as THE conference to be at" - (Nov 23, 2008, Andy Abramson, VoIP Watch)
"eComm is the pre-eminent gathering of thought leaders in the VoIP/telecom/web 2.0 industry" - (Dec 2, 2008, Ted Wallingford, Signal to Noise)
"Best conference bet for 2009" - (Dec 3, 2008, Brough Turner, Communications)
"The next installation of the superb and distinctly unmissable eComm conference is on its way" - (Dec 6, 2008, Martin Geddes, Telepocalypse)