11:25am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Siggraph 2021 Confab Will Be Virtual Due to COVID-19 Uncertainty
Annual computer graphics confab Siggraph announced that its 2021 conference, which was scheduled to be held Aug. 1-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will instead be a virtual event on the same dates, due to uncertainly surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
"Given continued uncertainty surrounding the future of COVID-19 and worldwide travel precautions, SIGGRAPH 2021 is prioritizing the health and safety of the global computer graphics community and will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event," reads a statement released on Monday.
The conference, it said, would "build upon the lead of the successful SIGGRAPH 2020 virtual event. We look forward to continuing to honor the legacy of the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry and sharing the latest innovations from our talented community."
The 2019 edition of the conference--which regularly attracts Hollywood's animation, visual effects and interactive media community--was held in Los Angeles and counted nearly 19,000 attendees. The 2020 conference was an entirely virtual event.