OpenGL Course Back and Better Than Ever

by on Aug.07, 2011, under Courses, SIGGRAPH 2011

A SIGGRAPH Course staple helped kick off the conference this year in an updated form. The long running “Introduction to OpenGL” course (now “Introduction to Modern OpenGL Programming”) has been revamped to cover the latest advances in the premiere 3D API. The content was appropriate for both new developers interested in learning about developing interactive 3D applications, as well as experienced developers looking to update their skills with modern techniques. The material covered included the updated OpenGL pipeline and how it differed from the original fixed-function pipeline first developed in the early 90’s, a simple OpenGL application, viewing and modeling transformations, vertex and fragment shaders, and texture mapping. Attendees came away with a great start on developing their own 3D software projects.

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International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

by on Aug.07, 2011, under International Resources Events, SIGGRAPH 2011, Students

International Resources hosted the IGDA to speak about their Global Game Jam. The IGDA is the largest non-profit organization serving individuals that create video games. IGDA’s Global Game Jam is a 48 hour event where people around the world come together to make games. And games can be anything from non-digital (like card and board games) to digital (like phone or computer based games).

In addition to the Global Game Jam, the IGDA touched on its Scholars Program. The program is designed to get students and industry professionals together. The IGDA also offers a Leadership Forum for industry professionals who would like to learn how tolead a team.

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The Studio

by on Aug.07, 2011, under SIGGRAPH 2011, The Studio

The Studio opened its doors today at noon. To kick off the opening, there was a roundtable chat that explored the past, present, and future of digital technologies. The moderator for the chat was none other than our keynote speaker: Cory Doctorow. The chat filled the available seating and had some attendees standing watch. In addition to the Studio Presentation, the Studio also kicked off its Workshops. If you’d like to get your hands on the Studio’s Presentation and Workshop schedules, you’ll find Student Volunteers in red vests passing them out near the entrance.

Computers are set up for workshop participants in addition to having various companies present to show off their wares.  There is also an “electronic crafts” area where people can let their creative side out while also creating electronic masterpieces.

Come check out The Studio in West Building, Ballroom A. It’s open from 9am to 530pm except for Thursday when it closes at 1pm.


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Unlock the Code Scavenger Hunt

by on Aug.07, 2011, under SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver Convention Centre

Do you enjoy scavenger hunts? Then the Vancouver Convention Centre has a treat for you! If you are attending SIGGRAPH 2011, you may have seen signs like the one to the left. These signs are a key component of the scavenger hunt. Check out the Unlock the Code site for more information. If you’re on Facebook, check out the Vancouver Convention Centre. Or check them out on Twitter!

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Technical Program Starts Today!

by on Aug.07, 2011, under Courses, SIGGRAPH 2011, Technical Papers

Welcome to the first day of SIGGRAPH 2011!

The technical program kicks off today with Courses and Talks at 2:00pm. Whether you want to learn more about the latest techniques for game interactions or visual effects or the basics of modern graphics software development, there’s a course for you this afternoon. If you’d like insight into the cutting edge of graphics research, head over to Talks. The Talks program opens the week with “Pushing Production Data” and “Facing Hairy Production Problems.”

Finally, tonight at 6:00pm is the always popular Papers Fast Forward! Come for a fast and fun preview of the 80+ papers in the conference. You won’t want to miss it!


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by on Aug.07, 2011, under Miscellaneous, SIGGRAPH 2011

Attendees were lined up outside of Exhibit Hall B as Registration opened its doors at 8am. Anxious attendees flooded inside to get their conference badges and merchandise.

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SV Orientation

by on Aug.07, 2011, under SIGGRAPH 2011, Students

Student Volunteer (SV) Orientation kicked off just after 4pm on Saturday. For those of you unfamiliar with the SV program, it’s designed to get students involved in the conference by making it more affordable. Maya Karp, the SV Chair for 2011, made a brief introduction before playing a video to introduce the SV Committee and Team Leaders. It was hilarious and indicative of the Chair’s (and her team’s) fun-loving nature.

Pete Braccio, the conference chair, made a small statement on what the conference’s theme means to him before introducing the various committee chairs. Pete also made the SVs aware of how many committee members started off in the SV program… Quite a few of them as a matter of fact. Some have made this conference their home as this year’s theme “Make It Home” indicates and have volunteeredfor years.

After the committee members left, the SV Committee went over the FAQs for the SV program.

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Vancouver Invasion

by on Aug.06, 2011, under Miscellaneous, SIGGRAPH 2011

The time has come for SIGGRAPH 2011 and this year we’re taking over Vancouver! After years of staying within the US of A, it’s time to experience new things like: Canadian currency, the Skytrain, and Centre being spelled differently. Or should I say new… if you’re not usually traveling from Canada to attend the conference. 🙂

Whether it’s students volunteering at the conference to make attending more affordable or industry professionals coming to see the latest, SIGGRAPH has something for everybody. From the Job Fair to Emerging Technologies, there is so much to see and experience that we’ve created a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account to keep you abreast of everything because it’s impossible to see it all. So whether you’re double booked with two different events of interest or simply weren’t able to attend SIGGRAPH, we’re here to fill in the gaps and allow you to experience SIGGRAPH vicariously through us. And as this year’s theme is “Make It Home,” we hope you’ll make our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed your home for all things SIGGRAPH.

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