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SIGKIDS San Diego 2003 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is SIGKIDS San Diego 2003?
A: SIGKIDS 2003 is a project -- concurrent with the SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference in San Diego -- which will provide a kid-friendly place where parents and their kids, and anyone else interested, can see and interact with educational computer graphics and interactive technology in the form of web sites, software, installations, videos, and who knows what else.

Q: Why is SIGKIDS happening?
A: Since 1992 SIGKIDS has been a part of many SIGGRAPH conferences, providing outreach to two groups of children:
  1. the children of the conference attendees and their families, who might otherwise not have a way to appreciate and enjoy the kind of cutting edge technology created and used by their parents, and

  2. the children of the community where the conference is being held, who might otherwise be unaware that such an astounding collection of people and technology are coming to their city.

Q: Who is producing SIGKIDS?
A: SIGKIDS 2003 is being produced by the San Diego Professional Chapter of The Association for Computing Machiner (ACM) Special Interest Group on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). We are a group of computer graphics professionals (mostly) in San Diego County (mostly) who have about six to eight events per year for our members. We are very excited that the SIGGRAPH international conference is coming to San Diego for the first time in 2003.

Alan Scrivener (abs@well.com) is the Chair of the San Diego Professional Chapter and the SIGKIDS 2003 project.

Q: Where will SIGKIDS be held?
A: Our main venue will be The Computer Museum of America, at 640 C Street, near the corner of 7th Ave. and C Street, in downtown San Diego. The museum's phone number is (619) 235-8222.

In addition we may also have a small SIGKIDS annex at the San Diego Convention Center. Check back at this web site for more information as the conference draws nearer.

Q: When are the important dates for SIGKIDS?
A: The important dates are:
  • Feb. through Apr. 2003 - invite people to submit projects
  • 30 Apr. 2003 - deadline for SIGKIDS 2003 submissions Submit a Project
  • Wed. 21 May 2003 — project winners announced
  • Mon. 30 June 2003 — deadline for SIGKIDS volunteer applications
  • Mon. 28 July 2003 — SIGKIDS setup
  • Tue. 29 to Thu. 31 July 2003 — SIGKIDS event 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
  • Thu. 31 July 2003 — SIGKIDS tear-down 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Q: How can I participate in SIGKIDS?
A: You can participate in SIGKIDS in five ways:
  1. You can assist with the planning, publicity and and logisitics, as part of the SIGKIDS committee. We have a moderated email group:

    You can sign up on the web page:

    and you'll receive notices about our meetings, usually on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

  2. You can submit a project to SIGKIDS, a web site, video, software program, installation, or something we haven't thought of. To submit a project see the Project Submission Form.

  3. You can volunteer to be a docent at the SIGKIDS event. See the question below, How do I volunteer to help out at SIGKIDS?

  4. You can donate money to SIGKIDS, as an individual or a corporation. Your donation is tax-deductable as we are a 501-(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Make checks payable to: "San Diego Professional Chapter ACM SIGGRAPH" and send to:

      Alan Scrivener, SIGKIDS Chair
      10150 Waynecrest Lane
      Santee, CA 92071

    We will send you a receipt for a charitable contribution. All donors will be listed on the SIGKIDS web site and on a sign at the SIGKIDS venue.

  5. You can attend and bring kids! Feel free to organize school groups, scout troops, etc., as long as there is one adult for every four kids.

Q: How do I submit my video/web site/software/project/whozit to SIGKIDS?
A: See the Project Submission Form.

Q: How do I volunteer to help out at SIGKIDS?
A: You can be a docent at the SIGKIDS venue. We are especially interested in bi-lingual (English and Spanish) volunteers.

We have six four-hour shifts to fill, 9 AM to 1 PM and 1 PM to 6 PM for each of the three days Tue. 29 to Thu. 31 July 2003. To volunteer send email to:

and include the following information about you:

  • name
  • affiliation (if any)
  • language(s) spoken
  • address
  • day phone
  • evening phone
  • email address
  • what shift(s) you would like

Q: Can I go with my kids to SIGKIDS?
A: By all means. This experience is designed for parents and children to share.

Q: Can I leave my kids at SIGKIDS while I go to SIGGRAPH?
A: No, we are not providing child care. This is an experience you should share with your children. Child care is provided on a fee basis at the Convention Center.

Q: How much does it cost to attend SIGKIDS?
A: If you have any type of SIGGRAPH badge, you and up to four children can attend at no additional charge. Without a SIGGRAPH badge you pay the regular museum admission: Adults are $2; seniors, military, students and children are $1. Children under 3 are admitted free.

Q: How can I get to SIGKIDS from the Convention Center?
A: There are three ways:

  1. You can take the San Diego Trolley. Get on the Orange Line westbound (the tracks farthest from the Convention Center) at either the Gaslamp Quarter or Convention Center stop, and get off at the Fifth Avenue stop. Walk two blocks east on C Street to the corner of 7th Avenue and C Street. The Computer Museum of America will be on your left. Look for the SIGKIDS banner.

  2. You can walk. The distance is about seven tenths of a mile, which the average person can walk in about 14 minutes. From the east end of the Convention Center, follow the signs to the Gaslamp Quarter, entering at 5th Avenue and L Street, then walk north on 5th Avenue nine blocks to C Street, turn right, and continue two blocks to the corner of 7th Avenue and C Street. The Computer Museum of America will be on your left. Look for the SIGKIDS banner.

  3. You can take a pedicab. These three-wheeled pedaled vehicles are usually found in the area of the Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Last update 13-Feb-2003 by ABS (abs@well.com).