||The aim of my research is the development of a compact, easy to use and cost effective source for ultra short laser pulses. Ultra short laser pulses have a wide range of applications, like ultrafast spectroscopy, material processing, biomedical imaging and tattoo removal. In order to present my latest research I visited the Photonics West Conference in San Francisco. The Photonics West is one of the most influential event for the laser and photonics community and hence an excellent platform to make new contacts and see advances on the field of my research. I got some good ideas how to improve by experimental setup from a researcher from France. In addition I was able to make contact with a person from a Scottish company, who was very interested in my laser source. In summary it can be said that the conference was both a professional and a personal success.