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Friday, April 28
 

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.


16:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Thad Bogert

Thad Bogert

I believe that yoga can be powerful tool for well being and transformation and am committed to sharing yoga wherever possible. | | In addition to teaching a yoga class at ABC Yoga in South Lyon, I also teach yoga to students with special needs in South Lyon schools and am st... Read More →


16:00

Career Building Workshop: Kick-Off Session!
This is the 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. You'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.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


16:00

Library of Laomis (Netherstorm)
6 players | The Sidhe city of Laomis was said to be cursed by the gods and has been lost since ancient times. Now, the League of Boot and Trail claims to have found the lost city's library, but they've lost contact with their researchers. What wonders will the party discover as they attempt a rescue?

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16:00

Paint and Take
Come paint a miniature and take it home! If help is needed we can give ideas and show how things are done. Please, no attendees under 13 without parental supervision.


16:00

An Experiment in Collaborative Art
This will be an event running all weekend, as a collaborative effort. Each participant will paint a 4 inch square canvas as a part of an overall larger piece. Each canvas will have points that connect to its neighbor. Each canvas will have the same points. Final placement will be decided by a dice roll. Since each participant is meant to take their individual canvas home, the completed piece of art will only be seen at the one moment when it is all brought together at Penguicon.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Owner, Louis Cosulting


Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 14:00
CraftLab [Baldwin Board Room] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

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 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

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 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Forba Fates Fortunetelling Booth
Find a token, bring it to the booth, and receive a free individual fortune with your lucky numbers and more!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Guess Who - Once Upon a Time Edition
Join us for 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 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

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


Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Scavenger Hunts
Be on the look out for the different scavenger hunts happening all around the con throughout the weekend. Watch for our flyers to tell you what to look for!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

W.O.W. Live
Hello fellow online gamers! We understand your fear of withdrawal and hope to keep you busy with your own live action quest to keep the symptoms away all weekend. Come and join in this year's live-action World of Warcraft themed game. Keep your eyes open for the gold "!" to start your quest.

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Wreck It!
Our Wreck It journal and other interesting activity books will be floating around for you to enjoy. Help us finish the books by the end of the convention!

Speakers

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Everywhere Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Recharge in the Reset Room
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Penguicon? The Reset Room is a quiet space available all weekend for anyone to use to relax and recharge. Come chill for a while!

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Reset Room [Room 321] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Raspberry PI Playtime
Come to the Computer Lab to spend some time checking out the Raspberry PIs that will be available all weekend long for in lab use! The Raspberry PI is a small, inexpensive computer that allows you to build hundreds of cool projects. If you want to learn more, join us for the session "Build a File Server with your Raspberry PI."

Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 15:50
Computer Lab [TC's] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

16:00

Musical Slinky Forest
A forest that's musical and also made of slinkies. Need we say more? The forest will be an ongoing installation for most of the weekend, closed from time to time due to its creator being human and also being on other panels.

Speakers
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. Author of the DIY books SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDS and JUNKYARD JAM BAND. His stories and novellas regularly appear in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and els... Read More →


Friday April 28, 2017 16:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 16:00
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

17:00

Anime In Spaaaace!
Are you a hard-SF fan who can't watch a movie without picking it apart and yelling at the screen? We'll survey some great anime set in the vacuum of space and made with with an attempt at accuracy. No space fighters banking around making vroom vroom noises here!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

I was born sometime after the last Ice Age. In school, I was a space and biology geek, keeping freshwater aquariums, playing in the band, and reading all the SF I could get my hands on. I tend to collect odd hobbies. | I first attended Penguicon 2010, and decided to finally sta... Read More →


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!

Speakers
avatar for Kristoffer Marshall

Kristoffer Marshall

Cyber Defense Engineer
I'm a former Linux admin who has weird hobbies. Electronics, hacking, hiking, camping, eating weeds... | | Twitter: @CrunkComputing


17:00

How to Write a Novel in a Month
You've probably heard of the challenge, maybe you've 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.

Speakers
CF

Carol Flynt

Emerging writer, not yet published but submitting. Have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany on the craft with each writing session, still have so much to learn! | | Talk to me about my... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Pryor

Jeff Pryor

Jeff has been writing and telling stories all of his life, but recently decided to get serious about it. His debut novel, 'Chosen of Trees and of Talons' was published in November by Journalstone Publishing. This begins a five-book epic fantasy adventure unlike any other. The seq... Read More →


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.

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
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in co... Read More →


17:00

CANCELLED 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!

17:00

Pai Sho
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
avatar for Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson

Owner and Artist, Tomes from the Citadel
Selling game tables and piece sets of Pai Sho, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Play it in the game room on Friday at 5pm and Sunday at 12pm. Hand-bound journals for everyday use, specializing in hardcover. Laser-engraved wood art for the everyday feminist.


17:00

Get Plastered--How to Make a Foam Dress Form Part 1
This workshop will show attendees 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)
Learn to play Fantasy Flight's Lord of the Rings Living Card Game


17:00

Mysterium
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

17:00

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

Speakers
D

Derek

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 triangl... Read More →


17:00

Legends of Kalidasia: Siege of Albion
3-6 players | Board game where you explore a spooky house, tile by tile, to defeat a traitorous fellow player.

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17:00

Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator
Space: the ultimate target-rich environment. These are the voyages of the Starship Artemis, and its sister vessels, whose ongoing mission is seek out aggressive life forms, marauders and even each other, and blow 'em all to space-smithereens! Lansing Makers Network will be bringing their version, with sound and lighting effects, of the popular starship bridge simulator game, Artemis! Join us for this co-op starship sim for up to six crew members.


Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 00:00
Artemis [Room 301] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel

Daniel

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 a... Read More →
AL

Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


18:00

Mrs White, in the Kitchen, with Assistive Technology
We will discuss and demonstrate assistive technology that can help work around physical limitations that impair food prep and cooking.


18:00

Carcassonne
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
JW

Jon Wallace

Video game design hobbyist who spends his time on rapid prototype design events both for the thrill of the challenge and in order to develop a portfolio and one day start his own video game company


18:00

Fun With NESBot
A NESBot can replay pre-recorded playthroughs of certain video games, including Super Mario Bros 1 and 3, Blaster Master, and Rad Racer. 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.



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 chiptunes for showing friends, putting online, or just listening to for fun.

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18:00

Gender Non-Conformist Round Table
This session will provide a safe space for gender non-conformists and allies to get together and discuss their gender nonconformity and how it affects their lives.

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18:00

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

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18:00

Opening Ceremonies
Join our Con Chair, Cylithria Dubois, the Con Committee, and our Guests of Honor as we open Penguicon for its 15th year!

Speakers
AA

Allison Anderson

Registration
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
avatar for Ben Churchill

Ben Churchill

Guest of Honor
Ben Churchill is the producer and director of The Tommy Edison Experience and Blind Film Critic series and a documentary filmmaker focusing on pop culture and unique lifestyles.
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Guest of Honor
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earnin... Read More →
avatar for Cylithria Dubois

Cylithria Dubois

ConChair, Penguicon 2017
Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon ConChair. @ConFusionMI Head of Hospitality. AASFA Board of Director... Read More →
avatar for Dan Eckerd

Dan Eckerd

Penguicon 2012
Hungry? Thirsty? Brand new to Penguicon? In need of a respite? Then why are you standing around reading this blurb instead of heading directly to the Penguicon ConSuite located on the Fourth Floor -North Suites; Rooms 401 & 402 of the Hyatt Hotel? | | Seriously, you’re not here yet? Well damn, if... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Edison

Tommy Edison

Guest of Honor
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, is the Blind Film Critic reviewing movies from his point of view, the host of The Tommy Edison Experience on YouTube and Amazon where he uses humor to answer the most popular questions about living without sight, and worked in radio f... Read More →
JF

Judy Foley

Maker Market Coordinator
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in co... Read More →
avatar for Sumana Harihareswara

Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University
avatar for Peter Jansen

Peter Jansen

Hack of Honor
Peter Jansen, PhD is the developer of The Tricorder Project, which aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see... Read More →
AL

Amanda Long-Adams

Board of Directors, Penguicon 2017 Treasurer, Penguicon
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Kevin MacLeod

Guest of Honor
Kevin MacLeod is an international award-eligible composer and copyright activist, known for his Creative Commons licensed royalty-free music available on incompetech.com. He is an avid Twitch Streamer, showcasing his music production skills and scintillating* personality. Kevin... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Marraccini

Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2017 & 2018 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Allison and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →
avatar for Chelle Silas

Chelle Silas

Head of Ops for 2017


18:00

Strange New Worlds
Exoplanets are a relatively new addition to the field of astronomy, but have been part of sci-fi for far longer. 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

18:00

What's 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.


18:00

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, and will include take-home materials. At the end of the workshop you'll have experienced how to effectively bring a human element to your project through character sheet personas.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
For the past 20 years, J Baugh has been designing and building meaningful digital experiences. A long-time advocate for the user, he has held a wide variety roles including everything from High-Tech Anthropologist® to founder/CEO. Mr. Baugh's experience in leading startups from... Read More →



18:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


18:00

Abyss
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.

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18:00

Betrayal at House on the Hill
3-6 players | Board game where you explore a spooky house, tile by tile, to defeat a traitorous fellow player.

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18:00

The Bet (D&D 5e)
6 players | After a night of drinking and bad decisions, you've got a contract to fulfill! Too bad it's with Asmodeus.

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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, and conditional statements. Don't know what any of these things mean? Perfect - this workshop is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Farr

Anna Farr

Program Manager, Grand Circus


18:00

Savage Rifts: The Tomorrow Legion Needs You!
6 players | 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!

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18:00

Call of Cthulhu: Bury Your Dead Arizona
6 players | CoC 7th edition Bury Your Dead, AZ is 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 for violence, gore, and adult themes.

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19:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


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, and leave with a few recipes that won't let you down.

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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.

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19:00

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
avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.


19:00

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
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Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awa... Read More →


19:00

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 superhero comics and movie panel!


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 this talk!!

Speakers
CB

Claudio Bryla

Software Engineer, DCW LLC
From Canada, eh? Recently graduated from WSU with a degree in CS. Currently a Software Engineer at DCW. Perl is my favorite programming language (blame Mikey). Come talk to me about pretty much anything.
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Mikey G

Systems Architect, CTO, Founder, Wayne State / DCW LLC / mg2.org
Linux user since 92. Started off programming MERC-based MUD (C) in 94. Favorite programming language is Perl. Don't hate. Talk to me about: Parenting, Identity Management, Perl, Privacy, Cryptography, Cryptocurrencies (Trading and Mining), Cigars, Vaping, Rocket League, Embe... Read More →


19:00

Fun with (WiFi) Pineapples
This presentation will be a demonstration of how a Pineapple can be used perform man in the middle attacks while masking itself as a legit access point. We will also include a basic rundown of the auditing features.

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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.

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avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www... Read More →


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
avatar for Michael Grube

Michael Grube

Hey everybody! I'm a developer who has a pretty strong interest in decentralization and hacking.



19:00

Things I Wish I'd Known About Open Source in 1998
Help Guest of Honor and open source leader Sumana Harihareswara give a talk about what she's learned about open source. She'll give you topics to choose from and you will choose what she speaks about!

Speakers
avatar for Sumana Harihareswara

Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University


19:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


19:00

Tricorder Project Demo
Our Hack of Honor, The Tricorder project, aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can't normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour. These devices are designed to be inexpensive enough that they are affordable to all those who want to use them to learn about the world around them. Join Peter Jansen of the Tricorder project to check out these devices first hand!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Jansen

Peter Jansen

Hack of Honor
Peter Jansen, PhD is the developer of The Tricorder Project, which aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see... Read More →


19:00

Carson City
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

19:00

Everything You Ever 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

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)

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 say "hi".

Speakers
avatar for Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker


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
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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
avatar for Carina-Shinigami Kami

Carina-Shinigami Kami

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami helping put on the Black Butler Tea Party. While there is a sign-up sheet, the event is rotational-when people leave out, others can join in. So do stop by! | I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end... Read More →
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

I was born sometime after the last Ice Age. In school, I was a space and biology geek, keeping freshwater aquariums, playing in the band, and reading all the SF I could get my hands on. I tend to collect odd hobbies. | I first attended Penguicon 2010, and decided to finally sta... Read More →


20:00

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!


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.



20:00

Overworld
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
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes cust... Read More →


20:00

Sentinels of the Multiverse
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.

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20:00

Smash Up
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 - or flat-out assassinate them?

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20:00

Take Your Heart: A Persona Panel
Grab your masks, enter the Palace, and talk Persona! This interactive panel will focus on the themes of all the games in the popular series, debates, discussions, trivia challenges, Arcana, and more. We may even invite you to...The King's Game!

Speakers
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EmCat Cosplay

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Heya! I'm a panelist hosting 4 panels this year w/friends: Out of the Vault, Into the Wasteland: A Fallout Panel, Avatar State: An Interactive Korra (and ATLA) Panel, For Fun or For Glory?: A Super Smash Bros Panel, and Morals in Gaming! I'm going to be cosplaying from Persona... Read More →


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!

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Duckman Peters

Mitch Duckman Peters

Well, I'm the Duckman, I'm a kinky bastard,a professional pirate, and the longest running admin at the SCP Foundation. I'm super open about all things, pansexual, polyamorous, and curious about how people interact.


20:00

Never Run Out of Writing Topics Again
Need topic ideas to beef out your editorial calendar? Join us for this session!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.
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Carol Flynt

Emerging writer, not yet published but submitting. Have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany on the craft with each writing session, still have so much to learn! | | Talk to me about my... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Jeff Pryor

Jeff Pryor

Jeff has been writing and telling stories all of his life, but recently decided to get serious about it. His debut novel, 'Chosen of Trees and of Talons' was published in November by Journalstone Publishing. This begins a five-book epic fantasy adventure unlike any other. The seq... Read More →


20:00

Opening Eyes With Blindness on YouTube
How does a blind person surf the web, watch movies and TV, and find braille signs in public? These are just a few of the popular questions that Tommy Edison, who's been blind since birth, and Ben Churchill, who makes documentaries, answer through their YouTube channel, The Tommy Edison Experience. In this session, Tommy and Ben share their experience creating videos about Tommy's life without sight, the importance of educating people about accessibility, making content that is both informative and entertaining, and why they answer unique questions like, 'How do blind people know when they're awake or asleep?', 'Do blind people cry?', and 'What happens when a blind person gets drunk?' Attendees are welcome to ask questions during the Q&A that follows.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Churchill

Ben Churchill

Guest of Honor
Ben Churchill is the producer and director of The Tommy Edison Experience and Blind Film Critic series and a documentary filmmaker focusing on pop culture and unique lifestyles.
avatar for Tommy Edison

Tommy Edison

Guest of Honor
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, is the Blind Film Critic reviewing movies from his point of view, the host of The Tommy Edison Experience on YouTube and Amazon where he uses humor to answer the most popular questions about living without sight, and worked in radio f... Read More →


20:00

Astronomy 101
Join us as we explore size and distance in the Universe, star life-cycles, and supernovas.


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!

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20:00

Beyond Proprietary: The Code You Can Go to Jail for Writing
Software has eaten the world, and all too often, that code is a black box not just designed to be unauditable, but to be illegal to audit, to improve, to reconfigure. Software freedom is human freedom: not because 'information wants to be free,' but because people can't be free in an information age when their information technology is designed to control them.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Guest of Honor
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earnin... Read More →


20:00

Bots You Should Look At
Twitter bots, Minecraft levels, and more -- let's talk about underappreciated computerized art that is doing really interesting things with narrative, interactivity, and language.

Speakers
avatar for Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson

I'm a software developer and science fiction author. I work for the New York Public Library on SimplyE, a project to improve the experience of borrowing ebooks from public libraries. I wrote the Beautiful Soup screen-scraping library for Python. | | I like talking about the... Read More →


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....

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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
avatar for Charles

Charles "Dr. Chuck" Severance

University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the U... Read More →



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 are your luggage requirements? Prepare for living life on the road.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Haynes

Mark Haynes

Scrum Master, Quadrant 4 System Corporation
DJ

Douglas Johnson

QA Test Lead, University of Cincinnati IT
Master in Computer Information Systems and Aeronautical Management. QA Test Lead at University of Cincinnati IT. Adjunct Instructor for computer classes for 10. Helped run a Science Fiction Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio for 16 years. When my son is asked what I do he says I... Read More →


20:00

Captain Sonar
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.

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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 offbeat "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!)

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance, LN2, build and deploy automation, government contracting, Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


20:00

Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny
2-4 players | This is OUR story, a story of pursuing our dreams. Work together to imagine a purpose and the characters to fulfill it. Immerse yourself in the story YOU want to experience. Be rewarded for creativity and roleplaying your character. Just imagine all that we could achieve together! Enjoy interactive storytelling that is fun for the whole family. New players welcome!

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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 challenges 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 ?

Speakers
avatar for Daniel

Daniel

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 a... Read More →
avatar for Frannie

Frannie

Littles, Middles and Bigs, oh my!
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Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


21:00

The Joy of Tickling
Tickling can range from light sensual play for some to non-stop ecstatic giggling to a hard limit for others. This event will cover 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 the audience.

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Sarah

The Joy of Tickling


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
avatar for Erin Onslow

Erin Onslow

I am a stay-at-home parent and make a hobby of my writing. I love to talk about the craft! I am also queer: genderqueer and also just generally queer.


21:00

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!


21:00

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

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!) Win the tastiest victory of the convention! Please sign up in advance at Ops.

Speakers
avatar for Cylithria Dubois

Cylithria Dubois

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


21:00

Cash n' Guns
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!


21:00

Duck Tales, Whoo-Hoo!
Everyone's favorite fowl 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.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Duckman Peters

Mitch Duckman Peters

Well, I'm the Duckman, I'm a kinky bastard,a professional pirate, and the longest running admin at the SCP Foundation. I'm super open about all things, pansexual, polyamorous, and curious about how people interact.


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 Alison C.

Alison C.

Autistic ambigender anxious alliterative ailuromorph. | My favourite colour is blue. My pronouns are they/them or she/her. I like smart home technology, vegetarian cooking, and electronic music.
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
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


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 military inside jokes to the mindsets 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

21:00

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

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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.

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21:00

Build a File Server with Raspberry PI
Come learn how to 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.

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GN

Gibson Nichols

Local computer clubs


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? This talk will explore this 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

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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. This talk will explore the shared values with Open Source software and the specifics of publishing a hardware project under an Open Source license. It will include 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, along with important OSHW projects for scientific researchers. There are exciting new developments within 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.

Speakers
avatar for Drew Fustini

Drew Fustini

Member of Board of Directors, BeagleBoard.org Foundation
Board member of the BeagleBoard.org Foundation. Embedded Systems Engineer at OSH Park ("Perfect Purple PCBs"). Embedded Linux support for Adafruit Industries. Maintainer of Adafruit BeagleBone Python library. Member of Open Source Hardware Association.



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 will take 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
avatar for Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →


21:00

LEGO BATMAN
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made THE LEGO MOVIE a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: THE LEGO 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.

21:00

Time Stories : The Asylum
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.

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21:00

Tyrants of the Underdark
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.

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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.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Duckman Peters

Mitch Duckman Peters

Well, I'm the Duckman, I'm a kinky bastard,a professional pirate, and the longest running admin at the SCP Foundation. I'm super open about all things, pansexual, polyamorous, and curious about how people interact.


22:00

CANCELLED 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 get answers to any questions you may have in regards to the puppy play lifestyle.

22:00

Negotiation and Consent
Learn practical skills for negotiating in order to get your emotional and sexual needs met. Whether it be a long term relationship, or just one night, these skills will help you and your partners communicate clearly, effectively, and consensually.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



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.

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22:00

CANCELLED Get to Know Your Local Society for 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 recreate the Middle Ages. In addition to these events we also have regular practices where we teach and learn our skills.

22:00

BoF: Talk About the Hundreds of Low Budget Sci-Fi YouTube Videos
Come talk about the hundreds of YouTube videos now available about Sci-fi. Have you seen Harlock Space Pirate, or Space Janitors? How about MisDrop or Hybrids, The Gift, Abiogenesis, Helio and THE SIGNAL?

Speakers
GN

Gibson Nichols

Local computer clubs


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
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the former Literature Track Head for Penguicon... Read More →


22:00

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

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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 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.

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22:00

Live Podcast: Getting Drunk with Shannon and Maggie
Shannon and Maggie are best friends who make a ruckus by drinking, overeating, and talking about life. They will take live questions from audience members while sharing stories and generally being ridiculous. This is their fifth year live recording at Penguicon.

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SM

Shannon Marshall

Taking over the world one party at a time! Be my Fan! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slumber-Parties-by-Shannon-M/391356530254


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
avatar for Greg Williams

Greg Williams

My passion for distilled spirits began in college, when I realized that beer was an extremely inefficient way to get drunk. Over time I learned to appreciate the fact that some liquors tasted better than others. I have been expanding that learning over the last 30 years, and no... Read More →



22:00

Mysterium
2-7 players | Unable to talk, the amnesiac 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.

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22:00

The Bet (D&D 5e)
6 players | After a night of drinking and bad decisions, you've got a contract to fulfill! Too bad it's with Asmodeus.

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Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 00:50
That Room Gaming - Table 2 Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

22:00

Savage Rifts the Tomorrow Legion Needs You
6 players | 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!

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Friday April 28, 2017 22:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 01:50
That Room Gaming - Table 1 Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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 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 fiance. 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 00:50
Portage Auditorium Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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!

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Friday April 28, 2017 23:00 - Saturday April 29, 2017 23:50
Windover Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

00:00

LN2: After Hours 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
 

08:00

Tux Run/Walk 2017
Come out for the first ever Tux Run/Walk! Get physically active and meet other attendees with similar interests!


08:00

Career Building Workshop: Mock Interviews! SIGN-UP REQUIRED!
Be interviewed for a hypothetical job by two or three real hiring managers, and receive feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement to help you boost your career. To participate, attend the Career Building Workshop: Kick Off Session! and sign up for an interview time. You will need to prepare before Penguicon with a resume or CV, cover letter, and two examples of job listings you would typically respond to. You'll also want to bring a set of grown-up business clothes to wear for your interview!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


09:00

Loving Your Cosplay Body
Do you worry about trying different cosplays because of how the characters look? Join us for a talk and audience discussion about ways to embrace your 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.


09:00

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

Speakers
HH

Hope Howell

As a lover of food and cooking is my favorite hobby I strongly believe there should be tasty food for all. With a family filled with allergies and growing up in a "health nut" home there is so much more about food to know. Community is built around food, I think one should be for... Read More →


09:00

Backpacking with a Hammock
This talk will discuss backpacking with a hammock and lightweight camping gear, and include a hands on gear demonstration.

Speakers
T

Timm

Backpacking with a Hammock


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
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the former Literature Track Head for Penguicon... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
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Cassandra Morgan

Owner/Author/Actress, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire! | Voice Actress, small film actress, film production assistant. | Hello, everyone! I am the author of the YA series, Chartile, the first in the series being Prophecy. I have a new Mystery Novella series on the horizon soon as well... Read More →


09:00

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
avatar for Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →


09:00

CANCELLED 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.

Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 09:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

09:00

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 1800's.

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09:00

How to Kill a Character, Part 1: I Don't Do Drugs, But My Protagonist Does!
Join us for a medically based primer for authors on booze, drugs and all the potentially deadly results of bad decision making.

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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.

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avatar for Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker



09:00

My Journey with the Udacity Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree
Join us for a discussion of the AI training available through Udacity.

Speakers

09:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


09:00

Artemis – Starship Bridge Simulator
Space: the ultimate target-rich environment. These are the voyages of the Starship Artemis, and its sister vessels, whose ongoing mission is seek out aggressive life forms, marauders and even each other, and blow 'em all to space-smithereens! Lansing Makers Network will be bringing their version, with sound and lighting effects, of the popular starship bridge simulator game, Artemis! Join us for this co-op starship sim for up to six crew members.


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 00:00
Artemis [Room 301] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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 :)

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10:00

Needle Felting 101
Join us for an 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
avatar for Bagel Garrison

Bagel Garrison

Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)


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.


10:00

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

Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teac... Read More →


10:00

Panels/Presenters and AV Technology - Look and Sound Good!
This panel will discuss how presenters and panelists can best work with the AV gear they find in a typical breakout room, including microphone technique, connecting to projectors, anything you need to get your point across.

Speakers
SH

Scott Helmke

Systems & Projects, TC Furlong, Inc.
I've been working in professional audio on and off all my life, most recently for an audio production and design company in Chicago.


10:00

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.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole e. Castle

Nicole e. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wantin... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the former Literature Track Head for Penguicon... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


10:00

How to Navigate News Sources
We live in an age with unlimited sources of information. To manage it all, we tend to 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?


10:00

Perfection in Creativity
How perfect do you need your song, movie, comic, graphic, story, anything to be? How do you know you are done with your creation? Come explore this idea with Guest of Honor Kevin MacLeod, known for his Creative Commons licensed royalty-free music, and Featured Guest Tom Smith, well-known filk musician.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin MacLeod

Kevin MacLeod

Guest of Honor
Kevin MacLeod is an international award-eligible composer and copyright activist, known for his Creative Commons licensed royalty-free music available on incompetech.com. He is an avid Twitch Streamer, showcasing his music production skills and scintillating* personality. Kevin... Read More →


10:00

Astronomy 102
Join us as we explore electromagnetic radiation, Doppler shift, and cosmic microwave background radiation.


10:00

20 Years of MAME Development
The presenter has had the privilege to work on the amazing MAME emulator project, on and off, since it began over 20 years ago! It is a good example of a "successful" open source project. Come hear about its architecture, history, and development from the presenter's personal point of view.

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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
avatar for Charles

Charles "Dr. Chuck" Severance

University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the U... Read More →



10:00

Censorship and Information Control
Since long before the Inquisition, both institutions and individuals have been trying to control access to information: sometimes by destroying it, more often by seeking to restrict its circulation, whether for financial gain or social power. Such efforts at information control are likely to keep happening in any possible future. The ways this has been done historically, and the effects it has had, are not always those we'd expect. We will discuss how information control has happened historically, how it is happening right now, depictions of it in fiction, and how it might play out in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Guest of Honor
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earnin... Read More →
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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →


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
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology



Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 10:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

10:00

What If Free and Open Source Software Were More Like Fandom?
Join Guests of Honor Sumana Harihareswara and Coraline Ada Ehmke for a discussion envisioning a new future for open source. What would a transformational, rather than affirmational, open source movement look like? What would a gift economy in open source look like if we optimized for hospitality and nurturing and plurality? How would it be genuinely, even shockingly different from what we have now?

Speakers
avatar for Sumana Harihareswara

Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University
avatar for Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson

I'm a software developer and science fiction author. I work for the New York Public Library on SimplyE, a project to improve the experience of borrowing ebooks from public libraries. I wrote the Beautiful Soup screen-scraping library for Python. | | I like talking about the... Read More →


10:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


10:00

Ascension
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
JW

Jon Wallace

Video game design hobbyist who spends his time on rapid prototype design events both for the thrill of the challenge and in order to develop a portfolio and one day start his own video game company


10:00

Author Meet and Read, Vol. 1
Come meet your favorite authors all in one place! Authors will be doing book signings, as well as having short reading sessions. Bring your own book to get signed, or pick one up right here!

Speakers
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], novice apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic Sc... Read More →
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... Read More →
avatar for James Frederick Leach

James Frederick Leach

I write darkly speculative stories, poetry and drama, most recently "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press: 2017) which I co-authored with my Dearly Beloved Janice Leach. I also am Chief Fear-Monger at the website and Youtube channel DailyNightmare.com. I love makin... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. Author of the DIY books SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDS and JUNKYARD JAM BAND. His stories and novellas regularly appear in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and els... Read More →
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


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

Speakers
avatar for Mark Atwood

Mark Atwood

Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
I'm the Director of Open Source Engagement at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and am involved with HPE's relationship with OpenSwitch, OpenStack, the Linux Foundation, and other open source conferences and meetups.
avatar for John D. Bell

John D. Bell

Professional sysadmin, occasional hacker, wannabe writer, instigator-in-training. | | Nearly everything in the world interests me!
avatar for Gary Miller

Gary Miller

President, Rellim
Time is of the essence.
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

10:00

Put Your App in Amazon Web Services
This panel is a working demonstration, including code samples and scripts, that will 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... oh wait! It is working!!) All code samples, scripts, and materials will be made available via GitHub.

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10:00

Lords of Waterdeep
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.

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10:00

Machi Koro
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

10:00

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

Speakers

11:00

Ya Gotta Have Blue Hair - The Basics of Cosplay Wigs
Come learn about wig application, wig types, and the best places to shop for them.

Speakers
avatar for Zophael Ray

Zophael Ray

Freeport Mercantile
Costume Designer and Cosplayer.



11:00

Dadaism and Collage
Before there was surrealist art, there was dada. Join this workshop to learn about this art movement, notable artists, and learn to create your own dada style collages. 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!

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avatar for Samantha Letvin

Samantha Letvin

Art Educator
I have been an art educator for 10 years. Talk to me about anything, because I love to learn, but I especially enjoy talking about art and music.



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 in advance at Ops!

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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 versus 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.


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 three bitter compounds. Then there are folks like Bill Putt who (as a self professed level foure super taster) has more taste buds and can pick up on all three of the bitter compounds. Come learn about the different tests, get tested, and get ribbons based on your supertaster level!

Speakers
avatar for Blasted Bill Putt

Blasted Bill Putt

Tech, Network Services Group


11:00

How Game Titles Work
Where do the names of video games come from? Leonard Richardson, author of "Constellation Games", had to come up with dozens of plausible game titles, so he broke it down! He will present his findings and analyze how video game titles have changed over time.

Speakers
avatar for Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson

I'm a software developer and science fiction author. I work for the New York Public Library on SimplyE, a project to improve the experience of borrowing ebooks from public libraries. I wrote the Beautiful Soup screen-scraping library for Python. | | I like talking about the... Read More →


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.

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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!

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avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.
avatar for Hillary Rettig

Hillary Rettig

writer, teacher, coach, Infinite Art
As me about productivity (especially creative productivity), and overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, and other blocks to success. Also, values-based time management. And social justice! Also: veganism, foster parenting, being a living kidney donor, and dogs. | | The c... Read More →


11:00

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jer Lance

Jer Lance

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term (former) sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. | Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. | @jer_ on Twitter and foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!


11:00

Cory Doctorow Reads From His New Book WALKAWAY
Join Cory Doctorow for a reading from his new book WALKAWAY, an "optimistic disaster novel" which just came out on April 25th! The reading will be followed by a book signing so be sure to bring a copy with you!

Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Guest of Honor
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earnin... Read More →


11:00

Exploring Themes in Zen Cho's Work
Now that Zen Cho has published her first novel (SORCERER TO THE CROWN), we're learning more about themes in this feminist Malaysian-British author's work. In her postcolonial novella THE PERILOUS LIFE OF JADE YEO, her short story collection SPIRITS ABROAD, and in SORCERER, Cho depicts adventurous, mercenary, or blase women who use, disregard, or otherwise play with expectations of femininity -- British and Malaysian. She illustrates how both mundane and magical institutions use gatekeeping to prop up their own status hierarchies, and how that affects people trying to make their way in. Intersectionality, diaspora and immigration, the culture of British education, and queer relationships also appear in Cho's stories over and over; let's discuss those and other themes.

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avatar for Sumana Harihareswara

Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University


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.


11:00

Live Audio, as a Professional Sound Engineer
Talk about live audio: microphones, speakers, everything in between, and techniques. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and maybe get some ideas for solving your audio problem at work/church/band/etc. Get rock concert sound, from inputs to outputs and everything in between!

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Scott Helmke

Systems & Projects, TC Furlong, Inc.
I've been working in professional audio on and off all my life, most recently for an audio production and design company in Chicago.


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'll 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.

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Paul Harju

Software Developer & Hobbyist Gamedev. Has strong opinions about Unity, Renpy, & Web Development. 日本語が下手です


11:00

Women in Tech
With just 25% of IT jobs being filled by women, it 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 share real-life experiences on what it is 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.

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avatar for Jennifer Cline

Jennifer Cline

Senior Marketing Manager, Grand Circus
avatar for Jeseekia Vaughn

Jeseekia Vaughn

Engineer, Whitelabel


11:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


11:00

Captain Sonar
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.

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11:00

Tricorder Project Demo
Our Hack of Honor, The Tricorder project, aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can't normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour. These devices are designed to be inexpensive enough that they are affordable to all those who want to use them to learn about the world around them. Join Peter Jansen of the Tricorder project to check out these devices first hand!

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Peter Jansen

Hack of Honor
Peter Jansen, PhD is the developer of The Tricorder Project, which aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

11:00

Terraforming Mars
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.

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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.


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 suitable for development and be prepared to write some Java code.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology
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Mark Henke

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I love talking about architecture and thinking about software at a System level. I am a C# guy at heart.



Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

11:00

Retro Gaming!
Join us for Retro Gaming! Including systems from Atari to Gamecube and (almost) everything in between, join us and relive your childhood!

Speakers
avatar for Les Orchard

Les Orchard

Staff Engineer, Mozilla
{web,mad,computer} scientist; {tech,scifi} writer; home{brew,roast}er; mozillian


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 15:00
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

12:00

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

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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.


12:00

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

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avatar for Anna Carey

Anna Carey

bibliophile, HIT career, con-runner, mother, crafting & creating, geek, possibly a velociraptor.



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!

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12:00

Engine Room
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.

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avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes cust... Read More →



12:00

Hey! That's My Fish!
2-4 players | Penguins at Penguicon? Of course! Use your penguins to collect fish and become the last penguin on the ice.

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12:00

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

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SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teac... Read More →


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.

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12:00

Furries!
Find out all about your fabulous fuzzy furry friends: anthropomorphic characters, art, and costumes!

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GF

Gnora Ford-Lepthien

Graphic Designer, Legged Fish


12:00

LGBTQ Identities
This facilitated group discussion will encourage panelists and participants to learn from one another by discussing their sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe, affirming space.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



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
avatar for Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Owner, Louis Cosulting


12:00

CANCELLED Copyright 101
Are you interested in the legal side of Copyright? Come speak with a real lawyer to get a crash course on copyright law!

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12:00

John Scalzi Reads
John Scalzi can not only write amazing, award-winning Science Fiction, but he can read it, too! Come listen to the author read excerpts from his own work. Perhaps he'll let you ask questions at the end, as well, if you're lucky.

Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


12:00

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

Speakers
avatar for John Bruske

John Bruske

Owner, Podbros Network LLC
John is the owner of the Podbros Network. He loves covering events in the Metro Detroit area, helping to promote great causes, and entertaining. He's also a big fan of the comic and geek pop culture scene.
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the former Literature Track Head for Penguicon... Read More →


12:00

Telescope Observing - The Sun
A neutrino walks into a bar; and keeps right on going!

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12:00

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

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12:00

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.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Lange

Amanda Lange

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Technical Evangelist at Microsoft in the Philadelphia, PA area. Love game dev and IoT, and open source on Azure!
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Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft based out of New York City. She uses her passions for Virtual/Mixed Reality, Game Development, and Wearable Technology to empower others through programming. From speaking at Grace Hopper, to organ... Read More →
avatar for Rachel White

Rachel White

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Rachel White is a technologist, artist, and pretend-cyborg who is currently a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft. She is interested in new uses for old hardware, useless robots, VR/AR/MR, and bots. she has spoken internationally about JavaScript Robotics, Twitter Bots, and browser base... Read More →



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.

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avatar for Michael Grube

Michael Grube

Hey everybody! I'm a developer who has a pretty strong interest in decentralization and hacking.



Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 12:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

12:00

Eryndor Dagorhir: 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. We will raffle off a weapon every half hour to panel attendees. Check us out at http://eryndor.com !

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12:00

Paint and Take
Come paint a miniature and take it home! If help is needed we can give ideas and show how things are done. Please, no attendees under 13 without parental supervision.


13:00

Off-Roading for Geeks
This talk will go over off-roading for nerds. Topics we will cover include an 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.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.

Speakers
avatar for Blasted Bill Putt

Blasted Bill Putt

Tech, Network Services Group


13:00

Codenames
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.

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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 who are looking to possibly learn something new.

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13:00

Splendor
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.

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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.


13:00

The End of the World as We Know it
Join us to learn how to prepare for disaster large or small. What preparations do you need to make? What tools should you buy? What skills will you need? How will you save your family?

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13:00

Ada Palmer Reads and Signs!
Join Guest of Honor Ada Palmer as she delights the audience by reading from her works of science fiction and fantasy. The reading will be followed by a book signing!

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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →


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 copy edit 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?

Speakers
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www... Read More →


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... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lucas

Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →
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Cassandra Morgan

Owner/Author/Actress, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire! | Voice Actress, small film actress, film production assistant. | Hello, everyone! I am the author of the YA series, Chartile, the first in the series being Prophecy. I have a new Mystery Novella series on the horizon soon as well... Read More →


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.


13:00

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 Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes cust... Read More →
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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
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Jer Lance

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term (former) sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. | Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. | @jer_ on Twitter and foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!
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Amanda Long-Adams

Board of Directors, Penguicon 2017 Treasurer, Penguicon


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?

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Saturday April 29, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.

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13:00

Navigating a Career in IT
Is your career stalled? Not sure what to do next or maybe you do but you're 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.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Haynes

Mark Haynes

Scrum Master, Quadrant 4 System Corporation
DJ

Douglas Johnson

QA Test Lead, University of Cincinnati IT
Master in Computer Information Systems and Aeronautical Management. QA Test Lead at University of Cincinnati IT. Adjunct Instructor for computer classes for 10. Helped run a Science Fiction Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio for 16 years. When my son is asked what I do he says I... Read More →


13:00

Get Plastered -- How to Make a Foam Dress Form Part 2
This workshop will show attendees 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

Embroidery 101
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, so sign up in advance at Ops!

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13:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Cylithria Dubois

Cylithria Dubois

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


13:00

Lord of the Rings Card Game (FF LCG)
Learn to play Fantasy Flight's Lord of the Rings Living Card Game.


13:00

Ships
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.

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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, and conditional statements. Don't know what any of these things mean? Perfect - this workshop is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Farr

Anna Farr

Program Manager, Grand Circus


13:00

Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny
2-4 players | This is OUR story, a story of pursuing our dreams. Work together to imagine a purpose and the characters to fulfill it. Immerse yourself in the story YOU want to experience. Be rewarded for creativity and roleplaying your character. Just imagine all that we could achieve together! Enjoy interactive storytelling that is fun for the whole family. New players welcome!

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14:00

There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Second half of the end of the world as we know it. Further adventures in a world gone mad. What would a post TEOTAWAKI world look like?

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14:00

Retro Anime: Classics that Still Shine!
Talk about some of the best retro anime series out there. This will be a highlight of the classics. We'll explore what is great about them and why they remain must sees even to this day.

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avatar for Myla-Shinigami Kami

Myla-Shinigami Kami

Retro Anime: Classics that Still Shine!Black Butler Tea Party | Any anime, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds.
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Star-Shinigami Kami

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered... Read More →
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Paul Kemner

I was born sometime after the last Ice Age. In school, I was a space and biology geek, keeping freshwater aquariums, playing in the band, and reading all the SF I could get my hands on. I tend to collect odd hobbies. | I first attended Penguicon 2010, and decided to finally sta... Read More →



14:00

Smite
2 to 4 players | A fast-paced wargame without 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. When you are too weak to win, choose when and where to fight which forces your opponents to squander their strength on the rewards which they need the least.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes cust... Read More →


14:00

Takenoko
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.

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14:00

Exploring the World of Ethical Non-Monogamy
This panel presentation will provide an introduction to consensual non-monogamy in its many forms, as well as providing resources for those who identify as non- monogamous and those wanting to learn more.

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avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



14:00

JAC3D G33K Fitness Boot Camp
A heart pumping, high adrenaline full body training experience designed to trim and sculpt you for the hot months ahead. 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 nerdcore music.

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14:00

Joyful Productivity: Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism
Inspiration exists, and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Underproductivity, 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.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Rettig

Hillary Rettig

writer, teacher, coach, Infinite Art
As me about productivity (especially creative productivity), and overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, and other blocks to success. Also, values-based time management. And social justice! Also: veganism, foster parenting, being a living kidney donor, and dogs. | | The c... Read More →


14:00

90-Second Reads
Join a handful of Penguicon authors as they read 90-second passages from their novels. The selections will be thematically linked based on keywords, such as sorrow, fury, funny, love, etc. Timing is crucial! After, there will be a Q&A with the authors.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole e. Castle

Nicole e. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wantin... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the former Literature Track Head for Penguicon... Read More →
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Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awa... Read More →
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Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →
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Ken MacGregor

I'm a speculative fiction (mostly horror) author with two story collections and an impending novel I co-wrote. | I've lived in Michigan most of my adult life, with a brief stint in St. Louis where I was a professional actor part-time. | You can talk to me about anything! I lo... Read More →
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Cassandra Morgan

Owner/Author/Actress, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire! | Voice Actress, small film actress, film production assistant. | Hello, everyone! I am the author of the YA series, Chartile, the first in the series being Prophecy. I have a new Mystery Novella series on the horizon soon as well... Read More →


14:00

BoF: 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

14:00

Finding Your Creative Niche
There are many mediums for creation. Join this diverse group of creators as they talk about how they picked their 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/musician Kevin MacLeod, and moderator youtuber/podcaster/filmmaker Scott (Toaden) Maiale.

Moderators
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Scott (Toaden) Maiale

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

Speakers
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Ben Churchill

Guest of Honor
Ben Churchill is the producer and director of The Tommy Edison Experience and Blind Film Critic series and a documentary filmmaker focusing on pop culture and unique lifestyles.
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Tommy Edison

Guest of Honor
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, is the Blind Film Critic reviewing movies from his point of view, the host of The Tommy Edison Experience on YouTube and Amazon where he uses humor to answer the most popular questions about living without sight, and worked in radio f... Read More →
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Kevin MacLeod

Guest of Honor
Kevin MacLeod is an international award-eligible composer and copyright activist, known for his Creative Commons licensed royalty-free music available on incompetech.com. He is an avid Twitch Streamer, showcasing his music production skills and scintillating* personality. Kevin... Read More →
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David Phillips

Founder, IT in the D
Either IT in the D or Podcast Detroit. Networking, podcasting, creating something from scratch, getting buy in, making things work on a shoestring budget...or, really, just about anything. I'm a pretty approachable person.
BW

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D


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.

Speakers
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Mary Fitzpatrick

Graduate Student, Miami University
Grad student in Project Dragonfly thought Miami University and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. My focus is improving science literacy and engagement for adults through programming at leisure learning venues. I've been a volunteer at CZBG since I was a teen, and now work... Read More →
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David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. Author of the DIY books SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDS and JUNKYARD JAM BAND. His stories and novellas regularly appear in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and els... Read More →
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Heidi Trudell

Regional Coordinator, Washtenaw Safe Passage
Dead-bird picking-upping (for Science!) since 2003: research has included window collisions, wind farms, cars, cats, and over 130 species of birds across three states. Founder of Dead Birds (...for Science!) and The Auk-ward (Facebook groups).



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
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Michael Grube

Hey everybody! I'm a developer who has a pretty strong interest in decentralization and hacking.



Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 14:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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 open source firewalls for small and medium sized businesses.

Speakers


14:00

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

Speakers
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Phil Porada

Supreme Bit Flipper, MI Tall Guy
Beer | Raspberry Pi | Bash | Beer | Food | Linux | Food | Beer



Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 14:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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


14:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


14:00

Tricorder Project Demo
Our Hack of Honor, The Tricorder project, aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can't normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour. These devices are designed to be inexpensive enough that they are affordable to all those who want to use them to learn about the world around them. Join Peter Jansen of the Tricorder project to check out these devices first hand!

Speakers
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Peter Jansen

Hack of Honor
Peter Jansen, PhD is the developer of The Tricorder Project, which aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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

14:00

Alien Frontiers
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

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. We 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
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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... Read More →
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Steve Vanderheyden

Owner of Band-Ayd



15:00

Guns and Martial Arts
This will be a firearms retention course based on the presenter's experience with Aikido and carrying a firearm. A unique course focused on the Tuller Drill (if someone is 21 feet away they can attack you before you can draw your firearm), this defense course covers how to avoid the first attack, giving you time to draw your weapon.

Speakers

15:00

Beyond the Binary
Learn about non-binary identities, and explore the concepts of sex and gender as a continuum. Panelists will share their experiences and encourage participants to think outside the box!

Speakers
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Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



15:00

BOF: Watch This Next!
Join us to discuss what to watch next based on genres and group dislikes and likes.

15:00

Hands-on Jewelry Making
In this class, you will have the opportunity to create your very own necklace, bracelet or earrings! There will be a few styles to choose from, or you can come up with your own. Instuction 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 in advance at Ops.

Speakers
AL

Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


15:00

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
JW

Justin Winkelman

Principal, W Consulting


15:00

Hey That's My Fish!!!! Life Size Edition
We will be playing Hey! That's My Fish! but with a LIFE SIZE BOARD!!! No need to know the rules as we will go over it quickly, and you'll also have people yelling at you, Price is Right-style. Our game pieces will be ourselves with penguin t-shirts on (size XXL for everyone, already provided).

Speakers
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Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes cust... Read More →
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Dana Nelson

Owner and Artist, Tomes from the Citadel
Selling game tables and piece sets of Pai Sho, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Play it in the game room on Friday at 5pm and Sunday at 12pm. Hand-bound journals for everyday use, specializing in hardcover. Laser-engraved wood art for the everyday feminist.


15:00

Impostor 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 Impostor Syndrome, a condition that results in self-doubt and feeling a lack of importance. Impostor 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 Impostor 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.

Speakers
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Jennifer Cline

Senior Marketing Manager, Grand Circus
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Kimberly Driscoll

Director of Education, Grand Circus Detroit LLC


15:00

Romance in Sci-fi/Sci-fi in Romance
Join Guest of Honor Sumana Harihareswara for an exploration of the intersection of romance and sci-fi. How does a Happily Ever After/Happy For Now promise make it easier for us to explore wild new frontiers? Got any recommendations?

Speakers
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Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University


15:00

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
CF

Carol Flynt

Emerging writer, not yet published but submitting. Have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany on the craft with each writing session, still have so much to learn! | | Talk to me about my... Read More →
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Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], novice apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic Sc... Read More →



Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 15:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

15:00

Intro to Podcasting
A panel of podcasters will provide helpful tips about starting and continuing podcasts.

Speakers
avatar for David Phillips

David Phillips

Founder, IT in the D
Either IT in the D or Podcast Detroit. Networking, podcasting, creating something from scratch, getting buy in, making things work on a shoestring budget...or, really, just about anything. I'm a pretty approachable person.
BW

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D


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.


15:00

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 15:00 - 15:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

15:00

Own Your OS
The purpose of this session is to convince you that you NEED to be running a Freedom respecting Operating System! Do it before it's too late and your choices vanish! We will 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
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Khanne/Chibbs

Project Manager, Atos NAO
IT Infrastructure Project Manager, Linux Advocate, Linux Gamer


15:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


15:00

Viticulture
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

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!)

Speakers
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Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance, LN2, build and deploy automation, government contracting, Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra
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Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


15:00

Keysigning
In this hands-on event, participants will learn how the web of trust model works and perform identity 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

15:00

Call of Cthulhu: Bury Your Dead Arizona
6 players | CoC 7th edition Bury Your Dead, AZ is 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 for violence, gore, and adult themes.

Speakers

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.

Speakers
EZ

Eric Zimmerman

Owner, Phoenix Freerunning Academy
We are a parkour and freerunning gym based out of Livonia, MI. We teach parkour and freerunning classes to both youths and adults.


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/Wonder Woman/Lex Luthor love triangle on Jerry Springer, to the world's worst Redshirt. Expect adult content.

Speakers
D

Derek

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 triangl... Read More →


16:00

Polyamory and Kids
Raising children in today's world is hard enough. Throw in polyamory and it adds on a whole new set of challenges. Our guests all live in different poly configurations and have children. Come visit with them as they share their stories.


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!


16:00

Cosplay Contest Muster & Judging
Did you bring your cosplay A-game this weekend? Come join us to sign-up and be judged before the Cosplay Contest at 5:00!

Speakers
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Cylithria Dubois

ConChair, Penguicon 2017
Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon ConChair. @ConFusionMI Head of Hospitality. AASFA Board of Director... Read More →
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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →

Volunteers

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.

Speakers
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Kelly Vanderwell

I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


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

16:00

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.


16:00

CANCELLED Crowdsourcing - First You Need a Crowd
Patreon, Kickstarter, Indiegogo: 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.

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
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Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 16:50
EMC V Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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
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Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], novice apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic Sc... Read More →
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Ferret Steinmetz

Ferrett Steinmetz is a noted polyamory writer and author of the books FLEX, THE FLUX, and the finale to the series, FIX. He is everywhere on FetLife as @theferrett, and can be found on Twitter at @ferretthimself.


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 16:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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, and 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?

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Pryor

Jeff Pryor

Jeff has been writing and telling stories all of his life, but recently decided to get serious about it. His debut novel, 'Chosen of Trees and of Talons' was published in November by Journalstone Publishing. This begins a five-book epic fantasy adventure unlike any other. The seq... Read More →


16:00

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

Moderators
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Scott (Toaden) Maiale

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

Speakers
avatar for John Bruske

John Bruske

Owner, Podbros Network LLC
John is the owner of the Podbros Network. He loves covering events in the Metro Detroit area, helping to promote great causes, and entertaining. He's also a big fan of the comic and geek pop culture scene.
avatar for David Phillips

David Phillips

Founder, IT in the D
Either IT in the D or Podcast Detroit. Networking, podcasting, creating something from scratch, getting buy in, making things work on a shoestring budget...or, really, just about anything. I'm a pretty approachable person.
BW

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D


16:00

Ancient Egypt: Q&A
Join U of M Egyptology professor Dr. Terry Wilfong and Egyptology geek and 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!)

Speakers
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Paul Kemner

I was born sometime after the last Ice Age. In school, I was a space and biology geek, keeping freshwater aquariums, playing in the band, and reading all the SF I could get my hands on. I tend to collect odd hobbies. | I first attended Penguicon 2010, and decided to finally sta... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker


16:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


16:00

Captain Sonar
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

16:00

Star Trek 5 Year Mission
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 player has gone before! This is a cooperative dice placement game in which you can take roles from original or Next Gen. Players try to cooperatively solve a series of alerts to score points without failing five times and without the Enterprise being destroyed. 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

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
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Charles "Dr. Chuck" Severance

University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the U... Read More →



16:00

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!

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16:00

Flight of the Lost Boys
Join us for this adventure that takes place in the Peter Pan universe. (Thunderhead 1-Off System)

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17:00

Cosplay Contest
Come check out the awesome cosplays in our annual Cosplay Contest! Cheer for your favorites and enjoy the show!

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Cylithria Dubois

ConChair, Penguicon 2017
Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon ConChair. @ConFusionMI Head of Hospitality. AASFA Board of Director... Read More →
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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →

Volunteers

17:00

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. Materials are limited, so please sign up at Ops in advance.

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Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.


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, then 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.

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Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


17:00

Mystic Vale
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.

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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 we'll help you learn to groove.

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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.


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.

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Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], novice apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic Sc... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

17:00

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
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Michael Lucas

Author
After 20 years in systems administration, I now rely on writing to pay the mortgage. I've written 28 fiction and non-fiction books in 9 languages, both traditionally and self-published, plus assorted smaller works. 15 years of martial arts. With my wife since 1991. Pet rats are a... Read More →


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.

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Derek

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 triangl... Read More →

17:00

Tom Smith Concert
The Nifty Guest In Perpetuity, Tom Smith, is back with the usual assortment of catchy tunes and lousy puns. Come hear the next iteration of the March of the Penguicon.

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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.

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Heidi Trudell

Regional Coordinator, Washtenaw Safe Passage
Dead-bird picking-upping (for Science!) since 2003: research has included window collisions, wind farms, cars, cats, and over 130 species of birds across three states. Founder of Dead Birds (...for Science!) and The Auk-ward (Facebook groups).


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. We'll explore historical solar eclipses and when, where, and how to watch eclipses safely.


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.

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Mark Henke

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
I love talking about architecture and thinking about software at a System level. I am a C# guy at heart.


17:00

NUET Pirate Escape
ARR! Come join the Nearly Useless Entertainment Team as they host the first ever Penguicon Escape Room. You and a crew of ye friends will get to test ye skills in a series of puzzles to acquire a vast treasure. Designed for a crew of five to ten participants ages 14 and up, ye will have 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles and beat the room. Sign up at ye crew of buccaneers at Ops and see if ye can escape the room. Be sure to have ye crew arrive 5-10 minutes before ye schedules time, for a briefing on the rules and scenario.


17:00

Tricorder Project Demo
Our Hack of Honor, The Tricorder project, aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can't normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour. These devices are designed to be inexpensive enough that they are affordable to all those who want to use them to learn about the world around them. Join Peter Jansen of the Tricorder project to check out these devices first hand!

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Peter Jansen

Hack of Honor
Peter Jansen, PhD is the developer of The Tricorder Project, which aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Lobby Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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 streamline software development using agile techniques it seems as if we have also extracted a disciplined approach as well. We will discuss how to implement a Requirements Definition Management process into a Scrum Agile team.

Speakers
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Mark Haynes

Scrum Master, Quadrant 4 System Corporation
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Douglas Johnson

QA Test Lead, University of Cincinnati IT
Master in Computer Information Systems and Aeronautical Management. QA Test Lead at University of Cincinnati IT. Adjunct Instructor for computer classes for 10. Helped run a Science Fiction Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio for 16 years. When my son is asked what I do he says I... Read More →


17:00

Istanbul
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.

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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.

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Amy Conlon

B-movies, Peep Sushi, Books (especially of the weird or science fictional or fantastical kind), anime (especially of the feminist or surreal kind; Revolutionary Girl Utena or Puella Magi Madoka Magical gets you a free squeeze), food, intersectional feminism, and competitive colle... Read More →
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Kevin Hogan

I like movies (good and bad). I also eat food (good and bad).


18:00

PowerPoint Improv
This annual Penguicon event was originally inspired by GoH Sumana Harihareswara's Powerpoint Karaoke, and now she's here to do it with us! Volunteers pick a slide deck they've never seen before from a list of titles, and improvise 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!

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Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance, LN2, build and deploy automation, government contracting, Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra
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Sumana Harihareswara

Guest of Honor
Sumana is a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills. She is also a comedian, author, and holds a master's in technology from Columbia University


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. Maybe you aren't 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!


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