Informative international sessions on the current state of computer graphics around the world, organized by representatives of ACM SIGGRAPH and affiliated societies.
Sunday, 10 August
10:30 - 11:30 am
CG in Australasia
An overview of the state of CG in Australasia. Network with international professionals and discover computer-graphics work from across the world. Connect with people from Down Under and learn about their contributions in computer graphics, visualization, and interactive techniques. Watch the newest animations from Australasia, discuss methodologies and approaches to modern scientific visualization, and more. As is customary, discussions will be animated by consumption of Tim Tams.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Demoscene: Underground Real-Time Art Worldwide
Demoscene was born in the computer underground (internationally), and demos are the product of extreme programming and self-expression. This session re-reveals the best pieces of new and old-school demoscene.
Contact: Tomasz Bednarz
1 - 2 pm
IVRC: International Collegiate Virtual Reality Contest
This event gathers attendees interested in interactive techniques in education, and IVRC2014, the 22nd annual competition. Come and see this year's candidates and student innovation from the entire world.
Contact: Akihiko Shirai
2 - 3 pm
Overview of SIGGRAPH (with Japanese interpreter)
Members of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Committee present an overview of the conference and highlights of their programs.
Contact: Miho Aoki
3 - 5 pm
ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community
Join a discussion of the year-round activities of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community (DAC), including curated exhibitions, and our online art community. Bring announcements and ideas.
Contact: Hye Yeon Nam
Monday, 11 August
3 - 3:30 pm
IGDA presents Global Game Jam (GGJ)
In the last five years, the "game jam" has created a new model for prototyping, collaboration, creation, community building, and even education. At the forefront of the game-jam movement is the world's largest game jam, the Global Game Jam (GGJ). Started in 2009 through the IGDA, the GGJ has demonstrated a tremendous growth trajectory, growing from 1,600 "jammers" at its first event, to over 23,000 jammers in over 72 countries in 2014. Vancouver's own GGJ site is one of the largest in the world. In January it hosted more than 350 participants, over 200 of whom were post-secondary students. This session discusses the game jam as a viable and powerful development and prototyping venue for game developers from large and small companies and ranging from students to industry veterans. Topics include past jams, demos of games made at the GGJ, and suggestions for educators looking to integrate game jams into their curricula.
Contact: Kimberly Voll
3:30 - 4:30 pm
CG in Asia
A discussion of the growth in the CG industry in Asia over the last decade and what to expect in the near future. Speakers:
- GPU-Based Geometry Computation: Ying Xiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Fast and Precise Human Capture: Jaewon Kim, Imaging Media Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
- Toward Automatic Content Creation: Ping Tan, National University of Singapore
- Interactive Techniques in Japan and SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 in Japan: Yoshifumi Kitamura, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Japan
Tuesday, 12 August
12 - 1:30 pm
ISEA International Foundation - Open Forum
This discussion includes information about the organization, the upcoming ISEA2014, to be held in Dubai, 30 October - 8 November, plus information on ISEA2015 – DISRUPTION, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art to be held in Vancouver by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and School of Interactive Arts and Technology.
Contact: Sue Gollifer- Director
3 - 4 pm
CG in Latin America: Encontro dos Brasileiros (Brazilian Meeting)
Encontro dos Brasileiros provides the perfect opportunity for all researchers, artists, and CG lovers from Brazil or interested in Brazil to find out who is who on the Brazilian scene.
Contact: Aruquia Peixoto
4 - 5 pm
CG in Latin America
This year, CG in Latin America offers an updated format and more opportunities for attendees to interact and have their voices heard. Groups discuss various hot topics in CG, animation, technology, and education in Latin America, and then share the discussion with other attendees. The goal: to develop new ideas and create a real impact in our region.
Contact: Diana Arellano
5 - 6 pm
CG in Latin America Reception
Mix, mingle, make new friends, and sweeten your day at the Latin American Reception, featuring the traditional piñata. Sponsored by the interactive nutritional-genomics app: HealthWatch 360.
6 - 9 pm
CG in Europe Reception
Giovane Cafe + Winebar; Fairmont Pacific Rim
Inspiration, technology, fresh Ideas, innovation, motivation, decision, and much more. Network and share new and exciting things with international professionals in your region and beyond. This special reception is a chance to meet before our CG in Europe presentation: 13 August, 3 pm. We kindly request RSVPs for this event. Please contact Diana Arellano or Dolly Omisore if you would like to attend. Sponsored by the interactive nutritional-genomics app: HealthWatch 360.
Wednesday, 13 August
9 - 10 am
ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters Business Meeting
The annual business meeting for ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters.
Contact: Mashhuda Glencross
10 - 10:45 am
Professional and Student Chapters Startup Meeting
This session explains how to start and run a successful ACM SIGGRAPH Professional or Student Chapter. Topics regarding the process are outlined in detail by members of the Chapters Committee, and the session concludes with a Q&A session.
Contact: Mashhuda Glencross
11 am - noon
Digital Content Association of Japan
The Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) presents some of the most recent industrial applications of CG technology in Japan.
Contact: Noriko Namikoshi
1:30 - 2:30 pm
CG in USA and Canada
Would you like to study or work in the USA or Canada? Join our panel discussion and find out what opportunities exist to study or work for the CG industry in these two countries. Guest speakers will delight you with their knowledge, experience, and summary of opportunities. Panelists:
- Alexandra Repetto, Full Sail University
- Ria Benard, Lost Boys Studios
- Larry Bafia, Centre for Digital Media
- Lia Ioanniti, Zoic Studios
- Prashant Sachdeva, The University of British Columbia
- Nick Boughen, CG Masters School of 3D Animation & Visual Effects
3 - 4 pm
CG in Europe: Grrl Power
Join us for an interesting debate on the role of women in the CG industry. You will also learn about ACM-W-Europe (W = Women) and its activities. Discuss, share, or have your say. Your point is valid.
4 - 5 pm
CG in Africa + Middle East
Creative equilibrium: where social organisms coexist to convey social affairs in the form of art. What if you make the acquaintance of a person using images to bring social change to Africa? Or a lighting technical director at Pixar? You could also meet someone who is exploring the Syrian disaster through visual language. Or learn from the man responsible for an ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter in Tehran. Discover recent projects from across Africa and the Middle East.
5 - 6 pm
Escape From Vancouver Grand Prize Giveaway
The conclusion of the week-long social game. All players come together for a chance to win the Grand Prize (Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover), one of six Fitbit Flex fitness bands, and bonus prizes!
Thursday, 14 August
10 am - noon
Stories from the History of Computer Graphics
Historical pics and videos and stories ready to instigate conversations connecting all the Computer Graphics Pioneers who show up, as well as any random audience participation.
Contact: Terrence Mason
Noon – 1 pm
Remembering Sam Uselton
Dr. Samuel Uselton, who passed away last year, was a SIGGRAPH Pioneer and a friend, mentor, and inspiration to many. His daughter invites you to come share memories and stories.
Contact: Elizabeth Uselton
1 - 2 pm
Interested in Volunteering? Join the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee in 2015!
Informal overview of the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee, its year-round activities, and the International Center at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Are you a world citizen interested in international culture and the state of computer graphics across the globe? The committee is looking for volunteers to represent these world regions: USA + Canada, Latin America, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe + Russia, Africa + Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australasia.