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Thursday, December 16, 2021

10:00 am EST

Planning and Running a Virtual Fan Event

Kress (Virtual), 10:00 am EST View Replay

Virtual cons have been contemplated for a while, but 2020 forced many of us to get serious about them for the first time. In the process, organizers were presented with a lot of new organizational and technical challenges. The panelists will explore the different challenges, organizational structures, and opportunities presented by a virtual con versus an in-person event.

Type: Panel

1:00 pm EST

Adding Fannish Skills to Your Resumé

Palladian Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST View Replay

Wrangling volunteers, publishing fanzines, beta reading, negotiating hotel contracts… Plenty of fannish skills can be converted to real-world professions. How can you translate fannish experiences into a career?

Type: Panel

2:30 pm EST

Robert’s Rules and Accessibility

Palladian Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST View Replay

Robert’s Rules of Order is a set of strict rules for running meetings used by governmental bodies and many fan groups. They can also present a significant entry barrier for many, including people with disabilities, non-native English speakers, and people with nontraditional educational backgrounds. How can we work within the framework of Robert’s Rules to ensure accessibility to everyone who wants to participate?

Type: Panel

4:00 pm EST

The Art of Filling in the Program Survey

Harris (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST View Replay

Program participation surveys vary in form and interest, but they all have one thing in common: they want to know what makes you interesting and what you can offer. All program teams can tell similar stories: “you know me, just assign me to something,” topics so popular they could run nonstop for 35 hours with a different team every hour, “I know nothing about this but I love talking about it so I’m ideal.” Come to this panel to learn what program teams really want to know about you.

Type: Panel

7:00 pm EST

Chicon 8 Presents…

Palladian Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST View Replay

Come hear the Chicon 8 team present its plans for the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in 2022 in Chicago.

8:30 pm EST

Where will we go in 2023? Chengdu & Winnipeg Q&A

Palladian Ballroom, 8:30 pm EST View Replay

There are two rival bids who want to run the 2023 Worldcon. Come to this session where Chengdu and Winnipeg will tell you their plans prior to the vote on Friday.

 

Friday, December 17, 2021

10:00 am EST

Creating a More Accessible Convention

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 10:00 am EST View Replay

How can we make conventions safer and more inclusive for those of us with disabilities (visible and otherwise) through mutual support and cultural change?

Type: Panel

2:30 pm EST

Everything You Need to Know to Bid for Worldcon

Palladian Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST View Replay

How do you choose a location? How much startup capital do you need? How do you assemble a staff? This panel will tell you everything you need to know, including what unsuspected resources are at your disposal, when putting together a Worldcon bid.

Type: Panel

4:00 pm EST

Taking Care of Volunteers

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST View Replay

Cons and other fannish activities rely on volunteer efforts but many conventions burn through volunteers at every level. Depending on people who work for free (plus maybe some snacks and a t-shirt) presents special challenges. Panelists will discuss best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as cases in which you should use paid labor; how to provide good working conditions and ways to prevent burn out.

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Type: Panel

7:00 pm EST

Future Worldcons: 2024 to Infinity and Beyond!

Palladian Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST View Replay

While the 2023 Worldcon is being chosen this year, there are other bids for future Worldcons. Glasgow (Scotland) 2024;  Seattle (U.S.) 2025;  Orlando (U.S.), Nice (France), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and Los Angeles (U.S.) 2026; Tel Aviv (Israel) 2027; Brisbane (Australia) 2028; Dublin, 2029; and Texas, 2031 have all indicated intentions to bid. Come hear what they have to say about why you should support them.

Type: Panel

Saturday, December 18, 2021

1:00 pm EST

The Convention Career of Ben Yalow

Palladian Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST View Replay

Ben Yalow has been involved in SF fandom for about 45 years, been to more than 800 cons, and worked on about a third of them. His first con was Lunacon 14 in 1971. He’s been a member of numerous Worldcon bids and has worked on many since the mid-1970s. He has often served as hotel liaison and is known as keen negotiator of fan-favorable contracts. He knows the WSFS Business Meeting inside out. Panelists will discuss Ben’s career in fandom and why he is DisCon III’s fan guest of honor.

Please note that captions for this item are available at https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=dc-ben-yalow

Type: Panel
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