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Industry Events & Programs

Join your business colleagues at OIDA events and access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business. We offer a variety of events, both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in OIDA events to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

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Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

Disclaimer: Responsibility for the content of a webinar and any related materials rests upon the presenters, not The Optical Society. It should not be assumed their views are endorsed by or represent the position of the society.​

Upcoming Events

Past Industry Programs


OIDA Roadmap Roundtable—Quantum Photonics Requirements at Photonics Days Berlin Brandenburg 2020

On Demand

7 October 2020, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This is one of a series of online discussions of the requirements on optical components for applications of quantum technology. This roundtable will consider a wide range of applications, while focusing on specific optical components such as lasers, detectors, and integrated photonics. The aim of the event is to assess and revise, if necessary, the requirements described in the document published this year, OIDA Quantum Photonics Roadmap—Every Photon Counts. The event will feature experts invited to offer their perspectives, and attendees will also encouraged to participate in the interactive discussion.

Visible Light Communications for 5G-and-beyond

On Demand

28 September 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Future wireless networks have to deal with a high degree of heterogeneity in terms of device classes, deployment environments, and mobility levels. Coexisting wireless technologies is an encouraging approach to revolutionize future networks. The radio-frequency (RF) based WiFi access points have been already considered to enable indoor traffic off-loading from LTE-cells. In addition to RF, optical wireless technologies such as visible light communications (VLC) open up a new opportunity. VLC is an emerging technology that uses, for example, the existing indoor lighting infrastructure to offer data transmission combined with high-quality illumination. The technology has the potential to add capacity and to be an attractive complementary to off-load data from existing RF networks. In this webinar, we focus on describing the potential of VLC, highlighting different research challenges, and articulating classical as well as machine learning-based approaches to deal with these challenges.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Insertion Loss and Return Loss Testing of Complex Cable Assemblies

On Demand

23 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this webinar, we explore simple test setups to accurately measure IL and RL for various non-standard and emerging cable assemblies including: hybrid patch cords, unibody duplex (SN and MDC), ruggedized connectors, shuffles, loopbacks, and expanded beam connectors. We will also look at the new 3M expanded beam EBO connector in detail and show features that make it optimal for connectivity and installation.

OIDA/OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn at FiO

15 September 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted by: OIDA & OSAF | Sponsored by: Go!Foton

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Paving the Way for InP Photonic Integrated Circuits from Concept to Tape-out

On Demand

9 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Streamlining the design process, shortening the development cycle, and reducing the transition to manufacturing remain some of the most demanding requirements for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designers. During this webinar, Infinera and VPIphotonics will present a design and fabrication workflow for InP PICs developed to address these needs. The workflow is based on the Infinera Process Design Kit (PDK), which includes devices optimized to ensure the best performance and yield within Infinera’s InP foundry. VPIphotonics and Infinera collaborated to develop compact models for these PDK building blocks to allow for rapid prototyping of application-specific PICs. Join our webinar to learn how to start your PIC design with a graphical circuit representation and system simulation in VPIphotonics’ software environment and smoothly proceed with physical layout implementation, verification, and fabrication by Infinera’s InP foundry.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Reducing the Cost of 200Gbps and 400Gbps Optics using Open Eye MSA Compliant Chipset Solutions

On Demand

2 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This webinar is targeted for suppliers of optical modules. The Open Eye MSA approach is a natural evolution relative to today’s high-volume optical nodes, enabling users to scale to next generation Baud rates. Presenters will overview chip-set and test solutions for implementation of modules based on Open Eye MSA specifications.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Reduce Cost, Power and Latency with Open Eye MSA based Optical Connectivity

On Demand

26 August 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This webinar is targeted for Data Center, Enterprise and Telecom network architects. Presenters will overview the benefits of the Open Eye MSA approach enabling low cost, low power and low latency optical modules for 200Gbps and 400Gbps connectivity deployments.

OIDA Technology Showcase

On Demand

18 August 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

A Unique Product Presentation, Discussion and Networking Event

Enabling Technologies for Optical Transport and Access Networks in the 5G Era

On Demand

4 August 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Optical networks are supporting a wide range of communication services including residential services, enterprise services, and mobile services. The 5th-generation (5G) wireless brings to optical networking new requirements such as high bandwidth, low latency, accurate synchronization, and the ability to perform network slicing and autonomous operation etc. All these requirements are being addressed by the so-called 5G-oriented optical networks. This OSA webinar aims to highlight the dramatic technological advances in optical transport and access networks over the last few years and provide new perspectives on what to expect in the 5G era.

OIDA Webinar Series: Working Together under the New Normal | Customer and Supplier Interactions

On Demand

29 July 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This webinar will talk through some of the ways in which we’re having to shift and adapt our customer and supplier interactions. Certainly, there are more phone calls and video-conferences. Are there ways in which we can innovatively drive these to our advantage? Are there companies who have begun a new method of virtual product demonstration? We will also discuss how to market to potential customers when we don’t have some of the standard options, like conferences and trade shows, available to us. As a corollary, how do we most effectively seek new suppliers? We look forward to questions and interactions from the attendees.

The Stage-Gate product development process

On Demand

23 July 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Developing successful technology products is so much easier with the right systems in place. The most important development system is a solid Product Development Process (PDP), which if done correctly, will improve both continuity and good communication in the development team while retaining the flexibility and innovation that are required for a competitive industry. We will review the widely used Stage-Gate Process, and provide a template that will enable you to implement it quickly at your company.

Investing in Patent Protection

On Demand

21 July 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Patent protection is an investment. In this webinar, learn how to maximize the value of that investment by identifying what to patent, how to patent it, and how to realize a return on the patents. We will also discuss managing patent costs and timing. And time-permitting, we will cover several examples of successful patent strategies in the optics industry, from Kodak v. Polaroid and beyond.

The Optics of the Electrification Transformation

On Demand

20 July 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The transformation of the utility industry to a distributed topology is rapidly accelerating the need for operational awareness. As the saying goes, “The great Mother, of all productions, grave necessity.” This necessity is driving new technologies for measurement, control and decentralization of electrification unseen in the last 100 years. Optical solutions pose to be the predominant player in the great race to distributed electrification.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Optical Frequency Combs and Their Role in Modern Laser Cooling and Trapping Systems

On Demand

16 July 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Quantum technologies are currently experiencing a surge in activity. This webinar will focus on laser cooling and trapping which has recently seen a shift from purely fundamental research toward a focus on increased application-driven effort such as quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum metrology. The scientific community faces a new set of challenges and it is essential for industry to continue to provide the tools necessary to enable and accelerate research and application development. Frequency combs are an essential component in optical clocks, but possess often overlooked properties which make them ideal in a broad range or cooling and trapping systems. In addition to being the ultimate laser reference, combs can provide a convenient backbone for entire laser systems, streamlining an optical lab. We will cover the relevant frequency comb properties, locking schemes, and integrated components which are moving lasers off the optical table and into convenient, clean packages without compromising performance. The technological frontier in computation, communication, and medicine is increasingly utilizing the power of quantum physics. Quantum processes are performed by interacting with microscopic systems such as atomic ions, neutral atoms, resonators, and photons to execute operations and store information. Atomic ions make an exceptional platform for many of the most important applications in quantum information. Trapped ion systems require excellent vacuum cells for keeping an ion trapped for long periods of time, and robust laser systems for writing and storing information. ColdQuanta has developed a compact ion trap package that is a fraction of the size of the state-of-the-art vacuum systems seen in laboratories around the world. We will review a compact ion trapping system that we have built in collaboration with TOPTICA and other partners, including Optosigma, Coherent, Duke University, and Sandia National Labs.

High capacity and intelligent optical transmission and networking for 5G/B5G

On Demand

13 July 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will introduce the recent progress and future trend of optical transmission and networking technologies to support the deployment of 5G and B5G. Advanced design of coherent optical transmission systems and AI-driven elastic optical networks will be discussed. Application of coherent technology for 5G fronthaul will also be described. 8+ years of research experience in coherent optical communications. 4+ year of industrial R&D experience in next generation optical transports.

The Innovation School

12 July 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

During this 5-day bootcamp, you will discover how to identify high potential ideas, validate them using key tactics of customer discovery and evidence, vet them through innovation experimentation and develop pitches on new solutions, products or ventures.

OIDA Webinar: Quantum Photonic Roadmap

On Demand

8 July 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

OIDA completed a technology roadmap of quantum photonics earlier this year, to identify what is needed to commercialize quantum photonics technology. The target applications span quantum sensing to quantum communications and quantum computing. While it is early to identify detailed specifications for the wide array of potential applications, the roadmap characterizes the relevant landscape and lists optics and photonics needs that appear common across many of the emerging commercial opportunities. This webinar will present highlights from the roadmap, and provide some context to understand it, including an update on government funding of quantum research and other roadmap efforts worldwide. The webinar is intended for optics and photonics companies as well as academic researchers who are interested in moving quantum photonics from the lab to commercial use. There will be time for questions from live webinar attendees. OIDA Quantum Photonics Roadmap: Every Photon Counts was released to non-members on 1 June 2020, and is available at

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How To Improve Your FSO With Adaptive Optics?

On Demand

6 July 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have projects in free space optics communications (FSO) and want to improve them? Have you ever used adaptive optics? This optic technology can bring lots of value to your project - attend this webinar with 4 expert speakers to learn more about the inputs and added values of adaptive optics for FSO.

OIDA Webinar Series: Facing the New Normal | Reopening Businesses

On Demand

30 June 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

This webinar is the first in our new series as we transition our COVID-19 event-oriented weekly webinars to the ongoing OIDA Business Track Webinar Series with less frequency. The current theme for this business track webinar is “Working Together under the New Normal” on managing for a rebound from Covid-19. This session will feature a focus on messages and best practices for SMEs (Small, Medium Enterprises). We will hear from three CEOs on how they have dealt with employee, customer and supply chain topics—and where this evolves to yield best customer service, team morale and forward product planning and execution. How do they plan to decide focus in the future—growth vs. hunker down? Do new opportunities arise from this to expand their business… where and how? Our panel members are all CEOs of SME firm, and have multi-national operations and customers to manage. Join us for exchanging ideas of how they have dealt with issues to date and expect to address the coming months of operations and communications with all their constituents—customers, employees, suppliers, and investors/bankers.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: New Opportunities With Low Loss Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuits

On Demand

29 June 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) are expected to disrupt the industry similar to what Integrated Circuits did in the electronics industry by shrinking size, weight and cost while increasing performance at the same time. Many optical functions can be integrated in a PIC ranging from a simple beam combiner to a fully integrated optical frequency comb. LIGENTEC's technology addresses today’s challenges of Integrated photonics with low propagation loss, ease of optical coupling and short development cycles. In this webinar we will give an introduction into Photonic Integrated Circuits and discuss different material platforms. We will present our novel SiN platform for PICs, it’s main functional building blocks and their performance, show effective ways for optical I/Os and a pathway to heterogeneous integration of active elements. Finally, we will discuss application examples in LiDAR, Sensing, Communications, Quantum Computing and RF-optical links in Metrology.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Faster Design Time to More Manufacturable Systems

On Demand

24 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Historically, optical design has taken the route of designing for best nominal performance first, followed by modifying the system to account for any imperfections in manufacturing to obtain the best possible yield. With OpticStudio’s recent release of High Yield Optimization, the two-step process is handled simultaneously during optimization. During this presentation, we’ll see how this functionality is used in a real application and compare the usage of High Yield Optimization to the traditional design process.

OIDA Forum on Optics in Autonomy and Sensing

24 June 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

This event aims to match leaders of mobility and autonomy applications with photonic/optical technologies executives. Technologies include advanced camera systems, LIDAR and other imaging subsystems, sensor fusion, and the mobile optical data transmission and networking systems that link the mobile subsystems together. The workshop will focus on segments within the field that have particular promise today, and manufacturing issues related to these products.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Taming a Mid-IR OPO – Realizing the Widest Tuning Range for High Resolution Spectroscopy

On Demand

23 June 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The 1.45 - 4um spectral region contains important spectroscopic signatures of many molecules. Semiconductors laser sources operate within this region, but they have very limited tuning ranges. Many such devices are required in order to have similar coverage. Optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) offer much wider tuning ranges than semiconductor lasers, and they have been commercially available for some time. However, wide wavelength coverage has been available only from pulsed OPOs, which necessarily have large linewidths that limit their utility for tunable laser molecular spectroscopy. CW OPOs have narrow linewidth that allows for high resolution spectroscopy. However, CW OPOs to date have suffered from mechanical stability and alignment issues, so that their tuning ranges are limited to approximately 700nm. Recently, TOPTICA Photonics engineered a CW OPO that solves these issues, and for the first time offers a CW OPO that can cover 1.45 – 4um without realignment. Motorized control of all tuning elements enables computer controlled, hands free tuning over this entire range. In this webinar, TOPTICA will discuss the design and capabilities of their OPO, and conduct a live spectroscopy demonstration.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Transform the Way You Bring Products to Market

On Demand

17 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Companies are under the gun to shorten development cycles, eliminate material waste, reduce costs and above all, bring high-performing products to market faster and at a lower cost. However, inefficient workflows can paralyze even the most talented engineers on your team. The limiting factor is not the talent of the team but the shortcomings of process, tools and mind-set. To gain a competitive edge, companies are transforming the way their engineering teams use technology to improve collaboration and bring about better business outcomes. In this webinar, speaker Bob Householder, optics veteran and Key Account Manager at Zemax, will share how innovative companies today are using technology to transform manufacturability from optical design, to mechanical design and build, to manufacturer, in one seamless workflow.

OIDA Market Update

On Demand

16 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global economy, but the effects on the optical communications sector are complicated. There is more residential demand for videoconferencing and movie streaming, and cloud services, but providers may lose significant revenue from small businesses. Spending on capital equipment tends to fare worse in recessions, yet the communications industry will likely do better than many. Lisa Huff will discuss how the current pandemic is likely to affect the revenue forecast for the optical communications industry, and address your questions. Lisa Huff is Senior Principal Analyst in optical components for the market research firm Omdia.

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