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.