Optics & Photonics conferences in the U.S. in 2016

Conferences, when carefully chosen, represent a unique opportunity to launch your product in the US and to meet with potential users, partners, opinion leaders, analysts, and experts.

But remember that you have to come prepared:

  • Look into opportunities to become a speaker several months in advance,
  • Contact your targets in advance,
  • Draft and rehearse a show pitch,
  • Take the opportunity to study the competition offerings
  • Don’t forget to follow-up in the next 5 days.

You will find below a list of the main conferences & trade shows on Optics, Photonics and Lasers for 2016:



  • MD&M West, February 9-11, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. Thousands of leading manufacturing vendors will gather in Anaheim to display a wide range of the newest automation technologies. From robotics to vision inspection systems, and everything in between, this year’s event will have people talking all year long. French Tech Hub will attend.
  • Photonics West, February 13-18, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. The #1 laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference: 20,000 attendees, two exhibitions with more than 1,250 exhibiting companies, 70 special events, 4,800 papers in the areas of biomedical optics, optoelectronics, industrial lasers, nanophotonics, MOEMS-MEMs, and more. French Tech Hub will attend.
  • Optics & Photonics Techmeeting powered by the OIC, February 15th, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. These monthly techmeetings powered by the Open Innovation Club aim to foster business relationships between startups, corporations and VCs in the field of Photonics. 7 to 10 innovative companies will pitch their solution to OIC members, followed by networking opportunities.
  • SPIE Medical Imaging, February 17-March 3, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The SPIE Medical Imaging meeting is a recognized premier forum for reporting state-of-the-art research and development in medical imaging. The conference will address topics ranging from underlying fundamental scientific principles, to technology developments, scientific evaluation, and clinical application. The symposium covers the full range of medical imaging modalities including medical image acquisition, display, processing, analysis, perception, decision support, and informatics.


  • Pittcon 2016, March 6-10, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Pittcon is the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. Pittcon attracts more than 16,000 attendees from industry, academia and government from over 90 countries worldwide.
  • OFC 2016, March 20-24, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. OFC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry. From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC is a one-stop-shop.


  • OSA Biomedical Optics congress, April 25-28, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This new OSA Congress will focus on technological solutions to medical challenges and medical applications. It will cover a diversity of cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques, and will bring together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, and physicians, as well as junior researchers and graduate students, who are engaged in optical methods to advance discovery and application of medical science to clinical practice.


  • SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016, May 16-17, 2016 in Houston, TX. SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 will bring together representatives of three communities: academia, industry and practicing clinicians. Organized by SPIE and Rice University, this meeting will enable discussion between these related communities and encourage continuing development of new technologies and techniques with the goal of successful translation into practical biomedical use.


  • CLEO:2016, June 5-10, 2016 in San Jose, CA. Laser science to photonic applications. CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics) serves as the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. French Tech Hub will attend.


  • Minnesota Medtech Week, September 21-22, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. The 2-day Minnesota Medtech Week Conference addresses the changes facing the healthtech industry including market access, wireless and medical IoT, and medical device design innovation.


  • IEEE Photonics Conference, October 2-6, 2016 in Waikoloa, HI. The IEEE Photonics Conference, previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, offers technical presentations by the world’s leading scientists and engineers in the areas of lasers, optoelectronics, optical fiber networks, and associated light wave technologies and applications.
  • International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro–Optics, October 16-20, 2016 in San Diego, CA. ICALEO is the conference where researchers and end-users meet to review the state-of-the art in laser materials processing and predict where the future will lead. From its inception, ICALEO has been devoted to the field of laser materials processing and is viewed as the premier source of technical information in the field. French Tech Hub will attend
  • Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science, October 17-21, 2016 in Rochester, NY. FiO 2016—the 100th OSA Annual Meeting—and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Laser Science unite the OSA and American Physical Society (APS) communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating invited speakers and a variety of special events. The FiO Exhibit hosts more than 60 participating companies and industry leaders. Below find information about the scheduled speakers and events occurring during the upcoming meeting.


  • 2016 ACSB Annual Meeting, December 3-7, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.

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