Prism Awards
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Application information: eligibility, due dates, technology areas of interest, and more.
Prism Awards
Two Forms in 2020
Important Dates
SPIE, along with our media partner Photonics Media, is celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Prism Awards. We have come a long way since 2008. This year, we are changing up the application (two forms), expanding promotion and recognition of applicants, finalists, winners, judges & presenters, and celebrating past participants.
Update for 2020. All applicants will complete two forms this year. 1) Quad Chart, where you can briefly describe your product and 2) the Online Application, where you can provide all the details, add photos, links to video, and promotional material. We strive to make a better application so you can explain your product better!
The 2020 Prism Award applications are due by 11 October 2019. The online application will close 12 October. Finalists will be announced the week of 11 November 2019. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, during SPIE Photonics West. We look forward to reviewing your application.
Application fee
Products that have been launched in 2019 or will be launched by Photonics West 2020 are eligible. However, if your product was launched prior to 2019, 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. You must be able to provide proof of sale.
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.
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 sold by 1 February 2020.
• Products that have been launched in 2019 or will be launched by Photonics West 2020 are eligible. Exceptions can be made if your product was launched prior to 2019.
• 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 2020.
• 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 2020 application year will be removed from the competition and the application fee will be refunded.
If there are not enough applications (minimum 5) to develop a category in a defined area, and there is no reasonable alternative category for the application, 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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