SIGGRAPH 06 The Great American Roadtrip: Detroit to Boston

Livonia, MI, July 28, 2006 — The Southeast Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH (SEMAFX) is bringing some of Michigan's creative talent on a luxury 47 passenger coach to Boston to attend the 2006 ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Convention. A launch party is scheduled for Friday July 28th 2-5pm at the parking lot of Schoolcraft College's VistaTech Center with a departure set at 5pm.

47 Geeks, 7 Days, 5 States and 1 Conference equals SEMAFX's Great American Roadtrip. A trip that starts in Michigan and ends up in Boston for seven days to take in the SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference before returning to Michigan. SIGGRAPH 2006 is the 33rd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The Conference is being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. SIGGRAPH 2006 is expected to have over 20,000 attendees and over 250 exhibitors with numerous classes, panels and displays of technology, art, and animation. By bringing some of Michigan's considerable digital arts talent SEMAFX is furthering it mission to educate and network the workforce, and increase awareness of the capabilities of Michigan's digital creative industry.

It's no secret the Michigan's economy appears to be struggling when compared to the rest of the U.S.. However Michigan's creative industry is growing and expanding. We will be using a vinyl graphics wrapped bus as a marketing tool to attract the attention of conference attendees and the people of Boston for a week to tout Michigan as a cool creative place with a talented and growing workforce and industry . The creative industry is not limited but includes the following creative services film & video editing, advertising, motion graphics & animation, medical visualizations, web development & design, architectural visualizations, simulations, mobile gaming, product design & rendering, photo retouching, and graphic design & Illustration.

Current sponsors for the Great American Roadtrip are Autodesk, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Big Idea Magazine, nPower, Schoolcraft College, Detroit Creative Group.

If you would like learn more or please visit or contact:

Randy Rockafellow
SE Michigan ACM SIGGRAPH (SEMAFX) - Chairman

The ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter of Southeast Michigan (SEMAFX) is a non-profit computer graphics community of creative professionals, teachers, students and hobbyists involved in the digital arts and related media fields. SEMAFX's mission is to enhance the local digital arts industry, encourage communication, educate and network the workforce, and increase awareness of the capabilities of Michigan's digital creative resources. Since its inception in 1998, SEMAFX has held monthly events, supported charities and scholarships, mentored kids, and built relationships with area colleges and digital media and technology companies. Members gather at events to share ideas, tips and techniques- and to discuss issues facing our local and national markets.

Annual conference on computer graphics convened by the ACM SIGGRAPH organization. The first SIGGRAPH conference was in 1974. The conference is attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals, and has most recently been held in Los Angeles. Past SIGGRAPH conferences have been held in Dallas, Boston, Seattle, New Orleans, San Diego and elsewhere across the United States.

ACM SIGGRAPH [url] [/urlSIGGRAPH is the Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Founded in 1947, ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. The world¹s first and largest educational and scientific computing society, ACM serves a membership of more than 80,000 computing professionals in more than 100 countries.

Autodesk first revolutionized the software industry with the AutoCAD® product, which introduced drafting on a PC. The widespread popularity of AutoCAD software forged our company’s lifetime commitment to practical innovation that drives productivity and profitability. AutoCAD also paved the way for Autodesk technology leadership in industries such as building, infrastructure, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and wireless data.
Today, Autodesk is a fully diversified software company that provides targeted solutions for creating, managing, and sharing digital assets. Our community numbers more than six million users and includes four global strategic partners—Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM—as well as 2,500 third-party developers. What unites us all is the same spirit our company was founded on: innovation that drives real-world success. You can see that success in the accomplishments of our loyal customers, which include 100 percent of Fortune 100 companies and 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the State of Michigan's one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan.

Big Idea
Big Idea is a monthly trade magazine, serving the communication arts communities for 12 years.

nPower Software
nPower Software empowers 3D artists, designers and engineers by connecting end users with advanced technology tools.

Schoolcraft's Computer Graphics Technology Program prepares people for a career in the fields of graphic design and computer graphics. Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI is also an Authorized Autodesk Training Center.

Detroit Creative Group
The Detroit Creative Group seeks to provide marketing based multimedia solutions by focusing on building strong brands and relationships with customers, employees, and partners