WisCon 44
posted January 7, 2020 12:05 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri May 22 at 8:00 PM
WisCon is a feminist science fiction & fantasy convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. It's during U.S. Memorial Day Weekend — May 22-25, 2020. Last year we met up; this year the con is online so let's consider meeting up in the live chat?
This year's Guests of Honor are Rebecca Roanhorse and Yoon Ha Lee (although the latter is unable to attend). Registrations start at $0. A registration lets you participate in the live chat.

The convention will have a single track of programming including discussion panels (with live text captioning for accessibility), a dance party, a vid party, games, readings, and an art show. I am again the comedy auctioneer for the Otherwise Award Auction (formerly Tiptree Auction) on Saturday night.
posted by brainwane to Online (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Unfortunately, I'm out of town that weekend for a wedding. Have fun, wherever you end up!
posted by rocketman at 8:28 AM on January 8, 2020

Sounds fun! We normally have company that weekend (close friends who are becoming Wiscon regulars) so my schedule will depend in part on theirs, but if I'm not busy hosting at the time, I'll be there.
posted by eirias at 5:04 AM on January 12, 2020

BTW there's a financial aid fund for requests up to USD$500 in case you would like to attend but need help with lodging, travel, food, care costs, anything financial that would help you attend. Also, childcare is provided and costs $1 per child.
posted by brainwane at 8:45 AM on January 22, 2020

Hmm... this looks fun, relatively affordable, and easy driving distance from home. I'm here as a maybe if it can fit into the current austerity budget.
posted by Flannery Culp at 7:26 AM on January 24, 2020

Flannery Culp, that would be cool! I should mention: if there is ANY question of affordability, please do feel free to apply to the assistance fund, and if you are a bit shy to do that, you can MeMail me and I can make a nomination on your behalf.
posted by brainwane at 9:01 AM on January 24, 2020

Now that WisCon will be online, I hope more MeFites can drop in for a bit. To quote the registration page,
While WisCon is known for having an intensely multi-track schedule relative to its size, given both the technical challenges of shifting to an entirely new format, and the challenges of coordinating across the many timezones where our members are located, we currently plan to run a single track of programming, with panels of a slightly shorter length. The number of panels per day is still TBD, but we hope to have some at times that are convenient for members around the world.

posted by brainwane at 3:39 PM on May 10, 2020

I've always kind of wanted to attend Wiscon.... I guess this is my chance!
posted by bq at 11:00 AM on May 21, 2020

bq: they closed registration yesterday but I saw in an email: "if someone missed the registration deadline, they can email registration@wiscon.net to find out if it's possible to register late".
posted by brainwane at 1:32 PM on May 21, 2020

If you are at the con, please wave at me (brainwane Sumana) in the Discord chat, maybe in the lobby-con channel!
posted by brainwane at 5:42 AM on May 23, 2020

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