Charles Eckel

Charles Eckel is a developer evangelist 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 (, which focuses on Cisco’s major open source contributions, use, and community engagements. He introduced open source hackathons into IETF ( and MEF (, revolutionizing the way these SDOs operate and uniting open source software with standards to maximize the pace and relevance of both.

Charles also 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.