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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.


Industry Events Calendar

Industry Tutorial: Low Loss Photonic Integrated Circuits: From Prototype to Volume

07 Dec 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: Photonics-based Quantum Computing

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.

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Career Accelerator

21 - 25 Jan 2024
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.

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Optica VIP Executive Reception at the San Francisco MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)

29 Jan 2024, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California USA

Purposeful Executive Leadership Summit London

06 - 08 Feb 2024
Business Design Centre
London, United Kingdom

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. 

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Level Up

29 Feb - 03 Mar 2024
Optica Global Headquarters
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia USA

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.

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Optica Executive Forum at OFC 2024

25 Mar 2024, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California USA

Co-located with <a href-"">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.

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Optica Freeform Optics Industry Summit at Optimax

02 - 03 Apr 2024
New York USA

Optica Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Industry Summit at SUSS MicroOptics

19 - 20 Jun 2024
Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Optica Executive Reception at ECOC

25 Sep 2024, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Frankfurt, Germany

Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition

20 - 24 Oct 2024
Grand Prince Hotel Osaka Bay
Osaka, Japan

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.

Optica Online Industry Meeting: VR

22 Oct 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual reality (VR) transcends its traditional role in gaming, extending its influence into daily life and presenting a significant potential for reshaping our interactions with the world and society. To realize its broader applications, enhancements in headset design are imperative, with a focus on reducing weight and cost. Additionally, critical visual metrics such as field of view, frame rate, and latency must be addressed to enhance the overall VR experience. This gathering aims to scrutinize essential improvements in near-eye displays, sensors, batteries, and computational requirements, paving the way for the next generation of VR headsets.

Optica 2024 Quantum Industry Summit - Third Edition

19 - 20 Nov 2024
M Shed Princes Wharf
Bristol, United Kingdom

Optica Online Industry Meeting: OLEDs and MicroLEDs

21 Nov 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Optica Quantum Industry Summit at LIGENTEC

14 - 15 Nov 2023

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Augmented and Mixed Reality

31 Oct 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Optica Photonic-Enabled Cloud Computing (PECC) Industry Summit at Juniper Networks

24 - 25 Oct 2023

Optica Executive Reception at ECOC

03 Oct 2023, 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Luminate Investor Summit, sponsored by Optica

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.

Luminate Finals, sponsored by Optica

27 Sep 2023, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Biosensing

26 Sep 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Optica Webinar with Sara Ducci on Integrated Quantum Photonics with a Focus on AlGaAs

On Demand

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.

Optica Photonic Devices Industry Summit at ficonTEC

05 - 06 Sep 2023

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Free Space and Optical Wireless Communication

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.

The Innovation School

16 - 20 Jul 2023

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.

Optica Industry Events at Laser Munich

27 - 29 Jun 2023

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.

Optica Industry Training Courses at LASER World of PHOTONICS

27 - 30 Jun 2023

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.

Optica End-User Workshop at Optica Quantum 2.0

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.

Industry Tutorial: Adaptive Optics in microscopy benefits and trends

On Demand

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.

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Laser Welding

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.

Optica Photonics and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Industry Summit at EV Group

23 - 24 May 2023

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!

Optica End-User Workshop at CLEO

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.

Optica End-User Workshop at Biophotonics Congress

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.

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