San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
28 August - 1 September 2016
Social Networking Events
Optics Outreach Games
Date: Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
View optics and photonics demonstrations from student chapters worldwide while enjoying refreshments and networking in a casual atmosphere. Students relax and hang out with peers while engaging in a friendly competition. Check out exciting new educational product demos and don't miss this ever-popular student social.

For demonstration videos from last year's Games, visit
Hospitality Suite
Date: Monday - Thursday 29 August - 1 September 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Guest Hospitality Suite
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel Marina
Monday-Thursday, 29 August to 1 September 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 to 10:00 am
Guests of attendees are invited to meet, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee and light breakfast in the SPIE Guest Hospitality Suite. This suite is for guests of attendees only. The hotel concierge will be available during a portion of this time to answer travel, shopping, and tourist questions.
Women in Optics Panel and Reception
Date: Monday 29 August 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
"Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Science & Engineering" Join us for this panel discussion featuring representatives from groups working toward positive solutions to building diversity in science and engineering. They will share the details and successes of their programs and take questions from the audience. A networking reception will follow. Moderator: Julia Craven, Sandia National Labs. Panelists: Leopold Green Jr, Board of Directors, Council for the Advancement of Black Engineers (CABE); Sonia Zárate, Executive Board Member/Secretary, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS); Renu Tripathi, Delaware State University; Stacey M. Delvecchio, Past President and Fellow, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Caterpillar Additive Manufacturing Product Manager This event is open to all attendees.
All-Conference Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 29 August 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
All registered conference attendees are invited to relax, socialize, and enjoy refreshments with your colleagues. In addition, volunteers from the San Diego Astronomy Club will set up a variety of telescopes for those who want to view the wonders of the night sky, learn about different telescopes, and share their interest in astronomy. The reception and sky viewing are open to all registered conference attendees. Tickets for guests of registered conference attendees may be purchased during the registration process or at the registration desk onsite.
Student Chapter Exhibit Mixer
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us for refreshments and a late-afternoon mixer in the Student Chapter section of the Exhibition Hall. Meet our amazing students and learn about the innovative activities of some of the best and brightest Student Chapters across the globe!
SPIE 2016 Annual Awards Banquet
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SPIE 2016 Annual Awards Banquet

SPIE honors the top minds in optics and photonics at its annual Awards Banquet. This event is designed to recognize individuals for the exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions they’ve made to the science of light. SPIE President and host for the evening, Bob Lieberman, invites you to come celebrate with us. Plan on an evening honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Purchase tickets when registering for the conference, or onsite at the SPIE Cashier Desk (before 12 noon Tuesday 30 August, space permitting). $60 USD includes drink, appetizer and dinner.
Early Career Networking Breakfast
Date: Monday 29 August 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Start your conference off with a good breakfast and network building with SPIE Leadership. All early career professionals are invited to attend this informal event. Connect with the volunteer leadership of SPIE and your peers. A breakfast buffet will be provided, but please RSVP to at least 1 week before to confirm attendance.
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