The 2023 Photonics West conference, organized by the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE, was held last week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference was attended by more than 22,000 registered attendees from 85 countries and featured over 1,400 exhibitors and over 4,500 technical presentations. The conference was co-located with the AR|VR|MR conference and exhibition and included the Quantum West conference, the BiOS expo, and the Photonics West exhibition. The conference showcased the latest technologies and innovations in the optics and photonics industry and provided opportunities for attendees to network, learn, and share their latest advancements. The conference also included professional development courses, a range of technical presentations, live demonstrations, and a job fair. Attendees were excited to be back at the conference in-person after a long break due to the pandemic and appreciated the opportunity to connect with others face-to-face.