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2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards

We are now accepting entries for the 2022 program. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to be recognized for making a groundbreaking contribution in innovative lasers, optics, photonics, technology, products, systems and applications. Your status as an Honoree validates your product, technology, application, or research and reinforces the quality of your products to existing — as well as potential — customers.

Early Bird Deadline – SAVE $100: Ends 05/23/2022

Final Entry Deadline EXTENDED: Ends 06/28/2022

  • Submission Rates
    Entries Received through May 23:  $545 per entry (Early Bird Rate)
    Entries Received after May 23:  $645 per entry

CATEGORIES

Additive Manufacturing

Bio-Optics

Detectors & Imaging

Fiber Optics (High-speed, scientific)

Industrial Laser Systems 

Lasers & Sources

Optics 

Manufacturing Equipment for Photonic Components 

Positioning, Support & Accessories

Research: Applications & Case Studies

Software

Spectroscopy

Test & Measurement

BENEFIT FROM YEAR-ROUND EXPOSURE

Sure it is an investment of time and effort to enter your product or service in the 2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards, but it is time well spent. Below are just a few of the many benefits associated with entering this year’s reviews program.

BENEFIT 1
BE RECOGNIZED

Honorees have made a groundbreaking contribution to the lasers, optics and photonics industry and are recognized as leaders and innovators to the largest collection of vision and imaging professionals, with coverage in Laser Focus World magazine as well as on laserfocusworld.com.

BENEFIT 2
INCREASE CREDIBILITY

Being an honoree is validation of your product or technology, application, or research from a credible third party to the laser, optics and photonics industry. It’s a great way to reinforce the quality of your product to existing customers as well as potential customers.

BENEFIT 3
GAIN A SALES ADVANTAGE

Being recognized with a 2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Award is an additional tool for your sales team to use as part of their sales pitch. Companies recognized with this prestigious distinction can better compete for business as recognized honorees are less risky for potential customers.

BENEFIT 4
SET YOURSELF APART

Honorees rise above the competition and instantly tell the laser, optics and photonics industry their product or technology, application, or research has something unique and worthy of review.

BENEFIT 5
IT’S GREAT PR

Fully capitalize on your successful entry with announcements that grow your visibility in the industry. We even provide a press-release template to use to promote your honoree status.

BENEFIT 6
STOCK YOUR TROPHY CABINET!

Honorees are the proud recipients of the coveted Laser Focus World Innovators Award to be highlighted at your booth during Industry Shows and then showcased in your company lobby. You’ll also be able to use the 2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Award logo on your website and marketing literature to reinforce your success.

SUBMISSIONS: A HELPFUL GUIDE

How To Submit

Creating An Account

  1. Login or create your account at this link.
  2. After you have created your account you’ll be prompted to submit your entry. Click here to begin your entry. If you are interrupted and don’t have time to complete your entry your entry will be saved as IN PROGRESS until you have time to complete it.If you forgot your password click “lost password”
    Any required fields that are not filled in will be highlighted in red when you hit SAVE
  3. ​When your entry is complete click ADD TO CART
  4. At this point, you can either ENTER ANOTHER SUBMISSION or CHECKOUT
  5. At CHECKOUT submit your credit card details and click PROCESS (Only click PROCESS one time!) 

Troubleshooting Your Electronic Entry

PROBLEM: I keep hitting SAVE but my entry is not saving

Try This: Review your entry and confirm any required field is filled in or checked.


PROBLEM: I did NOT receive a confirmation email after submitting my entry

  • Confirm you entered an accurate email address
  • Confirmation emails are sent once payment is submitted


STILL HAVING TROUBLES?
Contact us at jcampbell@Endeavorb2b.com

Submission Rates

Entries Received through May 23:  $545 per entry (Early Bird Rate)

Entries Received after May 23:  $645 per entry

Final Deadline has been extended until  June 28, 2022.

About the Process

Each Innovators Awards Entry Should Address:

Why the Project/Application/Product being nominated stands out as an innovative application of a lasers and photonics product or system

Innovative approach to a project and implementation value to the user, which can be measured by such qualities as return-on-investment, loss prevention, or business- efficiency gains, positive impact on the customer, sustainability, characterized by overall eco-friendliness, long-term value, lifecycle cost-effectiveness, or other measures you can describe

Judges Will Review Your Entry Based on the Following Criteria:

  • Meeting a defined need as a well-conceived, well-executed initiative that fully met specific user requirements
  • Collaboration, including communication and cooperation throughout the value chain through which the product or system was procured and deployedy
  • Impact, which can be identified by describing the difference made on the professionals involved, on the productivity of users, and/or on society as a whole.

Make Sure to Include the Following:

  • A specification sheet outlining the user needs that are met
  • Project begin and end dates (if applicable)

Optional Items to Consider:

  • Testimonials by end-user customers
  • Video footage of the product/system in use at the application site (“Smartphone-quality” video is acceptable.)

TIPS FOR A GREAT ENTRY

If you haven’t yet completed (or started!) your entry, we have five tips that will ensure you put your best foot forward with our judging panel.

Identify a Product or Project Worth Bragging About
Our judging panel will review entries based on the extent to which they are innovative beyond previous products, technologies, systems, or approaches. We offer the following characteristics as suggestions. Use your entry as a way to explain how your submission innovates in any of the following ways—or in an interesting way we haven’t listed here.

    • Innovative approach to project, application or product design and implementation
    • Value to the user, measured by qualities such as ROI, loss prevention, business-efficiency gains, or other qualities
    • Sustainability, characterized by overall eco-friendliness, long-term value, lifecycle cost-effectiveness, or other measures
    • Meeting a defined need as a well-conceived, well-executed initiative that fully meets specific user requirements
    • Collaboration, which can include communication and cooperation throughout the value chain through which the product or system is procured or deployed
    • Impact, which can be identified by describing the difference the project, application or product made on the professionals involved, on the productivity of its ultimate users, and/or on society as a whole
    • Any other characteristic you can specify. The program exists to honor the innovations and beyond-the-norm thinking of professionals like you

Block time out on your calendar
Map out some time on your schedule so you can focus on your entry.

Download a preview of the entry form and compile your answers before completing the online entry
Once you’ve compiled your data, review your draft and confirm it clearly demonstrates one of the following criteria: innovation, value to the user, sustainability, meeting a defined need, collaboration, impact.

Include Supporting Documentation
Whether it’s photos, video, specification sheets, technical descriptions or any documentation you can make available, our judging panel will review all material from each submission. Testimonials from users and other professionals involved—whether they go on the record or prefer to remain anonymous—are valuable and encouraged. Take the opportunity to “show and tell” by providing as much supporting documentation as you can to let us know what separates your entry from the crowd.

Use specific, quantitative and instantly credible language
Avoid the urge to just copy and paste the text from your marketing collateral or website.

Be sure to answer the following questions about the product/system/technology:
How does your lasers and photonics products, design innovations, and/or real-world enabling technologies for lasers and photonics applications meet the end-user’s objectives? How does it reduce operational expenses and/or develop new revenue sources? What are the unique features of the product/system/technology as it compares to competing solutions? What makes it innovative? Does it fulfill a need in the market that hasn’t previously been addressed? Does it increase productivity? Does it leverage a novel technology?

Get input from the technical/engineering team
Provide specific examples of how the development impacts the community.

Celebrate Your Customers And Partners
When describing your product or project, use the entry as an opportunity to recognize your customers and your installation partners who deliver your products and systems to the market. Your customers can gain recognition as forward-thinking, problem-solving organizations that employ innovative technologies to optimize their business performance. And including your installation partners in the story emphasizes your company’s commitment to deploying systems with high-quality workmanship and top-notch expertise.

Call or eMail if We Can Help You
Peter Fretty is available to discuss anything that can help you complete an entry. He can be reached at pfretty@endeavorb2b.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Submission Rates
    Entries Received through May 23:  $545 per entry (Early Bird Rate)
    Entries Received after May 23:  $645 per entry
    Final Entry Deadline is June 28, 2022.
  • 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 and social media coverage. In addition to Laser Focus World’s coverage, you will receive: a physical award suitable for display at trade shows, a special award logo for use on your website or in your promotion, and recognition on social communities – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • What if we’ve completed a worthy project but the end-user 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 August 2022.
  • 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.
  • Do you have a question about whether your product or application would be a worthy entrant, or where it might fit?
    Reach out on questions like these and any other by contacting Peter Fretty.
  • 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 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

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