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Amazing Light Laser Challenge

Web site design competition celebrating the invention and impacts of lasers

Applications closed on September 1, 2005.

Rationale and Call for Web sites

In celebration of scientific achievement, past, present, and future, the John Templeton Foundation, in collaboration with Metanexus Institute, offered a global Web site competition with cash prizes: the Amazing Light Laser Challenge.

The year 2005 is the 90th birthday year of Charles Townes, who received the Nobel Prize in 1964 for his contribution to the invention of the laser, which has profoundly transformed science, technology, and society. This year also marks the centenary of Albert Einstein's "miracle year" when he "discovered" the quantum of light along with his famous theory of relativity and has been designated by the United Nations as the World Year of Physics.

In this spirit, we solicited submissions of multimedia Web sites that exhibited excellence in creativity and innovation in the context of laser technology. Applicants focused on the laser itself, or used the theme of the laser as an exemplar of creative discoveries and their impact on society. The theme was meant to be a creative catalyst with some relevance to laser technology and not restrictive or limiting in theme or format. The winning Web site in this competition will be announced at the Amazing Light symposium.

Awards and Recognition

1st prize $35,000

Winner will be announced via:

Applications closed on September 1, 2005.

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