The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Connected OFCity Challenge: Optical Innovations for Future Services in a Smart City

Monday, March 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event type: Workshop

Room number: 403B


Jun Shan Wey, ZTE, USA; Denis Khotimsky, Verizon, USA; Domaniç Lavery, University College London, UK


The Connected OFCity Challenge team competition was first held at the OFC 2016 as a representative platform to discuss technological innovations of a smart city project. The OFCity Challenge returns this year to debate technologies concerning future services in a smart city, building upon the results of last year’s competition. 

This time, the OFCity Council is planning the Septicentennial (700-year anniversary!) celebration in 2023 and once again organizes an open competition to select the best proposal for the preparation and broadcasting of the Septicentennial Concert and three major sports events.

Four multidisciplinary teams consisting of experts from a cross-section of the industry will compete to recommend innovative optical solutions and complementary technologies to realize the required services. Two distinctions, Judges Award and Audience Award, will be handed out at the conclusion of the competition.

  • Naoto Yoshimoto, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Team Leader)
    • Ning Cheng, Huawei, China
    • Elaine Wong, University of Melbourne, Australia
    • Yuki Yoshida, NICT, Japan
  • Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Team Leader)
    • Dave Hood, Huawei, USA
    • Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
  • Luca Valcarenghi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (Team Leader)
    • Hal Roberts, Calix, USA
    • Rajesh Yadav, Verizon, USA
  • Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK  (Team Leader)
    • Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Stephen Hilton, Bristol Futures, UK
    • Sergi Figuerola, i2CAT in Barcelona, Spain
Judges Panel
  • Salim Jabr (Entrepreneur and Angel Investor)
  • Julie Kunstler (OVUM)
  • Inder Monga (Energy Sciences Network, OFC N2 Subcommittee Chair)
  • Kazuhide Nakajima (Rapporteur, ITU-T Q5/SG15)
  • Rod Tucker (Team Leader, Winner of OFCity 2016 Judges’ Award) 
  • Peter Vetter (Mayor of OFCity 2016)

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