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Workshop: The Future of Video & Realtime Communications

Original price was: $800.Current price is: $400.

The pandemic has brought us into a new future. A future where online communications is commonplace and the use of video and realtime communications (RTC) are mandatory tools in our corporate and personal worlds.


There is no going back. We will all see the office again, and go to concerts. But we will also communicate and interact remotely a lot more often. For some this will reflect budget constraints, while for others simply because it remains better and easier for them. Hybrids and innovative forms of interaction will be everywhere.


In this 3-part workshop, Dean Bubley and Tsahi Levent-Levi will take you through the brave new world of realtime communications, covering the business and market aspects while skimming through what the technologies today are capable of doing - and most interesting use-cases.

The Gist

This is going to be an online workshop that will take place during May/June.

To keep you focused, it will be split into 3 sessions in 3 separate days.

Three 2.5-hour online sessions

  • Each session covering specific topics
  • One session a week
  • Throughout the months of May/June

Open mic (and video)

  • Voice your opinion and ask questions during the sessions
  • A place where we can talk and discuss the subjects at hand
  • Understand together how they fit into your own company needs

Structured and interactive

  • Comfort breaks and Q&A
  • ~70% presentation  & ~30%  interaction

Chatham House Rule (*)

  • To encourage openness
  • Q&A is considered "off record" and... doesn't get recorded

Additional resources and materials

  • Slide deck used for each session
  • Extra reading materials and links will be provided to those who want to deepen their understanding and research in the topics discussed


  • All presentations will be recorded
  • You will have full access to them later on

Who should attend

  • Voice/video app B2C & B2B senior developers & architects
  • UCaaS / CPaaS / cloud comms CMOs & CTOs
  • Audio / video hardware and devices vendor execs
  • Telco/MNO strategy and product managers for video/video comms services
  • Regulators and policymakers for telecoms, media & business
  • Investors & consultants for RTC companies

Key questions answered

  • Are voice and video “calls” really standalone services, or just features of other applications?
  • How can companies make money out of voice & video applications & functions?

  • How are realtime voice & video communications evolving? What applications, which technologies?
  • What’s the roadmap or WebRTC apps, services & tools? Where do they fit in the future RTC world?
  • What does the pandemic & WFH/hybrid solutions mean for voice & video?

  • How important is interoperability and standardisation?

  • What are the risks and opportunities for the future?


Session 1: Introduction

The history & sources of value in RTC

  • Aligning RTC with Behaviour, Intention & Purpose
  • Thinking beyond generic calls & conferencing

10 years of WebRTC

  • Democratising RTC
  • Evolution path & standardisation
  • Key use-cases, limitations

The role and evolution of the RTC value chain

  • Market structure
  • How developers fit into the picture
  • Roles & types of CPaaS provider
  • Telcos + voice/video – innovators or just regulated common-denominators?
  • All about Google, Microsoft & Cisco? Or do Zoom, Amazon, TikTok & others change the game?

Session 2: The here and now

Business video & UCaaS applications

  • Unified or Disunified?
  • The impact of WFH / remote everything
  • Verticalising business video: virtual events, training, hybrids etc.
  • Beyond the knowledge-worker: verticals, field-workers, push-to-X, ecommerce, retail, influencers & more
  • RTC + networks: how voice & video intersect with SD-WAN, private 5G & edge

Consumer applications & services

  • Mobile video – calling, live-streaming, super-apps? Fashion vs. functionality
  • Blending commerce, communications & customer-care
  • Fixed & home video – interactive classes & training, interactive TV
  • From passive entertainment to interaction, co-browsing and “influence”
  • Next-gen audio & voice: from Alexa to Podcasts to Clubhouse

Session 3: Future outlook

The future of video, voice & RTC

  • RTC-as-feature vs. RTC-as-service
  • Realtime & non-realtime: where does messaging fit?
  • Embracing analytics, AI & new cloud capabilities
  • Voice & video as persistent data vs. ephemeral content
  • WebRTC vs. non-WebRTC approaches and roles

Risks, myths & genuine opportunities

  • IoT + RTC
  • AR/VR
  • Does 5G make a difference?
  • RTC + security


About us

Dean Bubley

Dean Bubley is an independent analyst and futurist covering Realtime Communications, Wireless Networks & Telecoms Policy, through his company Disruptive Analysis. He is also known as @disruptivedean

Dean has over 25 years experience advising service providers, vendors, enterprises, startups, governments and investors about trends and opportunities in the voice/video, Internet and connectivity marketplaces.

His work is multi-disciplinary and cross-silo, spanning technologies as diverse as WebRTC and 5G radios, to business-models and competitive dynamics, as well as further into regulatory and policy issues – and considerations of human behaviour and future societal shifts.

He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. Speaking at over 30 real/virtual conferences and other events per year, and quoted by publications such as The Economist, FT & Wall Street Journal, he is an authority and provocateur. He regularly appears in technology industry videos, podcasts and blogs, and has a LinkedIn Newsletter called "Tech Musings". He also acts as associate director in charge of Network Futures research for STL Partners.

Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he was Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting at UK research firm Datamonitor. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Tsahi Levent-Levi

Tsahi Levent-Levi is an Independent Analyst and Consultant for WebRTC. Tsahi acts as the W3C Evangelist for everything WebRTC.

Tsahi Levent-Levi has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications, VoIP and 3G industry as an engineer, manager, marketer and CTO. Tsahi is an entrepreneur, independent analyst and consultant, assisting companies to form a bridge between technologies and business strategy in the domain of telecommunications.

Tsahi is the author and editor of BlogGeek.me, which focuses on the ecosystem and business opportunities around WebRTC. He is also a co-founder of Kranky Geek, a conference for WebRTC for developers, sponsored by industry leaders such as Google, Intel, TokBox, Twilio and IBM.

Tsahi is also the co-founder and CEO of testRTC, a company providing self-service testing, monitoring and support solutions for WebRTC applications.

When and where?

This workshop is taking place online.

APAC/EMEA (UK timezone)

AMERICAS (ET timezone)

Session 1: Introduction

Wed, 19 May, 9:00-11:30

Wed, 19 May, 14:00-16:30

Session 2: The here and now

Wed, 26 May, 9:00-11:30

Wed, 26 May, 14:00-16:30

Session 3: Future outlook

Thu, 3 June, 9:00-11:30

Wed, 2 June, 14:00-16:30