Registration is open now for SIGGRAPH 2017, running July 30-August 3 in Los Angeles for its 44th conference and exhibition, which Conference Chair Jerome Solomon promises will be “bigger and better than ever.” Passes are available for the full week, single day or exhibition-only at http://s2017.siggraph.org/registration.
“We are very excited about returning to Los Angeles for this year’s conference,” said Solomon. “We have plans for over a dozen awesome experiences that we’ve never done before. For example, we will be holding our grand opening day reception at the California Science Center, which will offer attendees the chance to get up close to the actual Space Shuttle Endeavor. We will also be debuting a brand-new VR Theater—a venue in which attendees can experience VR storytelling from different filmmakers using state of the art technology and VR headsets.”
The Conference Chair is also chuffed at the event’s return to LA, saying that the movie and TV hub has “arrived” as a digital player.
“LA has numerous top digital companies located in Silicon Beach, and the city has also become a key player and the home of countless new VR content development and production companies.”
“Interactive technologies, real-time graphics, virtual reality, and augmented reality are all key growth areas today,” Solomon continued. “In fact, the computer graphics industry is going through a bit of a renaissance right now—CG plays a critical role in more everyday digital tools and technologies than ever before. It’s bleeding over everywhere, and into so many industries.”
Solomon, Dean of the College at Cogswell College, was announced as the Conference Chair for this year’s confab back in 2015 — he had previously served as Chair of the Computer Animation Festival and of the Production Sessions. In his day job, Solomon is responsible for all of the school’s academics, classes, faculty and programs. He also has roughly two decades of experience in Hollywood, having worked at ILM, DreamWorks Animation, EA and Rhythm & Hues on films ranging from Madagascar and Shrek 2 to Avatar and Babe, as well as video games including Star Wars: Force Unleashed.