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11th Year of the Prism Awards

The Prism Award program is celebrating 11 years of recognizing products that are changing our lives for the better. Past finalists range from small startups (TAG Optics) to large multi-national corporations (OSRAM). Winners include small tech transfer accelerators (ALPhANOV) to global conglomerates (General Electric).

2018 Finalists
Who were the 2018 Finalists

"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 Winners

2018 Winners

The 2018 winners were 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.

Photos: Red Carpet

Photos: Award Ceremony

2018 Presenters

Kathleen Burke, Vice President and General Counsel at MKS Instruments; Debbie Gustafson, CEO of Energetiq Technology; Uwe Higgen, Managing Partner at BMW i Ventures; Akira Hiruma, President and CEO of Hamamatsu; Ray O. Johnson, Bessemer Venture Partners, former CTO, Lockheed Martin;  Wilhelm Kaenders, Co-Founder and President TOPTICA Photonics;  Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of TRUMPF;  Eric Mottay, CEO of Amplitude Systèmes;  Darius Sankey, Managing Director at Innovation Acceleration Capital;  Danielle Wuchenich, Liquid Instruments & Lockheed Martin

2017 Winners
Review winners and presenters
2018 - 19 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.

Many thanks to the Prism Judges

"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.

If you are interested in becoming a judge or would like to recommend someone, please email

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