Alumni win global award for phone camera invention

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Five former nanotechnology engineering students at the University of Waterloo have come a long way since they came together over a shared interest in optics and frustration with the poor quality of their smartphone photographs.

Just over a year after they teamed up, their startup technology company, Scope Photonics, earned international attention with the announcement today that it is a worldwide runner-up for the 2020 James Dyson Award for student inventors.

“It’s been a really fun year,” said Holden Beggs, a co-founder and CEO of the company. “There is definitely much more buzz around the technology and our vision of modernizing and digitizing optics than there was when we started.”

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