Use Photonics. Find a Solution. Change the World.

Karen Kwon

The Optica Foundation Challenge enables early-career optics researchers to pursue high-impact ideas.


One day in mid-2022, Xingchen Ji was scrolling through his email inbox when, out of the tens of messages that he receives daily, one jumped out at him with an eye-catching subject line: “Use photonics. Find a solution. Change the world.” He immediately clicked on it and saw that the Optica Foundation was launching the Optica Foundation Challenge to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

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