The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, 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


View the abstracts from the teams (pdf)

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.

Virtual Reality demo and complimentary VR cardboard viewer
A special VR demo will be held during the intermission. Limited quantity of complimentary Virtual Reality cardboard viewers will be available to the audience – first come, first served!

Sponsored by EPSRC UNLOC Project, University College London (UCL) and Aston University, UK



  • 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
  • Luca Valcarenghi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (Team Leader)
    • Marcello Carrozzino, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
    • Silvia Fichera, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
    • Hal Roberts, Calix, USA
    • Nicola Sambo, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
    • Marco Tacca, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
    • Franco Tecchia, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
    • Rajesh Yadav, Verizon, USA
  • Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (Team Leader)
    • Dave Hood, Huawei, USA
    • Daniel King, Lancaster University, UK
    • Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
    • Junwen Zhang, ZTE, 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
  • Dominique Dagenais (National Science Foudnation Program Director in the Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices)
  • 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)
VR Video Content Provider
Scott Bennett, Univ of Washington CoMotion VR/AR Startup Incubator, Artist in Residence, Seattle, USA
Joe Jacobs, Univ of Washington CoMotion VR/AR Startup Incubator, Mechanical Dreams, Seattle, USA


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