History of HKAWUG:

Hong Kong Alias|Wavefront Users Group


HKAWUG - Hong Kong Alias|Wavefront Users Group is a non-commercial and non-profit making organization founded and registered in 1996 [Licensing Office Hong Kong Police Ref.: (2) in CP/LIC/SO/19 /23826) ] by LEUNG Hiu Ming, Eddie and Kinthy KOO. It was the first local interest group focus on high-end 3D computer graphics, animation and computer aided industrial design - CAID, and was originally hosted in School of Design – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University until May 2008.

Chaired by Eddie and Kinthy, the group was run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers from academic and the industry. HKAWUG’s vision and mission is to cultivate the passion and professionalism in the area of digital content creation, with primary focus on 3D computer graphics and animation on Alias and Maya platform.

Over those years, HKAWUG was the most aggressive and largest Alias and Maya user group in the Asia region with more than 1000 registered members, and have produced more than nine large scale and six small scale events with local and international talents from famous company like ILM, PIXAR, Weta Digital Ltd., PDI (Dreamworks Animation), NAMCO, Sony Pictures Imageworks, TBS, Centro Digital Pictures Ltd., Menford Electronic Arts & Computer Design Co. Ltd., Imagi. On behalf of the group, Eddie has participated in international CG events like Alias|Wavefront Tokyo Conference, Taiwan 2000 CAD/CAM/CG Expo and a number of annual Alias|Wavefront global user group meetings in SIGGRAPH. All these events are aimed to establish a healthy ecosystem for film maker, animator, designer, director, producer, visual effects and CG professional to share, discuss, make friends and generate businesses opportunities.

In 2003, HKAWUG has partnered with Computer Graphic Interest Group - CGiG to organize CG relevant event like “Master of CG Forum 2004: The Making of Appleseed (2004)” in School of Design – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

In May 2008, after the Alias acquisition by Autodesk, HKAWUG was reborn with a new name “MAYAN - Hong Kong Maya User Group” and continue to cultivate the core values of the group.

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This site is written by LEUNG Hiu Ming, Eddie - Founder of “HKAWUG: Hong Kong Alias|Wavefront Users Group” and “MAYAN: Hong Kong Maya User Group”