Lightwave has extended the deadline to submit entries into the 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews to this Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Information on how to submit entries is available on the Innovation Reviews homepage and FAQ page.
Now in its third year, the Lightwave Innovation Reviews recognizes excellence in the development of new optical communications technologies. Led by this year’s program director, Joe Berthold, three members of a panel of judges that embodies the diversity of optical communications applications will review each entry and evaluate it based on the following criteria:
- level of innovation
- the likelihood that it will satisfy customers and contribute to their profitability.
Each judge assigns a rating from 1 (not very useful) to 5 (excellent) to each entry; the average of the three ratings is the entry’s final score. Judges also provide comments that explain their ratings. This year’s group of judges include representatives from Google, Microsoft, and Verizon, among other well-known companies in the optical communications space.
Entries that achieve Elite Score status of at least 3.5 will be recognized next March, just ahead of OFC 2017. In addition to the ability to tout an Elite Score, entrants frequently find the judges' comments valuable feedback on their entries’ capabilities. The identity of the judges that reviewed a particular entry is not revealed.