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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!

Blockparty Invtro released

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The invite for Blockparty 4 has been published on their website. Go watch it!

CFP deadline extended to February 7th. Early registration deadline February 1st!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

For numerous reasons, we are extending our Call for Proposals submission deadline one week, to Sunday, February 7th, 2010.

In addition, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of our discounts for early registration (including the $50 group rate, which goes up to $60 on February 2nd).

So get your registration in now and your proposal in by next week!

Interview with Jeri Ellsworth

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Blockparty speaker and cohost of Fatman and Circuit Girl Jeri Ellsworth was interviewed by A life well wasted, “An internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.” The link has been going around twitter, and I just listened to it myself. She goes over a lot of information about her history, and the production quality on this podcast is impressive. Whether you know a lot about Jeri, or not much at all, this interview will enlighten. Listen here.

The first notacon media has been posted!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Jason Scott has posted his presentation “Super Jason Scott Presentation 64″ on Adrian “Irongeek” Crenshaw has posted his presentation “Hacking Video Tutorial Tips: Getting the point across with screencasting computer videos” to his blog at 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 is here! Keep yourself up to date with schedule changes and announcements through Twitter!

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Notacon is, for all intents and purposes, ON! Any scheduled changes or announcements will be sent to the Notacon twitter feed. Subscribe now if you haven’t already. This will be the primary source of all official Notacon announcements during the event.

See many of you at tonight’s free preview!

Win the Demo Competition, Win the Machine

Monday, April 13th, 2009

The Blockparty prizes are now dropping into place, and the competition page is starting to grow with them.  The heart of the demoscene is doing it for the glory, not the prizes, but your time is valuable. And so, if possible, we like to reward your hard work with ample prizes.

Therefore, we’re announcing a new prize for the main demo competition that has almost never happened before: If you win the demo competition, you go home with the machine the competition ran on!

At roughly $1000, this is quite the prize. Be sure to check out the competition rules page for information on entering and what you have to do and the specifications of your machine. Also, the other competitions are getting additional prizes this week.

Competition-winning demos have been written in less time than this, and staying up crazy amounts of hours to carve out an entry has a long and storied history in the demoscene. Get coding and creating!

The Blockparty Countdown

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Here we are late Thursday night, and it’s time to count down the last seven days to Blockparty.

What is Blockparty? Well, it’s an event held during Notacon which represents one of the main events of the year in the “demoscene”, a decades-old tradition of showing your creative and programming skills in all manner of computer-based platforms. (And some non-computer platforms as well, but we’ll get to that…) This year will be the third Blockparty held in conjunction with Notacon, as a partnership to bring this unique and fun event to life.

The article I linked to in the previous paragraph is a very good overview of what “the demoscene” is, and has a lot of links and information about it. And if you go to Pouet or Micksam7′s Capped.TV or the top-flight, you can let hundreds of demoscene productions wash over you, amazing them with the talent and effort.

But this is not about that.

This is about you and your entry.

Maybe you didn’t know you were going to submit an entry to one of Blockparty’s  many competitions. Maybe you thought it’s too late and you were considering it, but aren’t sure what you could do.

Well, it’s time to push that self-doubt out and away.

Last year’s winner in the wild competition featured two people who hadn’t met before Notacon/Blockparty and who had never worked together: George Sanger and Jeri Ellsworth. Now they have a regular show together and do all sorts of projects.

Several entrants last year had us as their first demoparty; Sigflup comes to mind, and is now a presenter at this year’s Notacon.

At the event, we’ll be having a great democoders’ lounge, run by our artist in residence Inspired Chaos, to place you among the top sceners in the continent. This is your time to pick up that idea you’ve had, run with it, and get your work seen onstage by hundreds of people next April 18th.


Pre-Registration ends today!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Today is your last chance to pre-purchase your ticket for Notacon 6! There will be admissions at the door for $100, but until the end of today you can spend only 25 dollars more and get a special limited edition Notacon bag and drink tickets for the cash bar, which will have energy drinks and soft drinks in addition to alcoholic beverages!

Or, if your budget is feeling a little tight, you’ve got a few hours to get the same admission for only $75! A savings of 25 dollars!

Don’t forget to come to our first ever Notacon Free Preview on Thursday night starting at 7pm. Meet a selection of speakers, hobnob with the founders of Notacon and Blockparty!

We look forward to seeing you there.

P.S. The program goes to print in the next few days, so buy your shoutouts!

Notacon Schedule Posted

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The schedule for Notacon 6 has been posted on the website. Keep in mind that this schedule still might change a little and is only as accurate as the date stamp at the top.

The Wyndham has been nice enough to extend our rate cut off to April 6th, but the initial block of rooms is nearly full. Book yours today and avoid having to find another hotel. As a reminder, if you have any problems booking through the website, call the hotel directly at 216-615-7500. They’ve been having problems with the national reservation system and can assist you by phone. Make sure you mention that you are with the Notacon group.

Also new, Notacon Shoutouts are now being displayed on the Notacon website (pending approval of the message). Buy yours today!