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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.

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Upcoming Events

Past Industry Programs


Webinar: Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Q & A

25 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

On November 5, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), for an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). The institute will be funded with approximately $110 million by the Department of Defense and must be matched 1:1 by the private sector. The manufacturing institute will be led by a non-profit and consist of large, medium, and small companies, as well as, universities and other educational institutions. In addition to bridging the gap between research and product development, the IP-IMIs will have a workforce and education component.

OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics

5 November 2014, 3:02 PM - 3:02 PM

This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration in optical communications. It aims to address several questions: How does photonic integration address the emerging business needs of optical communications? What is the experience of deployment? What are the novel integration concepts and what are the key challenges in productization? Which forms of integration match specific applications within communications? What are some of the new and noteworthy products being commercialized today? The workshop will examine the commercialization of components and subsystems and their applications, as opposed to purely research achievements in photonic integration. The workshop will discuss applications across telecom and data center networks.

21st OIDA Annual Forum

4 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA's Annual Forum brings key stakeholders together in Washington, D.C. to maximize discussion between industry, government, and academic decision-makers.

Webinar: The Freedom of Freeforms: Current Optics Manufacturing Methods Allow for Freeform Optical Designs

16 October 2014, 3:55 PM - 3:55 PM

Freeform optical shapes or optical surfaces that are designed with non-symmetric features are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. A common question about freeform optics is, “If I design it, can you really make it?” This webinar outlines current optical fabrication capabilities and associated optical tolerance guidelines for freeforms.

Webinar: Polarization Related Emulation and Testing in Coherent Optical Communication Systems

27 August 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As optical communication systems become increasingly complex with high level modulations and broader bandwidth, understanding of the properties of the system impairments and their effective compensation is essential to maintaining reliable system performance. Polarization related impairments such as Polarization variation, polarization dependent loss, and polarization mode dispersion particularly challenging due to their dynamic nature. The focus of this webinar is to introduce methods of monitoring and emulation of polarization related impairments as essential tools for analysis and mitigation of these dynamic system impairments.

Webinar: Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and Solicitation Process Overview

24 June 2014, 3:21 PM - 3:21 PM

An overview of the Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and solicitation process.

Webinar: National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Background Information & Information on DOD RFI

17 June 2014, 1:15 PM - 1:16 PM

On June 2, 2014, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a Request for Information (RFI), the first step in the process of creating a new public-private Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) as part of the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In the RFI, the DoD lists six potential technological areas under consideration, which includes photonics. Only two will be selected which is why it is critical for our community to weigh in. The RFI can be found here.

OIDA 100GbE per Lambda for Data Center Workshop

12 June 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA and Ethernet Alliance are partnering to host a workshop on 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) per lambda interconnects targeting data center networks.

Webinar: Carrier SDN for Multi-layer Control: Savings and Services

7 May 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Network operators today face significant operational challenges when it comes to provisioning services that span multiple networking layers. Network operations in traditional carrier environments are complex and involve both multiple vendor-specific management systems and operational support systems and processes that span multiple organizational boundaries. SDN with its concept of network programmability has the promise to speed provisioning in such environments. With the plethora of legacy systems and protocols in traditional carrier networks, however, a pragmatic SDN controller approach that is modular and encourages a multi-vendor controller environment is very appealing in comparison to monolithic controllers. This webinar will present a proof of concept SDN framework that was developed using IETF’s Application Based Network Operations (ABNO) approach to support the orchestration and provisioning of services across a multi-vendor, multi-layer IP/MPLS and optical transport network. It will cover concepts relating to multi-layer SDN, including automating network and service provisioning, orchestration of multi-layer operations, ensuring a modular SDN control layer architecture, and associated enabling technologies, such as OpenFlow, NETCONF, REST, PCE, BGP-LS, and GMPLS.

2014 OSA Executive Forum

10 March 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OSA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 150 senior-level executives as they convene to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OSA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

OIDA Software Defined Photonic and Data Center Networks Workshop

9 March 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Key questions to be addressed: • Can standard interfaces be described for photonic devices? • Should SDN control reach down to the photonics? • What PIC functions should be standardized to enable SDN? • What emerging standards in photonics can enable SDN?

OIDA Program on Industrial Lasers

28 October 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The session starts with a networking reception – drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served – followed by a market overview focusing on Industrial Lasers presented by David A. Belforte.

2013 Executive Forum

18 March 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

More than 150 senior-level executives convene for the annual Executive Forum to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

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