SK8 Video Released: Niki Massey

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Niki Massey “Reproductive Justice: Activisim on the Sidewalk”:

We just have one word to say: WERENOTWORTHY! See you soon with another video!

Love,

Skepticon

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SK8 Video Released: Kavin Senapathy

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Kavin Senapathy “Word to Your Mother: GMO Edition”:

We just have one word to say: DEBUNKARAMA! See you soon with another video!

Love,

Skepticon

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SK8 Video Released: Destin Sandlin

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Destin Sandlin “Science, Faith, and the Internet”:

We just have one word to say: PLEASEDONTFALLOFFTHATBIKEANYMOREDESTINYOUREGOINGTOHURTYOURSELF! See you soon with another video!

(This one seems to have escaped into the wild already, but let’s just make it official.)

Love,

Skepticon

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SK8 Video Released: Stephanie Zvan

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Stephanie Zvan “Justice in a ‘Just World'”:

We just have one word to say: DINOAPPROVED! See you soon with another video!

Love,

Skepticon

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SK8 Video Released: Nathanael Johnson

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Nathanael Johnson “How do we feed ourselves without wrecking the Earth?”:

We just have one word to say: ENVIROLICIOUS! See you soon with another video!

Love,

Skepticon

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SK8 Video Released: Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

Hello Skepticontown!

We’re excited to announce that another video from Skepticon 8 is ready for your viewing pleasure, here is Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson “Free white persons of good character”:

We just have one word to say: SCHOLARIFIC! See you soon with another video!

Love,

Skepticon

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Shop with Amazon Smile and Help Skepticon!

Hey Skepticoners!

We have an easy peasy way for you to help Skepticon. When you shop with AmazonSmile, a portion of your eligible purchase is donated to us! You don’t need a special account, just use the login you usually use. Even better, your purchase price is the same whether you use Smile or not — the full donation comes from Amazon itself.

It’s simple to sign up. We really wanted to give you step-by-step instructions, but everyone we know is already signed up, so we can’t see what it looks like as a new enrollment :/ So go to smile.amazon.com, log in, and follow the instructions!

We acknowledge that Amazon is controversial. We support those who make the decision to not shop through Amazon, whatever their reason. However, if you shop there already, this is an easy way to help us out! Skepticon needs every dollar it can get, and that small percentage from AmazonSmile adds up!

Our dinos thank you from the bottom of their giant hearts <3

 

Call for Skepticon organization help

Hey, Skepticoners!

Have you ever been at Skepticon and thought, “Wow, organizing this conference must be so much fun!” Well, you would be right! But it is also a lot of work. Skepticon has grown A LOT since it’s humble, student beginnings. As we have said many a time, Skepticon is run completely on volunteer power. While our team is really awesome, it would mean so much to have a little more help.

So! We are looking for people to apply to help us with the behind-the-scenes organization. You don’t need to live in Springfield — only a few of us do! Organizers are spread literally from coast to coast, so don’t let geography stop you from jumping on board.

We will have applications available at the registration table for the entire weekend. If you’re not able to make it to Skepticon this year (sad face), but still want to apply, email [email protected] and we’ll get one out to you. This is not a super intensive application, so don’t worry that we’re putting you through Harvard-level scrutiny. Mostly just to see who you are and if you would be a good fit for our team.

We do have some requirements:

  • Dedication: We won’t work you to the bone, but we need to be able to rely on you
  • Able to work with in a team: Skepticon is a group effort
  • Able to take direction: We love new ideas, but we also have some things just completely dialed in
  • Email/Facebook access: Since we are so spread out, we communicate mostly through email and Facebook Messenger
  • Amazingness: Since all fans of Skepticon are amazing, you’ve got this one in the bag!

Here are some things that aren’t requirements, but would be nice to have:

  • Experience: Not necessarily with conference organizing, but in something that might help us (and you would be surprised at what would be helpful!)
  • Creativity: We’re always looking for new ideas!
  • Access to Google Hangouts: This is how we conduct our meetings, and we would love to have you join us!

We will be reviewing the applications over the winter (after we take our break from all things Skepticon), and will start contacting applicants beginning in the spring. Please note that this means applicants will not be involved in speaker selection, as this happens earlier in the year. However, we always welcome speaker suggestions, from anyone, anytime, at [email protected]

We know you love us. We hope that you love us enough join our amazing team!

Love,
Skepticon

 

P.S. Want to help Skepticon, but don’t want to be an organizer? Donate if you can! Every dollar helps!

Skepticon 8 Extracurricular Activities

Hey there, Skepticondlers!

On top of the amazing lectures and workshops we’ve got planned for you this weekend, we have a few other activities you can partake in!

Art Contest
Cost: $20 per canvas
When: Sales are all day Friday and Saturday morning; judging begins after the lunch break on Saturday
Where: Pay for and pick up your canvas at the merchandise booth
What: Make some art for us! For a mere $20 donation, we’ll give you an 8″ x 10″ canvas, acrylic paint, and some admittedly cheap plastic paintbrushes — feel free to bring your own good ones. You’re allowed to add anything you want to your canvas — pictures to make a collage, jewels and feathers to make it 3-D, or if you REALLY want to make Lauren happy, bring on the glitter! The only rules are the art must include one of this year’s themes: Skepticon, dinosaurs, the 80’s, and/or skate-related items. When you’re done, return it to us, and let the rest of the attendees vote for their favorite piece of work! All entries will win a prize, and everyone gets to keep their artwork. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Raffle
Cost: $1 per raffle ticket, 6 tickets for $5
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Where: Across from registration/merchandise
What: Our storage is getting full, and we need to liquidate! Buy tickets, put your name and phone number on them, and drop them in the box for the item you want. We will be choosing the winners during the breaks between the afternoon and evening lectures, and the selection will change every day. Come check out our great selection of miscellaneous stuff fabulous treasure — you never know what you’ll find!

Skeptic Pantry & Food Drive
Cost: Nothing, if you raid your cupboard!
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Where: Across from registration/merchandise
What: Tis the season to feed the hungry! Bring in your non-perishable and unexpired food items, and for every item you bring in, you will receive a free raffle ticket (limit 5 tickets)! Some of our attendees cannot afford meals while at Skepticon, so we will be offering the food to those attendees who need it. Food remaining at the end of Skepticon will be donated to the local food bank.

And of course there’s…

SkeptiProm!
Cost: Free!
When: Saturday 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Paradise Ballroom (formerly the workshop rooms)
What: Our new annual dance-a-palooza will knock your socks off! Dress up, dress down, dance or don’t, it’s all good at SkeptiProm! Our DJ will be playing all the hits to help you get your groove on, there will be a cash bar available for your drinking pleasure, and we’ll be selling glow sticks and other fun things to help get you all prommed up! Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth for that sweet dance photo!

We here at Skepticon want you to have the best weekend ever!!!!!

 

P.S. The Skepticon dinosaurs are always hungry, but every penny they eat goes back into the conference. That’s right, Skepticon runs on dino poop money. Donate if you can!