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Vancouver is an international Pacific Rim city known for its majestic mountains, beautiful parks and beaches and thriving business community. The towering Coast Mountains and the shimmering Pacific Ocean create an unbeatable urban setting for a city that Mercer Consulting described in January 2000 as "the number one city in the world for quality of life." As the third-largest city in Canada, this bustling port of 2.1 million enjoys rich cultural and ethnic diversity. Exceptionally safe and clean, Vancouver reflects both the natural grandeur of its surroundings and the genuine warmth of its residents – two elements that make Vancouver "Spectacular by Nature."

The conference is being held in downtown Vancouver British Columbia, The program and events are in two venues that are one block apart from each other.

The Four Seasons Vancouver:

791 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:

900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

 

Lodging

1. A block of rooms (250) has been reserved at the Four Seasons Vancouver for the rate of $190.00 CDN/night. Ask for the IxDA conference to reserve.

The Four Seasons Vancouver:
791 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6C 2T4

Tel: (604) 689-9333
Fax: (604) 684-4555
http://www.fourseasons.com/vancouver/

2. IxDA has procured 200 rooms at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for the rate of $190.00 CDN/night. Ask for the IxDA conference to reserve.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6C 2W6

Tel: (604) 684-3131
Fax: (604) 662-1929
http://www.fairmont.com/HotelVancouver/

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Whistler Getaways

Lodging and activity discounts for those wishing to visit Whistler, BC, are available for IxDA Conference attendees through our partners. Check out the Whistler Getaways page for more details.

About Vancouver

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport located in the Lower Mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city in British Columbia and in the Pacific Northwest region. It is bounded by the Strait of Georgia, Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River, the Coast Mountains, and the city of Burnaby. Vancouver is named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer.

The population of the city of Vancouver is 611,869 and the population of Metro Vancouver is 2,249,725 (2007 estimate). Vancouver is also part of the slightly larger Lower Mainland metropolitan area which comprises a total population of 2,524,113. This makes it the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada and the third largest in the country. Vancouver is ethnically diverse, with 52% of city residents and 43% of Metro residents having a first language other than English.

Vancouver was first settled in the 1860s as a result of immigration caused by the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, particularly from the United States, although many immigrants did not remain after the rush. The city developed rapidly from a small lumber mill town into a metropolitan centre following the arrival of the transcontinental railway in 1887. The Port of Vancouver became internationally significant after the completion of the Panama Canal, which reduced freight rates in the 1920s and made it viable to ship export-bound prairie grain west through Vancouver. It has since become the busiest seaport in Canada, and exports more cargo than any other port in North America.

Getting to Vancouver

If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States.

About the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at SFU

The School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at SFU is an interdisciplinary future-focused school where technologists, artists, designers and theorists collaborate in innovative research and immersive study.

"We're creating a new community based on integrating theory and application."

The School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at SFU is an interdisciplinary research focused school where technologists, artists, designers and theorists collaborate in innovative research and immersive study.

A degree in Interactive Arts and Technology prepares students to play a leading role in the conception of new media and the design of inventive technologies. A SIAT education combines the science of human experience, the analysis of media and culture, the creation of original and experimental works of art, and the implementation of new technologies. They bring these resources to bear on the most vital and innovative sectors of the economy, building the technologies and experiences that increasingly shape our lives.

Our program includes design studios where cross-functional teams collaboratively work with new media and interactive applications, and the study of the human experience of technology that helps to generate creative design theories and approaches. SIAT combines cutting edge research with rigorous graduate and undergraduate degree programs (MA, MSc, PhD, BA, BSc). Graduates have wide-ranging career options in every sector, working with local and international companies, or going on to pursue further research and post-doctoral studies for careers in top-tier industrial research laboratories and universities.

SIAT is one of the first schools to offer PhD degrees in our area, and is unique in that it offers first year undergraduate study through to Master's and PhD level study.