ACM's SIGGRAPH 2011 selects Toronto's Cory Doctorow as keynote speaker

by Knowlton Thomas

Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques—ACM SIGGRAPH, for short—has selected Toronto writer Cory Doctorow as the keynote speaker for SIGGRAPH 2011. Cory has been published in The GuardianThe New York TimesPublishers WeeklyWired, and more, as well as the author of books and essays. 

“As an author, scholar, future-thinker, and creator, Cory Doctorow brings a lot to the table that should be of immense interest to the SIGGRAPH audience,” said Peter Braccio, SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Chair from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. “His dynamic vision and creativity are certain to be interspersed throughout his presentation and will be a conference highlight for everyone."

Cory's resume is incredibly storied even outside of the writing space: He was formerly director of European affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and co-founded OpenCola, a software company he sold to OpenText in 2003.

He is also the winner of numerous awards, including John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Sunburst Award.

SIGGRAPH 2011, happening in August, will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Vancouver. It is hosted by the ACM, which is  the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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