My Open Networking Summit (ONS) North America 2018 experience

My name is Konrad Djimeli and I am an Open Networking Summit (ONS) North America 2018 diversity scholarship recipient. This was not my first time being a Linux Foundation diversity scholarship recipient, but what made this experience special was the fact I was also a Linux Foundation Networking intern, working on the Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization (OPNFV) project. More information on my previous diversity scholarship experience can be found in my previous blog post.

The conference was a 4 days event which took place from March 26–29, 2018, at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown. It was mainly centered around Open Source Networking, including SDN, NFV, orchestration and the automation of cloud, network, & IoT services, with sponsorship and speakers from some of the top companies or organizations in the networking technology industry. The venue was great and located in a fabulous part of Los Angeles and they also served really good continental breakfast and snacks.

The event consisted of enlightening keynotes, talks and tutorials. Some of the technologies and concepts talked about include ONAP, 5G, OpenDaylight, Cloud Native, Edge Computing, Containers, SDN/NFV, Artificial Intelligence, Orchestration, IOT, DevOps, OPNFV, Microservices etc. This was a chance for me to learn a lot, and I also had the opportunity to do a presentation on my internship project at the OPNFV Functest breakout session. It was a really exciting experience for me to share more and talk about the work I had been doing as a Linux Foundation Networking intern. I was excited to get the chance to physically meet and interact with some members of the Linux Foundation Networking and OPNFV projects, such as Serena Feng, Cédric Ollivier and Ray Paik, who have been actively involved with the OPNFV internship and also other ONS attendees.

My presentation at the Functest breakout session, with Cédric (rightmost) and community members

I also enjoyed visiting the sponsor booths, learning about the project they are working on, the services they offer, their student opportunities like internship and open source contributions, and also getting cool swag.

As the proverb goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, thus the ONS also included a number of fun events and activities, such as a 5K Fun Run and the Attendee Reception at The Majestic Downtown. The Majestic is an iconic filming location and event venue that is recognized as being a historical masterpiece in Downtown LA since 1924 and which has been featured in hundreds of feature films, television series, and music videos. The reception was amazing, with a lot of very good food, drinks, ice cream, Virtual Reality (VR) games and also a chance to interact with other very friendly people at the event.

Playing VR games at the ONS Attendee Reception

Before returning back home to Cameroon, I also visited the Hollywood Boulevard and Yes! I watched the Black Panther movie at ArcLight Hollywood cinema.

Visiting the Hollywood Boulevard

As software developer from Africa, with huge interest in topics such as Cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, Compilers, Computer Networking, and their applications within my community, attending such a conference which elaborated on and addressed most of these concepts and technology was a great experience for me. I look forward to using this experience and knowledge gained to motivate and inspire others within my community. I intend to continue making valuable contributions to the Linux Foundation Networking community as an open source developer and I look forward to presenting talks at future networking conferences.