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Immersive Pavilion

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Submit to Immersive Pavilion

The SIGGRAPH 2021 Immersive Pavilion gathers outstanding content and minds creating immersive experiences. This year’s virtual platform is a space for contributors and participants to engage in critical discourse on the latest interactive breakthroughs. The Immersive Pavilion seeks submissions with these in mind. Firstly, experiential content is platform agnostic and can include augmented, virtual, and mixed reality; interactive projection mapping; or multi-sensory installations among others. Secondly, interactive techniques that solve pragmatic needs for productivity, development, and design challenges are encouraged.

Lastly and most importantly in wake of the global pandemic, immersive technologies afford a way to experience each other’s perspective and bring distant people together to create new memories in surreal or hyper-realistic places. This year, work that addresses disconnection in our current world context is especially considered.

SIGGRAPH recognizes that diverse contributions stem from academic, professional and independent fronts, awarding Best in Show and publishing abstracts in the ACM Digital Library.

Immersive Pavilion submissions are closed. 

How to Submit

SIGGRAPH 2021 will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event. We look forward to celebrating 48 years of advancements in computer graphics and interactive techniques in our virtual venue. We are excited you are submitting your work for consideration. As we finalize our conference plans, visit the About the Conference page for the latest updates.

Before Submitting

Before you prepare a proposal, please carefully review these topics of interest for SIGGRAPH 2021’s Immersive Pavilion.

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

Artistic and technology installations and demonstrations, especially those that emphasize connection, co-presence and multi-sensory techniques

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 or VR;projection mapping interfaces combined with gestural and real-time eye tracking within an augmented or virtual environment, etc
  • Influence our day-to-day lives as practical applications or creative tools or improve our relationship with each other and the world around us.
  • Can be experienced concurrently by multiple persons, either co-located or remotely


Log in to the submission portal, select “Make a New Submission” tab, and select the Immersive Pavilion form. To see the information you will need to submit, view the Sample Submission Form. Please note that all Emerging Technologies, Immersive Pavilion, and Labs experiences will be juried together, and the jury makes a final determination of which program the submission fits best.

Emerging Technologies requires a four page paper as part of the submission; if you are interested in paper publication rather than an abstract, please consider submitting your work through Emerging Technologies instead. All venues will have their abstract and work published in the ACM Digital Library.

Because of the virtual format this year, all submissions require a video that demonstrates the experience. This allows the jury to evaluate the experience without installation or hardware requirements. Application files are strongly encouraged in addition to the video to properly evaluate the interactivity and novelty of the work.

With your submission, please be aware of these fields:

  • Full names of primary content creators/presenters
  • Title and description of your project, running length, genre
  • Final representative image (.jpg, .jpeg, .png), with up to five additional images
  • Video to be evaluated, and optional application executable files and optional trailer.
  • Website and URL for conference publicity and media/attendee inquiries
  • A two-page Extended Abstract. See Author Instructions for more information. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions. Please see the evaluation section of the “how to submit” page for your format for more specific criteria.

Finally, if you are hosting application file(s), please supply the link, login credentials, product key, or coupon information. Please be sure these credentials can be used by more than one person. If you need to supply a unique code per person, providing 15 credential codes is recommended to be sure the entire jury and SIGGRAPH committee can review your work.

For additional submission information, please see Submissions FAQ.

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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 a participant or multiple participants in an experience? Does the installation, demonstration, or performance inspire awe?
  • Interactivity: Does the installation, demonstration, or performance require audience participation? How intuitive is the interactivity?
  • Utility: Does the project demonstrate a use of immersive technology in a way that enhances or benefits an existing workflow or process?
  • Collaborative: Will multiple people be able to participate at the same time? Does each participant have an active role?

A jury will select the top-rated submissions for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021. All submitters will be notified of their submission status: accepted, conditionally accepted, or rejected.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

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

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Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection around early May.

Upon acceptance, the submission portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. You will receive information about how to submit final versions of your accepted work and the deadlines for final updates.

If your submission is accepted, you can prepare and submit a revised abstract for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library (two pages maximum). This abstract must be submitted by 28 May 2021. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions.

You will receive an email from “rightsreview@acm.org” with information about and a link to your work’s rights form within 72 hours of notification of acceptance of your work to the conference. When your rights form has been delivered to ACM, you will then receive an email from “tapsadmin@aptaracorp.awsapps.com” with information about the preparation and delivery of your material to TAPS for publication.

Please make sure that emails from “rightsreview@acm.org” and “tapsadmin@aptaracorp.awsapps.com” are part of the “allow list” in your email program, so that you do not miss these email messages.

The source (Word or LaTeX) of your abstract, as well as any supplemental materials, must be delivered to TAPS, ACM’s new article production system. TAPS will generate the PDF and HTML5 versions of your abstract for publication in the ACM Digital Library.

You must deliver your material to TAPS, resolve any formatting issues identified by TAPS or by the proceedings production editor, and approve your material for publication by 28 May 2021. If you cannot meet that deadline, you will not be allowed to present your material at SIGGRAPH 2021.

Information about the preparation and delivery of your final material to TAPS also can be found at https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~spencer/taps/taps.html.

If your work is accepted, you are required to:

  • Prepare and submit a revised, two-page abstract to TAPS by 28 May 2021.
  • Update your auxiliary images and video (required).
  • Prepare a 15-minute pre-recorded talk about the work and development process.
  • Attend a Q&A session about your work during SIGGRAPH 2021.

Because attendees will not be able to experience your work in-person, you may be asked to distribute the executable for a limited time to SIGGRAPH’s audience. We are currently exploring options for how to manage and distribute content. More information will be provided after acceptance. You will have the option to opt-out of the executable distribution.

Presenter Recognition

To present your work at SIGGRAPH 2021, at least one contributor per submission must register at the appropriate registration level. All other contributors can register at the level of their choice.

You can find a link to the contributor recognition policy here.


The time of your Q&A session will be posted on the SIGGRAPH 2021 website well in advance of the conference. Submitters are expected to be able to participate when scheduled. Special schedule requests cannot be accommodated.

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021, 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 2021 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 may grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.

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23 February 2021, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Submission form deadline

Early May 2021
Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters.

10 May 2021
Deadline to make any changes to materials (i.e., approved title changes, presenter names, descriptions) for publication on the website for accepted contributors.

28 May 2021
Two-page abstract due. If we do not receive your revised abstract by 28 May, you will not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2021.

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