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Pixels to Pixar: An Evening with Alvy Ray Smith

June 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Register to join here: https://www.acs.org.au/cpd-education/event-detail.html?eventId=701GB000001HiLIYA0

Dr. Alvy Ray Smith is a pioneering figure in computer graphics, co-founding two startups — Pixar (later sold to Disney) and Altamira (acquired by Microsoft). His significant contributions to computer graphics technology, particularly in computer animation, have left an indelible mark on the tech and entertainment industries. At Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, Alvy played a pivotal role in creating groundbreaking visual effects for iconic films such as ‘Star Wars‘ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back‘. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Scientist at the New York Institute of Technology’s Computer Graphics Laboratory from 1975 to 1979, where he contributed to early advancements in the field. Dr. Smith’s work continues to shape the landscape of entertainment and computer graphics to this day.

For tech professionals, creatives, the young at heart, and everyone who wants to know more about animation – this is a unique opportunity to hear from this incredible pioneer.

In this facilitated Q&A event, hosted by the Australian Computer Society, we’ll take a deep dive into the Alvy’s fascinating journey. From his early days at the Computer Graphics Laboratory to his groundbreaking contributions to beloved films like “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo,” Alvy’s stories offer a deeper understanding of the history and technical intricacies behind computer graphics and animation, as he shares his wealth of experience.

Press for Alvy Ray Smith’s book, A Biography of the Pixel:

“We spend half our day staring at a screen, but where do the images on it come from? This engaging, thoroughly researched book by a pioneer of digital image making explains the history, theory, and technology of every image you see through a computer screen.”
— Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google


Finger food refreshments are included in the ticket price. This event is open to all ages and beverages will be non-alcoholic.

This event is proudly powered by DELF OZ.
Our sincere gratitude goes to DELF OZ for supporting the wider Brisbane community by bringing Alvy Ray Smith to Queensland.

Register to join here: https://www.acs.org.au/cpd-education/event-detail.html?eventId=701GB000001HiLIYA0


June 27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Australian Computer Society QLD Branch


Stair Stadium