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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

Nashville Meeting Areas of Focus

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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, 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.

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


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

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville 
2100 West End Avenue 
+1 615.320.1700

The MEF special rate of $229 USD + 15.25% + $2.50 tax is available until June 22, 2018 and includes wi-fi in your guest room. This rate is available three (3) days prior and post event subject to hotel availability. A deposit is not required, but all reservations require a credit card to hold the reservation, a deposit is not required. Reservations can be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival by 4PM CST without penalty. If cancelled after 4PM CST, a cancellation fee of one night's room and tax will apply. 

Loews On-line Reservations here or call the hotel directly: +1 615 320 1700

Located only a mile from the famous honkey tonks of Broadway and steps from the recording studios of music row, The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville is centrally located in the heart of Music City.

Temperatures in July average 85F (30C). 

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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Next Members Meeting

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



Additional agenda details coming soon.

Mon, 23 July

Orientation, BoD, Editing Sessions and Opening Plenary

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

8:00 - 9:00Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00

Member Orientation
Session will introduce attendees to the work of MEF, member tools and engagement opportunities

Project Editing Sessions

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

All Members - Opening Plenary

5:30 - 6:45Welcome Reception
6:45 - 7:30

BoF Session (light refreshments) 

Tue, 24 JulyMEF WorkshopsLSO Committee
7:30 - 8:30Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35

MEF 3.0 Workshops Overview

Project Editing Sessions
8:35 - 10:00

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

Project Editing Sessions

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

Workshop III – MEF 3.0 Implementations on MEFnet  

Project Editing Sessions


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


Workshop V – The Road to 5G

5:30-6:30MEF Board of Directors Elections (Refreshments Served)
6:30-10:00MEF Board of Directors Meeting
Wed, 25 JulyServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 Implementations

Joint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees

8:30-10:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting
1:30-5:30Working meetingWorking Meeting Working meetingWorking meeting
Thu, 26 JulyServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 ImplementationsJoint Marketing and Education & Certification Committees 
8:30-12:30Working meetingWorking MeetingWorking meeting Working meeting

All Committees Closing Plenary

  • Agenda TBD
3:15 - 5:00Working 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
April 23-26Athens, Greece
July 23-26Nashville, TN
MEF18 - Oct 29-Nov 1Los Angeles, CA
November 1-2Los Angeles, CA