• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA



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The Technical Conference Program

OFC’s five-day, technical conference features peer-reviewed presentations and more than 120 invited speakers, representing thought leaders across the industry. Additional technical programming throughout the week includes symposia, special sessions, short courses, demo zone, show floor programs and special events.


Comprised of invited and contributed papers, on areas deemed to be of special interest to OFC conference attendees.

Special Sessions

Provides convivial, interactive, open fora to address topics not covered by traditional presentations, but that are of interest and importance to the OFC community. Workshops offer an informal format to enable open discussion between moderators and panels of specialists and the audience to address technical or strategic questions that may lack clear consensus.

Short Courses (supplemental registration)

Covers a broad range of topic areas at a variety of educational levels, and taught by highly-regarded industry experts on a number of subjects. Whether you choose a course designed for beginners or for more advanced instruction, the small size of each class gives you an excellent opportunity for personalized instruction. Registrants receive one copy of the Course Notes, which will be distributed onsite.

Demo Zone

Featuring live demonstrations of research projects and proof-of-concept implementations in the space of optical communications devices, systems and networks. Demonstrations occur in dedicated booths in the Demo Zone as part of the OFC technical program.


OFCnet, the show floors live high-speed optical network introduced in 2022, plays a pivotal role in facilitating collaboration between exhibitors, research laboratories and commercial ventures. With expanded emerging technology demonstrations, OFCnet showcases the latest innovations from research to commercial deployment, underscoring the significant role these innovations play in driving the future of optical networking.

Show Floor Programming

Three theaters feature Market Watch, Network Operator Summit, Data Center Summit and more than 15 additional show floor programs that cover market trends and new technologies from global brands and industry leaders.

Special Events

Make the most of your attendance at OFC with a range of networking and educational events. Special events range from receptions to career development programs.