Industry

Industry Events

Grow your business network at an Optica industry event.

Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid 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 an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

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.

From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Michele Lacerenza

28 October 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear from Michele Lacerenza from pioNIRS.

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Sponsored Webinar: Digitizing Optical Product Manufacturing Traceability: The What, Why & AI

8 November 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Today’s optical communications products are more complex. They require higher orders of reliability. On top of that, your end customers are demanding more visibility into your ability to deliver on time. This requires that you now have requisite visibility from all of your own suppliers, across the globe. Overall, the market is demanding better supply chain visibility, with higher product quality and traceability.

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Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

9 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Principles for more effective technical leadership. As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things. In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.

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Mobile optical pluggables (MOPA) – solutions, technologies and standardization of optics for 5G

11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.

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From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Claudia Hössbacher

23 November 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear from Claudia Hössbacher from Polariton Technologies AG.

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Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?

On Demand

15 July 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

When considering a career in industry, many scientists face real challenges. We know that the private sector is a great place for engineers, but what about those of us with science training? Can we find a rewarding career path? Will we enjoy working in industry? In the last ten years I have interviewed dozens of scientists who have built successful careers in industry, seeking to learn what they enjoy about their careers and what strengths made them so successful. This webinar is a compilation of what I’ve learned from those interviews, as well as from my own private sector career, to answer that critical question posed in the title.


5G Summit

13 July 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The 5G Summit will examine the latest developments in 5G and the critical role of optical network technologies as key enabler. It provides a platform for industry leaders, innovators, researchers, and the government community to learn, network and exchange ideas.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: OptiInstrument Software for Testing, Characterization and Automation

On Demand

24 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The features of Optiwave’s Instruments Communication and Control software tool (OptiInstrument) will be introduced and demonstrated for different applications. OptiInstrument software satisfies the demands of users who are searching for a powerful yet easy tool to physically or remotely communicate with and controls variety of instruments. The newly added smart logic and conditioning control features allow users to better automate and control the testing & characterization of different instruments in the lab or at the manufacturing floors. Long term stability tests can be executed using OptiInstrument software.


Power over Fiber in support of 5G and IoT

On Demand

23 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will introduce the concept of Power over Fiber (PoF) and potential applications envisioned of that technology in support of 5G networks with optical fronthauling using different types of optical fibers from SMF to MCF with SDM capabilities. It will cover dedicated and shared scenarios showing different tests on ARoF transmission for different modulation formats compliant with 5G New Radio (NR) standard. All as part of works in H2020 BlueSPACE (https://bluespace-5gppp.squarespace.com/news) and TEFLON (http://teflon-cm.es/). Some proposals in the IoT environment will also be shown. It will be an open forum to discuss about the potential of PoF fostering the pending energy efficiency strategy in 5G networks and beyond.


2021 OIDA Executive Forum

2 June 2021, 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2021 OIDA Executive Forum


2021 OIDA Executive Forum

2 June 2021, 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2021 OIDA Executive Forum


Optical Networking an Enabler for 5G and Beyond

On Demand

26 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Digital technologies have been identified as key in addressing fundamental challenges associated with societal and economic objectives, such as improved quality of living for citizens, sustainable development and economic growth. In this context, 5G infrastructures will play a fundamental role in bringing these technologies to society transforming their every day’s life in the way services are provided, and businesses are run. However, this transformation requires new service capabilities that network operators need to support including: i) connectivity for a growing number of very diverse devices, ii) ubiquitous access with varying degrees of mobility in heterogeneous environments and, iii) mission critical services, supporting highly variable performance attributes in a cost and energy-efficient manner. These demanding and diverse requirements bring the need of a paradigm shift migrating from closed purposely developed infrastructures into open elastic ecosystems able to support a variety of very diverse services and end-users. These ecosystems will rely on flexible architectural models adopting convergence and integration of a variety of network and compute technologies, network softwarisation, hardware programmability and disaggregation of compute/storage and network resources. In this context, the webinar will focus on describing the relevant ecosystem and the key role that advanced optical networking solutions can play in the 5G era and beyond. Performance evaluation results as well as relevant demonstration activities will be also discussed.


Access network evolution: convergence, virtualization and intelligent control for 5G and beyond

On Demand

24 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This talk will present some recent innovations in access networks architectures, protocols and technology to enhance support for 5G and beyond. It will explore how virtualisation and open networking have changed the research scene and boosted investigation of Machine learning and AI for development of intelligent control planes. It will also show evolution paths towards seamless integration of central office, edge cloud and wireless access.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Ruth Mackey

On Demand

20 May 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear about Ruth Mackey's story about mBryonics.


Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Communications - Friend or Foe?

On Demand

20 May 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Webscale companies have fundamentally changed the optical networking market - will they do the same for satellite communications?


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Choose the Right Diffraction Grating for Pulse Compression

On Demand

19 May 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Diffraction gratings are critical components for most Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems. There are many different grating types (metal, all-dielectric, and hybrid metal-dielectric reflection gratings, as well as transmission gratings), and equally as many trade-offs relating to diffraction efficiency, spectral and angular bandwidth, polarization, laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT), and temporal dispersion, to name a few. Choosing the right grating for a given laser system can be very confusing. In this webinar we will describe how you can make the best grating selection for your laser requirements.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Monitor Laser System Performance With Power Measurement

On Demand

6 May 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Does your laser system always produce the exact same output? The laser itself, the optical components that guide your laser’s light to its delivery point and also the surrounding environment, all have an impact on the output and efficiency of your processes. To ensure consistent, repeatable results, it is important to track your system’s health at various checkpoints. Do you know how to measure it?


5G and Manufacturing: Implementation Guideline for your Smart Factory

On Demand

3 May 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Imagine a world where intelligence is added to all elements of manufacturing. Picture a manufacturing floor where every single “thing” is able to produce, receive and analyze data (hence making every “thing“ a “smart thing“). Now, imagine that all “smart things“ are connected such that they can exchange data with each other, analyze the data, and make and execute decisions. When we move beyond the “thing“ being simply smart, to a place where we are: 1. Utilizing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of data science and analytics to improve manufacturing processes 2. Building digital threads and digital twins for cradle to grave track and traceability, and 3. Establishing connected communications within a digital supply chain then we are moving toward the true meaning of the smart factory. One can imagine the ease of tracking defects, the opportunity for new digital platforms and business models, and, most importantly, the change to the way we manufacture. This presentation will provide a "starter kit" for those on their road to smart factory implementation. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, this starter kit will teach/remind you of the key elements to keep in mind as you begin any implementation.


Optical Communication Technologies in the 5G Era

On Demand

29 April 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Optical communication networks are supporting a wide range of valuable communication services including residential services, enterprise services, and mobile services. The 5th-generation (5G) wireless brings to optical networks new requirements such as high bandwidth, low latency, accurate synchronization and the ability to perform network slicing and autonomous operation etc. In parallel, fixed broadband services are demanding higher speed, lower latency, wider coverage and better user experience. All these demands are driving the transformation of optical networks to a new generation as witnessed by 50G-PON, 400G-ZR, 800G long haul, FDMA-P2MP, superchannel-capable high-degree OXC, and beyond-C-band WDM. This OSA webinar aims to highlight the exciting 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.


Optomechanical Systems Engineering

On Demand

28 April 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This course emphasizes a systems‐level overview of optomechanical engineering. Starting with the fundamentals of imaging, it reviews how optical system concepts flow down into optomechanical requirements on optical fabrication, alignment, structural design, mechanics of materials (metals, composites, and glasses), thermal management, and kinematic mirror mounts. The focus is on the fundamental principles underlying real‐world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the‐shelf (COTS) components used to solve them.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Bárbara Buades

On Demand

28 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear about Bárbara Buades' story about MeetOptics.


OIDA Technology Showcase

On Demand

27 April 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A Unique Product Presentation, Discussion and Networking Event


Tactical Technical Problem Resolution

On Demand

22 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

All companies have things go wrong in their technical projects, from small things like a 2-week schedule delay to a large-scale product recall. How a development team handles these issues can make a big difference in their customer relationships, and therefore on their future business. No customer expects you to be perfect, but they do expect to be able to trust you when things go wrong, and they expect you to handle the issue in a professional manner. The Eight Discipline (8D) problem resolution process was developed for this purpose. In this webinar we will review the process and how to use it in an effective manner.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Michael Förtsch

On Demand

16 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear about Michael Förtsch's story about Q.ant,


Introduction to Mid-Spatial Frequency (MSF) Errors for Optical Surfaces

On Demand

14 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors can be a source of small angle scatter or blur in an optical system. This webinar will provide an introduction to MSF errors. It will cover many questions optical designers often ask of optical fabricators, for example: What causes MSF errors on the surface of optics? How can I specify MSF errors so that my surfaces are smooth? How are you going to measure MSF errors?

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