The SIGGRAPH conference is a vital, energetic melting pot of people who work in a vast spectrum of fields and specialties, with a wide range of expertise and experience. Every person who attends SIGGRAPH 2009 contributes to our rich gumbo (a New Orleans stew with endless variations and possibilities). SIGGRAPH 2009 actively provides support services, tools, and resources that help attendees optimize their experiences. This year we're also creating ways to help attendees give back to the City of New Orleans.