The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit focused on open source innovation, has announced a new event with a cumbersome name: “Open FinTech Forum: AI, Blockchain, Kubernetes & Quantum on Wall Street” (aka OFTF). It will take place on October 10-11, 2018 in New York City.

We’ve created this event in part because we’re seeing strong interest from the financial services industry in contributing to projects like Hyperledger, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, OpenMAMA and others,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “We want others to understand how they can be involved in open source as they evolve their own solutions. Open FinTech Forum will provide an opportunity for financial services firms to continue to learn the best ways to consume, and contribute to, open source technologies.

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation (
Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation


The two day forum will feature technical tracks on:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain/Distributed Ledger
  • Kubernetes, Containers and Cloud Native Apps
  • Networking
  • Quantum Computing.

There will also be an in depth tutorial on building internal open source programs. Proposals for sessions should go to the Linux Foundation proposals by midnight on July 13, 2018.

OFTF objectives

The intention is for OFTF to:

  • bring CIOs and senior technologists from financial services firms together with open source community maintainers and strategists
  • learn about building internal open source programs
  • obtain an in-depth view of the most disruptive open source technologies of the moment.

The hope is that this will:

  • drive efficiency and flexibility
  • enable new products, services and capabilities
  • strengthen license compliance
  • attract and maintain top talent.

Registration is now open. Options include one day passes for tutorials on October 10th or keynotes and technical tracks on October 11 or a combo pass for both days. As with all Linux Foundation events, diversity and needs-based scholarships are available.

The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is an organization dedicated to supporting developers and companies which build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it seeks to address the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history.

Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project. It argues that it delivers an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at and or on Youtube.

What does this mean

The Linux Foundation claims its events are where leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network to advance innovations to support the world’s largest shared technologies. It is a bold assertion.

Though blockchain/distributed ledger tchnology is only one part of the OFTF agenda it is important. More and more enterprises are looking at Hyperledger Fabric as the basis of their blockchain investments. Being at OFTF may be one way to get up to speed.



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