Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2013?
  2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
  3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?
  4. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2013?
  5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2013?
  6. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?
  7. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the Anaheim Convention Center?
  8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Los Angeles or Anaheim airport when I depart?
  9. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Los Angeles and Anaheim?
  10. I have never been to Anaheim before. Where can I find a map of the area?
  11. I have never been to the Los Angeles Airport or the Anaheim Airport before. Where can I find information about the airports?
  12. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or SIGGRAPH 2013 hotels?
  13. Where can I exchange currency?
  14. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Anaheim?
  15. What time zone is Anaheim in?
  16. What is Anaheim's climate?

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2013?
We provide basic visa information, but if you have specific questions that are not answered there, please see the US Department of State web site.

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
You must register for SIGGRAPH 2013 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation. If you register by postal or courier service or fax, you can request an invitation letter by contacting the International Resources Co-Chairs and providing your registration confirmation number.

If you register online, you can obtain an invitation letter through the Registration Resource Center (after registering).

Registration Information

Please contact the International Resources Co-Chairs if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.

3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?
The podcasts are available in seven languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian) on the SIGGRAPH 2013 podcast page.

4.What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2013?
During the conference week, Student Volunteers and the SIGGRAPH 2013 International Resources Committee (who are fluent in many languages) are available to help with basic translation questions, along with answering questions and problems that may arise for attendees. However, the students are not available to act as personal interpreters for any of the conference programs.

5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2013?
Prior to the conference, your local ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter may be able to help you. See the Chapters Directory to find out if there is a chapter in your local area. During the conference, the International Center is a good meeting place, as it is specifically designed to provide a safe and comfortable area to network and meet other international attendees. The International Center holds cultural events throughout the week. You can also leave messages on the Message Board asking other attendees from your country or region to meet you at a specific time in the International Center.

6. Is there an area in the International Center to give a presentation or to have a meeting?
Yes. To reserve the area for an interview, presentation, or meeting, please contact the International Resources Co-Chairs in advance.

7. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect to the internet at the Anaheim Convention Center?
Wireless service will be available throughout the Anaheim Convention Center during SIGGRAPH 2013.

8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Los Angeles or Anaheim airport when I depart?
Most airlines now require that you check in around three hours in advance for international flights due to the increased security checks. You should contact your airline for more specific information.

9. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in Los Angeles and Anaheim?
Here are just a few suggestions of things to do while you are in southern California:

Visit Disneyland, Universal Studios or Los Angeles' Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Go to Hollywood and find your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, maybe even catch a glimpse of a famous personality. Spend a day in Santa Monica, where you can enjoy the ocean views, browse shops, and watch street performers at the Third Street Promenade shopping district and Santa Monica Place shopping mall.

Anaheim Orange County Vistor and Convention Bureau

10. I have never been to Anaheim before. Where can I find a map of the area?
Southern California Map
The Location of the Anaheim Convention Center

11. I have never been to the Los Angeles Airport or the Anaheim Airport before. Where can I find information about the airports?
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the region's major airport. It is served by most major national and international airlines, so scheduling a flight to Los Angeles should not be a problem. The airport's web site provides details about the airport's layout, along with arrival and departure times of scheduled flights. John Wayne Airport is the closest airport to the Anaheim Convention Center: Complete Information

12. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?
There are many transport options to and from both airports. For full directions, please see the airport web sites.

13. Where can I exchange currency?
There are many currency exchange facilities in Anaheim. Most banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city.

14. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Los Angeles?
Southern California businesses accept most major international credit cards and US-dollar travelers checks. Some restaurants accept cash only. Some businesses may require photo identification (passport or other identification) before cashing travelers checks. If you are purchasing items while at SIGGRAPH 2013 (registration passes, tickets, merchandise, etc.), please note that we do not accept bank ATM cards or foreign currency. SIGGRAPH 2013 accepts only US currency or a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

15. What time zone is Anaheim in?
Anaheim is in the Pacific Time Zone, which is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From the first Saturday in April until the last Saturday in October, Anaheim observes Daylight Savings Time and turns all its clocks ahead one hour.

16. What is Anaheim's climate?
Anaheim enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is protected from extremes of temperature and humidity by the mountain ranges to its north and east. August and September are the hottest months, January and February the coolest and wettest. Temperatures are higher in the city and cooler nearer the ocean. The average LA temperature is around 70 F (21 C), though summer days can get well over 90 F (32 C). Winter temperatures around 55 F (12 C) are not uncommon.