[Anatomy of a Good Emerging Technologies Proposal]
The SIGGRAPH 2003 Emerging Technologies program offers a unique opportunity for contributors to showcase work before a crowd of thousands. Presenting in Emerging Technologies can be very demanding but is a potentially rewarding experience. It is important to remember this as you put together your proposal.
1. First and foremost, clearly state the innovations that make your project new and unique. You should be able to accomplish this in 50 words or less. You can think of it as an abstract. You will be meeting hundreds of people each day, and you should be able to articulate this clearly and succinctly.
2. You should describe the technical innovations in significant depth. What did you develop? What are the critical pieces that you designed? What pieces of commercially available hardware and software are you incorporating? Is it a new technology or a creative use of an existing one? System diagrams would be very helpful.
3. What are the logistics for presenting this project in Emerging Technologies? You must convince the jury that the work is viable at the time of submission and can withstand the abuse of thousands of SIGGRAPH 2003 attendees. Tell a detailed story about what a participant should expect to experience. Is throughput going to be a problem? How many people can participate at one time? How long is the experience? How long will you need for setup? How much space will you need? What technical infrastructure must be in place to support this project?
4. It is also important to place your work in context. How is this approach different from everything previously attempted? You should include references to previous work. The jury is going to be very critical of this, so do your homework.
5. Explain your vision for the future. How is this going to change us? What are the larger implications for this project? What are the next steps? What is the message that you would like to leave with SIGGRAPH 2003 attendees?
6. Who developed this project? Give the appropriate credit to any academic institution, company, student, faculty member, or researcher who contributed to your work. This information will be presented in the publication.
The jury can only make decisions based on the knowledge they have on hand. Videos are strongly encouraged, and high-quality images are necessary. I would like the jury to see your work well represented, so I will be accepting region 1 DVDs as well has VHS tapes. Please make sure the audio is clear. The jury is not guaranteed to watch more than three minutes, so be concise. If there are other materials you would like to send, feel free to email me with questions.
Participating in Emerging Technologies is about a six-month commitment. From the moment your piece is selected, we will begin working with you on the logistics of getting it installed and running at SIGGGRAPH 2003. The clearer you can be with the proposal, the easier that process will be. The time requirements at the conference can also be demanding: more than seven days of intense activity. If you are unable to devote that much time to your installation, please consider submitting a summary of your work to Sketches & Applications. The Emerging Technologies committee is willing and able to help with questions, special challenges, and early discussion of possible submissions. Please contact us anytime.
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If you have any questions at all about the program, please contact me for clarification or direction prior to submission. We want to make sure your work is shown in the best light possible for the jury session and that there are no misunderstandings about expectations.
I look forward to your submissions. This is always a very fun program with thought-provoking and exciting work.
SIGGRAPH 2003 Emerging Technologies Chair
Apple Computer, Inc.