Photonics Innovation Village at SPIE Photonics Europe 2016 - showcased research and innovative products from universities, nonprofits, and research centres.
See the 2016 Photonics Innovation Village Award Winners
High power adaptable laser beams for materials processing
HALO (Vivid Components) UK
Mid-to near infrared spectroscopy for improved medical diagnostics
MINERVA (Vivid Components) UK
4D time lapse quantitative camera module that can be attached to any microscope camera port
d'Optron Pte Ltd (Nanyang Technological University) Singapore
Photonic Jet Station: Using a shaped tip optical fibre to generate the photonic jet phenomenon
Photonic Jet Microetching Station (Icube laboratory) France
Zeroptics eliminates light reflections off optical surfaces by nano-structuring
Zeroptica (University College Cork) Ireland
A compact and CMOS Quantum Random Generator (QRNG) based on Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) array
Nanoscience Laboratory, Department of Physics (University of Trento) Italy
EasyTIRf: a low cost slide holder with integrated led illumination
University of Twente (University of Twente) Netherlands
Fluolink: A handheld probe for detection of brain tumor during surgery
FluoLink (Linköping University Biomedical Engineer) Sweden
Fastree3D develops next generation 3D imaging sensors that recognize and locate fast moving objects in 3D in real-time
FASTREE3D (EPFL) Switzerland
Purpose of the Innovation Village
||Support and publicise research teams from universities, non-profit institutions and research centres who are working on research, new applications and product development.
||Provide free exhibition space together with broad exposure and publicity to the young innovators who are developing the photonics-based products of the future.
||Showcase Europe's (and the world's) finest research programmes and to encourage the transfer of optics/photonics research and technology into new and useful products.
Benefits of participating in the Innovation Village
||The village will be open to all attendees of the Photonics Europe conference and the Photonics Europe exhibition, plus press and other officials, giving your product international visibility.
||Press releases will be distributed to all industry publications and a description of all projects will appear on the SPIE web site.
||A special effort will be made to invite Venture Capital companies, and being present in the Village will give you an opportunity to meet them.
2016 submission information, 2017 information to come
Read 2016 submission guidelines and competition rules
Download 2016 submission rules and guidelines
The 7th edition of the Photonics Innovation Village was organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. By taking part in the competition, innovative researchers were able to showcase their latest research to industry innovators and other photonics visionaries.
2016: Travel grant for one team's attendance at Photonics West 2017
Ready to get started on your new photonics business?
SPIE sponsored a $2000 travel grant for one Innovation Village team to attend Photonics West and pitch in the 2017 Startup Challenge.*
This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of business development experts and venture capitalists. The best pitches receive cash prizes, mentoring from successful business starters, and the opportunity to pitch for people that can offer investment deals.
Get connected with the SPIE Startup Challenge network of entrepreneurs and investors. Learn more
*The winner will apply to pitch in the 2017 competition, applications open mid-October 2016.