July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Introducing an open source answer for modern collaboration

David Kelnar (Vector)
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Collaboration D139/140

Communication and collaboration tools are getting a lot of attention at the moment – you can’t have missed Slack. But today’s tools have challenges. They’re closed source and proprietary. They often require users to surrender the sovereignty of their data, and their lack of interoperability is forcing our conversations into fragmented silos. Isn’t there a better way?

In this session we’ll introduce “Vector”, a new and completely open source communication solution that offers flexibility, security and interoperability. Built on the Matrix.org decentralised communication standard, Vector provides a great user experience and a rich feature set including group chat, VoIP, video calling and file transfer – with end-to-end encryption for peace of mind.

A showcase for truly open communication technology, if you believe in a world in which we should have the right to run our own communications and own our own data, come and see a solution that can change how we communicate and collaborate forever.

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David Kelnar


David is an entrepreneurial technology and finance executive with extensive experience developing and advising early stage companies. As founding CFO at babylon, a groundbreaking integrated healthcare service available on a smartphone, David led the Company’s commercial development and international growth. As Founder and Chief Executive of Greatvine.com, an award-winning expert advice marketplace, David led the Company’s strategy and product development from inception through to acquisition. Prior to this, David worked in technology investment at Goldman Sachs in London, and for a New York investment fund. David graduated with double first class honours from the University of Cambridge.

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Matthew Hodgson
07/07/2015 9:35am PDT

The Vector folks are building on top of the various Matrix.org client SDKs – i believe the first cut is going to be a webapp built on top of the new React SDK: http://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk. They haven’t released the code yet; I think the plan is to unveil it during the talk :)

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Dave McAllister
07/07/2015 6:29am PDT

hey, a pointer to the code base would be useful. Or something.