Makers, Programming, and PenguiNotes

Like a galactic con-man with some very impressive facial hair, we’re back (with another update, not a con… though a time crystal could be useful… hmmmm <strokes goatee>)! First, and most pressing – makers get your applications in for the Makers Market! The deadline is tomorrow (February 1, 2018)! Speaking of deadlines, the programming deadline is March 1. Why wait the extra month? If you want to present, have a panel discussion, run a workshop, demonstrate how two lab mice…

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Track Spotlight: Anime

I’m really excited to share with you some info on one of my personal favorite event tracks for Penguicon, Anime! We’ve already got some great events planned, and we’d like even more, so submit your proposal for an Anime-related event you’d like to present, or suggest an idea for our track head to look into creating! This year, you might impress the Shinigami at the Black Butler Wonderland Tea Party and walk away with a prize!  Fan of Mecha instead? Then…

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Got an Event Idea for Penguicon?

Hi, Penguicon Peeps, I’m your Chair for 2018! Did you know we’re less than 100 days away from the coolest, smartest, most fun tech conference/nerd convention you’ve ever attended? The countdown on our website is a great way to keep track! One of my favorite parts of Penguicon is mapping out all the panels and events I want to attend and calculating how I can squeeze so much awesomeness into one weekend (cloning technology, I need it!). Did you know…

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ConFusion, ConCom, Maker Market… and remembering Le Guin

In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss, the time is here, the time is now… for another Penguicon blog post! First, let’s get the business out of the way: There is a ConCom meeting this coming Sunday. If you’d like to come and help out with what needs to be done for Penguicon 2018 to go off with as few, and as small, hitches possible, then click that link and get the details. Second – get your Maker Market applications…

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Christine Sunu, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

Like the insanely catchy chorus in Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder,” the time for a Penguicon 2018 Guest of Honor announcement has yet again come around! Our fourth Guest of Honor is Christine Sunu! An interface designer, Christine (per her Twitter bio) builds things. The things she builds vary, but her focus throughout it all is on interfaces hooking into human behavior and expectation. She believes the level of complexity in tactility, geometry, and human factors in connected interface design requires understanding and…

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Dr. Kristine Larsen, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

Is it already 2018? Shaken off your Last Jedi-spiced, nog-induced Saturnalia stupor yet? You’d better—because it’s time for another 2018 Guest of Honor announcement! Our third Guest of Honor is Dr. Kristine Larsen! Kristine is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. 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 particular, her work focuses on depictions of science…

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Johnny Xmas, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

As everyone is last-minute shopping and cooking (or dealing with those of us who are), we have a new (somewhat seasonally-themed) guest of honor to announce – Johnny Xmas! Johnny is a Security Researcher at Uptake, a company dedicated to ensuring safety, reliability, and security of  industrial environments. Recently, he was one of the masterminds behind the reproduction and leaking of the TSA Master Keys from 2016-present (with a final 006 in the works). The purpose of this was to help…

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Mark Oshiro, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

Many of you are already aware of the first 2018 Guest of Honor, but (as we gear up to announce more) we’d like to announce him again – Mark Oshiro! Mark is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015 with Foz Meadows. He is currently the fiction editor for…

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Happy Turkey Day (and notes, plus a call for sponsors & a Retro Gaming track head)

I don’t know about you, but my Turkey Day is rarely complete without gravy, pie, MST3K, and a nice rousing push for more Penguicon sponsors. And – hey! – just in time for that brand new holiday tradition, here’s the Sponsoring Penguicon page! Work for or know of an organization you think would be a good fit? Let them know! We are also looking for a head for our Retro Gaming Track. This is a new enough need that it’s…

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