CARDIFF, UK (PRWEB) November 28, 2013
Submissions for the sixth Photonics Innovation Village, a competition to encourage the commercialisation of optics and photonics research and technology into useful products, are due 14 December. The competition showcases new products and connects researchers with technology transfer experts.
The Innovation Village provides each participant team with a complimentary “mini-booth” in a high-traffic section of the SPIE Photonics Europe exhibition in the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, to publicise their new applications and product development.
The village will be open to all attendees of the Photonics Europe conference and exhibition, and winners will be announced during a ceremony on 16 April. Exhibition dates are 15-16 April, and the conference runs 14-17 April.
Awards will be made in three categories, with winners determined by representatives from the European Commission Photonics Unit; SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; Photonics21; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); a bank or venture capital company; and a large European photonics company.
Winners each will receive an award of €1500, and first and second runners-up each will win €500.
The Photonics Innovation Village is organised by B-PHOT, the Brussels Photonics Team at VUB, and supported by SPIE. Awards are sponsored by the Brussels Capital Region Government.
Products must be displayed during the event; however a demonstration does not have to be continuous. SPIE recommends supplying English-language literature describing the product.
Teams must be able to attend Photonics Europe. While there is no limitation on the
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