01 June 2008
The worldwide planetarium and astronomy community will gather at the Adler Planetarium and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place for the 19th biennial conference of the International Planetarium Society (IPS) June 27-July 2, followed by a special, all-day supplementary session spotlighting FullDome theater technology on July 3.
The July 3 FullDome Summit and DomeFest, co-sponsored by the IPS FullDome Video Committee and the Adler, will keep many IPS delegates in town a day or two longer, and bring in new attendees from outside the planetarium market.
There are currently more than 400 fulldome theaters around the world. Most are in planetariums and educational institutions. The total is expected to reach 600-800 in the next two years, and the type of venue is diversifying. The trade group IMERSA (Immersive Media, Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts) is conducting the July 3 FullDome Summit, a day of panels, roundtables, demos and presentations exploring technologies, standards, markets and IMERSA's own role.
The FullDome Summit during the day at the Hyatt will be followed by DomeFest 2008 in the evening at the Adler. DomeFest is the equivalent of a film festival for the digital dome: an annual screening of fulldome shows and related sessions that explore the artistic and entertainment potential of the medium in addition to its scientific and educational applications. DomeFest also includes the juried "Domie" Awards...
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