Frequently Asked Questions

and stuff

  • Where is the event?
    • It is held annually in Springfield, MO in November.
    • The date for Skepticon 7 is TBA
    • Normally, the event is held at the Springfield Expo Center
      • Address: University Plaza Hotel 333 S. John Q Hammons Parkway Springfield, MO 65806
  • Why do you hold Skepticon In Springfield MO?
    • We started Skepticon is Springfield because this is where we went to college. As individuals we felt secluded and closed off from the rest of the world. The first event wasn’t even called Skepticon, it was called “Skeptics”. We didn’t expect that it would be as popular as it is. Since then we continue to hold it here because we feel that we can offer something to people without an outlet.
  • Will you ever hold the Event somewhere else?
    • Possibly, We have discussed the possibility, but currently have no plans to move the event.
  • How do you choose your Presenters?
    • We are always taking suggestions.
    • Every year we get together and discuss a massive list of names and each year that list gets larger.
    • Every Presenter that we bring in has to agree to a couple conditions.
      • All Honorariums are waved.
      • Skepticon will pay for Travel and Lodging for the event.
      • Allow us to film, record, edit and post on their presentation online.
        • All revenue generated from this is donated to charitable groups and organizations.
      • Enjoy Yourself.
        • We enjoy what we do and want to enjoy that time with you.
  • Where is the closest hotel?
    • The main hotel that attendees are staying at is the University Plaza Hotel.
      • Hotel Address: 333 John Q Hammons Parkway Springfield, MO 65806
      • Phone number: 417-864-7333
      • Directions
  • The main hotel is full! Where else should I stay?
    • The Holiday Inn
      • Address: 1117 East Saint Louis Street Springfield, MO 65806
      • Phone: (417) 862-0070
      • Directions
      • This hotel offers a discount for attending our event–ask about the Skepticon group rate!
  • Where can I park?
    • Parking can be done at the University Plaza Hotel, on the street, or at the parking garage across from the main hotel on E. St. Louis Street.
  • Where can I eat?
    • Downtown Springfield offers an array of restaurants within walking distance of the event–no need to get back in the car!
  • What other cool stuff is there to do in Springfield, MO?
  • Do you have a map of the stuff and things?
  • Who is speaking?
    • TBA
  • Where is the schedule?
    • TBA
  • How do I register?
    • TBA
  • Do you have a Harassment Policy?
  • What are the workshops?
    • Basically, they are smaller, more hands-on talks that some of our speakers and other awesome people are going to be putting on for funsies and to gain all the knowledges.
  • Where are the workshops?
    • They are in the Expo Center on the main level to the left in three rooms along the far wall. We’ll put up ginormous signs for you so it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • How does attendance work for the workshops?
    • Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that you show up early if you would like to see a particular workshop!
    • You don’t have to sign up, just show up!
  • Will speakers be selling their books?
    • Yes, speakers will be selling their books at our event. Which speakers? Well, if they have a book they are gonna bring it. For sure.
  • Where can I get some sweet Skepticon merch?
    • As of right now, we do not have an online shop. If you would like some awesome Skepticon swag the only way to do it is to come to our free event and see our smiling faces!
  • I am bringing along kiddos, do you offer childcare?
    • TBA
  • I want to volunteer at Skepticon because I’m the bees knees, how do I do that?
    • You can tell us at registration, email us at info@skepticon.org, use our contact form to tell us about your super powers OR hit us up on the Facebooks. We seriously love hearing from you!
  • How can I get a travel grant?
    • Info. TBA!
  • Do you have any of those fancy phone apps for this event?
    • We have the monkeys working on it!
  • What is the twitter hashtag so I can talk about this bitchin’ event?
    • #SK6
    • #SKEPTICON (all caps is to be interpreted as enthusiasm and not anger in this case BECAUSE OMGEE SKEPTICOOOOON!)
  • Hey, where’s that Reddit AMA you crazy kids did?
  • Why do you guys like dinosaurs so much?
  • How do I reserve a table at Skepticon?
    • You fill that shiz out on the registration form for stuff and things.
  • Where can I find these fancy blogs your speakers write on?
    • Google their names. BE AMAZED.
  • I have special dietary needs–where in Springfield can I has a nom?
  • Where are the previous year’s videos?
  • What’s this shenanigan I have been hearing about unique Skepticon Surlies?
    • SurlyAmy is generously making us special SK6 surlies because she’s wicked amazing, ya’ll.
  • What are Missouri’s liquor laws? 
    • Here is Missouri Liquor Law Wiki! Please drink responsibly. We like you and we want to keep you around!
      • Some important highlights:
        • Legalized public intoxication, which localities cannot override.
          • However, It IS a misdemeanor to consume alcohol and engage in unruly behavior.
        • No blue law (AKA we still sell the boozes on Sundays)
    • Also, there is a smoking ban in all restaurants and bars in Springfield, smokers will have to partake outside.
  • If someone is harassing me at the event, who can I talk to?
    • Please notify an event volunteer. There will also be an off duty officer on the premises to help enforce our harassment policy.
  • Will the event be streamed online? How can I watch/listen?
    • Yes! Please check back soon for more details as they unfold. Sometimes the internet is hard.
  • Can I take photos? Is there anything I should be wary of when doing so?
    • Please take as many as you like! However, do realize that some attendees are not ‘out’ as an atheist in their communities so be aware of this. It is best to ask if you can share their photo on Facebook and other social media sites if you are not sure.
  • Volunteering in an official capacity isn’t really my thing, but I still want to help. How?
    • Donate!   Sponsor! Talk about us on the internet!
      • Skepticon runs on completely volunteer power. This means that there are people working around the clock week after week on their own time so that they can make the best event possible and keep it absolutely free to attend. Turns out you need money to pay for things, like speaker travel, event spaces, and chairs and whatnots.
  • Can I send a donation by check?
    • Yes, you can! Email info@skepticon.org for the address.
  • Is the venue handicap-accessible?
    • Double yes.
  • I’m interested in presenting at Skepticon. How do I sign up for that?
    • Our speakers are completely chosen and contacted by our organizers at least a half a year in advance in order to coordinate schedules. We always like to hear about new and interesting speakers, so send us a line at info@skepticon.org use our contact form if you are interested.
  • What social Media does Skepticon have?
  • Can I sell Merchandise at Skepticon?
    • Is the pope catholic? Absolutely! Email us at info@skepticon.org or use our contact form for more informations and emoticons.
  • What kind of things can I sell at skepticon?
    • Good things! Cool things!
  • I have a particular skill that I think Skepticon would be interested in, how can I tell you about it?
    • Contact us via info@skepticon.org or use our contact form and tell us all about your awesomeness.

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