When I joined the elastix team in the year 2008, I was very excited to work with people all over the world contributing in a free software project made in Ecuador. Things like Elastix Without Tears excited me a lot, a book about Elastix written by someone in Australia.
During time, I start meeting people from the community. Lots of them were already here, made their contribution and leave, others were part of the community before me and probably would be for a long time and others join the project after my arrival and are still an important part of it. The idea to meet people from the community in person was really excited. So PaloSanto took the first step and launched elastixWorld first edition :).
During the event, one of the things that impressed me the most was the implementation made of Elastix in other countries. In particular it comes to my mind the conferences of Alfio Muñoz from the Dominican Republic and Alejandro Apán from México. They presented big implementations as success cases made with elastix. Knowing that our work has been used for those projects is something that feels really good; I had similar feelings when attended to Mariano Martín’s conference about the use of Elastix in Argentina’s public Universities.
Besides knowing in person people from the Elastix community, the participation of Hardware Vendors it was very important. I would cite the case of Digium for example, the company behind Asterisk. When you start working with Asterisk, you think that people behind the project are not reachable. So we had the opportunity to meet Steve Sokol and Malcolm Davenport in person, important members of Digium and the Asterisk project. Sangoma’s participation was really important also. They gave away telephony cards, launched a new telephony card in elastixWorld and sponsored a scholarship for an ECE certification plus $500 for expenses. In elastixWorld Sangoma showed their commitment to free software. I cite only two examples, but there were also other important companies such as: Audiocodes, Draytek, Grandstream, Khomp, Patton and Redfone.
The third day was the day I liked the most because it allowed us to chat with people from the community in a more relaxed environment. So we took two buses and went to visit Quitsato project and Hacienda Guachalá. For me it was very emotive moments, I grew up in Guachalá, and had the chance to organize the first Ecuadorian FLISOL in 2005 in that place, and now I was lucky to receive the Elastix community.
This was the first edition of ElastixWorld and I have to say it was great. The comradeship shown by people from the community and speakers was incredible. As a community manager, I know that people is the most important part of the project. I can proudly say that in the Elastix project we are very lucky.
The only thing I missed from elastixWorld was the people who couldn’t be there. In our community we have people from 5 continents and is hard to gather them in the same place and time. I hope that the next edition we can have people from the five continents.
To conclude, one Image says more than a thousand words. Here I share some pictures of the event, in our facebook site you can see more. I also want to share an interview made by an Ecuadorian radio (Spanish), were Moises Silva, Cesar Bagatella, Alfio Muñoz and I talked about free software and Elastix.