MEF To Host Industry’s First LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Hackathon At GEN15, 16-18 November 2015

Supported By Cisco DevNet, LSO Hackathon Will Focus On Development of LSO APIs, SDN Controller Plugins, and LSO Orchestration Solutions

Los Angeles, 17 September 2015— The MEF is pleased to announce that it will host the industry’s first LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Hackathon at the global GEN15 conference ( being held on 16-19 November 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Supported by Cisco DevNet, the LSO Hackathon will bring together Open Source community developers and Carrier Ethernet services networking experts to collaborate and develop solutions based on MEF specifications in order to accelerate the implementation of agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.

“User experience, infinite bandwidth, and on-demand service delivery have come to dominate what we perceive as the Internet. The software agile development model has created this sharp knee in the rate of innovation over the past couple of years,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems. “This innovation needs standardization and open sourcing, and the MEF’s LSO Hackathon is an important contribution to the shift of this part of the SDO ecosystem towards strengthening standards in a fast and adaptable way. This is part of a trend that Cisco is proud to be encouraging and actively supporting.”

“The MEF takes collaboration with other SDOs very seriously, as evidenced by our new UNITE program that we started in mid-2014,” stated Nan Chen, President of the MEF. “What the LSO Hackathon does is take that collaboration to a new level, superseding reliance on the formal, but slower, liaison process by introducing new software-oriented approaches to accelerating standardized interoperability. We believe that the MEF LSO Hackathon also is going to help break down informal silos within our member organizations by encouraging hands-on, cross-departmental hackathon teams.”

LSO Hackathon Objectives

The key objectives of the first LSO Hackathon are to develop and implement:

  • APIs (Application Program Interfaces) based on the emerging LSO Presto API framework.
  • OpenDaylight SDN controller plugins to support LSO Presto APIs.
  • LSO orchestration solutions, including a prototype LSO Orchestrator with a GUI that is oriented around CE 2.0 service orchestration.

These first LSO Hackathon objectives are based on the contributions and projects being led by Cablelabs and CenturyLink, two very active participants in the MEF.

Hackathon Schedule

The LSO Hackathon will take place during 16-18 November alongside the main GEN15 conference.

  • Monday, 16 November: Preparatory workshop
  • Tuesday, 17 November - Wednesday, 18 November: Coding and collaboration.

Hackathon Participation & Registration

There are 50 open seats for qualified experts to participate in the LSO Hackathon. The recommended background for participants include one or more of the following:

  • OpenDaylight or OPNFV community members / contributors
  • Software developers from service providers and technology vendors
  • Network engineers, architects, designers, etc. from service providers
  • MEF specification contributors
  • MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECPs).

To get more information about this unique event, see the MEF’s LSO Hackathon Wiki space. To register for free participation (subject to space availability) in the LSO Hackathon, click here.

GEN15 Program & Registration

For information on the GEN15 conference, visit and see the main conference program here.

Industry professionals who are interested in attending GEN15 but do not plan to participate in the LSO Hackathon can register here for GEN15.  Receive a 20% early registration savings until 25 September 2015. GEN15 attendance is free for qualified service end-user professionals from enterprises, businesses, government, defense, educational, or non-profit organizations.

About GEN15

With a target audience exceeding 1,250 attendees from 325+ companies, GEN15 is the must-attend annual networking event for executives and other senior professionals involved in the combined Carrier Ethernet + Third Network services & technology ecosystem. GEN15 will bring together a global array of 120+ Carrier Ethernet, LSO, SDN, NFV, and Cloud expert speakers from around the world to contribute to the event’s program and networking opportunities. Event content and peer-to-peer networking opportunities are designed to appeal to experts from retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; cloud service providers; mid to large businesses; government & defense organizations; network solutions vendors; the press; analyst firms; investment firms; and others.

GEN15 will encompass industry-leading keynote speakers, educational roundtables, and panels with dedicated tracks for enterprise end-users; retail, wholesale, mobile, and cloud service providers; and others. This year’s event includes a special Enterprise Day in conjunction with our partner Network Computing as well as the addition of a groundbreaking LSO Hackathon sponsored by Cisco DevNet. We also are expanding popular elements of last year's program, including the MEF Certified Professionals Convention, Verizon Partner Conference, the Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase, Global Media Hub, and MEF Excellence Awards program that recognizes outstanding service, technology, and professional leadership and innovation. See for details.

For GEN15 program and sponsorship information, contact MEF GEN15 Program Director Stan Hubbard at

About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force behind the $80+ billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV. An industry alliance consisting of nearly 220 member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives.

MEF’s flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit for more details on these programs. 

Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable paradigm-shifting agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more efficient, automated networks. The MEF’s vision for the transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them is referred to as the “Third Network,” which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. For information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF’s Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.