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!

Updates!

HELLO!

We almost forgot to tell you about two new things at Skepticon this year!

The first is that we will be changing our seating around in the Main hall so that the center sections will all have tables so that you may be able to utilize the space better. Now for those of you that prefer the theater seating, we are keeping the wings the same. This should give you more room, and a better verity of seating options. We know that we have a lot of bloggers out there that attend skepticon, and we wanted to give you the ability to take notes if you wanted. With this setup, there will not be charging stations except in the back of the house like it was before.

The second announcement is that we now have a mobile app!

All you have to do is:
1.) Go to http://eventsxd.com/download and Select your Platform!
2.) Search for Skepticon 10

With this you can search by Speakers, Rooms, or Tracks.

Hope you enjoy!

#SK10 Schedule Addition: A PANEL!

Hello Skepticon world!

We’re very super a lot excited to announce a last minute addition to our lineup: a panel!

Introducing: Diversifying Atheist Voices

 

Even after years of work on the problem, the atheist movement is still largely represented by white cishet men. We’ve put together a panel of podcasters whose guest lists are more diverse than the movement as a whole. We’ll talk about how and why they do that and whether it’s difficult in any way.

Say Hello to our Panelists:

Maddy Love


Maddy Love, transwoman living in Minnesota, talks with and about people in the trans, atheism, skepticism, and science communities. Then, since there’s no one to stop her, she talks about anything else she finds interesting or irritating – like podcast hosts writing summaries of themselves in the 3rd person. When not podcasting Maddy may be hosting Atheist Talk on the Minneapolis airwaves 9am, Sunday mornings at AM 950 KTNF. 

Marissa Alexa McCool

Marissa Alexa McCool is an author, podcaster, LGBT activist, and speaker. She graduated the University of Pennsylvania in May 2017 and is the co-founder of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative.

 

Chris Watson


Chris is the host of The Podunk Polymath, ‘a podcast dedicated to the sentiments of a secular, sarcastic, screwed up Southern SJW and skeptic.’ He wants to promote more diversity in his chosen medium, because the podcast community doesn’t need more cishet White guys.

WOOHOOO! Many thanks to the amazing Stephanie Zvan who will be hosting this awesome panel on Friday night from 9pm–10pm on the main stage.

See you all soon!

Love,

Skepticon

Sunday Workshops Part 2!

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Sunday!

 

Sam Farooqui – “Finding Your Way Around Moose”

Ex-Muslim issues can be really complicated for never-Muslims to parse. Frequently, never-Muslims fall prey to overcorrection, saviorism, or just plain silence. This workshop has been designed to educate never-Muslims on the intersections that tend to be involved where ex-Muslims are concerned, and how to work with and for those issues, in order to create substantive change.

Don’t miss out on Sam’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

 

Stephanie Zvan – “How to do a Workshop”

Do you want to put on a workshop, but aren’t sure how to design an effective one? Learn how to use the interactive nature of workshops to build confidence while conveying useful information.

Don’t miss out on Stephanie’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

 

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Sunday Workshops Part 1

Sunday WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Sunday!

 

Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin – “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group”

“The Springfield Skeptics was formed from scratch in 2014 and since then has grown into a strong secular community providing a lively discussion forum, a place to vent, and social and community service events.” Hosted by Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin, Join their workshop called “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group” where they will discuss “tips and tricks to maintaining excitement, how to provide that sense of community which is often what keeps individuals returning to churches, how to select leadership, how to market and promote the group and much more.”

Don’t miss out on Springfield Skeptics’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

 

Galen Broaddus – “How You Can Make Change As a Novice Activist”

Galen Broaddus talks about their role in lobbying and ultimately bringing a federal lawsuit over secular celebrants and Illinois marriage law, the lessons learned as a novice activist, and how other new activists can make their own change.

Don’t miss out on Galen’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!