Hello, all! This is Geoffrey and I’m assisting Miranda with communications for Penguicon 2018. You may not know me, or you may… either way – Hello!
Seems we have some housekeeping to do before everyone starts dressing up and begging for candy, so let me run it down:
There’s a ConCom meeting this Sunday (October 15, 2017, so if you’re reading this after that date then there may very well not be a meeting this coming Sunday… you’ve been warned). If you would you like to help make the 2018 event the best yet check out the invitation on Facebook.
Speaking of ConCom meetings, if you’d like to read the PenguiNotes from the last two then you’re in luck! Here are August’s and September’s in all their (not quite) parliamentary procedural glory.
Do you have an idea for programming for 2018? A panel, presentation, workshop, etc. – let’s hear it! Perhaps you have an awesome choir that can really belt out “Dragonborn,” or maybe you’re dying to share your love of Angular 2 with someone (anyone!) – if you can make a case for it for being at Penguicon, tell us on the Present an Event page!
We all have our favorite causes, so why not suggest one as a charity for Penguicon to give to? Head on over to the Suggest a Charity page and let us know (there is a rule they be legit charities, so no suggestions for “Fund Bender’s Kegger,” please).
Lastly, we can always use more help. If you enjoy helping staff or plan events (or even if you’ve never done any such thing before and have a gnawing feeling inside that’s not a parasitical organism but is a need to give back or contribute) head on over to the aptly named Join Our Staff page.
That about does it! If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line!
Is there a topic you would like to share with other attendees? Would you like to suggest an activity that would be suited to our event? No experience required, – only enthusiasm and a willingness to share your passion with others.
Our Penguicon Event Proposal form is accepting suggestions. Help the Programming team tailor the offerings to those that have the greatest interest and impact and submit your idea.
Our tracks this year are Action-Adventure, After Dark, Anime, Cosplay, DIY, Food, Gaming, Life, Literature, Mayhem, Media, Science, and Tech. Find out more information at the link above.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
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