Volunteering for the SIGGRAPH
aspects of the SIGGRAPH conference are driven by volunteer
energy: content, planning, recruiting, support. If you
have the time and interest to freely give to the conference,
there are many ways you can help the conference reach
its goals of excellence year after year.
key to volunteering, self motivation (being clear to
yourself about what you want out of the experience),
will help ensure that you are satisfied in the end.
contacts - there are several ways to support the conference.
One way is to attend the Get Involved! meeting held
mid-week at the conference. Another is to visit the
next year's booth to gather background information.
Web site maintains volunteer applications under
the conferences section.
yourself - people with clear ideas and plans for roles
in the conference are more apt to play a direct role.
Research the scope of what it takes to do what you want
to do. Be clear about what you can contribute and what
you would need to feel successful about your work.
Lead time - SIGGRAPH conferences start well in advance
of the event. The conference chair is appointed three
years before. Conference committee roles are often filled
about 1.5 years in advance. Subcommittee roles fill
in six to eight months after the initial conference
committee meeting. Even student volunteer roles require
application up to six months before the conference.
Commitment - SIGGRAPH conferences can consume large
amounts of spare time. Many discover that more involved
roles can take twice (or more!) the time estimated from
the beginning. Since SIGGRAPH counts on the reliability
of commitments, you should understand how much you can
promise to any given effort.
Personal support - volunteer time means time away from
family, friends, and company work. Seek permission from
your employer, family, and friends to understand the
latitude you will have to succeed in your goals.
volunteers - students provide vital support for the
conference. Although many roles are not glamorous, participants
witness, meet, and learn about many facets of the industry
not seen by most people.
content - another form of volunteer participation is
contributing to the content of the conference. Refer
to the current Call for Participation to learn how to
become a contributor or presenter.
- donations are another form of voluntary support for
the conference. Gifts (or loans) of equipment, services,
and cash for non-commercial recognition help further
the specialized needs of contributors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
do I volunteer for this year's conference?
If you are at the conference, it is unlikely there are
immediate needs for volunteer work. You are welcome to
investigate other opportunities to contribute as mentioned
in the Essentials section.
SIGGRAPH help me gain the support of my employer?
After you have identified an appropriate role with a
conference program chair, that person can usually help
to scope your job and communicate the benefits of volunteering
to your employer. At the end of your contribution, letters
of thanks can also be sent to specific recipients to
help future cases for volunteering.
volunteers get paid for their work?
No, volunteers are not compensated for their work, although
the conference does cover certain essential functions
such as travel, lodging, phone, etc., as deemed necessary
for specific roles.
Conference roles of interest
Volunteer application form
Support commitment of employer, family, friends
Timeline for application
information was brought to you by SIGGRAPH 2002 Pathfinders,
a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring of first-time
take a moment to help us help you. Share with us how
this improved (or could have improved) your conference
experience. You can reach us at the Pathfinder booth
at the annual conference or through the SIGGRAPH
2002 email contact form. Thank you.