Making more of meetings

This year’s installment of SIGGRAPH (the ACM Significant Interest Group on Graphics) is set to commence this weekend in San Antonio. During these few days every year one can witness digital tumbleweeds rolling through the halls of the Media Lab. Alas, this year too I will not be joining them.

While browsing around the site today, I was struck by a new invention (at least to me):
a personal SIGGRAPH schedule maker. This is the natural evolution of the conference; as a meeting grows beyond all comprehensible scale, a single proceedings and schedule for all attendees becomes inefficient (especially when the proceedings exceeds 50 lbs.). This way the conference also has some data regarding the interests of attendees, and the ability to provide follow-up information about projects and presentations. Conference organizers take note: the schedule builder is the wave of the future.

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