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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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 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.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Benefit from Continuously Variable Filters in Fluorescence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy and Spectroscopy?

On Demand

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

In the past ten years Continuously Variable Filters have become sufficiently performant for challenging applications in fluorescence detection and spectroscopy. CVF offer an excellent alternative to filter wheels or gratings when full wavelength tunability is a requirement in any instrument. You will learn what Continuously Variable Filters are, what their features and benefits are, and how you can use them to make your instrument fully tunable and flexible.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Testing MTP/MPO Assemblies: Setups, Troubleshooting, and What to Expect

On Demand

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

MTP®/MPO cable assemblies are prevalent in fiber networks and their quantities are growing as parallel communication increases.  These assemblies introduce unique testing challenges, whether it is a standard 12f MPO to 12f MPO assembly or one of the various different fanouts and fiber count configurations.  In this presentation, learn more about equipment identification and setup, as well as proper testing during production. We also explore common pitfalls and ways to identify errors and inaccuracies during the testing process. US Conec will review terminated MPO connector standards required for test leads including polarity methodologies and how configurable connector types can be used to make the test setups more versatile.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Migrating a PIC Simulation to a System Design: Silicon-Photonic Modulator in a PAM-4 Link

On Demand

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

Modeling and simulation at both the circuit- and system-levels are critical in the design process for optical communication, quantum key distribution and sensing applications. Seamless migration between these two levels of abstraction will be demonstrated in VPIphotonics Design Suite. This webinar will focus on an optical communication application example by modeling a silicon-photonic modulator at the circuit-level and implementing it for simulation at the system-level in a PAM-4 link.

Passive Optical Network for 5G Fronthaul

On Demand

2 June 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will first introduce the passive optical network (PON) technologies and the latest standards effort. It will focus on the PON applications as 5G fronthaul transport network. Bandwidth and latency are analyzed as the two key requirements of 5G fronthaul. Various mappings between 5G network CU/DU/RU to PON are discussed to meet the requirements. Recent industry test and trial results will be reported.

OIDA Webinar Series: Opportunities to Enhance Liquidity

On Demand

28 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Short-term challenges in accessing liquidity are a result of some businesses having their supply chains fundamentally disrupted, being unable to operate and, in many cases, having little to no visibility on their outlook. Lenders have correspondingly shifted from being willing to lend subject to higher pricing and somewhat tighter covenants, to being much more focused on what the corporate earnings picture is over the short-term, medium-term and long-term. This webinar will discuss some strategies on how to maximize debt capacity and operational flexibility under current financing arrangements and provide critical market intelligence as to the best practices possible in strategically dealing with COVID-19 effects and what liquidity-enhancing solutions are available in the market.

Free OIDA Webinar Series: Customer and Supplier Contracts in Crisis Managing Contracts and Risks - a Legal Perspective of Best Practices and Case Studies

21 May 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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OIDA Sponsored Webinar: 3D and Snapshot Hyperspectral Cameras Based on Continuously Variable Filters

On Demand

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

With the availability of new spectral filtering technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging is on its way to becoming broadly available for industrial and commercial volume applications after only being affordable for space and defence industries. Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters are an innovative alternative with unique benefits to prisms, gratings and wafer-level coated filters. You will learn how to make use of Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters to design powerful 3D and snapshot Hyperspectral Imaging cameras.

U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank

On Demand

19 May 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank

FREE OIDA Webinar Series: Insights from the Investment Community: Post Covid-19 Outlooks

On Demand

7 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

OIDA Webinar Series

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