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 Market Update Dinners - February 2019 (Exact Date: TBD)

Dinners are held twice a year as a networking opportunity for OIDA members and to provide an easy access to the latest OIDA Market updates.  Previous presentations included an overview of the market, expectations for the following year, a perspective on the hot market opportunities, and an overview of the opportunity for third generation coherent technology.

OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics at OFC - Sunday, 3 March 2019

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

OIDA Executive Forum at OFC - Monday, 4 March 2019 

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.

OFC Market Watch - 5 - 7  March 2019

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.

OFC Open Platform Summit - March 2019 (Exact date: TBD)

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.

OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch: Connecting Industry Executives with Recent Graduates and Students - March 2019 (Exact Date: TBD)

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 to four times a year in conjuction with OFC, CLEO, Laser Munich and FiO. 

OIDA Executive Forum on Sensing - Summer 2019 (Exact Date: TBD)

The 1st ever OIDA Executive Forum on “The Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing” was held in conjunction with CLEO on 14 May 2018 at the Hilton San Jose, Almaden Ballroom in San Jose, California, USA. 

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

CLEO Industry Focus - 7 - 8 May 2019

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

CLEO Technology Transfer Showcase - 9 May, 2019

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

OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR - Fall 2019

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 Executive Forum at the 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.  For more information on the OSA Laser Congress, please visit the website

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

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 Market Update Dinner

February 2019 (Exact Date: TBD)
San Francisco, CA 

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

Sponsored by:  

5 March 2019 from 12:00 - 13:30
2019 OFC, San Diego, CA, USA 

Past Events:

OIDA Market Update Dinners

25 September 2018 
Rome, Italy 

30 January 2018 
San Francisco, CA, USA 


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

Sponsored by:  

19 September 2018 from 12:00 - 13:30
2018 FiO, Washington, DC, USA 

15 May 2018 from 12:00 - 13:30
2018 CLEO, San Jose, CA, USA 

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

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