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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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Webinar: Adaptive Optics: Latest Results in Vision Science, Microscopy and Astronomy

12 March 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adaptive optics (AO) allows user to correct aberration and to recover high quality images. The webinar will cover three applications of AO: vision science, microscopy, and astronomy. 3 AO key opinions leaders will share some of their latest results.


Webinar: Light on a Chip: The Future of Photonic Integration

10 December 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Communicating with light (i.e., photons) on fiber has allowed the Internet to grow from transmission rates of a few kilobits per second into the terabit age. Over the same period silicon-based integration proved its value in the realm of electronics by transforming the way integrated circuits are built and fueling technology advances that have led to the Internet and the Cloud. Today photonic integration is transforming the way the optical networks that enable the Internet and Cloud are built. December 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of commercial shipments of long-haul optical networking solutions based on the world’s first large scale photonic integrated circuit. This webinar briefly chronicles the evolution of photonic integration, the state of the art of photonic integration and future directions for this technology. We cover how these chips are designed and manufactured, why they are so incredibly reliable, and ultimately how they are integrated into a complete transport network architecture. We also look at the market opportunities for this technology in an Internet that is increasingly driven by Cloud-based architectures.


Webinar: Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Q & A

25 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

On November 5, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), for an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). The institute will be funded with approximately $110 million by the Department of Defense and must be matched 1:1 by the private sector. The manufacturing institute will be led by a non-profit and consist of large, medium, and small companies, as well as, universities and other educational institutions. In addition to bridging the gap between research and product development, the IP-IMIs will have a workforce and education component.


OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics

5 November 2014, 3:02 PM - 3:02 PM

This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration in optical communications. It aims to address several questions: How does photonic integration address the emerging business needs of optical communications? What is the experience of deployment? What are the novel integration concepts and what are the key challenges in productization? Which forms of integration match specific applications within communications? What are some of the new and noteworthy products being commercialized today? The workshop will examine the commercialization of components and subsystems and their applications, as opposed to purely research achievements in photonic integration. The workshop will discuss applications across telecom and data center networks.


21st OIDA Annual Forum

4 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA's Annual Forum brings key stakeholders together in Washington, D.C. to maximize discussion between industry, government, and academic decision-makers.


Webinar: The Freedom of Freeforms: Current Optics Manufacturing Methods Allow for Freeform Optical Designs

16 October 2014, 3:55 PM - 3:55 PM

Freeform optical shapes or optical surfaces that are designed with non-symmetric features are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. A common question about freeform optics is, “If I design it, can you really make it?” This webinar outlines current optical fabrication capabilities and associated optical tolerance guidelines for freeforms.


Webinar: Polarization Related Emulation and Testing in Coherent Optical Communication Systems

27 August 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As optical communication systems become increasingly complex with high level modulations and broader bandwidth, understanding of the properties of the system impairments and their effective compensation is essential to maintaining reliable system performance. Polarization related impairments such as Polarization variation, polarization dependent loss, and polarization mode dispersion particularly challenging due to their dynamic nature. The focus of this webinar is to introduce methods of monitoring and emulation of polarization related impairments as essential tools for analysis and mitigation of these dynamic system impairments.


Webinar: Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and Solicitation Process Overview

24 June 2014, 3:21 PM - 3:21 PM

An overview of the Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and solicitation process.


Webinar: National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Background Information & Information on DOD RFI

17 June 2014, 1:15 PM - 1:16 PM

On June 2, 2014, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a Request for Information (RFI), the first step in the process of creating a new public-private Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) as part of the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In the RFI, the DoD lists six potential technological areas under consideration, which includes photonics. Only two will be selected which is why it is critical for our community to weigh in. The RFI can be found here.


OIDA 100GbE per Lambda for Data Center Workshop

12 June 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA and Ethernet Alliance are partnering to host a workshop on 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) per lambda interconnects targeting data center networks.


Webinar: Carrier SDN for Multi-layer Control: Savings and Services

7 May 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Network operators today face significant operational challenges when it comes to provisioning services that span multiple networking layers. Network operations in traditional carrier environments are complex and involve both multiple vendor-specific management systems and operational support systems and processes that span multiple organizational boundaries. SDN with its concept of network programmability has the promise to speed provisioning in such environments. With the plethora of legacy systems and protocols in traditional carrier networks, however, a pragmatic SDN controller approach that is modular and encourages a multi-vendor controller environment is very appealing in comparison to monolithic controllers. This webinar will present a proof of concept SDN framework that was developed using IETF’s Application Based Network Operations (ABNO) approach to support the orchestration and provisioning of services across a multi-vendor, multi-layer IP/MPLS and optical transport network. It will cover concepts relating to multi-layer SDN, including automating network and service provisioning, orchestration of multi-layer operations, ensuring a modular SDN control layer architecture, and associated enabling technologies, such as OpenFlow, NETCONF, REST, PCE, BGP-LS, and GMPLS.


2014 OSA Executive Forum

10 March 2014, 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. 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.


OIDA Software Defined Photonic and Data Center Networks Workshop

9 March 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Key questions to be addressed: • Can standard interfaces be described for photonic devices? • Should SDN control reach down to the photonics? • What PIC functions should be standardized to enable SDN? • What emerging standards in photonics can enable SDN?


OIDA Program on Industrial Lasers

28 October 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The session starts with a networking reception – drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served – followed by a market overview focusing on Industrial Lasers presented by David A. Belforte.


2013 Executive Forum

18 March 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

More than 150 senior-level executives convene for the annual Executive Forum to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

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