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Prism Awards: application deadline is October 7

26 Sep 2016

Submissions to high-profile industry event for innovation in optics and photonics being accepted across 13 different categories.

The application deadline for the 2017 Prism Awards is October 7, with entries being accepted across 13 different categories this time.

As usual, the awards - co-sponsored by optics.org publisher SPIE and Photonics Media - will be handed out at a gala dinner celebration during SPIE’s Photonics West conference early next year.

The annual awards ceremony is far from being a straightforward “beauty contest”, with the success of past winners a testament to their influence. Several previous winners have since gone on to secure major investment, or set up collaborations with some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Among the winners from the 2016 event were UK-based supercontinuum laser firm Fianium, which has since been acquired by Denmark’s NKT Photonics, and cadmium-free quantum dot pioneer Nanoco Technologies, which has recently signed deals with German chemicals giant Merck and Taiwan’s Wah Hong Industrial Corporation.

Encouraging invention
SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs said: “Our goal with the Prism Awards is to give visibility to the extraordinary innovation across the optics and photonics community.

“The range and quality of submissions are striking. Each year we showcase evidence of the realization of the potential for photonics that can be found in SPIE conferences. It is energizing to be part of this enterprise, encouraging invention, and laying the foundations for rewarding and meaningful careers.”

To submit an entry to the 2017 awards, visit the dedicated Prism Awards application page to upload your “quad chart” – analogous to an elevator pitch – and select your category from the following industry sectors:

• Additive manufacturing/3D printing
• Biomedical instrumentation
• Defense and security
• Detectors and sensors
• Displays
• Imaging and cameras
• Industrial lasers
• Lighting
• Materials and coatings
• Metrology
• Optical communications
• Optics and optical components
• Scientific lasers

Following the October 7 deadline, a panel of "industry experts, venture capitalists, luminaries, and visionaries" will assess the applications and select the winning entries.

SPIE’s Prism Awards manager Pamela Robertson says that the 2017 line-up is already looking impressive. She added:

“Every year applications give us a glimpse of the future, via technology advances in healthcare, security, manufacturing, consumer electronics - from phones to virtual and augmented reality - and more. I'm honored to work with these individuals and companies.”

• To complete your entry to the 2017 Prism Awards, visit the dedicated applications page now.

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