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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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OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Why Would I Need an Optical Frequency Comb?

On Demand

26 January 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Within two decades, the optical frequency comb has revolutionized numerous fields in physics: Precision spectroscopy, time and length-metrology, molecular fingerprinting, and ultra-low phase noise microwaves mark just a few application examples. Being the only device with the ability to directly link the optical with the radio frequency domain, the frequency comb has become an irreplaceable tool, and not only for quantum optics laboratories.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Coherent Optical Test, Leveraging Switches to Reduce the Cost of Test

On Demand

20 January 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The next VIAVI webinar in our ongoing coherent optical module test series will focus on the transition into manufacturing. Today, end customer pricing expectations are more aggressive than ever. Long-term pricing is expected from day one. But finding a window during the product lifecycle to refine test processes is less and less practical after launch. This simple fact means test engineers must be thinking about manufacturing challenges from the very early stages of NPI.


OIDA Technology Showcase

On Demand

1 December 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:40 PM

A Unique Product Presentation, Discussion and Networking Event


Immersive Optical Engineering Systems

On Demand

18 November 2020, 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for two exciting courses in one live training from industry leaders! The first course will feature Robert Norwood: "From Optics & Photonics Innovation to the Marketplace." This course covers the process of technology development in the photonics industry from the perspectives of both formal processes and case studies. Key aspects of the commercialization process, including intellectual property, new product development processes, technical marketing and team building, are treated in an interactive program informed by the instructor’s 15 years of industry experience in both large corporate research and development organizations and entrepreneurial startups. This course will emphasize the optical engineer’s role in a product development environment. The course will run from 12:00 to 15:00. The second course will be "Optical Systems Engineering" taught by Keith Kasunic. Optical Systems Engineering emphasizes first-order, system-level estimates of optical performance. Building on the basic principles of optical design, this course uses various examples to illustrate the systems-engineering processes of requirements analysis, feasibility and trade studies, requirements flowdown and allocation, error budgets, and component specifications. Topics covered will include an introduction to systems engineering, geometrical optics, image quality, radiometry, detectors and FPAs, optomechanics, and the integration of these topics for developing a complete optical system. This course will run from 16:00 to 18:30.


Free Space Optical Wireless Communications: Fundamentals and Potential Applications with a vision for 5G and Beyond

On Demand

12 November 2020, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This course will provide fundamentals of Optical Wireless Communications with special emphasis on technologies and techniques including systems design and performance analysis in achieving high bandwidth, much higher than that exists today by RF communications. The course will address the OWC systems basic block diagrams discussing the systems components and subsystems design issues in order to address a number of challenges such as atmospheric turbulence, mobility and security Various options relevant to future optical wireless communication terminals incorporating indoor, terrestrial, aerial and space and underwater OWC will also be discussed briefly. The course will also cover Optical wireless communication with recent Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology, offering alternative solution to replace Wi-Fi with Li-Fi (light fidelity). The course will explain technology for incorporating with the emerging 5G, the new frontier of mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and other future applications. The course will finally address future mobile and wireless technologies to even extend the vision of 5G to more ambitious future application scenarios.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: The Physics and Techniques of Laser Stabilization

On Demand

27 October 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A rigid Fabry-Perot etalon is the core of an ultrastable laser system. In the second part of our webinar miniseries on high precision metrology we will review in detail the physical characteristics of such an optical reference cavity:


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Advanced DSP and Coding for Next Generation Coherent Optical Systems

On Demand

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

Next generation coherent optical systems are expected to deliver high data rates to meet the increase of traffic demands driven by the emergence of high bandwidth applications, such as Internet of Things, 4K video streaming, and online gaming. Different technologies have been proposed and investigated for next generation 400G, 800G, and 1.6T systems. In this webinar, we review the most promising techniques including, advanced modulation formats and coding, fiber nonlinearity mitigation, and space division multiplexing. All demonstrations will be performed in VPIphotonics Design Suite.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Practical Guide to Frequency Metrology and Laser Stabilization

On Demand

20 October 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

In the first part of our webinar miniseries on high precision metrology we give a brief introduction to the language of frequency metrology:


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Optical Domain Testing of Coherent Optical Modules

On Demand

19 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the recent release of the OIF 400ZR standard, test engineers are now focused on updating test strategies across all phases of their product development process including design validation, compliance and manufacturing. Tightening performance standards present increased challenges to test system design while at the same time, cost expectations are become more and more challenging. Test engineers are clearly on the front line. This webinar will explore key test design and implementation challenges that will need to be overcome.


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 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.

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