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2023 Student Optical Design Challenge

Students design solutions for tomorrow's immersive display products
Student wearing AVR glasses

See students apply their creativity and optics education to challenging industry specifications for immersive display products

During the conference, a jury comprised of industry leaders sponsoring the event and leading academic figures in AR, VR, and MR will review submissions and a three-minute pitch by participants. Multiple prizes will be awarded throughout the competition thanks to our generous sponsors.

Student Optical Design Challenge
30 January 2023, 5:00-6:00 PM, Moscone Level 3 West, Room 3022

Award Ceremony
31 January 2023, 5:50-6:00 PM, Moscone Level 3 West, Main Stage


Thank you to our 2023 Student Optical Design Challenge Sponsors:


How to participate


The competion will offer several specific design challenges for students to address. A jury, comprised of industry leaders sponsoring the event and leading academic figures in AR, VR, and MR, will review submissions and a three-five minute pitch by participants. Multiple prizes will be awarded throughout the competition thanks to generous sponsorships.

Each student may participate in up to two challenges. The optical design software is the student's choice.  

The application process is now closed. Join us at AR | VR | MR to hear pitches from finalists and celebrate the winners.

Benefits to participating students


This challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate design skills and gain exposure to some of the industry's top companies.

Participant information and a description of all projects will be listed on the SPIE AR | VR | MR website and in conference program materials, and submitted papers will be published in SPIE Proceedings.

Winners will be acknowledged at the event during an awards presentation as well as online at the conference conclusion and may be highlighted in SPIE media, such as #FacesofPhotonics on Instagram.