The MEF Developer Community is a program run by the MEF in which undergraduates, MScs and PhDs in academic institutions, research organizations and enterprises from around the world develop and research projects scoped and mentored by MEF member service providers and technology providers from the telecoms industry. Participation is open also to organizations that are not members of the MEF.
Current participants in the MEF Developer Community include:
- Technion University, Israel
- University of Colorado, USA
- Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
- CSIR, South Africa
- University of Limpopo, South Africa
- Bristol University, UK
Projects for Students and Graduates
There are a wide range of projects that students and graduates can work on during one, two or three semesters in the following areas:
- Intent, Declarative and Imperative APIs
- Information and Data Modelling
- Service Decomposition, Path Computation and Optimization
- Network Topologies
- Business Process Automation
- Big Data Analytics
- Policy-Driven Orchestration
- Telecoms Security
- Software Development Tools
- Verification Frameworks
The menu of these MEF projects is constantly evolving and can be adapted to include new opportunities in line with specific requests. MEF can work together with the relevant staff at the student's academic organization to ensure that credits are received for work on these projects. Please note that any work developed in the MEF Developer Community is contributed under the MEF Code Contribution Agreement based on Apache 2.0 licensing.
Typical Background Experience of MEF Developers
It is recommended to have at least one of the following backgrounds to participate in the MEF Developer Community.
- Studying Information or Computer Science, Telematics, Networking, Internet or Web Engineering
- Knowledge of tools like Spring Boot and implementation approaches like Micro-Services
- At least basic knowledge of networking (e.g. Carrier Ethernet, IP, MPLS, SDN, NFV etc.)
- UML and/or YANG modeling experience
- HCI or User Interface design experience
- Familiarity with MEF terminology and specs
- Experience working with Open Source projects (e.g. OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, ON.Lab)
Benefits for Students and Graduates
By being a part of the MEF Developer Community, students and graduates enjoy the following benefits:
- Putting the knowledge acquired in their studies to practical use with immediate impact on the industry.
- Access to the latest telecoms industry practices and thinking.
- Participation in cutting edge work in projects scoped by the world's leading service providers and technology providers and mentored by MEF member companies.
- Exposure to potential future employers and research partners.
- Enhancement of their resumes and raising of their personal profile.
Benefits for the MEF and the Telecoms Industry
The benefits for the MEF and the telecom industry as a whole include:
- Acceleration of availability of
- LSO APIs
- Related software development and testing tools
- LSO framework micro-services
- Increased awareness of MEF specifications for MEF 3.0 services among the next generation of software, network, operations and business application experts entering the market.