to Bring SIGGRAPH 2002 Home
People who attend this conference know they have attended
"BIGgraph" by the end of the week. They are
mentally and physically exhausted. With a little preplanning,
you can have a great conference experience and bring
something useful back home after it is all over. The
secret is data management: having a plan to seek out,
capture, and store what you want so that you can use
Carry a small pad and a pen to record ideas you see
and hear. Make it something you can carry in your pocket,
purse, or waist-pack.
Identify your priorities and how you want to manage
your time. If you know these in advance, you can remain
flexible enough to make instant trade-offs as new opportunities
arise and compete for your attention.
Ask people you meet for business cards or write down
their contact information on your pad. Invariably, you
will want to continue your discussions after the conference
and you shouldn't leave it to them to contact you. They'll
likely to forget. (Don't forget to bring your own business
cards, too, in case you are asked!)
Know your publications
Think about which conference publications will be important
to you after SIGGRAPH 2002. If they do not come with
your registration category, buy them in the merchandise
store when you have a spare moment. Don't wait until
the end of the week. You'll run out of time, and you
could be disappointed.
Moments are fleeting at the SIGGRAPH conference. Seize
them when you can, because you will most likely not
see them again.
Divide and conquer
If you are going with another person or group, make
a plan to split up some of the conference so that you
can get maximum coverage for the things that are important
to you. Also, let the other people know what is important
to you, so they can capture it for you.
Make it a habit to sort out your thoughts, your notes,
your business cards, etc., at some time each day, such
as before you go to bed. It can take only a few minutes,
and your data will make much more sense when you get
You will collect lots of information and stuff at SIGGRAPH
2002. Many of the brochures and publications will be heavy.
Bring an extra suitcase that you can check, or use the
conference shipping desk to send your treasures home.
Don't wait until the last day to use the shipping desk.
Everyone else does this!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get conference materials after the conference?
A: Many conference materials like printed and digital
proceedings can be purchased after the conference, but
they are not all available later. Printed course notes,
for example, can only be purchased at the conference.
Also, signature items like shirts, bags, mugs, etc., that
bear the conference year's logo can only be bought on
a first-come-first-served basis at the conference, so
Q: What planning resources are available to me?
A: Before the conference, you can review the SIGGRAPH
2002 Advance Program, Web site (www.siggraph.org/s2002),
online Schedule Builder (on the Web site), and colleagues
you know who have previously attended. At the conference,
you can use the Program and Buyer's Guide, the Conference
Locator (abbreviated reference), and Pathfinders.
Q: How do I find topics or products of interest
A: The conference Web site and Program and Buyer's
Guide have sections that you can search by certain topics
and keywords. There are also informal, focused group gatherings
called Birds of a Feather (BASF) that meet throughout
Q: How do I find people with similar experiences
A: Don't be afraid to talk to people you meet in
lines, at exhibits, during receptions, etc. Some of the
best contacts are made by pure coincidence. Check out
any conference materials you might have in advance for
- Small pad of paper and pen or pencil
- Briefcase, backpack, or other convenient bag to
carry things gathered in a day
- Preprinted business cards
- Identify items of interest for colleagues back
- Pocket calendar or handheld computer for appointment
This information was brought to you by SIGGRAPH 2002 Pathfinders,
a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring first-time conference
visitors. Please take a moment to help us help you. Let
us know how this information improved (or could have improved)
your conference experience. You can find us at SIGGRAPH
2002 at the Pathfinder booth in the main lobby or via