The Linux Foundation Announces New Format for Its Open Networking Summit

The Linux Foundation, the organization accelerating open source technology development and commercial adoption, has announced a new format for its Open Networking Summit, taking place April 3-6, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

Open Networking Summit, the industry’s premier open networking event, brings enterprises, carriers and cloud service providers together with the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open source networking. The theme of the 2017 event is ‘Harmonize, Harness, Consume’.

The structure of this year’s event is being enhanced to address the convergence of buyers and decision makers in the networking industry – as DevOps and other software-defined trends take off. Open Networking Summit 2017 will have significant enhancements including a limited number of visionary keynotes and technical sessions focused on the impact of networking on adjacent areas like cloud and IoT across all enterprise verticals.

Speaking proposals are being sought from open networking technical and business experts through January 21. Speaking proposals continue to be accepted at the website of The Linux Foundation.

Hackathon Area for Developers

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“This Open Networking Summit is truly created by and for those working in the open networking ecosystem,” said Arpit Joshipura, The Linux Foundation.

Brand new features for Open Networking Summit 2017 include a dedicated hackathon area for developers, an awards program covering the entire networking ecosystem, an expanded exhibit floor with a focus on solutions and vendor innovations and a revised event layout to facilitate easier professional networking.

Additionally, Open Networking Summit 2017 will see the launch of the Open Networking Innovation Forum, an exclusive, invitation-only think tank, gathering an elite group of open networking visionaries, thought leaders and innovators in an intimate setting for valuable dialogue about the state of open networking (successes, hurdles, things to look out for in planning, picking and deploying SDN/NFV solutions), opportunities and challenges, accelerating adoption and more.

“Open Networking Summit is the only event that brings together all the latest networking and orchestration innovations with content and tracks targeted to technical and business leaders across enterprise, carriers and cloud providers,” said Arpit Joshipura General Manager, Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “The event is truly created by and for those working in the open networking ecosystem. The new format and features being launched this year will ensure the event is better than ever, and provide an unparalleled venue for learning, sharing and collaborating.”

The full lineup of speakers and sessions will be announced in mid-February.

More details on Open Networking Summit can be found at

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