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Getting Around At SIGGRAPH 2001
Audience: Conference Attendee (any registration)
 
Background
From the day you leave home to the moment you return, a SIGGRAPH conference guarantees that you will always be on the "go" when you are there. It will also drain you of every ounce of energy you have, so rest up before you arrive!
 
If nothing else, plan on walking at SIGGRAPH 2001, nearly everywhere you go!
 
Essentials
  • Take a hike. The number-one mode of transportation at a SIGGRAPH conference is by foot. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes and have fresh changes of socks, too. If you are prone to blisters, hikers "moleskin" can help reduce your chances of getting them.
     
  • Flights. SIGGRAPH conferences are usually in quite popular locations. Plan early to book the best fares to the city in question. Heaviest flight times usually occur on the Saturday before the conference and the last day of the conference: Friday. Plan accordingly.
     
  • Shuttles. SIGGRAPH conferences offer free shuttle service between official conference hotels and the convention center. This service responds to demand hours based upon the size of the hotel and day of the week. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, since everyone around you may have the same time and place in mind as well. If you do not book yourself at a conference hotel, you will be expected to provide your own transportation to and from the convention center.
     
  • Airport traffic. There is no official service provided by SIGGRAPH to get you to and from the convention center. Plan on using a local shuttle service when you arrive at the convention city. Large companies such as SuperShuttle often provide very economical service to your conference hotel.
     
  • Taxis. Taxi cabs are often expedient (and sometimes expensive) ways to get to where you need to go in a hurry. You may wish to consult a phone directory ahead of time (or ask your hotel concierge) for a number that you can carry with you should you require a cab during the conference.
     
  • Driving. While many people fly, there are some attendees who drive to the conference. You should check ahead of time with your hotel about parking rates and in/out privileges before you decide to bring your own car. Also, unless you plan to drive to places not served by the conference shuttle, it probably is not a good idea to rent a car for the week. Convention center parking can usually be expensive and sometimes inconvenient. Conference shuttles usually get you where you need to go during the conference week.

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: Are there any good travel discounts for being a SIGGRAPH conference attendee?
A: Yes, there are sometimes great discounts that are available to the SIGGRAPH traveler. Check with the official SIGGRAPH travel agent for more details. Its number is available through conference documentation or the confedrence Web site. Don't forget to mention your frequent flyer ID number to the travel agent, too!
 
Q: Are there hints for using the conference shuttles?
A: Allow plenty of time to get where you need to go. Morning and evening hours, and lunch time, can be heavy times that slow you down.
 
Checklist
  • Book flights as early as possible.
     
  • Check desired hotel for parking rates and privileges.
     
  • Keep a local cab company number with you for convenience.

Feedback
 
This information was brought to you by SIGGRAPH Pathfinders, a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring of first-time conference visitors.
 
Please take a moment to help us help you. Share with us how this information improved (or could have improved) your conference experience. You can reach us at SIGGRAPH 2001 at the Pathfinder booth in main registration or via email: pathfinders@siggraph.org. Thank you.
 


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