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    How to participate in the Digital Forum

    How To Participate

    Learn about easy registration and sign in, as well as other pointers for maximizing your Digital Forum experience. 

    Tools to enhance your event experience

    These platforms are part of the SPIE Digital Forum experience. Browse this page to learn more about these tools to be better prepared for the event.

       • SPIE Conference App: Access everything happening in the Digital Forum. Open the App and enjoy the event on your smartphone or tablet on the go.
       • Slack: A channel-based messaging platform, used for commenting during the SPIE Digital Forum. 

    Join the SPIE Photonex + Vacuum Expo Event 2020 Workspace (

       • Zoom: A virtual video and audio conferencing tool.

    Follow these steps to maximize your Digital Forum experience

    Follow these steps to ensure a successful week.


    1. Register for the Digital Forum

    It's free and easy. Register early so that you're ready to go on the first day of the forum. All authors, presenters, and attendees need to register to enjoy the forum.

    2. Sign in to your SPIE account during the week of the Forum

    By registering and signing in, all the content of the Forum will be available to you. Conference papers and presentations including commenting, live plenaries, exhibitor interactions and product demos, and special technical events and networking events are all included with your registration. By signing in during the week of the Forum, you'll have access to all events.

    3. Explore the Conference Program

    All conference papers, posters, and video presentations are available on demand. Look for these icons.


    Where there are multiple formats, you will see that described with the following icons.


    Clicking on an icon will take you to the SPIE Digital Library, where content can be viewed or read.

    4Explore the Exhibition

    Find information on the companies that are participating in the online exhibition. View product demonstrations on demand and interact with exhibitors via commenting. Click on the associated icon to see demonstrations:


    Commenting on Product Demonstrations

    Commenting and interaction for product demonstrations will be available via Slack; a Slack account is needed for commenting. Learn more about Slack below. You will see this logo and these links with every product demonstration that has commenting enabled:

    5. Engage in Live Events

    Live events will be happening throughout the week. You will see this icon associated with any live content:


    Live events will be hosted via Zoom

    Fifteen (15) minutes before an event is scheduled to go live, the following icon and link will appear on the event's webpage. Click on the link to enter the meeting waiting room. The host will start the event at the scheduled time.


    A Zoom account is not required to view live events. If you do not already have Zoom installed on your device, you will be prompted to download and install it when you try to enter an event. Browser viewing is also available with slightly reduced functionality. To see whether your device is set up for Zoom, visit:


    For plenary and technical events that have already occurred, any presentation recordings will be made available, and the link below will display. Click on the link to see the recording.

    6. Engage with presenters and colleagues using Slack

    What is Slack?
    Slack is a channel-based messaging platform that is being used for commenting during the SPIE Digital Forums. Anyone registered for any event and signed in to their SPIE account can comment on all papers, posters, and presentations during the week using their SPIE event Slack account.

    Watch SPIE Slack Tutorial Videos

    About SPIE Digital Forum Slack Workspace and Channels:

       • Slack is organized into Workspaces, each made up of a series of Channels.
       • Each SPIE event has its own Workspace.
    Each paper, poster, and presentation has its own Channel within this Workspace.

    Channels for all presentations are named by their conference number, paper number, or title (example:
    # p-11460). Use the Channel Browser to find all active channels you want to join.

    Here are a few Channels common to all users of the SPIE Digital Forum Event Workspaces:

       • #general - A Channel with information about the event, handy quick links, and other information.
       • #random - A place for non-work-related items you'd prefer to keep out of more focused commenting Channels.
    #help - Information for attendees about getting help with Slack or any other matters. 

    The Slack logo and links appear with every part of the program that has commenting enabled:


    Take the next step.
    Watch these short, helpful videos to get set up in Slack.

    Watch videos  ›

    Slack Quick Start Guide: