I have briefly taken over the Penguicon Communications account to tell you what is really going on with Mayhem this year. Sure, Penguicon will have the old favorites like Chaos Machine and Giant Jenga. There are some things brewing that they have not told you about.
Network Capture the Flag(CTF)! – Learn to hack and defend against hackers in a simulated town.
Details on these events will be leaked as soon as I can crack the MD5 algorithm in the Penguicon Secret plans directory. So far, I see that the CTF event will be announced on 3/7.
There is a super secret concom meeting Sunday 2/18 as well. Where the concom will be discussing plans. I have discovered the time and location. It is at the Southfield Westin, 2nd floor (1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075). Starts at 1pm and goes until 5pm with some frivolity happening after the business of running a con is discussed. Apparently just being interested in Penguicon is all you need to attend.
I am returning the account back to Penguicon Communications now.
Check out our wishlist for some insight on what the Penguicon community wants to see this year! See something on that list that you’ve got some knowledge on? Then why not do a presentation on it! The Programming submission deadline is right around the corner! Remember, just three hours of programming and you’ll get a discounted membership for the whole weekend. Any programming questions can be directed to, Bagel, our Head of Programming at email@example.com 🙂
Penguicon Loves Tech Track and Tech Track loves you back! With two Tech focused Guests of Honor and a pile of awesome open source tech experts, Penguicon Tech Track is going to be huge this year! We want you to bring your expertise too! Submit quickly as the deadline is only in a couple weeks! Need some inspiration?
Tech Track Preview!
Programming Games with PyGame
Computational Social Science
DIY IoT Workshop
Turning Material Science Fiction into Science Fact
We are happy to announce Mary Anne is one of our three Guests of Honor from the Writing Excuses podcast! Author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.
Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages. The Stars Change, a Sci-fi novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Mary Anne founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation. She has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Additionally, her writing can be found in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s and Lightspeed magazines. Some of her upcoming work in includes Survivor (SF/F anthology of trauma and survival stories) and Perennial (breast cancer memoir/romance). Keep track of all her upcoming projects on her website and Facebook. We are thrilled Mary Anne will be joining us in May!
Science Fiction inspires and has been inspired by scientific work. The Science track brings you telescope viewings, hands-on chemistry, robotics, discussions on the future of disease prevention, and the future of automation.
We are super geeked for Penguicon Guest of Honor DR. KRISTINE LARSEN! Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of science and society, including the history of women in science, and science and popular culture.
In the Science track this year we are excited to see:
Relic Hunting 101
Bob Trembley, Karen Burnham and Curtis Potterfield teaching us about space (Featured Guests!)
The Science of Beekeeping
We would love for you to submit a proposal for an event in the Science track that you intend to present!
If you have an idea for a Science track event you’d like to see at Penguicon but don’t want to present yourself, please suggest an idea for our track head to look into!
Hey everyone! Got a panel idea you wish you could see at Penguicon this year? Then hurry up and submit it! We’re looking to close down the suggestion form on Wednesday so we can make it public. That way we can make sure we get panelists for all your amazing panel suggestions!
The new press kit is here! The new press kit is here!
Well, technically, it’s here, but I was saying it’s “here” in a more abstract sort of way in order to relate the perceived arrival of said press kit in… oh, never mind.
The kit itself is here and there’s a flyer for the con you can print out and put up (on campus, at work, in your bedroom) here. Do keep in mind that we may have a few more announcements, so the kit and the flyer are subject to change.
We’re also still looking for a few good people to jump in and help. We’re looking for Programming Ops, someone to run retro gaming, and more – go look at what’s on the Join Our Staff page and… well, pick something and come join our staff. Got a friend who has talents we can exploit? Nudge them to look at the page, too – the more the merrier!
That’s about it for me this week. So, to paraphrase a favorite character of mine likes to say: Smoke me a kipper – I’ll be back around next Wednesday (so, you know, don’t smoke the kipper now… just hold off till closer to next week).
Geeks with Guns(GwG) is an off-site event held early on Friday afternoon, just prior to the official opening of the con. It involves going to a nearby range, and consuming copious quantities of ammunition while noisily punching holes in various paper targets for a couple of hours.
It is a painless and fun way for newbies to learn the fundamentals of firearms safety, and for them (and experienced shooters) to have an opportunity to handle and shoot a variety of guns in the company of other Penguicon attendees. The cost is as low as we can make it, and the fellowship is excellent. Several other experienced firearms instructors present, and the unwavering emphasis is on safety.
Please join us for 2018! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and to get the latest planning info. Act quickly as attendance will be capped this year!
[photo credit Zophael Ray, the Flint Town Nerd Girl. Sorry, there will be no ray guns @ GwG ;P ]