The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

International Resources Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2011?
  2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
  3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?
  4. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2011?
  5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2011?
  6. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?
  7. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the Vancouver Convention Centre?
  8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Vancouver airport when I depart?
  9. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Vancouver?
  10. I have never been to Vancouver before. Where can I find a map of the area?
  11. I have never been to the Vancouver International Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?
  12. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?
  13. Where can I exchange currency?
  14. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Vancouver?
  15. What time zone is Vancouver in?
  16. What is Vancouver's climate?

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2011?
We provide basic visa information, but if you have specific questions that are not answered there, please see Citizenship & Immigration Canada Information About Canadian Visas.

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
You must register for SIGGRAPH 2011 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation. If you register by postal or courier service or fax, you can request an invitation letter by contacting the SIGGRAPH 2011 International Resources Co-Chairs and providing your registration confirmation number.

If you register online, you can obtain an invitation letter through the Registration Resource Center (after registering).

Registration Information

Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2011 International Resources Co-Chairs if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.

3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?
The podcasts are available in seven languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian) on the SIGGRAPH 2011 podcast page.

4.What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2011?
During the conference week, Student Volunteers and the SIGGRAPH 2011 International Resources Committee (who are fluent in many languages) are available to help with basic translation questions, along with answering questions and problems that may arise for attendees. However, the students are not available to act as personal interpreters for any of the conference programs.

5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2011?
Prior to the conference, your local ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter may be able to help you. See the Chapters Directory to find out if there is a chapter in your local area. During the conference, the International Center is a good meeting place, as it is specifically designed to provide a safe and comfortable area to network and meet other international attendees. The International Center holds cultural events throughout the week. You can also leave messages on the Message Board asking other attendees from your country or region to meet you at a specific time in the International Center.

6. Is there an area in the International Center to give a presentation or to have a meeting?
Yes. To reserve the area for an interview, presentation, or meeting, please contact the Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2011 International Resources Co-Chairs in advance.

7. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect to the internet at the Vancouver Convention Centre?
Wireless service will be available throughout the Vancouver Convention Centre during SIGGRAPH 2011.

8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Vancouver airport when I depart?
Most airlines now require that you check in around three hours in advance for international flights due to the increased security checks. You should contact your airline for more specific information.

9. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Vancouver?
Links to Vancouver Information 
Greater Vancouver Visitors and Convention Bureau
Lonely Planet: Vancouver

10. I have never been to Vancouver before. Where can I find a map of the area?
Vancouver Maps
The location of the Vancouver Convention Centre

11. I have never been to the Vancouver International Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?
Vancouver International Airport is served by most major national and international airlines, so scheduling a flight to Vancouver should not be a problem. The airport's web site provides details about the airport's layout, along with arrival and departure times of scheduled flights.

12. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?
There are many transport options to and from the airport. For full directions, please see the airport's web site.

13. Where can I exchange currency?
There are many currency exchange facilities in Vancouver. Most banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city.

14. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Vancouver?
Vancouver businesses accept most credit cards and travelers checks. Some restaurants accept cash only. Some businesses may require a photo identification card (passport or other identification) before cashing travelers checks.

15. What time zone is Vancouver in?
Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone, which is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From the first Saturday in April until the last Saturday in October, Vancouver observes Daylight Savings Time and turns all its clocks ahead one hour.

16. What is Vancouver's climate?
Vancouver enjoys a moderate climate and is protected from extremes of temperature and humidity by the mountain ranges to its north and east. August and September are the hottest months, January and February the coolest and wettest. Temperatures are higher in the city and cooler nearer the ocean. The average Vancouver temperature in August is around 21 C (70 F).