Panels

Category: Siggraph
Panels are moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives. Panels have long been an important part of the annual SIGGRAPH conference because they provide a forum for the community to share experiences, opinions, insights, speculation, disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction with the leading experts in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Visit CGW.com for a full description of today’s featured panel: “Large Steps Toward Open Source” held from 9 am to 10:30 am in Room 408 AB. Panelists include professionals from Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pixar Animation Studios.

Large Steps Toward Open Source
Many of the tools used in computer animation and visual effects are based on open-source software and collaborative research. But only recently have the major studios made significant projects available to the open-source community.

This panel gathers industry veterans and open-source pioneers to discuss the recent surge of open-source projects sponsored by their organizations. What are the motivations and driving forces behind this work? What are the challenges? What does it take to make open source a part of a studio’s culture?

Participants include:
Rob Bredow
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Andy Hendrickson
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Florian Kainz
Industrial Light & Magic

Bill Polson
Pixar Animation Studios



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