Optical design plays a crucial role in the photonics industry, where it is used to develop and optimize devices that manipulate and control light. From optical sensors and lasers to fiber optics and displays, the ability to design and optimize optical systems is essential for advancing the photonics industry. Optical designers are constantly pushing the boundaries of technology, developing new materials, techniques, and software tools to improve the design and optimization of optical systems. Looking ahead, the future of optical design in the photonics industry looks bright, with continued growth and innovation expected in areas such as virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, and quantum technologies. Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence are also expected to revolutionize the field of optical design, enabling faster and more accurate optimization of complex optical systems. This meeting will gather experts from industry and R&D, to discuss main challenges of the field!