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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!

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?

Notacon announces PixelJam demoparty. Remember to register and submit proposals!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Notacon is proud to announce the launch of North America’s newest demoparty, PixelJam.

Following the tradition started with Blockparty at Notacon, we decided that with the departure of Blockparty, it was important to pursue a fresh approach to having a demoparty in conjunction with Notacon event. The demoscene has long been on the cutting edge of the intersection of creativity and technology. As such, we wanted to support the scene by providing a new opportunities to demo coders and those at Notacon who are and don’t know it!

PixelJam will feature a total of 9 compos ranging from music to animation to traditional demos. Notacon itself has pledged over $1,500 in total prize money, with more prizes to be announced as we secure sponsorship deals. We are also dedicating 2,500 square feet of conference space to a coding lounge and projection space. This space will be expanded by an additional 3,000 square feet for demo screenings on Saturday night the 16th.

Finally, we want to remind everyone that our Call for Proposals is open through January 31st, 2011. Also, tickets are still on sale in our early-bird price brackets. Please reserve your tickets now before the price jumps!

More news coming soon, if you have any questions about PixelJam or anything else, feel free to contact us!

First Speakers for Notacon 8 Announced!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Notacon Content Selection Committee is happy to announce the first speakers selected for Notacon 8.

Alex Papadimoulis runs the blog The Daily WTF, which explores the more humorous and bizarre sides of information technology. His presentation on “Hacking the Workplace” promises to be a satirical, yet still informational look at surviving and making the most of an IT career. What’s his secret? Just the right amount of planning, persistence, psychology… and perhaps a dash of psychopathy.

Mark Stanislav is a Notacon veteran, who has been involved with the event since the very beginning. Mark will be talking on the benefit of cloud computing. Specifically, Mark will explain his experiences with utilizing Puppet, MCollective, The Foreman, and other software which can make a system administrator’s life a whole lot easier in the cloud. Mark is passionate and highly informative; even if cloud computing is not your field, it will be worth checking out his talk.

Of course, this is just our first round of selected talks. Our Call for Proposals is still open, and we will accept your submission through the end of January, 2011. We look forward to hearing your idea for an awesome talk!

Notacon 8 CFP Now Open!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

The Call for Proposals for Notacon 8 is now posted and available. Please see the CFP page for more information.

Most of the specifications are the same as last year, but as always, please read before submitting. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

Reminder, we will be in a new hotel next year, so layouts will be completely different from what we had at the Wyndham. If you need information about the hotel, please include this in your submission email. We will do our best to assist.

Notacon 2011 registrations now open! Also, new venue!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Tyger and I are having a ball here at the Grand Traverse Frag Fest in Traverse City, Michigan! To celebrate this event, Notacon 2011 registration is now open! There are a few changes from previous years, including some modest price increases. New this year, groups can register and pay online. Also, we are introducing a limited number of reduced rate “starving hacker” tickets intended to help those in our community without the financial means to do so. We hope this will enable us to increase the scope and breadth of knowledge and creativity within the community and make Notacon 8 the best Notacon ever!

To help make Notacon 8 the best yet, we are pleased to announce that the event has moved to the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Cleveland nearby to Progressive Field. The new location offers us many new and exciting opportunities, including expanded conference space, better parking options, exemptions for energy drinks sponsorships (Can you say BAWLS?) and exemptions for outside food after hours. In addition, the new space has renovated rooms containing a refrigerator, microwave and other amenities not found at our previous venue. A booking link to register hotel rooms will be announced shortly.

And finally, some of you may have wondered about the future of a demo party at Notacon. Worry not, we have major plans and announcements coming in the near future. We will put together a new tightly integrated party that will be bigger and better than anything done previously at our event! The North American demoscene lives!

Notacon tickets now at the door. Also, we need your photos!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Notacon presale is over for this year, but tickets will still be available for $100 at the door. We do not anticipate selling out of our block of 400 tickets this year.

For those of you who are local, make sure you check out our FREE THURSDAY PREVIEW! Starting Thursday at 7 PM, the Notacon space will be open to the public. We still have a slate of presenters who will give capsule summaries of the talks they’ll give later in the weekend. Also see us run around with our hair on fire as we try to get everything set up in time for the main event!

Finally, the crew at Recycled Rainbow need your photos and images for the Friday night experience they are putting together. Likewise, they also want your music selection suggestions. Please read the blog post about this event for more information on how to submit!

Notacon pre-registration officially extended

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Pre-registration for Notacon is officially extended until Sunday April 4th, 2010 at 7:00 PM Eastern. If you haven’t bought your ticket, buy it now before you have to pay at the door!

Recycled Rainbow @ Notacon. Friday night’s experience

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Recycled Rainbow wants YOU to get involved in the performance! On Friday, April 16th, the organizers of Recycled Rainbow will take control over the Notacon ballroom and transform it into a palette upon which YOU can build your own interactive experience!

As part of that interactive experience, they need YOUR images & music to include in their multimedia presentation. Therefore, we are calling out to everyone in the Notacon community to submit all photos & images to by April 15th.

We ask you to wear as much WHITE as possible during this presentation, as it will enhance your ability to interact with the project. White shoes, pants, shirts, hats, gloves … MASKS!

As a bonus, they’ll be DJ’ing music as a backdrop to the presentation (dancing is both permitted & encouraged!) They want suggestions for songs YOU would like to hear! Email them to

So get involved now and start your Notacon experience early. Then join us on Friday night when we dim the lights and turn on myriad projectors for an event you have to show up and build to fully appreciate!

And don’t forget: Friday night, wear white!

Notacon 7 feature: Locksport

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Many of you likely remember the lockpicking village the last couple of years. This year, FOOLS have a lot of other commitments going on, so we heartily welcome our new hosts of the Lockpicking Village, Cleveland Locksport! There’s a lot of buzzing about what the Cleveland Locksport group has up their sleeve for the village this year, so make sure to stop by the Embassy room on the third floor to see what they’re up to!

Also this year we will be featuring another challenge from Deviant Ollam of TOOOL, The Defiant Box:

“In the tradition of the classic 1958 film “The Defiant Ones” this contest is played by paired teammates… who must tackle the challenge of a series of locks while they are shackled together. The handcuffs come off… but that’s the last thing you remove. “