Survive Your Day At SIGGRAPH 2002
The annual SIGGRAPH conference exhausts most people by
the middle of the week (a few attendees are exhausted
on their first day!). The sights, sounds, people, and
energy can mesmerize and overwhelm, especially if you
are unaccustomed to large events like this conference.
Forget jetlag. The conference saps both your physical
and mental stamina.
PLAN AHEAD! Try to organize and to set priorities. This
is the secret to enjoying your conference experience for
all it is worth.
Plan your day/week.
Give yourself a chance to succeed. Plan a framework for
your visit, even if it is a loose one. When you are in
the middle of the experience, there will always be 10
different opportunities crying for your attention.
Plan for "down time"
Plan some time every day to get off your feet before dinner.
Let both your mind and body relax. Find pockets of time
in your daily schedule to unwind when you can feel like
you arent missing something important. Some people
go to the Computer Animation Festival screening rooms
to enjoy animation and rest in some peaceful darkness.
Others plan time to meet and talk with friends.
SIGGRAPH is a casual conference. Wear clothing that is
comfortable for you. If you are particularly susceptible
to cold, pack a long-sleeved shirt or pullover. Even though
you are going to a hot summer climate, air conditioning
in the convention center can be chilly. Also, you need
a good pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals and
fresh socks, if you wear them. You will walk, literally,
many miles on carpeted cement floors that can fatigue
even the healthiest of feet.
Eat something and drink water every day. Eat breakfast,
if you can, because you will probably eat a light and
quick lunch. It is always a good idea to carry snacks
with you for energy on the run. If you need to save money,
you may wish to plan for this before you arrive. Also,
you should drink plenty of fluids, as the dry air of the
convention center can quickly dehydrate you.
Pack the pack
A backpack or waistpack can easily help you comfortably
carry those many things you will need with you during
the day. It is best to pack as much as you can comfortably
accommodate because trips back to hotels can sometimes
take up large chunks of your day if your hotel is not
SIGGRAPH is a conference that never sleeps (or at least
never admits to sleeping). It is easy to make sleep your
last priority when you have people to meet, places to
go, things to see. Don't forget to get some sleep, or
you can become a basket case before the week is over.
Pace yourself to last the whole week.
It is best to be prepared with some basic personal-care
items for your week: aspirin (or other pain reliever),
bandaids, moleskin (if you are susceptible to blisters
from walking), energy snacks, bottled water, eyedrops,
and tissues for your nose.
The Conference Locator and the conference message boards are vital navigation and communication aids. The locator, which is included with your registration materials, is a compact synopsis of the conference at your fingertips. The message center allows you to check in with friends all over the conference. Use this service and then check at least once a day. It's amazing who you can meet there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kinds of services are available if I
A: The SIGGRAPH conference provides a number
of visitor services that vary in type and scope each
year. Check conference documentation for current offerings.
You can usually find references to automated teller
machines, luggage check rooms, child care, first-aid
offices, food services, information desks, lost-and-found
offices, message centers, restaurant information counters,
shipping desks, and hotel shuttle service (to name a
Q: Is there a way to find people at the conference?
A: There is no easy mechanism to locate people
at the conference. Your best bet is to pre-arrange meetings
with people at set locations and times. The conference
message center can also be used for non-urgent types
of communications, but this assumes that your party
knows to check here periodically.
- Daily/weekly schedule.
- Comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
- Long-sleeved shirt or sweater.
- Backpack and/or waistpack.
- Energy snacks and bottled water.
- Aspirin, bandaids, moleskin, eyedrops, tissues.
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
email: email@example.com. Thank you.