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Need a ride or a place to crash?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This is your yearly reminder that Notacon has a room and ride share board as well as a forum system in general.

So if you’re still on the fence on attending because you’re not sure you can get a ride or not sure you’ll have a place to get some sleep (and a shower. Please shower.) hopefully this will help you connect with people who are able to help you out. Likewise, if you are able to give someone a lift, or have some extra space in your hotel room, this is the right forum for you to fill that extra space and share those hotel costs!

Kids at Notacon! Also, hotel problems fixed!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Before I get onto the “kids at Notacon” bit, I wanted to let everyone know that the hotel has fixed the bug in their system that prevented people from booking non-smoking rooms in the Notacon room block. If you are still having problems, or want to make sure that your reservation is correct, please contact Jeffrey Glover at the Hilton Garden in at or via phone 216.373.3805. Thanks for your patience everyone, it looks like we have this one fixed! Also, book soon if you haven’t already since I think we’re pretty close to being sold out!

OK, now onto the big question of the day. Will you be bringing children to Notacon? Would you, perhaps, be interested in a childcare co-op to help look after your little ones while you attend a presentation? Perhaps you’re interested in spending some time volunteering to look after a few children yourself?

I ask because it seems that many of us who have grown up with Notacon have children nowadays. Thus, it might make sense to explore the idea of looking after each others’ children for a few hours so that we can attend that absolutely-must-attend presentation!

If you fall into this boat, or are interested in participating in our childcare survey, please click on


Hackable badge as well as hotel and ticket information

Friday, March 18th, 2011

For the first time, Notacon will feature a hackable hardware badge this year! Designed by Seth Hardy, the badge will allow Notacon participants to build, modify and create their own badge. We provide the circuit board (and, for premium registrants, a component kit) and the hardware hacking area and you provide the creativity! Speaking of which, this years hardware hacking area will be adjacent to the newly expanded PixelJam demoparty lounge and organized by Cleveland’s hackerspace, the Makers’ Alliance. Anyways, I’ve taken a look at the badge design and I admit I’m super excited. More details will be released once Notacon 8 gets closer!

We’ve still had sporadic reports regarding difficulty booking rooms at the hotel. We still have rooms left in the block, and the hotel wants to make sure everyone who wants to is able to get a room. While the general hotel space is sold out, WE STILL HAVE ROOMS SET ASIDE ONLY FOR NOTACON PARTICIPANTS. They are, of course, going fast. The hotel has graciously extended the expiration of the room block from March 23rd to March 28th. Likewise, they want me to remind everyone that if problems arise, to contact them. As a reminder, contact information is available on the Notacon hotel and travel information page in big, bold print.

Remember, when booking your room, you MUST either use the Notacon booking code or tell them you are booking a room for Notacon. If you don’t, they will tell you they are sold out.

If you haven’t booked your room now, please do so very soon. Likewise, if you have not registered, please do so as quickly as possible. Pre-registration closes on April 8th. You still have time to save money before buying your ticket at the door! For those still on the fence and broke, we also still have some starving hacker tickets left for $50. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! This is well under what it costs us to run the event per person, but we want to make sure everyone who wants to attend Notacon has the opportunity.

More announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!

Hotel block NOT SOLD OUT (yet!)

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

There’s been some confusion as of late regarding the availability of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cleveland for Notacon 8. Rooms are still available! However, if for some reason you do not book under our hotel block than, yes, you will be told the hotel is sold out. Both Tyger and I have exchanged numerous frantic emails with the hotel this week to clear up any confusion. They have been extremely helpful and provide a direct contact at the hotel than you can call to book a room if the website isn’t working for you or if their reservations department is being finicky. That person’s contact information is located in bold print on our hotel and travel information page.

Also, you shouldn’t need to register for all four days our rate is good for (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to get the rate. If you have any questions, please contact the hotel. If they give you a hard time, then please contact us and we’ll sort it out.

We DO anticipate the hotel selling out and I will work with another hotel coming up this week. I want to make sure we sell out our rooms first, of course :)

Thanks for your patience and sorry for all of the confusion!

Speakers posted for Notacon 8. Book your rooms NOW!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Notacon 8 is proud to present our list of presenters. Out of a record number of proposals submissions this year, our content selection committee worked hard to select the best of the best. We hope you agree! The entire Notacon staff would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who submitted proposals to present. It is our pleasure to make difficult decisions when selecting among so many great proposals.

I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone attending Notacon to book your rooms NOW. I know many people wait until the last minute, but this year things are trickier. The special room rate of $99 will go away on March 23rd or sooner. If you are thinking about coming to Notacon, please book your room now so that you don’t get left out! There are Indians’ baseball games going on the same weekend as Notacon, and the likelihood of extra rooms is non-existent. Once our room block is sold out, it will likely be sold out for good! So please book your rooms soon!

See you all in just over 45 days!

Early registration closes on Friday the 11th!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Early registration for Notaconwill close at the end of the day on Friday, February 11th, 2011. Once early registration closes, the rates will raise to their regular rates. Please note that all rates, including group registration rates, will raise as well, so sign up immediately to take advantage of our lowest rates!

Finally, make sure to book your rooms soon. The hotel is quickly filling, so book soon to make sure you get in the Notacon room block.

Special Notacon presentation: Scanimate!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Long before digital computers provided a lot of the special effects and 5 o’ clock news cut-aways, there was a technology called Scanimate. Using analog computing and creativity, astounding and sometimes psychedelic effects were produced and used for decades. Only 8 machines were ever produced since it’s introduction in the 1960s.

David Sieg is a dedicated Scanimate historian who owns and maintains the last working Scanimate machine. He will join us at Notacon to talk about the system, it’s history and use. Mr. Sieg has also produced a couple of DVDs showcasing some of the Scanimate work done by others over the decades!

Last chance to submit proposals!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Notacon 8 is only 76 days away!

Just a reminder that you only have a few more days to submit your proposal to present at this years Notacon and PixelJam. Our call for proposals officially ends at the end of the day on Monday, January 31st. Our committee will then go through the proposals, select presenters and notify everyone who submitted by February 15th, if not sooner.

By the same token, our early registration period is almost over as well! Early registration ends at the end of the day on Friday, February 11th, 2011. After this, all prices will go to their normal levels, including group registration rates! Hence, if you want to save a little money, register soon!

CFP closes at the end of the month! Also, a new addition to the Notacon family!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Just a reminder that you have LESS THAN A MONTH to submit your
proposal to present at Notacon. Still on the fence? Don’t think you
have what it takes? Take a chance and submit something, you never

So far we’re noticing some really interesting trends in the proposals
sent in thus far. Listed below are some topics that would really gibe
with what we have on tap already:

- Do you develop Android of iPhone games or applications?
- Are you involved in game development either in video or table-top format?
- Know anything about computer graphics, 3D rendering, or data visualization?
- Have any neat new talks in the realm of computer and network security?

Those are just a few of the many topics we think would be nifty to
showcase at Notacon and PixelJam.

Below is a handy dandy link to our CFP page.

Finally, we wanted everyone to know that there’s a new addition to the
Notacon family. Last Sunday, Tyger and I had our first child, Alexa
Eris Schneider! You can be sure that she will be at Notacon. Will YOU?

Less than 42 days to register cheap

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Since we are on the cusp of the new year, I wanted to remind everyone that you have less than 42 days to register for Notacon and PixelJam before the price rises to their regular levels!

Treat you and someone else to something different this year and register now!