Mainframers to Meet in Philadelphia in September to Frame Up the Future of Open Mainframe

By Arti Loftus, Special Correspondent  |  April 26, 2022

The Open Mainframe Project, an open-source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared toolsets and resources, last week announced the launch of the Call for Proposals (CFPs) for the 3rd annual Open Mainframe Summit. The premier mainframe event of 2022, the Summit will take place in person on September 21-22 at Convene at Commerce Square in Philadelphia, PA.

The Linux Foundation’s (News - Alert) Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source (News - Alert) in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise-class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating the value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive.

“We are excited to host Open Mainframe Summit in person this year,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management at the Linux Foundation. “The last two events were successful in that we enabled our messages to reach more users around the world. We hope to continue that momentum while also giving our community a safe place to engage and collaborate face-to-face.”

Open Mainframe Summit is open to students, developers, users, and contributors of projects from around the globe looking to learn, network and collaborate. It will feature content tracks that tackle both business and technical strategies for enterprise development and deployment.

The Call for Proposals is now open and will be accepting submissions until Friday, June 10, 2022. Interested speakers can submit proposals in 10 tracks with options for lightning talks, 30-minute sessions, and panel discussions.

A program committee, which includes maintainers, active community members, and project leaders, will review and rate the proposals once all the submissions are in. This year, Open Mainframe Project welcomes Alan Clark (News - Alert), CTO Office and Director for Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards, and Open Source at SUSE, Donna Hudi, Chief Marketing Officer at Phoenix Software, Elizabeth K. Joseph, Developer Advocate at IBM (News - Alert) and Michael Bauer, Staff Product Owner at Broadcom, Inc.

Tracks include AI & Machine Learning, Building the Next Workforce, Cloud Native on the Mainframe + Hybrid Cloud, Diversity + Inclusion and Education + Training, Linux on Z, Open Source Security on Mainframe, z/OS.

Proposals can be submitted here. To register for the event, click here.

For more about Open Mainframe Project, visit https://www.openmainframeproject.org/.


Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Maurice Nagle