Leaders to Reveal the Next Generation in Optical Networking and Communications at the 2020 OIDA Executive Forum

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WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA), co-locating with Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), will hold the annual OIDA Executive Forum on 9 March 2020 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, U.S.A.

More than 200 senior-level executives will attend this event to discuss recent technology advancements, opportunities and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications.

“The Executive Forum on Monday of OFC is the place where you can pick up the latest trends on optical systems and components as well as major market changes or disruptions,” says Eve Griliches, product marketing manager, Cisco. “It sets the pace for the entire week of OFC.”

The 2020 program will feature a keynote presentation by Elizabeth Rivera Hartling, Subsea Optical Network Architect, Facebook, U.S.A., on “The Growing Facebook Network: Connecting the Planet.”

Other highlights will include panel discussions, a special “Fireside Chat” discussion and various networking events that will enable executives in the optical networking and communications business to connect with industry peers who are implementing solutions and addressing issues much like their own.

What: OIDA Executive Forum

When: Monday, 9 March 2020, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PDT)

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – Indigo Ballroom, San Diego, California, USA

In addition to the keynote speaker, attendees will also hear from industry leaders in the following panel presentations:

Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape? The panel will include Stephen Hardy (Moderator), Lightwave; Mattias Fridström, Telia; Ron Johnson, Cisco; Beck Mason, Lumentum; and Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Facebook.

Network Automation: When Do We Get There? The panel will include Heidi Adams (Moderator), IHS Markit; Kailem Anderson, Blue Planet/Ciena; Hua-Jang Han, Verizon; Kartik Sethuraman, NEC Corporation of America; and Anees Shaikh, Google.

The Next Big Things – AI, Cloud Gaming, and AR/VR. The panel will include Jörg-Peter Elbers (Moderator), ADVA; Martin Capurro, Comcast; Jason Hoffman, Mobile Edge X; Dhiraj Mallick, Cerebras Systems; and Ed Tiedemann, Qualcomm.

What is Going on at the Edge? The panel will include Shamim Akhtar (Moderator), Apple; Cole Crawford, Vapor IO; Seungjoo Hong, SK Telecom; Greg Pattine, Edge Micro; and Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon.

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