The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter held its Interactive Industry Night this past Tuesday, bringing together incredible local talent and creative experiences! The audience had time to mix and mingle with creative types from all walks of life, generating an electric atmosphere of open discussion amongst those who attended, and resulting in some interesting opportunities to share ideas, techniques and contacts.
The event had nearly 90 attendees enjoy the evening as 20 presenters took 3 minute presentation windows to wax poetic on industry developments, highlighting new ideas, specialized projects and showcasing creative applications. Building on the strength of these backgrounds, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH event really did find its voice as the local industry had an outstanding showing, running the spectrum of computer graphics and interactive experiences from the film, animation, design and science industries. The list of speakers and companies represented provides the evidence:
|Jason McKenzie||Arc Productions|
|Chris Cheung, Craig Barr||Autodesk|
|Jacky Bibliowicz||Autodesk Research|
|Srinivas Krishna||AWE Company|
|Merry Wang||Biomedical Communications Alumni Association|
|Ben Sainsbury||Cinema Suite|
|Gary Thomas||Crush Inc.|
|Digital Media Industry of Ontario (formerly CASO)|
|Nick Fox-Gieg||Nick Fox-Gieg Animation|
|Tim Willison||Oddly Studios|
|Strahan McCarten||Scalar Decisions|
|Rob Magee||Side Effects Software|
|Mark Elendt||SIGGRAPH 2014 Dailies|
|Colin Davies||Spin VFX|
|Anthony Scott Burns||TOPIX|
Multi-platform presentations discussed new user applications and experiences in mixed world augmented reality, biomedical visualization, animating the death of Kristen Stewart in Twilight, interactive phone applications and more; all created to engage people in different ways within the digital realm.
The Interactive Industry Night at the Design Exchange was one of our largest and most comprehensive community events to date. The work presented during the evening lays the foundation of what we need to build a healthy and engaged community for users and supporters for years to come. The Industry night provided an excellent opportunity for people across numerous industries to connect and share their digital savvy, including powerful 3D experiences, support for enterprising new projects and new ways to harness technology!
On behalf of Your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, we’d like to thank all our Speakers, Members, and Volunteers for making this event a success! And don’t forget to contact us if you are interested in participating in our next event!