Thank you for pitching programming for GEAR Con 2018. Use this form to submit any activity you would like to run in a convention space, from writing/publishing workshops, board game demos, or DIY fashion panels, to dance lessons, a tea dueling party, live theater, or anything else you can think of. If you are submitting multiple activities, please complete and submit a unique form for each one--you can open a new blank form from the verification message after you've filled out this one. If your activity is multi-part, please submit an entire form/description for each segment.
If you are submitting an activity, our assumption is that you are personally volunteering to prepare, organize, and run it at GEAR Con. (To simply suggest a programming topic, please email email@example.com.) If we like your idea, we'll email you for additional information like your professional bio, comprehensive contact details, special scheduling needs, etc. Once we've collected a critical mass of activity submissions, we'll contact you to ask what programming beyond your own you might like to participate in.
Stumped for what to present? Support our 2018 theme track, "The Great War"! Share your expertise--or your curiosity--about militaristic steampunk (and militaria as a steampunk-adjacent fascination); dieselpunk/decopunk/"late-period-early-modern" retrofuturism; and/or the causes, contexts, consequences, and science-fictional/fantastical creative possibilities of World War I. GEAR Con also requires essential programming like "steampunk 101", steampunk media recommendations, weird history & science, and Victorian fashion basics. Note that single-proposal panelists will be encouraged to additionally adopt one of these topics, so write for suggestions.
Please also note that ALL presentation rooms at GEAR Con will be equipped with technology to help you get your point across: light PA with vocal microphones and a line-in for your device's microphone jack, plus a digital projector or LCDTV with connectors for your device's VGA, HDMI, or Thunderbolt/Mini-Displayport output. IF YOUR VIDEO PLAYBACK DEVICE HAS A DIFFERENT VIDEO OUTPUT CONNECTOR THAN THE THREE LISTED ABOVE, IT WILL NOT BE COMPATIBLE WITH OUR PROJECTORS AS EQUIPPED, and you are responsible for providing cables/adapters to convert to VGA. If you have more advanced needs, or just questions about presentation tech, email firstname.lastname@example.org and Stephen or the ops department will get back to you.
[It should go without saying, but:] Our receipt of your submission does not guarantee its acceptance or inclusion and does not constitute an offer of employment. We make no guarantees regarding room placement or scheduling, though we will do our honest best to accommodate your needs and wants, in that order.
GEAR Con 2018 is July 7-8 at University Place Hotel, 310 SW Lincoln Street in downtown Portland, Oregon. Please see the "Hotel" page at pdxgearcon.com for information about booking your stay at our discounted rate.
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