Changes and opportunities at this October’s SDN Solutions Showcase.
In the fall of 2014, ONF debuted the SDN Solutions Showcase with great success. In asking ONF member companies and their customers to demonstrate real SDN solutions to business challenges, these innovative companies showed that SDN was more than theory—there were products and solutions that could be purchased and deployed. During our first SDN Solutions Showcase at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, we had 21 companies participate, showing the world that SDN was here to stay!
In 2015, we introduced the aspect of competition into the SDN Solutions Showcase, and gave more visibility to all of the entrants. In addition to writing white papers on the event and shooting several videos, we introduced the “ONF SDN Best in Showcase Award,” voted by the show attendees, in recognition of the most compelling demo at the show. We were thrilled to see the ASPEN OpenSourceSDN.org team win the award—and the interest of more than a few major telecom and content providers.
[caption id="attachment_2278" align="alignleft" width="414"] The ASPEN project, demoed by Fabian Schneider of NEC, won the first-ever "ONF SDN Best in Showcase Award” in 2015, as voted by the conference attendees.[/caption]
How can we improve in 2016? Let’s make it easier, and let’s increase the opportunity for worldwide visibility of your solutions!
That’s right, we made the entrance registration form only five questions long—and on one page. If you are an ONF member, and you register to have a booth presence at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, October 11-14 in The Hague, Netherlands, and you fill out our form (link below) you are in!
To register your company’s SDN solutions (you may enter as many demos as you want), please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XW9DKQZ. You’ll be added to our list and will be informed over the summer, with conversations ramping up as we near the event in October. We’ll keep the visibility going all summer long with your company articles, your presentations, and getting more “bang for your event buck” in any way possible, and we’ll have an “all-hands” meeting at the ONF Member Workday event this September in Santa Clara.
In addition to an easier, cleaner entry process, and shorter and more efficient meetings, we’re introducing something that will blow your doors off.
(Are you sitting down?)
(Take a deep breath, please.)
During the middle of September, when we have the regular “dress rehearsal” WebEx for all the participants, our special panel of judges (you’ll meet them soon) will select the “Congress Stage Spotlight” winners—the best two demos presented in the final rehearsal. If your company is one of these two winners, both companies will be awarded ON THE WORLD CONGRESS STAGE TO PRESENT YOUR DEMO TO THE CONGRESS AUDIENCE! Imagine how much it would cost to get that kind of visibility to the SDN community, to operators, to the press and analyst community!
All you have to do is put together the best demo you can present.
We’ll have more to say on this soon, and we’ve set up a special organizational meeting on June 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Download this to your calendar.
You will want to be there.
You can have the planning for this high-visibility event DONE before your summer vacation.
You can get maximum visibility for your company’s SDN solution.
You can be the hero.
- Marc LeClerc (NoviFlow), ONF Market Area Director, and Rick Bauer, ONF SDN Solutions Showcase Producer