11/04/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Penguicon, the open source software and science fiction convention? No blooming way! Is this an event concept too far?
Here's how the crazy cats at Penguicon are describing their event ...
To those of you familiar with the Linux and Open Source community, think of a weekend long Linux Users Group meeting with hundreds of other geeks which also just happens to have nationally acclaimed guests, its own wireless network, free caffeine and snacks always available, lots of folks talking about Science Fiction and Fantasy, situated next to a place to buy really cool t-shirts and buttons and such, and with some extra events like amateur singing, anime, and a costume contest.
To those of you familiar with Science Fiction conventions, imagine all the convention features you know and love, with the addition of wireless internet access, computer gaming (including the fabulous Celebrity Frag Fest), non-stop Internet access, people who know about online publishing / books on demand / digital art, a programming track involving computing topics and another one focusing on the crossover between Science Fiction and computing.
And what else is there at Penguicon? There is a shared computing and SF dealer's room. There a Masquerade, and a rocking Dance. There are reading and signing sessions from our guest authors, 24 hour gaming, an anime room, and a Live Action Role Playing game. There is a Linux Installfest, Birds of a Feather sessions, computing and programming tutorials, and email and Internet kiosks. We have coffee and the famed "Water Joe" (and we will serve OpenCola) in the con suite, which is open to everyone. We do technical presentations and seminars. There is a writing workshop. There is filk. There is homemade robots.
Ladies and gentleman, that sounds like a plan.
Their co-ordinates are:
April 22nd-24th, 2005
Detroit Sheraton Novi Hotel
Novi, Mi - USA.
Sign up over at www.penguicon.org
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