Telephony Mashup Contest at ETel

by Bruce Stewart

etel_logo_sm.gif O’Reilly Media and StrikeIron have joined together to put on the first ever Telephony Mashup Contest at this month's Emerging Telephony conference. Here's a chance for creative telecom developers to show their stuff as the finalists will get to present their work at the conference, where the winner will be chosen by the ETel audience. And cash prizes, too. The winner will receive $1,500, with second and third place getting $1,000 and $500.

A telephony mashup is a voice, Web or mobile application (PBX, IVR, VOIP, SMS, Text Messaging, etc.) that combines content from more than one source to create a new user experience. Qualifying entries must demonstrate how an application can use one or more sources of content in an inventive way to benefit users. Any tool or platform that involves content (see StrikeIron or ProgrammableWeb) telephony (ex: VOIP, SMS, Text Messaging, PBX, IVR) can be used to create a mashup. This is uncharted territory, so there is plenty of room to use your imagination!!

The first round of the contest is open to all developers. Mashup submissions must be made by Feb 20th when finalists will be chosen. The contest is timed to conclude on the first day of the O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference where finalists will demonstrate their mashup at the conference. The winner will be chosen by conference attendees.

This sounds like it will be a lot of fun, I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with. There's still time to register for our Emerging Telephony conference, being held February 27 - March 1, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. Check out the great line-up of speakers and sessions covering the cutting edge of communications.