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SPIE Professional July 2008

New Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

The award program will recognize outstanding new products.
Prism award

SPIE and Laurin Publishing have announced the establishment of a new awards program for photonics innovation. The first annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, to be presented 28 January 2009 at SPIE Photonics West, will recognize the most innovative products and technology for the photonics industry.

The global competition, with categories for innovations in optics, lasers, imaging systems, metrology and more, will be judged by a distinguished panel of technology experts in their respective fields.

"Innovation drives economic growth, advances our field, and the general quality of life. To encourage such innovation, SPIE is happy to create this award in cooperation with Laurin Publishing," said Kevin Harding, president of SPIE. "We invite companies to send their submissions for consideration and to join us at Photonics West 2009 to congratulate the winners."

Applications for the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation must be received by 12 September to be considered. Finalists will be notified in late December.

Judging will be based on the problem that the innovation addresses, its novelty or uniqueness, and the depth of its practical results (for example, improved health potential resulting from a biophotonics technology or product). Judges will also consider the significant milestones that the product or process has achieved.

The 2008 Prism Awards, honoring the best in innovative photonics technology, will be considered in the following categories:

  • Optics
  • Lasers
  • Other Light Sources
  • Detectors, Sensing & Imaging Systems
  • Analytical, Test, & Measurement
  • Photonics Systems
  • Photonics Processes
  • Sustainability
  • Life Sciences

For more information, go to www.photonicsprismawards.com or send an e-mail to pamelar@spie.org.

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at SPIEprofessional@spie.org. 

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200807.07

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