Nicholas Brookins is a Product Architect at Akamai Technologies, the leading managed services provider for powering rich media, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Nick provides technical design for the Akamai AdaptiveEdge streaming solution, based on Microsoft Smooth Streaming for Silverlight. He is also the lead developer for the Silverlight version of OpenVideoPlayer, an open source project that aims to provide a foundation for stable and scalable web-based video players, available at openvideoplayer.sf.net. Prior to his role at Akamai, Nick was the CTO of SAM Systems, where he played a key role in development of patent-pending methods for improving video quality and efficiency for the company's real-time surveillance video solutions. Aside from software development, Nick enjoys playing guitar and spending time at the beach in San Diego where he lives with his wife and daughter.