Onsite services for SPIE Optics + Photonics

Find information on how to navigate the onsite conference experience in San Diego, CA

Onsite services information

Discover details about registration, speaker check-in, bookstore, and other helpful information needed to navigate onsite.

Attendee at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Badge pick-up and registration hours

Conference + exhibition registration  
San Diego Convention Center - Sails Pavilion (upper level)
Sunday 21 August 7:15 AM–5:00 PM
Monday 22 August 7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday 23 August 7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday 24 August 7:45 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 25 August 7:45 AM–2:00 PM

Helpful information while onsite

SPIE Cashier

San Diego Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) registration area — open during registration hours

Registration payments online only

If you have already registered and wish to add a course, workshop, or special event, you may do this online by signing into your SPIE account.

Receipt and certificate of attendance

Preregistered attendees who need an SPIE-stamped receipt or attendees who need a certificate of attendance may obtain those at Badge Corrections and Receipts.

Badge corrections

Badge corrections can be made at the Badge Corrections station. Please have your badge removed from the badge holder and marked with your changes before approaching the counter.

Speaker check-in and preview station 

Conv. Ctr., Room 11B (Upper Level) — open during registration hours

All speakers must stop at Speaker Check-In to upload their slide presentation files at least two hours before their scheduled session or the day before if you present in the first session. Speakers are not able to present using their own devices. All conference rooms are equipped with a laptop, projector, screen, lapel microphone, and laser pointer.

Internet access 

Lobbies, meeting rooms, exhibition hall, and registration area 
Complimentary wireless internet access provided in meeting rooms and lobbies on the conference room level and in the Sails Pavilion where the exhibition and registration are located.  Instructions will be posted onsite.

SPIE Conference App and event information

Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) — open during registration hours 

Our SPIE App developer will be onsite and available to answer any questions on its use or navigation and how to get the best user experience. We welcome your feedback.

This useful tool allows you to search and browse the program, special events, participants, exhibitors, courses, and more.  It is free and available for iPhone and Android phones. If you don't already have it, you can download the SPIE app here.  

General event information — stop by to pick up conference materials, face masks, and hand sanitizer. SPIE staff will also be available to assist in answering any meeting and exhibition related questions you might have.

SPIE Bookstore 

Convention center Sails Pavilion — Exhibition Hall (upper level)

Tuesday/Wednesday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Stop by the SPIE Bookstore to browse the latest SPIE Press books and educational materials. While there, get a t-shirt and other gifts to bring home to the family.

Credit card and debit cards only please; no cash.

SPIE Course Desk  

Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) — open during registration hours

Browse course offerings or learn more about SPIE courses available in portable formats such as online and customizable, in-company courses.

SPIE Luggage & Coat Check 

Convention center, Hall A Lobby (Ground Level)
Sunday                            7:15 AM–7:45 PM
Monday  7:30 AM–8:45 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM–6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:45 AM–6:00 PM
Thursday 7:45 AM–6:00 PM

Complimentary luggage, package, and coat storage are available. Please note hours; no late pickup available.

Business Center - FedEx Office

Conv. Ctr., Hall D Lobby (Ground Level)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Services include photocopying, faxing, printing services, and shipping. Office supplies are also available. Phone +1 619 525 5450

Child care services 

Email: sarah@sitterwise.com 
Office: +1 619 303 4379 or text +1 619 663 4379
Learn more and make a reservation online: www.sitterwise.com
Note: SPIE does not imply an endorsement nor recommendation of these services. They are provided on an "information only" basis for your further analysis and decision.  Other services may be available.

Did you know SPIE offers Family Care Grants to SPIE members? For more information on deadlines and how to apply check the details here.

Street level lobby services and amenities

Courtesy phones — for local calls              
Gender Inclusive Restroom - Conv. Ctr. Hall A Lobby

Mothers’ Lounge

Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) — open during registration hours

The Mothers' Lounge is a lockable room intended for nursing mothers.  There is no storage, running water, or refrigeration available in this space.

Quiet Room 

Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) – open during registration hours

The Quiet Room is intended for silent meditation, reflection or prayer.  No mobile device or computer use, and no food or beverages allowed.

Urgent message line 

An urgent message line is available during registration hours: +1 619 525 5701

Lost and Found 

SPIE Cashier — open during registration Hours

Found items will be kept at SPIE Cashier in the registration area during the meeting and available only during registration hours. At the end of the meeting, all found items will be turned over to the San Diego Convention Center Security. Contact via the lost and found hotline +1 619 525 5490 or from house phone 5490.

Food and beverage services

Complimentary coffee 
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
Exhibition Hall, Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (upper level) 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 7:45 AM–9:30 AM
Exhibition Hall, Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 7:45 AM–9:30 AM
Exhibition Hall, Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (Upper Level) 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Please check the conference schedule for specific break times.

Food & Refreshments for purchase
Starbucks — Conv. Ctr., Lobby A
Sunday - Wednesday                                  7:00 AM–12:00 PM


Mrs. Fields Cookies/Auntie Anne’s Pretzels 
Conv. Conv. Ctr., Lobby 6A
Sunday - Wednesday                                     7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM–12:00 PM
Note: Times subject to change.