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APIStrat Becomes a Linux Foundation and Open API Initiative Event

Linux Foundation and creator of OpenAPI Specification host premier forum for API community members and leaders

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announces that the API Strategy & Practice Conference has become a Linux Foundation event and will be jointly produced with the Open API Initiative (OAI), a Linux Foundation project. Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate and innovate. APIStrat 2017 will take place October 31 – November 2 in Portland, OR.

The API Strategy & Practice Conference, known as APIStrat, provides a forum for leaders in the API sector to gather to discuss successes and challenges they face while executing API strategies. For the past seven years, APIStrat was organized by 3scale, acquired by Red Hat in June 2016, who has donated the event to The Linux Foundation. The eighth edition of the conference will bring together a variety of attendees, from the API curious to developers and IT teams, business users and executives, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space.

“Linux Foundation events will bring together more than 20,000 members of the open source community this year alone,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “We’re pleased to team with OAI members and contributors to bring an already vibrant and well-regarded event and to a broader open source community, and thank Red Hat for making this donation to the open source community around OAI.”

“We are pleased to see APIStrat move under The Linux Foundation and the Open API Initiative. Since its inception, the conference has aimed to provide a vendor-neutral, high-quality space for discussion of the latest API topics, and I anticipate that the new organization team will manage it superbly. Like the Open API Initiative, we share a commitment to a standard common format for API definitions and see the transition for the event as a good fit,” said Steven Willmott, co-founder of APIStrat and senior director and head of API Infrastructure, Red Hat.

“After seven events, I am very pleased to see APIStrat maturing as a conference and becoming part of the Open API Initiative (OAI). The event has long been a forum for discussion around Open API (aka Swagger), so The Linux Foundation is a natural fit for hosting the conference,” said Kin Lane, co-founder of APIStrat and the API Evangelist.

More information is available at APIStrat 2017. The call for proposals is now open through June 16.

In addition to APIStrat, The Linux Foundation hosts a variety of events that bring together the world’s leading technologists. Learn more at

About Open API Initiative

The Open API Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how REST APIs are described. As an open governance structure under The Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor-neutral description format. SmartBear Software donated the Swagger Specification directly to the OAI as the basis of the OpenAPI Specification. Visit for more information.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

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