As the world of 3D visualization continues to evolve, staying updated with the latest trends, technologies, and networking opportunities is crucial for professionals in the field. 2024 is brimming with events that promise to offer invaluable insights, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities for 3D artists worldwide. Whether you’re into architectural visualization, product modeling, or animation, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a curated list of must-attend events for 3D artists in 2024.

1. Discover digitalBAU 2024: The Hub of Construction Innovation


Date: February 20-22, 2024
Location: Cologne

digitalBAU, scheduled for February 20-22, 2024, in Cologne, is the event for those at the forefront of digital transformation in the construction industry. Covering the full spectrum of the construction value chain, from planning and building to management, it’s where the future of construction processes unfolds.

With a diverse array of around 270 exhibitors spread over 16,000 square meters, digitalBAU is a treasure trove of innovation and insight. Attendees can delve into six engaging forums with over 70 speakers poised to share their knowledge and experiences.

What sets digitalBAU apart is its interactive approach. The event features guided tours and the Innovation Parcours, designed to engage visitors and exhibitors alike with the latest trends and technologies.

For Visitors: Be at the center of an event that links IT software and hardware providers with the pillars of the construction industry—architecture, engineering, trade, research, and governance. It’s a chance to expand your professional network, get up-to-date with the industry’s digital pulse, and witness firsthand the innovative products and services shaping construction’s digital future.

For Exhibitors: Showcasing at digitalBAU means placing your innovations in front of a discerning audience, opening doors to new business opportunities, and cementing your place as a leader in the digital construction landscape.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of an event that’s redefining the construction industry. Whether you’re a professional looking to learn or a company seeking to exhibit, digitalBAU 2024 is where you need to be.

2. VES Awards Gala


Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Location: The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA

The Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards is an annual celebration that honors the most outstanding visual effects work in the film, animation, television, commercials, and video games. Scheduled for February 21, 2024, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, the 22nd Annual VES Awards promises to be a night of recognition and celebration for the best in visual effects.

This prestigious event showcases remarkable works and the creative minds behind them. It’s an evening where industry professionals come together to applaud their peers’ achievements in visual effects artistry and innovation.

Key Highlights:

  • The VES Awards brings together talents from across the globe, recognizing outstanding contributions in various visual effects categories.
  • It’s a unique opportunity for attendees to witness the celebration of high-caliber work that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in visual storytelling.
  • The event also honors individuals with special awards for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the field of visual effects.

For anyone passionate about the art and science of visual effects, the VES Awards is an event to look forward to. It’s not only an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the past year but also a chance to get inspired by the artistry and innovation that defines the visual effects industry.

3. Get Ready for GTC 2024: Where Vision Meets Innovation


Date: March 18-21, 2024
Location: San Jose Convention Center

GTC 2024 is all about connecting brilliant minds and showcasing breakthrough discoveries in AI and accelerated computing. It’s where industry luminaries, developers, and business strategists come together to share what’s next in these exciting fields.

At GTC, you can expect over 900 sessions covering a vast array of topics. Whether you join in person or virtually, you’re in for an experience filled with new knowledge and inspiration.

Key features of GTC include:

  • Inspirational Keynotes: Hear from the experts driving innovation in AI and computing.
  • Interactive Sessions: Engage with over 70 speakers across various forums.
  • Global Thought Leaders: Learn from the likes of Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, and other industry pioneers.

4. BIM World Paris: The Forefront of Construction and Real Estate Innovation


Date: April 3-4, 2024
Location: Paris Expo

BIM World Paris, set to take place on April 3-4, 2024, at the Paris Expo, is a key event focusing on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital transformation in the construction and real estate sectors. This event is a hotspot for professionals to explore innovative solutions and sustainable management practices in the industry.

Attendees can look forward to:

  • Thematic Focus: Themes like BIM interoperability, smart construction, digital facility management, and sustainable development take center stage.
  • Premium Partnerships: With industry leaders like Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, and other major tech companies as partners, the event promises a high-quality experience.
  • Interactive Experiences: Over 60 exhibitors and more than 32 conferences offer a rich educational and networking platform.

BIM World Paris is the ideal venue for professionals to discover the latest trends, tools, and strategies in BIM, enhancing their projects and professional growth.

5. Dive into FMX 2024: Film & Media Exchange


Date: April 23-26, 2024
Location: Stuttgart, Germany

FMX 2024 is set to be a hub for creators and enthusiasts in the film, animation, and media industries. From April 23-26, this event will offer an immersive experience in the latest digital visual arts, interactive technologies, and virtual reality.

Highlights of FMX 2024 include:

  • Dynamic Presentations: Engage with new highlights from the world of digital entertainment and visual arts.
  • Innovative Insights: Discover inspiring sessions and trailers showcasing cutting-edge developments in media exchange.
  • Expert Speakers: Meet thought leaders like Program Chair Sol Rogers and gain insights from their expertise.

FMX prides itself on being a climate-friendly event, emphasizing sustainability within the industry. For those passionate about film and media, FMX 2024 is an essential calendar event for networking, learning, and innovation.

6. Trends & Traditions 2024: A Convergence of Design and Innovation


Date: May 2, 2024
Location: Lokomotivværkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A, 2450 Copenhagen SV

Trends & Traditions is the premier furniture and design meet-up in Scandinavia, set to take place on May 2, 2024, in Copenhagen. It’s an event that celebrates the best in design, architecture, and innovation, offering a platform for unique inspiration, networking, and knowledge exchange among professionals.

Here’s what to expect at Trends & Traditions 2024:

  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with professionals from the design and architecture sectors to share insights and forge new connections.
  • Innovative Exhibits: Explore the latest in furniture design, sustainable solutions, and creative innovations that are shaping the industry.
  • Expert Talks: Participate in talks and experiences provided by leading experts that promise to offer fresh perspectives and stimulate discussion.

The event promises to be a dynamic day for those looking to be inspired and to inspire others within the realm of design and architecture.

7. Archviz Festival 2024: Embracing the Art of Visualization


Date: May 23-25, 2024
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Get ready to be part of the Archviz Festival in Lisbon, the event that stands as a testament to the transformative power of architectural visualization. From May 23-25, 2024, this three-day festival brings together a community passionate about the intersection of architecture, design, and technology.

What to look forward to at the Archviz Festival 2024:

  • Creative Assembly: Connect with over 30 top creatives from around the globe, each bringing their unique perspectives to the table.
  • Interactive Workshops: With a focus on curiosity and hands-on learning, the workshops are designed to spark innovation and practical skills.
  • Cultural Hotspots: Delve into the vibrant local scene with curated happenings that blend architecture with Lisbon’s rich cultural tapestry.

This festival is a curated experience for those eager to engage in a dialogue about the future of architecture and visualization. Make sure to be a part of this amazing unique experience that promises to inspire and elevate your creative journey.

8. AIA Conference on Architecture and Design 2024


Date: June 5-8, 2024
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Save the date for the AIA Conference on Architecture and Design 2024, set to take place from June 5-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This conference is a gathering point for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, where professionals come together to define the future of building and design.

The AIA Conference will offer:

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with thousands of architectural decision-makers, showcasing your technical expertise, new products, and project solutions.
  • Innovative Learning: Engage in a program filled with inspiring talks, workshops, and sessions tailored to the AEC community.
  • Exhibition Space: Explore the vast exhibition space where leading companies display the latest in architectural innovation and design technology.

Registration opens on February 28, so be sure to subscribe for updates and secure your spot for an event that promises to explore what it means to design a better world, now, together.

9. ReConnect 2024: Uniting Creative Minds in CG & VFX


Date: June 6-7, 2024
Location: The Florin, Utrecht, NL

ReConnect 2024 is set to be a cornerstone event for the CG and VFX community on June 6-7. Held at The Florin in Utrecht, this event is a perfect blend of artistry and technology, where experts from various creative industries converge.

What ReConnect 2024 offers:

  • Exclusive Networking: A prime venue to mingle with the who’s who in the CG and VFX industry, from developers, artists, to studio executives.
  • Engaging Presentations: Hear from the top minds who have influenced the CG community with their innovative work and compelling stories.
  • Interactive Workshops: Sharpen your skills and learn new techniques in hands-on workshops designed for creative professionals.

Whether you’re looking to get inspired, expand your knowledge, or just mingle with like-minded individuals, ReConnect 2024 is the place to be. Prepare to dive deep into discussions about the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of computer graphics and visual effects.

10. 3 Days of Design 2024: Celebrating Danish Creativity and Beyond


Date: June 12-14, 2024
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Get ready for Denmark’s Annual Design Festival, 3 Days of Design, taking place from June 12-14, 2024. This much-anticipated event in Copenhagen is where every design starts with a dream and offers a platform for those dreams to be shared and celebrated.

Here’s what to anticipate at 3 Days of Design 2024:

  • Community of Creatives: Join a community that shares a passion for design and craftsmanship, aiming to make the world more beautiful.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the local culture and design ethos of Copenhagen, with over 290 exhibitors and 192 unique locations.
  • Dynamic Interaction: Attend any of the 500+ events and engage with the 60,000+ community of Instagram followers and other social media enthusiasts.
  • Global Network: Gain international exposure and connect with a global design network that includes influential brands, buyers, and media.
  • Marketing and Support: Leverage the festival’s marketing support, ensuring your brand is seen and celebrated throughout the event.
  • Participation Plans: With inclusive participation plans based on your company’s size, every exhibitor enjoys equal benefits and exposure.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning exhibitor, 3 Days of Design offers a rich tapestry of networking, professional interaction, and a showcase of the latest in Danish and international design. Don’t miss this chance to be part of a festival that’s becoming a critical node in the global design conversation.

11. NeoCon 2024: The Epicenter of Commercial Design Innovation


Date: June 10-12, 2024
Location: The MART, Chicago

NeoCon 2024 stands tall as the leading platform for the commercial interior design industry since 1969. Scheduled for June 10-12 at The MART in Chicago, this event is a pivotal launchpad for innovation, showcasing the latest ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.

Expect at NeoCon 2024:

  • Expansive Exhibition Space: With nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space, NeoCon is where game-changing products and services from more than 400 leading companies are displayed.
  • Keynote Speakers: Draw inspiration from thought leaders like Yinka Ilori and Khoi Vinh, offering world-class expertise and insight into today’s most relevant topics in design.
  • Community Connection: Join the hub for the commercial design community, uniting designers, architects, manufacturers, and various industry professionals for networking and knowledge exchange.

NeoCon remains a beacon for connecting the design community, providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design. Be part of an event that has been shaping the commercial design landscape for decades.

12. 3D Basecamp 2024: Shaping the Future with SketchUp


Date: November 11-14, 2024
Location: The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas

Welcome to 3D Basecamp 2024, SketchUp’s must-attend conference for all things 3D modeling, design, and creativity. This year’s event is scheduled from November 11-14 at the opulent Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

Here’s what makes 3D Basecamp a key event:

  • Hands-on Training: Packed with knowledge to enhance your workflow, the learning sessions are designed to get you creating better and faster.
  • Diverse Educational Content: Regardless of your industry or expertise, you’ll find valuable insights with a wide range of topics covered by experts.
  • Community Building: Join professionals and creators from all walks of life, ready to share art, make connections, and create lasting memories.
  • Unleashed Creativity: Every aspect of 3D Basecamp encourages you to imagine in 3D, from the friendly competitions to the unique experiences that inspire innovation.

3D Basecamp 2024 is part of Trimble Dimensions, expanding your horizons even further. It’s an opportunity not just to learn, but to network with a diverse professional community and elevate your skills from design to build. Don’t miss this chance to be among SketchUp enthusiasts and professionals, sharing a space where creativity meets practicality.

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