Annual Forum Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 Welcoming Remarks
8:40 - 10:15 Session 1: Overview of the Optics and Photonics Market in 2014 and Beyond
10:15 - 10:35 Coffee Break
10:35 - 12:00 Session 2: U.S. Government Policy and Funding Overlook
  • Josh Conway, DARPA
  • Mike Haney, DOE
  • Ravindra Athale, Office of Naval Research
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00 Financial Perspective
14:00 - 15:30 Session 3: Regional Markets and Technology Roadmaps
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Session 4: New and Interesting Trends
´╗┐´╗┐17:30 - 19:30 Networking Reception

Annual Forum Sessions´╗┐

Session 1: Overview of the Optics and Photonics Market in 2014 and Beyond
Receive an overview of the industry, with a special focus on the optical communications market.  Speakers will summarize OIDA's recent market and roadmapping studies, reports, advocacy efforts, and an update on the National Photonics Initiative and advocacy efforts and provide guidance on how to best use this information in your own business planning.

Speakers and abstracts:

Review and Outlook for the U.S. and Global Photonics Market
Tom Hausken, Senior Science Advisor, OSA/OIDA
Dr. Hausken will review the market for photonics products, from both global and U.S. perspectives.  The talk will give a top-level review of key segments and the overall market, as well as provide a perspective on the mid-term prospects for the industry.

The 2014 Optical Communication Market
Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, LightCounting
Abstract available soon.

Session 2: Government Policy and Funding Outlook
U.S. government officials present views on the upcoming programs in photonics, with an update on the current funding climate in Washington.

Speakers and abstracts:

A Brief History of DARPA Photonics and Future Opportunities
Josh Conway, DARPA
Abstract not available.


Financial Perspective

This session features two perspectives on private funding of photonics from the financial sector, focusing on optical communications and on financing of “disruptive technology” companies.

Speakers and abstracts:

Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, The Juda Group
Abstract available soon.

Investment Banking Perspective:  Financing Disruptive Technology Companies
Cameron Gray, Managing Director, Investment Banking, BMD Capital Partners
The flow of investment capital to disruptive technology companies is a contentious subject, often invoking terms like “broken”, “flawed”, or “dysfunctional”.  Yet sophisticated investors all want to be involved in the next Apple, Qualcomm, or Tesla.  In this presentation, the investment banking perspective of MDB Capital will be described.  In short, MDB Capital believes and has demonstrated that IPO exits can be viable, attractive paths for suitable disruptive technology companies.  The presentation will detail how MDB Capital screens deals, how MDB Capital thinks about enhancing the probability that disruptive technology companies become strong public companies, and what the client experience is.  Our track record launching public companies strongly suggests that disruptive technology companies should consider an IPO exit as a viable financing alternative early in their lifecycles.


Session 3: Regional Markets and Technology Roadmaps
In contrast to the earlier session featuring U.S. government funding, a panel of representatives from large national photonics markets discuss their national industries, and the new priorities and programs in those regions.


Session 4: New and Interesting Trends
This session highlights opportunities in new and interesting applications in photonics.

Speakers and abstracts:

Semiconductor Laser: The Growth Engine for the Success of Industrial Lasers  
Georg Treusch, Managing Director, TRUMPF Photonics, Inc.
A short review of high power semiconductor laser developments and markets. Their evolution to the main pump source for industrial solid state lasers and to an actual contender in this market. Building blocks for a successful business for high power semiconductor lasers.