ZTE Corporation, a premier global provider of ICT solutions, recently announced that Meng Wei, the company's Director of Standards and Open Source Strategy, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation Artificial Intelligence and Data (LF AI & Data).
The Linux Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium established in 2000, aims to standardize Linux, support its growth, and promote its commercial adoption. LF AI & Data is one of its divisions, founded in 2018 to drive open-source innovation in the AI and data sectors by enabling collaboration among its 55 global cross-industry members.
The election of the new chairman, held from May 4th to 24th, saw Meng Wei secure more than half the votes, signifying broad recognition of ZTE's influence in the global open-source community.
On his election, Meng Wei says, "As a practitioner who has been committed to the development of open source technology for a long time, I am well aware of the great contributions the Linux Foundation has made in promoting the development of open source technology and promoting cooperation in the open source community. I am honored to be a member of the LF AI & Data. As the Chairman of the Governing Board of the LF AI & Data, I will do my best to continue to promote this work and lead LF AI & Data to better serve the open source community."
ZTE's commitment to open source is illustrated in their involvement with various open source foundations and activities, notably as a founding member of the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Foundation, predecessor to LF AI & Data. ZTE’s contribution to the AI & Data Foundation has been significant, including the incubation of Project Adlik, a leading-edge tool for AI inference, in 2019.
As the new Chairman of LF AI & Data, Meng Wei's leadership will continue to embody ZTE's open source culture of "embracing open source, compliant use, active contribution, and giving back to the community". Moving forward, ZTE remains committed to supporting the Linux Foundation, actively giving back to the community, integrating into the open-source ecosystem, and enhancing connection and mutual trust within the industry.