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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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 adougherty@osa.org 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

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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.


OSA Start-up Series: Plug and Play IoT Expo

10 December 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

OSA is partnering with Plug and Play, a business accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups, to provide startup companies who have innovative optics and photonics technologies with a unique opportunity to find the funding they need to accelerate their business growth.


OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics

3 November 2015, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration. It aims to address several questions related to the limits of commercialization of integrated photonics:


SBIR Photonics Funding Accelerator

2 November 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Optical Society (OSA) will host a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding accelerator event on 02 November 2015. This meeting will bring together industry entrepreneurs and government agencies with the purpose of directing the development and funding of new advancements in photonics. SBIR programs are the U.S. government’s largest source of early stage research and development (R&D) funding for small business. During this meeting, members of The Optical Society will learn how to participate in and compete for funding and engage in Federal R&D programs and to commercialize photonics innovations. SBIR events, like this one, are a coveted opportunity for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including women- and minority-owned firms.


How to Communicate HighTech to the Market: PR/Marketing Workshop for Scientists and Startups

24 June 2015, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

OSA Entrepreneur Training workshop available at Laser Munich 2105.


2015 OSA Executive Forum

23 March 2015, 8:00 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.

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