Red Lanyard Policy

Hi Skepti-friends!

We know not all of you can be out in your community, whatever “out” means for you — atheism, skepticism, gender, sexuality, whatever. Skepticon strives to be a safe place for everyone, and we want everyone feel secure in expressing themselves however they feel most comfortable. To that end, Skepticon enforces the Red Lanyard Policy.

In an effort to protect those who cannot or do not wish their photos be shared via social media, they will be wearing red lanyards. Please be extra careful to not include them in photographs, videos or share them or their names on social media platforms.

We wish everyone could be who they are wherever they are, and we’re trying our best to change the world, one conference at a time! Until then, red lanyards are our way of protecting our attendees.

Thank you for respecting the Red Lanyard Policy!

Team Skepticon

PS – The first day of Skepticon is almost here! But we could still use some funds. Donate if you can!!

Communication Stickers & Fidgets!

Hi Skepticoneers!

We just wanted to let you know that the communication stickers and fidgets will be back for SK9!

We upgraded the communication stickers this year by adding a shape component. So, we have blue circles for communication desired; yellow triangles for communication limited to known people; and red squares for little or no communication. They are also bigger stickers, so they will be more easily seen by other attendees. No sticker means you are comfortable establishing your communication boundaries on your own. As always, the use of the stickers is not required, but abiding by your fellow attendees’ sticker is.

The fidgets will be available at the registration table. We have discarded the ones from last year that were cool but got really nasty, and the rest will be sanitized. Feel free to borrow what you need! Please return them to the registration table when you’re done : )

Team Skepticon

PS – Donations are what help us keep cool things like communication stickers and fidgets available for our whole community. Help us out if you can, and your donation will be matched!

Gender Neutral Bathrooms at SK9!

Greetings Skepti-peeps!

We are very pleased to announce that there will be gender neutral bathrooms available again at Skepticon! The gender neutral bathrooms will be in the main hall, about halfway between the glass atrium and the registration area. Menstrual hygiene products will be available in both bathrooms. The urinals will be covered and placed out of order, so as to provide as much privacy as possible. The bathroom on the left has full floor-to-ceiling cubicles, and provide the most privacy. The bathroom on the left has traditional stalls.

Gender segregated bathrooms are available at the Grand Ballroom end of the hall, past registration, and in hall outside the Fire and Ice restaurant. The urinals in the “mens” rooms will be open for business, and menstrual products will be available in the “womens” bathrooms only.

Please use the bathrooms you feel most comfortable with. As always, please respect the privacy of others.

Oh, and watch out for the sinks, they’re determined to soak your lower half!

Team Skepticon

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Logo which consists of a big, sketchy red blood droplet and light blue text.

SK9 Blood Drive!

Howdy Skepti-donors!

We will once again be having Community Blood Center of the Ozarks come out for our blood drive! It will be Friday, November 11 from 1 to 5 pm in the parking lot outside the Grand Ballroom.

If you would like to make an appointment, click here! Walk-ins will be welcome as well!

Come on over to give a pint, get some cookies, and maybe save a life!

Team Skepticon

PS – We’re still taking donations, too! Don’t forget we have a matching donor, so every dollar you give will be doubled! While you’re at it, register if you plan on coming to SK9!

Closed Captioning at SK9!

Hey Skepticoners!

We are proud to have White Coat Captioning returning to do the captioning for Skepticon 9! We had so much fun with them last year, and they were fantastic!

The closed captioning will be available in several formats: On screen in the Grand Ballroom; online on the live stream; and on your personal device! We will have a link to the live captioning available on our website during the event.

Unfortunately, we do not have Sign Language interpreters available this year. We will try hard to get them back next year!

Team Skepticon

Community Spaces at SK9!

Hey Skepticonites!

Skepticon attendees are all one big community of dino love, and we want to encourage even more! This year, we are introducing the Community Room and the Community Board.

The Community Room will be available for groups who want a place to meet but a hotel room won’t cut it. The room will fit up to 50-ish people (depending on how many want to sit on the floor.) There will be some chairs, a 8-foot table, and a water station. The room will be available Friday 8 am to 11 pm, Saturday 9 am to midnight, and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. There will be a signup sheet outside, and it will be available on a first-to-sign-up basis. So coordinate a group meetup, record a podcast, have a music jam — if it’s legal, you can do it in this room!

Do you need a ride? Can you offer a ride? Looking for someone? Just want to leave a happy note or a pretty picture? The Community Board is the place for all of this and more! The Board will be located between Registration and the Grand Ballroom. We’ll provide pens and paper, you provide the content — but keep it clean, people :D

Here’s to making the skeptical community bigger and better!

Team Skepticon

PS — Spread the community love… Donate! And register!

Pre-Registration Raffle Prize!

Hi Skepticondlers!

Just a quick reminder to pre-register for Skepticon 9! If you do, you’ll be rewarded with a dedicated line for check-in, faster check-in, and a chance to win a sweet raffle prize!

The raffle prize this year is a National Geographic Dino Greenhouse Kit! Click here to see what it’s all about!

Even if you don’t care about the raffle prize, we would love it if you would pre-register so we can make sure we have enough stuff for everyone.

So CLICK HERE to register!

Thank you so much!
Team Skepticon

PS – You can donate while you’re registering, too! Donate $100 through the Secret Surprise link and get something awesome! Or click here to donate!

Prom Clothes Closet!

Hey hey Skeptonistas!

We’re making the Prom Clothes Closet official this year! Last year we had an attendee who had a couple of dresses that they didn’t want, but thought someone else could use them. A couple more dresses showed up, and an impromptu clothes closet was formed. This year we want to make it bigger and even better!

To do this, we need clothes to stock the closet, so see what you have hiding in the back of your own closet. We’re looking for gently used, clean dresses, skirts, suits (or parts of them — dress shirt, jacket, slacks, etc.), shoes, costume jewelry… anything you think would be appreciated as Prom wear! (Hangers would be much appreciated, too!) All donations are tax deductible, and a receipt can be provided upon request. And while fancy is sometimes fun, any style clothing is welcome, as SkeptiProm is not a “fancy-dress required” event.

If you’re in the market for something Prom-like, swing by the Closet to see what we have! The Closet will be located in the Grand Lobby, near registration. This is a no questions asked Closet — if see something you like, feel free to take it! Anything left over will be stored and carried over to SK10.

We hope to have a lot of fun with this, and hope you will too, whether you’re a donor or a recipient or both!

Team Skepticon

PS — You know the drill : ) Donate! Register! Rinse and repeat!

Friday Game Night

Greetings Skepticoners!

Our Friday Game Night has been a huge success from day one, and we can’t wait for this year’s! Unlike prior years, we do not have a sponsor for this event. We would love to have a stockpile of tabletop games for people to choose from, so if you have games you would like to share with your fellow attendees, bring’em!

Of course, the usual verbiage — Skepticon is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of items. If you bring games to leave for general use, please label your games with your name. Please remember to pick your game up at the end of the night, or swing by the activities booth (across from Registration) to get it on Saturday or Sunday. We are unable to ship games back to people, so please remember to come get them!

If you don’t have a game to bring, don’t worry! The more the merrier, and there should be plenty of games to go around.

And just to make things easier and possibly more fun, there will be a cash bar available in the game room.

So bring your games and/or your game faces, and see what sort of shenanigans you can get up to!

Team Skepticon

PS — Donate and register, please! We promise the begging will stop soon! But remember that our matching challenge is still going on, so all donations will be worth double!

Saturday Night Social!

Hi there, Skepticoneers!

I know, you’re all saying, “Saturday Night Social? But Bluebecca, the Prom is on Saturday night! How can you have 2 events at the same time?!” It’s easy peasy, my friends.

We recognize that people don’t necessarily want to dance or hang out in a loud, crowded room, but they might still want to socialize. So, we’re opening up the Grand Ballroom! It will still be set up in the lecture format, but we’re rolling in some tables so y’all can play games, sit around a chit chat, do crafts, plot how to take over the world.. whatever it is that makes your Saturday night special!

The bar at SkeptiProm will be available for all your thirst-quenching needs (but water is free! It’s just on the other side of the room…)

And if you want to do both Prom and socialize? Not to worry, the door between the ballrooms will be open for easy migration between the two rooms.

The Grand Ballroom will be open until 1 am, so come on by and hang out!

Team Skepticon

PS – We know, we’re a borked record… Register! Donate! Get donations matched! Please! Thank you!