In a world where GitHub use is ubiquitous, it is no longer sufficient for a software foundation to offer just a software repo, mailing list, and website. An enhanced set of services is required as it facilitates increased adoption. The list below represents each of the services that the LF AI & Data Foundation provides to any project. Host your project with us because of the following:


  • A neutral home for your project increases the willingness of developers from other enterprise software companies, start-ups and independent developers to collaborate, contribute, and become committers
  • Endorsement by members of the LF AI & Data’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is an independent signal of the quality of your project
  • Existing committers still control your project, and we just ask that you document a neutral governance process

Program Management

  • Leverage the expertise of our parent organization, The Linux Foundation, which hosts other successful projects and several umbrella foundations including CNCF, Hyperledger, and Edge
  • Access to full-time LF AI & Data staff who are eager to assist your project in myriad ways and help make it successful

Event Management

  • Events are a part of LF AI & Data’s core strategy. We help your project build a community with face-to-face interaction and knowledge sharing
  • LF AI & Data hosts several LF AI & Data Days per year in different geographies that encourage project involvement. LF AI & Data Days are a series of regional, one-day events hosted and organized by local LF AI & Data ecosystem members — including industry, service providers, academia, and start-ups. LF AI & Data also hosts the LF AI & Data Summit co-located with the Linux Foundation Open Source Summit (NA, EU, Asia), a 3-day event, focused on open source AI, ML, DL, and Data.
  • Travel funding available through the Linux Foundation for your non-corporate-backed developers and to increase  attendance of women and other underrepresented minorities:
  • LF AI & Data assists with sponsorship leads, media introductions, co-location opportunities and marketing of events
  • LF AI & Data provides a booth at major LF events that our hosted projects use for demo purposes and to connect with their users. We also host “Meet the Maintainers” sessions at LF AI & Data booth, promote projects and help connect users and developers

Marketing Services and Programs

LF AI & Data provides a full portfolio of marketing services to support community and ecosystem engagement. This includes:

  • Content ranging from the LF AI & Data blog, white papers, posters, presentations, and more
  • Oversee blog editorial calendars and writing, editing, and/or identifying and funding freelancers to develop content
  • Help develop the project website and other required creative work

Marketing Communications

  • Generate positive media and analyst coverage to create greater awareness of project milestones, community growth, and developer engagement
  • Promote project news and milestones through other channels: journalists, analysts, and news releases/blogs
  • Develop thought leadership reports, surveys, success stories, and case studies
  • Manage social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn)

Legal Services

  • CLA system that integrates with GitHub 
  • DCO system that integrates with GitHub
  • Access to LF AI & Data and LF staff should any legal questions arise
  • Hosting the trademarks of the projects

China Presence

We have a professional staff located in China that can help your project present at local meetups and events. We also host the LF AI & Data Day in China annually and offer a booth at major AI events as recommended by our members in that geography