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Birds of a Feather
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Propose a discussion for SIGGRAPH 2019 to spark an attendee-organized exploration or collaboration on a topic impacting your work or industry.

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Peers join forces to discuss the hot topics of today and tomorrow.

To be considered, Birds of a Feather sessions must be:

  • Related to computer graphics or interactive techniques
  • Open to all registered SIGGRAPH 2019 attendees
  • Non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or company are not allowed)
  • Free of recruitment, sales, product tutorials, or company promotion
  • Free of charge

SIGGRAPH 2019 Birds of a Feather are non-juried, attendee-organized sessions. Content is subject to approval based on the criteria above.

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Session Submission

BOF session requests can be made through the SIGGRAPH 2019 website until 26 July 2019. Make sure all the information in your submission is accurate and complete before submitting. Missing information may delay processing your request. After 26 July 2019 email bofs-s2019@siggraph.org for submission information.

A BOF session submission must be filled out for each for each event even if from the same submitter/organization.

BOF sessions can be no longer than three hours, including set up and teardown. Organizers of longer events, or those who submit multiple requests for the same day for more than three hours, should consider becoming a co-located conference.

BOF sessions cannot start prior to 8 am or end after 6 pm at the convention center. There are not time restrictions for BOFs assigned to hotels.

BOF Meeting Rooms

BOF meeting rooms are assigned first-come, first-served based on setup and expected attendance. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference, organizations/individuals may not hold more than two BOF sessions in a convention center room. Additional BOFs can be held on Sunday and/or Thursday. There is not a limit on the number of BOF sessions by an organization/individual in a hotel meeting room.

There are multiple BOF rooms in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Each has a permanent set for 75-150 people and are set either fishbowl (theater seats in rounds) or with rounds. No changes to these setups are permitted. Attendance cannot exceed seats in any meeting rooms. Any BOF that exceeds seating capacity may be stopped by the Los Angeles Fire Marshall.

The 90-seat ACM SIGGRAPH Theater in the convention center is also available for presentations with a strong national or international focus, or presentations that are highly relevant to the ACM SIGGRAPH organization. Audio/video equipment is provided at no charge in this room. Presentations must be approved. If you are interested, check the appropriate box provided as you are filling out your BOF submission.

Any groups needing a hotel can select their choice from the drop-down box of the BOF form. Any official SIGGRAPH 2019 hotel with meeting space can host a BOF.

Do not contact the convention center or any hotels until you have received your confirmation from SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Management. Venues cannot assign meeting space or confirm details until this approval is received.

Costs

Meeting Space in the convention center is complimentary but limited.

There is also not a charge for meeting space in most hotels but setup fees or food and beverage purchase minimums may apply. SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Management will let you know if there could be any fees/minimums prior to confirming your space request. Keep in mind for any excessive setup or teardown times a fee may also apply.

Payment for all services (food and beverage, audio/visual, etc.) in the convention center or a hotel is the responsibility of the BOF Organizer.

Audio Visual

There will be one BOF room in the convention center set with a microphone, LCD and screen at no cost to organizers. This room is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For other convention center and hotel BOF rooms, organizers must provide their own AV set. Organizers may use their own or order through the contact provided in the BOF confirmation. Any charges are the responsibility of the organizer.

Confirmation

If your request is approved, you will receive an email acknowledgment within two weeks that includes all necessary contact information. BOFs located in hotels will receive a confirmed room assignment at that time. BOFs held in the convention center will receive a room assignment four weeks prior to the conference.

Event Publication

All BOFs event information will be published on the SIGGRAPH 2019 website and the conference mobile app.

BOF events must be held in one of the official hotels or the Los Angeles Convention Center to be publicized. Events in other locations cannot be advertised in any SIGGRAPH 2019 conference materials.

ASCAP/BMI fees

ASCAP and BMI are membership associations of U.S. composers, songwriters, and publishers of every kind of music. Whenever music (recorded or live) is played at an event, a license must be purchased from these associations. The license purchase is the responsibility of the organizer and not the venue where the event is to be held.

Exhibitor Meeting Space

Exhibitors are not approved to use BOF meeting rooms. Exhibitors are required to complete an exhibitor meeting space form provided by exhibition management. See your exhibitor information kit for a form.

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