Registration is now open for Skepticon 11!
We’re looking forward to hosting our first ever con in St. Louis and hope you can join in on the fun. HERE WE COME GATEWAY TO THE WEST!
Skepticon was one of the early secular and skeptic conferences to offer workshops, and we’re not about to stop just because we’ve moved. When we bring this many talented people together, we want to share skills and expertise. (We’re also big on putting people to work. Don’t tell anyone.)
Do you have knowledge to share at Skepticon? Yes, you. You, right there.
Look, if you’ve ever thought to yourself that you wished more activists or skeptics or people leaving religion knew some thing that you know, you have the base for a workshop. Never given one before? That’s okay. Everyone has to start somewhere, and we’re happy to show you how. There are fine reasons not to want to give a workshop, but don’t sell yourself short. Share what you know.
This year, Skepticon will offer workshops from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on being at Skepticon and would like to offer you skills, please fill out this form.
Unfortunately, Skepticon cannot provide travel or hotel costs for workshop presenters.
Skepticon is pleased to announce that we have found our new home!
Yes, after many months of searching and negotiating, we found this place:
Isn’t it gorgeous?
This is the Red Lion St. Louis City Center Hotel. A few facts to whet your appetite:
We have a place, now we just have to fill it with the very best in Skeptical / Sciencey / Humanisty / Social Justicey / Nerdy / Dino education and fun. And we need one more thing:
(and maybe some donations would be nice)
So, mark down August 9-11, 2019 on your calendar apps, paper calendars, or clay tablets, and get ready to party with us in St. Louis! Click this link here to reserve your swanky hotel room today!
Stay tuned for more announcements….
Well, Skepticon fanaroos, here we are, two years into our legal fight with Richard Carrier, and we’re still standing strong for what we believe. But it’s costing us dearly to keep going. Even though we are pooling our resources with the other defendants, our corporate credit card overfloweth, and we will need thousands more $$$ to keep going. (We’d much rather be raising funds for our next conference, so we can see you all, but count on that for next year. We miss all of you amazing people so much!)
So, we’re throwing a fundraiser! (Yay!) And you can choose an amazing and dino-filled, hand-made thank-you gift for your donation. That’s right, each of the fabulous creations on this page were made one at a time by a human Skepticon organizer (okay, except the postcards). The dinos wanted to help, but things came up, and life happened. The usual.
Our penny-pinching ways mean that we were able to keep the material costs for all items to less than 10% of the donation amount on the buttons. So be assured that nearly all of your money will be put directly to work in defending Skepticon and Lauren. We also renew our commitment to use no funds collected for the conference to pay the legal bills. Any leftovers in the legal fund will go to the conference fund, though. Shipping costs to the US are included. If you need international shipping, send us an email and we’ll work it out.
Finally, don’t forget that as a 501(c)(3) organization, funds collected by Skepticon can’t be used for the legal fees for the other defendants. Please also consider donating to the main defense fund.
If you’d just like to send us money and not get anything in return, other than the warm feelings of doing something good in the world, and our heartfelt gratitude, this is the option for you. Picture us doing a happy dance in your honor.
A postcard from our team to you, thanking you for your very welcome donation.
A paragraph of no less than 100 words on any topic, from the Skepticon Dino of your choice, posted publicly to our Facebook page. They’ll do their best, but remember that they’re just dinos trying to make a living in this uncertain world of the far future. Some of their knowledge is 65 million years out of date.
Quotes on paper, with decorated letters, in 5×7″ wooden frames.
Framed Quote: “You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”
Framed Quote: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”
Framed Quote: “Words actually matter. They’re significant, they can transform and open up our imagination.”
Framed Quote: “Above all don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”
Framed Quote: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a dinosaur. Then always be a dinosaur.”
Custom Framed Quote – Got a favorite quote of a reasonable length? For some extra moolah we’ll make one just for you. (We do reserve the right to reject a quote because of what it says, but never because of who you are.)
Approximately 16″ x 16″, with polyester fill.
Rockets and planets design.
Dinosaur silhouette design.
Cartoon dinosaur design.
Tabletop scenes featuring miniature dinosaurs.
Disco dinorama, featuring colorful disco lighting! Boogie on down to Skeptiprom town. Dinorama is approximately 12″ wide 8″ tall, and 7″ deep. Lighting is powered by 3 AA batteries.
Volcano dinorama, featuring glowing lava! (Note: glowing lava is simulated and will not actually melt your face.) Dinorama is approximately 12″ wide 12″ tall, and 12″ deep. Lava is powered by button batteries.
Space dinorama, featuring helmeted dinos in microgravity! Dinorama is approximately 14″ wide 9″ tall, and 8″ deep. Stars are powered by button batteries.
Protest dinorama, featuring resistant dinos taking to the streets! Dinorama is approximately 12″ wide 6″ tall, and 12″ deep.
All robots are one-of-a-kind sculptures featuring miniature dinos at the controls. They do not move by themselves, but most of them are lighted. If we sell out of robots, we’ll make more and add them here.
We’ll take down the image as soon as we can when a robot is purchased, but it is possible that someone will buy your robot just before you. If that happens, we’ll give you the choice of a refund, another bot, or having us make one as similar to the bot you chose as we can.
Light of Reason Bot
This solid bot is here to help with your toughest reasoning chores. It is lit inside to show you the dinos hard at work.
Inspired by the muppets singing backup to Mahna Mahna (youtube).
This graceful dancer is here to help you get your groove on. Bot’s lower half is lit to show the fancy footwork.
Not Tom Servo Bot
They may be related, but this is for sure not the star of MST3K. Tom can talk, but can he light up his globe?
Bottommost Turtle Bot
As we all know, the world is held on the back of a turtle, and from there it’s turtles all the way down. Here is the one at the very bottom, and it’s controlled by dinos, in a well-lit workplace.
What, doesn’t everyone have a hovercraft observatory run by dinosaurs? Well, now you don’t have to be the only one missing out. This bot features red light illumination to protect your delicate night vision.
Wise Old Owl Bot
Hard working dinos are here to provide the wisdom of the ages to you from the mouth of this bot. Or such wisdom as was available 65 million years ago. Maybe just “Look out for asteroids!” (This bot is not lighted.)
Safety Dance Bot
Dinos are dancing fools, sure, but with this beauty they’re sure to impress on the dance floor.
HELLO SKEPTICON FRIENDS!
O. M. G. have we missed you! What have you been up to? Did you do cool things? I certainly hope so.
We’re writing to you today from our hibernation caves to give you a little update on Skepticon 11. As we mentioned at the end of our last conference, we’re moving! While this is certainly exciting (are you ready St. Louis?!) — it’s taking some time. We’re not going to be able to host an event in 2018 so look for updates towards the end of this year regarding SK11 in 2019!
In the meantime our leadership team is going to take a small break and maybe take up knitting or karate or yoga or something. We certainly won’t be too far (after all, we’ve got some fun surprises coming up this summer! JUST YOU WAIT!), and we hope that you won’t wander to far away, either!
We’re also always looking for fresh new faces to our leadership team, and if that could be you then drop us a line! We’d love to talk more.
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!
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!
PS — We love donations to our bank account, too!
Boy howdy, Skepticon Town! Where has the time gone?! You need activities information, and stat!
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!
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!
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!!!!
PS — It’s not too late to donate!
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!
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.
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 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!