Prism Awards
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2016 Call for Entries. Deadline extended to 15 October due to high application web traffic. Email for assistance.
Benefits for Everyone
A $250 investment now (Prism application fee) is the best investment you can make.
There are a variety of benefits to all applicants, finalists and winners.

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!
2015 & 2016 Winners
2016 Winners will be announced
17 February 2015 at a gala event
held during SPIE Photonics West,
San Francisco, California, USA.

2015 Prism Award Winners

Presenters include industry leaders such as Amazon vice president Babak Parviz, one of the inventors of Google Glass; Mario Paniccia, previously GM of the Silicon Photonics Unit at Intel; Mary Lou Jepson, currently at Facebook 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 Executive Board; Gloria Hoefler, Advanced Development Director at Infinera.
2016 Judges
Please welcome the
2016 Prism Award judges

This group of expert judges devote many hours to review over 130 applications for design and technology; novelty and innovation; need, market opportunity, and impact. Two rounds of scoring and a final review produced the top 3 finalists in each of the viable categories.

Special thanks to the following 2015 judges for making donations to SPIE altruistic activities:

Ferechteh Teherani, Nanovation; Ken Kaufman, Hamamatsu; Laura Smoliar, Global Innovation Foundry; Linda Smith, Ceres Technologies; Marc Himel, Jenoptik; Mickey Frish, PSI Corp; Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw Univ. of Technology; Uri Abrams, PD-LD; Jian Liu, PolarOnyx
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