The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Special Events

Events will continue to be added as OFC approaches - be sure to check back for updates!

Lab Automation Hackathon

Sunday, 11 March
Time: 20:00–22:00

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. Especially when taking measurements over long durations automated acquisition avoids introducing human error and 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. In this hackathon several researchers with 10+ years experience 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. We will learn from companies that work in photonics how they take advantage of Python to create easy interfaces to their software and hardware. 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.

Creating a World-Class Convention Host Facility & Attendee Experience: Hear from our Host

Tuesday, 13 March, Theater I in the Exhibit Hall
Time: 16:15-17:00
Session organized by San Diego Convention Center

A panel of the parties responsible for the recent fiber-based DAS (Distributed Antenna System) installation at San Diego Convention Center speak to the drivers, challenges, strategy and technology considerations behind the project. This comprehensive case study conversation will cover the multi-dimensional perspective of all stakeholders – including the venue (SDCC), network owner, solutions integrator, technology vendor and the City of San Diego—as they address various topics surrounding the system deployment. Plus, the audience will learn project lifecycle best practices and glean the impact upon guest satisfaction and future convention bookings.

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Connected OFCITY Challenge 2018: Lighting Up the Emerging World

Wednesday, 14 March
Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Organizers: Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Inder Monga, ESNet, USA; Jun Shan Wey, ZTE, USA

Building on the success of its first two editions, the Connected OFCity Challenge returns in 2018 with a renewed format.

Alibaba and Google will collaboratively take on the challenge to develop communications infrastructure and services based on requirements defined by CSquared and NSRC, to address the pressing needs for two cities in a fast developing area in East Africa.

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VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch - Separate Registration Required

Tuesday, 13 March
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
San Diego Convention Center 

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.

Previous Participating Executives included:
Alex Behfar, Chief Scientist, SVP & GM, Photonic Solutions, MACOM
Sherwin Cabatic, Director, Product Line for Datacom Transceivers, Lumentum
James Feger, Vice President, Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink
Daryl Inniss, New Business Development, OFS
Marc Taubenblatt, Senior Manager, Optical Communications and High Speed Test, IBM
Mike Zammit, Vice President and General Manager, Go!Foton

If you have questions about this event or are a Student or Recent Graduate and interested in attending, please email


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

12 March - Separate Registration Required
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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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