AnimationXpress.com’s AITF on Jan 9: Focus on Pipelines, rendering, HPC and more

Initiated by AnimationXpress.com, AITF (Animation & Interactive Technology Forum) is a knowledge sharing and networking platform (for the Animation, VFX & Games ecosystem) that is committed to and focused on technology, the technology professional, best practices and innovation. The 1st edition held in Mumbai in September 07 (presented by Intel) was very well recieved by the Industry where around 150 technology professionals and entrepreneurs participated.

The 2nd edition of AnimationXpress.com’s AITF is all set to take place on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 in Mumbai. The event is being organised by AnimationXpress.com , co-organised by DuxSoft Pvt Ltd and sponsors include Microsoft (Presenting Sponsor), Intel, HP & Dell (Supporting Sponsors).

More than 25 top technology brains as well as industry leaders are slated to speak and share their perspectives at the 9th Jan event. The technology line up includes KP (Krishna Prasad), Jai Natarajan (who is active in the business, community as well as technology front), Anantha Krishna, Rajesh Pai, Shajy Thomas, Neil Sadwelkar, Pramod Dhawal, Burnydharan, Aamir Shahenshah, Guru Vaidya, Kushal Shah, Hariharan G and Dhiren Shah amongst others.

Presenting the business and studio management perspective towards technology will be Industry leaders including Ashish Kulkarni (Anirights), AK Madhavan (Crest), N Madhu Sudhanan (VFX Stalwart), Naresh Malik (Pixion) and Nandish Domlur (Paprikaas).

Entrepreneurs including Amit Anand (ettaminA), Akash Reddy (Sci Clone), Anil Nair (Partner) and a few others (who are yet to confirm presence) will present on innovative use of technology.

Topics for the panel discussions and presentations include:

– Production Planning & Pipelines

– High Performance Computing & Rendering

– Storage

– Application of Technology in Animation / FX / Games (A primer)

– Innovative use of Technology in SME Space/

– Scaling Up: Industry & Technology roadmap

– Power Panel: Executive Round Table

– Technology vendors panel

– Low Cost, High Performance Hybrid Solutions

Speaking about the 2nd edition of AITF, AnimationXpress.com Co Founder Anand Gurnani shared, “The process of building and nurturing a platform for technology professionals is a very exciting and enriching experience. The focus is to highlight best practices, build a knowledge base, keep at the cutting edge of innovation and research and find ways in which the industry can circumvent other bottlenecks by using technology and stay ahead in the race. We at AnimationXpress.com thank the industry and the technology geniuses and professionals for their ever ready support, encouragement and enthusiasm in making AITF possible.”

“In keeping with the AnimationXpress philosophy of collaboration for creating better value proposition, we are co-organising the 2nd edition of AITF in association with value added IT services company Duxsoft which has added more muscle and focus to the event. Our presenting sponsors Microsoft as well as supporting sponsors Intel (Who initiated and supported the 1st edition of AITF), HP & Dell have been very forthcoming in their support for AnimationXpress.com and AITF and we see this as a very positive indication which is co related to the progress being made in our rapidly growing Industry” he added.

Duxsoft MD Amit Srivastava shared, “As the industry grows, adoption of IT for achieving efficiency and as a business enabler is going to be a key ingredient for success. We are delighted to collaborate with the Industryâ€?s voice and network AnimationXpress.com for organising the 2nd AITF as both share a common objective of creating a platform for technology and tech professionals.”

“At Duxsoft we understand technology thoroughly as we are a domain specific value added IT services provider with services including HPC Remote Rendering, Infrastructure and Design Management. We are looking forward to bringing in perspectives from a holistic mix of vendors, technologies and case studies of implementations at the 2nd AITF” he added.

There are many innovative formats that have been concieved for the 2nd AITF. This includes joint case study presentations by vendors and studios wherein HP�s Sajeev and Crest�s Shajy T will make a joint presentation on the deployment of High performance computing storage solutions to solve bottlenecks and R&H India�s Rajesh Pai and Jay Kushal Exports Kushal Shah will jointly present on High Performance Results with Low Cost Assembled & Hybrid Solutions.

Also planned is the One on One mentoring format, wherein panel discussions (in the main Hall) on conclusion, will move onto a smaller zone for closed group discussions and one on one mentoring by the panelists.

The packed event shall also include the AnimationXpress Technology Honors as well as the launch presentation of DuxSoft’s services offerings.

The 2nd edition of AITF will be held on Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008, 10:30 am onwards at Raheja Classique Club, Andheri West Mumbai. While registration for the event is free, seating is limited and is currently open only to technology professionals & evangelists, entreprenuers, studio management and vendors. Send an email to connect@animationxpress.com for more information and pre-registration.

Stay Tuned!

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