Photonics is the science of light. Its technologies include lasers, optics, fibre-optics and electro-optical devices. Photonics is a key enabling technology for innovations in a wide spectrum of industries, ranging from health care to manufacturing and from agrifood to consumer electronics. It is also the backbone of the internet infrastructure and crucial for the future of IT. The 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics.
Photonics is already all alround us: in the screens we use for our smartphones and high-resolution TVs, in the LED lights popping up everywhere and in the fibre optic cables providing us with high-speed internet. At the same time it is shaping the future of technology. Because sensor technology is increasingly depending on the use of light, photonics is indispensable for smart homes, smart cities, smart mobility and smart factories.
About the location
The Netherlands and the Brainport region of Eindhoven are worldwide leaders in photonics innovation. The Netherlands houses 160 photonics related companies and research organizations, plus two out of Europe’s four photonics foundries.
Photonics is strong all across Europe. Because of its open ecosystem already in place, including an expert network across the continent, Europe is believed to have a two-year lead over other continents.
About the initiators
The Photonics Applications Week is an initiative of the following organisations (in alphabetical order):
|Eindhoven University of Technology is a world-leading university specialized in engineering science & technology. Excellent teaching is combined with cutting-edge research to contribute to the advancement of both science and innovation. With its application oriented approach the TU/e has contributed significantly to the growth of prosperity both in its own region and beyond.|
|High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE) is the smartest square kilometre in The Netherlands, housing over 160 companies and knowledge institutes, as well as 11,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs working on future technologies and products. The Campus helps accelerate innovation by offering easy access to high tech facilities and international networks. Campus companies include Philips, NXP, IBM and Intel and are focused on fast innovation in the fields of Health, Energy and Smart Environments. Located at the heart of the Brainport region, HTCE companies are responsible for nearly 40% of all Dutch patent applications.|
|Jakajima is a matchmaker for innovators in the high tech industry and organises events ranging from 3D printing to Internet of Things, from Cargo Disruption to Health Tech and from Sport Innovation to Photonics.|
|PhotonDelta is a collaboration of tech companies in Eindhoven, The Netherlands focused on innovations in photonics. Recognised as one of Europe’s leading innovation hubs, its mission is to build up a thriving photonics ecosystem and secure Europe’s photonics lead by amplify existing initiatives and kick-starting new ones. PhotonDelta actively connects young start-up companies with the knowledge and expertise of high-tech enterprises and applied research institutes.|