IOT Is Searching For Optical’s Next Top Speaker

IOT - Optical's Next Top Speaker

IOT is sponsoring a contest to discover and support Optical’s Next Top Speaker. It’s an exciting opportunity for one lucky (and talented) optician to lead the next generation of ABO-approved continuing education speakers.

Aspiring optical industry speakers will compete to win sponsorship of their ABO accredited continuing education course. Some of the most well-known optical industry speakers will mentor top contestants as they work to write, develop, and present their continuing education ideas to a panel of judges.

IOT Optical's Next Top Speaker Judges

“We’re looking for opticians with a desire to share their unique perspective,” says Barry Santini, one of four judges who will determine the winning speaker. Santini is a board-certified and licensed optician and Contributing Author to 20/20 Magazine whose experience spans 44 years. “It’s important that speakers provide solid ophthalmic content that is both engaging and valuable to fellow opticians.”

The contest is open to all ABO-certified or state-licensed opticians. IOT supports the winner by providing ABO course and speaker approval, creating a professionally designed presentation deck, and sponsoring the winner’s first presentation or event as an optical industry educator.

IOT Optical's Next Top Speaker Mentors

How it works

  • Participants enter the contest and submit content ideas to IOT
  • The top five submissions advance to the semifinals
  • Semifinalists present ideas to three highly regarded industry mentors
  • Each mentor chooses one candidate to be coach and support
  • Three finalists present their content to an expert panel of judges who determine the winning speaker

Eligibility is limited to current ABO certified or state-licensed opticians. Apply now for consideration at Application deadline is June 30.



IOT is an international company with offices in California and Spain. They have more than 15 years of experience researching and developing digital ophthalmic lenses. They have in-depth knowledge of geometric surfaces on which the lenses are designed and hold a portfolio of patents for ophthalmic lenses.  IOT offers the highest technology, most sophisticated calculations, and all the services their partners need to manufacture the best lenses. IOT partners have at their disposal an experienced team of professionals who will be at their side for the whole process, from creation to market strategy. IOT helps them solve any questions, problems, or incidents quickly and efficiently.

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