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Networking With People At SIGGRAPH 2001
Audience: Conference Attendee (any registration)
 
Background
SIGGRAPH conferences are the crossroads of the computer graphics industry. They are where art, science, industry, and education converge in an intense, one-week exchange of excellence. Use this time to meet and be a part of your community!
 
The secret of success at a SIGGRAPH conference is variety. Coming into contact with so many ideas and backgrounds enriches the gene pool of possibilities.
 
Essentials
  • Friends, colleagues, and peers. Folks who have previously attended a SIGGRAPH conference are your first source of networking. They can mentor you about what to do, where to go, and (many times) who to meet. Have them introduce you to other people of interest if you get a chance.
     
  • Places to meet. A SIGGRAPH conference is one big chance to meet. Half the fun is striking up conversations with people you meet in registration lines, sessions, shuttle buses, hallways, restaurants, and exhibits. Asking a question about SIGGRAPH is usually a great ice breaker. Try it!
     
  • Computer Animation Festival. If your registration includes an Electronic Theater ticket, you may find yourself waiting in line to get into the theater. People are pretty friendly in these lines, and it's a great place to make new friends. Take a chance and talk. You might be surprised what you find out.
     
  • Exhibition. The Exhibition is one of the best places to make new contacts. Be prepared to target specific booths by knowing something about the company before you get there. You will find that exhibit personnel will pay attention to you if you have specific interests in mind.
     
  • Receptions. There are usually numerous reception opportunities at a SIGGRAPH conference. Some require a ticket (Full Conference registrants get admittance to the Courses and Papers/Panels reception automatically) for admission. Consult your conference schedule for details and times.
     
  • Birds of a Feather. These special meetings are informal gatherings of individuals with like interests. You can find up-to-date schedules of these events at the conference.
     
  • Student Volunteer Program. The student volunteers work many of the behind-the-scenes details of the conference. If you are a student, you may wish to apply for this program to work at the conference and make new friends. Many student volunteers stay in touch long after the event.
     
  • Career Center and Job Fair. You can often meet very interesting people here and pick up useful information about job hunting, résumés, and interviewing. Check the conference schedule for times and location.
     
  • Get Involved! meeting. This unique mid-week meeting is an opportunity to meet conference committee members and investigate opportunities to volunteer for future SIGGRAPH roles. Consult the final schedule for exact date and time.

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: How do I find the people that I want to meet?
A: There is no formal way to find people at the conference. You might try contacting people you want to meet before you arrive at the conference to set a time and date. If they are presenters, you might consult the program schedule to determine when and where they will be presenting. Make certain that you have a registration that will permit access to that area.
 
Q: Is there a network of people with my interests?
A: If you have specific interests, you might consult the program schedule to determine activities that address your areas of interest. Often you can engage people at these events who will give you pointers to other opportunities of similar interest. In particular, you may wish to check out the Birds of a Feather schedule for meetings that might interest you.
 
Q: How can I keep in touch with others I meet?
A; Don't forget to get email addresses and contact information when you meet them. It is good to carry current business cards to exchange when you meet a person you want to remain in contact with later. Don't forget to jot small notes to yourself about this individual. You will meet so many during the week that it may be difficult to sort them out when you return home.
 
Checklist
  • Small pad of paper and pen or pencil.
     
  • Pre-printed business cards.
     
  • Pocket or disposable camera for snapshots.

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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