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Call For Submissions

Emerging Technologies

The most transformative technology is at SIGGRAPH.

Submissions Closed

How are engineers, inventors, academics, and industry-leaders solving the most critical problems of the planet? And how are we as humans interacting with these solutions? The focus of Emerging Technologies for SIGGRAPH 2020 aligns with the overall conference theme: Think Beyond. We are seeking submissions of the newest, groundbreaking research that will move the industry forward.

As in years past, this year’s Emerging Technologies program will illustrate how technology can increase accessibility and help us do the impossible. Demonstrate how the world will be a better place with your interactive technology by sharing it in Emerging Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2020.

Submission Deadline

How To Submit

Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 11 February 2020.

Log into the submission portal, go to the “Make a New Submission” tab, and select “Emerging Technologies.” In the “Presentation Format,” select “Installation.”

You will be asked for:

  • Two-Page Abstract
    This is a document that outlines what SIGGRAPH 2020 attendees will see and experience. A good abstract serves as an overview of your submission, provides background information, describes the problem (if any) and proposed solution, discusses prior work, and highlights the novelty of your submission.
  • Presentation Format
    Please select “Installation” as your presentation format, and choose the installation category.
  • Representative Image and Summary
    Please include a 50-word description of your submission that we can use in promotional materials if your work is accepted, as well as an image that illustrates an important aspect of your project. See Representative Image Guidelines. You may supply up to six images if they will help clarify your submission.
  • Representative Video
    Each submission should include a polished video that explains the significance of your submission in a concise manner. See the Evaluation tab for details on how to make a compelling video. Videos must be uploaded at 720 p (1280 × 720), using either MPEG-4, AAC, or H.264 encoding and should not exceed 200 MB. Maximum duration is three minutes. Please take time to light and shoot your video as carefully as possible, because we might use excerpts of it in the official Emerging Technologies preview video trailer, which will encourage attendees to come and see all of Emerging Technologies.
  • Date of Completion
    When you submit your work, it should be complete. Please include your expected date of completion if your work is currently unfinished. Please note that your work should be complete enough to fully demonstrate its success and give us the confidence that it will be ready to show.
  • Installation Physical Information (Floor Plan)
    This should include size, space, and environmental requirements to display your work. Please indicate the space you need for your installation, where you would like to place tables, chairs, lighting requirements, and equipment that needs to be suspended above the floor. It is important to label the plan with dimensions, and you may use whichever unit of length you are comfortable with (meters or feet).
  • Logistics Plan (Other Technical Requirements)
    This plan further describes requirements for your proposed installation. Important details must include unique staging and handling concerns, time required to set up, diagrams for space utilization (including overhead requirements, such as clearances or hanging suspensions), number of people required to set up and/or present, dependence on radio/wireless control elements, or any other aspects of your demo. If in doubt, no detail is too small to include here for conference planners.
    Remember, if your proposal is accepted, your installation must be presented for the duration of the conference (five days), so please make sure you include chairs for each presenter in your group in the space layout.

Other important submission information:

  • Non-native English speakers are highly encouraged to use the English Review Services to improve the text of submissions. Please note this process takes time. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please ensure that you complete your submission at least 14 days before the deadline.
  • For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see the Submissions FAQ.
  • If your project is accepted, you are required to have at least one person present at all times during the conference. This includes lunch times, as the venue does not close down until the end of the day.
  • Educator’s Resources Submission: Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference can indicate interest in donating materials of value to the education community to the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee website. Learn More.
  • For additional submission information, please see Submissions FAQ.


After your work is submitted, it is reviewed by a panel of experts of varying backgrounds. Each look at the four criteria (concept; novelty; interest; quality, craft and completeness) elaborated upon below and review independently before meeting to discuss their evaluations and make recommendations to the final selection committee.

The summary text will most likely be the jury’s introduction to your work, followed by the representative video. Since attendees’ first experience with your work will be visual as they approach your space at SIGGRAPH 2020, initial interest will come from a compelling demonstration. Jurors have this in mind as they evaluate the work and watch your video, so it should show how you plan to demonstrate the technology. Jurors will also read your abstract for additional details, including how your project is different from and extends beyond previous work and details on how you’ve achieved your goals. Any questions not fully answered by the video should be addressed with your written materials and representative images.


How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc., presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? This criterion is particularly applicable to submissions that put together existing technologies into a single product. Submissions of this type, where the individual technologies are not necessarily new but their combination is, are evaluated on both the final product and how well-proposed technologies integrate to meet the desired goals. Many submissions in this area are rejected because they do what existing systems do, and they do not demonstrate that the proposed approach leads to better results.


How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new, groundbreaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a new twist? You must first demonstrate to the jury that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate your work in the context of other approaches where appropriate. Is it faster? Easier to use? Does it give better results? Is it more accurate? Many submissions are rejected either because the work is too similar to existing work or because the submission materials did not convince the jury that the improvements were substantial enough.


Will conference attendees want to see this? Will it inspire them? Are the results or approach appealing to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and the overall clarity and novelty of the submission. A submission in a very niche area is more likely to be accepted if the results are exceptionally better than what exists already or if the proposed solution might be applicable to other areas. Suggesting additional applications of your technology may potentially widen attendee interest. Finally, the more interesting your actual hands-on demonstration is, the more excited attendees will be to see your work. Be clear about how you want to show your work.

Quality, Craft, and Completeness

This is a measure of how well written the abstract is and the quality of the supporting materials. The abstract must effectively communicate both the problem and the solution in enough detail and clarity that the jury can evaluate it. You must also convince the jury that your solution works. Many submissions are rejected because, although the problem and solution seemed interesting, the materials did not convince the jury that the solution actually had been implemented and evaluated. Some are rejected because the jury is left guessing when the submission includes unanswered questions, gaps in research, insufficient explanations, or does not demonstrate convincing results.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

SIGGRAPH reviewers cannot sign non-disclosure agreements for submissions. For information on patents and confidentiality see the Submission FAQ.

Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of the jury results.

Upon acceptance, the submission portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. Final versions of accepted work must be submitted before required deadlines (normally one week after acceptance notification). You will receive information on how to submit final versions of your accepted work and the deadlines for final updates.

Two-Page Abstract

If your installation is accepted, you must prepare and submit a revised abstract for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library (two pages maximum). This abstract must be submitted to TAPS by 1 July. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions. If your revised abstract is not delivered to TAPS by 1 July, you may not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2020.

Personnel Support

If your installation is accepted, you are required to have at least one person present at all times during the conference. This includes lunch times, as the venue does not close down until the end of the day. This also includes Experience Presentation times, if your submission also was accepted for an Experience Presentation. Travel support is not provided. Limited conference registration is available for selected installation contributors.

Travel support is not provided. Limited conference registration is available for selected project contributors. Please review the SIGGRAPH 2020 Recognition Policy.

Booth Staffing Is Required for the Following Conference Hours:

Sunday, 19 July, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Monday, 20 July, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 21 July, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 22 July, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, 23 July, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Shipping of Equipment and Insuring Equipment

You are responsible for bringing or shipping any necessary equipment to Washington, D.C. before the conference and for return shipment. Some equipment may be rented at the conference.

You must also complete these forms:

  • Shipping Information Form
  • Equipment Rental Form
  • Networking Form
  • Insurance Form
  • ACM Rights Management Form

Contributor Logo Usage

SIGGRAPH 2020 will provide an informational sign for all installations within the Experience Hall (Includes installation title, contributor’s names and company along with a 50 word description. A logo is not included.). If a contributor would like an additional sign beyond what SIGGRAPH provides, please review the Policy for 2020 below. SIGGRAPH offers contributors the opportunity to create one (1) additional sign, at the contributor’s expense, to recognize the contributing organization of your submission. In fairness to all contributors, everyone must adhere to the following rules when producing any additional promotional signs.

  • One sign is permitted per installation.
  • Sign should be no larger than 22” x 28”.
  • Your organization’s logo is permitted on the sign up to 12” x 12”.
  • Multiple organization logos also must fit within the 12” x 12” space.
  • If your installation requires use of a screen, the screen may use a logo up to 6” x 6”.

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in management requesting the sign or inappropriate branding be covered or removed. If an additional cost is required to do so, it will be at the contributors expense.

Looking for additional brand visibility beyond the offering listed above? Contact Exhibition Management to review additional opportunities.


22:00 UTC/GMT, 11 February 2020
Submission deadline

End of April 2020
Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters.

Deadline 1 July
Deadline to make any changes to materials (i.e., approved title changes, presenter names, descriptions) for publication on the website for accepted contributors.

Prior to the Virtual Conference (1 July)
Two-page abstract must be submitted to TAPS prior to the virtual conference. If your revised two-page abstract is not delivered to TAPS prior to the virtual conference, you may not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2020.

A 30-second video, to be used for promotional purposes, due.

Virtual Conference

  • Submit a 2-3 minute demo video (Due Date: 20 July)
  • Submit a 15-minute pre-recorded video (Due Date: 20 July)
  • Participate in a 30-minute moderated virtual Q&A session

17-28 August 2020
SIGGRAPH 2020 Virtual Conference

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2020 programs — Art Gallery, Art Papers, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review. You have the ability to grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.