itaas Sets S-A Developers’ Confab


itaas Inc. will hold its invitation-only “Interactive ‘05” conference at the Busbee Center in Atlanta Oct. 20-21.

The event is intended to support developers that are building applications for Scientific-Atlanta Inc.’s digital-cable platform, and Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable are its exclusive media sponsors.

“Interactive ‘05 will be the only place where application developers can connect one-on-one with executives from all of the major North American MSOs and Scientific-Atlanta," itaas CEO Vibha Rustagi said in a prepared statement.

“This high-energy conference will provide attendees with ‘best practices’ for developing [interactive-TV] applications,” he added. “Additionally the conference provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about MSOs’ applications and OCAP [OpenCable Application Platform] road maps. Scientific-Atlanta will also present their OCAP strategy and product road map. This event will give application developers access to the greatest minds and the most powerful influencers in digital TV.”

Confirmed speakers and attendees include: Alain Boissonnault, director, new technology development, engineering, Le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée; Bill Hulsey, vice president, video engineering and information technology, Cox Communications Inc.; Caesar Beltran, VP, IT, Time Warner Cable; Cherie Peirce, manager, video engineering, Cox; Chris LaPine, director, digital-TV-services technology, Rogers Cable Inc.; Jay Thomas, director, network-software development, Time Warner; Jeff Seebeck, VP, product management and development, S-A; John Callahan, VP, program management and software development, Time Warner; Ken Morse, VP, client architecture, S-A; Malcolm Stanley, senior director, product development, Rogers; Michael Pasquinilli, director, interactive-TV technology, Cox; Rich Neill, senior VP, software technology, Cablevision Systems Corp.; Scott Ramsdell, senior director, advanced engineering, Time Warner; Steve Necessary, VP, video-product development, Cox; Tony Istvan, manager, set-top-box software, Charter Communications Inc.; and Vincent Groff, director, interactive-TV-product development, Cox.