It was perhaps inevitable that the massive Siggraph 2020 conference would cancel the physical event and move to a virtual conference. I had my hopes that the pandemic would flatten-out enough for a physical conference to happen. Especially since it would have taken place in Washington D.C. But as you can see from the official Siggraph blog they lost the convention center. I'm sure that's what tipped the balance.
I'm excited to see what the Siggraph organizers come up with. Facing a huge change like this often brings out a creative spirit. I'm also wondering what the attendance will be like and what they will charge for the event. I'll certainly keep you updated. In the meantime, here is Siggraph's official statement:
The safety and well-being of conference participants is our top priority. Please bookmark this page for updates that pertain to health and safety at SIGGRAPH 2020.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
24 April 2020: Concerns about the health and safety of conference participants as well as recent news that the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has been designated a future alternate care site during the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible to host SIGGRAPH 2020 in Washington, D.C. as planned. With this development, we have decided to move to a virtual conference format.
Our conference theme, Think Beyond, will take on new meaning as we move to a virtual footprint. In collaboration with our hundreds of contributors, we look forward to letting our outstanding content shine in our new digital venue. We are confident that we will deliver a strong SIGGRAPH 2020 that celebrates this year’s advancements and achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Additionally, we are optimistic that this new format will allow more of our global community to come together and participate.
As details of this experience become clear, our SIGGRAPH community will be the first to hear.