More than 2,500 of the world’s leading minds on computer graphics will convene in 2023.
SIGGRAPH Asia has announced Sydney to be the host city for its 2023 conference and exhibition, bringing together the world’s most respected technical and creative minds and strengthening New South Wales’ position as a global knowledge hub for creative industries.
Widely recognised as the premier platform for the advancement of graphics, animation, art, and technology, the 16th edition of SIGGRAPH Asia will take place from 12 – 15 December 2023.
It is expected to attract more than 2,500 delegates to Sydney and thousands of visitors to the exhibition showcase, sharing expert knowledge on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and emerging technologies.
NSW is home to 40 per cent of Australia’s creative businesses, almost half of the creative workforce, and generates up to 70 per cent of the country’s total creative exports. It also has a dedicated Creative Industries Knowledge Hub through the NSW Government Department of Industry.
SIGGRAPH Asia Chief Staff Executive, Prakash Ramajillu, attributes the selection of Syndey to the depth of the city’s creative sector and the venue of choice, ICC Sydney.
“We’re pleased to return to Australia’s thriving technology, creative industries and media scene, with so many new developments in this field since we were last here in 2019.
“The SIGGRAPH Asia Conference Advisory Group and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd are very thankful for the support that Team Sydney has given us so far. We hope to continue working together to create and execute a true world-class event that will leave a strong impact in the thriving technology, creative industries, media and film sectors in the state of New South Wales and Australia.”
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the organisation had secured 20 new meetings for Sydney in the last 12 months across technology, health, science and infrastructure, which are expected to bring in almost 13,820 delegates staying 58,490 delegate days and generating an estimated AUD51 million (USD40 million) for the local economy, under the most challenging conditions on record for the business events industry.
Lyn said: “The desire to meet face to face is getting stronger the longer people’s business activities are confined to Zoom, and this is another positive milestone towards the market’s return.
“Sound management of the pandemic across our city and state is giving increasing confidence to our local and global clientele to choose Sydney for their next meeting. I’m so proud of the efforts of my team and our Team Sydney industry partners, and the close collaboration to ensure Sydney continues to win business events that will secure global attention and business to further our innovation and leadership in this growing sector.
“In 2019, Sydney returned to the global Top 20 host cities, and international events like SIGGRAPH Asia prove the pulling power of Sydney as a global meeting destination,” said Ms. Lewis-Smith.
The event will deliver a robust conference program, exclusive tours for delegates to visit research centres and industry hubs, networking opportunities onsite and at co-located events, and a student programme in partnership with NSW Stem Industry School Partnerships, further building Sydney’s strengths as a global knowledge hub in creative technology.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 was secured for Australia with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program and the NSW Government.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said that attracting large-scale events such as this are a mark of confidence to the world that Sydney and Australia are ready to welcome business visitors back and play a major role in kickstarting the visitor economy as the industry rebuilds.
“The business events sector is a significant economic driver and securing large-scale international events for future years will significantly support the recovery of our tourism industry and economy more broadly by filling venues, hotels and restaurants around the country,” Ms. Harrison said.
“Sydney is a world-renowned events destination and being home to so many incredible tourism offerings as well, I have no doubt it will provide the perfect setting for the 2023 SIGGRAPH Asia event.”