by Will Park

SIGGRAPH 2011 Vancouver is right around the corner and NVIDIA will again be a high-profile exhibitor at the show to highlight the latest and greatest computer graphics tech in the industry.

NVIDIA is sponsoring and hosting all manner of technology talks, panels, contests, and technology presentations at SIGGRAPH 2011, the world’s premier computer graphics conference. Our goal is to give students, researchers, and industry professionals various opportunities to interact and discuss state-of-the-art visualization and rendering techniques with the biggest names in their space.

So, what can you expect to see from NVIDIA at the show? We’re glad you asked. For those of you attending the show, you can look forward to these events:

  • Autodesk Student Experience, sponsored by NVIDIA
    It’s all about the next generation. Designed specifically for students, aspiring new graphics professionals will get a chance to hone their skills in Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Softimage. Attendees can expect to enjoy a bevy of presentations and workshops, and will be using workstations powered by NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics cards. (Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel – Aug 7 @ 9am PDT)
  • NVIDIA “Tech Talks,” sponsored by Dell
    Drop by the NVIDIA “Tech Talks” room to attend  any of our seven interactive discussions about the impact of GPUs on CG and design. We’ll have panel discussions and technical deep dives, covering everything from advanced ray tracing to simulation to tessellation. (Vancouver Conventer Centre, West Building, Level 2, Room 220 – Aug 8, 9am-5:30pm PDT)
  • NVIDIA Technology Theater, sponsored by HP
    Throughout each of the three days of SIGGRAPH 2011, the NVIDIA Technology Theater will present technology and product demonstrations from the likes of Adobe, Dassault Systemes, Digital Domain, Geomerics, LookFX and Viewpartners. If you can’t make it to Vancouver, no problem—most of these will be streamed live on the NVIDIA Facebook page. (Vancouver Convention Centre, NVIDIA Booth (#453) – Aug 9, 10, 11)
  • NVIDIA Sketch Match Competition, sponsored by Dell
    Show attendees are invited bring their artistic talent and competitive spirit to battle fellow illustrators, animators and designers for great prizes, including NVIDIA® Quadro® 4000 professional graphics solutions courtesy of PNY, drawing tablets from Wacom, plus software provided by Adobe, Autodesk, and Luxology. (Vancouver Convention Centre, Booth #603 – Aug 8, 9, 10)
  • NVArt 6 Competition Winners Announcement
    The annual NVArt competition is afoot, and NVIDIA and will announce the winners of the annual competition at the show. This year’s theme: Moving Innovation. This year’s prize pool: $34,000 in prizes being awarded, including several Quadro 6000 professional graphics cards
  • Giveaway – Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets up for grabs
    You know those snazzy, new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor? Yeah, we’re giving away three of these “business companion” tablets. (Vancouver Convention Centre, NVIDIA Booth (#453))

For those of you unable to make the trek to attend SIGGRAPH 2011 in person, fret not. We’ll be serving up content over the web for you to enjoy from the comfort of your desk/couch/bed:

  • Live Streams
    Can’t make it to SIGGRAPH this year? We understand, and know you don’t want to miss all the presentations from the show. So, check this out — for the first time, we’ll be streaming most of our technical deep dives and theater presentations. You can watch most of these streams live, as they happen, on the NVIDIA Facebook page. The footage will also be recorded for you to view at your convenience.
  • Technology Demonstrations
    We know you want to see all the latest technology in the computer graphics space, so we’ll also be posting technology demonstration videos of what’s being shown in the NVIDIA booth on the show floor on this blog. Expect to see demos of Adobe AfterEffects, Autodesk 3ds Max with NVIDIA iray, rendering and graphics in the cloud, and Adobe CS5.5 Premiere Pro, among others
  • Online Sketch Match Competition
    Don’t feel left out of the Sketch Match party, either, just because you’re at home. NVIDIA is opening up a special online Sketch Match competition if you’re unable to attend the show. Simply submit your artwork via our online submission form by 11:59pm PDT on Thursday, August 11, 2011. The submission form will be posted on next week.

NVIDIA at SIGGRAPH 2011. It’s going to be a great show—see you there, or see us online!