POSITIONS AVAILABLE: See the Join Our Staff page for more information. Some available positions are during the event (ConSuite, Ops, Program Ops) while others are involved more in planning and communicating (Communications, Track Heads). Some positions are great for those who like to work directly with people (Ops, Track Heads) and others are suited for those who prefer less social interaction while they work (Logistics, ConSuite)
REQUIRED SKILLS: Enthusiasm to work as a team to make the Penguicon a successful event, willingness to be resourceful and proactive.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE: For most positions, you will learn from your team mates. Attending a previous Penguicon is helpful but not necessary. One member of the ConCom started as a staff member 3 years ago and now has run a department for 2 years. Another ConCom member used the experience she gained through her volunteer work with Penguicon to successfully change careers.
BENEFITS: New friends, new skills, make a fun event happen, chance to take on greater responsibility, discounted membership, and custom staff swag during Penguicon.
HOW TO APPLY: Following the August ConCom meeting, the 2018 department heads/members of ConCom will host a job fair where you can learn more about open positions and enter a drawing to win prizes – including a 2018 membership!
Thank you to all who came out to July ConCom/SMoS party hosted by Matt and Dana. The taco bar was a hit. The minutes are here and cover what was discussed during the meeting.
The August ConCom meeting will held at the Westin in Southfield on August 20 from 1-3pm. After the meeting, you can learn more about being on the Penguicon Staff. ConCom will be there to talk about positions available. Some positions include helping with the ConSuite, staffing the Ops desk, assisting with Logistics and others. More information can be found on the Facebook event.
Hey, did you lose something at Penguicon? Like, in the last three years? Check the list and if you would like to be reunited with your stuff, come to a ConCom meeting or email Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternative arrangements.
Unclaimed items will be donated after the October ConCom meeting. Our meetings and other events can be found on the official calendar.
It may be hot but the Penguicon penguins do not let that stop us from working on our 2018 Event. Here is a summary of what we have been doing along with several opportunities to get involved.
The June ConCom Meeting/SMoS Party at Jessica and Rich’s was well attended by a mix of familiar and new faces. Take a look at what was discussed during the ConCom portion of the meeting.
Motor City Steam Con has hosted the incredible Corset and Bloomer party for the last two years at Penguicon and now Penguicon is going to load up the airship and throw an epic party at Motor City Steam Con, Saturday, July 15. Details are on the Facebook event. REMINDER: You must have a MCSC badge to enter the party.
Everyone with any interest in Penguicon is invited to both the July ConCom Meeting and SMoS Party which will be held this Sunday, July 16 in Detroit and hosted by Dana, Matt, and Nuri. Their address is 17607 Wildemere St, Detroit, Michigan 48221. The ConCom Meeting will be from 1-3. A Google Hangout link will be posted just prior to the meeting starting and additional details can be found on the Facebook event. If you have something you would like to see addressed you can email the Chair, Cassy, at email@example.com or bring it up during the meeting.
Speaking of our events, we are always looking for hosts for ConCom meetings and other less structured events like a board game night or other event that would be of interest to the Penguicon community throughout the Penguicon has a budget for refreshments and a tote full of serving dishes and table ware for official events – you provide the space. If you are interested in hosting a ConCom/SMoS party or have ideas for other geek-oriented events, please email me (Miranda) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our Penguicon Official calendar which shows the dates of all official Penguicon events. All ComCom/SMoS dates through May 2018 are on the calendar. Locations are listed as they are confirmed. Video Hangout links or other remote connection information will be added just prior to the meeting.
Finally, we are looking for suggestions for a worthy Charity of Honor in 2018. Past charities have included All Hands Active, a maker space in Ann Arbor, and Enabling the Future, which uses open source technology and 3D printing to create prosthetic limbs. See our Suggest a Charity page for additional information and a form to nominate a worthy charity.
So, you love Penguicon, right? You’d love to be involved with it all year? You’d like to contribute to making the next Penguicon bigger and better?
Have you ever considered being a Track Head?
Track Heads are each given a track (an area of interest), and are in charge of drumming up interest, panelists, featured guests, etc, as well as keeping in contact with panelist applicants over the course of the year. They are in charge of scheduling their track’s programming and making their track the most it can be.
We’re looking for a bunch of new heads this year. Do you have a particular interest, or just an ability to wrangle a whole lot of penguins, no matter what interest they have?
It’s a big job, and one without which Penguicon can be Penguicon. Are you Penguin enough to do it? If this sounds good, please fill out our Track Head Application.
Have you thought it would be fun to know more about how Penguicon happens? Do you have ideas or talents to make Penguicon a better experience? Please join us at the June ComCom/SMoS* meeting in Canton, MI.
We will meet at long-time volunteers, Jessica and Rich’s house, on June 23. Their address is 39740 Coronation Rd, Canton, MI 48188-1527, United States
From 1-3pm, we will have the formal ConCom meeting. Each department will share a status of what has been going on behind the scenes and what is being worked on.
After 3pm, we will have our SMoS*. Jessica and Rich have a pool so bring your swimsuit and enjoy social time with other Penguicon enthusiasts. We like to bond over drinks and refreshments in a less formal setting.
As a volunteer run organization, we need YOU and YOUR IDEAS and YOUR TALENTS to make this fun event happen next May 4th. Please join us.
*What is this SMoS business? Is that only for the “in-crowd”? NO! It’s a time for any and everyone interested in Penguicon, or hacking, or crafts, or science fiction or meeting other people passionate about their interests. Check out the history of the term on our FAQ.
Each year, the Chair and Con Committee of Penguicon consider how the Code of conduct may be made both clearer and better. In this round of changes, we modified the reasons why someone might be removed from the convention to include violation of the Code of Conduct. We also revised our definition of harassment to ensure it emphasizes that we will protect the right to safety of all attendees. Finally, we updated the information about our process for handling harassment incidents during the convention to reflect our current practice, and added a section regarding our badge policies. Thank you for caring for your fellow Penguicon attendees by following the guidelines in our Code of Conduct.
Penguicon respects diversity in all forms. We are committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive community in which feedback from all community members is heard and valued.
It is our goal to ensure that people who want to contribute to Penguicon are welcomed and included, as long as they are civil toward the perspectives of all attendees and abide by our Code of Conduct policies. To this end, we will have remote access available for all Penguicon 2018 ConCom meetings. We encourage anyone with an interest in volunteering with Penguicon to reach out to a member of the Con Committee.
Penguicon welcomes event submissions of all types and perspectives. Our criteria for Penguicon events are that they be safe, ethical, respectful, and relevant to one of our tracks. Unfortunately we are not able to accept all event proposals that meet these criteria due to time and space constraints; our community submits more excellent event proposals than we can schedule during one weekend! Penguicon does not select presenters based on any personal characteristic, including political views, nor do we direct presenters to take a certain viewpoint or perspective during their events.
Penguicon recognizes the need to keep all members of our community informed. Our communication plan for Penguicon 2018 is to post all information to our website and then share links to those posts on Facebook and Twitter. We will also offer a weekly digest of Penguicon updates via the mailing list.
It is our intention that ALL attendees are safe from harassment at Penguicon. We have made a few changes to the Penguicon 2018 code of conduct to ensure that this intent is clear. We will post the revised code of conduct, along with explanations of the changes, on the Penguicon 2018 website in the coming days.
We intend to continue offering the popular engagement stickers, but will work on improving their intuitiveness and accessibility.
Penguicon’s Guests of Honor are chosen by the year’s event chair, who considers many factors in their selection. Any focus on current events or the direction of the future is inherently political; thus, we believe that Penguicon has always been political, whether by inviting the Electronic Frontier Foundation to be our charity or selecting a Guest of Honor that represents, to our view, important trending topics.
The decisions we have made are based on respect for the points of view of others. This convention began as an acceptance of people with different points of view – not just in the hopes of finding common ground, but to share with each other what’s important to us. Penguicon has grown steadily on the back of the freedom people have to celebrate being themselves. People who respect diversity of opinion, lifestyle, and experience are Penguicon people, regardless of their political persuasion.
Welcome to our new web site for Penguicon in 2018! We’re so excited to get to work on creating the next iteration of the best conference and convention ever. Our theme for 2018 will be Connectivity – both social connections and Internet of Things, so we look forward to providing some great panels and events on those topics.
Today, you can register to attend Penguicon next May 2-4. You can also leave us feedback with any suggestions you have for next year’s convention – we appreciate any feedback, including any improvements we can make to this web site. As soon as possible, we’ll have the link to register for your hotel room at the Westin Southfield available, too.
We announced at Closing Ceremonies in 2017 that our first Guest of Honor will be Mark Oshiro! We can’t wait to tell you more about the con, including announcing our next Guests of Honor, so please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or keep an eye on this site for more details.
I am so honored and thrilled to be your Chair for 2018, please contact me or our Head of Communications if you have any questions.