Introduction to the APAC Special Members Meeting & APAC LSO Hackathon

MEF Quarterly and Annual Meetings are the gathering place of our increasingly diverse membership community where we:

  • Inform members of active work taking place across projects and other initiatives
  • On-board and educate new member companies and participants
  • Brainstorm and initiate new work in support of MEF's vision
  • Conduct LSO Hackathons at selected meetings
  • Network with MEF colleagues and representatives of partner organizations from around the globe, such as open source projects and standards organizations

Singapore agenda introducing MEF 3.0 to APAC 

  • 29 Jan, Extended Plenary Session: Featuring an introduction to MEF 3.0, presentations and panels involving MEF leadership, global operators, APAC members and industry analysts
  • 29 Jan, Opening Reception: Immediately following the plenary, join us for our welcome reception, a great opportunity to network!
  • 30 Jan, MEF Workshops: Replicating the MEF17 workshops with hundreds of attendees, the Singapore workshops will feature all aspects of MEF 3.0, including services, LSO & Open APIs, open reference implementations, new certification programs and an expanded MEF community
  • 30 Jan - 1 Feb, First Ever MEF APAC LSO Hackathon:  Enables Open Source community developers, networking experts and technology vendors to collaborate and develop solutions based on MEF work. More information on the APAC LSO Hackathon can be found here 
  • 30 Jan - 2 Feb, Committee Working Meetings: Progressing the numerous works of MEF including MEF 3.0 and more, with special emphasis on APAC member engagement opportunities. The new Applications Committee will hold its first formal meeting.

Click here to register for the APAC LSO Hackathon

On 14 November at MEF17, MEF announced the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. MEF 3.0 blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

MEF 3.0 is comprised of four major elements:

Standardized, Orchestrated Services. The MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF 3.0 CE R1 is the first release within the MEF 3.0 framework.

Open LSO APIs. MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Packet WAN, Optical Transport, SD-WAN, 5G, etc.). MEF recently announced the first experimental releases of two LSO SDKs (software development kits) that feature inter-provider APIs for address validation, serviceability, and ordering and an intra-provider API for network resource provisioning. 

Service and Technology Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing partner, Iometrix, using an advanced cloud-based virtualized test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 standards.

Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, standards associations, and enterprises to realize a shared vision of dynamic services orchestrated across automated networks. MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform – MEFnet – that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of prototype MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. MEFnet projects will help accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as provide immediate feedback for standards development within MEF.


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MEF Member Meetings are exclusively for MEF Members. MEF welcomes potential member companies who would like to audit one quarterly meeting with an interest in membership. Contact Lori Vachon,

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Road

Reminder to book your hotel room! Reservation deadline extended until January 19th. 

MEF special rate of 340 SGD ($252 USD) is available until January 19, 2018 and includes full buffet breakfast & wi-fi.  This rate is available three (3) days prior and post event subject to hotel availability. All reservations require a credit card. 100% cancellation fee applies after January 15, 2018. If you need assistance booking a hotel room at the Grand Hyatt after January 19, please contact Katie Billand, Events Manager, 

The Grand Hyatt is located in the heart of the world-renowned area of Orchard Road, the city's shopping and entertainment district, the hotel is a 25-minute taxi from the airport.  Singapore has a lush tropical climate year-round of 90F (32C).  

Book your Hotel here - or - call the hotel directly at +65 6738 1234.

Remote Meeting Access

While attending in person is most effective, we provide remote access for selected sessions for members who are unable to attend via GoToMeeting - MEF Members Meeting Remote Access

Accessing Meeting Materials

To access meeting materials you will need a Wiki account – signup here or contact Alysia Bennet,

Sponsoring MEF Meetings

Interested in Sponsoring a MEF meeting? Please see: Members Meeting Sponsorships

Next MEF Quarterly Meeting

Save the Date Athens!: Q2 Quarterly Members Meeting & Euro18 LSO Hackathon 23-26 April 2018. Click here for details


Additional agenda details coming soon.



Mon, 29 Jan

Orientation, BoD, Editing Sessions and Opening Plenary

Times are approximate, check detailed agendas, when available, for exact times.  

7:30 - 9:00Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
9:00 - 12:00

Member Orientation
Session will introduce attendees to the work of MEF, member tools and engagement opportunities
(9:00-11:00 am only) 


Project Editing Sessions

LSO Committee Agenda Page

Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 5:30

All Members - Opening Plenary


1:00 - 1:10Opening Remarks - Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF
1:10 - 1:35President's Report - Nan Chen, President, MEF; Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
1:35 - 1:45Chairman's Address - Mike Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Zayo Managed Services
1:45 - 2:00

Sponsor Keynote: Platforms, People and Partnerships - Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO, Epsilon

Epsilon CEO Jerzy Szlosarek will explore the growing industry forces that are cultivating the shift in networking service models towards automation, whilst examining the impact on company’s strategies, organisational and skill set implications. In the pursuit of automation and self-driving networks, API’s are becoming the key buzz words, but what does it really mean? The presentation will delve into the role API’s will play in the evolution of service provider capabilities whilst acknowledging the API options available now. Jerzy will recap the current state affairs from the perspective of a company already embarked on the SDN journey, whilst explaining the business case for API interoperability.

2:00 - 2:15Sponsor Keynote: Adam Turner, Director of Marketing, Net2Edge
2:15 - 2:35Break
2:35 - 3:00

MEF Technical Vision & the Transformation Journey to MEF 3.0, Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF (Presentation)

3:00 - 3:45

Global Panel - Building a Global Ecosystem of Automated Networks Supporting MEF 3.0 Services: Challenges & Opportunities

  • Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF
  • Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO, Sparkle; MEF Board Director
  • Shahar Steiff, AVP New Technology, PCCW Global; MEF Board Director; LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF
  • Helen Wong, Director, Network Product Technology & Strategy, Verizon
  • Gabriel Kerner, VP Network Products and Offerings, Amdocs Technology; MEF Board Director
3:45 - 4:35

APAC Panel:  MEF 3.0 in APAC:  The Status and Future of Dynamic Services

  • Moderator: Rami Yaron, MEF Marketing and Education Committee Co-chair
  • Irene DeGuzman, Head, Domestic Data Services, PLDT
  • Sendang Praptomo, Head of Strategic Project, Telin Singapore
  • Ming Kiat Lim,Director, Product Development – Global Enterprise, SingTel
  • Chris Rezentes, Senior Manager, Product APAC, Verizon
4:35 - 5:30TBD
5:30 - 6:45Welcome Reception
6:45 - 7:30

BoF Session (light refreshments) 

Tue, 30 JanMEF WorkshopsLSO CommitteeLSO Hackathon
7:30 - 8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant

8:30 - 8:35

MEF 3.0 Workshops Overview

Kevin Vachon, CTO, MEF

8:35 - 10:00

Workshop I – Standardizing MEF 3.0 Services (Layer 1, CE, IP & SD-WAN)

With the MEF 3.0 global services framework, MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable orchestrated, on-demand wavelength, CE, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. This workshop provides a progress report on standardization work related to orchestration-ready Layer 1, CE, IP, and SD-WAN services.

David Ball, Services Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Architect, Cisco

David Martin, L1CS Editor in MEF; Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia

Joe Ruffles, SD-WAN Project Co-Leader, MEF; Global Standards Architect- Strategy & Innovation, Riverbed Technology


LSO Committee Agenda Page

10:15 -12:15
Workshop II – Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture (LSO RA) guides agile development of standardized open LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains. This workshop will provide an overview of the LSO RA and LSO Committee Projects and provide a status update on our efforts to standardize API functions at multiple interface reference points. We will also cover collaboration with open source and standards organizations.

Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair; CTO, CENX

Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global

Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

Bithika Khargharia, Technical Program Director, MEF



Workshop III – MEF 3.0 Implementations on MEFnet 

Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF


LSO Committee Agenda Page

LSO Hackathon


Workshop IV – MEF 3.0 Services & Technology Certification & MEF Professional Certification Programs

Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix



Workshop V – The Road to 5G

Rami Yaron, MEF Marketing & Education Committee Co-Chair

Scott Mansfield, MEF Director & Secretary, Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson


Wed, 31 JanServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations

Joint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees

LSO Hackathon
7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30-10:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting

LSO Hackathon

1:30-5:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting

LSO Hackathon

Thu, 1 FebServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 ImplementationsJoint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees LSO Hackathon
7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant

8:30-12:30Working meetingWorking Meeting

Working meeting

starts at 9am

 Working meetingLSO Hackathon

All Committees Closing Plenary

LSO Hackathon

3:15 - 5:00Working Meeting

Fri, 2 FebServices CommitteeLSO Committee

7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30-12:30Working meeting LSO Committee Agenda Page
1:30-5:30Working meeting LSO Committee Agenda Page




MEF Support Staff  Contact us with Questions!

Kevin Vachon | Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Bar-Lev  | Director, Office of the CTO

Lori Vachon | Director, Global Events & Member Support

Katie Billand  | Events Manager

Rick Bauer | Director, Certification Programs

Stan Hubbard | Director of Communications & Research

Ana Maciel | Manager, Marketing Programs & Member Support

Mary Hecht-Kissell | Sr. Mgr., Marketing Programs & Member Support

Pascal Menezes | CTO

Dan Pitt | Senior Vice President

Kirby Russell | Director of Technical Services

Alysia Bennett  | Manager, Administration

Tom Dickson | Technical Support Specialist

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