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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.
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03 Oct 2023, 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Òran Mór, Top of Byres Road
Glasgow, United Kingdom
08 Oct 2023, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma (Greater Seattle Area), Washington USA
This conference provides a comprehensive view of the latest advances in solid state laser development along with recent new applications. Of high interest are the high order nonlinear effects made possible by the development of ultra-high brightness and high power radiation sources. Also covered are other sophisticated applications of numerous highly capable solid state sources and associated devices for free space and quantum communications, LIDAR for autonomous vehicles, beam steering, materials modification such as laser peening, micro-machining, and brittle material processing. The exhibition features the latest products resulting from these advances.
24 Oct 2023, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunnyvale, California USA
31 Oct 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Augmented, virtual and mixed reality platforms are improving to the point of their use in industrial environments, such as for cable harness installation, and for medicine and education. Wider use will require further improvements in headset design–particularly weight and cost, but also many visual metrics, such as field of view, frame rate and latency. This meeting will review the state of the art and what is needed next from the optics and photonics community to move AR/VR to wider use.
14 Nov 2023, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Optica Quantum Industry Summit is returning for a second round! This year’s quantum summit will focus on developing photonics technologies (laser, optics, PICs, detectors, equipment), quantum computing, system integration, memory storage, cryptography, metrology, and information transmission. This Summit aims to bring together quantum companies and their potential supply chain partners to address the needs of the industry and the significant challenges ahead. The event will be hosted at LIGENTEC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. We look forward to connecting!
21 Nov 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
As one of the largest segments in the optics and photonics market, displays represent massive volumes and revenues. They continue to advance, particularly with OLEDs, MiniLEDs, and MicroLEDs offering new possibilities beyond flat panel displays to foldable displays, ARVR headset displays, and creative lighting designs. This meeting will discuss some of the new applications that can employ these displays, and the requirements on the optics technologies.
16 Jan 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
There are currently several approaches to quantum computing, all of which involve photonics in some way, whether lasers for trapping ions and atoms or integrated photonics for creating and manipulating qubits. Photonics will also be essential for networking quantum computers together to reach scale. Where is each approach today and what does it need from photonics suppliers? All agree that “every photon counts” but what does that mean? This event will hear from developers about their photonics challenges.
21 Jan 2024, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center
Estes Park, Colorado USA
To compete and succeed in the optics and photonics field today, students and early career professionals need to develop skills inside and outside the lab to understand how to utilize their expertise in this ever-growing and changing sector.
29 Jan 2024, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California USA
25 Mar 2024, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California USA
Co-located with <a href-"https://www.ofcconference.org/en-us/home/">OFC</a>, the Premier Event in Telecom and Data Center Optics' this is an Optica Industry Event. The Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing the industry and your business. Leaders from top companies discuss critical technology advancements and business opportunities that will shape the network in 2024 and the future.
02 Apr 2024, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
New York USA
19 Jun 2024, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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28 Sep 2023, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us at the 2023 Investor Summit in Manhattan, NYC for a powerful event for partners and investors looking for the latest trends in Deep Tech and other emerging markets.
27 Sep 2023, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
See the latest innovations in optics, photonics, and imaging that will change a variety of industries and 10 startups compete for up to $2M in follow-on funding at Luminate Finals 2023. Join in-person or virtually for this exciting free event and vote for your favorite company to help them take home $10K in cash!
26 Sep 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
21 Sep 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Engaging with authors on the high-impact research published in Optica has never been so easy. In our Light Conversations webinar series, recently published authors talk with the Journal’s editors and webinar participants about how their careers have evolved, what they’re working on, and how others can follow in their footsteps.
05 Sep 2023, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
29 Aug 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Optical free space communications dates as far back as semaphore systems used in Napoleon’s time and more recent infrared (IrDA) wireless links for use in personal computers. But the field has advanced today to provide high bandwidth connections for fixed terrestrial links, earth-to-satellite links, and communications among a constellation of satellites. The proliferation of satellite constellations brings new demands on free space systems, with added requirements for the harsh environment. Meanwhile, optical wireless has expanded to include proposals for vehicle-to-vehicle and traffic light communications, LiFi, and other visible light communications. This online event will discuss the new end-user requirements on optical free space and wireless communications systems.
29 Aug 2023, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The summit provides opportunities, in a small group setting for middle-level professionals to enhance and develop the leadership skills, relationships, and effectiveness that distinguish them in their professions and enable them to make more meaningful contributions to the teams and organizations they lead and serve.
16 Jul 2023, 2:25 PM - 11:59 PM
Learn how you can take a great idea and turn it into a product or solution. The Innovation School will show you how to take an idea that isn’t market viable and pivot to a better offering. At the Innovation School, you’ll leverage the lean-canvas model tool to guide your team as you race towards a pitch at the end of the four-day program. You’ll leave this event with a new perspective and skills for being an entrepreneur/intrapreneur. Get ready to be challenged, inspired, and gain a new network and connections with fellow leaders and innovators in our industry.
27 Jun 2023, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Join your colleagues at these special events focused for Industry at Laser World of Photonics. It's going to a valuable week of learning and networking.
27 Jun 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
These Industry Training Courses offered by Optica are specifically designed to benefit technical staff at companies involved in manufacturing processes that use lasers and photonic devices. This includes engineers, technical sales professionals, research and development teams, and other similar positions. The courses are tailored to equip attendees with the necessary skills and knowledge to address the challenges faced in laser manufacturing processes as well as the assembly and testing of photonic devices. By enrolling in these courses, technical staff can enhance their understanding of laser technology and its various applications, and learn about the latest advancements in photonic manufacturing techniques. The knowledge gained from these courses can help companies improve their production efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs, and stay ahead of the competition in their respective markets.
20 Jun 2023, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
At the Optica End-User Workshop at Optica Quantum 2.0, speakers will be playing the roles of “end-users.” They will present their unmet needs necessary for their next steps of development. In a very interactive session moderated by Optica CTO, Jose Pozo, the participants will explore some room for collaboration. This Optica End-User workshop is mainly attended by industry representatives. The participant list will be circulated shortly before the meeting. Most of the companies will attend with either their CTO, Business Development Manager, or Director of R&D.
15 Jun 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Nowadays, adaptive optics has become an important part of microscopy. Join our webinar to get insights on this key technology and to understand how Adaptive Optics (AO) components and systems can be integrated inside microscopy systems to improve your image quality. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the benefits and trends of AO in microscopy, presented by renowned experts in this field.
30 May 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Metal welding produces a highly reliable bond but only if the welding process achieves a precise operating condition in the target material. Lasers have been used for welding metals for many years, but the field is still evolving with new demands from end-users and new solutions from laser-based machine tool vendors. New solutions include both new wavelengths and new laser technologies, such as fiber lasers and diode lasers. This online meeting will explore the new set of welding requirements arising from the manufacture of electric vehicles, including EV batteries, and what it requires from optics and photonics suppliers.
23 May 2023, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The nature of photonics technologies in the manufacturing industry has changed significantly over time. Historically, the size of these technologies was one of the most critical features. Researchers focused their efforts on miniaturization with more affordable costs of optical, photonics, and electronics technologies. Now, manufacturing firms have shifted to improving both the size and response times of photonics technologies. Scientists are developing smaller and faster devices, such as integrated submicron devices, to enter the space, biotechnology, and LiDAR markets - possible applications include optical datacom, MEMS, microfluidics, biosensors, astronomy, and surface sciences. Innovators have used this same sensor technology to improve self-driving vehicles' 3D capabilities and response time. The Summit aims to bring together the entire community, from manufacturing companies and their supply chain partners to end users, focusing on addressing their challenges in photonics, automotive, and consumer electronics areas. Topics of discussion include nanoimprint lithography, maskless lithography technology, metaoptics, AR waveguides, and wafer-level optics. This Summit is hosted at EVG’s headquarters in St. Florian am Inn, Austria. Together we can solve these challenges and optimize supply chain collaboration!
10 May 2023, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
At the Optica End-User Workshop at CLEO, speakers will be playing the roles of “end-users.” They will present their unmet needs necessary for their next steps of development. In a very interactive session moderated by Optica CTO, Jose Pozo, the participants will explore some room for collaboration. This Optica End-User workshop is mainly attended by industry representatives. The participant list will be circulated shortly before the meeting. Most of the companies will attend with either their CTO, Business Development Manager, or Director of R&D.
25 Apr 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The End-User Workshop at the Biophotonics Congress is designed to bring together end-users from the biophotonics industry to exchange ideas on the latest developments in the field. Biophotonics is an interdisciplinary field that combines photonics, biology, and medicine to develop innovative solutions for healthcare, diagnosis, esthetics, and monitoring. These technologies are non-invasive, with high sensitivity, versatile, cost-effective, and require minimal sample preparation and at the same time with a big market in consumables. The workshop aims to provide a platform for end-users to share their experiences and discuss challenges in sensitivity, selectivity, photodamage, integration, and analysis. Main applications on microscopy, imaging, analytical instruments, therapeutic devices, sensing, optogenetic, and diagnostics will be addressed by end-users looking for collaboration with the industry. Participants will have the opportunity to engage, network, and collaborate to advance the development and adoption of biophotonics technologies in the industry.
25 Apr 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Spectral imaging is the fusion of images taken at different wavelengths, and it can be performed using two different techniques: hyperspectral imaging and multispectral imaging. Hyperspectral imaging captures hundreds of narrow and contiguous spectral bands, providing detailed spectral signatures and enabling precise identification and characterization of materials. Multispectral imaging captures a smaller number of wider spectral bands, providing an overview of the scene and facilitating faster data acquisition and processing. Both are powerful techniques rich with information, with applications from agriculture and medicine to military surveillance. But it is also data-intensive, which increases the cost, and it requires substantial sophistication to take full advantage of it. The topic of this online meeting will be the opportunities and challenges to the implementation of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging.
Industry Tutorial: Ultrastable, ultraprecise, portable: Commercial ultrastable laser systems enabling high-end quantum applications
20 Apr 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Some of the world’s most demanding applications in quantum technology and precision metrology require ultra-stable laser sources with ultimate frequency stability and unprecedented low phase noise. Increasingly, end-users also require reliable, 24/7 laser operation that can be automated, all in a readily transportable device. After more than a decade of addressing the complexity in design and engineering to achieve all of these requirements, Menlo Systems’ Optical Reference System (ORS) has become the backbone to these demanding applications, delivering best-in-class phase noise and frequency stability in a compact, mobile device. In this webinar, we will present the key components and performance of our ORS product family, a product demonstration, and will give an insight into some of the application fields our ORS is enabling.
28 Mar 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Quantum communication links can span a few meters, from one quantum processor to another, or from earth to satellite and back. These links are crucial for the expansion of quantum computing, as well as for the development of quantum key distribution services and other specialized applications. Photonics is the primary solution for these links, but the applications have different requirements than classical communication links. Today, commercially available quantum memories are just beginning to become available, and quantum repeaters are still in development. This meeting will discuss the ongoing requirements for photonic components for these applications.
22 Mar 2023, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Are you leading a team for the first time? Are you feeling like an imposter in your current role? Do you know how to handle conflicts between colleagues? Register to attend Level Up Leadership to explore these questions and gain the communication and leadership skills necessary to advance your career to the next level. Sessions will cover an extensive array of topics that impact, influence and shape what it means to be a leader. From tackling conflict resolution, imposter syndrome or personal branding. Level Up is here to provide you with a unique approach to better address mentorship, volunteering and networking within the photonics industry.