2018 Events + Contests

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Schedule of Events

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Best Booth Contest

Featured Events

Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?

Saturday, March 17, 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Room 1E16
With private equity’s interest and investment in the vision care space continuing at a rapid pace, there are many questions about the implications for optometrists and ECPs, the companies and practices. This special live event is being presented in cooperation with Review of Optometric Business, Vision Expo and Vision Monday. Registration is free and open to all registered show attendees.

Women’s Wear Daily Event: Eye on Design

Friday, March 16 | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Galleria Lounge (G280)

Join leading creative visionaries in the eyewear industry, Vladimiro Baldin, chief product & design officer at Safilo Group, Gai Gherardi, co-founder and co-designer of l.a.Eyeworks, and Laura Howard, eyewear designer at Kenmark Eyewear, for the panel Eye on Design: An Exclusive Talk with Influential Eyewear Designers at Vision Expo. To be streamed live via the WWD Facebook page, the panel will share insights on where the designers draw inspiration for their eyewear designs, provide a behind-the-scenes look at their design processes and discuss the ever-evolving fashion eyewear category. Get a front row seat in the Galleria Lounge.

Vision Expo Opening Night Party

Friday, March 16 | 7:30 PM | B.B. King House of Blues
Join the celebration at Vision Expo's Opening Night Party with the Bad Habits: Eye Docs of Rock.

Pop Up Talks

See a model wearing Spring’s hottest eyewear trends. Build key relationships. Create a hybrid retail. Integrate aesthetics into your practice. In just 30 minutes, you can master these topics and more. Free to attend, and no RSVP required, stop by the Galleria Lounge (Level 3) and Innovation Stage (Level 1) to learn from the industry’s biggest names in media, leading social influencers, ODs and retail owners in an intimate and interactive setting.

Boutique Buyer Panel

Saturday, March 17 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM |Galleria Lounge
Moderated by James Spina, 20/20 Editor in Chief, Senior VP, this dynamic panel will consist of Independent and Licensed Frame Vendors as well as Independent Retailers who will be sharing their stories and what this topic means to their Brands and Retail Business. Invitation Only.

Panelists: Gary Black (Black Optical), Tanya Gill OD (Oakland Vision Center), Nate Ogura (Eyes on Fremont) Edward Beiner (Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear), Scott Shapiro (Europa), Jennifer Coppel (Tura), and Giulia Valmassoi (Thema)

Happy Hours

Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17 | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM | Show Floor Lounges
Stop by any of the lounges on the show floor to relax, sip complimentary wine or beer, and network with fellow attendees.

ODs on Facebook Events

  • Register for the new lecture series, ODs on Facebook After Dark: The Eye Disease Forum : Thursday, March 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Attend the ODs on Facebook Party to grab a drink and make that in-person connection: Friday, March 16, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | B.B. King

Corporate Optometry Panel & Reception

Friday, March 16, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Innovation Stage (Level 1)  
Engage with the industry’s thought leaders to discuss the range of business models in which optometrists can practice corporate optometry today. Following the panel, enjoy complimentary beverages and networking.

OptiCon @ Vision Expo

Register for the OptiCon package will includes access to a new general session and breakfast to kick off opening day, followed by a private party on opening night.  The new OptiCon hub will also feature specialty contest and events. 
Visit OptiCon @ Vision Expo experiences for more information.

Optometry Student Career Workshop

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 1E16
Presented by CovalentCareers + NewGradOptometry in collaboration with NYSOA and SUNY College of Optometry, this session will provide valuable in-person and take-home information, enhance your ability to find a job that aligns with your life goals, and provide fundamental knowledge to build upon prior to graduation. You’ll hear directly from 3 new graduate optometrists who will share what works and what doesn’t.

*Optometry students are invited to attend the Rockin' For New Eyes, the annual fundraiser for New Eyes for the Needy, as a guest of National Vision. RSVP for Rockin' for New Eyes here. A wristband and 2 drink tickets will be distributed at the end of the education session.


Attend Alumni & Friends receptions hosted during Vision Expo to reconnect with your fellow graduates. Your school will contact you with details or check the Events Schedule for more information.

Contests + Awards

Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Share your Vision Expo experience with our new Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Each morning from March 16 - March 18, check the Vision Expo Instagram @IntlVisionExpo for a new set of three clues. At the close of the Exhibit Hall each day, two participants who visited all three stops will be randomly be selected to each win $100. To join in, complete each clue on the Show Floor and share on Instagram or Instagram Stories using #VEScavengerHunt and tagging @IntlVisionExpo.

OPTImum Retail Awards

This new awards program celebrates independent boutique retailers by showcasing their products, storefronts, visions and most importantly – their stories.  The finalists are: Atelier Mira (Brooklyn, NY), Eye Q Stylist Opticians (Holetown, Barbados), Spex By Ryan (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) and Todd Rogers Eyewear (Andover, MA).

From February 16 to March 5, you can help choose the winner. To vote, as well as see the photos and stories of the finalists, click here

At Vision Expo East, hear the finalists share their stories and vision for their brand during a free Pop Up Talk in the Galleria Lounge (G280) on Friday, March 16, from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. The winner will be revealed during the Boutique Buyer VIP Event on Saturday, March 17, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Best Booth Contest

Winners Announced Sunday, March 18 at 4:00PM
For the first time at Vision Expo East, you can vote for your favorite exhibitor booths in two categories: MOST CREATIVE BOOTH DESIGN & BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY. The exhibitor with the most attendee votes in each category will win sponsorship credits as well as social and other media coverage. Plus, one voter each day will win a prize. View Official Rules

Voting will open March 16th at 9:30 AM

Vision Choice Awards

Winners Announced Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 PM
Attendees can view entries and vote for the best new product featured in the Product Gallery as part of the Vision Choice Awards. Votes can be cast by ballot throughout the show and all those who vote will be automatically entered to win a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree. Voting ends at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 17

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