Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2006?

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?

3. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2006?

4. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2006?

5. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?

6. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the Boston Convention Center?

7. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Boston airport when I depart?

8. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Boston?

9. I have never been to Boston before. Where can I find a map of the area?

10. I have never been to Boston's Logan International Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?

11. How do I get from Boston's Logan International Airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?

12. Where can I exchange currency?

13. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Boston?

14. What time zone is Boston in?

15. What is Boston's climate?

16. Boston has several convention centers. Which convention center is SIGGRAPH 2006 being held in?

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2006?
We provide basic visa information, but if you have specific questions that are not answered there, please see the U.S. Department of State web site: Visa Services TOP

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
You must register for SIGGRAPH 2006 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation. If you register online, the system will allow you to print your invitation letter after you register. If you register by postal or courier service, or fax, you can use your registration number to request an invitation letter from the online system after you receive your registration confirmation.

Registration Information and Form

Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2006 International Chair if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.  
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3. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2006?
During the conference week, Student Volunteers who are fluent in many languages are available to help with translations, along with answering questions and problems that may arise for attendees. However, the students are not available to act as personal interpreters for any of the conference programs.TOP

4. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2006?
Prior to the conference, your local ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter may be able to help you. See the Chapters Directory to find out if there is a chapter in your local area. During the conference, the International Center is a good meeting place, as it is specifically designed to provide a safe and comfortable area to network and meet other international attendees. The International Center holds cultural events throughout the week. You can also leave messages on the Message Board asking other attendees from your country or region to meet you at a specific time in the International Center.TOP

5. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?
Yes. To reserve the area for an interview, presentation, or meeting, please contact the International Center manager in advance.TOP

6. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center?
Wireless service will be available throughout the convention center during SIGGRAPH 2006.TOP

7. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Boston airport when I depart?
Most airlines require that you check in two hours in advance for international flights. You should contact your airline for more specific information.TOP

8. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Boston?
Here are just a few suggestions of things to do while you are in Boston:

Walk the Freedom Trail
Visit Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
Experience a recreation of the Boston Tea Party
Visit the Boston Common and the Public Garden
Visit the Boston Harbor Islands
Go to a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park

For more details of these and many more attractions please visit these web sites:
City of Boston

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lonely Planet: Boston
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9. I have never been to Boston before. Where can I find a map of the area?
At the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Other maps:
The location of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The Boston subway system
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10. I have never been to Boston's Logan International Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?
Logan International Airport (BOS), the city's major airport, is served by most major national and international airlines, so scheduling a flight to Boston should not be a problem. The airport's web site provides details about the airport's layout, along with arrival and departure times of scheduled flights. TOP

11. How do I get from Logan International Airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?
Logan International Airportis a few kilometers from downtown in East Boston. There are many transport options to and from Logan Airport.
Complete information
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12. Where can I exchange currency?
There are many currency exchange facilities in Boston. Most banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city. Exchange services are more limited outside of Boston, and it's best to carry US-currency travelers checks or small amounts of US cash. TOP

13. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Boston?
Boston businesses accept most credit cards and US-dollar travelers checks. Some restaurants accept cash only. Some businesses may require a photo identification card (passport or other identification) before cashing travelers checks. TOP

14. What time zone is Boston in?
Boston is in the Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead of Central, 2 hours ahead of Mountain, and 3 hours ahead of Pacific Time). The Eastern Time Zone is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From the first Saturday in April until the last Saturday in October, Boston observes Daylight Savings Time and turns all its clocks ahead one hour. TOP

15. What is Boston's climate?
Boston's summers vary from the low 20s C, to the low 30s C. Temperatures are higher in the city and cooler nearer the ocean. Winters are cold and brisk, and temperatures may hover around freezing. The annual rainfall for Boston is between 102 and 122 cm.

Average Temperatures:
Spring (April & May): 5 C to 22 C
Summer (June-August): 22 C to 33 C
Fall (September-November): 7 C to 24 C
Winter (December-March): -9 C to 7 C
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16. Boston has several convention centers. Which convention center is SIGGRAPH 2006 being held in?
SIGGRAPH 2006 is being held in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. TOP