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

Event type: Workshop


Jun Shan Wey, LightNotes Consulting, 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.

Team Leaders
Naoto Yoshimoto, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan  
Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Luca Valcarenghi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK  

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