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Innovators Awards FAQ's
(Frequently Asked Questions)

How do I enter?
1. Complete an online entry form:
2. Sign the agreement
3. Click "Add to cart" and proceed to checkout

What is the deadline for entry?
The Early Bird deadline is January 26, 2018
The Final deadline is February 16, 2018

What is my incentive for participating?
High scoring companies will be recognized as a leader and innovator within the industry both at a live event as well as in Laser Focus World’s editorial coverage, including:

  • Magazine articles
  • Web articles
  • eNewsletter inclusion
  • Social media coverage

In addition to Laser Focus World’s coverage, you will receive:

  • A physical award suitable for display at trade shows
  • A certificate suitable for framing
  • A special award logo for use on your website or in your promotion
  • Recognition on social communities - Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Worried about non-disclosure agreements? If you have an application that you would like to submit, but are worried that a non-disclosure agreement will prevent you from doing so, feel free to refer to the parties involved in general terms.

I have a question about whether our product (or application) would be a worthy entrant, or where it might fit.
Reach out on questions like these, and any other, by contacting Conard Holton at

What is the cost for submitting an entry?
$595 for submissions received on, or before, January 26, 2018
$695 for submissions received after January 26, 2018

What information is requested on the electronic submission form?
Those choosing to complete an entry will need to provide us with details that will allow our panel of judges to accurately reflect upon the innovative product. Additionally, we want to represent those chosen as honorees, and their teams, accurately in our press coverage. To ensure these objectives are met we will be collecting the following information:

  • Contact details of the person submitting the form
  • Company name and product/application name of the entry
  • Up to five additional parties who were involved in the project, including system manufacturer, project designer, installer/contractor/integrator, distributor, and/or end-user customer
  • Billing contact details
  • Email where final scores should be submitted
  • Address where award should be shipped

Is this a product awards program, analyzing and recognizing the characteristics of products that are available in the market?
No it isn’t. The program’s intent is to recognize lasers and photonics products, design innovations, and real-world enabling technologies for lasers and photonics applications. To that end, a submission should describe in some detail how a product, system, or application has been put to use and solves problems that previously were difficult or impossible. This awards program is an opportunity for product manufacturers to showcase their products’ characteristics and value. Please include people and/or organizations such as component suppliers, subsystem integrators, and prime systems integrators that participated in the successful deployment of a product, group or products, or system. The program gives product manufacturers the opportunity to nominate themselves along with their business
partners, suppliers, and customers.

What are the product categories for Laser Focus World’s Innovators Awards?

  • Detectors & Imaging
  • Lasers & Sources
  • Optics
  • Fiber Optics
  • Bio-Optics
  • Software
  • Positioning, Support, & Accessories
  • Test & Measurement
  • Spectroscopy
  • Research: Applications & Case Studies
  • Industrial Lasers Systems
  • Additive Manufacturing

What if we’ve completed a worthy project but the enduser customer won’t allow us to publicize it?
Please describe the project in general terms with as many specifics as possible. For example, a submission can include references like “a prime systems integrator specializing in optics design.” With the user characterized in general terms
yet remaining anonymous, the remainder of the project’s description can be more specific without compromising a customer that wishes to remain anonymous.

Who can submit an entry?
Submissions are open to any organization or person, of any discipline, involved in the specification, design, installation, or management of lasers or photonics components, systems, or platforms.

We know that innovations take place in many forms, so submissions can describe creativity and innovative thinking used in developing lasers and photonics hardware and software that save time, money, energy, or all of the above.

I prefer to be billed rather than paying via credit card. Is this possible?
We are able to bill for awards entries but there is a $50 processing fee for customers not using a credit card.

When will I know if my product is an Honoree?
We will notify honorees in March 2018. The official announcment will be May 10, 2018. Honorees will be featured in the May issue of Laser Focus World, as well as on the website, and in a special Honoree Webcast. There will be a moratorium from March until May 10, 2018 during which participants are asked to not discuss their awards status.