SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a key aspect of HTML5, bringing W3C-standard DOM-based vector graphics to the Web. IE9 implements the core modules of SVG 1.1 (Second Edition) and does so in a fully hardware-accelerated manner, like the rest of IE9's fully hardware-accelerated HTML5.
Microsoft will be hosting SVG Open 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 17-20, 2011, at New England Research & Development Center. The theme of this year's conference is "Where SVG meets the Web." Though SVG itself has been around for a while, it is HTML5 that promises to bring it to the everyday Web. It's only now with IE9 and recent versions of other browsers that SVG content can be embedded inline in HTML and used as a source for the HTML <img> element. In many respects, now is the time when SVG meets the Web.
The SVG Open 2011 organizing committee is currently calling for participants who wish to present a paper or teach a course. As stated on the SVG Open 2011 Web site:
Historically we've suggested a list of topics for this conference. Now that SVG is natively available on all major browsers and integrated into HTML, we want to hear from the SVG developer communities (Web, mobile, and otherwise) on topics ranging from but not limited to art and design, integrated Web experience, webapps and user interfaces, the sciences, mapping, data visualization, and all other uses of SVG.
More Info: Call for Participation