SIGGRAPH presents two annual conferences, one in North America and one in Asia.
These events are the world's largest, most influential annual conferences on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques, inspiring progress through education, excellence, and interaction. They share four fundamental goals:
- Premier status as measured by community loyalty, contributor quality, external recognition, and competitor response.
- Leading edge as recognized by discipline experts and the industry at large.
- Effectiveness of education, interaction, and excellence as measured by contributor, committee, and community satisfaction and involvement.
- Sustainable continuity as measured by volunteer commitment, community interest, and financial self-sufficiency.
Each conference is planned and produced with five guiding objectives:
1. Encourage Volunteer Spirit
At every level and focus, community contributors and supporters willingly give their energy and resources for the essential value of a fulfilling conference experience. To preserve this natural resource and remain viable, SIGGRAPH conferences must recognize, encourage, and reasonably support the effective participation of their constituents.
2. Promote Excellence and Sustain Quality
SIGGRAPH conferences promote excellence by attracting and delivering high-quality results in a variety of disciplines. High standards for integrity, content, presentation, and experience support the attainment of conference goals. Quality should outweigh quantity in all decisions.
3. Connect Communities
Boundaries between disciplines are barriers to mutual enrichment, appreciation, and growth of the SIGGRAPH community. Whenever practical, conferences encourage the bridging of disciplines to expand their contribution to the leading edge of theory and practice.
4. Strive for Improvement
SIGGRAPH conferences continuously strive to improve processes and results that support community satisfaction. Wherever possible, past experience and feedback should frame opportunities for structured risk taking when it furthers conference goals.
5. Evolve Responsibly
Size does not necessarily facilitate quality. Conferences must responsibly manage the growth and evolution of their programs and products to:
- Realistically deliver ideas with available resources
- Meet community expectations of quality
- Sustain competitiveness and viability
- Balance innovation with core essentials