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Introduction to MEF Member Meetings

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

Athens Meeting Areas of Focus

  • Plenary Session: Featuring a progress report on MEF 3.0, presentations and panels involving MEF leadership, global service providers,and EMEA members 
  • Opening Reception: Immediately following the plenary, join us for our welcome reception, a great opportunity to network!
  • MEF Workshops: The Athens 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
  • Committee Working Meetings: Progressing the numerous works of MEF including MEF 3.0 and more, with special emphasis on EMEA member engagement opportunities. 

Join Us  

MEF Member Meetings are exclusively for MEF Members. MEF also welcomes potential member companies who wish to audit an upcoming meeting. Please contact Lori Vachon, lori@mef.net for further information.

Hotel Information

Hilton Athens 
46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
Athens, Greece 11528
30 210 7281000  

MEF special rate: €174 Euro ($207 USD) includes full breakfast & wi-fi

The Hilton Athens is located 30 km (18 miles) from Athens International Airport and centrally located in the heart of the city.  You will find impressive Acropolis and city views from your guest room.  Explore the beauties of Ancient Greece from a modern environment, easily accessible to major attractions by taxi, metro or bus. The hotel is within walking distance from the famous Syntagma square, Kolonaki and Plaka districts, numerous cafes, restaurants, taverns, shops, and a lively nightlife scene!

Temperatures in April average 16C (60F)

On-line Reservations here or call the hotel directly: +30 210 7281000

MEF 3.0 is a 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, optical, 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.

Please see recent MEF 3.0 videos below that include numerous industry perspectives on our exciting work:


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 Katie Billand katie@mef.net

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Annual Members Meeting

Save the Date Nashville!: Q3 Annual Members Meeting July 23-26, 2018.  Click here for details

Q4 Members Meeting

Save the Date Los Angeles!: Q4 Members Meeting Nov 1-2, 2018 co-located with MEF18.  Click here for details.



Additional agenda details coming soon.

Mon, 23 Apr

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

Project Editing Sessions

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 - 2:15TI Sparkle Executive Keynote
2:15 - 2:35Break
2:35 - 3:00MEF Technical Vision & the Transformation Journey to MEF 3.0, Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF
3:00 - 3:45

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

  • Moderator: TBD
  • Panelists: EMEA Service Provider TBD
3:45 - 4:35

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

  • Moderator: TBD
  • Panelists: EMEA Service Provider TBD
4:35 - 5:30

Case Study Panel: TBD

  • Moderator: TBD
  • Panelists: EMEA Service Provider TBD
5:30 - 6:45Welcome Reception
6:45 - 7:30

BoF Session (light refreshments) 

Tue, 24 AprMEF WorkshopsServices CommitteeLSO Committee
7:30 - 8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30 - 8:35

MEF 3.0 Workshops Overview

Project Editing SessionsProject Editing Sessions
8:35 - 10:00

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

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions

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

Workshop III – MEF 3.0 Implementations on MEFnet  

Project Editing Sessions

Project Editing Sessions


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


Workshop V – The Road to 5G

Wed, 25 AprServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations and MEF Developer Community

Joint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees

7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30-10:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting
1:30-5:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting
Thu, 26 AprServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations and MEF Developer CommunityJoint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees 
7:30-8:30Breakfast Served in Hotel Restaurant
8:30-12:30Working meetingWorking MeetingWorking meeting
 Working meeting

All Committees Closing Plenary

  • Agenda TBD
3:15 - 5:00Working Meeting
Working Meeting
Working Meeting


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

Kirby Russell | Director of Technical Services

Alysia Bennett  | Manager, Administration

Tom Dickson | Technical Support Specialist

2018 Member Meetings
July 23-26Nashville, TN
MEF18 - Oct 29-Nov 1Los Angeles, CA
November 1-2Los Angeles, CA