Events + Contests

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Schedule of Events

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Featured Events

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. Your show badge is your pass to this FREE event.

Pop Up Talks

Various Times & Locations
Free, fast-paced Pop Up Talks. Take 30 minutes to get up-to-date on fashion forward trends and key industry topics in an intimate, interactive setting in the Galleria Lounge on Level 3 and the Innovation Stage on Level 1. No RSVP required.

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 on Facebook 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.

NYSOA & Student Session

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register to attend this exciting program to network with fellow students and industry experts.


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

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.

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

The $10,000 Fast Pitch Challenge: Retail and Marketing Game Changers for Your Office

Vision Expo is now accepting submissions for its new contest in innovation. Pitch initiatives used to grow your business in one of the following areas: Store Design/Layout, Technology, Customer Service or Marketing. Ten finalists will be selected to present in a special event held in the Exhibit Hall, and the winning contestant will be awarded a $10,000 prize. Submissions will be accepted through February 2, 2018.

OPTImum Retail Awards

This new awards program celebrates independent boutique retailers by showcasing their products, storefronts, visions and most importantly – their stories. A committee of industry leaders will vote on the Top 3 boutiques to be featured in programming at Vision Expo East 2018, followed by a social media vote to determine the winner. The winner will be revealed during the Boutique Buyer Event at Vision Expo East, Saturday, March 17, in the Galleria Lounge. For more information, contact Tarrence Lackran at

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