The OSA’s inaugural congress on Classical Optics brings together three disciplines that are integral parts of the challenging design of optical systems. First is the design of imaging and nonimaging systems through the International Optical Design Conference. Second is the inclusion of computational methods of imaging and sensing techniques into the optical design methods. Third is the fabrication and testing of these systems to ensure they meet performance demands. Respective attendees will have the opportunity to engage each other in joint sessions, networking events, and informally throughout the event. Though these three meetings are distinct parts of the optical design and performance of systems and applications, there is an expanding amount of interplay between all of them. Optical engineers and scientists have to increasingly understand parts of each aspect in order to develop state of the art optical systems. We will be meeting on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the astronomy community shows optical systems that take advantage of the integration of these three fields. Do not miss this opportunity to network with colleagues in related fields – the experts from each of the communities will be presenting their most recent research.