2011 Conference Newsletter | SIGGRAPHITTI - April 2011
SIGGRAPH + Vancouver
Did you know that British Columbia is the third largest film production center in North America (after Los Angeles and New York City), with a crew base of 30,000? Approximately 250 movies and television productions are shot here annually to the tune of more than $1 billion.
Conference Chair Previews SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver
Conference Chair Peter Braccio from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shares what to expect this year.
For those attending SIGGRAPH, whether for the first time or the 38th time, you can expect to experience a banquet of innovation, inspiration, creativity, education, and community.
Vancouver was a top choice as a host city for SIGGRAPH because it has a strong base in the primary SIGGRAPH communities: artists, academics, film production, gaming, VFX, research, and more. It is both an international and an entrepreneurial city that creatively blends urban and natural environments. Besides the concentration of our various communities here, we also have a very active professional chapter based in Vancouver that has served as a valuable partner. But regardless of what city we are in, for our community, SIGGRAPH is home.
Interestingly, the theme of “Make It Home” came from a 2011 conference committee member last year who stated that the discussions about what the conference meant to us reminded her of a picture of the Earth taken from Apollo 17 (the famous Blue Marble photo). Directly under the photo was one word: Home. This idea resonated with everyone in the room. It didn’t matter WHERE the conference was. It only mattered WHO made up the conference. We would be home no matter where we were.
I’m also very excited about how content is shaping up. We saw a 47 percent increase in completed submissions over last year’s numbers. We saw significant increases in Technical Papers, Games Papers, Art, and Art Papers submissions. While numbers don’t directly correlate to quality, I feel very comfortable that our jury process will ensure that SIGGRAPH 2011 will continue its prestigious tradition of excellence. Additionally, our exhibition hall is growing, particularly with new vendors from overseas.
I believe that each of you should expect to be fully engaged and inspired by the conference as well as by the amazing natural beauty you will encounter both inside and outside the convention center.
See you at Home!
Credit: Image courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Call for Submissions
We’re still accepting submissions for Computer Animation Festival Films and Real-Time Live! until this Friday 15 April 2011.
All deadlines are at 22:00 UTC/GMT. To determine what time that is where you are, you can use a converter such as The World Clock.
SIGGRAPH 2011 Changes: Reception
Exciting change to the schedule this year—the SIGGRAPH 2011 Reception will be held Monday night shortly after the Electronic Theater ends, so that you can kick off your conference experience enjoying the company of colleagues and friends, both old and new. A dessert reception will be held in the picturesque Vancouver Convention Centre, located right on the harbour front. This facility is a perfect blend of industry and nature, just as is SIGGRAPH. Plus, this year you’ll be able to peruse the Art Gallery, Emerging Technologies, and The Studio during the reception, providing you more opportunity in your packed schedule to enjoy these venues.
SIGGRAPH 2011 Job Fair
The SIGGRAPH 2011 Job Fair is THE PLACE to be if you are:
- Looking for a new job
- Networking to see what opportunities are available
- Interested in getting acquainted with some great companies
- Hoping to broaden your horizons and possibly switch industries
- Looking for career development tips
Employers participating in this year’s Job Fair include: Framestore, NVIDIA, Double Negative, ESRI, LucasArts, Escape Studios, Microsoft, Animal Logic, Image Engine, Capcom Vancouver, and many more!
Cory Doctorow Announced as Keynote Speaker
Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist will give a keynote presentation at SIGGRAPH 2011.
Doctorow is a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Wired, as well as co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing.
"As an author, scholar, future-thinker, and creator, Cory Doctorow brings a lot to the table that should be of immense interest to the SIGGRAPH audience," said Peter Braccio, SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Chair from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "His dynamic vision and creativity are certain to be interspersed throughout his presentation and will be a conference highlight for everyone."
Make Your Travel Plans Early! Registration Now Open
The schedule at a glance gives an overview of days and hours of all conference programs and can assist with what days to book housing and flights. View travel information about how to get to and around Vancouver.
Book your hotel reservation through onPeak by 11 July for negotiated discount rates. (Please note: If you are contacted by any other companies, they are not endorsed by SIGGRAPH 2011 and may not be reputable.)
SIGGRAPH in the News
- Register Today for SIGGRAPH 2011, CGW
- SIGGRAPH 2011 Selects Cory Doctorow as Keynote Speaker, Animation World Network
- Juried Art Exhibition "Tracing Home", NeME
Follow the latest SIGGRAPH news online.
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