Prism Awards
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Good luck 2017 Prism Award Applicants. Finalists announced by 11 November 2016. It's an honor to work in this exciting industry.
Call for Entries
Application closes Friday 14 Oct.

• Product must be on the market or have a purchase order (or similar) by 1 February 2017.
• Products already on the market are eligible.
• Prism Award applicants do not need to be affiliated with SPIE.

There are a variety of benefits to all applicants, finalists and winners.
A $250 investment (Prism application fee) can go a long way.

All applicants receive One (1) complimentary ticket to the Award Reception & Banquet ($250 value). An important opportunity to mix with a variety of executives in the industry.

All Finalists receive Promotion on,,,, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), press releases, as well as the Photonics West Final Program, Exhibition Guide, and Photonics West Show Daily. Four (4) complimentary tickets to the Award Reception & Banquet. A collector's edition Prism Award box set (which contains information on each finalist).

Winners receive this and more.

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2017 Judges
2017 Prism Award Judges

This group of expert judges devote many hours to review over 150 applications for design and technology; novelty and innovation; need, market opportunity, and impact. Two rounds of scoring and a final review will produce the top 3 finalists in each of the viable categories.

Thanks to the following 2016 judges for making donations to SPIE altruistic activities:

Amy Eskilson, Dave Osborne, Ferechteh Teherani, Jason McClure, Jian Liu, Ken Kaufman, Laura Smoliar, Linda Smith, Marc Himel, Mickey Frish, Ray Johnson, Ryszard Romaniuk, Uri Abrams.
2016 Winners
Congratulations 2016 Winners

SPIE and Photonics Media would like to congratulate our winners. Your products are key drivers of profitable growth and have the potential to tackle the grand challenges of our time (healthcare, communication, energy, safety and security). Thank you for your efforts, knowledge, and participation.

The 2016 presenters included Leo Baldwin of Amazon, nee GoPro; Tom Mader of Amazon Lab126; Christoph Fark of SCHOTT; Nicoletta Casanova, CEO of FEMTOprint; Pieter Kerstens of Velodyne Lidar; Rosalie Clemens of ASE Optics.
Other presenters include industry leaders such as Babak Parviz,  Amazon and one of the inventors of Google Glass;  Mary Lou Jepson, nee Facebook, Oculus, Google, as well as founder and former CEO of Pixel Qi and co-founder and first CTO of One Laptop per Child; Michael Mertin, President and CEO of JENOPTIK and President of the Photonics21.
Winners are reconized annually at gala event  held during Photonics West, San Francisco, California, USA. A variety of news outlets, including Inc., cover the event.
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