SIGGRAPH 2003 On A Budget
Audience: Conference Attendee (Full Conference registration)
The SIGGRAPH conference experience is rich, but it doesn't need to be
expensive, too. There are some basic expenses you cannot avoid, but here are a few hints about how to minimize your costs.
The best secret for conserving your resources is planning early. A little work
ahead of time can make a valuable difference later.
Choose the registration category that will meet your needs at the
conference, then try a few of these options to reduce your costs:
Register early. Registering before the early-cutoff date can save
serious dollars. Don't wait until the last day to get the discount.
Many do and risk the possibility of not getting it.
Become a SIGGRAPH member. SIGGRAPH members enjoy
discounted rates for registration. You will need to register for
membership before you register for the conference. The savings
alone can pay for the cost of all the conference documentation you
receive with registration rather then buying them individually.
Full Conference registration. This category gives you access to all
programs and events during the entire week plus loads of great
conference documentation. It is a bargain at any rate.
Exhibitor guest. Exhibitors are allowed a small quantity of guest
passes to the SIGGRAPH 2003 Exhibition. You may wish to contact
an exhibitor to locate one of these limited-access registrations if the
Exhibition is your main focus.
Transportation. There are numerous cost savers here. Book early.
Super-saver fares usually go first, often by late April. Booking a
month ahead of time can often get you the lowest fares.
Saturday night stayover. Arriving on a Saturday can add
considerable savings to your ticket, sometimes more than the cost
of a hotel room for the extra night.
Neighbor cities. If you book late, you might want to look into flying
into neighboring airports (Los Angeles or Anaheim) and using local
transportation to reduce costs.
Shuttles. Plan on using a shuttle service to your hotel unless you
are traveling with others and can share a cab.
Housing. Early booking will help to guarantee lodgings that fit your
price constraints. SIGGRAPH conference hotel reservations begin in
early March, so there is no excuse for not reserving the room you
want. Also, if you plan on sharing a room with another attendee,
you can designate that person if you make your reservations at the
Eating smart at SIGGRAPH 2003
You need to keep up your strength, so don't skimp here. Smart attendees
plan ahead. If you like to snack, plan on bringing snacks with you for your
use during the week. If you need to eat during the day, you will be faced
with trading off convenience for economy. Convention center prices cater to
convenience. Eating elsewhere can save you some money, but the time
spent may not be worth it. You may wish to research local restaurants before
you arrive to find sources of economical food near the convention center. (A
little time spent searching the web can achieve this quickly.)
Don't forget to budget some money for one-of-a-kind items that you can get
only at the conference. Things such as t-shirts and other novelty items are
only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Buy them early so you won't
miss out on the chance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I find others to share a room with at the SIGGRAPH conference?
A: Although there is no official service to do this, you are free to designate a
hotel roommate at the time you make your hotel reservation (provided you
both reserve at the same time).
Q: Are there any special travel discounts for SIGGRAPH conference
A: Attendees can sometimes take advantage of special airfares and car
rental rates when booking with the official SIGGRAPH travel agent. Inquire
about these options when you make your travel reservations.
Register early for travel, housing, and the conference.
Request available travel discounts.
Research local restaurants before you get to the conference.
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 find us at SIGGRAPH
2003 at the Pathfinder booth in main registration or via email.