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.

Sponsored Webinar: Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy: Why Would I Need a THz Spectrometer?

28 September 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Being a blank spot on the available energetic radiation map for many years, recent developments have propelled terahertz (THz) spectroscopy to a rapidly emerging field of research and application. Being a leading developer and global supplier of instrumentation for high-precision metrology, Menlo Systems continuously implements its latest developments in laser and stabilization technology into industry proven and turn-key THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) systems. In this webinar we discuss state-of-the-art, all-fiber coupled THz-TDS systems, from most versatile to compact and portable, and novel, high-speed spectroscopy and imaging solutions at world-leading performance of 6 THz bandwidth with dynamic range as high as 100dB! We present how Menlo Systems’ proprietary figure 9® laser mode locking technology delivers unbeaten reliability and superior results to various application fields, such as material characterization, biosensing, THz research, and non-destructive material testing.

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Laser Applications Conference

3 October 2021, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Focuses on materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products, and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.

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Trends of the European photonics in a more global supply chain

4 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The optics and photonics industry is global, with companies commonly headquartered in one continent, manufacturing in another, and selling to a customer in another. They also compete globally, even often buying or selling to their competitors. The conventional wisdom is that fair global competition is good in the long run for both specific companies and the industry overall. But while companies want to compete in foreign markets, they aren’t eager to invite competition to their markets. Moreover, a global industry also means that not only do products cross borders, but capital crosses borders too. International mergers and acquisitions can create exits for investors, but a loss of control, possibly a loss of jobs. How can companies protect vulnerable supply chains? How do government trade agencies balance these competing interests? Hear what our panelists have to say from different perspectives and join the discussion.

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Sponsored Webinar: A Simulation Environment for QKD Systems and Co-Existing Classical Channels

6 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recently VPIphotonics developed a new simulation tool, VPItoolkit™ QKD. When used together with VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems, a simulation environment for classical transmission systems, they represent a powerful R&D environment for the development of QKD systems based on weak-coherent prepare-and-measure protocols, including co-existence scenarios with classical channels. The design environment can serve as a test bed for the development and evaluation of various implementation options of QKD systems and sub-systems, such as pulse shaping, signal recovery and filtering, and others. The toolkit offers capabilities for modeling a wide range of component imperfections by inheriting the versatile numerical approach of VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems (part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™), including thermal noise, ADC quantization noise, RIN, phase noise, dark count rates, afterpulsing, dead time, etc. Also, exploiting the powerful model libraries coming with VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems, the toolkit allows the investigation of various deteriorate effects such as Raman scattering and crosstalk from classical channels in co-existence scenarios. The native sweep and scripting functionality offers a convenient way to optimize simulation parameters such as modulation amplitude, photons per pulse, filter bandwidth, BB84 basis probability, symbol rate, and others. In the webinar we discuss modules for both CV- and DV-QKD including transmitters and receivers, parameter estimation, and secret key rate calculation and show live demos of various application examples.

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Innovation in Optics: A Zemax Perspective

7 October 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Zemax CTO Sanjay Gangadhara as he reviews recent innovations in the optics and photonics industry and discusses how these innovations are being driven by key technologies such as diffractive optics and computational imaging. Dr. Gangadhara will also describe how simulation of these technologies enables rapid advancements in applications from data communications to LIDAR, medical imaging to mixed reality.

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Sponsored Webinar: The Harsh Realities of Testing Ruggedized Fiber Assemblies

12 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ruggedized fiber optic cable assemblies are gaining prevalence in the communication industry. They are used in a wide breadth of applications, from connecting high speed 5G communication hubs together to facilitating high speed communications on modern fighter aircraft. The plethora of variations among these assemblies and their basic physical structure present unique challenges in measuring them for insertion loss and return loss. This webinar will focus on different methods and test setups for qualifying optical connections of ruggedized and harsh environment assemblies while maintaining a high level of accuracy in the measurements. The webinar will review the different methods and the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

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Technology Showcase

13 October 2021, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? Join us online Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Thursday 14 October 2021 from 09:30 EST (UTC - 04:00) each day and get an in depth look as member companies present and explain their cutting-edge technologies.

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Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

13 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas. The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area.

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Beyond Academia: Connecting Industry with the Next Generation of Leaders

13 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating between academia and industry can be a distinctive journey. Join OIDA as we host a yearlong series devoted to connecting students and early career professionals with leaders in industry to help guide you through your unique career path.

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Sponsored Webinar: How to Improve the Signal Acquisition for Optical Measurements

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

The goal of optical measurements in fields such as spectroscopy or imaging is often to measure smaller and smaller effects or faster processes. All measurements share the same challenge: recover a signal covered in noise after the optical signal is converted into an electronic one.

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Sponsored Webinar: Accurate Laser Measurements: Why, When, and How

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

The most fundamental method for checking the performance of your laser is to measure its power or energy output as this output directly affects the laser’s ability to perform. Measurement is important from the time the laser is first manufactured, through system integration, and on to final use. So you’re measuring your laser beam. You get a reading. Do you care if your laser measurement is on target? The answer is most likely an emphatic yes!

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From 5G to 6G: Challenges and Opportunities

21 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In this presentation, I will highlight major research and innovation challenges for emerging 6G system. I will examine key performance parameters (KPIs), and likely applications which require such stringent KPIs. I will also introduce technology enablers which will underpin 6G systems.

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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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Career Accelerator for Optical Communications

12 January 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The program focuses on core skills needed to succeed including leadership, team building, business strategy, finance, marketing communication and negotiation skills. Sessions are led by experts representing key companies in the field. These speakers practice what they teach every day.

Annual OSA 5G Summit

16 October 2019, 11:55 AM - 12:00 AM

The OSA 5G Summit provides a platform for industry leaders, innovators and research from industry, academia, and government community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas with this new emerging technology.

OIDA Forum on Optics in Autonomy

27 June 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

This business development event aims to match leaders of transport applications needing new solutions with early-stage technologies. Applications are specifically in autonomous vehicles, such as cars, trucks, delivery vehicles, campus shuttle buses, delivery drones, and so forth. Technologies include LIDAR and other imaging subsystems, adaptive illumination systems, sensor fusion, and the in-vehicle optical data transmission and networking systems that link the subsystems together.

2019 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

4 March 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.

OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics

3 March 2019, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

These capabilities include component design, fabrication, packaging and test. However, these capabilities are fragmented, both from a geographic, but more importantly, an integrated ecosystem perspective. There is an urgent need for the different parts of the integrated photonic ecosystem to collaborate and to build a more efficient manufacturing supply chain, similar to that for integrated electronics. Overcoming this challenge will be a critical step forward in accelerating the mass market uptake of integrated photonics.

This workshop will review and address the key challenges associated with manufacturing integrated photonic components. Invited speakers will discuss critical aspects of the ecosystem, providing insights on the current manufacturing challenges and what is being done to address them. Panel sessions will provide a unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to propose and review ways to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and to build a more effective manufacturing supply chain. The workshop is especially suited to those interested in providing integrated photonic manufacturing services and to the users of these services.

OIDA Executive Forum on the Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing

14 May 2018, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Who should attend: • Business development and strategic marketing staff from industry, including large companies and start-ups • Private and corporate investors • Program managers and research directors from government funding and research agencies • Directors from university centers Theme: The Executive Forum-style event aims to match applications needing improvement with promising early-stage technologies to lead eventually to commercial solutions in a range of sectors, spanning consumer to industrial markets. While the ultimate activity is “matchmaking” with this end in mind, the workshop will focus on segments within the field that have particular promise today, such as Smart Cities, mobility and automation, Big Data and AI, and manufacturing issues related to these products. Some key questions for discussion will be: • What is needed from the photonics industry? What are the problems that optics and photonics can have the greatest impact? • What are the enabling technologies that have the most promise? • What are the bottlenecks or “showstoppers” among photonics technologies today, and potential solutions?

2018 OIDA Executive Forum

12 March 2018, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OIDA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 200 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, OIDA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

2018 OIDA Executive Forum

12 March 2018, 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.

2018 OIDA Workshop on Scalable Integrated Photonics for 5G and IoT

11 March 2018, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Fifth generation (5G) wireless and the Internet of Things (IoT) are introducing a wide range of new  applications that will depend on performance enhancements across multiple dimensions, including low  latency, high capacity, and enhanced resilience. Densification of network access points and capacity will  be essential to achieving these performance advances and increased functionality. Standards groups are  calling for bandwidth densities as high as 10 Tb/s/km2. High speed access points fulfilling this bandwidth  density will be challenged by footprint, power, and cost limitations on facilities that include street lights,  kiosks, and traffic lights.  Photonic devices provide capacity and latency that can meet the demanding requirements of 5G and IoT  applications. Developing integrated photonic devices that can scale to high volume manufacturing while  meeting the tight power and cost constraints promise to open up these rapidly growing markets to  photonic devices.   This workshop will examine this opportunity for integrated photonics through plenary and invited talks by  leading experts in the field covering the following topics:  The 5G and IoT markets as they related to integrated photonic devices—where are the largest  opportunities and where is the low hanging fruit for photonics to have impact? Overview of the  high level business and technical metrics that integrated photonics needs to meet for these  applications.   Major themes and approaches used in 5G and IoT that are relevant to photonic systems. Learn  about cloud radio access networks, CPRI, radio over fiber, NFV and SDN.   In depth analysis of the major technical challenges related to scalable manufacturing, low power,  and low cost of integrated photonics in emerging 5G and IoT applications. Including presentations  of the state of the art technologies.   Reports from large international R&D programs on integrated photonics and their strategies for  5G and IoT.   The workshop is targeted at companies and innovators considering or already investing in integrated  photonics to meet their future product requirements, and who need to understand key manufacturing  challenges and how they can be addressed. 

OIDA Webinar: New Milestones in Coherent Optical Performance

13 December 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

This webinar will focus on these and other recent performance milestones enabled by advanced coherent technologies, from both real-world deployments and research demonstrations

OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR

14 November 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR focusing on optics and photonics funding, will be held in Washington, DC on 14 November 2017. This event will give U.S. companies with less than 500 employees an opportunity to meet one-on-one with program officers from multiple U.S. federal agencies, all in one place, in one day - minimizing your time investment and increasing your chances for new government funding. This OIDA event will give you an insider perspective on what agencies are looking to fund; as well as provide you with up-to-date information on each agency's SBIR/STTR funding process, and how you can enhance your probability of success. In addition, the event will help government agencies better understand what OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) members can offer and how the optics and photonics technologies can help them meet their goals. This event is exclusive to OIDA Members. For more information and to secure your company's reservation, please e-mail OSA Director of Corporate Membership, Andrew Dougherty at to RSVP.

OIDA 2017 Executive Forum

20 March 2017, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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.

OIDA 2017 Executive Forum

20 March 2017, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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.

OIDA Workshop on Manufacturing Trends for Integrated Photonics

19 March 2017, 8:08 AM - 8:00 PM

Integrated photonics presents significant opportunities to develop compact and highly functional systems for a range of communication and sensor applications. However, it has unique manufacturing challenges which can limit its commercial exploitation. These challenges are most apparent during the transition from research prototyping to product development and volume manufacture, often referred to as ‘the valley of death’.

OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR

17 November 2016, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The OIDA Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR focusing on optics and photonics funding, will be held in Washington, DC on 17 November 2016. This event will give U.S. companies with less than 500 employees an opportunity to meet one-on-one with program officers from multiple U.S. federal agencies, all in one place, in one day — minimizing your time investment and increasing your chances for new government funding.

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO)

25 July 2016, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Advances in optical technologies and their use in commercial applications. Recent advances in applied optics have resulted in technological breakthroughs with significant commercial implications. The environmental, defense, oil & gas, food & beverage, medical, and pharmaceutical industries are just a few of the sectors that are consistently pushing the boundaries in applied industrial optics (AIO). At AIO, researchers with experience in overcoming the challenges of deploying and commercializing new technology meet research groups striving to get their technology out of the lab. In addition to traditional presentations, AIO hosts panel sessions aimed at fostering dialog and new collaborations amongst attendees. Topic categories include: instrumentation, metrology, imaging systems, applied spectroscopy, wearable devices, clinical diagnostics, harsh environment systems, and emerging laser, fiber, and photonic technologies.

2016 OSA Executive Forum

21 March 2016, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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.

OIDA Workshop on Integrated Photonics High Volume Packaging

20 March 2016, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Learn New Strategies to Develop Your Integrated Photonics High Volume Packaging Roadmap

Webinar: Export Control Reform Proposed Rule Updates

8 March 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Webinar: The Next Generation of Coherent Optical

2 March 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Coherent detection and digital signal processing have led to a new and exciting paradigm in optical fiber communications, as they provide a substantial improvement in transport system capacity and functionality. Optical networking, and in particular the use of super-channel wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology, is the ideal way to efficiently transport extremely large amounts of data over long-haul terrestrial and subsea networks.

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