• Orlando, Florida USA, 13-16 November 2017

  • MEF17 WILL BE BIGGER AND EVEN BETTER!

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MEF17 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year's popular MEF16 event, with a target of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies, 275+ service & technology executives, 120+ expert speakers, 120+ sponsors & event partners, 18 live Proof of Concept demonstrations, and more. MEF17 represents a unique, valuable opportunity to engage with top LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and Cloud services experts who are shaping the future of the communications landscape.

MEF17 program and special activities are designed to appeal to professionals from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; industry standards and open source organizations; analyst firms; the press; and others.

Major program elements include:

  • Plenaries, Sessions & Networking Activities (Mon-Wed)
  • MEF Workshops - Third Network Services, LSO & Open APIs, Open Reference Implementations, Certification Programs
  • 18 live Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase Demonstrations
  • Networking Hall
  • MEF Awards Party (new format)
  • LSO Hackathon
  • Global Media Hub
  • Onsite MEF Training & Certification Exam (new!)
  • UNITE Partner Activities - including open source projects and standards organizations
 

Below is the MEF17 Main Conference Program. Click the days to see program details.

MEF17 Workshops & Opening Reception Monday, 13 Nov

8:15am – 9:15pm Registration
9:15am – 9:25am Welcome to MEF Workshops – Overview of Key Work Areas
9:25am - 10:50am Workshop I – Third Network Services:  Transitioning to Orchestrated Connectivity (Wavelength, CE 2.0, IP) & SD-WAN Managed Services
11:00am – 12:50pm Workshop II – LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services
12:50pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm - 5:00pm LSO Hackathon
1:45pm - 3:20pm Workshop III – LSO: Open Reference Implementations & MEFnet
3:30pm - 5:00pm Workshop IV – New Third Network Services, Technology & Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE 2.0)
4:00pm - 7:30pm Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
5:30pm - 7:30pm Opening Reception in Networking Hall

MEF17 Tuesday, 14 Nov

7:15am - 8:15am Registration & Breakfast
8:15am – 12:50pm Plenary Executive Keynotes, Executive Q&A, Perspectives, Innovation Panels
9:00am – 7:00pm LSO Hackathon
12:50pm – 2:45pm Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
2:50pm – 5:15pm Services Track LSO Track
5:15pm – 6:45pm Drinks Reception, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
7:00pm - 10:00pm MEF Awards Party (tickets required)

MEF17 Wednesday, 15 Nov

7:15am - 8:15am Registration & Breakfast
8:15am - 12:50pm Plenary Executive Keynotes, Executive Q&A, Perspectives, Panel, Roundtable
9:00am – 7:00pm LSO Hackathon
12:50pm - 2:45pm Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
2:50pm – 5:30pm Emerging Services Track Enabling Technologies Track
5:30pm – 7:30pm Drinks Reception, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

MEF17 Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm MEF Third Network Professional Certification Training Course MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Certification/Re-certification Training Course
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 6:00pm MEF Third Network Professional Certification Training Course & Exam MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Certification/Re-certification Course & Exam
6:00pm MEF17 Ends. See You at MEF18!

 

MEF17 Workshops – Monday, 13 Nov

8:15am – 9:15am

Registration

9:15am – 9:25am

 

Welcome to MEF Workshops – Overview of Key Work Areas

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

9:25am – 10:50am

Workshop I – Third Network Services: Transitioning to Orchestrated Connectivity (Wavelength, CE 2.0, IP) & SD-WAN Managed Services

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications | Speakers TBD

10:50am - 11:00am

Break

11:00am - 12:50pm

Workshop II – LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services

Moderator Stéphan Pelletier, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director; Director, Product Management, Service and Network Orchestration, Oracle | Shahar Steiff, Technical & Operations Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global | Raluca Sirbu, Director, Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T | Speaker to be announced

12:50pm – *1:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm - 5:00pm LSO Hackathon
1:45pm – 3:20pm

Workshop III – LSO: Open Reference Implementations and MEFnet

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF  | Speakers TBD

3:20pm - 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Workshop IV – New Third Network Services, Technology & Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE)

Moderator: Rick Bauer, Director of Certification, MEF | Speakers TBD

4:00pm - 7:30pm Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
5:30pm - 7:30pm Opening Reception in Networking Hall

MEF17 - Tuesday, 14 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:25am

Welcome to MEF17

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF  | Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director

8:25am - 8:35am

MEF Chairman’s Address

MEF Chairman

8:35am - 8:50am

MEF President’s Address

MEF President

8:50am - 9:10am

Executive Keynote

Executive, AT&T

9:00am - 7:00pm LSO Hackathon
9:10am - 9:30am

Executive Q&A

Executive, Comcast

9:30am - 10:10am

Building a Global Ecosystem of Connected Networks Supporting Orchestrated, On-Demand Services

Chair: Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director | Eric Bozich, VP Product & Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink | Mark Daley, Director of Corporate Strategy & Product, Epsilon | Speaker to be announced

10:10am - 10:30am

President Keynote

Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions

10:30am - 10:45am

Break

10:45am - 11:00am

Executive Perspective

Speaker To Be Announced

11:00am - 11:20am

CEO Questions & Answers

Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

11:20am - 12:05pm

Service Innovation Panel

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group | Service Provider | Service Provider | Service Provider | Service Provider

12:05pm - 12:50pm

Technology Innovation Panel

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications | Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian | Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX | Technology Vendor | Technology Vendor

12:50pm - 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demonstrations In Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:15pm 

Services Track

LSO Track

 

Track Chair: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan

Track Chair: TBD

 2:50pm - 3:40pm

Roadmap From Static Carrier Ethernet Services to Dynamic Third Network Services

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | Jeff Brown, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Windstream | Marjory Sy, Carrier Ethernet Technical Lead, PLDT | Sean Yarborough, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Spirent | Sponsor

Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multiple Provider Networks & Multiple Technology Domains

Moderator: Jennifer Clark, VP, Network Research, 451 Research | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Tariq Rafique, Manager, Network Architecture & Planning, Zayo | Sponsor | Sponsor

 3:40pm - 4:30pm

Managed SD-WAN: Creating New Revenue Opportunities For Service Providers

Moderator:  Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Speaker to be announced, Comcast | Rick Hillson, VP Transformation, GBIRalph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications | Sponsor

Perspectives TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

 4:30pm - 5:15pm

The Meteoric Rise of SD-WAN: Vendor Perspectives

Moderator:  Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Speaker to be announced | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

 

Session TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:15pm – 6:45pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

7:00pm - 10:00pm

MEF Awards Party

MEF17 - Wednesday, 15 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:40am

MEF CTO Perspective 

Pascal Menezes, Chief Technology Officer, MEF

8:40am - 9:00am

Executive Perspective

Shetal Sheth, VP Platform Delivery, Product Development & Technology, CenturyLink 

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

9:00am - 9:20am

CIO Keynote

Radhika Venkatraman, SVP & CIO - Network & Technology, Verizon Wireline

9:20am - 9:40am

Executive Keynote / Q&A

Executive, AT&T

9:40am - 10:25am

Service Provider Executive Panel

Chair: Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director | Executive, Comcast | David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global | Service Provider Exec

10:25am - 10:45am

Break

 10:45am - 11:00am

CTO Perspective

Technology Vendor Executive

 11:00am - 11:50am

Technology Perspectives

Moderator: Industry Analyst | Gabriel Kerner, VP and Head of OSS Product Management, Amdocs | Exec Speaker to be announced, CienaExec Speaker to be announced, RAD

 11:50am - 12:10pm

Guest Perspective

Guest Defense, Cloud, or Mobile Operator Expert

12:10pm - 12:50pm

Roundtable - Balancing Open Source & Standardization to Maximize the Pace of Innovation

Moderator: TBD | Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

12:50pm – 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:25pm 

Emerging Services Track

Enabling Technologies Track

 

Track Chair: TBD

Track Chair: TBD

 

Sessions TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

Sessions TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

MEF17 - Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm

MEF Professional CertificationTraining Course

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Certification/Re-certification Training Course

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
12:30pm - 6:00pm

MEF Professional CertificationTraining Course & Exam

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Certification/Re-certification Training Course & Exam

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

6:00pm MEF17 Officially Ends.  See You at MEF18!  

 

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