Join us in Los Angeles, California for the 2018 Q4 Members Meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 31 - Friday, November 2 at MEF18, the premier networking event for senior professionals who are driving industry innovation!

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
  • Network with MEF colleagues and representatives of partner organizations from around the globe, such as open source projects and standards organizations 

To accommodate integration within MEF18,  a condensed format for the members meeting, focused on progressing all aspects of MEF 3.0, has been introduced with minimal overlap with the MEF18 main conference agenda:

  • The MEF18 main conference runs from 8:30 AM Monday, October 29 through 5:30 PM, Wednesday October 31
  • Selected committee project editing sessions commence after the MEF18 lunch on Wednesday October 31, with all-day committee/other streams running Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2. 
  • Tracks include: Applications, Certification, LSO, Marketing & Education, MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects and Services

Participants should consult the detailed MEF18 Agenda and Los Angeles Meeting Agenda for more detailed information.

Attend the Q4 Members Meeting and MEF18!

Attending MEF18 in addition to the Q4 meeting provides an excellent opportunity to maximize your week in Los Angeles. Highlights include:

Important: MEF18 requires a separate registration. If you are planning on attending MEF18 as well as the quarterly meeting, please contact Katie Billand regarding registration pass options. MEF18 registration is available here.  

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 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, Layer 1, 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.

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.). 

Service, Technology  & Professional Certifications. MEF is increasing the agility of its popular certification programs to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 certified services. 

Expanded Community Collaboration. MEF is working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, certified professionals, standards associations, universities 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 MEF 3.0 implementations using open source and commercial products. 

MEF 3.0 videos include numerous industry perspectives on our exciting work:

Q4 Meeting & Registration Information  

Remote Meeting Access

While attending in person is most effective, we provide remote access via GoToMeeting - MEF Members Meeting Remote Access

Important:  Remote registration is required to participate.  

Hotel Information

JW Marriott LA LIVE   
900 West Olympic Boulevard  
Los Angeles, CA 90015  
+1 213.765.8600 

  • The MEF Discounted Rate of $239 per night is no longer available.  The current rate at the JW Marriott LA Live is $305 per night. Recommended nearby hotels are Residence Inn LA Live ($249 per night) and Courtyard Marriott LA Live ($249 per night)  
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms will be extended to members of Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards, you can enroll ahead of time or at check-in
  • All reservations require a credit card to hold the reservation
  • Cancellations - You may cancel your reservation for no charge until 72 hours prior to your arrival date
  • Hotel will charge one night’s fee if you cancel after 72 hours prior to arrival

JW Marriott LA LIVE is within steps of an electrifying entertainment district in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, featuring world-class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene. Temps average 62F (17C). 

JW Marriott On-line Reservations here or call the hotel directly: +1 213.765.8600

Other Meeting Information  

Accessing Meeting Materials:  You will need a Wiki account – signup  here  or contact Katie Billand, 

Sponsoring MEF Meetings: Interested in Sponsoring a meeting? Members Meeting Sponsorships

Non-Member CompaniesMember Meetings are exclusively for MEF Members. MEF welcomes potential member companies who wish to audit. Contact Lori Vachon, for info.


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

Mon, 29 Oct -
Wed, 31 Oct


We encourage you to attend MEF18 prior to the Quarterly Meeting

Wed, 31 OctServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications Committee

(Served in MEF18 Networking Hall)
1:30-5:30Editing SessionsEditing SessionsEditing Sessions

Thu, 1 NovServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications CommitteeMEF 3.0 ImplementationsMarketing and Education CommitteeCertification Committee
8:30-12:30Working MeetingWorking Meeting Working MeetingWorking meetingWorking MeetingWorking Meeting
1:30-5:30Working MeetingWorking Meeting Working Meeting
Working MeetingWorking Meeting
5:30-6:30All Committees Special Plenary - MEF Procedure Changes
Fri, 2 NovServices CommitteeLSO CommitteeApplications Committee

8:30-12:30Working MeetingWorking MeetingWorking Meeting 

1:30-3:15Working MeetingWorking MeetingWorking Meeting


All Committees Closing Plenary


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

MEF ProCert | Director, Certification Programs

Stan Hubbard | Director of Communications & Research

Eva Keogh | Manager, MEF Events and Community Development

Kirby Russell | Director of Technical Services

Alysia Bennett | Manager, Administration

Tom Dickson | Technical Support Specialist

2018 Member Meetings
MEF18 – 29 Oct – 1 NovLos Angeles, CA
31 Oct 2 NovLos Angeles, CA

2019 Member Meetings
28-31 JanuaryHong Kong
29 Apr - 2 MayTBD Eastern Europe
29 Jul - 1 AugTBD North America