Events & Programs

Industry Events & Programs

Through OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates) events and programs, industry leaders gain access to quality information, an unparalleled professional network, and countless opportunities for collaboration. OIDA’s events and programs facilitate the growth and development of new ideas and business opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Events are continually being added. Check back for updates.

OIDA Forum on Optics in Autonomy

27 - 27 Jun 2019
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California, USA

The Innovation School

21 - 25 Jul 2019
OSA Global Headquarters
Washington, District Of Columbia, USA
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Industry Programs


OIDA Executive Forum at CLEO - NEW!
The 1st ever OIDA Executive Forum on “The Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing” is being held in conjunction with CLEO on 14 May 2018 at the Hilton San Jose, Almaden Ballroom in San Jose, California, USA.  Register by April 30 and Save! 

Optical sensors are critical to market segments such as mobility and automation, Big Data and AI. This OIDA Executive Forum will match applications leaders needing new solutions with early‐stage technologies in a range of sectors, spanning consumer to industrial markets. While the ultimate activity is “matchmaking” the emphasis will be on the end‐product vendors’ needs and investor perspectives.
Attend and learn about manufacturing issues related to these product areas and find solutions to tomorrow's sensing challenges. Some key questions for discussion will be:

OIDA Executive Forum at OFC - This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their business.

OIDA Executive Forum at OSA Laser Congress - This bi-annual event at the OSA Laser Congress focuses on the business aspects of the laser market, spanning finance to new product development and complements the more technical nature of the collocated conferences on Applied Solid-State Lasers and Laser Applications Conference. The pilot event, held 3 November 2016 in Boston, MA, USA, examined high power lasers (kilowatts or greater) and their applications. The next OIDA Executive Forum at the OSA Laser Congress will be held in 2018.  For more information on the OSA Laser Congress, please visit the website

OIDA Workshop at OFC - This annual event is held in conjunction with OFC.  In, 2018, the workshop will target companies and innovators considering or already investing in integrated photonics to meet their future product requirements, and who need to understand key manufacturing challenges and how they can be addressed.

OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR - This annual event gives U.S. companies with less than 500 employees an opportunity to meet one-on-one with program officers from multiple U.S. federal agencies, all in one place, in one day - minimizing their time investment and increasing their chances for new government funding.  It gives companies an insider perspective on what agencies are looking to fund; as well as provide them with up-to-date information on each agency's SBIR/STTR funding process, and how they can enhance their probability of success.  

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students - This program brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students.  It takes place three times a year in conjustion with OFC, CLEO and FiO. 

OIDA Webinar Series - Participate in a series of webinars focusing on valuable business topics for the corporate community.

OFC Network Operators Summit - A must-attend event at OFC for CTOs, network designers, and technologists in the carriers and service provider sector. This program features panel discussions, a keynote presentation, exhibit time and networking time.

OFC Market Watch - A complementary program to the Service Provider Summit at OFC, the series of panel sessions features esteemed speakers from leading companies and the investment community.

CLEO Industry Focus - CLEO sessions covering business and commercialized applications including industrial lasers, defense, biophotonics, and energy.

CLEO Technology Transfer Showcase - This timely session features universities and government labs presenting their latest license-ready optics and photonics technologies that could lead to new commercial products.

Advocacy - OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) is a strong voice for the optoelectronics industry and regularly leads efforts with policy makers to raise awareness of the community’s contributions and key areas of concern. The group also facilitates relationship-building between its members and US government funding agencies.

OIDA Enabled by Optics - OSA's Enabled by Optics Contest seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of optics and photonics technologies in furthering innovation and positively impacting society.

OIDA Executive Speaker Series - This informal interview program provides an opportunity for leading executives and entrepreneurs in our industry to talk about their career path, company experiences, and personal perspectives.

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Other OIDA Industry Programming:

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch Connecting Executives with Students and Early Career Professionals

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13 March 2018 from 12:00 - 13:30
2018 OFC, San Diego, CA, USA 

Past Events:

OIDA Market Update Dinner
30 January 2018 
San Francisco, CA, USA 

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch Connecting Executives with Students and Early Career Professionals

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20 September 2017 from 12:00 - 13:30
2017 FiO, Washington, DC, USA 

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch Connecting Executives with Students and Early Career Professionals

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28 June 2017 from 12:30 - 14:00
2017 Laser Munich, Munich, Germany

CLEO Market Focus Session: How the Changing Political Landscape Will Impact Your Company
17 May 2017 from 10:30 - 12:00
2017 CLEO, San Jose, CA, USA

CLEO Market Focus Session: Update on Optics and Photonics Markets and Opportunities
16 May 2017 from 15:30 - 16:15
2017 CLEO, San Jose, CA, USA

BioMed: Life Sciences Industry Program
4 April 2017
BioMed: Life Sciences Congress, San Diego, CA, USA

Global Cooperation, Innovation & Development
Sino-American Optical Technologies Workshop & Press Release of Strategy Cooperation among CIOE, PSC and OSA
7 September 2016
@China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE), Shenzen, China

Biomed Industry Program
Panel: An Introduction to the Regulatory Process
Bright Ideas Pitch Panel
Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Commercialization
27 April 2016
@ Biomedical Optics Congress, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

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