The Optica Foundation recognizes 10 early-career professionals with exceptional ideas to leverage optics and photonics and address global challenges. These individuals drive new, impactful scientific discoveries with the potential to transform our world. We consider proposals for problem-solving solutions resulting from basic research and development or enhancements of photonics-based technology in three categories: Environment, Health and Information.
Winners each receive US$100,000 prizes to support addressing the challenge over one to two years. These prizes provide seed money to ideas that may be difficult to fund from other sources.
The 2022 challenge winners will present updates on their work in special symposia they are organizing at FiO LS by category. All symposia will be presented in room 405. Doors open 30 minutes prior, and refreshments will follow each symposium.
Use Photonics. Change the World: Environment Symposium
Monday, 09 October, 14:00 – 16:00 Pacific Time (UTC - 07:00)
Use Photonics. Change the World: Information Symposium
Tuesday, 10 October, 15:30 – 17:00 Pacific Time (UTC - 07:00)
Use Photonics. Change the World: Health Symposium
Wednesday, 11 October, 15:30 – 17:00 Pacific Time (UTC - 07:00)