Today’s Keynote presentation opened with 2011 Conference Chair Pete Braccio greeting attendees and highlighting many of the volunteers who helped make this year’s conference possible. After remarks from SIGGRAPH President Jeff Jortner and ACM President Alain Chesnais, attention turned to the presentation of this year’s ACM SIGGRAPH Awards. Awards were presented to Charles Csuri (Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art), Olga Sorkine (Significant New Researcher), Richard Szeliski (Computer Graphics Achievement Award), and Jim Kajiya (Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics).
Once the awards presentation was complete it was time for this year’s keynote speaker, Cory Doctorow. Mr. Doctorow is a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Wired, as well as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He spoke at length about the current state of copyright law, how it is used by governments and corporations, and its effect on content creators including authors and digital artists. Following the keynote he answered questions from the audience and did a book signing in the SIGGRAPH Bookstore.