Pathfinders

Hall B1       Saturday, 29 July 6 - 8 pm
  Sunday, 30 July 8 am - 6 pm
  Monday, 31 July 8 am - 6 pm
  Tuesday, 1 August 8 am - 6 pm
  Wednesday, 2 August       8 am - 6 pm
  Thursday, 3 August 8 am - 2 pm

Welcome to SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston!

The Pathfinders program and its volunteer mentors have been offering help to new attendees at SIGGRAPH since 1998. While the format changes some from year to year, the basic idea is the same: to help people navigate through a week at SIGGRAPH and make the most of their time. It's easy to remember how difficult it was to find the things that were cool at our first couple of SIGGRAPH conferences. Pathfinders helps new attendees "find their path."

If you're new to the conference (or just feel overwhelmed): When you get to Boston, we will have a prominent booth in the convention center. Please stop by. Our booth will be staffed with many different people who have been to SIGGRAPH many times and who can help guide you through the conference. We all keep coming to SIGGRAPH because we recognize the value, and we volunteer because we want you to get everything you can out of SIGGRAPH 2006.

We can help you find the specific things that are in your interest areas. We can also help you find some pleasant surprises. We can give advice on your portfolio, how to find work, how to network with people, and how to make it through the day and get up the next morning and do it again (it takes stamina).

If you're a veteran attendee (even if you don't think you know it all): Consider volunteering an hour or two of your time at SIGGRAPH 2006 to help us staff the Pathfinders booth. Other attendees who have spent time in the booth have told us that it's a very rewarding experience. You might meet some new people, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped some new attendees get more out of the conference. Please complete the Mentor Registration Form so we will know something about you, and we'll send you email when it's time to schedule the booth.

Whether you volunteer time as a mentor, stop by for help navigating the conference, or just come in to say hello, we look forward to seeing you in the Pathfinders booth at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston!

Sincerely,

Lou Harrison
SIGGRAPH 2006 Pathfinders Chair