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Notacon badge schematics

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Seth Hardy, creator of the Notacon 8 board badge, just posted the schematics for the board on his SVN server. Check them out, if you are so technically inclined and interested.

Also, we still have a few more parts kits, add-ons and spare batteries for the badges, for those interested.

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!

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!

Request for money

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

For those who don’t want to read this whole post, suffice it to say the following: read your contracts carefully and have a qualified lawyer review them before signing them.

Suffice it to say Tyger and I made a huge and costly mistake regarding one of our contracts. Right now we (as in she and I and not the company who runs Notacon) are on the hook for approximately $6,000 or approximately 20% of the Notacon budget. In order to make things right and move forward, we must come up with and pay this amount before the 14th of July.

So we are looking for sponsorship at all levels, but know that every little bit helps. Paypal sponsorships can be sent to If you’re not sure about sponsoring, then check out our store and get something more tangible for your money. We’re willing to work out ad deals or whatever is needed to make sure we can pay off this debt.

Thanks in advance,

Notacon schedule now public!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The schedule for Notacon 7 is now posted! Start planning your con experience accordingly!

Also, now would be a great time to purchase your Notacon shout-outs for this year. Hurry before the opportunity is gone!