Join The PHOTON GAMES at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on June 12-15, 2019.  We invite teams of students from around the world, wherever there is interest in optics and photonics.  Teams can form out of physics departments, electrical and computer engineering colleges, or even high schools.  
The competition is open to high school (ages 14 and up),  undergraduate, and graduate students.  
Top teams will split $5000 is prize money!
Register now before April 1.

The Photon Games Events

  1. Teams build an optical printer that is assembled on site to produce a key that can open a lock of given specifications.
  2. Teams build a device that enhances their cell phone camera.
  3. Teams present a poster and lesson plan based on the cell phone camera enhancement.
  4. Teams create an artistic time lapse photograph using items such as flashlights, lasers, or other light emitting sources.
  5. Teams participate in a brain-bowl event, which will be open to the public.
  6. Teams compete in an optics experiment, the content of which will remain a mystery up until the start of the event on-site
  7. Teams compete in Iron Scientists – Optics Style. (This is like Iron Chef!)
  8. Teams will create an outreach activity that can be used in a formal (classroom) or informal (non-classroom) setting.

Travel to UCF from almost anywhere in the U.S. is easy. The airport is located 25 minute drive from UCF and there are multiple hotels close by.

Learn about the details of the competition and how you can be prepared for the event.


UCF is host to CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics. It has a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs and state of the art research facilities.

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Support the Competition

Get in the Game by becoming a sponsor for the competition and benefit by having visibility to some of the best students in the world.
For sponsorship opportunities please contact Mike McKee at 407-823-6376 or
For general donations to the Games please donate now!