Supporting the wide range of emerging systems and applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G mobile systems, Big Data, edge analytics, and embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI), requires a new computing and networking paradigm – fog computing. Rather than confining computing to a few massive Clouds, Fog distributes computing, storage, control, and networking services closer to the end users along the Cloud-to-Thing continuum where the services can best meet user requirements. The immersive fog can address many challenges that Cloud alone cannot effectively address, such as enabling real-time edge data analytics, supporting time-critical local control, connecting and protecting the vast number and many types of resource-constrained devices, and overcoming network bandwidth and availability constraints. Over time, cloud and fog will converge into unified end-to-end platforms offering integrated services that combine resources in the clouds, the fogs, and the things.

The new fog paradigm calls for fundamental rethinking of computing and networking architectures, and can disrupt existing business models and reshape industry landscapes. We are witnessing rapidly growing market demands for Fog technologies. The industry is devoting tremendous efforts to develop solutions to address the present needs while collaborating to develop open architectures. The academia is tackling profound research challenges to unlock the full potential of fog.

These developments are calling for a new and innovative platform that will allow the industry and the academia to come together to discuss challenges and opportunities, formulate strategies and organize collaborative efforts to address the challenges, and to share and showcase research results and industry developments. To serve this goal, the OpenFog Consortium and the IEEE have joined forces to launch the Fog World Congress (FWC).

The FWC will provide a seamlessly integrated forum for the industry and academia to work together. It will provide a spectrum of fog tutorial sessions to clarify misconceptions and bring the communities up to speed on the latest research, technical developments and industry implementations of fog. Research sessions will provide a platform for researchers to present their peer-reviewed papers describing research results. Technical sessions, combining invited experts from both the industry and academia, will cover technical challenges, potential disruptions, and opportunities. Business sessions, with invited speakers from both the industry and academia, will discuss and debate business drivers, potential disruptions, and opportunities. Interactive sessions will provide an unprecedented platform where expert will guide interactive roundtable discussions, run a fog hackathon, and organize workshops to attack specific technical and business issues in selected industrial verticals. There will be sessions designed to debate controversial topics such as why and where fog will be necessary, what will happen in a future world without fog, how could fog disrupt the industry. Different types of sessions will be linked to each other closely.