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Notacon Radio looking for shows!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

It’s that time of year again! Notacon is right around the corner and Notacon Radio will be returning bigger and better broadcasting live from the Hippodrome in the fabulous Wyndham at Playhouse Square, April 15th through the 18th.

We need volunteers that want to host a show, debate a topic, interview a speaker, explain their passion, recite a poem, read Fox in Socks, or just have a good time. Even if you have an idea for a discussion panel–we’ll make it happen!

Without you, Notacon Radio ceases to exist so be sure email us today at radio@notacon.org if you’re interested and we’ll be sure to add you to the lineup! No idea too small, no time slot too big–all are welcome!

The Notacon Radio Team

Speakers Accepted for Notacon 7

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Today we formally accepted the bulk of the presentations for Notacon 7. The full list is available on the speakers page and the Events, Games, Performances and Workshops page. Invited speakers are still being wrangled and will be added to the site as they are confirmed. Scheduling will begin in March.

Congratulations to everyone who had their proposals accepted. To those we unfortunately could not accept, make sure to try again next year!

Congratulations to the first acceptances for Notacon 7.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Notacon early presentation acceptances happened on December 15th. We would like to formally announce the first 6 presentations and performances accepted for Notacon 7.

Angus Blitter – “Do You Want To Play A Game?”: Game Theory And Simulated Cyber War
Tod Detre and Gina Hoang – Computer Geeks Can Do Humanitarian Work Too
Tom Eston, Chris Clymer, Matthew Neely, The Confused Greenies – Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Guybrush – Proce55ed Synaesthesia for Fun and Profit
Nicolle “rogueclown” Neulist – Hey, Don’t Call That Guy A Noob: Toward a More Welcoming Hacker Community
Project Ruori – Performance

Remember, speaking and performance slots are still available. CFPs are accepted until January 31, 2010. Submit your idea today.

Hotel reservation link now available.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Wyndham has just sent us the link for reserving hotel rooms. We appologize for the delay in getting this information available. Details have been updated on the travel page.

Rooms are $95/night and the rate is available from April 13 through April 21, 2010. We encourage you to make a vacation of it and see some of the sites that Cleveland has to offer.

Valet overnight parking is $20/night with in and out privileges. Self parking is $14/night with in and out privileges. Daily Event Parking is $10.

As a reminder, Wyndham Cleveland Playhouse Square is a non-smoking establishment. If this interferes with your plans, there are other hotels in the area that might still allow smoking. If you have any special needs or requests, please notify the front desk. The more rooms we book, the more ability we have to arrange “quiet” floors. If you are considering using another hotel, please remember that rooms booked under the Notacon code help toward our costs for this event.

T-Shirt Design Contest

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

This year Notacon is opening the T-Shirt Design Contest much earlier than in past years. This is in response to the comment about pre-ordering a shirt without knowing what it will look like. Designs are now due by February 1, 2010. This way the t-shirt design will be published at the same time that the full speaker list becomes available.

    Also, we’ve upped the ante with new prizes this year. The winner of the contest will receive:

  • A free shirt containing their design in their size
  • $50 in Notacon Merchandise
  • A full badge set from Notacons 1-6

Wyndham Credit Card Letter

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Many of you received a letter in the last week from Wyndham Hotels. In fact, we found out about the situation through twitter before receiving our own letter. We have not had the opportunity to speak with a representative of the Wyndham ourselves. When we get the opportunity we will express our concerns regarding the content and wording of the notice letter. Rest assured that credit cards used at the Notacon registration desk were not compromised. Per the notice, only Wyndham transactions were affected and it was not just the Cleveland location that was compromised.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Notacon 7 CFP Now Open!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

As of July 1, 2009, we are accepting proposals for Notacon 7! This next iteration of Notacon will occur April 15-18, 2010 at the Wyndham Hotel in Playhouse Square, downtown Cleveland, OH. Check out our CFP for details on the submission process. Our guidelines for next year have changed a little bit from the past, so please read them over carefully before submitting your proposal.

This post was made from WI while driving down I-94 on the way to Toorcamp.

Notacon on Toor: Toorcamp 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Notacon will be hosting the Notacamp theme camp at the inaugural Toorcamp, to be held July 2nd through July 5th, 2009 in Moses Lake, Washington. If you are interested in joining our camp, or simply want more information, we have set up a mailing list for organization and logistics. All are encouraged to subscribe. Those actually intending on being involved with the camp will be expected to join. *grin*

If Notacamp manages to have at least 10 campers, 10% of all of the registration fees will be kicked back to the camp to cover expenses such as group meals, structures, activities, water, supplies and other goodies. We will disclose how the money is allocated once we verify that we have 10 confirmed campers in our group. When registering, please indicate “I’m with Notacamp!”.

Our current plans for the event include:

  • A non-stop caravan from the upper Midwest to the Toorcamp site starting on or before June 30th
  • Live music and PAs throughout the event
  • Amateur radio of all sorts
  • Electronics projects, including LED signs, elwire, and other neat things
  • Community meals exclusively for Notacampers
  • Spreading lots of the Notacon love and showing the folks on the West coast what the heck it is they are missing here in Cleveland!

Toorcamp registration fees are time-based and go up $50 every month until the event. Reserve your tickets with them before the end of April before rates go up!

I hope to see many of you there. If you have any questions about how to participate, what is involved in regards to camping or the event itself, join up and start discussing!

The first notacon media has been posted!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Jason Scott has posted his presentation “Super Jason Scott Presentation 64″ on archive.org. Adrian “Irongeek” Crenshaw has posted his presentation “Hacking Video Tutorial Tips: Getting the point across with screencasting computer videos” to his blog at irongeek.com. Jason has also kindly recorded and linked online his Presentation Presentation from the Thursday night Freeview.

As soon as we get everything cleaned up here at the FTS Compound we’ll be putting the rest of the media files online as well as a handy-dandy torrent to pull them all from.

Notacon Cometh! Free Preview Thursdsay, the 16th at 7 PM!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Notacon is now only ONE WEEK away!! Make sure you stop by the Wyndham at Playhouse Square, the Notacon venue, at 7 PM on Thursday night the 16th to enjoy our free, open to the public, preview.

Besides meeting some of the people that make Notacon happen, some of our presenters will be on hand to provide brief introductions about the discussions and presentations they will be giving or hosting later in the weekend. At 9 PM, Jason Scott, of textfiles.com fame will share his experiences in public speaking and providing pointers and tips on how to give a successful and interesting speech.

Who knows? We may have something special in store for those who make the trip!

See you Thursday