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Friday, April 28
 

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.


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.


Friday April 28, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States
 
Saturday, April 29
 

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Escape Room [Room 323] 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 :)

Speakers

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

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Escape Room [Room 323] 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 !

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00 - 13:50
Algonquin A Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.

Speakers

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

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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
avatar for Rachael Sullivan

Rachael Sullivan

Pyrotechnician, Band-Ayd
I've been in the show production industry for almost 10 years. At Band-Ayd, I will run the lights and pyrotechnics for our various types of shows. I wanted to do this talk because I've been finding people don't know what to ask for when talking about special effects and they will... Read More →
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Steve Vanderheyden

Owner of Band-Ayd



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

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

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

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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
avatar for Jesse Harrison

Jesse Harrison

Phoenix Freerunning Academy
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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.


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

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
avatar for Derek Newland

Derek Newland

I enjoy being a technician, from cars and computers to welding and electrical motors. Fixing and building things has always been fun for me.


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

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.
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


Saturday April 29, 2017 18:00 - 18:50
EMC II Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

19:00

Ukulele 101
This will be an introductory class for ukulele. Ukulele is fun and easy to play! Come and learn the basic chords and a simple song because who can't have a good time strumming a ukulele!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 19:00 - 19:50
Montcalm Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States
 
Sunday, April 30
 

09:00

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

Speakers
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!


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 09:50
EMC I Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

09:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Anna Carey

Anna Carey

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

Lithie Dubois

Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon Program Ops. @ConFusionMI 2020 Conchair. AASFA Board of Director... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 09:50
EMC III Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.


Sunday April 30, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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.


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Escape Room [Room 323] Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States