NonImaging Optical Design’s Silent Online Contest

New from the OSA Technical Groups

NIO Silent Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st NonImaging Optical Design Silent Online Contest!

Fabian Duerr
Fabian Duerr, of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, winner of the Jury’s Selection Award.

Diogo Canavarro
Diogo Canavarro, of University of Évora, winner of the  Viewer’s Choice Award.

Nonimaging Optics is Transforming Our Lives – Show the World Developments and Other Type of Topics in Nonimaging Optics by Uploading a Presentation and Win the Contest!

You know the extraordinary impact nonimaging optics technology has played in making technological advances in our world and the critical role it plays in everyday life, but when you tell people you work in the field of optics, they probably think you are referring to eye glasses.

What’s optics have to do with It? As an enabling technology, nonimaging optics increasingly becoming is a crucial component to the products we use every day. Light emitting dioses are revolutionizing the illumination industry  and nonimagining optics, with its unique ability to handle these new light sources, is playing a crucial role in that revolution. Not only efficient energy usage is crucial these days, however. Production of clean energy is also of foremost importance. Nonimaging optics is well positioned to give a significant contribution by harnessing the power of the sun. Many other applications are also being developed.  How has your technology impacted our world?

Contest Rules

No audio is permitted for slide-show presentations; presentations must speak for themselves. Visual slide animations are allowed (again, audio explanations are strictly forbidden). 30 slides is the maximum and must be uploaded in PowerPoint or PDF format. Contributors should upload full presentations PLUS a 3-slide show that will act as an ABSTRACT.  Visitors will have free access to the ABSTRACT and six finalist full presentations will be available for visitors to vote on after a first round internal review. All full presentations will be available at the end of the contest, after the winners have been announced.

Presentations will first be reviewed and judged by the Nonimaging Optical Design Technical Group executive committee. Presentations will be judged based on work excellence (2 points), clarity (3 points), slide aesthetics (2 points), and context of work (2 points). The committee will select a winner from the top six presentations that make it through the first round of judging, then presentations will be placed on for visitors to vote on the visitors choice award winner.

Participant and Visitor Prizes

The presentation chosen by the executive committee will receive a $1,000 USD prize and the presentation chosen by visitors of the contest webpage will receive a $750 USD prize. Both winners will receive a year of free OSA membership and one free conference admission to an OSA conference of their choice. Winners will also have the opportunity to explain their slide shows in a webinar organized by OSA.

If you have any questions concerning this contest, please contact Jasmine Pridgen at