SPIE BiOS exhibitor logistics

Information for your successful exhibition in 2024
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Information to prepare for the BiOS exhibition

On this page you will find deadlines, tools, helpful links, and more to help with your planning for a successful event. You'll find official contact information, official contractor information, policies, and more. Photonics West exhibitors should visit the Photonics West logistics page

Reserve your space

Venue

Moscone Center
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sat. 27 January 2024 | 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Sun. 28 January 2024 | 10:00 AM—4:00 PM

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Important dates and deadlines for BiOS Expo


Update exhibitor listing Open
Request visa invitation letter Open

Reserve housing

Available June 2023
Order booth furniture and utilities, via exhibitor service manual Available September 2023
Submit certificate of insurance Due 29 December 2023

Ship to advance warehouse - PDF shipping labels

Available September 2023

Register booth staff

Available October 2023

Payment, deposit, and refund dates

Contracted charges paid in full 30 August 2023
5% late fee added to unpaid invoices 31 August 2023
Cancellation due to default payment 29 September 2023
Full refund of cancellation/space reduction* Before 29 July 2023
Forfeit deposit; refund excess for cancellation/space reduction 30 July—28 September 2023
No refund for cancellation/space reduction After 28 September 2023

*less a $500 administrative fee



View exhibition policies

Manage your show through the exhibitor dashboard


Update your show listings and register your staff

Attendees decide which exhibit booth to locate next

Plan your space and order services

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Official contractors for this exhibition


SPIE does not rent or sell attendee lists from our events. Any offer for an attendee/email list from an SPIE event is a scam.

All of these offers (example below) are fraudulent no matter how official they look. Do not fall for any offer of attendee lists! Protect your bottom line by remaining vigilant and reporting spam.

example of scam email

Read complete warning: Exercise due diligence when approached by vendors not endorsed by SPIE.

Information about moving in and moving out


Hours of operation
Registration hours, set-up and dismantle hours (Available September 2023)

Marshalling yard
Truck delivery location and hours (Available September 2023)

Promote your presence with these free resources


Download e-postcard
Customizable. Copy and paste into Outlook and send to your customers. (Available October 2023)

 

Email and web resources
Customizable. Add to your email signature, website, other marketing collateral. (Available October 2023)

 

Download event logo
Add the logo to your signature.

 

Social media tips
View our tip sheet for promoting your participation on social media. (Available October 2023)

Extend your presence with high-visibility sponsorships, placements, and ads

  • Product demos: Showcase your product on the Exhibition floor; fee required (Available September 2023)
  • Sponsorships: Many opportunities to reach your target audience
  • Advertise: Download the 2023 media kit (Coming soon)

Exhibitor greets attendees at his booth

Exhibition management


BiOS Exhibition:

Michele Bennett, CEM micheleb@spie.org

FAQs


Tabletops: 2 ft. x 6 ft. x 30 in. black draped table, two chairs, carpet, waste basket, and company ID sign included. Basic electrical may be included; see event specific display rules.

Booths: 8 ft. pipe and black drape back, 3 ft. side drape, and company ID sign included. Utilities and furnishings not included. Exhibitors are required to carpet booth area (if carpet not provided in hall).

Peninsula and Islands: Utilities and booth furnishings not included. Exhibitors are required to carpet exhibit space (if carpet not provided in hall).

Non-author technical pass(es), online Exhibitor listing, a basic company listing in the optics.org buyers guide, discounted housing when booking in the block, and other promotional opportunities and sponsorships. 

See the Exhibition Display Guidelines for rules and regulations of your exhibit space. For further assistance, contact exhibitions@spie.org

  • Exhibit space contract fee
  • Exhibit space furnishings, carpet, signs, promotional collateral, giveaways, etc.
  • Union labor to assist setting up and dismantling exhibit space
  • Electrical, internet, cleaning, or AV equipment
  • Shipping, material handling fees, and empty container storage fee
  • Staff expenses: hotel accommodations, travel, etc.

Furnishings, electrical, and other display items can be ordered through the Exhibitor Manual. Exhibitor Liaisons will be notified when the Exhibitor Manual is available; it will also be posted on the Exhibitor Logistics page and in the Exhibitor Dashboard.

  • Order in advance - order furnishings, carpet, utilities, etc., before the discount deadline dates.
  • Shipping - consolidate shipments and ship to the advance warehouse before the deadline.
  • Housing - book your accommodations in the SPIE Housing Block under 'Attend' on the event website.

The preferred method is to ship your freight to the Advance Warehouse. Refer to the Exhibitor Manual Freight and Shipping section for shipping labels, costs, and deadlines.

If shipping direct to show site, freight is only accepted during exhibitor move-in and may incur additional fees. Please refer to the Exhibitor Manual for move-in dates and times.

You may install/dismantle your exhibit display if your booth is 10 ft. x 10 ft. or a tabletop AND it takes one person less than 30 minutes without hand tools. Otherwise, you must use Union labor personnel. Refer to the Exhibitor Manual for union regulations and jurisdictions.

One person is allowed to carry one or two boxes in one trip. The use of hand trucks is not allowed. The decorator offers special round trip material carrying service rates for exhibitor material. Refer to the Exhibitor Manual for material handling forms and rates.

Exhibitors are not allowed to begin pack-up prior to the close of the show. Any exhibitor who packs up early will forfeit 50% of their earned priority points and will be charged a $250 fee. 

Exhibitor liaisons must register staff prior to the event through the Exhibitor Dashboard

Do not leave valuables unattended, including laptops. Event security is provided for the venue, but you and your staff are responsible for any valuables left in your exhibit space.

Available Sponsorship & Promotional opportunities are listed on the Become a Sponsor page. Please contact spiesales@spie.org for sponsorship details.

You may pay, view, print, and email your invoice directly from the Exhibitor Dashboard. Sign in to the Exhibitor Dashboard, find the related event, and click on Review Exhibitor Invoice. Payments can also be made at https://spie.org/payment

Liability insurance is required to exhibit at all SPIE events. Sign in to the Exhibitor Dashboard to upload your certificate of liability insurance.

Contracted exhibitors are allowed to share their exhibit space with co-exhibitors. A co-exhibitor application form and payment is required for each co-exhibiting company. To request a co-exhibitor form, contact exhibitions@spie.org