Past FLEXI Award Winners

FLEXI Awards - Flex Conference, presented by FlexTech Alliance


FLEXI Innovation AwardThin Film Electronics, ASA, for the NFC Smart Label. This small label can store and sense data such as time and temperature, and wirelessly communicate the information to internet-connected devices via NFC technology.

Thinfilm Electronics wins FLEXI Innovation Award
Mao Takashima, Thinfilm Electronics, accepts the FLEXI Innovation Award.

FLEXI R&D AwardPacific Northwest National Laboratory and Vitex Systems for the development of Barix®. Barix’s basic principles have been critical to a new generation of curved and flexible OLED displays which are just emerging on the marketplace.

Barix Development Team accepts FLEXI R&D Award
Barix Development team members from PNNL and Vitex Systems accept the FLEXI R&D Award.

Technology Leadership in Education AwardCal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department for the establishment of a Certificate and Master’s degree program in the area of Printed Electronics and Functional Imaging. Through this program students acquire the essential knowledge and skills to carry into the printing and design worlds.

Cal Poly wins FLEXI Education Award
FlexTech awards the Technology Leadership in Education Award to Cal Poly.

FLEXI Innovation AwardMC10 for its sports and activity impact indicator designed for athletes of all ages and skill-levels, the CHECKLIGHT ™.

Imprint Energy for development of the first truly rechargeable battery based on an ultrathin Zinc polymer cell structure and printed onto flexible substrates.

Plastic Logic for their demonstration of ISORG’s organic printed photodetectors onto an OTFT backplane, creating a flexible, ultra-light, ultra-thin and robust sensor.

Technology Leadership in Education Award – Dr. Bruce Kahn for his exemplary contributions to the printed electronics field since 2002, including teaching, training, writing, researching, and advising in the field.


FLEXI Innovation Award – American Semiconductor won the award for its Flexible Hybrid Systems with FleXTM Silicon-on-PolymerTM, a proprietary process to transform standard silicon wafers into flexible wafers.

FLEXI R&D Award – Two companies were recognized individually for their achievements in R&D. Corning received the award for Corning Willow Glass, a thin and flexible display-grade glass that has benefits for a variety of electronic devices. Plastic Logic received the award for its scalable color filter alignment process, a transformational technology that enables the integration of color displays into flexible concepts.


FLEXI Innovation Award – Thin Film Electronics and PARC, a Xerox Company, were the combined recipients for their working prototype of the world’s first printed, rewritable memory addressed with complimentary organic circuits, combining Thinfilm’s polymer-based memory technology with PARC’s transistor technology.

FLEXI R&D Award – The Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics (CAPE) at Western Michigan University received the award for their variety of R2R and sheet techniques including: gravure, inkjet, screen, flexography, spin coating and various CVD techniques used to model the printed electronics world.

Technology Leadership in Education Award – Awarded to the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology for fostering research, education, and innovation in the field of organic photonics and electronics.


FLEXI Innovation AwardFLEXI Innovation AwardE-Ink won the award for its global innovation of electrophoretic displays in the flexible display industry.

FLEXI R&D Award – Polyera, a supplier of functional materials for the printed and flexible electronics industry, has been a leading player in the development of materials, in particular pioneering the development of high-performance, user-friendly n-type semiconductor materials.

Technology Leadership in Education Award – The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Plastic Electronics, Imperial Col- lege London (ICL) for the breadth of disciplines including: materials physics, optoelectronics, physical chemistry, device engineering/modeling, and design, synthesis and processing of molecular electronic materials. The Imperial College DTC meets this challenge by having aggressively invested in the broad field of Flexible Electronics that resulted in appointments in Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.


FLEXI R&D Award – HP and PowerFilm Solar for the SAIL (self-aligned imprint lithography) process, whereby a 3D masking structure is molded on top of the full stack of un-patterned thin films required for the electronic backplane.

FLEXI Innovation Award – Infinite Power Solutions wins for their THINERGY™ MEC® (Micro-Energy Cell) products – revolutionary solid-state, rechargeable, energy storage solutions that serve a variety of vertical markets.

Technology Leadership in Education Award – Darmstadt University of Technology received the FLEXI Award for developing the interdisciplinary program “Printed Electronics”, which addresses materials, conventional and digital printing technologies, electronic devices and circuit design at the advanced degree level.


FLEXI Innovation Award – Kent Displays for the eNote Liquid Crystal Writing Tablet (later renamed the Boogie Board) an environmentally-friendly tablet used to write with a finger or stylus and erase with a button push.

FLEXI R&D Award – DuPont Teijin Films won for development of its PET and PEN polyester films, now in use by numerous manufacturers of flexible displays and other emerging products.

Technology Leadership in Education Award – Multiple awards were presented to Binghamton University, Cornell University, Endicott Interconnect Technologies and Princeton University.  The organizations were recognized for pioneering activity in development of academic white papers on flexible and printed electronics. And, in the case of Binghamton University, Cornell University, and Endicott Interconnect Technologies, recognition was given for pioneering course work at the university level.