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Charles Eckel

Cisco System
Developer Advocate
Charles Eckel is a developer advocate with a passion for open source and standards. His open source journey began in 1999 as a founding member of Vovida Networks, where he developed some of the industry’s first open source Voice over IP (VoIP) protocol stacks and applications. Now at Cisco, Charles is a recognized champion of open source, standards, and interoperability. He runs DevNet’s Open Source Dev Center (https://developer.cisco.com/site/opensource/), which focuses on Cisco’s major open source contributions, use, and community engagements. He introduced open source hackathons into IETF (https://www.ietf.org/how/runningcode/hackathons/) and MEF (http://www.mef.net/community-industry/lso-hackathon), revolutionizing the way these SDOs operate and uniting open source software with standards to maximize the pace and relevance of both. Charles co-chairs MEF’s Application Committee, chartered to enable applications to dynamically interact with the network such that application-level quality of experience, security, and performance requirements are best met by the underlying network infrastructure. He is also an active contributor to the OpenDaylight Unimgr project.