Enabled by Optics

Enabled by Optics Contest

The contest is now closed. The winners will be announced in April 2016.

Video Contest - Show Us How Optics is an Enabling Technology that Has Impacted Our World

It’s Easy to Submit:
In a video format, take apart any product that has an optical component, and show us how the optics technology is required to make the product work.
  1. Select a consumer product (suggestions include LED lighting/flashlight, solar cells [photovoltaic], flat panel display [polarization], smart phone/digital camera – or any other product of your choice – be creative!)
  2. Take it apart and find the optical component(s)
  3. Describe how the optical technology contributes to the end product

Judging Criteria
Videos will be partially judged based on number of “likes” as well as by members of the OSA Industry Development Associates Committee and Media Representatives who will take the following into consideration when making their winning selection:
  1. Story Telling– Enlighten us with how the optical component contributes to the end-user experience in the chosen product
  2. Creativity – Inspire the judges with your story
  3. Length – Suggested length 2-3 minutes – no more than 5 minutes

What Will I Win?
  1. $1,000 Cash!
  2. Worldwide recognition of you and your winning video:
    1. Throughout 2016 in conjunction with OSA’s Centennial Celebration.
    2. Targeted exposure to the CLEO 2016 audience prior to, during and after the event—including acknowledgement at the Plenary Session.
    3. Exclusive recognition on OSA’s web site, in OSA newsletters and in multiple emails to OSA’s members and customers.
  3. Video presentation shown at relevant OSA events such as Educator’s Day, Capitol Hill Programs, and in the OSA Booth at Industry Shows.
  4. Circulation to K-12 educators as a resource to excite the next generation of scientists and engineers.
  5. Exposure to policy makers to educate them about the impact optics has on society, business, the economy, and jobs.
  6. Inclusion on the OSA YouTube channel.
All submissions will be posted to a public online library available as a resource to the optics community, educators, policy makers, and consumers to increase awareness of optics as an enabling technology by featuring its lesser known role in products which are well known to the general public.