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Schools & Accelerators

The OSA Foundation hosts a series of unique schools designed for training, skill building and networking with OSA’s world-wide network of renowned corporate leaders, researchers, engineers and thought leaders. Our mission is inspiring, preparing and empowering the next generation of leaders in the optics and photonics field.

Available Schools & Accelerators:

About Our Schools: 

Career Accelerator For Optical Communications: This Career Accelerator is a high impact program centered on careers in optical communications. The program focuses on core skills needed to succeed including leadership, team building, business strategy, finance, marketing communication and negotiation skills. Sessions are led by experts representing key companies in the field. These speakers practice what they teach every day.

The Innovation School: The five-day program aims to foster entrepreneurial thinking among early-career professionals with interactive ideation and customer validation exercises. Attendees will also hear informative presentations from serial entrepreneurs in the optics and photonics market.

Siegman International School on Lasers: The Siegman International School is a week-long program that exposes students to in-depth learning of lasers and their applications from internationally recognized academic and industry leaders in the field. The scope includes all aspects of lasers and photonics. 

Subsea Optical Fiber Communications International School: Ninety nine percent of all international data traffic travels through the 1.2 million km of subsea optical fiber in use in subsea cables today. That data traffic is set to double in the next three years. During this program, speakers from Google, Facebook, Subcom, Alcatel Submarine Networks, NEC and more will work with attendees to help them understand and prepare to work on solutions for the challenges ahead.


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