The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the co-sponsors of OFC?

IEEECommunications Society
IEEE Photonics Society
The Optical Society

What are the dates for OFC in 2020?

Technical Conference: 8-12 March 2020; Exhibition: 10-12 March 2020

Where can I find more information on the OFC App?
Visit the app page for information on features and how to download the app.

Where will OFC take place in 2020?

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, USA

How and when can I register for OFC?

Registration is conducted online via a link on this conference website. Online registration will open in October 2019.


What is the deadline to submit a technical paper for OFC 2020?

The deadline is 22 October 2019.

How many people attended OFC in 2019?

More than 15,400

How many companies exhibited at OFC in 2019?

Over 683

How many peer-reviewed technical sessions were offered at OFC in 2019?

Over 450


How and when can I register for OFC?

Registration is conducted online via a link on this conference website. The registration site is scheduled to open in October 2019.

How and when can I make a hotel reservation for the next OFC?

OFC hotel reservations can be made beginning September 2019. Reservations are made through an online housing website.

What airport is closest to the San Diego Convention Center?

The San Diego Convention Center is accessible from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). The  John Wayne/Santa Ana Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are approximately 90 miles away.

Which booth spaces are available for 2020?

View the floorplan

Where can I get a list of 2020 exhibitors?

View the exhibitor list

How much does exhibit space cost?

  • $48.00 US per square foot plus $300 US for each open corner

What is included in the 10’x10’ price for a booth?

All booths for OFC 2020 will include:

  • Standard drapery
  • Company identification sign
  • One OFC Technical Conference badge per 100 sq. ft. of exhibit space reserved
  • One OFC Technical Program per 100 sq. ft. of exhibit space reserved
  • Unlimited number of exhibit staff badges for employees working in your booth
  • Your company’s profile listing in the OFC Buyers’ Guide*
  • Your company’s profile, links and press release postings on the OFC Web site and mobile app*
  • Access to the online Exhibitor Services Manual*
    * Contingent upon date of signed contract

We know of another company that wants to exhibit in our booth. Can they do that?

Exhibitors may not assign, sublet, or apportion space in whole or in part, nor exhibit any products or services other than those manufactured or handled in the normal course of his business, nor permit any agent or any exhibiting firm to solicit business in said space. If special circumstances warrant an exception, permission must be obtained in writing from OFC Management, which reserves the right to render final judgment. Additional Exhibit Guide company listings in the OFC Buyers' Guide and online are available at $250 per additional listing. For more information about obtaining additional exhibit space, contact the Exhibit Sales Team.

When will the 2020 Exhibitor Service Manual be available?

The OFC Exhibitor Service Manual will be available in mid-October 2019. A link to the Manual will be provided to the main company contact.

I want to secure a promotional/sponsorship opportunity that is listed on the OFC website. What do I do? And how can I inquire about an opportunity that is not listed?

Email our exhibit sales staff.

Can I change my booth location?

We maintain a waitlist, and all companies may be moved on a space-available basis. Email for assistance.

How can I purchase a mailing list of the OFC attendees?

Attendee mailing lists are not available for rental or purchase.

Who is OFC's general service contractor?

Hargrove, Inc.
1 Hargrove Drive
Lanham, MD 20706 USA
Tel: +1.301.306.4627

How do I book hotel reservations for my exhibit personnel?

OFC 2020 hotel reservations open in September 2019.

How do I register my exhibit personnel?

Registration opens October 2019.

What is the difference between a submission, an abstract, and a summary?

A submission is the record that is created in the online submission system. In order to complete a submission, you must complete the following steps:

  • Title (The title in the submission system must match the title on the document that you will upload into the system.)
  • 35-word Abstract (See below.)
  • Summary (See below.)
  • Presentation Preference (select one of the following options: Oral or Poster Acceptable or Poster Only. Demonstrative presentations available for Oral or Poster.)
  • Category (Please choose the category/topic to which your paper should be submitted. Category lists can be found on the website under Submissions.)
  • Author Block (Enter each and every author that is listed on the document you will upload into the system.)
  • Membership Status (Please select your current membership status. Membership status has NO impact on whether or not a paper is accepted to a meeting.)
  • Copyright - The form is provided as part of your submission in our electronic submission system. Paper forms are provided upon request. (Please type your full name in the box at the bottom of the copyright form.)

An abstract is a 35-word synopsis of your presentation. The abstract is submitted in its own step on the submission site AND is included in your summary. If your paper is accepted, the abstract will be published, along with the title and author block, in the Conference Program.

A summary is a 3-page document, submitted as a PDF, that includes your title, author block, abstract, and a summary of your presentation (which may include figures, tables and/or references). This document will be reviewed by the Program Committee. If your paper is accepted, the summary is included in the Technical Digest.

Will I receive a confirmation that my submission was received?

Yes, you will receive an email confirmation when your submission is completed.

Will I be notified of acceptance or rejection?

Yes. After the Program Committee has reviewed the submissions and decided which to accept for presentation at the Conference, you will be informed of the decision by email.

Help! The deadline is approaching and I have not finished my submission. What should I do?

If the deadline is fast approaching, we suggest that you complete all other required steps first (up to and including the abstract) and complete the file upload step last. Beginning a record in the submission system is critical; papers for which no record has been started cannot be accepted after the deadline.

Can I submit my paper after the deadline?

No. Deadlines are based on production schedules for the Conference and submissions cannot be accepted after the published deadline. The peer review process depends on the voluntary time of your colleagues, so it is important that we adhere to the deadlines that were carefully decided during the planning process for the meeting.

If I need assistance or have a question that is not answered here, who should I contact at OFC, and how?
Contact for any questions related to technical submissions.

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