The study and discussions of emerging materials for opto-electronic devices is critical and well-aligned with current trends in government funding and momentum. For instance, the mission of the recently established National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is to prepare the US for a competitive technological infrastructure in the 21st century. An in-depth discussion of the various material options that have sprung up and continue to excite researchers with an accelerating trend put a high demand on exploring a new wave of opto-electronic devices. In fact, novel device and material combinations have been shown to break classically defined performance limits. For instance, the field of nanoscale lasers has demonstrated lasing modes that are deeply sub-wavelength allowing for ultra-dense integration and intriguing new laser physics. Furthermore, electro-optic modulators and switches are forecasted to surpass fundamental speed-energy tradeoff limits. Given these exciting and timely trends, it is critical to understand the role of the whole fleet of emerging opto-electronically active materials such as Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD), Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCOs), plasmonics-based and (Epsilon Near Zero) ENZ approaches. Novel multi-material heterogeneous and hybrid platforms are an exciting and fast-moving field of research for enhanced performance of integrated photonic devices and circuits. In addition to fundamental insights and effects, a particular focus of this symposium will be to explore, discuss, and showcase advancements related to information processing, and energy-related applications. This choice is quite topical, as sustainability and energy consumption awareness are slowly emerging as ‘hard’ design criteria in the engineering disciplines. Hot topics such as mobile and data communications, energy and health-care technologies push for the boundary of opto-electronics. Thus, this symposium also looks ahead into extending Moore’s law in form of a photonic roadmap, and identifies future directions based on these emerging opto-electronic materials. In conclusion, this symposium provides the platform to bring together scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines, provides them with the opportunity to highlight the most recent progress, and engages them in active discussions towards shaping future functional devices.