CONTEST #2240200


Lighting without a Bulb


OLED light panels naturally produce diffuse light with little or no heat in very thin form factors. Moreover, the light produced has a broad color spectrum, similar to that of an incandescent lamp, resulting in good color quality and a pleasant user experience.  On the other hand, LED light luminaires tend to produce glare and heat without auxiliary optics to convert them to a diffused source, thereby limiting their integration with building materials and furniture. 

Corning is a leader in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics. Corning is collaborating with OLEDWorks, creators of world class, cost-effective lighting solutions, to develop OLED components. They invite students and designers to imagine how OLED lighting can be integrated into lighting devices, fixtures, furniture, and luminaires. 

Learn more about Corning and OLEDWorks online at and










NineSigma, representing Corning Incorporated and OLEDWorks, invites design proposals for OLED lighting applications that highlight the special features of OLED technology: thin form factors, low weight lighting elements, cool to touch, and high light quality.



This challenge seeks creative lighting designs that integrate Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology into functional luminaires and other practical lighting applications. Up to five winners will be awarded cash prizes of US $10,000 each.


Further interaction with respondents may occur after award of prize.  Such interactions may include, but are not limited to, the opportunity to fabricate a prototype using sponsor-supplied components. Funding is to be negotiated.









The sponsor and their partner will evaluate your design considering the following criteria:

  • Design uniqueness
    • Design highlights thin form factor, low-weight illumination element, cool-to-touch surface, and high light quality
    • Design cannot readily be executed with conventional or LED light sources
  • Prospective marketability and practicality
    • Design can be sold through channels familiar to the market segment
    • Materials and assembly costs consistent with pricing of products with similar unity in the target market segment
  • Aesthetics
    • Selection of authentic materials that complement lighting experience
    • Seamless integration of wiring and power supply
  • How the design enhances user experience
  • Path to fabrication
    • Materials required
    • Assembly steps



For background and information about the components you can use within your design, please see the Challenge Summary





You must complete and submit the online response form by June 30, 2016 5:00 PM EDT.  You will be able to upload supplemental documents with your response.


Your response should provide:

  • Renderings which illustrate the design concept (please submit illustrations as pdf documents or jpegs)
    • Optionally, you are encouraged to include a private link to a short video presentation 
  • A description of proposed design that also explains how you meet the design evaluation criteria
  • A description of a what is necessary to fabricate a prototype
  • A description about you (or your team) and related experience

If you require assistance to submit, please contact the NineSigma Solution Provider Help Desk (



See Official Rules for details. Contest opens on April 8, 2016.  Must submit at least one Entry by June 30, 2016 to be eligible. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.



Kevin Andrews


Kevin Andrews, PhD
Senior Program Manager 




Welcome to our Design Contest!


Questions?  Feel free to post a thread for the community or email us at





Dipak Chowdhury, PhD
Division Vice President & Program Director, OLED Lighting            


Mark Taylor, PhD

Technical SME & Project Manager, OLED Lighting