Prism Awards
Presented By
SPIE & PHOTONICS MEDIA
Application is closed. The 2018 Prism Awards finalists announced the week of 6 November.
2018 Winners

2018 Winners

The 2018 winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on 31 January 2018. The annual Prism Awards ceremony is held anually during
SPIE Photonics West, in San Francisco, California, USA.


2018 Presenters
Include Akira Hiruma, President and CEO of Hamamatsu; Ray O. Johnson, former CTO of Lockheed Martin, now at Bessemer Venture Partners; and Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of Trumpf.



2017 Winners
Review winners and presenters


2017 presenters
Included Edgar Auslander, Oculus Research; David Bohn, Microsoft Hololens; Sarah Boisvert, Fab Lab; Louay Eldada, Quanergy; Basil Garabet, NKT Photonics; Vincent Mattera, II-VI; Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM; John Ryan, WireTheWorld; Katharine Schmidtke, Facebook.
2018 Finalists

Call for Entries is closed.

2018 Finalists
Announced the week of 6 November.

10th Edition of Prism
The Prism Awards is celebrating 10 years of recognizing products that are changing our lives. Past winners range from tech transfer accelerators (ALPhANOV) to multinational conglomerates (General Electric). The 2018 winners will be announced 31 January 2018.


"The Prism Awards are a great way to acknowledge innovation, technology, and the advancement of science, which are core motivators that lead many of us to pursue careers in photonics," -Laurie Morgus, Ecommerce Sales and Marketing Manager at Thorlabs, a 2017 Prism Award winner.


"Prism recognizes particularly outstanding examples of the imaginative range and innovation reach of photonics R&D. We are grateful to help move the development of laser, illumination, scanning, and other technologies into the applications used in everything from your phone to automobile." -SPIE CEO, Eugene Arthurs
2018 Judges

2017-18 Prism Award Judges

This group of expert judges will devote many hours to review more than 150 applications for design and technology; novelty and innovation; need, market opportunity, and impact. Two rounds of scoring, expert external judging, and a final review will highlight the top 3 finalists in 9 categories.

Welcome a few new judges to this years panel:

Edward Gooding, Hindsight Imaging; Bo Gu, Bos Photonics; John Ling, Hitronics; Qitao Lue, Han's Laser; Ying Xu, Eyeque


"The Prism Awards give well-deserved recognition to technical teams in the industry who have climbed over one of the most challenging walls, bringing a leading-edge product from an R&D lab to the market." -Laura A. Smoliar, Managing Director at Berkeley Catalyst Fund, and 2018 Prism Award judge.


Questions? email innovation@spie.org
The Prism Awards are Presented By
SPIE & PHOTONICS MEDIA