OSA Enabled by Optics

Enabled by Optics Contest

Company Submission Form

Judging Criteria for the 2014 Enabled by Optics Contest

NOTE: Submissions are closed.  This page was posted earlier this year when the 2014 contest opened. 

Submissions will be judged by members of the OSA Corporate Associates Committee who will take the following into consideration when making the winning selections:
  1. Impact on Society – Demonstrate the economical, behavioral, and human impact on Society
  2. Uniqueness – How do you differentiate your technology from others?
  3. Creativity – Inspire the judges with your story
Entrants were asked the following questions:
  • Describe the profound impact your technology – as part of an end-user product – has had on Society.  How has the population been impacted by your technology.  This could be behavioral, economical, societal, etc.
  • Tell us about how your technology is unique?  What makes it stand out? How do you differentiate it from other similar technologies?
  • When first launched, did your technology make a transformational change for the end-user or was it an advancement of the prior art? Describe this.
  • Give a specific example (with company names) of the buying chain for your product/technology once you sell it to the next level buyer.  Provide an example of the succession of companies your product goes through, ultimately to get to an end-user.  Example:  We produce a component that we sell to a laser systems manufacturer (name the company) who sells it to a medical OEM (name the company), who then sells it to a hospital (name the hospital).
  • Give us your one sentence “elevator pitch” you would use to tell a non-technical person about your technology and the critical role it plays in Society.
  • Surprise Us!  What else should we know about your product/technology?
Contest terms of entry (pdf)

Watch an overview of contest winner JDSU and the many applications of 3D sensing technology.


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by Gustavo Almeida and Colleagues from Universidade de Sao Paolo


Watch their video here.

What Happens When We Watch a Movie or Play a Game?
by Ethan Bratton, Arkansas Tech University


Watch his video here.

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