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Academy Software Foundation Announces Schedule for Open Source Days 2024

The Academy Software Foundation has announced the schedule for its upcoming Open Source Days event, taking place both virtually and in-person in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, July 28.  This year’s keynote will be delivered by Darin Grant, CTO of Animal Logic, with additional speakers including executives from Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Blender, Framestore, Maxon, Weta FX, and more.

Grant’s keynote session, titled “The Value of Serial Volunteerism,” will reflect on the Academy Software Foundation’s role within the broader industry and present a case for how being an active community member provides significant value and opportunity to individuals and the companies that support them. He will draw on his own experiences at both Animal Logic and beyond – as a dedicated member of the Foundation (serving as both Treasurer and General Member representative on the Board), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, and SIGGRAPH.

Additional sessions at Open Source Days will include:

  • NanoColor: Light, Compact, OCIO-Based Color Management
  • AI in VFX
  • AYON: Open Source Pipeline for Studios
  • Pythonic Shader Metaprogramming with Metashade
  • Can Software Live for 50 Years or More?
  • OpenQMC: Advancing Sampling Techniques for Production VFX
  • Blender Adoption in the Industry
  • Developing AWS Deadline Cloud on Open Job Description: Balancing Open Source and Commercial Offering
  • AlmaLinux in the First Three Years and Beyond
  • Interoperability Using Adobe’s Open Source Projects
  • OpenRV in the Cloud: Bridging the Gap with Streaming Solutions
  • “Cloud Native” OpenCue

Held annually, Open Source Days is the leading event dedicated to furthering open source software development for the visual effects, animation, and digital content creation industries, bringing together leaders from creative studios, software and hardware makers, and more. It is free to attend. For more details and to register, visit: 

Leading up to Open Source Days, the Foundation will once again host its popular Virtual Town Hall series between July 22-25, covering project-specific updates, future roadmaps, and community Q&A. Join representatives from MaterialX, OpenPBR, OpenImageIO, OpenRV, OpenColorIO, OpenTimelineIO, Open Shading Language, xSTUDIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, the Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, and more to find out the latest milestones and news. Both new and experienced users, contributors, and anyone interested in learning more about Academy Software Foundation projects are invited to attend these free Virtual Town Halls. See the full schedule of Virtual Town Halls and register here: 

In conjunction with the SIGGRAPH Conference, the Academy Software Foundation will also host a Beers of a Feather evening reception at Flight Club from 6:30-8:30 pm on July 28 following the Open Source Days programming. 

Additionally, the Foundation will host the following Birds of a Feather sessions at SIGGRAPH on Monday, July 29:

  • Understanding and Customizing the O3DE Render Pipeline
  • OpenVDB Discussion
  • Open Review Initiative Discussion
  • Alliance for OpenUSD and Academy Software Foundation USD Working Group
  • Seamless Rendering Interchange in OpenUSD
  • OpenEXR Discussion
  • Academy Software Foundation Zero Trust Working Group
  • Open MoonRay Update
  • OpenColorIO Community

Interested attendees must have a SIGGRAPH registration to sign up for both the Beers of a Feather reception and Birds of a Feather sessions.

We look forward to seeing you in July!