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Maker Market Highlight 1 (of 5)

Promoting Creators in our Community Intended to highlight our community artists, Penguicon’s Maker Market spotlights crafts, art, and electronic projects. We do not accept resale vendors, which means our vendors have created or designed the products they sell. Makers are selected by the Con Committee based on quality, variety, type of merchandise, relevance to the Penguicon concepts (Open Source and SF or general fandom), and whatever adds the most to the Penguicon experience. These vendors (and more) can be found in the…

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How to Submit your Presentation Materials via Creative Commons

Greetings Penguicon Program Participants, We encourage all program participants, whenever possible, to share the electronic materials they created in the process of creating their event. Even if you do not need to do so in order to earn a discounted rate, it is a service to your community. If your event is not a typical talk (say, a sewing workshop), you may provide, for example, the sewing pattern which you are demonstrating. You may provide a print-and-play PDF version of…

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Track Spotlight: Anime

Anime Track Featured Guests: The Grim Reaper Girls and Paul Kemner The Grim Reaper Girls (also known as The Shinigami Kami) are back bringing you The Black Butler Tea Party in new and exciting ways!   The crew this year features author A. Carina Spears and researcher Star Stramel along with special guests Paul Kemner as Abberline, and Natasha as Ronald Knox to give you ‘simply one hell of a good time!’   Whether you visit us at our Victorian-style…

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Free Conflict Resolution Training

Penguicon is offering a conflict management class, pre-event, to provide a framework for conflict resolution that can be used in both personal and professional settings. We have hopes that it will teach us all how to manage conflict when it comes up, how to deesscalate situations with a multitude of personalities, and help make Penguicon better overall. The class content was purchased from Corporate Training Materials and specially modified to fit our needs. Whether you’re staff, a volunteer, a presenter, or…

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Track Spotlight: Lit

Literature Track Featured Guest: Brigham Vaughn Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer,…

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Track Spotlight: Tech

Tech Track Featured Guest: Sarah Withee Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a passion for technology, and has ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school. Sarah has given incredibly popular conference technical talks as well as powerful talks capable of making people laugh and cry at the same time. She’s given workshops to teach programming and hardware building to…

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Track Spotlight: Cosplay

Cosplay Track Featured Guest: Alena Van Arendonk Alena has been cosplaying competitively for more than a decade and a half with her group “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!”, an Indiana-based cosplay team that has garnered more than 50 awards for their costumes and performances at events around the United States. An entirely self-taught seamstress and craftsman, Alena enjoys helping novice cosplayers improve their craft through workshops and seminars. She also provides professional costuming and SFX makeup work for film,…

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Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill, Guest of Honor 2019 Karen Corbeill’s passions and skills range from welding and web design to cosplay and crochet. She’s also cares deeply about helping girls and women acquire skills and enter non-traditional trades. Karen has been involved in the Maker Movement since 2010 and gained experience at i3 Detroit, where she was the Education & Events Coordinator and was elected president before she moved to Madison, WI in 2013. She founded STEAMboat Workshops in Madison to inspire…

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Pre-Registration and Ribbons

Ribbons may be ordered for even more fun at the convention! Deadline is April 1, 2019!  No April Fool’in 🙂 Pre-Registration for 2019 ends April 12, 2019 – registering before then means getting a fantastic pre-printed Penguicon 2019 badge and also savings compared to the at-the-door rate! Con Com, Staff, and Panelist badge types are also available via Pre-Registration – to get a pre-printed badge, register before April 12, 2019. Changed your mind on your pre-printed badge name and/or pronoun? Please let us know what…

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Sophia Brueckner

Sophia Brueckner, Guest of Honor 2019 Sophia Brueckner, born in Detroit, MI, is a futurist artist/designer/engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. As a software engineer at Google, she built products used by tens of millions. She received her MFA from RISD and MS from the MIT Media Lab where she investigated the simultaneously empowering and controlling aspects of technology with a focus on wearables. At the University of Michigan, she teaches…

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