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GraphicsNet Chair


The SIGGRAPH GraphicsNet Chair is responsible for the planning and implementation of the on-site networking infrastructure necessary to support the annual conference. The GraphicsNet Chair works closely with the Conference Chair, the Chief Staff Executive (CSE), volunteers, the convention center, and contractors to produce a sophisticated high-speed communication channel that links various programs within the conference both internally together and externally with the Internet.

Recommended Qualifications

  • team player who works well with others
  • experience with project / fiscal management
  • able to delegate responsibility and mentor team members as well as the next year's GraphicsNet Chair
  • deadline-driven; able to organize and respond quickly
  • able to devote the necessary time
  • solid network design / installation experience
  • ideally, has participated in a past SIGGRAPH as a member of the GraphicsNet committee

Specific Responsibilities

The following list is a "high-level" view of the specific responsibilities associated with serving as a GraphicsNet Chair. The list is organized under general categories of responsibility.


  • Participate in strategic planning for the SIGGRAPH Conference
  • Enhance the strategic direction for the networking infrastructure and develop new technical solutions to meet the requirements of new initiatives


  • Recruit and manage a subcommittee to assist in design, implementation, and support of the network infrastructure
  • Build an infrastructure that meets conference needs within convention center constraints
  • Procure through purchase or donation the necessary equipment and wiring to implement the network
  • Manage the selection of the conference Internet service provider
  • Manage the on-site installation, operations, and teardown of the network
  • Assist contributors and committee chairs with on-site network connections and troubleshooting
  • Work with subcommittee to design, install, and manage an on-site Internet access room for attendees
  • Give top priority to performance, reliability and support during the conference and exhibition week


  • Work with the Conference Chair and CSE to prepare preliminary and final conference budgets for the network infrastructure
  • Manage the GraphicsNet budget


  • Report regularly to the Conference Chair and CSE on the progress of network efforts
  • Facilitate and participate in timely communication with the subcommittee, other committee chairs, and contributors to provide direction and solve networking problems
  • Produce a final report by the wrapup meeting in September describing the network process, changes from previous years, and lessons learned


  • Attend and participate in all conference committees meetings
  • Organize and implement effective networking subcommittee meetings as necessary