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Convince Your Boss

Want to attend OpenDaylight Summit 2016, but not sure how to bring up the subject with your boss? Well, we’ve got a sample letter to help make the process easier. See you in Seattle!

“Convince Your Boss” Letter

Dear {Name},

I’d like to attend the upcoming OpenDaylight Summit taking place September 27-29, in Seattle. I’ve researched many conferences, and this is among the best for users, developers, SysAdmins, devops professionals, architects and other technologists who want to expand their skills, solve technical issues with the best and the brightest in the community. For example, last year’s Summit brought together 749 attendees representing roles across network hardware, network management software, service provider and telco developers, engineers and executives, just to name a few. Technical tracks and sessions included a diverse set of topics ranging from user tutorials, hands-on experiences with OpenDaylight, SDN futures and the road ahead, as well as application development tutorials.  

You can learn more about the event by clicking here and view last year’s keynotes and other videos here.

The tracks that will benefit our business the most include [INSERT MOST APPROPRIATE TRACK: Developing Solutions on OpenDaylight, Inside OpenDaylight OpenDaylight in a Virtual World, OpenDaylight in Practice, OpenDaylight- More than OpenFlow, Telco & NFV and Wildcard].

Some other items of interest:

  • OpenDaylight has real deployments supporting a range of relevant use cases. Key industry leaders from AT&T, Tencent & more will be sharing how and why they are deploying OpenDaylight.

  • There will be more than 40 sessions on the latest technologies and trends in open SDN. The sessions, led by OpenDaylight project leads, provide in-depth and up-to-date technical content through presentations, hands-on tutorials and deep-dive technical lectures.

  • Key sessions include: OpenStack & OpenDaylight Integration for Service Function Chaining, OpenDaylight within Reference Implementation for Next Generation Network Services, OpenDaylight Documentation, Making a Case for OpenDaylight: Getting Executive Approval in Your Organization and more.

  • OpenDaylight community building and collaboration: This will be a great opportunity for developers and user community members to come together to learn where and how to focus their energies next.

I also plan to meet others who might face the same challenges and problems we do so that we can work together to solve common technical issues now and in the future. Creating strategic partnerships at the event could be very useful in the future when we encounter new challenges.  

If I register by September 9 the fee is only US$800, after which it will increase to $950. Included in the registration fee is attendance to all Summit sessions, access to the sponsor technology showcase, hallway tracks and lounges, and continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks.

I would be happy to write a post-conference report detailing what I’ve learned, and recommend any changes we can implement to improve our practices.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I hope we can make this opportunity work.


{Your Name}


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