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Friday, April 28
 

15:00

Chaos Machine
This customizable marble roller coaster is a perennial favorite, serving as a metaphor for the open source development process. The Chaos Machine is available all weekend for Penguicon attendees to tinker with!

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:00
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Scavenger Hunts
Be on the look out for the different Scaverger Hunts happening during the weekend. Flyers will be posted around so you know what to look for. 

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:00
TBA

15:00

Borg Assimilation
We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:30
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Guess Who - Once Upon a Time
A game of guess who. Are you a fan of the Show Once Upon a Time? Do you know your fairy tale characters? You will be given a character at random and you can only ask yes or no questions till to know the answer. Think you know the answer? find Xanthia to find out.

Moderators
Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:30
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Ribbon Fairy
Keep your eyes open for the Ribbon Fairy if you find her you can trade her a ribbon for a ribbon!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:30
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

W.OW. Live
Hello all my fellow on-line gamers! I understand your fear of withdrawal and hope to keep you busy with your own live action quest to keep the symptoms away. Come and join in this years live action world of warcraft themed game. Keep your eyes open for the gold ! to start your quest.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:30
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Wreck It
Wreck it journal and other interesting activiy books will be floating around for all to enjoy. Try and help to finish the books by the end of the convention. 

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 15:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:30
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

16:00

Sorting Ceremony
Everyone dreams of getting into Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Didn't get that letter? That's ok! Come join us as we unofficially sort you into a house. But instead of sitting down for a feast, we've made four different treats to represent each house. After your house is picked you'll be given your very special treat and be able to talk to others in your house as well.


Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - 16:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

16:00

Yoga: A Science of Humanity
A discussion and workshop on the physical, mental, and social benefits Yoga. Come learn how this ancient practice can foster positive change in the world.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Career Building Workshop: Resume, Cover Letter, and Kick-Off Session!
First (and only required) session to participate in the Career Building workshop. Bring your resume and one or more recent cover letters. Our volunteers will help you edit them to show off your best, and provide typesetting assistance. This session is required in order to participate in mock interviews and wrap-up sessions.

**Participants should be ready BEFORE Penguicon with a resume or CV and
cover letter, as well as two examples of the type of job listings they
would typically respond to.  They'll also want to bring a set of
grown-up business clothes to set up a time for mock interviews later in the convention.**

Overleaf has agreed to sponsor by providing three-month Pro accounts for all participants.


Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

Pai Sho
Limited Capacity seats available

2 players Based off of the japanese ancient art of flower arranging, kadō, and originating from "Avatar, The Last Airbender", fans all over the world have come together to bring us a real game, and many variants. It is a game of both strategy and chance. Players attempt to line up their flower tiles on a grid on the table and create harmony for their pieces while attempting to create disharmony and chaos for their opponent. Play with real wooden tiles and board.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 17:30
gentoo d

17:00

Let's Eat Weeds!
Do you like eating new things? Maybe you’d like to supplement your diet? What will you eat when **** hits the fan? Did you know that many weeds in the US were introduced from Europe originally as food sources? Many weeds are also high in vitamins and minerals you’re not getting from normal store-bought foods. We’d like to introduce you to the wonderful (free) world of weeds! Your backyard is an untapped resource of possibilities!


Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

So this is your first Penguicon?
So this is your first Penguicon. Come find out what to expect and meet some people who are involved in the making of this awesome convention that so many of us call home.

Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

Engineered Self Defense
Focus on preventative measures as well as last resort measures in scenarios that deal with an armed or unarmed aggressor.


Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 18:50
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 100 min.
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

17:00

Get Plastered -- How to make a foam dress form Part 1
A (lecture/demonstration/workshop) designed to show/teach attendees/participants how to create a dress form using plaster bandages to make a custom cast which is then used as a mold to create the foam dress form. This is part 1 of 3. Drying and curing takes time, so there will be multiple parts for the different steps over the course of the weekend. 


17:00

Lord of the Rings Card Game (FF LCG)
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to play Fantasy Flight's LotR Living Card Game

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 19:00
Crested g

17:00

Mysterium
Limited Capacity seats available

2-7 players Unable to talk, the amnesic ghost communicates with the mediums through visions, which are represented in the game by illustrated cards. The mediums must decipher the images to help the ghost remember how he was murdered: Who did the crime? Where did it take place? Which weapon caused the death? The more the mediums cooperate and guess well, the easier it is to catch the right culprit.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 19:00
King b

17:00

Legends of Kalidasia: Siege of Albion
Limited Capacity seats available

Legends of Kalidasia is a space combat miniatures game which uses abstract mechanics to capture the tactical feel of Newtonian physics based space combat.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 20:00
macroani I

18:00

Anime In Spaaaace!
A survey/appreciation of science fiction anime set in space.  This will be a discussion of the different movies and anime series based around space!! This panel will focus on reasonably realistic SF and not cover just mecha series :)


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 18:50
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Multiple Ways to Make a Grilled Cheese
Let's experiment! Come learn a few ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich, and discover what works (and what doesn't!) in our quest for yummy, cheesy bliss!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 18:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

Crochet 101
Learn to use a hook to turn string into a useable object.


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Muscle Testing: Human Lie Detection and More
Come learn how to use the energy and impulses of your own body to tell if something is good for you or not. This technique can also be used fairly accurately to tell if someone is lying about something. This can be a great tool for anyone with kids or teenagers. Audience participation welcome.


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

Carcassonne
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players Welcome to the tile and worker placement game where cooperation or possible competition leads to high scores. The proper placement of cities, roads, monasteries, pennants, and fireworks will lead to big points or a tiny score. This set is built with customization of my own design including tiles across many expansions as well as a few unique unseen ones. The game will involve basic meeples as well as a brief pre-game tutorial.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Humboldt h

18:00

Fun with NESBot, see one live in action! Watch Tool Assisted Speedruns of Super Mario Bros 1 and 3, Blaster Master, and Rad Racer.
A NESBot can replay pre-recorded playthroughs of certain video games. Watch as an Arduino NESBot plays the Nintendo Entertainment System in such ways as "warpless walkathon" and "maximum coins". Feel free to ask questions or for suggestions on making your own.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

18:00

Making chip tunes with Famitracker
Want to make a soundtrack for a throwback video game project? Want to make music that will play on an actual NES? Just want to goof around with neat music making software? Learn how to quickly make chip tunes for showing friends, putting online, or just listening to for fun.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

18:00

Gender Non-Conformist Round Table
Provide a safe space for gender non-conformists and allies to get together and discuss their gender non-conformity and how it affects their lives.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Why Hobby Is Important
A discussion on why hobby as a whole (through the lens of tabletop gaming) is important to each and everyone, how it enriches our lives, helps our health, improves us in the workplace and strengthens our communities.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

18:00

How to Write a Novel in a Month
You've probably heard of the challenge, maybe even tried it already. Writing a novel in just one month (November)! Join the Metro Detroit Municipal Liaison of National Novel Writing Month to learn the ins and outs of winning what can seem like an impossible challenge. Learn the tips and tricks to rock out the rough draft of a manuscript in just 30 days.


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Timelapse Photography with the Pi Zero
A quick introduction to the PI Zero and how it can be used for time lapse photography.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Opening Ceremonies
Join our Con Chair, Cylithria Dubois, The con Committee, and our Guest of Honor as we open Penguicon for it's 15th year.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

What is new in the universe?
New news about old stuff! A panel discussing about recent news and discoveries somewhere in a galaxy far away (or nearby) with Volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors.


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

18:00

Abyss
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players. Use all of your cunning to win or buy votes in the Council. Recruit the most influential Lords and abuse their powers to take control of the most strategic territories in this game of undersea empire.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
macroani I

18:00

Betrayal at house on the hill
Limited Capacity seats available

3-6 players. Board game where you explore a spooky house tile by tile to defeat a traitorous fellow player.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Royal F

18:00

Grand Circus: Intro to Coding Workshop

This Intro to Coding workshop is a free workshop designed for folks who are curious about coding, but who have little to no experience. This workshop is the perfect class to learn the programming foundations needed to eventually build a website or mobile app. While you won't leave the workshop a developer, you will leave with an understanding of code needed to learn any programming language.

We'll cover (using JavaScript):

  • Common terms used by programmers
  • Data Types
  • Boolean Expressions
  • Conditional Statements
  • Don't know what any of these things mean? Perfect - this workshop is for you.


Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

19:00

Ask A Baker
What does creaming really DO? What causes browning? Why does bread...bread? Why did my thing do that thing? If you've ever had a baking question, or just want to shoot the breeze about butter, come in. Have a chat, have a snack, leave with a few recipes that have never let me down.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

19:00

Decentralized Organizing
Groups like Occupy in the US and Podemos in Spain have created large-scale movements without a traditional, top-down leadership structure. But are they successful? (Spoiler: yes, just in unexpected ways.) These “leaderless” -- or more accurately “leaderful” -- movements have been able to grow quickly and create large-scale action without needing grants or full time staff. How’d they do that? Come learn techniques you can use, and how they can be applied within the free/open software community.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Found-Item & Closet Cosplay
Having troubles sewing a costume from the ground up? Maybe you don't feel like creating everything from scratch? Never fear! Found-Item Cosplay can help! This seminar focuses on advice and suggestions on how to make costumes out of garments and supplies you find in your house, the thrift store, and more!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

Embroidery 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come learn the basics of hand embroidery! You'll learn some stitches and have plenty of time to practice. Materials will be provided, but spots are limited - please sign up in advance at Ops!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Friendship at the Speed of Sound
This is a speed friending event where participants will pair up and get to know one another with the hopes of finding a Con Buddy. Questions to keep conversation going are provided.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Strange New Worlds
Exoplanets are a relatively new addition to the field of astronomy, but have been part of sci-fi for far longer. Today we'll take a look at what they are, how we find them, a few popular media examples, and things to keep in mind if you want to make some of your own for your own works.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Character Sheet Personas: Using your gaming experience in software development
Imagine that a big hulking barbarian asks you for a scroll of cure poison so they can save the king from death. Even if you give them the best scroll ever, they will fail at their quest because they can't read magic. That is the situation we are all too often presenting our users with when we build software for the wrong persona. This session will be a hands-on workshop for anyone in the tech industry exploring how and why we can use personas in a meaningful way. To make it more tangible, we'll frame the concept of users as characters in an RPG. We'll center the lessons learned around a fictitious project, making it real and will include take-home materials. At then end of the workshop you'll have experienced how to effectively bring a human element to your project through character sheet personas.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

Digital Identity: WTF?
Our digital identities have never been more important, and we have never been more "out of touch" with what we look like in this bizarro alternate reality. Please join me for an eye opening discussion about our digital selves, what we give up when we click "I agree", and why everyone has something to hide. Most importantly, come hear about progress on products and business models designed to flip the existing "pay for a 'free' app with your data" model on its head. Do you think it's time for Google, Facebook, and Amazon to start clicking "I Agree" to our terms and conditions? If so come to my talk!!


Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Fun with (WiFi) Pineapples
Demonstration of how a Pineapple can be used perform man in the middle attacks while masking itself as a legit access point. Will also include a basic run down of the auditing features.


Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Linux Command Line tools
Clif will describe some of the Linux command line tools ranging from the traditional shell scripting like tr and cut to web tools like
wget and scripting with lynx

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

No Gods, No Servers: Decentralized Darknet Communication on Freenet
Darknets. The deep web. What exactly are they? Despite the buzz around these words, the technology itself remains a mystery to most people. Forget the hype and dive in head first by learning how to write code that runs on Freenet, a scalable friend-to-friend datastore.

You'll learn to write applications that are decentralized, encrypted and extremely scalable - with no need for a server to keep things going.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Carson City
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players You can take various actions that earn you victory points for your plots, pistols (the hired help), and buildings. At the end of the game, your buildings, houses, mountains, and money contribute to your victory points, and the person with the most points wins. So go round up your posse of gunslingers and get ready for some Wild West action in Carson City

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 21:00
rockhopper c

19:00

Everything You Every Wanted To Know About Traditional Printmaking
This will be a two hour presentation discussing the four traditional printmaking processes: Serigraphy, intaglio, relief and lithography. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, interact with the demonstration materials and need only bring their curiosity.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 21:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 hrs
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO
  • Tags Retro

19:00

Range 15 Movie
A group of hard-partying soldiers are tasked with saving mankind after a zombie apocalypse grips the globe. Together, they have to transport the possible cure for the outbreak across America to a safe zone filled with scientists known as Range 15.  RATED R (Language, Gore)

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 21:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

19:00

Ubuntu 17.04 Release Party
Come join the rest of the Ubuntu Michigan Loco as we celebrate the release of Ubuntu 17.04, nicknamed Zesty Zapus. We'll be meeting in the bar to raise a glass (or two) to those who helped with the release of 17.04. Come on down to the bar and day "hi".

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 21:00
Westin Bar 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

Anime Fanservice - Where do you draw the line?
Discussion of fanservice in anime. Lately, serious discussion of fanservice in anime is taking place. "Gratuitous sexual titillation" is one aspect- is it appropriate in some anime genres but not others? Is it possible to have 'too much' fan service? This also includes a discussion of 'non-sexual' fan service as well :)

Speakers
avatar for cassinator

cassinator

I'm the Conchair for 2018. I love Penguicon. I like Anime and Programming. I also tend to wear panda hats, so look out for that :P


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 20:50
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Vegan Junk Food: Delicious and Not at All Nutritious
Think vegans are waifish, pallid folk who munch broccoli all day? Join a Fat Vegan who totally knows what she's talking about and enter the tasty world of naughty vegan treats! We'll sample many yummy chips, cookies, candy, and more until your guard is down and the Vegan Army recruits you. Kidding! We will also talk about hidden animal-based ingredients, sugar processing, and how you can make decadent vegan goodies at home.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 20:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

20:00

Captain sonar
Limited Capacity seats available

6-8 players You and your teammates control a state-of-the-art submarine and are trying to locate an enemy submarine in order to blow it out of the water before they can do the same to you. Every role is important, and the confrontation is merciless. Be organized and communicate because a captain is nothing without his crew: the Chief Mate, the Radio Operator, and the Engineer.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
King b

20:00

Overworld
Limited Capacity seats available

2 to 4 players. Discover dungeon entrances by exploring pixel-art forests, mountains, reefs, and whirlpools. Lay L-shaped tiles and claim them with your ships and your rideable flightless birds. Dungeon doors are placed into the spaces where no tile could ever fit. The player whose three dungeon doors are farthest apart has discovered the largest dungeon, and is famed as the greatest explorer. This will be Kickstarted by Magic Meeple Games in Summer 2017

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
gentoo d

20:00

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players A cooperative, fixed-deck card game with a comic book flavor. Each player plays as one of ten heroes, against one of four villains, and the battle takes place in one of four different dynamic environments.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Humboldt h

20:00

Smash Up
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent's Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases - flat out Assassinate them?

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Crested g

20:00

How to Determine What to Focus On
Have too many neglected projects? How about that To-Do list? Learn how to find what's essential for you to do and how to focus on it to get things done!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Poly Perks
Poly-We don't have time for sex we have to talk about it-amory. Poly-No really, what are we having for dinner-amory. Poly-there are four people living in this house why is the trash still full-amory. There are a lot of things that NEED to be talked about for practical polyamory... But this panel isn't about those. This is about all the fun times to be had with non-monogamy. Come share your favorite moments, or just listen to ours!


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

Never Run Out of Writing Topics Again
Need topic ideas to beef out your editorial calendar?


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Astronomy 101
Size and distance in the Universe, star life-cycles and Supernovas will be covered.


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Help! Someone dissembled my 3d Printer!
I think a gang of penguins teamed up to disassemble my 3d printer. Now I have to put it back together. This is a great opportunity to talk about how they work, what can be done with them, and calibrating new machines!

Speakers

  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

How to survive in the Middle Ages
Your elbow hit the chronograph in your time machine. You are now in 1350 instead of 2350. How will you survive famine, plague, war and that other horsemen? Come find out!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

Industrial Robotics, the Next 10 Years
Detroit may be Motor City, but it's also Robot City -- a center of excellence in Factory Automation that customers worldwide come to. Industrial robotics is poised to explode into entirely new markets involving unprecedented processes and technologies. The next decade promises to be Very Interesting....

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - Past, Present, and Future
This presentation will explore what it was like when MOOCs were first emerging in 2012 and talk about what we have learned from the experience so far. Today, MOOC providers are increasingly focusing on becoming profitable and this trend is changing both the nature of MOOCS and university relationships with MOOC platform providers. Also, we will look at how a university can scale the development of MOOCs and use knowledge gained in MOOCs to improve on-campus teaching. We will also look forward at how the MOOC market may change and how MOOC approaches and technologies may ultimately impact campus courses and programs.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

20:00

The IT Road Warrior - Staying Mobile
What does it take to become an IT Road Warrior. How should you negotiate contracts, what should you consider in travel arrangements, what kind of gadget do you need and maybe most importantly what do are your luggage requirements. Prepare for living life on the road.


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

LN2: Standards and Practices Ice Cream
For the opening session of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, we'll start out with some familiar flavors, as well as some off-beat "practice" batches.

(As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream - we always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand - we're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!)


Friday April 28, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
ConSuite 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

21:00

Littles, Middles and Bigs, oh my! Age play roundtable
Come join the discussion ! Bring your questions and experiences.Everything from daddy/little to caregiver/elderly and every dynamic in between. We will discuss the chalanges of living the lifestyle, having families, jobs and being adults when we really don't wanna or being the only big in a family of 5... How exactly do you work a 9-5/ raise a family and still get your needs met ?


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 21:50
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Turning Up the Heat in Your Fiction
Sometimes romance alone isn't enough for your novel: sometimes, your characters have just got to get down and do it. This panel will discuss erotica in fiction, ranging from the romance which doesn't quite tip over into erotic romance, all the way to smut. It's open to fans of the genre as well as authors!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 21:50
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

A Cheesy Competition
Let's battle! Test your abilities to build the most epic cheese creation using the fondoodler (a cheese hot glue gun!) The tastiest victory of the convention!


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 21:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

21:00

Fuzzy Cosplay: Mascots, Furries, and You
What goes into being a furry or cosplayer, why we fursuit, and the performance aspect of it all.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Cash n' Guns
Limited Capacity seats available

4-6 players. A gangster band is splitting its loot, but they can't agree on the split! It's time to let the guns talk and soon everyone is aiming at everyone. The richest surviving gangster wins the game!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
King b

21:00

Duck Tales, Whoo-hoo!
Everyones favorite foul weather poly-cule are here to talk about... well, everything! Geek social skills, renaissance faires, consent culture, and all the other fantastic fun topics they've become known for over the years.


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

21:00

LGBTQ* Alphabet Soup!
Ever wonder what demisexual means? What Gender Fluid means? Ever wonder if Pansexual means attracted to pans?? Well then this is the panel for you! Come learn common and some not so common LGBTQ* terms and definitions. There will also be a Q&A session for you to ask any question you like.

Speakers
avatar for cassinator

cassinator

I'm the Conchair for 2018. I love Penguicon. I like Anime and Programming. I also tend to wear panda hats, so look out for that :P


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Why So Tense?
Are different tenses better when writing in different genres? What about POV? Or can a good story be told from any perspective?

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Thoughts on Range 15
Range 15 was crowd founded and sponsored mostly by veterans and veteran owned companies. The movie may be a comedy but many veterans relate to it. From the Millitary inside jokes to the mind sets of transitioning veterans, there is a lot that can be talked about.

Moderators
avatar for Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Videographer, Audio Visual Specialist, Youtuber, Podcaster, Video Editor, all around Soicial media geek. | www.Toaden.com 

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50

21:00

Six ways a Mars rover will both save humanity and kill you.
The Mars Exploration Rovers act as robot geologists while they are on the surface of Mars. The future of humanity depends on creating exoplanetary settlements. The current version of rovers also have an amazing tool belt for scientific destruction. Let's talk about it!


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
TBA
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Telescope Observing - Cresent moon
How does the man in the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Outside 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

21:00

Basic Design of 3D Printed Firearms
This talk will teach the basics of engineering structural parts to be fabricated using extruded plastic from a 3D printer nozzle. Simple design concepts such as tensile strength, flexural modulus, and stress risers will be explained and used to demonstrate how to make optimal material, shape, and functional choices. Particular attention will be paid to the peculiarities of parts made with layers of extruded plastic and destined for the high-stresses imparted on parts destined for use in 3D-printed firearms.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Moving open source beyond the Developer-centric solutions model
Open source is a culture-method that focuses on creating community to solve problems with code. This produces a developer-centric solutions model. It would be interesting to consider if this is the only solutions model we could use. What it, for example, we created user-centric solutions models for open source projects. What would this look like and how would such projects operate? I will talk about this in context of one project that is successfully experimenting with this - the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation - and discuss the method used by the org (The Cabbage Tree Method).
https://coko.foundation
https://www.cabbagetree.org
https://www.adamhyde.net

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Open Source Hardware and Libre Silicon
Open Source Hardware (OSHW) designs are made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make or sell designs or hardware based on that design. I'll talk about the shared values with Open Source software and the specifics of publishing a hardware project under an Open Source license.

I'll give examples of Linux running on OSHW with projects like BeagleBone, CHIP, MinnowBoard and more. The role of the Open Source Hardware Association and annual Open Hardware Summit will also be discussed. I'll also highlight important OSHW projects for scientific researchers.

There are exciting new developments with in the last year for OSHW at the chip level. Projects like lowRISC, J-Core, OnChip and SiFive are working to produce true Open Source silicon processors. The FOSSi Foundation and LibreCores are helping to organize and promote this exciting new ecosystem.

Here are slides from a previous OSHW talk I gave:
https://www.slideshare.net/DrewFustini/portland-science-hack-day-open-source-hardware

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

The OpenBSD Web Stack
OpenBSD is best known for security and networking. But they also have a highly secure web server and load balancer. This talk takes you through the OpenBSD web stack, presenting its strengths and disadvantages. We'll cover the httpd web server, free globally valid SSL certificates through ACME, the Common Address Redundancy Protocol for two-server clusters, and the relayd load balancer.

Many of the security issues common on web servers are simply not an issue on OpenBSD. Come find out why!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Time Stories : The Asylum
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players The T.I.M.E Agency protects humanity by preventing temporal faults and paradoxes from threatening the fabric of our universe. As temporal agents, you and your team will be sent into the bodies of beings from different worlds or realities to successfully complete the missions given to you. Failure is impossible, as you will be able to go back in time as many times as required.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 23:00
Royal F

21:00

Tyrants of the Underdark
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players You know what is better than deck-building? Deck-building plus area control. Battle your opponents for control of the Underdark in this D&D themed masterpiece.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 23:00
macroani I

21:00

Lego Batman
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO (R) Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: "The LEGO (R) Batman Movie." But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 23:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

Bedtime Stories
As the day begins to draw to a close, we start to think about all those things that makes us happy. All those, naughty, inappropriate for public consumption, things. So come join us, as we share our favorite kinky and otherwise adult related tales, and even just discuss the kinky stuff we all love.


Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

Primal and You: Understanding the inner beast.
Do you identify as Primal? Are you curious about Primals and want to know more? This will be and informative talk on Primals and how they fit into the Kink community and society at large. Learn more about other Primals, and share your story.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

22:00

The Joy of Tickling
Tickling can range from light sensual play for some to non-stop ecstatic giggling to a hard limit for others. Covers safety basics, types of tickling, what's in it for tickLERs and tickLEEs, tickle event descriptions, toys, and other play that combines well with tickling. May include silliness and laughter with audience.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

22:00

Port Tasting
We will go over the different flavors in port and let a small group try different ports as they age. 0 year, 10 year, 20 year, (maybe 30 and 40 year). We will teach people how to identify the different flavors in the wine and give a little history of the wine as well. 21+ and ID will be required. Please sign up in advance at Ops.


Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

Behind the Costume: Tales from Cosplay
Ever wonder what it's like to be a cosplayer at a convention? WONDER NO MORE! This is an open-forum styled panel, featuring cosplayers who are here to share their stories from the front lines. General cosplay discussion will be had, but audience questions are encouraged. Come for the information, stay for the hilarious stories!


Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

22:00

Get to Know your Local Society of Creative Anachronism!
The Barony of Cynnabar is a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cynnabar hosts several events and demos throughout the year where we re-create the Middle Ages. In addition to these events we also have regular practices where we teach and learn our skills.


Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

You Can & Should Make a Video Game
At the crossroads of art & play, the tools for making & distributing video games are becoming more accessible every day. Crafting interactive experiences is a creative medium within the reach of more people than ever. You don't have to be a computer scientist or work for a major publisher - which is amazing, because the world is so much bigger than those few people. If you have an idea - whether big, small, strange, or mundane - you can & should make a video game.


Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

22:00

BOF: Talk about the hundreds of low budget SCIFI YouTube videos
Birds of a feather: We can talk about the hundreds of YouTube videos now available about SCIFI. Have you seen Harlock Space Pirate, or Space Janitors? How about MisDrop or Hybrids, The Gift, Abiogenesis, Helio and THE SIGNAL.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50

22:00

TV -- Resurgence of the Dark Stuff
Between perennial favorites like The Walking Dead and American Horror Stories and numerous newcomers, there seems to be a lot of horror on the small screen. What shows are can't miss and which ones miss the mark? Most importantly, what does this mean for the horror genre?

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

22:00

Telescope Observing - Jupiter and Mizar
When do astronauts have lunch? At launch time

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Outside 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

22:00

The C.U.P.S. project - Past, Present, and Future?
No, I'm not talking about printing! This "C.U.P.S." was the "Consortium for Upper-Level Physics Software". A multi-million dollar project to develop instructional materials and software simulations for college physics, back in the mid-1990s. I have been working to resurrect this code base - with ultimate hopes of making it open-source. I'll talk about the history, my work-in-progress, and do some demos via emulation.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

22:00

Mysterium
Limited Capacity seats available

2-7 players Unable to talk, the amnesic ghost communicates with the mediums through visions, which are represented in the game by illustrated cards. The mediums must decipher the images to help the ghost remember how he was murdered: Who did the crime? Where did it take place? Which weapon caused the death? The more the mediums cooperate and guess well, the easier it is to catch the right culprit.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 00:00
rockhopper c

22:00

The Bet
Limited Capacity seats available

The Bet DND 5e After a night of drinking and bad decisions, you've got a contract to fulfill! Too bad it's with Asmodeus.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 01:00
Crested g

22:00

Bury your dead
Limited Capacity seats available

CoC 7th edition Bury Your Dead, AZ set in the 1930s. The players have just stolen a large amount of cash and escaped. But things go wrong and the players must survive long enough to escape BYDA! Rated R violence, gore and adult themes.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 02:00
gentoo d

22:00

Savage Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Needs You
Limited Capacity seats available

Savage Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Needs You! Come play in one of the oldest tabletop settings ever, now translated into the Fast, Furious, Fun style of Savage Worlds game system! The future is a dangerous place where literally ANYTHING can happen!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 02:00
Humboldt h

23:00

Ruff Stuff: Pup Play 101
This covers the pup lifestyle and what goes into it. Come learn about what it is to be a pup, participate in puppy play, and answer any questions you may have in regards to the puppy play lifestyle.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 23:00 - 23:50
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

23:00

The Taking of the HMS Virginity
The proud piratical crew known as Just Happy To Be Here are back, to perform their adult friendly Renaissance Faire show! Will the dread pirate captain Richard Cranium succeed in his plans to break his rival, Gloria Hymen? Or will the innocent cabin girl Cherry pop up and ruin his plans? Come and see the bawdy fun, for everyone, aged eighteen and older.


Friday April 28, 2017 23:00 - 23:50
TBA

23:00

Demon Lobster Presents: Sanity Claws Radio Live!
Join in on the mayhem as Demon Lobster presents a live recording of Sanity Claws Radio the podcast. Bring your wacky and irreverent pop culture questions as we play an audience driven round of our Q&A Game "I Can Top That!" Our panelists will try to answer your questions, regardless of what they are. Mature audiences only!


Friday April 28, 2017 23:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 00:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 120 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

23:00

Summer Wars Movie
OZ, a virtual world connected to the internet, has become extremely popular worldwide as a spot for people to engage in a large variety of activities, such as playing sports or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. OZ also possesses a near impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality, even going as far as entrusting the system with bringing back the unmanned asteroid explorer, Arawashi.

Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old math genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki Shinohara on a summer trip. But unbeknownst to him, this adventure requires him to act as her fiancé. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki's family's estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother's 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Kenji is able to crack the code, but little does he know that his math expertise has just put Earth in great danger.

Friday April 28, 2017 23:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 01:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

00:00

LN2: After Hours I Ice Cream
We'll make ice cream with everyone's favorite ingredient - booze!  21+ and ID will be required.

(As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream - we always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand - we're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!)


Saturday April 29, 2017 00:00 - 02:00
ConSuite 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
 
Saturday, April 29
 

TBA

Distributed Game Development: The Benefits of Open Source
Open source technology brings developers together enabling them to achieve greater results. There is a diverse open source game development community out there that is creating and consuming all sorts of projects, from small code snippets to fully featured games and engines. This talk will explain some of the ways open source software can improve game projects. We hope you walk away with a better understanding of available resources and inspire you to create and contribute to your own open source projects to benefit others.


Saturday April 29, 2017 TBA
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

08:00

Make Good Art: Using Creativity to Fight Depression (in Trying Times)
We've all seen Gaiman's University of the Arts commencement address. Now more than ever it is important to create good art, be it literature, film, television, paintings, needlework, etc. This panel will discuss how to concentrate on your creativity when the world seems to be falling apart around you and how to use your art to make the world a more beautiful place.


Saturday April 29, 2017 08:00 - 09:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

08:00

Writers and Traditional Publishing
So you want to sell a book to a publisher. How do you do that? What should you expect? How do you optimize your chances of getting not just a deal, but the deal you want? What gets some people into traditional publishing, and keeps others out? Come hear authors discuss the good and bad of the publishing biz!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 08:00 - 09:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

08:00

Paint and Take
Limited Capacity seats available

Painting a miniature and taking it home. If help is needed we can give ideas, show how things are done.

Speakers

08:00

Tux Run/Walk 2017
The Tux Run/Walk event provides a chance to be physically active and meet other attendees with similar interests


Saturday April 29, 2017 08:00 - 11:00
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

08:00

Career Building Workshop: Mock Interviews! SIGN-UP REQUIRED!
Requires signup AND participation in "Resume, Cover Letter, and kickoff session" -- you will be interviewed for a hypothetical job by two or three real hiring managers, and receive feedback on your strengths, as well as areas for improvement to help you boost your career.

***Participants should be ready BEFORE Penguicon with a resume or CV and
cover letter, as well as two examples of the type of job listings they
would typically respond to.  They'll also want to bring a set of
grown-up business clothes.***


Saturday April 29, 2017 08:00 - 22:00
EMC VI 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

09:00

The Allergies of the Few Outweigh the Hungers of the Many
Do you have an allergy that is in everything (gluten, dairy, eggs, etc.)? Or dietary lifestyle that makes cooking a challenge? Come to a panel about food substitutions for cooking, learn some tips, tricks and trade resources. There may be some samples to prove it.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 09:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

09:00

Backpacking with a Hammock
Discuss backpacking with a hammock. Hands on gear demo. Will also cover lightweight camping gear.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 09:50
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Loving your Cosplay Body
Powerpoint presentation with audience discussion of ways to embracing your person body type in cosplay.

Speakers
JB

John Belden

Writer and editor with The Eagle, Indy's LGBTQ-focused newspaper and blogger at PlaysWithJohnAndWendy.com, focused on the games we play and the stage plays we see.


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Listening to Your Character
Sure, it's actually your subconscious speaking, but occasionally your characters act in ways you don't expect them to. This panel will discuss the importance of allowing your characters free reign to follow their paths.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Writing High-Performance Nonfiction
Writing nonfiction is not merely reciting facts. It's a specialized form of storytelling, very different from your college essays and book reports. Whether you're writing memoirs or computer texts, using storytelling techniques transforms your work for the better. This talk takes you through making your nonfiction not only readable, but memorable.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

09:00

Illustration - My Process Combining Traditional & Digital Techniques
A multimedia presentation with Q&A from Clifford VanMeter, a genre illustrator and comics artist with more than 30-years experience. Cliff's work combines digital and traditional techniques to create striking black & white art.

Speakers
avatar for Clifford VanMeter

Clifford VanMeter

Author | Illustrator | Publisher, Arctos Media
Even while still in college I began my career as an illustrator working primarily in the role-playing game field. My early work included the Star Trek and Dr. Who games for FASA, and on titles like Battle-Tech, the DC Universe RPG, Chill, Traveller and much more. I created, wrote and published the game Justifiers RPG. I wrote and drew for Valiant Comics at the height of their popularity. Additional work came my way from Marvel, Milestone/DC... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Penguicon Board of Directors Meeting
You’ve done the convention, you’ve met the staff, and you’ve even socialized with the ConCom. But what about those *other* Penguicon people? Those shadowy figures that create the multi-year rules, have their fingers on the money, and cause a ConChair to mysteriously appear every year in a puff of penguin-scented smoke? Ever wonder what the Penguicon Board of Directors does in their secret sanctum, and where they are taking Penguicon? Come to the Board of Directors meeting and see!

Speakers
avatar for cassinator

cassinator

I'm the Conchair for 2018. I love Penguicon. I like Anime and Programming. I also tend to wear panda hats, so look out for that :P
AL

Amanda Long-Adams

Board of Directors, Penguicon 2017 Treasurer, Penguicon


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

09:00

How to kill a character, part 1: I don't do drugs, but my protagonist does!
A medically based primer for authors on booze, drugs and all the potentially deadly results of bad decision making.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

09:00

Build a file server with Raspberry PI
Build a file server with Raspberry PI. Several Raspberry PIs and some disks will be provided for participants to create a file server with a Raspberry PI.


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Introduction to Debugging in Python
Ever since a moth was stuck in a relay in the Mark II machine programmers have been dealing with bugs in their software. But programmers have developed tools for eradicating these bugs in their software. In this talk Craig will show different methods for determining what the code is doing. We'll start with the lowly print statement and work our way to more advanced forms of logging. We'll also cover several Python debuggers and talk about best practices for debugging and preventing bugs in Python code.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

09:00

My journey with the Udacity Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree
Plan on writing one up.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

10:00

Kitchen Hacks
We will be presenting some easy, time, and money-saving ideas for common kitchen chores, as well as covering some basic terminology & techniques.

Speakers
JB

John Belden

Writer and editor with The Eagle, Indy's LGBTQ-focused newspaper and blogger at PlaysWithJohnAndWendy.com, focused on the games we play and the stage plays we see.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 10:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

Off-road meet up!
Like off-roading? Want to pick the brain of other off-roaders? Please leave the mud and rocks outside :)

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Needle Felting 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Intro to needle felting. Learn how and why felting works, and make a penguin to bring home. Limited space available. Sign up in advance at Ops.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

Ascension
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Welcome to the deck building card game where acquiring heroes and defeating monsters leads to gaining honor. The center row could flip over a well timed fate, multi faction hero, strange construct, or transform into something else. This set is built with customization of my own design including only one of copy of each card in the center row. The will involve CotG, RotF, SoS, RU, DoC as well as a brief pre-game tutorial.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Humboldt h

10:00

Leading Questions Live
Do you have leadership questions? Do you wonder how to become a leader or how to improve your leadership skills in general? Join the Leading Questions Podcast team as they answer your queries and explain how to employ coaching and mentorship techniques to improve your work and life.

This session will be audio-recorded and posted as a live version of the Leading Questions podcast at a later date.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

10:00

Panels/Presenters and AV technology - look and sound good!
Panel discusses how presenters and panelists can best work with the AV gear they find in a typical breakout room - microphone technique, connecting to projectors, anything you need to get your point across.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

How to Navigate News sources
We live in an age with unlimited sources of information. To sort through it all we as humans tend to not only sort them but we also want to stay with those we trust. This risks creating a bubble of reinforcing information that may or may not be objectively true. How can we navigate it all without creating our own confirmation bias?


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Perfection in Creativity
How perfect do you need your song, movie, comic, graphic, anything? When do you know you are done with your creation


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50

10:00

Astronomy 102
Electromagnetic Radiation, Doppler shift, and Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation will be covered.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Cemetery Iconography and Why the Victorians Loved Death.
For ages and ages, societies have used symbolism and iconography to decorate the final resting places of ancestors. Pervading gloom and grand-scale mourning epitomized death practices in the Victorian era. Find out how Queen Victoria made #grieving trend in the 1600's.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

10:00

20 Years of MAME Development
I've had the privilege to work on the amazing MAME emulator project, on and off, since it began over 20 years ago! By any definition, I believe it's a good example of "successful" open source project. I'd like to talk about its architecture, history, and development from my personal point of view.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

10:00

An Inside Look at the History of the Internet
This session looks at the history of the Internet and World-Wide-Web paying particular attention to some of the moments where it was not assured that things were going to work out and produce the user experience we have today. Via video interviews, we meet a number of the innovators of the Internet and World-Wide-Web and focus on what might have happened if things had not worked out the way they did. While much of the research in Internet protocols and technologies was very deliberate, until 1994 it was not clear that either the Internet nor the World-Wide-Web had any purpose beyond connecting academics, scientists, and computer scientists. In many ways, both the Internet and World-Wide-Web were lab experiments that escaped into the wild. We look at those moments where the lab experiments escaped and imagine possible alternate realities if things had turned out differently.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Knock Your Dox Off!
Doxing is the process of discovering things about a person, business, or other entity with (mostly) publicly available information. This talk will use a volunteer target, walk you through the process, explain how easy it can be, share freely available resources, and may shock you on how much information can be discovered with very little information.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Test Driven Programming
Writing tests before writing code makes the work go faster and the final results more reliable. It's also counterintuitive and hard to start on your own. This workshop will introduce you to this revolutionary practice and give you the skills to take it back to your day job.

Participants should bring a laptop configured to do Python development.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

10:00

Lords of Waterdeep
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players You take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder – or help – the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
gentoo d

10:00

NTPsec Annual F2F Meeting
Open meeting for participants in the NTPsec project (https://www.ntpsec.org) and other interested persons to meet face-to-face. We discuss the past year's progress, plan the next year's activities, and brainstorm. Details available at https://blog.ntpsec.org/2017/01/04/announce-f2f.html


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

Put your app in Amazon Web Services
This panel is a working demonstration, including code samples and scripts, that will take walk the participants through the process of deploying an application into Amazon Web Services (AWS). There will be 3 different applications to choose from as part of this workshop; iPython Notebook, a "Breakout" clone in Python, and a simple Web Application (webserver, application server, database).

Topics Covered:
1. Setting up an EC2 instance (The hell is an EC2?)
2. Load Balancers (Do I even need one?)
3. Automating software installation & configuration (Mash the keyboard once, run a hundred times)
4. Testing, Hardening, & Validations (It's not working... o wait! It is working!!)

All code samples, scripts, and materials will be made available via GitHub.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 120 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Dune
Limited Capacity seats available

2-6 players Players each take the role of one of the factions attempting to control Dune. Each faction has special powers that overlook certain rules in the game. Each turn players move about the map attempting to pick up valuable spice while dealing with giant sandworms, deadly storms, and other players' military forces. A delicate political balance is formed amongst the factions to prevent any one side from becoming too strong. When a challenge is made in a territory, combat takes the form of hidden bids with additional treachery cards to further the uncertainty.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 13:00
rockhopper c

10:00

Machi Koro
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments, build public works, and steal from your neighbors' coffers. Just make sure they aren't doing the same to you!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 13:00
Royal F

10:00

Orleans
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players During the medieval goings-on around Orléans, you must assemble a following of farmers, merchants, knights, monks, etc. to gain supremacy through trade, construction and science in medieval France.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 13:00
macroani I

11:00

Are You a Supertaster?

There are those in the world with more taste buds than the average person. There are also those who are can pick up on one of 3 bitter compounds. Then there are folks like Bill Putt who (as a self professed level 4 super taster) has more taste buds and can pick up on all 3 of the bitter compounds. Come learn about the different tests, get tested, and get ribbons based on your supertaster level!


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 11:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

11:00

Avoiding Burnout as a Busy Person / Activist
Feeling like you're constantly on the go and never able to slow down? Juggling too many activities and unable to prioritize or say no? Trying to balance work, social life, activism, and your health and always coming up short? Let's talk about how to cope and not flame out! This is a marathon, not a sprint. We'll talk about time management, self-care, saying no when needed, tools and best practices to avoid burnout and still be effective.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 11:50
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

11:00

Dealing with the Paranormal
Come discuss the paranormal and learn ways of dealing and ridding yourself of it.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 11:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

11:00

Ya Gotta Have Blue Hair - The Basics of Cosplay Wigs
This panel invovles wig application, wig types and where to shop for them.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

11:00

Fun with Origami
Origami is the art of folding paper into various shapes without using scissors or glue. Join us for this introductory workshop where we will learn to fold a balloon, a crane, and more! Materials will be provided but spots are limited, so sign up at Ops!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

11:00

How to Change a Tire
Just the basics: how to change that flat when you're stranded. Plus some "cheats" to make it easier and tips for doing it alone vs with a friend. We'll be demonstrating for real, on a real car, in front of the real hotel. Please meet in the Algonquin Foyer.


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

11:00

Captain sonar
Limited Capacity seats available

6-8 players you and your teammates control a state-of-the-art submarine and are trying to locate an enemy submarine in order to blow it out of the water before they can do the same to you. Every role is important, and the confrontation is merciless. Be organized and communicate because a captain is nothing without his crew: the Chief Mate, the Radio Operator, and the Engineer.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
King b

11:00

JAC3D G33K Fitness Boot Camp
A heart pumping, high adrenaline full body training experience designed to trim and sculpt you for the hot months a head. Includes strength training using various options including body weight, resistance bands to the keep the body guessing along with cardio intervals to maximize calories burned. This training session will also be accompanied by some of the greatest video game and nerd core music.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Algonquin Foyer 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

11:00

The Key to Time Management
Can't get done what you want to get done? Have lists of shows, books, and movies you want to watch? Not sure where to start first? Come find focus to get it all done!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

11:00

Journalism Today
Veteran journalists from the worlds of print, radio and television discuss the state of journalism. Where it's been, where it's at and where we see it going.


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

11:00

BSD Operating Systems in 2017
I'll be discussing the current options in BSD-based operating systems, the big news from recent projects, new developments, and where we're going from here.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

11:00

FreedomBox, Libre Personal Server
The FreedomBox project aims to enable everyone to run their own personal server. It runs on a number of low-power single-board computers, such as the Raspberry Pi. FreedomBox features a web interface that allows simple installation of apps including wiki, chat server, voice chat, news reader, and calendar. We are approaching our first stable release, in Debian Stretch, suitable to keep running over the long term, with minimal maintenance.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

11:00

Hobbyist Gamedev Strategy Guide: Make games and don't die
Do you have a burning desire to start making games? Have tons of abandoned projects? 18 months into writing your own engine?

We're going to share the hottest tips and tricks on making (and finishing) video games without dying.

This talk will take a holistic approach to game development, focusing on how to start a project, what engine is right for you, where to find resources, and how to stay motivated.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

11:00

Women in Tech Panel
With just 25% of IT jobs being filled by women, it’s can be difficult to navigate the male-dominated field. There will be 1 million unfilled computer programming positions by 2020, and women are going to be an important piece of filling this gap.

Our panel will talk share real-life experiences on what it’s like to be a women in tech, ways to start your career for those newbies out here, and resources to grow both personally and professionally. We'll have a lively panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A.


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

11:00

Terraforming Mars
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
Crested g

11:00

Creating Webcomics: Plot and Character Development
Erika and Laura's comic, Sidekick Girl, has been running for TEN YEARS! Come hear their thoughts on getting your own comic off the ground. Planning your plots, developing your characters, choosing an art style and a hundred other decisions go into starting a comic. Learn what works and what pitfalls to avoid.

(Note: In the past, we've run the Webcomics 101 series at Penguicon (and other cons) in a three one hour panel format, spending an hour on plots, an hour on logistics and an hour on self promotion. Since Plots is always full and we run out of time for questions, this year we would like to condense the program into two hours for plots, with some of the logistical nonsense, and put the rest of the logistics and self promotion into a second, one hour block, which I am also submitting.)


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

11:00

Legacy Code Rescue
We've all got a code base we inherited, often with a horrible snarl of static objects, global variables and hidden dependencies between sections. In this multi-hour workshop learn the tricks to safely un-snarl your code, increase your productivity and reduce your stress.

Participants should bring a laptop and be prepared to write some Java code. Participants will be encouraged to work in pairs, but should bring a laptop suitable for development.


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

12:00

Hey! That's My Fish!
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players. Penguins at Penguicon? Of course! Use your penguins to collect fish and become the last penguin on the ice.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 12:30
gentoo d

12:00

Entomophagy: You Want Me to Eat WHAT?!
Learn about the field of entomophagy with anthropologist Julie Lesnik, as she discusses the basics of insect consumption. There will be snacks!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 12:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

12:00

Foster Care and Adoption
Have room in your home and love in your heart? Consider opening your home to a foster child in need! All types of foster and adoptive families are needed. Learn more about what it takes to be a foster and adoptive parent from a family that has adopted from Michigan's foster care system.


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 12:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

12:00

Survival and Willpower
At Aegis Consulting, the core of all of our training is willpower; The power of choice over Impulse and Urge. Lets do some basic training together in the ability to choose to do something hard to make survival in any hostile situation easier!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

12:00

Beginning Cosplay
A lively interactive discussion of various tips and tricks to get you started off participating in cosplay.

Speakers
JB

John Belden

Writer and editor with The Eagle, Indy's LGBTQ-focused newspaper and blogger at PlaysWithJohnAndWendy.com, focused on the games we play and the stage plays we see.


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

12:00

Dadaism and Collage
Before there was surrealist art, there was dada. Please join this workshop to learn about this art movement, notable artists, and learn to create your own dada style collages. Note: the first quarter of this workshop will be dedicated to the history and the rest of the time will be dedicated to creating. Anyone may drop in at any point!

Speakers

12:00

Engine Room
Limited Capacity seats available

2 to 4 players. A co-op deck-building game of designing your own cards. Players are engineers in the engine room of a Steampunk vehicle. They encounter machine parts laying around in Junkyard World, which they could weld onto their vessel. Players take slide transparencies and sleeve them into a card in their hand to add points or card instructions.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
homboldt h

12:00

Furries!
Find out all about your fabulous fuzzy furry friends! Anthropomorphic Characters, Art, & Costumes


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

Sustainable Living & Suburban farming
Talk about DIY plans for feeders and watering systems for poultry and sources for free plans for chicken coops and Local laws to keep your suburban farm legal. 

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

Is Marvel ruining Hollywood Film Making?
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands they incorporate more & more of the upper echelons of Hollywood creators & actors. As this has been happening independent fair & smaller movies have become rare in your neighborhood cineplex. Is this the fault of the MCU & other franchises attempting to begin?


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

Live Audio, as a professional sound engineer.
Talk about live audio - microphones, speakers, everything in between, techniques. Very happy to answer questions or even spend a lot of time helping solve somebody's audio problem at work/church/band/etc. "Rock concert sound, from inputs to outputs and everything in between"

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

The Future of Batteries
Finding a better battery is crucial to the green energy revolution. What does the future of battery technology look like, and what's in the pipeline?

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

Using Your Android Phone as a Sensor!
Recording tilt, audio, light, temperature, and barometer readings with Google Science Journal.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

12:00

A Dance with Intelligent Dragon Drones
Drones are increasingly used in various commercial and consumer scenarios – from agriculture drones (providing farmers with crop and irrigation patterns) to consumer drones (that follow you around as you engage in action sports), to drone racing. Drones are outfitted with a large number of sensors (cameras, accelerometers, gyros, etc.), and can continuously stream these signals in real time for analysis.

This talk introduces the landscape of the various drone technologies that are currently available, and shows you how to acquire and analyze the real-time signals from the drones to design intelligent applications. We will demonstrate how to leverage machine learning models that perform real-time facial detection along with predictions of age, gender, emotion, and object recognition using the signals acquired from the drones. You will walk away understanding the basics of how to develop applications that utilize and visualize these real-time insights.

This talk includes fun with drones, how to tackle the problem of world hunger, and some Game of Thrones silliness. It is targeted at data scientists, students, researchers, and IT professionals who have an interest in building intelligent applications using drones and machine learning. It will be a fun and exciting exploration as we demonstrate a drone with the power of recognizing faces, ages, genders, emotions, and objects. You will learn how to leverage these same machine learning models to imbue intelligence into drones or other applications.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

12:00

Never Sleep Again: Introduction to Rootkit Design
When you log on to a computer, do you trust what you see? How do you know you're not being watched? That every keystroke isn't being logged? That your microphone isn't recording?

Come and learn the hard way that anti-virus can't save you.

This talk is a technical exploration in making malware that lives at the same level as the operating system kernel. We'll discuss the anatomy of a rootkit and methods for staying hidden.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

13:00

Codenames
Limited Capacity seats available

4-8 players. Two teams go head to head as their spy masters attempt to give them one word clues to find their own agents the fastest.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 13:30
King b

13:00

Critical Analysis: How to Make Fruitful Discussion
Are you the type of person who likes to watch movies, read books, or listen to music? Do you like to discuss your recent media with friends, coworkers, or strangers? Do you hate short answers and want to really talk about why you feel the way you do, and have them reciprocate? Then this panel is for you! Come listen to me talk about how to talk about popular media in a way that engages, or at least starts discussion instead of arguing.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

13:00

Cryptozoology of the Great Lakes
Come discuss Bigfoot, Dogman, Lake monsters, Nain Rouge and more

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

13:00

Eryndor Dagohir: Your local LARP
Dagorhir combines fast-paced full-contact combat simulation with elements of live action role-playing. Get a summary of the rules and pick your weapon! Several people from the local realm of Eryndor will be on hand to spar and answer questions. Check us out at http://eryndor.com !

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

13:00

Off-roading for geeks.
This talk will go over off-roading for nerds. Topics include:
Overview of equipment such as primitive tractor beams
Camping, how it's unique from RVs, backpacking, and tent camping.
Off-road etiquette, and busting some common myths.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Cross Stitch Workshop
Try a new (old) craft. Learn the basics of counted cross-stitch. Patterns and supplies provided.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

13:00

The Open Soda guy tells you to stop drinking pop
Bill Putt (one of the founders of Open Soda) discusses his weight loss journey. He was pushing the scales at 400 pounds and is an extremely picky eater. He will talk about what inspired him, things he learned on the way, challenges of losing weight as a super taster and simple ideas that made big impact. He will attempt to inspire all who come hear him talk to make changes to their life as well.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

13:00

Miniature Wargaming, an introductory primer.
Miniature gaming can seem like an intimidating hobby to get into. The walls of little figures and shelves of rule books can make it daunting for those who have never done it to get their feet wet. Now is a brave new time in miniature gaming with a shift to smaller games and independent companies. This is a panel for those curious about starting into miniature gaming or those who do play looking to possibly learn something new.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Splendor
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players. As the leader of a merchant guild, you invest in mines and recruit the most renowned artisans. Build a commercial empire and receive the visit of wise monarchs to acquire glory and prestige.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Crested g

13:00

Navigating a career in IT
Is your career stalled? Not sure what to do next or maybe you do but not sure how to get there. Let's explore some career transition techniques and navigation strategies. Come with your dreams and aspirations and lets explore the possibilities.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

The End Of The World As We Know It
Preparing for disaster large or small. What preparations to make. What tools to buy. What skills will you need? How will you save your family?

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Parts of Editing
What do I need the editor[s] for? What does the editor do to my book? Should I pay someone to copyedit my fiction before I send it to publishers [short answer: NO] or not? What is copy editing as compared to proofreading? What tools exist to help me revise/edit before I submit my work?


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Project Managing Your Creative Self
What do you do when your muse doesn't show up, or potentially worse, when too many muses show up? Learn goal-setting techniques (how am I going to get these projects done?), cost-benefit analysis methods (what am I going to work on next?), and set up your own productivity pipeline for yourself.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

13:00

Self-Publishing in 2017
Self-publishing is an increasingly important channel for authors to reach their readers. It also changes constantly, with new tools and distributors opening daily and existing platforms changing. This panel brings together veteran self-publishers to share their experiences, discuss the changes of the last year and give new authors an edge in the business.

Speakers
CK

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'.  | | He has been selling short stories since the early '80's, including recent sales to Escape Pod and Dark Wisdom Anthology from Elder Signs Press.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Creating Webcomics: Logistical Nonsense and Shameless Self Promotion
Creating your webcomic is only the beginning. Now you have to get it to your readers. And interact with your readers. And get some readers. We'll talk about advertising, maintaining your website and schedule, surviving cons as a vendor, and all the other bits of nitpicky nonsense that can make your comic a success.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

13:00

The Future of Net Neutrality
Net neutrality guarantees that your internet provider can’t block your access to competing web sites, or censor content they disagree with. In 2015, the FCC created strong protections for net neutrality by reclassifying broadband internet providers as common carriers. But telecom companies are still fighting to overturn the rules. Where is net neutrality headed? And what does the new presidential administration mean for net neutrality?

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Wearables: What's the 'Secret Sauce'?
With so many wearable devices on the market already, and more coming out constantly, it seems like everything we do will be via wearable soon. But a lot of companies are finding it harder than expected to make a "killer app" wearable. Let's discuss what works, what doesn't, our experiences, and what we'd like to see from the market.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Tea Tasting and Discussion
We make tea, we drink tea, we'll have a nice discussion, everybody profits! Or at least gets somewhat caffeinated.


Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 14:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

13:00

Get Plastered -- How to make a foam dress form Part 2
A (lecture/demonstration/workshop) designed to show/teach attendees/participants how to create a dress form using plaster bandages to make a custom cast which is then used as a mold to create the foam dress form. This is part 2 of 3. Drying and curing takes time, so there will be multiple parts for the different steps over the course of the weekend. 


13:00

Lord of the Rings Card Game (FF LCG)
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to play Fantasy Flight's LotR Living Card Game

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 15:00
macroani I

13:00

Ships
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players The game is divided into three ages, marked with different ship types. The first age is that of the galley, followed by the age of the galleon, then finally the steamship age. The board combines a track showing the development of ships, similar to that in Automobile, with a map of Europe and an area representing the rest of the world.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 15:00
Royal F

13:00

Grand Circus: Intro to Coding Workshop

This Intro to Coding workshop is a free workshop designed for folks who are curious about coding, but who have little to no experience. This workshop is the perfect class to learn the programming foundations needed to eventually build a website or mobile app. While you won't leave the workshop a developer, you will leave with an understanding of code needed to learn any programming language.

We'll cover (using JavaScript):

  • Common terms used by programmers
  • Data Types
  • Boolean Expressions
  • Conditional Statements
  • Don't know what any of these things mean? Perfect - this workshop is for you.


Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 15:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

14:00

Retro Anime: Classics that Still Shine!
Talk about some of the best retro anime series out there. This would be a highlight of the classics. What is great about them and why they remain even to this day a must see.


Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 14:50
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

14:00

Smite
Limited Capacity seats available

2 to 4 players. A fast-paced wargame using no dice. Players resolve conflicts by drawing from their own bags of Discs. Decide which conflicts to win and which to lose. War Discs have a distinct shape you can feel in your bag, so you can choose to pull one to attempt to win a fight. (War Discs are uniquely numbered to break ties.) Or, concede the conflict by drawing a Wealth or Politics Disc to strengthen your collection of discs. When you are too weak to win, choose when and where to fight, to force your opponents to squander their strength on the rewards which they need the least.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
homboldt h

14:00

Takenoko
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Crested g

14:00

Hacking Love? 36 Questions To Create Lasting Connections
First devised years ago, this experiment entails pairing up with a partner, friend, or even complete stranger, and opening up to each other with 36 questions of varying intimacy. We'll be exploring if this technique actually works. Who knows? You might even find your soulmate in the process! Due to the potential romantic nature of the workshop, 18+ only.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

14:00

Joyful Productivity: How to Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism and Rediscover Your Prolific Self
Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Under productivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, we'll delve deep into the heart of under productivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we'll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using immediately to boost your productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for all writers, artists, academics, activists, and anyone else seeking to get more joyfully productive.v

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

14:00

Finding Your Creative Niche
There are many types medias, genres, and niche audinces. Join these creators to talk about how they picked their type of programs/projects. Speakers include well known podcasters Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips from IT in the D (Podcast Detroit) Youtubers and Filmmakers Tommy Edison and Ben Churchill, composer/muscian Kevin MacLeod, and moderated by youtuber/podcaster/filmmaker Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Moderators
avatar for Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Videographer, Audio Visual Specialist, Youtuber, Podcaster, Video Editor, all around Soicial media geek. | www.Toaden.com 

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

14:00

Old Woman Yells at the Cloud
Back in my day, smut was called lemons, fluff was called shmoop, and authors' notes were all throughout the fanfic. Come talk about the weird stylistic tropes you remember, whether you miss it or are glad it's gone out of fashion.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

14:00

Science as leisure - Citizen Science, Science Pubs and Science in other leisure venues.
People who are working in citizen science, science pubs or programming at leisure science venues like aquariums, museums, parks or zoo talk about how they got started and how you can help.


Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

14:00

Marching Toward the World Brain: Chaos and Self-Organizing Networks
What if a computer network behaved like a brain? What if, based on activity and resources, a network re-arranged itself to the optimal configuration for a goal? I'll talk about my experiments in creating self-organizing decentralized computer networks that are programmable and have goals.

We'll discuss issues like scalability, security and consistency and what networks like this could provide humanity in the future. We'll talk about how networks of this kind can help ordinary humans with information overload and provide intelligence to communities.

A simulation and very basic demo will be shown for the first time demonstrating how we can implement these concepts today.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

14:00

Network Firewalls for fun and profit
What is a firewall and why do you need one? this and much more will be answered by Tony Bemus as he walks you the through basic setup of a firewall, writing your first firewall rules, and how to make money deploying opensource firewalls for small and medium sized businesses.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

14:00

Systems Infrastructure as Code
Do you have systems? Did you click to configure them? You should probably have coded them.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

14:00

What's Watt - Power to the People!
We often use words like "Volts", "Amps", "AC", "DC", "Watts", "Power", and "Energy", but few of us have a good, intuitive understanding of what these terms really mean. This is a mildly technical talk which breaks down some of the mysteries of electric power by creating analogies with physical things we're more familiar with (like water being pumped through a pipe.) Topics include the difference between AC and DC power (and where and why they're used), what Voltage, Amperage, and Wattage are, how different types of motors work, and how electric power is converted between different forms in various ways.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

14:00

Alien Frontiers
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Do you have what it takes to be a deep space colonist? An alien frontier awaits the brave and daring! This new planet will be harsh, but if you have the skills to manage your resources, build a fleet, research alien life, and settle colonies, the world can be yours.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
gentoo d

15:00

Watch this next!
Roudtable discussion on what to watch next based on genres and group dislikes/likes (BOF).

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 15:50
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

15:00

Mrs White, in the Kitchen, with Assistive Technology
Discussing & demonstrating assistive technology that can help work around physical limitations that impair food prep & cooking.


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 15:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Fire and Lights
Members of Band-Ayd will be discussing special effects. We have pyrotechnic licences through the city of Detroit and have worked many events throughout the state. This talk will include information about static lighting, intelligent lighting, pyrotechnics, and CO2 effects. We will be focusing on the effects available for an event without diving into the technical details. A lot of times people can see a vision but don't know how to describe what they want. It will also take some stigma away from indoor pyrotechnics. It is our job to turn a vision into a reality and take the fear out of asking for that bad ass dream.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Sullivan

Rachael Sullivan

Pyrotechnician, Band-Ayd
I've been in the show production industry for almost 10 years. At Band-Ayd, I will run the lights and pyrotechnics for our various types of shows. I wanted to do this talk because I've been finding people don't know what to ask for when talking about special effects and they will often get overwhelmed when I try to ask. I also wanted to speak about the safety of special effects and debunk the assumptions I've been faced with while on the job... Read More →
SV

Steve Vanderheyden

Owner of Band-Ayd


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Guns and Martial Arts
A firearms retention course upon my experience with Aikido and carrying a firearm. A unique course that focuses on the Tuller Drill (the 21 feet or less, if someone is 21 foot away they can attack you before you can draw you firearm) my defense course is how to avoid the first attack giving you time to draw you weapon.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

15:00

Intro to Cosplay Sewing
So you want to start making cosplay costumes - but aren't sure where to start? Join Karmada Cosplay, author of Epic Cosplay Costumes, for a seminar focusing on the basics of how to choose a costume, pick patterns, sewing basics and more! Ideal for the beginner cosplayer, but all are welcome!


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

15:00

Hands-on Jewelery making
Limited Capacity seats available

In this class, you will have the opportunity to create your very own necklace, bracelet or earings! I will have a few styles to choose from, or you can come up with your own. I will walk you through the process from laying out your design to stringing it together and ending with a beautiful piece to treasure or give as a gift. Limited space available. Sign up at Ops.

Speakers

  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

15:00

Potion explosion
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Dear students, it's time for the final exams of the Potions class! The rules are always the same: Take an ingredient marble from the dispenser and watch the others fall. If you connect marbles of the same color, they explode and you can take them, too! Complete your potions using the marbles you collect, and drink them to unleash their magical power. Remember, though, that to win the Student of the Year award, being quick won't be enough: you'll also need to brew the most valuable potions in Potion Explosion!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Crested g

15:00

Imposter Syndrome: What it is and How to Handle it
Do you ever secretly worry that others will discover you’re not intelligent? Like you’re in a position where you don’t belong or don’t deserve to be? These could be signs of Imposter Syndrome, a condition that results in self-doubt and feeling a lack of importance. Imposter Syndrome is something that many of us face, but so few talk about or know how to navigate through.

Our discussion will introduce you to the concepts of Imposter Syndrome, signs you may be facing it and practical steps you can take to overcome your self-doubt. You’re amazing, and we want everyone to recognize this! Join us for this collaborative conversation.


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

15:00

Intro to Podcasting
Podcasters give tips about starting and continuing podcasts.


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

15:00

E-Nable 3D printed hand update
Local volunteers will update attendees on progress on 3d printed hands and arms. Soft 3d printed plastics, myoelectric integration and brain to machine solutions will be covered.


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

15:00

Own Your OS
I hope to convince you that you NEED to be running a Freedom respecting Operating System. Before it's too late and your choices vanish. Review of current directions and subtle pushes to limit the end user's choices in the name of security and how supporting FOSS projects helps make sure our best interests are kept in focus.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

15:00

LN2: Saturday Matinee Ice Cream
For this session, we will be focusing on soda sorbets and candy mix-ins.

(As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream - we always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand - we're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!)


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 17:00
ConSuite 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Viticulture
Limited Capacity seats available

2-6 players The players find themselves in the roles of people in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany who have inherited meager vineyards. They have a few plots of land, an old crushpad, a tiny cellar, and three workers. They each have a dream of being the first to call their winery a true success.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 17:00
rockhopper c

15:00

Keysigning
In this hands-on event, participants will learn how the web of trust model works and perform identify verification with fellow attendees. We will do so in a manner compatible with CAcert.org, so you can use the resulting identify assurance to issue your own free SSL certificates, code signatures, etc. With a little additional work, you can also become an assurer of your own right at Penguicon. We will also exchange OpenPGP keys if you have them, so bring your key fingerprints with you! Participants need to bring at least two forms of ID — at least one of which must be a government issued ID showing birthdate. Having your own notebook computer able to output PDFs files greatly simplifies things, too. New users are expected to show up at the start, but returning participants from Penguicon Keysigning events and any CAcert.org assurers may show up one hour in.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 18:00
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2hrs 50min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

16:00

Open Soda Demo
We're going to make soda, and we need you to help! Learn how to make your own soda pop, and make your own flavors to boot! Don't be afraid to ask questions or suggest something crazy!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 16:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

16:00

Introduction to Parkour
Phoenix Freerunning Academy will be offering instruction on some basic movements found in parkour, including jumping and landing/rolling, balancing on rails and vaulting over objects.


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

16:00

Whose Geek Are You Anyway
Everyone gets to join in for Whose Line Is It Anyway hijinks! Participation is not only actively encouraged, but generally required for the full level of fun. Audience suggestions are also encouraged, from a Superman/Wonderwoman/Lex Luthor love triangle on Jerry Springer, to the world's worst Redshirt. Expect adult content.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
For those who want to learn how to subtly alter their nerdcrafts (or general crafts) to maintain structural integrity while making them not so bleeping heavy!


  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

16:00

Knitting 101
Learn how to knit! Learn a few basics of how to use two sticks and some string to create functional items. Space is limited. Sign up in advance at Ops.


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Captain sonar
Limited Capacity seats available

6-8 players you and your teammates control a state-of-the-art submarine and are trying to locate an enemy submarine in order to blow it out of the water before they can do the same to you. Every role is important, and the confrontation is merciless. Be organized and communicate because a captain is nothing without his crew: the Chief Mate, the Radio Operator, and the Engineer.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
King b

16:00

Star Trek 5 Year Mission
Limited Capacity seats available

3-7 players. Dice. The Final Frontier. Voyage to explore strange new expansions-- to seek out new victory points and new challenges-- to meet the game's designer-- to boldly go where no players have gone before! A cooperative dice placement game. Take roles from original or Next Gen. Players try to cooperatively solve a series of alerts to score points, without failing five alerts, or the Enterprise being destroyed. Injuries lock dice out of play. Ship damage forces you to attempt harder alerts. Urgent events must be completed on a timer (the Prime Directive). Yellow & red alerts force additional alerts cards to come into play-- pushing you and your fellow crew-members closer to failing!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
homboldt h

16:00

Cleaning Your Prose: Editomat
Editomat is a tool to improve your writing. It highlights weak words, finds repeated words and helps focus your vocabulary. After almost 3 years of development and testing, it's making its way into the great outside world.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Crowdsourcing - First You Need a Crowd
Patreon, Kickstarter, Indi-Go-Go: these have all become popular ways for creatives to finance their creations. Before you can crowdsource, you need a crowd. What do you do BEFORE you start your campaign to ensure that you'll get traction? The moderator, Clifford VanMeter, is the author of two books about online marketing.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Promptapalooza
A fun, laid back, prompt-based writing workshop meant to help spur creativity and sharpen writing tools. Come with laptops charged and ready to type or pencils sharpened and ready to scribe.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

The Impact of Tabletop Gaming on Fantasy Fiction
This panel focuses on the relationship between tabletop gaming, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and fantasy fiction. Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of D&D, also wrote fantasy fiction. Gaming environments, such as Forgotten Realms, Darksun, & Dragonlance, have been the focus of numerous works of fiction. Many writers, Raymond E. Feist is an example, cite gaming as a huge influence on their writing. Fantasy fiction broke many barriers over recent years with the popularity of franchises such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Tabletop gaming has also risen in popularity recently. How much are the two related? What does the future hold for this connection?


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

16:00

Podcasting Networks Talking about Podcasting Networks
Representives from Podcast Networks: Slack Jaw Punks, Podcast Detroit, and Podbros talk about Podcasting Networks. What they are, should you join them, and what makes their networks different. Moderated by Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Moderators
avatar for Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Videographer, Audio Visual Specialist, Youtuber, Podcaster, Video Editor, all around Soicial media geek. | www.Toaden.com 

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

16:00

Making AI Easy: Building Intelligent Applications with Cognitive Services
The rise of machine learning has produced an explosion of APIs to make your applications more intelligent. In this session, you will learn about 20+ different Cognitive Services APIs that provide object recognition, face detection and identification, emotion recognition, OCR, computer vision, video services, speech and speaker recognition, language understanding, text analytics, sentiment analysis, knowledge exploration, search services, and more. These REST-based services work on any technology platform. You can also leverage these services in conjunction with the Microsoft Bot Framework to build an intelligent assistant. You will see powerful demos of these capabilities, experience the simplicity of calling this code, and walk away with ideas on how to leverage this functionality in your own applications.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

16:00

The Rise and Sudden Fall of the Jupiter ACE Computer
In 1982 two well-known ex Sinclair Research employees (Richard Altwasser and Steve Vickers) formed a company called Jupiter Cantab. They created and sold two versions of their computer: The Jupiter ACE and the Jupiter ACE 4000. This was the first home computer to boot directly to the FORTH language. By 1983 the company was bankrupt with under 6,000 units sold. What happened? Find out more about this unique machine, the short history of Jupiter Cantab, and why, 30+ years later, there's still more story to tell.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

16:00

Cosplay Contest Muster & Judging
Sign up and the judging of the cosplay costumes

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

16:00

Teaching Python Informatics to Everyone: AKA: The End of Dilbert
People will look at old Dilbert comics in 50 years and will no longer understand why they are funny. The word "nerd" will simply be a "funny arcane word" like the word "flapper". In this presentation we look past the time where technology was the domain of the elite few and instead technology skills become basic skills that all educated people must posses. We will look at how a completely new set of courses, curricula, books and teaching methods are needed to reach the point where we all possess necessary technology skills. Examples will be drawn from the new undergraduate Informatics program at the University of Michigan as well as the graduate programs in the School of Information.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

Something's Rotten: Make Your Own Kimchi at Home!
Kimchi is pretty controversial - people either love it or hate it. It has an amazing history, though, dating back to 12th century pre-Korea. It's evolved a bit over the years, and is now the national dish of Korea. Come sample a variety of types of kimchi and learn how to stink up your kitchen...er, um, to make this dish yourself at home!


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

Copyright 101
Speak with a lawyer about the ins and outs with copyright law.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

17:00

Let's Get Down to Bluesness
Have you always wanted to do partner dancing, but find keeping yourself within a set pattern constraining? Blues dance is an American idiom of partner dance that is freeform with limitless possibilities for creativity, including throwing out the partner bit and going solo. While blues dance gave rise to hip hop dancing, it also survives in modern culture as the awkward high school slow dance. Except real blues dance has more, well, pizzazz and a lot less awkwardness. No need for special shoes or a partner, comes as you are and well help you learn to groove.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

17:00

Personal Mandalas for fun and relaxation
Come get your craft on as we create mandalas that represent ourselves. You can add sequins, glitter or sand to create a permanent piece of art or draw a representation of a dark time in your life, rip it up and destroy it. Mandalas can be therapeutic and a great way to express yourself! I will provide paper, markers, colored pencils, glue and a number of things to embellish your creation with.

Speakers

  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

17:00

Mystic Vale
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players A curse has been placed on the Valley of Life. Hearing the spirits of nature cry out for aid, clans of druids have arrived, determined to use their blessings to heal the land and rescue the spirits. It will require courage and also caution, as the curse can overwhelm the careless who wield too much power.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Royal F

17:00

Queer Representation in our Work
It's important to see ourselves in the media we consume. As a creator, how do we represent people different from ourselves? Join this panel of LGBTQIA people to learn how to make your work more diverse.


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

17:00

Writing About Forensics
Whether you’re writing a thrilling crime drama or a cozy whodunit, here are some useful tips for including forensics in your story.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

17:00

Fictional Corporations/Entities - How Far Fetched Are They?
Is Weyland-Yutani really that far off the scope? Is it possible the Federation will ever happen? What about the Blue Sun corporation? Come join in an open discussion about your favorite fandom and see how it compares to real life.

Moderators
Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

17:00

Dead Birds for Science!
To save birds, we need to save their habitats. But birds have wings, can’t read maps, and don’t stay where they’re safe. So how can we create a more bird friendly world beyond parks and refuges? We need to know how they die. What kills birds tells us where we can make changes to prevent bird deaths in the future. Explore the preventable causes of avian mortality that put so much pressure on the birds we know and love, and learn about how valuable dead birds are to science.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

17:00

The Great Eclipse of 2017
Aug. 21, 2017, American skywatchers will be treated to a rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. Historical solar eclipses and when, where and how to watch them safely.


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

17:00

Continuous Delivery with Octopus Deploy.
We will dive into the concepts of Continuous Delivery and demonstrate these concepts with an example application using Octopus Deploy. You will be able to see how you can apply Continuous Delivery concepts like config management and push button deployments to your own projects.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

17:00

Introduction to Deep Learning with Google Tensorflow
TensorFlow was originally developed by researchers and engineers working on the Google Brain Team within Google's Machine Intelligence research organization for the purposes of conducting machine learning and deep neural networks research.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

17:00

Istanbul
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players There's hustle and bustle at Istanbul's grand bazaar as merchants and their assistants rush through the narrow alleys in their attempt to be more successful than their competitors. Everything must be well organized: wheelbarrows must be filled with goods at the warehouses, then swiftly transported by the assistants to various destinations. Your goal? Be the first merchant to collect a certain number of rubies.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:45
gentoo d

17:00

Implementing an Agile Software Requirement Management Process
A major pain point with agile development teams is keeping your Product Backlog (todo list) filled full of User Stories (requirements). In our effort to stream line software development using agile techniques it seems as if we have also extracted a disciplined approach as well. We will discuss how to implement an Requirements Definition Management process into a Scrum Agile team.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 19:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 110 minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

17:00

The Smithee Awards
A B-Movie awards ceremony in which clips from movies are organized in typical bad movie categories (Worst Science, Stupidest Looking Monster) and the audience votes on which is the worst.


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 23:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

Easy and Cheap: Healthy Meatless Meals
Get your grub on with some fast, nutritious meals that won't make your wallet sad. We're talking tasty stews, soups, curries, and sides with minimum prep and cooking time. We'll demo a hearty main course and side that you can taste at the end of the session. Recipes will be provided, plus some others to try, and we'll give you a resource sheet to find lots of other cheap and easy vegan vittles!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 18:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

PowerPoint Improv
Originally inspired by GOH Sumana Harihareswara’s Powerpoint Karaoke! Volunteers pick a slide deck they’ve never seen before from a list of titles, and improv a comedic or serious presentation for up to 5 minutes. You don’t have to stick to the slides, as they’re just a prop! Other audience members can improv, too, during each follow-up Q&A. As improvisations accumulate, we can build off each others’ topics and Q&A sessions. Come play with us!


Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

EVA Foam Tips & Tricks for Cosplay
EVA Foam is an easy to get, easy to work with material when it comes to making cosplay pieces – but are you not sure where to start or how to work with it? Join Karmada Cosplay for a seminar about how to use EVA foam for items such as wearable armor and props large and small! Topics include tools of the trade, foam cutting & shaping, painting, and more. For cosplayers of all levels!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

18:00

How to Make a Pinback Button (and Take One Home!)
Learn how to design a pinback button and make one to take home with you! This panel covers the basics of pinback button designing, making, and troubleshooting.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Eminent Domain
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Survey the galaxy to expand your civilization – will you colonize nearby planets, or take them over by force? Harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve your technology. Build the best civilization and win the game!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
homboldt h

18:00

Spyfall
Limited Capacity seats available

3-8 players. Spyfall is a party game unlike any other, one in which you get to be a spy and try to understand what's going on around you. It's really simple!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
rockhopper c

18:00

Where the &#% Are My...?
Wish the Accio spell actually worked? Learn how to organize your physical and digital life.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Subterranean Press Chat Session
Come join production manager Geralyn Lance and learn more about what makes Michigan-based Subterranean Press so special to the SFF field. Ever want to know what goes into producing a limited edition or selecting art for a dust jacket? Geralyn's got you covered. She'll also be previewing what books SubPress has coming in 2017 and giving away a few special books to lucky audience members. Don't miss this chance to get the inside scoop on a unique publisher.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Q/A About Online Video with the Blind Film Critic Team
Tommy Edison and Ben Churchill from The Blind Film Critic and The Tommy Edison Experince answer questions about themselves and online video. Moderated by Youtuber Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Moderators
avatar for Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Scott (Toaden) Maiale

Videographer, Audio Visual Specialist, Youtuber, Podcaster, Video Editor, all around Soicial media geek. | www.Toaden.com 

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

18:00

Star Wars in the Wild
"Rogue One" was a commercial success, but do you think it lived up to the original Saga of Star Wars? What do you hope to see in the upcoming film, "Episode VIII"? Do you feel the films recent tone of inclusiveness and darker version of the Rebellion reflect Star Wars we know and love? What are you hoping to see created, such as comic books and novels, in light of this alternate version? Will there be any more super-weapons? Come to our panel and let's talk about the direction Star Wars is taking, now that it is free of George Lucas and in the hands of Disney & Crew. See you there for the Lively discussion!


Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50

18:00

TK2 Films Presents: Runaway
Filmed locally in eastern Michigan, Runaway is a 20-minute sci-fi western short film that was fully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in June of 2016. Runaway is an original story-- falsely accused of murdering her master. Pursued through the forest by ruthless bounty hunters, Maria struggles to reach the Free States and maybe discover her humanity along the way.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 60 minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

18:00

Ancient Egypt: Q&A:
Join U of M Egyptology professor Dr. Terry Wilfong and Egyptology geek & author Paul Kemner as they answer questions and chat about one of their favorite subjects. Dr. Wilfong has published and lectured extensively on topics relating to gender, sexuality, and religion in ancient Egypt. (hint: Stargate is not a documentary!)


Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

18:00

How to get a job with NASA and what is it like working there
NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics, is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Once you get there, what can you expect?

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Penguicon Battery Lab
Convert pennies into make-shift batteries that can drive small current devices like LED's and calculators. Yep! You read that right. The penny battery is a voltaic pile which uses various coinage as the metal disks of a traditional voltaic pile. Let's power LED's, calculators and other small devices with pennies!

Speakers

  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

18:00

Scientific Linux: Science from the Penguin
Scientific Linux is an "Enterprise" Linux distribution created at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). For over 15 years, Scientific Linux has played an important role in Scientific Computing and in the worldwide High Energy Physics community.

Connie Sieh, founder of Scientific Linux, and Bonnie King will discuss SL's history, how it's built and maintained, and its applications at Fermilab and beyond.


Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

18:00

Cosplay Contest
Enjoy the cosplay performances of the Cosplay Contest

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

18:00

Hacking the mktwo Badge
Come join the mad scientists of All Hands Active for some embedded programming fun. Using the Arduino programming environment, we will take the ESP8266-powered, wifi-enabled "mktwo" badge and hack on its code! These sessions will consist of a brief overview of the mktwo and its features, an intro to the libraries and methods used to program it, and then a whole lot of "sandbox" time for you to hack away on your badge using our demo programs as reference, and the creators of the mktwo as your mentors. Scroll your twitter feed in full RGB-LED matrix glory! Host a webpage on your person! Send silly messages to your friends with the press of a button! You are the master of your internet-enabled, badge-shaped destiny! Arduino programming experience is helpful, but not required.

Not one of the lucky few to snag our surprise-limited-run mktwo badge last year? Fear not: we will have more ready to go this time around.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

19:00

The Works of Miyazaki Part 2
We'll cover the rest of Miyazaki which is a continuation for last year's Miyazaki panel!  Come on an adventure with us while we disucuss some of Miyazaki's latest work (1990 to present).


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

All About Tattoos
Interested in getting a tattoo? How does that even work? Here to discuss the inking process including how to select an artist, the physical application and procedure, aftercare and safety, and general Q & A concerning tattoos.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

Ukulele 101
A beginners class for ukulele, Ukelele is fun and easy to play! come and learn the basic coards and a simple song because who can't have a good time strumming a ukulele.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Ask Local Cosplayers
A small group of local cosplayers that can answer questions on wide variety of different cosplay techniques and how to get into cosplay. We have people who have made cosplays from scratch to those who piece things together, and some who specialize in props. We are all from the area and most of us are younger than most cosplayers (18-23) so we also promote that you can cosplay from any age, and not to be intimidated by older cosplayers. They can also ask us questions about how we are involved in cosplay.


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Frankenstuffies
Come join us in playing “mad scientist” as we deconstruct stuffed animals, and reconstruct them into new and glorious creations! We have even more test subjects to choose from this year! Everyone is welcome, though I do ask that parents/guardians stay with children. Basic sewing skills are a plus, but not mandatory. This is a limited attendance event. Please sign up in advance at Ops.


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
FiberLab (GR 315) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Sci-fi and Fantasy Card Making
I'll discuss the various techniques and possibilities for making some awesome sf/fantasy themed greeting cards, including watercoloring a galaxy background and die-cuts of fantasy creatures. Examples will be brought. After that, I will open it up for participants to make either a Tardis watercolor card or a die-cut wizard/dragon/unicorn scene or an alien/spaceship scene from supplies I will provide.

Speakers

19:00

Ticket to Ride Card Game
Limited Capacity seats available

2-4 players Players collect sets of illustrated Train cards, which are then used to complete Destination Tickets - routes between two cities depicted on each ticket. But before their Train cards can be used, players must face the risk of "train robbing," where another player may force them to lose their hard-earned cards.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Royal F

19:00

Unexploded Cow
Limited Capacity seats available

2-6 players France is overrun with unexploded bombs left over from the world wars and mad cows. The only solution is to use the cows to blow up the bombs! Recruit only the finest of cows into your herds while stuffing your opponent's herds with the castoffs.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
gentoo d

19:00

Lessons Learned From First-Time Event Organizing
I've just put on the first event in an ongoing series, organizing a community potluck that funds grants for local projects (named SOUP). I'll share my experiences as a first-time public event organizer: what it took to find other organizers, plan the event, keep the momentum going, market it, execute it, and what I learned to do and not do. Come share your experiences too!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

The tale of Detroit's own Nain Rouge
Come hear the story of Detroit's most imfamous Imp. The Nain Rouge

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

Improv Comic Jam
Come watch artists take cues from the audience in an improv comic jam! Artists will begin a drawing then move on to complete another's.


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

19:00

Science of SCUBA
A high level overview of the basic science behind SCUBA diving. Buoyancy and gas compression, gas toxicity, affected physiology, safety equipment, etc.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Algonquin C 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

19:00

Space travel woes, with and without potatoes.
Obviously, life in outer space would be no vacation -- you're out there braving the final frontier, battling meteors and malfunctioning airlocks, and you'll die horribly in the abyss of space if some tiny thing goes amiss. That is what's so awesome about it -- it's an adventure, baby! 


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
Windows 10 now provides developers with a familiar Bash environment. This environment will allow users to:

1. Run native Linux binaries including grep, sed, and awk
2. Navigate a new Linux based file system using these commands
3. Run bash shell scripts which rely on supported command line utilities

Windows accomplishes this through the Windows Subsystem for Linux which allows Ubuntu user-mode binaries provided by Canonical to run on Windows 10. This means that the command line utilities are the same as those that run within a native Ubuntu environment. In this session we will showcase scripting, code editing / compilation, and execution of X11 apps compiled for Linux using a local X11 server from within the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows environment. We will then discuss the implications of these features as they relate to existing developer workflows. This will include a demonstration showcasing compilation of various programs using node.js, python, c++, asp.net, ruby and even a port of the original first person shooter Quake. We will also include a demonstration showing how to build and deploy a Ruby based web application from within Visual Studio Code using Bash on Ubuntu on Windows as an integrated terminal. Finally, we will show how to obtain the latest bits for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows that are shipped in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary update.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

19:00

Build Your Own Satellite 2017
Learn about the engineering, testing and logistics to make your own satellite with the I3Detroit Makerspace's DetroitSat group!


Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

20:00

Pokemon BOF
Talk about your favorite pokemon, characters, story arcs, and just celebrate POKEMON :D

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 20:50
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

Homebrew and Retro Gaming with Raspberry PI and consoles
Exploring some of the gaming options make available with the RetroPie on a Raspberry PI 3 board along with a few oddities on hacked gaming consoles.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Red Dragon Inn
Limited Capacity seats available

2-8 players You've raided the dungeon, killed the monsters, and taken their treasure. Now you're back, and what better way to celebrate your most recent victory than to spend an evening at the Red Dragon Inn. You and your adventuring companions will spend the night drinking, gambling, and roughhousing. The last person who is both sober enough to remain conscious and shrewd enough to hold onto his Gold Coins wins the game.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
rockhopper c

20:00

Homelessness: Where do we go from here?
From the team that brought you Ethical Dating...A panel that talks about the struggle of survival and how to break that cycle. Topics will include assistance, aid and the problems that arise.


Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Poly Meet-up
Are you polyamorous or maybe curious about what it's all about? Come to this meet-up for some relaxed chat with like-minded folk. We'll talk about poly and other stuff too.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

Conlanging - Fun with Words
From Klingon to Dothraki, constructed languages (conlangs) are all the rage. Join us for a discussion of some of the basis of building a language from scratch.

Speakers
avatar for Clifford VanMeter

Clifford VanMeter

Author | Illustrator | Publisher, Arctos Media
Even while still in college I began my career as an illustrator working primarily in the role-playing game field. My early work included the Star Trek and Dr. Who games for FASA, and on titles like Battle-Tech, the DC Universe RPG, Chill, Traveller and much more. I created, wrote and published the game Justifiers RPG. I wrote and drew for Valiant Comics at the height of their popularity. Additional work came my way from Marvel, Milestone/DC... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Hacking Collaboration / Writing Together
My partner and I have co-authored a book of poetry. I'd love to talk with him and others about the process of collaboration, collective writing, and the writing process.


Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Queering Your Fiction: Writing LGBTQ+ Characters Into Your Stories
Have you wanted to diversify the gender identities or sexualities of the people who live in your fictional worlds? Are you struggling with the diversity you have already begun to implement? Are you wondering if the representation you see in current media (novels, television, movies, that anime you won't admit you loved *coughGravitationcough*) is accurate or respectful? This panel's aim is to discuss and answer questions about LGBTQ+ representation, and how to do it in your own work.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

20:00

Telescope Observing - Cresent moon
Why does a moon rock taste better than an Earth rock? It’s a little meteor

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Outside 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

20:00

Mono, Pair, and Mob Programming
Pair programming has gotten a lot of attention in the programming world, but what about Mob Programming and Mono Programming? Come experience the three different collaboration styles and attempt to solve a few small programming katas. For Mono and Pair segments, you may want to bring a laptop (or bring a friend with a laptop) and have it setup with Ruby or Python (or one of your choice). The Mob segment will likely be in Ruby.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

20:00

Black Butler Tea Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and enjoy tea and light snacks served by your beloved characters from Black Butler! If you're lucky and impress your favorite character with your skillful gameplay you may even win a prize;)  Good Luck! You wouldn't want to disappoint your Butler would you? Space is limited so please sign up at Ops!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

20:00

LN2: Sure, We Can Freeze It - What Is It?
Have something you're just hankering to have made into ice cream? Bring it here, and we'll make it for you! 

(As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream - we always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand - we're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!)


Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
ConSuite 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

20:00

Hacking the mktwo Badge
Come join the mad scientists of All Hands Active for some embedded programming fun. Using the Arduino programming environment, we will take the ESP8266-powered, wifi-enabled "mktwo" badge and hack on its code! These sessions will consist of a brief overview of the mktwo and its features, an intro to the libraries and methods used to program it, and then a whole lot of "sandbox" time for you to hack away on your badge using our demo programs as reference, and the creators of the mktwo as your mentors. Scroll your twitter feed in full RGB-LED matrix glory! Host a webpage on your person! Send silly messages to your friends with the press of a button! You are the master of your internet-enabled, badge-shaped destiny! Arduino programming experience is helpful, but not required.

Not one of the lucky few to snag our surprise-limited-run mktwo badge last year? Fear not: we will have more ready to go this time around.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

20:00

Geek Prom
I would like to invite everyone to this years Geek Prom as we celebrate Penguicon's 15th Anniversary. Join in the fun as we dance the night away with DJ Grotesque. 


Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 02:00
Algonquin A 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

21:00

Good Vibes and Other Modern Adult Toys
See a selection of toys beyond basic. Get info on the newest technology, including one really nifty DIY project that involves feedback! If time allows, hands-on inspection of toys is allowed. (Alcohol hand cleanser will be provided.)


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 21:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Rope Basics - Bedroom & Beyond
The class will cover the basics of tying someone for the bedroom and more. 2-3 20-30 foot pieces of rope are needed for the class. A limited amount of rope will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 21:50
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Cosplay Level UP!
Want to take your cosplay to the next level? This panel focuses on more advanced construction techniques and other supplies that can make your costumes even better! Come join Karmada Cosplay, author of Epic Cosplay Costumes and learn about fabric choices, some handy construction and embellishment techniques, and learn a little bit about materials other than cloth. Great for intermediate to advanced cosplayers, but all are welcome!


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

21:00

So You Want To Create A Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Your Game?
Unravelling the mysteries of what makes a successful Kickstart campaign launch, with examples of past successful campaigns and what you should do to plan your own launch.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Free Publishing Using Createspace
Published author Valerie Hibbard will describe her own CreateSpace publishing adventures, answer questions and show examples of Amazon-published products. Beginning authors looking for a free route around expensive vanity publishing houses are encouraged to attend; other CreateSpace authors also welcome.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Open Mic for Creative Writing or Share Your Shit
After group leaders set the tone and provide guidelines, audience members take turns reading aloud their pieces.


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Publishing: Why Doesn't Everyone Just Self-Publish Their Work?
From bloggers who tell you it's easy to the hybrid authors you're fascinated by, self publishing looks attractive. But IS it that easy? What work does that route entail? Some tips for places to learn more about publishing, to check on the publishers, to learn about possible markets...

Maybe you pitch agents on Twitter or follow publishers on FB. Maybe you're the person your friends go to about publishing advice, or maybe you can't find anything in the overwhelming seas of the InterWeb.

Take heart, from Writer Beware to the Absolute Write Watercooler, you aren't alone.


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

BBC Sherlock s4: WHAT--?
This is a roundtable for people who saw BBC Sherlock s4 and loved it, hated it, are ambivalent, or just want to discuss the show.

Speakers
CK

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'.  | | He has been selling short stories since the early '80's, including recent sales to Escape Pod and Dark Wisdom Anthology from Elder Signs Press.


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

21:00

Telescope Observing - Jupiter and Mizar
Black holes are most commonly found in black socks.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
Outside 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

21:00

What do Veterinarians do?
Obviously, we treat animals. We are also involved in food safety and biosecurity. Be warned, some of the material may be gross!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Rocksmith 2014
I recently started learning guitar, only I didn't follow the traditional path. Rocksmith takes the repetitive feeling out of practice, and might help you get over the learning hump, too. Come try your hand for a few minutes at a real electric guitar or bass.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - 23:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

21:00

Body Paint Cosplay Demo
Watch a professional body painter transform the human canvas into walking art. We will create a themed costume directly on skin with just paint (and a little crafty magic) that will only last the night -- be sure to take a picture!


Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

21:00

Round the Jolly old Bend
Limited Capacity seats available

Round the Jolly Old Bend 7th Sea 2e You've got precious cargo and bad enemies! Get to La Bucca to sell it off without getting caught!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00
Crested g

21:00

Bury your dead
Limited Capacity seats available

CoC 7th edition Bury Your Dead, AZ set in the 1930s. The players have just stolen a large amount of cash and escaped. But things go wrong and the players must survive long enough to escape BYDA! Rated R violence, gore and adult themes.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 01:00
Royal F

21:00

Savage Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Needs You
Limited Capacity seats available

Savage Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Needs You!" Come play in one of the oldest tabletop settings ever, now translated into the Fast, Furious, Fun style of Savage Worlds game system! The future is a dangerous place where literally ANYTHING can happen!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 21:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 02:00
Humboldt h

22:00

Rope for Decoration
Come learn how to tie someone in a rope dress! Hands on class. 2-3 20-30 foot pieces of rope are all that's needed for the workshop. A limited amount of rope to borrow will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Algonquin B 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

22:00

Violet wands and electrical play with Rabbit and Viveka!
Your favorite electrical play class is back! This year presented by Rabbit and Viveka! Come learn about things like TENS units and Violet Wands and their use in BDSM play! We will give a short presentation for the first half and then let willing volunteers come up and try the different electrical play items. 18+ ONLY!

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Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 22:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

22:00

Table top gaming with projectors
Table top games and video games are great. Let's blur the lines between the two. I'll be demonstrating my ARTT (Augmented Reality Table Top) project. The current focus is to improve the table top war gaming experience by using Python, OpenCV, projectors, and webcams.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 1hr
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

22:00

Of Gods and Heroes
Are you looking forward to "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League"? Did you enjoy "Doctor Strange" and "Logan"? Are you intrigued by "The Infinity Wars?" Or are you burnt out from the deluge of superhero-type of films? Do you think they can keep up their momentum or do you believe the public is tired of the same plot as a backdrop to fancy CGI? Will the Superhero genre be able to survive? We will talk about recent successes and failures of the comics and movies alike. All these questions and more will be the subject of this grand venture of the Super hero comics and movie panel!


Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 23:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50

22:00

Pokémon: The First Movie
A scientist has found a way to genetically clone one of the Pokemon named Mew. His invention is named Mewtwo. Mewtwo then clones other Pokemons on his own. Sort of a revolt of the Poki. Each Pokemon has a different kind of power. The hero, Ash Ketcham ventures with his friends to the villain's island, where battles take place between lots of different kinds of and their clones.
Written by Pokeballs

Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 23:50
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

Whiskey Tasting 2017 - Let's Get the Taste of 2016 Out of Our Mouths!
Whiskeyologist Greg Williams will present a few select expressions to the group, give some educational background on whiskey in general, and focus on the unique characteristics of the expressions being tasted in the room. 21+ and ID will be required. Please sign up in advance at Ops.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - 23:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

22:00

Late Night Tails
Live from Penguicon, it’s Late Night Tails! Starring… Tails! What is Tails? Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. Why use Tails? How do I use Tails? Bring your own USB Flash Drive of at least 4GB in size, and we’ll help you create a Live Tails USB! Learn all this and more when we take a trip to the darkweb after hours!


Saturday April 29, 2017 22:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

23:00

Impact play 101 with Rabbit, Viveka, and Sarah
Come learn about basic impact play! During this class we'll teach some basics about using floggers, riding crops, and other simple impact play toys. Including safety, techniques, and what the different toys feel like. We will have time after the presentation for questions.


Saturday April 29, 2017 23:00 - 23:50
Algonquin D 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

00:00

LN2: After Hours II Ice Cream

We'll make ice cream with everyone's favorite ingredient - booze!  21+ and ID will be required.  

(As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream - we always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand - we're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!)



Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00 - 02:00
ConSuite 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

00:00

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00 - 02:00
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
 
Sunday, April 30
 

07:00

The Sunday Morning Linux Review Live

The Sunday Morning Linux Review (www.smlr.us) is a podcast with Tony Bemus, Mary Tee, Tom Lawrence, and Phil Porada. We talk about the Linux and Open Source News. This is the 6th Live recording of our podcast at Penguicon. We will also talk about what we do to record, produce, and post our podcast.


  • Duration 120 min
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Homemade Ghostbusters PKE Meter on Raspberry Pi 2
In time for the Ghostbusters blitz last summer my team at work was asked to make a demo for a homemade PKE Meter. Using the Rapsberry Pi 2, 3D Printing, and a program that we open sourced we created a homemade device that emulates the PKE including a big screen that gives readouts and the ability to stream data to Azure Cloud. Along the way we also learned about real paranormal places in our home area of Philadelphia, hit some tech roadbumps, and we visited some haunted locations to test our device out. I'll explain how to use the code to make your own device and how we can improve on this hack in the future.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

09:00

Running Conventions is a Full-Time Job
Current and past convention runners discuss what its like to be on the organizational side of conventions and how to get involved in it.

Speakers
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

ConChair, Penguicon 2017
Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon ConChair. @ConFusionMI Head of Hospitality. AASFA Board of Director.


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC III 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Finding a Literary Agent
What are the advantages of having a literary agent? How does one go about it? Is getting a book published all about who you know, or does the system actually work? How do you judge which agent might be a good fit?

Speakers
CK

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'.  | | He has been selling short stories since the early '80's, including recent sales to Escape Pod and Dark Wisdom Anthology from Elder Signs Press.


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Finding Room in Your Busy Life to Write
Kids! Work! School! Social engagements! How do you possibly find time amongst all the other things you're expected to do to get words out onto a page? How can you complete something like NaNoWriMo when you've got a baby pawing at your legs? Didn't your family just eat yesterday? Come talk with other writers about making time in your day for writing, despite how busy it already is.

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Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Hard Science Fiction and the Art of Pragmatic Makebelief
What makes hard sci fi "hard"? In many ways the term "hard science fiction" is an oxymoron, like fictional nonfiction. We'll discuss writing science fiction that's grounded in reality, and how to be break scientific boundaries without breaking known science.


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Mechanics of Magic in Fantasy & SF
Does a magical system for a story need rules? Costs, unintended consequences, social factors? What about reliability issues? How can we avoid worn-out tropes? How should magic in an RPG and story differ? Is some of the tech in SF "magic" and should the same considerations apply?


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Why do publishers and editors take so long?
Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
EMC II 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Asteroids and Planetary Defense
NASA is developing a first-ever robotic mission to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a multi-ton boulder from its surface, and redirect it into a stable orbit around the moon. Let's talk about craters, rare earth chemistry and Chelyabinsk.

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Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

09:00

Introduction to OpenBSD
Talk & question session


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Windover 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

09:00

Metropolis (2001) Movie
In the great city of Metropolis, severe community structures and prejudice dominate a world where humans and robots live together. Unrest and violence increase with each new day.

Searching for the scientist Dr. Laughton, suspected to violate human rights by trading organs, the Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi arrive at Metropolis. In the scientist's laboratory, Kenichi discovers a girl without any memory of her past life. He decides to help her, so they run away together. His uncle follows him and penetrates the dark secrets of the city to find Duke Red, the man ruling from the shadows. Meanwhile, Kenichi desperately tries to protect the mysterious girl from the people hunting her. However, Duke Red and his adoptive son have their own deep reasons for chasing the girl. These reasons are connected to her true identity and the struggle for the domination of Metropolis...

Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:50
Portage Auditorium 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

09:00

Hacking the mktwo Badge
Come join the mad scientists of All Hands Active for some embedded programming fun. Using the Arduino programming environment, we will take the ESP8266-powered, wifi-enabled "mktwo" badge and hack on its code! These sessions will consist of a brief overview of the mktwo and its features, an intro to the libraries and methods used to program it, and then a whole lot of "sandbox" time for you to hack away on your badge using our demo programs as reference, and the creators of the mktwo as your mentors. Scroll your twitter feed in full RGB-LED matrix glory! Host a webpage on your person! Send silly messages to your friends with the press of a button! You are the master of your internet-enabled, badge-shaped destiny! Arduino programming experience is helpful, but not required.

Not one of the lucky few to snag our surprise-limited-run mktwo badge last year? Fear not: we will have more ready to go this time around.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 11:00
TC's 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

Butter Churning and Compounding
Through the course of human history, it has been essential to preserve commodities that are capable of spoiling. In this workshop, we will gain an understanding of dairy, briefly discussing its separation, and distribution. The highlight of this course will be making your own butter from cream, and compounding it. Compounding is the process of adding herbs, spices, and fruits to yield a flavored butter. *This workshop requires mild physical exercise of the upper body. Dairy tentatively supplied by Calder Bros. Dairy.


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 10:50
Food Room (GR 317) 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

10:00

Creature Costumes
Learn various techniques to create non-human scifi/fantasy costumes. From scaly to fuzzy, find out how to create werewolves, lizardmen, insects, and more!


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

10:00

Paint your gaming minis!
Limited Capacity seats available

It's one thing to admire award-winning models, but the experience of painting your first models, squad or game set can be as rewarding as winning the game for which the models are for. In this class you'll learn the basics of model painting, from care and cleaning of your brushes to the techniques (like effective basecoating, drybrushing and washing) and usable advice (about colour selection) that will give you great results you can be proud of.

All supplies (including paint, brushes and models) will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own supplies if you'd like to get some guidance on how to use them.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
rockhopper c

10:00

Royals
Limited Capacity seats available

2-5 players Welcome to the card selecting and worker placement game where cooperation or possible competition leads to high scores. There are plenty of regions to acquire both large and small. There are plenty of methods to play whether focusing on one region or spreading yourself across the entire continent. The points can be hidden while intrigue can upset the current ruler. The game will involve the original artwork as well as a brief pre-game tutorial.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Humboldt h

10:00

Astronomy 103
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Neutrinos, Relativity, and other weird cosmological stuff will be covered.