Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Birds of a Feather event (BOF)?
A BOF is an attendee-organized meeting for individuals with shared interests, goals, technologies, environments, and backgrounds. It provides a casual atmosphere for people to meet, exchange ideas, and share information on a wide variety of topics.

What are the criteria for a BOF?
BOF events must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, open to all SIGGRAPH 2006 attendees, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or company are discouraged). All BOFs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to make sure they conform to the spirit of a BOF.

Alumni events can be accepted as Birds of a Feather events provided they abide by all of the BOF requirements and are open to all SIGGRAPH 2006 attendees regardless of their affiliation with the school.

What space is available?
SIGGRAPH 2006 has made arrangements with its hotels and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to provide meeting space to approved BOFs on a first-come, first-served basis. A list of available venues is included on the BOF Meeting Space Request form.

Is there a room rental fee associated with organizing a BOF?
Space in the convention center is complimentary, but limited. Some hotels may charge a rental fee for space. SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference Management will tell you if there is a fee prior to confirming your space request.

Which hotel is closest to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center?
Please see the SIGGRAPH 2006 hotel map to decide which hotel is best for your BOF.

How do I request space for a BOF?
Simply submit a BOF Meeting Space Request form no later than 19 July 2006. Mandatory fields are clearly marked for your convenience. Please make sure all the information on your form is accurate and up to date. Clarifications may delay processing of your request.

Will I receive a confirmation?
After you complete the online form, you will receive an email acknowledgement that it was been received. If your request is accepted, you will receive email confirmation within two weeks. Assignments will be made based on the date and time order in which correctly completed forms are received. Your confirmation will include the location and contact information for set up, food and beverage, and audio/visual needs. Payment for any extra services (for example, food and beverage, audio/visual, etc.) is the responsibility of the BOF organizer and is not covered by SIGGRAPH 2006. Please do not contact the hotels or convention center prior to receiving official confirmation from SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference Management. All venues have been instructed that Conference Management must first approve all requests.

What if I want to organize more than one BOF?
No problem. But you must fill out a separate request form for each event.

Will information about my BOF be published anywhere?
Information about your BOF may be published in the Program and Buyer's Guide, on a hotel announcement board, in the Conference Locator, on the kiosk at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and/or on the SIGGRAPH 2006 web site at your request. Make your choices on the Meeting Space Request form and observe applicable deadlines. No changes will be accepted after the deadlines have passed.

BOF Meeting Space Request forms must be received by:

18 June to be published in the Program & Buyer's Guide.
12 July to be published on a hotel reader announcement board.
3 July to be published in the Conference Locator.
12 July to be published on the kiosk in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
19 July to be published on the SIGGRAPH 2006 web site.

What are the ASCAP/BMI licensing fees mentioned on the BOF Meeting Space Request form?
ASCAP and BMI are membership associations of U.S. composers, songwriters, and publishers of every kind of music. Whenever music (recorded or live) is played at an event, a license must be purchased from these associations. The license purchase is the responsibility of the organizer and not the venue where the event is to be held.

Is there a time restriction on a Birds of a Feather session?
Birds a Feather sessions can be no longer than three hours including setup and teardown. If your event is longer than three hours, or if you want to submit multiple requests or the same day for more than three hours, you should consider organizing a co-located conference.

I am an exhibitor requesting meeting space. Should I use the BOF form?
No. As an exhibitor you are required to complete an exhibitor meeting space form. Request that form from the exhibition management company.

How can I inquire about SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference Management's decision on my BOF application?
Please send your inquiry to: SIGGRAPH 2006 Birds of a Feather.

Other Questions?
Please send them to SIGGRAPH 2006 Birds of a Feather.