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Open Networking Summit Announces Additional Keynotes and Onsite Activities Including Hackathon, Awards, Solutions Showcase and More

By 2017-03-158月 22nd, 2017Press Release

New keynotes announced from China Mobile, Equinix, jUTechnology, LinkedIn, Nano Global, SK Telecom, Target, and Verizon, along with already announced including Amadeus, Andreessen Horowitz, AT&T, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Visa and more

SAN FRANCISCO – March 15, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, announces additional keynote speakers and the lineup of onsite activities planned for Open Networking Summit (ONS), taking place April 3-6, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.

ONS is the premier open networking event, covering the full scope of topics across enterprise, cloud and service providers. The over 2000 attendees expected, including CIOs, CTOs, cloud executives, architects, developers and operators, can look forward to over 75 tutorials, workshops and sessions led by networking innovators.

In addition to previously announced keynote speakers, the following keynotes have now been confirmed:

  • Margaret Chiosi, VP of Open Ecosystem, Huawei, Dr. Eyal Felstaine, CTO, Head of Technology Office, Amdocs, and Srinivasa Kalapala, VP, Global Technology & Supplier Strategy, Verizon
  • Alex Choi, CTO, EVP and Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom
  • Sam Greenblatt, CTO, Nano Global
  • Chris Rice, SVP AT&T Labs and Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design, AT&T, and Madam Yang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute
  • Drew Schulke, VP, R&D Networking, and Dell with John Healy, VP & GM NFV/Networking, Intel
  • Lakshmi Sharma, VP, Cloud and Compute, Target
  • Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix, and Zaid Ali Kahn, Sr. Director, Infrastructure Engineering, LinkedIn
  • Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, President & CEO, jUTechnology (Innovator, Entrepreneur, Board Advisor to Startups)

Other activities and educational opportunities for ONS attendees include:

  • An impressive roster of speakers and sessions across service provider and enterprise-focused tracks: Speakers include Chris Luke, Comcast; Dr. Li Mo, Director of Technology, CTO Group, ZTE Corporation; Prem Sankar, Ericsson; Anees Shaikh, Network Architect, Google; Ildikó Váncsa, Ecosystem Technical Lead, OpenStack Foundation; David Ward, Cisco; and Chris Wright, Red Hat.
  • Mini Summits & Roadmaps: These mini summits will cover open source technologies and open standards including Data Plane Projects (FDIO, DPDK, IO Visor, OVS), Open Networking & Orchestration Projects (ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, Openstack, CORD/ONOS), Cloud Services including Kubernetes, and standards like BBF, ETSI, MEF and more.
  • Experts Everywhere: Open Networking Innovation Forum and Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) are co-located with ONS ensuring thought leaders and visionaries will be present.
  • SDN & NFV Solutions Showcase: Hand-picked demos of collaborative, multi-organization solutions at the cutting edge of open source SDN and NFV.
  • Free Tutorials: Providing the latest on up-and-coming technologies including AR/VR/IOT, orchestration, container networking and more.
  • Hackathon: The Linux Foundation, Dell EMC and Cisco are co-hosting a one day hackathon with the overall theme of Innovation via Open Code and Integrations.
  • Evening Receptions: Social gatherings providing an opportunity to meet the ecosystem of network operators, vendors, open source projects, leading researchers and investors in a casual environment.
  • Developer Lounge: Attendees will have the chance to network and collaborate with their colleagues in the Developer Lounge. The ONS Developer Lounge will be filled with communal workspace to brainstorm, as well as games and activities to blow off a little steam.
  • The first annual ONS Industry & Community Awards honoring the best of show.
  • Tux’s Bookworms: Attendees are encouraged to bring children’s books to donate as part of The Linux Foundation’s effort to donate 20,000 books gathered at 2017 events.
  • Free, onsite childcare for children of attendees during all event hours.

Those who register to attend by March 19 will save over $600 over late registration pricing.

Members of the press who would like a complimentary press pass should contact Dan Brown (

Open Networking Summit is made possible by Diamond Sponsor Intel, Platinum Sponsors Amdocs and Huawei, Gold Premium Sponsors Dell EMC and Ericsson, and Gold Sponsors Cisco and ZTE. View all the sponsors.

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