The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2017 Demonstrations and Events

2017 Demonstrations and Events

Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
Supported by CORNING.

OFC will officially present and honor the Award winners of The John Tyndall Award, The Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship, The Tingye Li Innovation Prize,  NEW -IEEE Communications Society Chalres Kao Award for Best Optical Communications & Networking, The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award, IEEE/OSA JLT 2015 Paper Award,  IEEE Photonics Society 2017 Fellows, and The Optical Society 2017 Fellows during the OFC 2017 Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.

The John Tyndall Award will also be recognized during the Plenary Session with remarks from this year’s recipient.

The Lunch is complimentary to Award recipients and invited guests.  Limited seating is available at the Lunch to anyone wishing to purchase a ticket. The ticket fee is $45.00 USD. Seating is limited so do not delay. 

Lab Automation Hackathon
Organizers: Nick Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Binbin Guan, Acacia Communications, USA; Jochen Schroeder, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Lab work is most efficient when data can be acquired in an automated way, sometimes over long durations, without introducing human error, which allows researchers to concentrate on the fun part of experimental work. Open source software in easy to learn languages such as Python provides just as much, or more features/interoperability for lab automation than alternative commercial software. Several professionals with 10+ years of lab automation will show you the power of using python to quickly get a lab experiment running and display the measurements in a browser. Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will also be plenty of time for mingling and discussion.  Light food and drinks will be served.

VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch

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This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with information networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with each executive to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Participating Executives included:

Stu Elby, SVP, Data Center Business Group, Infinera
Karen Liu, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Kaiam Corp.
Farshid MohammadiManaging Director of Sales for Connectivity, Go!Foton included
Mahendra Persad, Consulting-Network Engineer, Verizon


IEEE Women in Engineering “Lunch & Learn”
The IEEE Photonics Society and IEEE Communications Society are hosting an inclusive Women in Photonics and Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) "Lunch & Learn", sponsored by IEEE Women in Engineering. This event will provide conference attendees with an opportunity to better hone their interpersonal skills and receive professional advice beyond the classroom or lab, as well as learn from successful women in photonics and optical communications.   
The event includes a complimentary lunch. All attendees must formally register prior to event. 

IEEE Member Lounge
IEEE members are welcome to visit the IEEE Member Lounge sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society and IEEE Communications Society, located near OFC Registration. Come to the IEEE members-only lounge to sit down, relax, grab a snack and connect to the internet. Not a member? Learn more about how you can join each society by stopping by the lounge or society booths. Learn about the new IEEE Photonics Society Fund that will be used to enhance the humanitarian and educational initiatives of the Society by providing members and the photonics community with the ability to contribute directly to mission-driven imperatives, such as the Graduate Student Fellowship Program, Women in Photonics and STEM Outreach.

Cheeky Scientist Workshops
Workshops are complimentary for OSA Members. There is limited space at each and we request that you RSVP online  to secure a spot. 
Isaiah Hankel works with hundreds of graduate students and postdocs daily assisting them to
transition to industry by first showing them how to present themselves as business professionals. These programs will provide you with a strong understanding of what it takes to have a tailored industry resume and how to showcase your transferrable skills.
Workshop Schedule
Session 1: Industry Resumes: How To Ensure Your Resume Gets To The Top Of The Pile: 13:00–14:30
Would you like learn how to get your resume seen by hiring managers to get an interview? Come learn the tips and tricks to ensure you don’t make the common mistakes. Learn how to layout your resume so the reader can understand what you offer within 7 seconds.
Session 2: What Are My Transferable Skills? A Common Question: 14:30–16:00
Have you ever found yourself asking this this question? You may also not know what types of jobs you should target based on the many transferrable skills you have or may want to develop. This session will show jobseekers how to find out what jobs they should apply to that fit their career goals, personality, and lifestyle. 

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Work the Exhibit Hall like a Pro: "How to leverage your time on the show floor to maximize impact for networking and the job search”
This Workshop is complimentary for OSA Members. There is limited space and we ask that you RSVP online to secure your spot!  

Join professionals in the industry to learn how to leverage the Exhibit Hall throughout the meeting for networking and professional development. This workshop will give you the confidence to walk the floor and engage with exhibitors to enhance your experience. Moderated by Darlene Corrubia, Common Agenda, LLC, USA with panelists representing a variety of industry partners.

- Amanda Shepherd, Kaiam Corporation, USA
- Ozzie Billimoria, MACOM, USA
- Taichi Kogure, Ciena, Japan

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OIDA Manufacturing Trends for Intergrated Photonics
 CIAN/OIDA Workshop 

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.

  • This workshop will focus on applications for integrated photonics and the manufacturing challenges related to these applications; from product design, device fabrication, integration and packaging, through to test and reliability. Although most applications present their own unique design and manufacturing challenges, this workshop will identify common themes where users can meet their unique set of requirements within a standardized design and manufacturing framework.
  • The workshop will include presentations on the move to design standards and implementation of design rules, standardized device fabrication processes (eg. MPW runs), packaging formats, and system test protocols.
  • The workshop will also present case studies which highlight the development cycle for integrated photonic products; from initial design, through to prototyping and scale-up to volume manufacture.
  • In addition, a number of foundry service providers will give an overview of their capabilities, including design, fabrication, packaging and test services.

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OIDA Executive Forum - An Exclusive Event for Business Leaders in Networking and Communication Technology

OSA Executive Forum provides you with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. Attend Executive Forum and join industry leaders from top companies as key innovations are assessed and profitable business strategies are fully debated.
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