Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and OLEDWorks LLC, along with facilitator NineSigma, today announced the winners of the Lighting without a Bulb contest.
Each of the three winners was each awarded $10,000 for their innovative OLED lighting luminaires.
- Matthew Boyko, Society Creative, USA
- Michael Garner, MSG Lighting, USA
- Sadyr Khabukhayev, Izmir Institute of Technology, Kazakhstan
“We were impressed with the 48 innovative drawings that were submitted and as expected, they pushed the boundaries of OLED lighting applications,” said Dr. Dipak Q. Chowdhury, division vice president and program director, Emerging Innovations Group, Corning. “The three winning designs were selected for their uniqueness, aesthetics, and functionality. They also highlight the benefits of OLED lighting panels and demonstrate that the next generation of lighting is here.”
“The lighting concepts submitted to the competition showcase OLED’s versatility across an expansive range of applications,” said David DeJoy, president and co-founder, OLEDWorks. “The combination of thinness and superb light quality inspired designers to create beautiful product concepts not only for general lighting but also for furniture, task, and portable lighting.”
Contestants were challenged to create unique luminaire designs that are functional, practical, and can be manufactured. Designs also had to integrate OLEDWorks’ lighting panels which are thin, lightweight, and cool to the touch. Unlike traditional lighting that requires light bulbs, OLEDs are thin panels that can be integrated into luminaires, architectural building materials, and furniture to create low-glare, seamless experiences for retail, hospitality, residential and medical lighting applications. When turned off, OLEDs can be made to look like mirrors that can be used in walls or vanity mirrors.
Corning and OLEDWorks co-hosted the contest, which ran from April 8 to June 30, to broaden awareness and create excitement for this next-generation technology. Corning and OLEDWorks announced a collaboration agreement in April 2015 to create unique and conformable next-generation OLED lighting solutions using Corning® Willow® Glass. OLED lighting offers the unique design of luminaires, which can be conformed to a curved surface.
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NineSigma connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors. NineSigma has the largest open global network of solution providers and an extensive database of existing solutions spanning numerous industries and technical disciplines. In 2015, the company was again named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Learn more at www.ninesigma.com or www.ninesights.com.
About OLEDWorks LLC
OLEDWorks is a leader in the development and production of affordable and innovative organic light emitting diode lighting solutions. OLEDWorks was founded by many of the original pioneers in the OLED industry, giving OLEDWorks the unique OLED production experience and insight into manufacturing strategies specifically tailored to lighting. OLEDWorks applies its more than 300 person years of collective industry experience in OLED technology to making the most advanced and cost effective solutions in OLED lighting.
With production in Aachen, Germany and Rochester, New York, where it is headquartered, OLEDWorks is the only U.S. based OLED light engine and panel manufacturer, and has become the dependable source for OLED lighting solutions. For more information, visit www.OLEDWorks.com.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.