18 - 22 August 2024
San Diego, California, US

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 information to help create a positive and easy onsite experience.

Check back for more details for the 2024 event in the months to come.

Attendee at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Badge pick-up and registration hours for both the meeting and exhibition

Convention Center Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)
Sunday 18 August 7:15 AM-5:00 PM
Monday 19 August 7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday 20 August 7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday 21 August 7:45 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 22 August 7:45 AM–2:00 PM

Helpful information while at the event

SPIE Cashier

Location: Conv. Ctr. Salils Pavilion, Registration area — open during registration hours

Registration payments

If you are planning to register onsite, please do so at the “Need to Register” laptop station.

Your credit card payment will be processed during registration.

If you wish to pay with cash or check, you will be directed to the Cashier once you have completed registration for final payment.

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 Participation

Preregistered attendees who need an SPIE-stamped receipt or attendees who need a Certificate of Participation 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 

Location: Conv. Ctr., Room 6B (Upper Level), Registration area — open during registration hours

All speakers must visit Speaker Check-in to upload their slide presentation files or check on presentations that were uploaded in advance. All presentations should be confirmed at Speaker Check-in at least two hours prior to their scheduled session or the day before if presenting in the first session of the day.

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 

Location: Conv. Ctr. lobbies, meeting rooms, exhibition hall, and registration area 

Complimentary wireless internet access is 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.

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SPIE Conference App and event information

Location: Conv. Ctr. 6A Lobby (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.  

SPIE staff will be available to assist in answering any meeting and exhibition-related questions you might have. Stop by to pick up conference materials, face masks, and hand sanitizer. 

SPIE Bookstore 

Location: Conv. Ctr. 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 Materials Desk  

Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)- Open during registration hours

Once you have registered for your course(s) you will need to stop by the Course Desk to pick up your course materials and get your classroom location. You are also welcome to 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 

Location: Conv. Ctr. Hall A Lobby (Ground level)
Sunday                            7:15 AM–7:15 PM
Monday  7:30 AM–9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM–6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:45 AM–6:15 PM
Thursday 7:45 AM–6:00 PM

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

Copy Services - FedEx Office

Location: Conv. Ctr., Hall D Lobby (Ground level)
Sunday  9:00 AM-5:00 PM
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: hello@sitterwise.com 
Office: +1 619 303 4379 or text +1 619 663 4379
Learn more and make a reservation online: www.sitterwise.com
SPIE does not imply an endorsement or 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.


Location: Conv. Ctr. Halls B and E Lobbies (Ground level)

Inclusive Restroom 

Location: Conv. Ctr. Hall A Lobby (Ground level)

This gender-neutral and accessible restroom has two private single-occupancy rooms, each with a locking door and floor-to-ceiling walls.

Charging Stations 

Location: Conv. Ctr. Lobbies (Ground level)

Keep those battery levels up during your breaks. Charging stations (including ADA) are located throughout the lower-level lobbies.

Mothers’ Lounge

Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) open during registration hours.
  • Lockable room intended for mothers to pump or breastfeed
  • Running water is available in the nearby restrooms
  • Lock combination available at the Cashier.
Location: Conv. Ctr. Halls A and E Lobbies (Ground level).
  • The Mothers’ Lounge in Hall A is a separate lounge and has a full sink in the area
  • The Mothers' Lounge/pods in Hall E are inside the Women's restroom

Neither Mothers' Lounges have refrigerator or storage.

Quiet Room 

Location: 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 are allowed.

Lost and Found 

Location: SPIE Cashier, Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) - 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 the house phone at 5490.

Food and beverage services

Coffee Breaks - 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–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–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–1:30 PM
Room 6 Lobby, Conv. Ctr. (upper level) 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Food and refreshments for purchase
Conv. Ctr., Lobby A (Ground Level)
Sunday - Wednesday                            7:00 AM–3:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM–2:00 PM
Days and times subject to change

Mrs. Fields Cookies and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels 
Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) Exhibition Hall
Sunday - Wednesday                                     7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM–12:00 PM
Days and times subject to change

Café Express Lunch Cart
Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion (Upper Level) Exhibition Hall
Tuesday - Thursday                                   11:00 AM–1:30 PM
Variety of food and drink options, such as deli
sandwiches, salads, and pastries available for purchase.
Credit card payments only.

Restaurants and City Information
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