Get your panel suggestions in for the virtual con!

Get your panel suggestions in for the virtual con!

All,

As you know, the in-person CON.TXT 2020 has been postponed to July 9-11, 2021, at the Residence Inn Pentagon City. All CON.TXT 2020 registrations have been rolled over to CON.TXT 2021 (if you don’t want to attend CON.TXT 2021, you may request a refund through Eventbrite until June 9, 2021). Any hotel room reservations made in our 2020 room block have also been automatically rebooked for the equivalent July 2021 dates.

However, we ARE still hosting CON.TXT 2020: virtually! This free, one-day virtual con will be held on Saturday, July 25, with panel programming running from 10am to 7pm EST, followed by a cosplay/fancy dress cocktail party (make and share recipes for your own themed drinks!) and a vid show. We plan to open up a new panel suggestion post for CON.TXT 2021 next year, so we are repurposing the original 2020 suggestion post for the virtual con. We are still taking panel submissions, so add your suggestions! If you’d like to moderate and/or see an idea you’d love to take on, drop a comment in the linked post and volunteer.

Timeline

Now: Panel submissions are open!

Sunday, May 31 (11:59pm EST): Panel submissions close

Wednesday, June 3: Panel voting opens!

Monday, June 15: Panel voting closes

Early July: CON.TXT 2020 programming schedule posted on our website

Mid-July: Virtual con instructions go out

FAQ:

Q: How much does the virtual con cost?

A: The virtual con is free, although you are welcome to donate on PayPal. Donations will go towards paid features for software that facilitate the virtual con and scholarships for CON.TXT 2021.

Q: Do I need to register for CON.TXT 2021 to attend the virtual CON.TXT 2020?

A: No. You can participate in the virtual con regardless of if you plan to attend CON.TXT 2021!

Q: How do I register for the virtual CON.TXT 2020?

A: We will post a survey later this month to collect the email addresses of those interested in attending the virtual con (but if you're already registered for CON.TXT 2021, you will receive instructions for the virtual event automatically and don’t have to answer the survey!). We will use that information to send out the instructions for participation.

Q: What time does the con start?

A: 10:00am (Eastern Daylight Time). Convert to your local time here.

Q: Is there an age restriction for the virtual con?

A: Yes. You must be 18 on or before July 25, 2020 to attend this event.

Q: How are you going to enforce the age limit?

A: We acknowledge we have no enforcement authority on this restriction. We will rely on your honesty and integrity to comply with this requirement, due to the sensitive nature of panel discussions as well as the (virtual) presence of alcohol at our cocktail party.

Q: What are the technical requirements to participate?

A: We will likely be using Zoom and Discord for the panel programming and chat features, respectively, and potentially other, similar programs. You may need to download or install these applications to participate. Guides will be available before the con.

Q: What happens once I register?

A: We will send out further instructions in early-to-mid July on the software we plan to use, as well as the appropriate invitations (Zoom and Discord server invites) so that you can connect and participate the day of.

Q: Is the virtual con going to be recorded?

A: No. We will not be recording any of the panel sessions or social activities.

Q: What panels are going to be included in the virtual con?

A: That’s up to you! We have a running list of panel suggestions here. The post will stay open until May 31, 2020, so add your suggestions now! We will use your suggestions and votes to organize panel tracks and finalize programming.

We’ve never held a virtual con before, and we would welcome your ideas and suggestions on best practices. Post your ideas, as well as any questions, in the comments and a member of the concom will get back to you shortly.

Announcing dates for CON.TXT 2021!

Hi all!

We have two big pieces of news to share:

CON.TXT 2021 will be held July 9-11, 2021, at the Residence Inn Pentagon City. Everyone who was registered for CON.TXT 2020 is now registered for CON.TXT 2021. If you do not wish to be registered for CON.TXT 2021 for any reason, you can request a refund through Eventbrite. If you reserved hotel rooms in our 2020 room block, those reservations will be rebooked for the equivalent July 2021 dates automatically (if you need to cancel, please do so with the hotel).

We will host a free, one-day virtual CON.TXT 2020 on Saturday, July 25 (and panel submissions are open). We’ll have more details in the coming weeks! If you have ideas for virtual events or platforms, please comment here or drop us a line at info@con-txt.net.

We apologize for not asking for your input before picking the 2021 dates, as we originally intended. Unfortunately, our options were limited due to concom availability and the hotel’s availability and rates.

We look forward to seeing you online in July, and in person in 2021!

CON.TXT 2020 Postponed – Dates TBA

CON.TXT 2020 Postponed, Dates TBA

Hi, everyone. Concom here again.

CON.TXT 2020 is POSTPONED until 2021. We don’t know the exact dates yet; we have a couple of possibilities in mind in the spring and summer of 2021, and we’re going to ask for your input before we make a final decision. Our hotel is graciously allowing us to postpone with no financial penalty (CON.TXT 2021 will be held in the same hotel as CON.TXT 2018).

At this time new registrations are still suspended, but they will reopen once we finalize our new dates. At that point, we will contact all currently registered members to ask if you prefer to roll your membership to 2021 or the future, or to have your membership refunded.

If you made hotel reservations under the 2020 CON.TXT room block, you'll be able to roll them over to 2021--we'll provide information on how to do that when we know the new dates. (If you made your own booking--for example, if you wanted a room type that wasn't included in our block--you'll need to cancel your 2020 reservation and rebook for 2021 yourself.)

There will be a longer announcement coming soon with more info on our 2021 dates as well as if the con after this one will be in 2022 or 2023--that's another thing we're still deciding!

We're sorry we won't see you this summer, but we're looking forward to having a great con in 2021. Please stay safe, everyone!

CON.TXT 2020 Scholarships!

We're offering three scholarships for CON.TXT 2020!

Our Minotaur Scholarship is a memorial scholarship established by the CON.TXT concom for our friend and fellow fan Minotaur who was known for (among many other fine things) welcoming new fans and encouraging everyone to join in and have fun at fan gatherings and cons. This scholarship awards a full membership to one first-time CON.TXT attendee.

Our Diversity Scholarship was previously administered by Con or Bust and is inspired by their slogan, “Helping fans of color attend SFF cons." This scholarship awards a full membership and one hotel room night to one CON.TXT attendee of color.

Our Need-based Scholarship is made available partially through donations from fans; we will offer half-price memberships to fans who request them and, if possible, full memberships and hotel assistance. Need-based Scholarship recipients are asked to participate by volunteering for at least two hours during the con weekend.

If you are interested in one or more of these scholarship options, please email registration@con-txt.net with “CON.TXT Scholarship - [scholarship/s you are applying for]” in the subject line.

If you have already registered for CON.TXT, you can still apply for a scholarship. If you are selected, your registration costs will be refunded to you.

CON.TXT 2018 Roll Call and Con Reports

People mentioned at the Dead Duck that they would like to be able to find people from the con and match up the people they met with their social media. So that’s what this post is for! If you attended CON.TXT 2018, comment to this Dreamwidth post with your badge name and your DW, Tumblr, Twitter, or other place you can be found and want to share with people.

Remember, you don’t have to have a Dreamwidth account to post, just use the anonymous feature and tell us who you are.

While you’re at it, we’re collecting con reports and panel reviews here.

And don’t forget to fill out the Exit Poll.

CON.TXT Code of Conduct and Safety Policy

With CON.TXT just two days away, we want to draw people’s attention to our Code of Conduct and our Safety and Accessibility Policies which can be found on our website here.

Code of Conduct:

CON.TXT strives to be a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable space for all attendees. We count on you to help create that space by respecting your fellow con-goers' physical and social boundaries, accessibility needs, and identities.

Before you touch people or their personal effects—including clothing, assistive devices, and service animals—make sure you have been invited to do so, verbally or nonverbally. Respect others' use of shared spaces: moderate your volume, your use of scent, and your physical distance, and always leave a clear path to the exit.

Before taking any photos or videos at CON.TXT, get explicit permission from anyone in those photos or videos. In the interests of promoting a safe space, no audio or video recording is permitted during panels.

Similarly, when speaking or writing publicly about the con, refer to con-goers by badge name only, especially in panel write-ups. During panel discussions, please state your badge name when you begin speaking so that people who cannot see your badge are able to identify who is speaking. Name badges are to be worn in con space at all times. Badge names should not include slurs or threatening language; if you register with an unacceptable badge name, the concom may require you to change it.

Be respectful in your language. If an attendee has specified their pronouns, use them. Do not use slurs or make derogatory remarks based on any aspect of a person's identity. If you have a problem with someone's behavior you are not under any obligation to deal with it yourself, but if you choose to, call out the action rather than the person.

In summary: seek and expect consent in all interactions. If you don't know whether someone wants your presence, conversation, or touch, ask them and respect their answer.

During CON.TXT, if you experience or witness any harassment or behavior or other violations of our Code of Conduct, please email us at safety@con-txt.net or come up to any concom member wearing a purple sash. Similarly, if you have any accessibility needs during the con, please email us or speak to a concom member.

DIY Panels at CON.TXT

Did you miss the deadline for proposing a CON.TXT panel? Or did your panel idea not make the final cut? Have you fallen in love with a new fandom recently (BTS, helloooo)? Well, you're in luck! We've always saved a few panel slots for Do It Yourself panels suggested at the con, but because of our larger hotel space this year we're able to offer a total of 15 DIY panel slots! There will be 5 slots available on Friday and 6 slots available on Saturday, and 4 available on Sunday. (And if all of those fill up, you're welcome to meet in the Upsuite or Downsuite!)

To sign up to run a DIY panel, just write your badge name and panel title on the sign-up sheet on the Message Wall in the Downsuite. Since DIY signups are first come, first served, we have a plan to give latecomers a chance to claim one: all Friday slots and the first three Saturday slots will be available to claim when the Downsuite opens on Friday morning, but the three remaining Saturday slots and all of the Sunday slots will only be available to claim on Saturday morning when the Downsuite opens.

Once you’ve claimed your slot, tweet the panel title, what it’s about, and the time using the hashtag #CT18DIY, and we will retweet it to help you advertise it.

So start thinking about what panels you wish were on the schedule this year, grab a co-mod or two, and be prepared to sign up for a DIY slot at the con! (And seriously, please do a BTS panel!!!)

Want to have the con on your phone? There’s an app for that!

This year at CON.TXT, we have an app for your phone. To get the app, just download EventsXD for free in your chosen app store, then search for “CON.TXT”. In our event pages, you can see a full schedule for the con, search content by time slot, track type, panel room, or moderator. You can fave the panels you want to attend and then click on “My Agenda” at the bottom and it will give you a personalized schedule for the con. There is also a floor plan and if you click on “Pulse”, you can see a feed from Twitter of people using our con hashtag. Go download the app and enjoy!

Speaking of Twitter, just a reminder that our official general con hashtag is #contxt2018. There is also a specific hashtag for each panel located in the program if you want to live tweet a panel.  We encourage panel mods to write the hashtag at the top of your easel pads at the beginning of your panel. We will once again have the paper wall for announcing room parties or to leave notes for people and for the always popular  “Overheard at CON.TXT” quotes. But also remember you can tweet those things as well! If someone says something hilarious in a panel or the Downsuite, tweet it using #OverheardAtContxt or #contxt2018. (But please remember to make sure it’s ok with the person you’re quoting, and use people’s badge names, not real names)

Games & Gaming at CON.TXT 2018

Whether you're into board games, quizzes, RPGs, or party games, this year's con has even more opportunities to play, watch, and discuss games with your fellow fans:

  • Only Connect quiz. For the first time, we're running a round of fannish Only Connect, based on the BBC quiz show, at 9 PM Thursday during the registration icebreaker! Two teams of three to seven players will compete to find the connections between groups of seemingly random clues. You can sign up at registration.
  • Duck Duck Games. Friday night after the vid show, from 10 to midnight, we're playing another round of Encore!, the singalong game from last year. No need to sign up for this one in advance--you can drop in and play for as long as you like.
  • Game Room. Saturday night opposite Disco Duck. Take a break from dancing and come play board, card, or party games! We'll have a wide range of games to choose from, including storytelling games like Slash, Euro board games like Ticket to Ride, and word games like Rewordable. Feel free to bring games of your own, too!

This year's panels include the return of Fannish Pictionary on Sunday and a special how-to panel on Beginning Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday. And if you want to play, demonstrate, or geek out about something that didn't make the schedule, we've got DIY panel slots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday--sign up at registration to claim a room!