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  Anatomy of a Good Emerging Technologies Proposal

The SIGGRAPH 2004 Emerging Technologies program offers a unique opportunity for contributors to showcase work before a crowd of thousands. Although it is an extremely rewarding experience, presenting in Emerging Technologies can be very demanding. It is important to remember this as you put together your proposal.

The Proposal
1. First and foremost, we want a 50-word-or-less abstract that clearly states the innovations that make your project new and unique. You will be meeting and speaking with hundreds of people each day, and you should be able to articulate your concept clearly and succinctly.

2. Describe the technical innovations in significant depth. What have you developed? What are the critical pieces that you designed? What pieces of commercially available hardware and software are you incorporating? Is it a new technology or a creative use of an existing one? System diagrams are very helpful.

3. What are the logistics for presenting this project in Emerging Technologies? Remember that this is a hands-on exhibition. You must convince the jury that the work is viable at the time of submission and can withstand the abuse of thousands of SIGGRAPH 2004 attendees. Give a detailed description of what a participant will experience. How many people can participate at once? How long is the experience? Is throughput going to be a problem? How long will you need for setup? How much space will you need? What technical infrastructure must be in place to support this project?

4. It is also essential to place your work in context. How is this approach different from previous related work? You should include references to previous work. The jury is going to be very critical of this, so do your homework.

5. The Vision: Explain your vision for the future. How is your innovation going to change us? What are the larger implications for this project? What are the next steps? What is the message that you would like to leave for SIGGRAPH 2004 attendees? This vision statement will be printed on the signage for your project at the conference.

6. Who developed this project? Give the appropriate credit to any academic institution, company, student, faculty member, or researcher who contributed to your work. This information will be presented in SIGGRAPH 2004 publications.

Supplemental Materials
The jury can only make decisions based on the information you provide for them. Videos are strongly encouraged, and high-quality images are required. I would like the jury to see your work well represented, so I will be accepting region-1 DVDs as well as VHS tapes. Please make sure the audio is clear. The jury is not guaranteed to watch more than three minutes, so be concise. If there are other materials you would like to send, feel free to email me with questions.

Time Commitment
Participating in Emerging Technologies is approximately a six-month commitment. From the moment your piece is selected, we will begin working with you on the logistics of getting it installed and running at SIGGRAPH 2004. The clearer you can be with the proposal, the easier that process will be. Your time commitment at the conference can also be demanding: more than seven days of intense activity. If you are unable to devote that much time to your installation, please consider submitting a summary of your work to Sketches. The Emerging Technologies committee is willing and able to help with questions, special challenges, and early discussion of possible submissions. Please contact us anytime.

Formal Presentation Requirement
In order to foster work in interactivity, Emerging Technologies now incorporates papers and presentations. All Emerging Technologies contributors are required to give formal presentations detailing their installations. We are also soliciting papers for further review, from the accepted submissions. A subset of those may be printed in a separate publication or journal. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact me.

Publication Requirement
You must submit an abstract in a PDF file properly formatted for publication in the SIGGRAPH 2004 Full Conference DVD-ROM and Conference Select CD-ROM. For complete details on font, layout, and image requirements and instructions for creating your PDF file, please see publication guidelines.

Talk to Me
If you have any questions at all about the program, please contact me for clarification or direction prior to submission. We want to make sure your work is shown in the best light possible for the jury session and that there are no misunderstandings about expectations.

I look forward to receiving your submissions. Emerging Technologies promises to be a fun program for both the contributor and the attendee through its exciting and thought-provoking hands-on experiences.

SIGGRAPH 2004 Emerging Technologies Chair
Bowling Green State University
4 February 2004, 5pm Pacific Time.
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