What to do with the kids?

Hey skeptical parents and guardians!

We really wish we could provide childcare for you. Every year, we try to get someone(s) to volunteer to do it, and every year it doesn’t happen.

BUT! We have left open possibilities. The Kalahari and Mojave rooms have been set aside for the kidlings.

A suggestion is to team up with other parents to trade off child watching and con attending. Skepticon can’t help coordinate that, but we will do what we can to help you do the coordination. If you need anything, stop by Skepticon Registration and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Skepticon will leave some crayons, coloring books, and paper (and whatever else we had in storage but haven’t dug out yet…) for entertainment.

We also have use of the in-room video and sound. If someone has a laptop or portable DVD player, we can work to get it set up to stream something online or pop in a disc. Again, check with Skepticon Registration for help!

We know childcare is important to our attendees, and we hope that someday we will be able to provide it. In the meantime, hopefully the community can band together so everyone can have a chance to enjoy Skepticon!

Love,
Team Skepticon

Skepticon Community Resources!

Hello again, Skepti-Town!

As we have had in prior years, we have a few resources available to attendees:

Food Pantry — Hungry but broke? Swing by our food pantry for a snack or a meal. Donations are very welcome! For every item you bring, you get a raffle ticket! (limit 5 tickets) This is at the tables across from registration.

Prom Clothes Closet — Want/need an outfit for SkeptiProm? Come see what we’ve got! Everything is free! Donations are very welcome here, too. Clean, gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc, of all types and sizes are wanted! Check it out at the tables across from registration.

Community Board — Come leave a message for a friend, say something nice, or draw a pretty picture. Everyone could use a little happiness in their lives! This is also at the tables across from registration.

Quiet Room Need a little time in a quiet setting? Head to the Sonoran room on level B!

Charging Stations — Power strips will be available in the back of the Grand Ballroom. Please bring your own charging cord, and remember to retrieve your devices! There will be no supervision, and neither Skepticon nor the Oasis will be held accountable for lost or stolen items (though we will do our darndest to help you find them!)

We love all of our attendees, and can’t wait to see you all this weekend!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — We love donations to our bank account, too!

ACTIVITIES!!!!!

Boy howdy, Skepticon Town! Where has the time gone?! You need activities information, and stat!

FRIDAY
1pm to 5pm — Blood Drive! Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will bring their mobile donation vehicle to drain us of our blood. Please bring your ID, give up a pint, and save a life!

9pm to 1am — Game Night! Join our hosts, Level 3 Games, to play games and socialize with your fellow attendees. For your convenience, a cash bar will be available in the room. It’s always a good time!

SATURDAY
9pm to 1am — SKEPTIPROM RETURNS! Music, dancing, and a photo booth! A cash bar will be available. What to wear? Whatever you want! Formal wear, a costume, your regular clothes… as long as you cover your “naughty” parts, you’re good! Come see what we’ve done with our Robots and Computers theme!

9pm to 1am — Saturday Night Social! For those who want to socialize but don’t want the noise of Prom. Hang out, chat, play games, whatever! 

ALL DAYS
Raffle! Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Each day will have a different selection. Come check out the amazing stuff we have for you this year! 

See you soon!!!!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — It’s not too late to donate!

Announcing Skepticon’s Unconference………… The Skepticun!

Hey Skepticondlers!

Open space technology is coming to Skepticon! Hosted by Benny Vimes, this self-organizing event will allow skepticon attendees an opportunity to bring the issues and subjects they consider most important to the skeptical and freethinking communities. Expect lively conversations and copious opportunities to learn.

If you have ever wanted to give a talk at a conference like Skepticon, this is your chance! Begin preparing your talk as soon as possible, as well prepared and practiced talks will be most successful.

If you have a great idea for a workshop, bring your great idea to The Skepticun! This is a great chance to test out a new workshop idea, or to try running one for the first time.

That discussion topic you’re aching to sit down and chat about with other skeptics and freethinkers? Perfect for The Skepticun! Bring your passions and ideas and you will have a chance to explore them here.

At 11am on Friday those attending The Skepticun will meet and self-organize our schedule for the day. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive by 11am to participate in this event. The Skepticun will then run until 5pm Friday afternoon.

Looking forward to enjoying this new experience with you!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS — Donate now and have your donation MATCHED!

Legal Fundraising Update!

Hey there, Skepticondlers!

As you probably have heard, Richard Carrier is suing us, and several others. Here is an update on the fundraising!

As promised, the other defendants have started a Go Fund Me campaign, and they’re doing great! But don’t let that big number fool you — the legal bills are still more than that. Help them out if you can by clicking this link here!

Skepticon could also use some more help. We raised a little over $2400, which is fantastic! But again, is not enough to cover all our legal expenses. Help us out if you can! Remember, only donations made by clicking on the button below go to our legal fund. Donations made any other way will go to the conference, unless you tell us otherwise.

[button link=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DQZDEX8AX8JD6″ type=”big” color=”orange”] Click HERE to donate to our legal fund![/button]

Since Skepticon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation may be tax deductible — talk to your tax adviser!

Thank you so much for supporting Skepticon (and our friends!)

Dino hugs and high fives,
Team Skepticon

 

Legal Fundraiser Reminder! (and update!)

Hey Skepticoneers!

Over this holiday weekend, we started a fundraiser for our legal bills, as we (and several others) are getting sued. Since many of you may have had such a great weekend that you didn’t make it on to your computers, we thought we would post the link again.

[button link=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DQZDEX8AX8JD6″ type=”big” color=”orange”] Click HERE to donate to our legal fund![/button]

Only donations through that link will be used for our legal expenses — donations made through any other link will be used only for the conference in November.

The fundraiser started out great! We passed $2,000 as of January 2! As fantastic as that is, we know we’ll need more. So please give if you can!

Love and thank you,
Team Skepticon

Help Skepticon Fight the Good Fight!

Help Skepticon fight the good fight!

Hey, you fantastic Skepticoners,

As some of you may know, Skepticon is currently involved in some legal proceedings. Unlike Law & Order, this is going to allegedly take more than forty five minutes and some Jack McCoy magic to fix.

In short, we need dollars to pay for a lawyer to protect our dino hides.

Here’s the situation, in June of this year, Skepticon released a blog post announcing our decision to ban Richard Carrier from attending our conference (we have since taken this down). Shortly afterwards, we were served with the legal paperwork for a defamation lawsuit.

If that wasn’t fun enough, Skepticon is not the only one named in this suit. Our fearless leader, Lauren Lane, is also named. Any donations to Skepticon’s legal fund will also help her. The board of directors of Skepticon voted to take responsibility for Lauren’s portion of the legal bills, as she was acting in her capacity as a board member at the time of the blog post. Finally, there are 5 other defendants: Amy Frank-Skiba, Stephanie Zvan, The Orbit, PZ Myers, and Freethought Blogs. A Go Fund Me is in the works for those 5, and we will be publicizing it when it goes live. All the defendants are represented by the same attorney, First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza, who is providing his services at a discount, but we are not asking him to work for free. Plus, there are thousands of dollars in “costs” for the case that don’t include legal bills, and there is no way to discount those.

Only donations made through the link below will be used for our legal bills. Any donations made through any other link will be restricted to conference and normal operating expenses. We have a separate bank account for the legal expenses, and everything will be reported separately in our financial reports.

Our bills, so far, have been covered by donations from a generous anonymous donor. Those bills were in the thousands-of-dollars range and there are more to come, which is why we’re asking you for help.

No matter how far this adventure goes, we are confident that the courts will see our actions as both lawful and reasonable, and rule in our favor. In the event that the funds raised exceed our legal bills, we will put them toward the conference. We are determined to see this through and celebrate our tenth year next fall with all of you.

With love and thanks,
Team Skepticon

PS – Don’t forget that Skepticon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and therefore donations may be tax deductible. Talk to your tax advisor!

SK9 “Extras” Roundup!

Hey there, Skepticondlers!

We have done a whole slew of blog posts on all the fun things we have going on around Skepticon that aren’t workshops or talks. In case you missed them, or you want to have them all at your fingertips, here is a list with links!

Art Contest! Only $20 to enter, and everyone wins a prize! Limited to 10 entries!

Raffle! Saturday and Sunday, different items each day! Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5, or get up to 5 tickets free by bringing in a food item for the Food Pantry.

Food Pantry! Stop by if you need a snack or a meal, and don’t have the financial means to get one. Or bring a donation for your fellow attendees!

Prom Clothes Closet! Need an outfit for SkeptiProm? Swing by and see if we have something for you to take! Donations are needed, so bring stuff to help stuff our Closet!

Food Trucks! London Calling and Not’cho Ordinary Taco are coming back with their yummy, yummy noms! And they’re being joined by Spork Express — which focuses on vegetarian and vegan cuisine — on Saturday!

Blood Drive! Friday afternoon — donate a pint to save a life!

Friday Game Night! Bring games to share, borrow a game from the loaner pile, or just hang out!

SkeptiProm! (Prom start time has changed to 9:30 pm) Further Prom info! Earplugs are now findable, and we fixed the flashy lights. And more Prom info, this time about our extra special DJ, Victor Harris Jr.!

Saturday Night Social! A Prom-adjacent place to hang out that isn’t Prom.

Child Care! We weren’t able to get child care, but hopefully what we do have will help.

Community Spaces! Borrow the Community Room for a meeting or hangout! Leave a message at the Community Board!

And we have lots of other great stuff we’re offering to our attendees — live captioning on the main stage, charging stations in the Grand Ballroom, communication stickers, fidgets, a red lanyard policy for privacy protection, a quiet room, and gender neutral bathrooms!

We hope you have your most fantastic Skepticon yet!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – It’s not too late! Donate! And register!

Food Trucks at SK9! (Vegan included!!)

Hey Skepti-foodies!

We know our conference is a little off the beaten path when it comes to food. The Fire & Ice Restaurant is available at the hotel, Walmart is next door, and there are a few restaurants around the hotel. But we like for things to be easy for you, so we’ve arranged for some food trucks to come by!

London Calling Gourmet Pasty Company logo

London Calling Gourmet Pasty Company logo

London Calling

What: “We would love for you to come and try our handmade, hand crimped, and freshly baked Pasties (Pass-Teez). If you do not know what a pasty is then let me whet your appetite. A pasty starts with a flaky crust stuffed with meat, potatoes and vegetables. The crust is then folded and crimped to create a hand held feast!”

When:

  • Friday – 11 am until ?
  • Saturday – Dinner
  • Sunday – 11 am until ?

 

 

spork-express-fullcolor-tagline

Spork Express Company Logo

Spork Express

What: “Spork Express is a full service mobile kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a regional specialty or prefer international flavors, Spork Express has an eclectic mix of decadent favorites, vegetarian, vegan and healthy entrees. As long long time attendees and supporters of Skepticon, we are excited to be back this year, not only as participants but as a food vendor.”

When: Saturday – 11 am until ?

 

Not'cho Ordinary Taco Truck logo

Not’cho Ordinary Taco Truck logo

Not’cho Ordinary Taco

What: “Fresh ideas, fresh made tacos made for fun fresh people!”

When:

  • Friday – 11 am until ?
  • Saturday – 11 am until ?
  • Sunday – 11 am until ?

 

 

 

We’re hungry just thinking about it… we’ll see you at the Skepticon 9 food trucks!

Love,
Team Skepticon

P.S. Want to keep Skepticon dinosaurs from going hungry? Donate today and feed the dinosaurs!

How to find help at SK9

Hey Skepti-tendees,

We work to make Skepticon a safe place for everyone, but we also know things can happen outside our control or despite our best efforts. Here are ways to find help:

  • Call 911 if someone requires immediate medical attention or if there is immediate danger
  • Notify an organizer — look for a PINK name badge
  • If you can’t find an organizer, ask a volunteer — look for an ORANGE name badge
  • If you can’t find an organizer or a volunteer, ask a speaker — look for a BLUE name badge
  • At any time, you can notify a hotel staff person and they will assist you in finding an organizer

Skepticon takes harassment seriously. If you or someone you know feels harassed, please report it immediately. We have a protocol and we aren’t afraid to use it!

Be good to yourself and to your fellow attendees, and let’s make this the safest Skepticon ever!

Love,
Team Skepticon

PS – We’re almost there, just mere days, nay, hours, left! Please donate if you can!