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Friday, April 28
 

16:00

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

Speakers

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

16:00

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

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

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

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, boardgames, hiking/backpacking, miscellaneous adventures and mischief.


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

17:00

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


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

18:00

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


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

18:00

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

Speakers

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

19:00

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

Speakers

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

19:00

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

Speakers

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

20:00

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

Speakers
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.


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

20:00

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


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

21:00

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


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

21:00

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

Speakers
avatar for cassinator

cassinator

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


Friday April 28, 2017 21:00 - 22:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE
 
Saturday, April 29
 

08:00

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


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

08:00

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

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

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, boardgames, hiking/backpacking, miscellaneous adventures and mischief.


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

09:00

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

Speakers
T

Timm

Backpacking with a Hammock


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

10:00

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

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


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

10:00

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


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

11:00

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

Speakers

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

11:00

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

Speakers

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

11:00

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

Speakers

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

11:00

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

Speakers
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.


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

12:00

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


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

12:00

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


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

12:00

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

Speakers

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

13:00

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


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

13:00

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

Speakers

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

13:00

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


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

13:00

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


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

13:00

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

Speakers

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

14:00

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

Speakers

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

14:00

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

Speakers

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

15:00

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

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


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

17:00

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

Speakers

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

17:00

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

Speakers

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

17:00

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


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

18:00

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

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.


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

19:00

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

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

19:00

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

Speakers

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

19:00

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

Speakers

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

19:00

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

Speakers

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

20:00

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


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

20:00

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

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO
 
Sunday, April 30
 

11:00

Reality Compression: carrying a toolset designed for electronics on your back
Showing people that a largeish backpack can carry a LOT of useful stuff.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators MAYBE

11:00

Getting Into Photography
A discussion about the gear, skills and issues involved in getting started as an amateur photographer.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Montcalm 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

How to approach people whose orientation and/or gender you don't know
What do you say to make wonderful friends? How can you make sure to avoid giving offense? It's easier than you might think. Some suggestions and some rules will help you be more confident. (This is not Trans* 101, but we will have a little basic info at the beginning.)


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Nicolet 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators NO

12:00

How to Collaborate with Friends and Not Kill Each Other
Your friends are so creative! It would be awesome to get together and make something cool. But everyone has annoying quirks and weird habits. How do we collaborate with friends and maintain our friendships? How do we become better collaborators ourselves?


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
EMC V 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

12:00

Sinister Pride
This is NOT about being evil -- though we do wonder why Sinestro is right-handed. It's about the 10% of us who were "born that way," going in our own direction. Are we a tolerated minority, or face quiet discrimination? Come stand up for your lefts! "Dexter" allies also welcome.

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.


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

13:00

Backcountry Camping
Discover the freedom of hiking and camping away from campgrounds and modern conveniences. You'll see the gear and skills you need to make your trip enjoyable.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology


Sunday April 30, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
EMC IV 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES

15:00

Career Building Workshop: Wrap Up Session
Requires participation in both of the previous Career Building Workshop activities.


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, boardgames, hiking/backpacking, miscellaneous adventures and mischief.


Sunday April 30, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
EMC I 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

15:00

Tell us about your Tattoo!
Ever wonder what stories lie behind people's tattoos? How they chose them? Or why they put them on certain places on their bodies?

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Hamlin 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
  • Duration 50 Minutes
  • will you need additional speakers or moderators YES
 

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