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Any visit to the UK is filled with adventure, fun, and observations. In London, every person we interacted with came from different places- the hotel reception staff, the local restaurant staff and management, etc. All came from other EU countries. But once we got to Dorking, Surrey, we encountered a very different scene. Everyone in Dorking seemed to be British and all were local born.

And then, quite the opposite, came the conference attendees. In the spirit of the World Cup, the speakers and attendees came from around the world, leading to some fun discussions and minor rivalries during actual World Cup games (there was even one fan who dressed in all Belgian colors and scarf for their game).

A little about CommCon

CommCon is exactly as the name suggests. The conference occurred from the 25-29 of June, 2018, CommCon is a UK-based conference for the RTC community that is run by the community itself. It is the first residential conference of its kind in the Open-Source RTC community. This year, the conference was proudly sponsored by Simwood, Nimble Ape LTD, and Callstats.io. Dan Jenkins, founder of Nimble Ape LTD, organized the four day conference. Dan was aided by Tammy Conteraz from Tracery Events and Kathleen King.

A little about the venue

CommCon took place at Wotton House, an enchanting estate located in the English countryside. Wotton House, a 4-star estate hotel, is located in Surrey, UK. The current house was originally built by the Evelyn family and was extended throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The architectural features of the house include octagonal turrets and stacks, winged gryphons that can be seen on the porch, and plaster wall panels by Kent that were painted Chinese style by Jean Derraux. The most famous feature of the house is the garden that was built on the grounds by John and George Evelyn. It was the first Italian garden to be built in England.

Cloudonix Presents

On the Thursday of the conference Nir Simionovich, CEO of Cloudonix, held a workshop titled “ARI- Workshop with PHP ARI”. The first prize winners of the workshop were Craig Newton and Michael Davies from Connection Telecom. The second prize winners were Laura Geisen, Sebastian Damm, Joran Vinzens, and Markus Monka from sipgate.

On the Wednesday of the conference Eric gave a talk titled “Case Studies- Managing Your VoIP System”.

A bit about the conference itself

The conference spanned over the course of 5 days- from the 25th-29th of June, 2018. The time was spent engaged in talks, workshops, and a multitude of unique activities. The activities the first day were segway, duck herding, and zorbing. The second day Cloudonix hosted a happy hour (free drinks, anyone?) for all the participants of the conference. The third day had falconry, archery, and some more segway. The fourth day provided an archery competition, geese and duck herdings, some more zorbing, and a life-size Jenga competition (in which Cloudonix’s COO Eric Klein took 1st place!).

On the Wednesday of the conference Eric gave a talk titled “Case Studies- Managing Your VoIP System”. On the Thursday of the conference Nir Simionovich, CEO of Cloudonix, held a workshop titled “ARI- Workshop with PHP ARI”. The first prize winners of the workshop were Craig Newton and Michael Davies from Connection Telecom. The second prize winners were Laura Geisen, SEbastian Damm, Joran Vinzens, and Markus Monka from sipgate.



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