Last Chance to Pre-Register at $75 for CONvergence 2017 And More!

Connie as Buck RogersAre you getting excited for CONvergence 2017: To Infinity And Beyond? Have you found yourself in the midst of pre-con ramp up? Finishing costumes? Ordering ribbons? Planning your awesome weekend of leading intergalactic rebellions and rescuing space royalty with friends on Twitter and Facebook? Excellent. Just one question…

Are you registered for CONvergence 2017 yet?

Thursday, June 1st is the last day to pre-register for CONvergence 2017 at the $75 rate!

Make sure to register for your membership and check that your friends are registered, too. It’ll save you money that you can later spend in the Dealers Room, Artist Alley, or tipping the many awesome CONvergence 2017 parties!

Click Here to register for CONvergence 2017 right now!

Beverage Changes Coming to ConSuite

Illustration of Professor Max Misfittle holding test tubes and wearing a lab coatStarting in 2017, neither Pepsi nor Coke are continuing to distribute pre-mix, the delivery method CONvergence ConSuite has always used to bring you thirst-quenching sugary fuel for your convention weekend. Sadly, this means ConSuite  and Cinema Rex will no longer be able to provide Pepsi or Coke soda products.

But fret not, for all hope is not lost in the galaxy of beverage choices! For CONvergence 2017, ConSuite is working with a local soda shop that does bottling on-site. As a result, everyone visiting ConSuite or Cinema Rex for refreshments during the convention this year will have a whole new variety of sodas at their fingertips, with several interesting and exciting flavor choices that weren’t an option before.

ConSuite is also adding more water dispensers for 2017, so staying hydrated during mission briefings, space battles, and epic quests at CONvergence will be easier than ever!

Poetry Slam Coming to CONvergence 2017Connie Singing

Vogon poetry. Bilbo’s Walking Song. Nevermore. Nerds have words, and coming to CONvergence 2017 is the official CONvergence Poetry Slam! Join your fellow spoken word fans on Friday evening in Harmonic CONvergence to celebrate those words and those nerds in an exciting competitive format!

Learn more on the CONvergence Poetry Slam page.

CONvergence Operations Info & Training Sessions

Are you the type of person who likes to have your thumb on the pulse of an event? Have you been looking for a way to become more involved with CONvergence? Good news! CONvergence Operations is looking for more volunteers for CONvergence 2017!

Check out the schedule for upcoming Operations Info & Training Sessions to find out more!

You Can Text The Bridge During the Convention

Did you know that you can contact CONvergence Operations at any time during the convention via text message? Rolled out in 2016, CONvergence’s text number lets you do things like report policy violations, report harassment, or just send an FYI about anything else you’d like to let the convention know about conveniently and quickly.

651 800 1 OPS (651.800.1677)

It’s a good idea to add the number to your phone’s address book as part of your con prep!

Membership Rates for CONvergence 2018

In order to continue to provide you, our community, the immersive four-day event full of live entertainment, interesting guests, yummy snacks, nonstop gaming, and so much more that is CONvergence, we occasionally have to modestly increase membership rates to keep up with inflation and the basic costs of operation. To help you plan your budget for the coming year, here are the membership rates for CONvergence 2018.

Adult 18+ Ages 13 – 17 Ages 6 – 12 Ages 5 and Under
Until Jan 15th, 2018 – 11:59pm $75 $45 $25 Free
Until June 1, 2018 – 11:59pm $85 $45 $25 Free
At The Door
June 2, 2018 through July 9, 2018
$125 $65 $35 Free

Planning your CONvergence 2017 WeekendConnie as a space marine

Have you heard about the CONvergence Connections Facebook group? It is separate from the main CONvergence Facebook discussion group and exists specifically to help you:

  • Buy/Sell/Transfer membership badges
  • Find roommates or crash space for during the con
  • Find or arrange carpools for during the con
  • Find or offer babysitting services for during the con
  • Find or organize cooperative meals for during the con

So if you’re looking to do any of those things in the coming weeks as part of your convention prep, go ahead and join the group!

 

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Volunteer With CONvergence 2017 Operations! Department Info & Training Sessions Open!

Are you the type of person who likes to have your thumb on the pulse of an event? Have you been looking for a way to become more involved with CONvergence? Good news! CONvergence Operations—the department responsible for running The Bridge and services such as Lost & Found, Peacebinding, Wandering Hosts, and more—is looking for more volunteers for CONvergence 2017!

Please come to one of CONvergence Operations’ department orientation and volunteer training sessions in the coming weeks to learn more about how you can get involved, and acquire the skills and training necessary to be an Operations volunteer!Connie wearing Wandering Host purple smock and radio

CONvergence Operations Department Orientation & Volunteer Training

These trainings are open to all CONvergence members who want to find out about volunteering with CONvergence 2017 Operations.

When?
  • Saturday, May 27 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sunday, June 11 1:00p – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, June 22 6:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturday June 24, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Where?

Geek Partnership Society Event Horizon Room 106A
Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

You must be registered for CONvergence in order to volunteer at the convention. Attendance of pre-con training sessions will count towards your CONvergence 2017 volunteer hours if you complete volunteer shifts with CONvergence Operations during the convention. What’s stopping you?

Got questions about the training sessions? Click here to contact CONvergence Operations!

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Share Your Talents And Knowledge At CONvergence 2017!

4 panelists sitting at a table with a CONvergence banner across it

Have you ever been in the audience for a panel and found yourself wanting to add more to the discussion? Can you offer fresh ideas, a unique perspective, real-world experience, or professional expertise to the CONvergence convention scene? Then you should be a CONvergence panelist!

Sign Up For Panels at CONvergence 2017

Volunteering to be a panelist is very easy, and anybody can do it. Head over to the Panelist sign-up form, select the panels you’re interested in being a part of, and tell us a little bit about yourself including any credentials, experiences, or perspectives you can offer on the panel topics you’ve selected.

Click here to sign up for panels at CONvergence 2017.

You must be a registered member of CONvergence in order to be a panelist. Panel sign-ups for CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond are open right now and panel suggestions are open through March 31, 2017.

Perform Music, Comedy, or Spoken Word at CONvergence 2017Connie dressed as Austin Powers

CONvergence’s dedicated venue for live music and entertainment, Harmonic CONvergence (HarmCON) is back for 2017 and is moving to a new space at the Sheraton Hotel! Applications for performers are now open.

Find more information about HarmCON, including the 2017 HarmCON application, on the Musicians/Performers page.

The early application deadline to perform at HarmCON during CONvergence 2017 is April 20, 2017.

Coming to CONvergence 2017 Smokers Paradise is UNFILTERED, a new intimate acoustic stage inviting artists to perform in this unique outdoor space. Find more information about performing at UNFILTERED on the Musicians/Performers page.

Get your Applications in!

Applications for CONvergence 2017 room parties close after March 31, 2017. There is no time like the present to create an amazing experience with your friends, or talk to your club or performance group about promoting yourselves through a room party at CONvergence!

Applications for CONvergence 2017 Artists Alley close after March 15, 2017! Head over to the Artists page for more information.

Applications for CONvergence 2017 Fan Tables are currently open! Fan tables are a great way to get the word out to CONvergence members about your club, organization, event, cause, or project!

Have you ever thought about hosting a game at CONvergence? In addition to being a lot of fun and giving you the chance to invite a new group of players into one of your stories, you can get volunteer hours for it! Head over to the Host a Game page for more information.

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HALF PRICE Registration for CONvergence 2017 Ends January 15

Happy new year and welcome, CONvergence members, time travelers, space explorers, and Earth visitors past and present to the epic adventure of the year 2017.  Of course, January among its new beginnings and resolutions is also the time to make sure you are a registered member of CONvergence! This is your annual reminder that CONvergence 2017 registration prices will increase after January 15, 2017.

That means you have just a few short days left to register for CONvergence 2017: To Infinity and Beyond at the lowest price available, HALF OFF the at-the-door price, and be entered into the CONvergence 2017 hotel lottery. Don’t forget to remind your friends to register, too!

Connie as Luke Skywalker with Yoda

January is also a great time to get more involved with CONvergence, and this year there are many ways to do so.

Help Shape CONvergence’s Youth Programming Approach

Are you a parent, teacher, mentor, advocate, or a teen or young adult who is passionate about improving youth programming at CONvergence? Then consider joining the CONvergence 2017 Youth Programming Advisory Council. As part of the advisory council, you will help review current youth programming, assess areas for improvement, and research possible events, fan groups, organizations, and programs that may be able to provide additional programming for our youth membership. Together you will create a list of suggestions and resources for current and future CONvergence planning.

The Youth Programming Advisory Council will serve for the duration of one convention cycle and will be reevaluated for need after CONvergence 2017’s postmortem meeting. If you would like to be considered for the Youth Programming Advisory Council, please send your name and any relevant details to [email protected] with the subject, “Youth Programming Advisory Council.”

Connie as Honor HarringtonBecome Part of the Community Partnership Process

Want to take an active role in developing CONvergence’s community? CONvergence is currently forming a Partner Search Committee, which will be responsible for identifying and building relationships with local events, conventions, fan groups, organizations, or businesses that may wish to enter into a community partnership with Convergence Events, Inc. As a member of the CONvergence Partner Search Committee, you will be asked to help create a show of interest form and a review process, and submit recommendations to the CONvergence Board of Directors on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to be considered for CONvergence’s Partner Search Committee, please send your name and any relevant details to [email protected] with the subject, “Partner Search Committee.”

Get your Applications in!

Applications for CONvergence 2017 room parties are already open, and there is no time like the present to create an amazing experience with your friends, or talk to your club or performance group about promoting yourselves through a room party at CONvergence.

Applications for CONvergence 2017 Artists Alley are open! Head over to the Artists page for more information.

Applications for CONvergence 2017 Fan Tables are already open! Fan tables are a great way to get the word out to CONvergence members about your club, organization, event, cause, or project!

Have you ever thought about hosting a game at CONvergence? In addition to being a lot of fun and giving you the chance to invite a new group of players into one of your stories, you can get volunteer hours for it! Head over to the Host a Game page for more information.

Submit your Panel Suggestions and Sandbox Activity Ideas

Got great panel ideas after checking out a recent film release, TV show, or new book? Fortunately, there’s still time to submit CONvergence 2017 panel ideas to the programming department. But you’d better do it soon!

Do you have an amazing idea for an art, craft, or science activity that would be perfect for Connie’s Quantum Sandbox in 2017? Click here to submit your Quantum Sandbox ideas!

Come to the Convergence Events, Inc. Annual Meeting and Election

Convergence Events, Inc logo

The 2017 Convergence Events, Inc. annual meeting and board election will be held Sunday, January 22, 2017 after the January CONvergence Convention Committee meeting. Click here for more information on the Convergence Events, Inc website.

This is a great opportunity to check out how we choose our leaders, and find out more about the nuts and bolts of CONvergence. Plus, attending this meeting will count towards your CONvergence member voting rights in 2018!

But Don’t forget to Register!

Just remember, register before the end of January 15, 2017 to get the best rate on your CONvergence membership! You’ll be able to spend the money you save on cool stuff in the Dealers Room, Artists Alley, and Art Show!

So don’t hesitate. Embrace your destiny, and click here to register for CONvergence 2017.

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You or Your Group Can Bring a Fan-Featured Guest to CONvergence 2017!

Is there a special guest you, your group, or your organization would love to have for panels, events, and more at CONvergence 2017: To Infinity and Beyond? Well, time is running out to get your applications in for fan-featured guests at CONvergence 2017!

The deadline for CONvergence 2017 Fan-Featured Guest applications is December 31st, 2016.

Is this the first you’re hearing about Fan-Featured guests?

Fan-Featured Guests are brought in by outside groups, organizations, or individuals with approval from and working directly with the CONvergence Guests of Honor Department. The funding for bringing in a Fan-Featured Guest is provided entirely by the group, organization, or individual bringing the guest and can be crowdfunded, fund raised, or privately donated.

Potential Fan-Featured Guests will go through exactly the same approval process as any other CONvergence Guest of Honor, and they will be treated with the same courtesy, honor and privileges. The salient differences are:

  • Because groups funding a Fan-Featured Guest are not bound by the same budgeting constraints as the convention, Fan-Featured Guest funding may cover an appearance fee.
  • The group, organization, or individuals bringing in a Fan-Featured Guest will be able to collaborate with the Fan-Featured Guest and CONvergence’s Programming department on said Guest’s programming and activities during the convention.
  • Groups, organizations, or individuals responsible for a Fan-Featured Guest’s appearance will be credited in CONvergence publications and web pages.

How Can My Group Invite a Fan-Featured Guest?

In 2016 we ran an initial pilot for this program and the featuring group, “We Need Season Three”, brought Greg Weisman to CONvergence as our very first Fan-Featured Guest.

With the success of that, we are running a second, full test, pilot to make sure our system works, and we are inviting the entire CONvergence membership to participate. We are accepting applications for up to two Fan-Featured Guest slots per convention year.

Click Here for the Fan-Featured Guest application.

Click here for more information about what you will need to complete the application and invite a Fan-Featured guest to CONvergence 2017.

The deadline for CONvergence 2017 Fan-Featured Guest applications is December 31st, 2016.

The Guest Search Committee will review all applications and have a response from the CONvergence Board of Directors by January 15th for all featuring groups who submit an application.

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Suggest Panels for CONvergence 2017!

Got some great ideas for panels? Are you interested in contributing to CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond’s programming slate? Yes? Great! Because our annual Programming Brainstorming Session is right around the corner and we’d love to see you there!

A panel at CONvergence 2015When: October 23, 2016, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: DoubleTree By Hilton Bloomington
Rooms: Atriums 4, 6, and 7
Address: 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439

You don’t have to have been on a panel or run a panel before to contribute panel ideas. We want panel suggestions from all walks of our diverse and vibrant community! That means you!

For those who are not aware, many of our programming ideas for the next convention are generated at this upcoming October session. Once we have a list of ideas, we proceed to enter them all into our database. By February 1st, our list of ideas goes live and we invite CONvergence members to volunteer as panelists and moderators. For more information, check out our panel scheduling page.

Can’t make the Brainstorming Session?

If you can’t make it to a brainstorming session, we encourage you suggest panels online via our Panel Suggestion Form!

Additionally, If you already have specific ideas for panels that you would like to see, present, or run yourself, please send them to us via the web rather than saving them for the brainstorming session; it’s faster and easier than trying to dictate while a roomful of people are waiting. You are welcome to both submit panel ideas online AND attend the brainstorming session!

Panel suggestions will be accepted until March 1st, 2017. However, they really should be in by February 1st, 2017 to have a good chance of making it onto the CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond schedule.

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Did You Volunteer For CONvergence 2016? You Are Invited the Volunteers Party!

If you volunteered even just one hour of your time for CONvergence 2016, you are invited to join the CONvergence Convention Committee at 2016 Volunteers Party!

logo for Volunteers Party featuring Connie wearing a party hat, and confetti

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided free for all CONvergence 2016 volunteers, and the hotel will have a cash bar. The hotel pool and hot tub will be open for all to enjoy and there will be a changing room available. Bring your swimsuit, bring a game to play, bring CONvergence 2016 stories to share, and most importantly, bring yourself!

When: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:00pm until 11:00pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington
Why: Because it’s fun to party with CONvergence volunteers, of course!

Get Your Volunteer Perks

If you didn’t have a chance during CONvergence 2016 to pick up your volunteer t-shirt, uber volunteer reward, or other CONvergence 2016 volunteer perks, you will be able to do so at the Volunteers Party!

Additionally, if you forgot to turn in your volunteer card at CONvergence 2016, you can either bring it to the party before 9:00pm or scan or snap a good, readable photo of it and send the file to [email protected]

Prize Drawings

CONvergence 2016 members with 10 or more CONvergence 2016 volunteer hours logged are eligible to enter a prize pack drawing for one of the following awesome prizes! You need not be present to win. Winners will be drawn during the party and prizes may be picked up until 9:00pm if you are present. If you are not present, we will contact you and make arrangements to get you your prize.

  1. Up All Night Prize: 4 cases (48 bottles) of True Stone Coffee Roasters’ Cool Brew!
  2. Date Night Prize: 2 tickets to Fearless Comedy’s October show, Masquerade at Bernard’s (a Shakespearean Weekend at Bernie’s) and a $30 gift certificate to the Uptown Diner!
  3. Game Night Prize: Prize pack from Fantasy Flight Games and a small gift basket from Isabel Street Heat containing hot sauce or seasoned salts to top your snacks for the evening!
  4. Decorating Geek Prize: a framed laser-engraved drawing of the Serenity!
  5. Comics Geek Prize: a starter pack to begin your comics collection that includes popular volume 1 trades and a gift certificate to keep reading!
  6. Electronics Geek Prize: an iPad!
  7. Superhero Geek Prize: Your choice of superhero-themed stained glass art hanging wall panel from Kitsune Art Glass!

In addition to the prizes listed above, we will hold drawings for many, many other door prizes, including books, movies, hot sauces, and a Kindle Fire tablet. You need not be present to win some of them, but others are just for people who stick around!

We hope to see you at the CONvergence 2016 Volunteers Party. It should be a blast! If you have any questions about the 2016 Volunteers Party, please contact the CONvergence Volunteers Department.

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CONvergence Wants to Hear From YOU!

the poster to tell people about the member survey. Features a QR code for the survey, and connie. Reads, "Give your feedback! Help us improve CONvergence!"With yet another CONvergence behind us, we have already begun looking forward to the future and CONvergence 2017: To Infinity and Beyond! As part of the transition process, we would like to invite each end every CONvergence 2016 member to take the CONvergence 2016 Member Survey and to evaluate any CONvergence 2016 panels you attended.

2016 Member Survey

Click Here to take the CONvergence 2016 Member Survey.

Tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, what you thought worked well, and what you felt didn’t work at all. We want to hear all about your experiences, your priorities, and most of all, your ideas for improving the convention. Every single response will be looked at. Survey responses are a cornerstone as plans for CONvergence 2017 begin to take shape.

The CONvergence 2016 Member Survey will be open until July 20, 2016.

Evaluate Panels

Did you attend any panels at CONvergence 2016: …And how do we GET there? Maybe you were a panelist? Either way, the CONvergence Programming department wants to hear how every panel went!

Click Here for the CONvergence Panel Evaluation Form.

If a panel went very well, please take a moment to tell us why. If a went off the rails for any reason at all, we want to hear about that too! Panel evaluations are CONvergence’s primary year-to-year tool for improving panel programming. Your evaluations can influence who gets asked back as a moderator, as a panelist, and what panel topics end up on next year’s schedule.

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CONvergence 2016 Pass Around Game: The Briefcase

Continuing the great CONvergence tradition of pass-around games such as The Thing and Mark 2’s Vendetta, this year CONvergence: And How Do We Get There? brings you The Briefcase.

pass around game suitcase

Goal: You must acquire the CONvergence Grand Tour 2016 briefcase and travel CONvergence, collecting stamps in your passport!

pass around game travel journalHow it works: You have discovered a briefcase for this year’s grand tour. What does that mean? It means you get to discover new places and boldly go where (eh, you know the rest).

  1. You will find a briefcase somewhere on the CONvergence grounds, unattended. Open this briefcase. It should contain a notebook Travel Journal, a few pens and a lot of passports. (If the briefcase is missing any of these pieces, please go to QUESTIONS at the Bridge.)
  2. Travel the convention, taking the briefcase along for the journey! When you get to a new place (this can be any place of your choosing, or see list of suggested destinations), write down where you are on your passport, and then ask someone there to sign it. Anyone can sign your passport, but each person is only allowed to sign your passport once.
  3. After you get six signatures, open up the briefcase again and take the Travel Journal out. Now, tell us something awesome about your trip. You can write a story, draw a picture, or add to the Travel Journal however you’d like.
  4. Take the briefcase and its contents to QUESTIONS at the Bridge. Show them your passport and notebook, and get an awesome badge ribbon!
  5. Put the Travel Journal and pen back inside the briefcase. Keep your passport. Leave the briefcase in a well traveled location for someone else to find.

We can’t wait to read about everyone’s journeys! Happy travels!

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CONvergence 2016 Souvenir Guide & More Available for Download

Cover of CONvergence 2016 Program Guide featuring Connie in a parking lot full of sci-fi vehiclesThe  CONvergence 2016: …And How Do We GET There? Souvenir Guide is now available for download in a handy PDF format to read on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Print copies of the guide are available at the convention during Badge Pick-Up.

The Souvenir Guide features Guest of Honor perspectives and schedules, a programming guide, maps, information about sponsors and tons of other useful information for CONvergence 2016!

If you have any questions about the 2016 Souvenir Guide, please contact CONvergence publications. (You may not get a reply until after the convention.)

 Programming Schedule PDF

You can download a PDF copy of the CONvergence 2016 Programming Schedule to print out or read on your tablet or mobile device. You may also be interested in the CVG2016 mobile app!

And, of course, the schedule is also available online.

 Programming Schedule GRID

You can download a large print PDF copy of the CONvergence 2016 Programming Schedule grid.

Restaurant Guide

Check out our CONvergence 2016 Restaurant Guide for dining options during CONvergence 2016!

There are many options available, with special notes for vegetarian, gluten-free, delivery and even exclusive discounts offered to CONvergence members!

Family-Friendly GuideCONvergenceMaxLabsFamily

Heading to the convention with your kids? There are many of fun and entertaining activities at CONvergence 2016 that your whole family can enjoy. From movies to games, parties, panels, crafts and science, we have something fun for members of all ages!

Download or print this CONvergence 2016 Family Guide for family-friendly activities and parties at CONvergence 2016!

(While the rooms and times are as accurate as we can be, please note that some times and locations may be subject to change.)

More to Review…

As you embark upon your CONvergence 2016 journey, you may also want to review some of the following.

Additionally, the hours of operation for free services and activities at the convention can easily be found by navigating the “At The Con” section of our website! Just give it a try!

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