View Full Version : SIGGRAPH 2003 Brings 24,332 To San Diego

08 August 2003, 05:52 PM
"SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques brought a total of 24,332 professionals from 77 countries to San Diego for the annual conference and exhibition 27-31 July 2003. "

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PS I posted this here, becuase the general forum should know this.

08 August 2003, 02:06 PM
what was last years attendance?

08 August 2003, 07:17 PM
man, thats depressing, especially in cali. i remember sigg99 in LA had like 100k+.

08 August 2003, 07:31 PM
100k+, no way!

The maximun assistance is held by SIGGRAPH 97 ( with 48,700.

08 August 2003, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by krisr
what was last years attendance?

Last year was only 17,000:


08 August 2003, 07:39 PM
SIGGRAPH 93: 25,000+
SIGGRAPH 94: 25,497
SIGGRAPH 95: 41,229
SIGGRAPH 96: 29,045
SIGGRAPH 97: 48,700
SIGGRAPH 98: 32,210
SIGGRAPH 99: 42,690
SIGGRAPH 2000: 25,986
SIGGRAPH 2001: 34,024
SIGGRAPH 2002: 17,000
SIGGRAPH 2003: 24,332

08 August 2003, 02:05 AM
Thanks for the stats Titus. Its interesting to see the numbers vary so much from year to year. This could be almost be a guage as to how the industry is doing.

08 August 2003, 02:36 AM
Originally posted by krisr
This could be almost be a guage as to how the industry is doing.

They also depend on where it is held: Los Angeles in 95, 97, 99, 01 those years all went up compared to the "away" years.


08 August 2003, 02:46 AM
The one thing that did bug me about this year's SIGGRAPH expo was that the aisle's between the booths was quite small. This gave the impression that it was very busy, but turned out to be a little too claustrophobic.

Judging from the numbers and the trend that the LA SIGGRAPH's are the bigger ones, next year should be a blast.


08 August 2003, 03:16 AM
It also seemed as if a lot of the vendors had smaller booths than usual this year...not to mention the total absence of SGI and Sun. I was hoping to see SGI's new FFI harware. :annoyed:

08 August 2003, 03:35 AM
Thanks to Jeremy for the link, it turned to be very interesting. Look these numbers, the first column is the paid exhibit space (sq. ft.), the second column is the net income for all the convention (this includes registration and exhibition and total expenses):

94: 106,586 $1,463,761
95: 128,471 $2,672,171
96: 164,187 $3,705,234
97: 185,572 $1,785,544
98: 175,328 $1,162,701
99: 156,112 $1,307,732
00: 145,573 $2,183,930
01: 148,879 $450,501
02: something like -$2,500,000 (this is from my head so don't pay much attention)
03: 68,000 (this is from the link provided by RobertoOrtiz

You can see an important income drop in 2001.

08 August 2003, 03:38 AM

08 August 2003, 03:42 AM
Having been one of the organisers for the 3D Festival, I can objectively say that the events business is extremely difficult just to break even. Some of the biggest expos in the world for the printing industry have to ration it out and run once every four years simply because the revenue does not warrant an annual event.


08 August 2003, 04:01 AM
it actually looks like attendance was consistently and substantially higher on those years Siggraph was in LA.

check out the past years and locations

08 August 2003, 04:38 AM
Yeah, it looks as if for the past decade, the closer to San Francisco SIGGRAPH is held, the better the attendance. LA is just the closest to SF they've been getting so far. :thumbsup:


08 August 2003, 04:46 AM
It would be so great if they had it in San Francisco again.

Our convention center is in a much better location than the crappy LA convention center and SF provides more than enough attractions to entertain the guests.

08 August 2003, 04:52 AM
Yup. Sheep Factory and I found the perfect place right next to the Moscone with fantastic margheritas.

Seriously though, San Francisco would be a really good place to hold SIGGRAPH, with so many studios in the neighbourhood.


08 August 2003, 05:42 AM
Although I found the downtown trffic in San Francisco worse than the one in LA, but maybe I've just been unlucky in that regard.

One interesting thing to note is that even though attendance was up and it was California, it was still like 10,000 lower than last time in New Orleans.

08 August 2003, 05:55 AM
Originally posted by malducin
Although I found the downtown trffic in San Francisco worse than the one in LA, but maybe I've just been unlucky in that regard.


its definitely not worse than LA , compared to LA sf downtown traffic is like the freeway. there must be an accident or something when you were driving.

and leo is right about the margharitas :)

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