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Friday, April 28
 

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

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

Sr. Technology Manager, Expedia Group
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 contact... Read More →


Friday April 28, 2017 17:00 - 17:50
Algonquin D Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

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 earning... Read More →
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

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

Daniel Dugan

Bioinformatician, Genomenon
I got into Penguicon in 2015 through e-nable. I work for a startup. I do weird things in and around Michigan. I have an awesome daughter. I make stuff.
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... 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 for... Read More →
JF

Judy Foley

Maker Market Coordinator
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Sr. Technology Manager, Expedia Group
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 contact... Read More →
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.
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
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's... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Marraccini

Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2016-2019 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Paul Keyes, Allison, our Registration Team, and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
avatar for ada palmer

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 of... Read More →
avatar for Chelle Silas

Chelle Silas

Head of Ops 2019
Head of Ops for 2018


Friday April 28, 2017 18:00 - 18:50
Algonquin B Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States
 
Saturday, April 29
 

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
ZZ

Zig Zag Claybourne

Obsidian Sky Books
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.editomat.com... 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], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →
avatar for Christian Klaver

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 Jim Leach

Jim 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 making... Read More →
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. His stories and novellas regularly appear in ASIMOV’S, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, anthos like BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, and elsewhere. Author of DIY books like SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire"
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 11:50
Algonquin B 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

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 custom... Read More →
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 Jer Lance

Jer Lance

Board of Directors, Penguicon
I've served Penguicon as a staffer, member of the concom, and/or board of directors for more than a decade. In real life, I'm a software engineer, leader, and coach. I'm the lesser half of the Leading Questions Podcast duo (http://questionscast.com).@jer_ on Twitter and Wandering.shop... Read More →
AL

Amanda Long-Adams

Board of Directors, Penguicon 2017 Treasurer, Penguicon


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

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
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

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

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 of... Read More →

Volunteers

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

17:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

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

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 of... Read More →

Volunteers

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

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.

Speakers

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

20:00

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

Speakers
avatar for Mayhem Track

Mayhem Track

Track Head, Penguicon



Saturday April 29, 2017 20:00 - Sunday April 30, 2017 01:50
Algonquin A Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States
 
Sunday, April 30
 

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

10:00

Author Meet and Read, Vol. 2
Penguicon's authors are back for the 2nd installment of the Meet and Read! 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 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... Read More →
avatar for Merrie Haskell

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 Award... Read More →
avatar for Tal M. Klein

Tal M. Klein

Author of the upcoming Geek & Sundry hard sci-fi novel entitled The Punch Escrow
avatar for Janice Leach

Janice Leach

I write poetry, grants, and blogs. I'm co-author "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017) with Jim Leach. I also bake pies with local ingredients and volunteer at a long term garden project in youth detention. At home, I tend a rollicking kitchen garden filled... Read More →
avatar for Ferrett Steinmetz

Ferrett 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.
avatar for Clifford VanMeter

Clifford VanMeter

Author | Illustrator | Publisher, Arctos Media
Even while still in college I began my career as an illustrator working primarily in the role-playing game field. My early work included the Star Trek and Dr. Who games for FASA, and on titles like Battle-Tech, the DC Universe RPG, Chill, Traveller and much more. I created, wrote... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00 - 11:50
Algonquin B Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

13:00

Penguicon 2018 Planning Meeting
Making a successful Penguicon requires at least a year of organizing, planning, and partying. Do not skip the partying! Join us for the first planning meeting with the 2018 ConChair and her selected Con Committee. Come bring your ideas straight to the Concom!

Speakers
avatar for Alison C.

Alison C.

Head of Logistics, Penguicon
My favourite colour is blue. My pronouns are they/them or she/her. I like pescetarian food, logistics, and urban farming.
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
JF

Judy Foley

Maker Market Coordinator
avatar for Bagel Garrison

Bagel Garrison

sewist/artist/etc., Geeks with Scissors
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). :)
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Sr. Technology Manager, Expedia Group
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 contact... Read More →
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.
avatar for Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

Head of Communications, 2019, 2015, 2014 | Asst Chair, 2018, 2015 | Chair, 2016Into RetroPie, Steven Universe, A:TLA, nerdy tattoos, stickers, photography, video editing, color correction, graphic design, social media moderation and community management, and more.
AL

Amanda Long-Adams

Board of Directors, Penguicon 2017 Treasurer, Penguicon
avatar for Jeff Marraccini

Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2016-2019 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Paul Keyes, Allison, our Registration Team, and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
avatar for Jessica Ann Roland

Jessica Ann Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.
avatar for Chelle Silas

Chelle Silas

Head of Ops 2019
Head of Ops for 2018


Sunday April 30, 2017 13:00 - 13:50
EMC III Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States

15:00

Closing Ceremonies
Join us as we close out another awesome year at Penguicon. You might even get some sneak peeks into what is already in the works for 2018!

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 earning... Read More →
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

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

Daniel Dugan

Bioinformatician, Genomenon
I got into Penguicon in 2015 through e-nable. I work for a startup. I do weird things in and around Michigan. I have an awesome daughter. I make stuff.
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... 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 for... Read More →
JF

Judy Foley

Maker Market Coordinator
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Sr. Technology Manager, Expedia Group
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 contact... Read More →
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.
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
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's... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Marraccini

Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2016-2019 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Paul Keyes, Allison, our Registration Team, and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
avatar for ada palmer

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 of... Read More →
avatar for Chelle Silas

Chelle Silas

Head of Ops 2019
Head of Ops for 2018


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

16:00

2017 Feedback
Want to let us know what you think? Then stop on by and tell us.

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 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 16:00 - 16:50
Algonquin B Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI, United States