Prism Awards
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Prism Award details: category presenters, winners, finalists, application info and more
Why now?
Detectors and Sensors | Imaging and Cameras | Illumination and Lighting | Integrated Optics | Silicon Photonics | Lasers | Laser Accessories | Laser Processing System | Illumination and Lighting | Materials and Coatings | Optics and Optical Components | Other Light Sources | Optomechanics | Test and Measurement Instrumentation | Quantum | Hardware and Software.
This year, SPIE and Photonics Media are celebrating the 10th 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. We hope you join us for this special year.
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 Presenters Include
Past Winners Include
Past Finalists Include
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.
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.
Important Dates
Application fee
Products that have been launched in 2017 or will be launched by Photonics West 2018 are eligible. However, if your product was launched prior to 2017, 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. Review the application questions (see above) and other details at the bottom of the page.
The 2018 Prism Award applications were due 11 October. Finalists will be announced the week of 6 November 2017. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, during SPIE Photonics West. The 2019 Prism Awards Call for Entries will open June 2018.
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 $20,000 worth of promotion (print, web, social media, and onsite promotion at Photonics West). New in 2018: winners receive free or discounted SPIE products (exhibit space and more). It's worth your time and money.
The Prism Awards recognizes new and innovative products in optics and photonics enabled industries.
• Product must be on the market by 1 February 2018
• Products that have been launched in 2017 or will be launched by Photonics West 2018 are eligible. Excepetions can be made if your product was launched prior to 2017.
• Proof of sale (PO, Intent to Purchase, etc.) is required no later than 6 November 2017
• Embargos are allowed until 26 January 2018
• 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 2018 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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