The Photonics Online Meetup has been and continues to be free for all participants. All of our organizers and committee members work without compensation to make this event happen.
We are soliciting donations that will enable us to build up the POM infrastructure and support the community. In particular, funds are solicited for:
- Software for POM organization [e.g., Slack for the organizers] and for hosting the event [e.g., professional versions of videoconferencing software]
- Digital travel grants, to purchase internet to enable POM participation for students and scientists without access to unlimited high-speed internet
- Poster prizes for students
- Purchasing of equipment for presenters and moderators to improve sound and video quality [headsets, webcams]
All donations will be managed by Imperial College London and POM treasurer, Riccardo Sapienza, and are subject to the financial regulations at Imperial College London. All donations will be issued with a receipt for tax purposes. We will disclose yearly the use of the funding.
We acknowledge the following support:
Jabra — for providing headsets for our speakers.
Photonics Media — for providing continued support of our infrastructure.