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Application information: eligibility, due dates, technology areas of interest, and more.
Prism 2019
Important Dates
SPIE, along with our media partner Photonics Media, is celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Prism Awards. We have come a long way since 2008. This year, we are changing up the application, expanding promotion and recognition of applicants, finalists, winners, judges & presenters, and celebrating past participants.
The 2019 Prism Awards Call for applications are due by 8 October 2018 (extended from 5 October). The online application will close 9 October. Finalists will be announced the week of 5 November 2018. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, during SPIE Photonics West. We look forward to reviewing your application.
Products that have been launched in 2018 or will be launched by Photonics West 2019 are eligible. However, if your product was launched prior to 2018, it may be considered as eligible (just ask email, as long as you are able to show why it is the best product currently on the market. Further details at the bottom of the page.
Application fee
The $300 Prism Application Fee is a good investment. All applicants receive a ticket to the award reception & banquet ($250 value). Prism Award Finalists & Winners receive more than $30,000 worth of promotion (print, web, social media, and onsite promotion at Photonics West).
Detectors and Sensors | Imaging and Cameras | Illumination and Lighting | Integrated Optics | Silicon Photonics | Lasers | Laser Accessories | Laser Processing System | Materials and Coatings | Optics and Optical Components | Other Light Sources | Optomechanics | Test and Measurement Instrumentation | Quantum | Hardware and Software.
Augmented and Virtual Reality | Authentication and Identification | Healthcare | Life Sciences | 3D Printing | Robotics | Environmental and Agriculture | Surveillance | Defense and Security | Illumination | Smart Homes and Cities | Material Processing | UAVs | Space Research | Communications | Cosmetics | Pharmaceuticals | Energy | Semiconductor | Transportation.
Past Winners Include
Past Finalists Include
Past Presenters Include
Agilent Technologies, Amplitude Systèmes, Coherent, Daylight Solutions, Dolby, Christie, Necsel, Fianium, General Electric, Hamamatsu, HÜBNER, Inrad Optics, Intel, Corning, US Connex, IPG Photonics Lumen Dynamics, Luxtera, National Semiconductor, Raytheon, TAG Optics, TeraDiode, Tessera, Thorlabs, Tornado Spectral Systems, Verisante Technology, WITec.
Ball Aerospace, Cogenra Solar, Cobolt, DILAS, Eastman Kodak, Edmund Optics, Element Six, ESPROS Photonics, Femtolasers, Haas Laser, e2v Semiconductors, JDSU, LIMO, Lockheed Martin, National Semiconductor, Newport, Northrop Grumman, Ocean Optics, Olympus, Osram, Philips Lumileds, PI, Specim Spectral Imaging, Texas Instruments, Thermo Scientific, Trumpf.
Edgar Auslander, Oculus Research; David Bohn, Microsoft Hololens; Louay Eldada, Quanergy; Basil Garabet, NKT Photonics; Gloria Höfler, Infinera, Corning; Vincent Mattera, II-VI; Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM; Katharine Schmidtke, Facebook; Michael Mertin, Jenoptik; Homer Antoniadis, Dupont; Robert J. Phillippy, Newport; Mary Lou Jepsen, Google, Facebook, Openwater.
The Prism Awards recognizes new and innovative products in optics and photonics enabled industries.
• Product must be on the market by 1 February 2019
• Products that have been launched in 2018 or will be launched by Photonics West 2019 are eligible. Exceptions can be made if your product was launched prior to 2018.
• Proof of sale (PO, Intent to Purchase): you must be prepared, at any time, to show proof of sale if asked by the committee.
• Embargos are allowed until 25 January 2019
• Applicants do not need to be affiliated with SPIE
• Pre-revenue products will not be accepted.  If your product is pre-revenue / still under development, apply to the SPIE Startup Challenge
The Fine Print
SPIE reserves the right to determine final placement of applications.
An application that does not fulfill requirements for the 2019 application year will be removed from the competition and the application fee will be refunded.
If there are not enough applications (minimum 4) to develop a category in a defined area, the application will be removed from the competition and the application fee will be refunded.
Products that do not fulfill proof of sale requirements can be pulled from the competition. The application fee will not be refunded.
SPIE is not responsible for companies that do not make it to the Finalist or Winner rounds.
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