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Call For Submissions

Immersive Pavilion

The future of realities is at SIGGRAPH 2020.

Submissions Closed

The Immersive Pavilion at SIGGRAPH 2020 will feature the most innovative virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality experiences.

We are seeking artists, designers, and content creators from all industries to submit their interactive headset experiences including everything from art, architecture, adaptive technology, games, location-based experiences, research, healthcare, and more.

Collaborative and Interactive Experiences

  • Location-based installations (such as those found in classrooms and museums)
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Interactive projection mapping
  • Interactive theater, journalism, and scientific demonstrations
  • Interactive art installations

At SIGGRAPH 2020, in addition to bleeding-edge immersive technologies, content, and research, we are looking to feature technologies that have a positive impact on the community, support adaptive technology and mobility, and move the industry forward.

Submission Deadline

How To Submit

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

Before Submitting

Before you prepare a proposal, please carefully review these topics of interest for SIGGRAPH 2020’s Immersive Pavilion.

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in areas of gaming, art, science, healthcare, and research

Artistic and technology performances and demonstrations, especially those that showcase adaptive technologies or art created with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality

Research projects featuring augmented, virtual or mixed reality

Practical applications using immersive techniques including, but not limited to, education, visualization, or training

The Immersive Pavilion is seeking content-driven and interactive projects that:

  • Demonstrate a unique type of interactive and/or immersive experience
  • Utilize the latest technology in immersive environments. For example, wireless, untethered, head-mounted displays for AR, VR, or augmented spatial reality such as projection mapping combined with gestural interfaces and real-time eye tracking within an augmented or virtual environment.
  • Influence our day-to-day lives as practical applications or creative tools, or improve our relationship with each other and the world around us.
  • Note: Experiences should be able to be shown in demo mode in order to provide exposure to the maximum amount of attendees (5-7 minutes maximum recommended).


Log in to the submission portal, select “Make a New Submission” tab, and select “Immersive Pavilion.” To see the information you will need to submit, view the Sample Submission Form.

In particular, please be aware of these fields:

  • Full names of primary content creators/presenters
  • Phone number of the contributor who will be onsite at SIGGRAPH
  • Title and description of your project, running length, genre
  • Hardware and network requirements
  • Basic logistics, lighting, and sound requirements (if any)
  • Final representative image (jpg, jpeg, png), with up to five additional images
  • Download and mounting guide with installation and run instructions
  • Application binary-or video to be evaluated, and an optional trailer
  • Website and URL for conference publicity and media/attendee inquiries
  • A two-page abstract summarizing the submission

Finally, if you are hosting file(s), please supply the link, login credentials, product key, or coupon information.

While video submissions are acceptable, it is strongly recommended that an application binary is submitted, even if still in an incomplete state.

For additional submission information, please see Submissions FAQ.


Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Innovative: Does the experience utilize new technologies, processes, and research from the past 12 months? Does it push the boundaries of creativity?
  • Immersion: Is the submission able to engage and immerse an attendee in an experience? Does the installation, demonstration, or performance inspire awe?
  • Interactivity: How interactive is the project? Does it require attendee participation and interaction?
  • Utility: Does the project demonstrate a use of immersive technology in a way that enhances or benefits an existing workflow or process?
  • Think Beyond: How does this project fit with the SIGGRAPH 2020 theme of Think Beyond? Does it support the broader community or humanity?
  • Collaborative: Will multiple people be able to participate at the same time? Does the installation, demonstration, or performance invite audience participation?

A jury will select the top-rated submissions for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, and all submitters will be notified of their submission status: accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected.

In very rare cases, submissions may be conditionally accepted. If your work is conditionally accepted, you must demonstrate your submission to a jury member in person so that it can be measured against the criteria above. Jurors who have a conflict of interest with your submission will not be permitted to review your submission.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

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

Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the end of April 2020.

Two-Page Abstract

If your Immersive Pavilion installation is accepted, you must prepare and submit a revised, two-page abstract. This abstract must be submitted to TAPS by 15 May 2020. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions. For your reference, here is a well-formatted example. If your revised abstract is not delivered to TAPS by 15 May 2020, you may not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2020.

Personnel Support

If accepted to the Immersive Pavilion space, you are expected to bring sufficient personnel and staff for your installation, demonstration, or performance throughout the open hours of the conference. You will be required to have at least one person present at your installation at all times while the Immersive Pavilion is open, if determined by the Jury. This includes lunchtimes, as the venue does not close down until the end of the day. This also includes Experience Presentation times, if your submission was also accepted for an Experience Presentation.

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.

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

Before SIGGRAPH 2020, all accepted presenters will receive an Organization and Logistics Guide. This document includes details on shipping, insurance, set-up, rehearsals, on-site policies, and tear-down.

Networking, Computing, Space, and Supply Needs

You will need to bring your own equipment and materials for your installation, demonstration, or performance. Network connections can be provided, but requirements must be outlined in the original submission.

Shipping Equipment and Logistics

You are responsible for bringing or shipping any necessary equipment to Washington, D.C. and for return shipment. You must also complete shipping, insurance, and other required forms and return them in a timely manner upon acceptance.

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, contributors wishing to create additional signs must adhere to the following rules when producing the promotional sign:

  • 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.