Monday, August 24, 2009

We Networked Our Senses

So, this is a bit late, but needed. A conclusion to the wonderful conference we call SIGGRAPH. Why so late, you ask? I answer you with this question: Have you ever heard of life and its many surprises? We'll leave it at that. But, we won't let that get in the way of saying a few last words about it.

The week started off with a bang and ended with an even bigger bang. They freakin' threw us a parade! Yes, this is New Orleans, but do they always give big conferences a parade to their receptions? What accommodating hosts. As you can see from the picture above, we filled the streets. There was a marching band and a float that lead us right to Marti Gras World where the final party was. Good food, drinks, and people there. An end to a great week.

I will never forget yet another wonderful student volunteer experience at SIGGRAPH! This year there were about 400 volunteers from all over the world, but that didn't stop us getting to know a lot of them. Amazing people you will find here, says Yoda. I'll agree with him. That was really random, sorry. But, I seriously cannot wait to hear if I got accepted to be a Team Leader in Yokohama, Japan which is the host of SIGGRAPH Asia 2009!

As always, IUPUI (and Indianapolis alone) held a very big chunk of the seats here at SIGGRAPH. I believe there were close to 20 students and professors from IUPUI and around 30 (that I know of) from Indianapolis! That's dedication right there. You can expect even more of us to be back time and time again!

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