At the world’s largest photonics conference, more than 20,000 attendees packed San Francisco’s Moscone Center from February 1 through February 6. Across one vibrant week, the SPIE Photonics West symposium, its BiOS, LASE, and OPTO symposia, and the inaugural AR/VR/MR conference boasted more than 1,300 exhibitors, 5,300 presentations, nearly 60 technical courses, and multiple industry-related special events.
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From the glamorous Prism Awards honoring the top new optics and photonics products and the energizing Startup Challenge pitch competition, to the brand-new, industry-focused Venture Summit and the annual SPIE Job Fair, Photonics West showcased and recognized the best optics and photonics technologies, trends, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Latest research presentations — including a plenary by Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig — focused on both established and emerging areas, from 60-year-old laser technology and advancements in biomedicine, to AI, lidar, and quantum.