Weekly tech agenda: SIGGRAPH Asia

The third edition of SIGGRAPH Asia explores the intriguing world of computer graphics, 3D modeling, computer animation, and interactive computer solutions. The event combines hands on courses, lectures, and an exhibition featuring cutting edge technology and software.

3rd SIGGRAPH Asia 2010
December 15-18
Codex Convention & Exhibition Center
Seoul, Korea

The 3rd Asian edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) is a four-day event that digs deep into the world of computer graphics, 3D modeling and digital imaging. The latest gadgets, hardware, software and technology will be presented alongside SIGGRAPH Asia's computer animation festival, hands on courses, and presentations of cutting-edge technical and research paper. SIGGRAPH Asia is the sister event to the much bigger international SIGGRAPH (which will be held in Vancouver in August 2011) and is expected to attract more than 8,000 professionals in 2010.

44th International CES
January 6-9
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest consumer technology trade show. It is also one of the most closely followed events on the technology calendar - alongside CeBIT and Computex Taipei - as it welcomes numerous high-profile technology companies and is the launch-place for many groundbreaking new gadgets and high-tech products. CES attracts around 126,600 visitors each year and is a "must-see" event for technology enthusiasts.

NextGen Conference

January 12
Stanford University

NextGen is a one day conference that partners aspiring young entrepreneurs with their more experienced counterparts and venture capitalists. Speakers include President of Clarium Capital Management Peter Thiel, Square COO Keith Rabois, and entrepreneurs Mark Suster, Travis Kalanick and Larry Chiang. The NextGen Conference is a niche event and is much smaller than TiEcon (the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs) or Standford's eConference.

Macworld Expo
January 26-29
Moscone Convention Center,
San Francisco, CA, USA

Founded in 1985, the Macworld Conference and Expo is the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world. Hundreds of companies offering dedicated Mac products and services will be at the event to share their expert advice and show off their latest technology. Well over 35,000 people have already pre-registered for MacWorld 2011 making it much larger than Apple's own annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) which is capped at around 5,000 places.

Global Game Jam
January 28-30
Worldwide locations

The Global Game Jam is a gaming tournament but rather than applauding player skills, it elevates designers' digits and programmers' prowess. Over 120 worldwide tournament locations have been officially registered as venues for the game-making frenzy, where competitors are organized into adhoc teams before attempting to churn out one of the best games of the tournament. The top entries are then put forward for March's prestigious Game Developers Conference in San Diego.

GSMA Mobile World Congress
February 14-17
Barcelona, Spain

GSMA Mobile World Congress is a four-day event dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology. It is accompanied by a string of high-profile mobile device announcements from leading manufacturers and as such is the most hotly followed event in the mobile industry. A full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions runs alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. 1,300 exhibitors and 50,000 industry members from 200 countries are expected in 2011.