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Friday, May 3
 

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Friday May 3, 2019 TBA

12:00pm

Dice Forge
BG 2-4 players; Development game featuring innovative mechanics based on dice with removable faces. In this dice crafting game, players build their own dice. Roll your dice, manage your resources, complete ordeals before your opponents and explore multiple winning strategies.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

1:00pm

Azul
BG 2-4 players; Players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

Unpublished Prototype: GaiaVora
BG; Players fill the rotating cardboard planet of Gaia with verdant life. Arrange your carnivores, herbivores, and plants, so you can eat your opponents, under the light of Vora, the moon. Survive on the highest stacks of land tiles, when the final meteor strikes!

Program Participants
avatar for Nemo Rathwald

Nemo Rathwald

Boardgame Designer, Magic Meeple Games
Nemo T Rathwald – Nemo designs and illustrates board games under a pseudonym, which is an anagram for Matthew Arnold. His game “Overworld” was 500% funded on Kickstarter by Magic Meeple Games, and has distribution deals in Germany and France. He laser-cuts his game prototypes... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

Retro Gaming - Addition Errata
Relive your childhood with our retro gaming event! From Atari to Nintendo 64 (and almost every system in between), revel in four hours of pure time-travel joy! Located in the Lobby.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Lobby

4:00pm

How To Get Started In Cosplay
Have you seen a lot of con goers dressed up in fabulous costumes? Would you like to join in on the fun? Feeling a little clueless on how to start or maybe a bit intimidated? We will talk about techniques to make a costume, sources of inspiration, how to choose a character, and trying to keep it all in a budget.

Program Participants
avatar for Jennifer Skwarski

Jennifer Skwarski

Costumer, student, techie. Apparently, I'm not happy unless I have 20 projects going at once.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC I

4:00pm

Crochet Basics and Beyond - Participant Errata
Join us to learn basic crochet techniques and some tips from your fellow Crochet lovers. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Kelly V

Kelly V

Call management, AAA
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC IV

4:00pm

Dice!
An in-depth talk about the gaming staple, dice. Their history, styles and types (including crooked dice), big manufacturers and independent makers, and a focus on building and maintaining a collection.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC II

4:00pm

How to make your GM Curse: Playing RPGs 101
One of a series of three RPG panels. While your GM sits behind his screen, sometimes it easy to forget that playing RPGs is a two way street. Come and explore ways to spice up your game from your side of the screen and become a better player in the process.

Program Participants
avatar for Byron Pepper

Byron Pepper

Byron “Sarge” Pepper, emerged from the snowy banks of Michigan five years ago to give a set of panels at Colossalcon, breaking the mold to bring RPGs and Tabletop to the anime circuit. There was a lot of interest to begin with when he told the masses how to DM fairly with his... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC V

4:00pm

Mystic Vale
BG 2-4 players; This game features an innovative "card crafting system," which lets you not only build your deck, but build the individual cards in your deck, customizing each card's abilities to exactly the strategy you want to follow.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

4:00pm

Beginners Guide to Giving a Panel
Have you every ever thought about giving your own presentation at Penguicon or other events but didn't think you had what it takes? Being able to give a presentation isn't just a way to get discounted admissions to conventions, it is a valuable skill that can be applied in your everyday life. I have worked in the convention support industry for over 18 years and have seen amazing and not-so-amazing speakers. Let me share with you some of the pitfalls to avoid as well as easy tips for preparing your presentation and overcoming the fear of failure. Maybe next year you can get one of those spiffy presenter ribbons.

Program Participants
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

I like to consider myself a "Nerd of All Seasons." I play and collect many board games, card games, RPGs and miniature wargames. I read almost anything that seemes interesting but especially love sci-fi, cyberpunk, and local history. I am a bit of a tinkerer and enjoy conversation... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charlevoix A

4:00pm

How to Not Suck at Looking for a Job - Participant Errata
We've spent almost 20 years helping people find jobs, and our blogs about doing so are used and shared out by the State of Michigan and many employment agencies and contracting firms.

Program Participants
avatar for Bob Waltenspiel

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D
Founder IT in the D, co-host of the IT in the D Show, co-owner Podcast Detroit, co-owner Falling Down Beer Co.
avatar for Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Co-Founder, IT in the D / Podcast Detroit
I'm the geek that’s been pushed into management roles over the span of my career. I've been a helpdesk jockey, a team lead, a systems architect and even a Vice President over the course of more than 20 years in information technology for a variety of industries. I've been profiled... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nicolet

4:00pm

Ray Bradbury: A Fan Discussion
Bradbury's work crossed genre lines, publishing works in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery. Come join other fans to discuss his work.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Baldwin

4:00pm

Professional Wrestling 101
Have you ever wondered just what pro wrestling is?" Have you ever wondered what the heck is the appeal of grown men and women fake fighting in their underwear? Well, have I got a panel for you! Come learn the ins-and-outs of professional wrestling. Learn what wrestling is, how it works, what makes a match good or bad, and more! Also attend the sister-panel "History of Pro Wrestling" to learn more!

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC III

4:00pm

Building an Open Source Artificial Pancreas
What if open source software or hardware could help improve people’s lives by solving some of their health problems? After the medical tech industry kept promising a system to help automatically manage insulin for type 1 diabetic people and never delivering, some people got together to find ways to do it with the tech they already had. Over the past few years, a “closed-loop” system has been developed to algorithmically regulate people’s blood sugars. As a diabetic, the presenter built this system and saw her sugar values stabilize much more than would be possibly by managing them manually. Learn about OpenAPS (the open artificial pancreas system) and how it works, what problems it solves, and its safety and security concerns. The presenter will also share her personal experience and what OpenAPS means for her health now and in the future. Consider how we, as software developers, can change people’s lives through the code we write.

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Withee

Sarah Withee

Polyglot software engineer
Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a passion for technology, and has ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school. She captivates audiences with... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Algonquin C/D

4:00pm

Open Source Firewall pfSense
Learn how to configure the open source pfSense firewall.

Program Participants
avatar for Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence

President, Lawrence Tech Service
Tech Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Open Source Advocate, Social Media, & Public Speaking


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charlevoix B

4:00pm

People R Us: Geeks of Color
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: Geeks of Color

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
People R Us [1017]

4:00pm

Bazaar Quest
A D&D quest of greatness!

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Various Location

4:00pm

Catch Me if You Can!!
I am the Ribbon Fairy! Catch me with one or many ribbon(s), and I will present you with one my own.

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Various Location

4:00pm

Chaos Machine
This customizable marble roller coaster is a perennial favorite. It serves as a metaphor for the open source development process. The Chaos Machine is available all weekend for Penguicon attendees to tinker with!

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Lobby

4:00pm

Furry Delivery Service
Be on the lookout for Penguicon's furry friend who will be making special deliveries around the con.

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Various Location

4:00pm

Giant Jenga
It's your favorite party game, Jenga, but GIANT!

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Lobby

4:00pm

Penguicon Photo Booth
Say cheese! Grab a prop and take some pics!

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Lobby

4:00pm

Penguin Hunt
Hunt down the elusive alien race of Pengui who are here because they thought Penguicon was a call from their mothership to send them home. They are a friendly but skittish bunch so we ask that you only observe them where they are by taking their picture. You will be rewarded for your skills of observation when you present your captured image to the ConChair, Jessica Roland.

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Various Location

4:00pm

Prize Capsule
Put in a quarter and get a prize!

Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 4:00pm
Lobby

5:00pm

Hand Spinning 101
A tutorial on how to spin yarn using wool and a drop spindle with a live demo. If you have a spindle and want to know how to use it, or already and spin and are interested in tips, bring it and some roving to spin along.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC III

5:00pm

Paint Like an 18th Century Master for $30 or Less
Learning to paint realistically is traditionally very expensive and requires students to be very mobile and coordinated. You have to go to a class, stand for hours at a time, be great with your hands, have awesome eyesight, and spend hundreds of dollars on gear. I'll show you how to use some very cheap or free gear and a cardboard box to teach yourself how to paint realistically in your own home in the most economical and accessible way I know. This method of study should work for almost anyone even if they have limited mobility, eyesight, hand coordination, and economic resources while having fun and enjoying the experience of painting.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charlevoix A

5:00pm

Multiple Ways To Make a Grilled Cheese - Sign Up Errata
Come learn several ways to reach the same result, a grilled cheese, or at least melted cheese between two pieces of bread. Some methods will taste better than others, and all will be sampled. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
JW

Justin Winkelman

GM, Elba Labs
I've been cooking from a young age and have a lot of tips and tricks I've picked up over the years. Is there anything more simple than making a grilled cheese? Yes and no. Professionally, after spending nearly a decade in finance, I transitioned into the the aesthetics services industry... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Food [317]

5:00pm

Small World
BG 2-5 players; Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, and even humans, who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

5:00pm

I Started a Makerspace: AMA
After being heavily involved in the makerspace scene in metro Detroit, Karen moved to Wisconsin where she saw a need for a similar community to be created in her neighborhood. She’ll share stories about the process with plenty of time for you to pose questions on anything makerspace related!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nicolet

5:00pm

Book Interior Design: How to Prep a Manuscript for Indie Publication and Why
Especially in self or indie publishing, the way you present your manuscript can impact how it is interpreted for interior design. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to prep a manuscript to reduce your cost and reduce potential ambiguity. Also, learn the basics of book interior design and what typesetting means in the 21st century.

Program Participants
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC V

5:00pm

Can I Get Some Trope Fries with My Trope and a Side of Trope Sauce?
Tropes are tropes, but are readers still eating them up? A discussion of all things trope.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Montcalm

5:00pm

Got Comic Movie Overload?
With comic book films seemingly coming out every month, how long will it take for the comic book film to go the way of the western? Join us in a fun conversation about comic book films, past, present, and future...especially future!

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC I

5:00pm

The Weird World Of Night Vale Presents
Nightvale Presents produces some of the most innovative speculative fiction podcast content available. With shows like Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead, Adventures in New America, and Within The Wires, its stable of shows are delightful dark, weird, incredibly queer, and extremely diverse. We'll discuss some of our favorite shows from Night Vale Presents, explore what sets them apart from more traditional SFF media, and discuss how they could serve as a model for a more inclusive SFF world.

Program Participants
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Portage Auditorium

5:00pm

So This is Your First Penguicon...
So it's your first time! One of us! One of us! Great, now that you're here, how do you do it right? What's up with the ribbons? How do you pick what you want do when soooomg many things are going on? Where's the free beer? What happened to the brazilian beef? Why is hand sanitizer terrible salad dressing? Learn some survival tips and hear some heart-warming stories from some seasoned experts, previous conchairs, and convention organizers!

Program Participants
avatar for Jessica Ann Roland

Jessica Ann Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.
avatar for Cassy Sinke

Cassy Sinke

Penguicon 2019 Asst Chair, Penguicon 2018 ConChair, Panda trapped in a human body.
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.
avatar for Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

Head of Communications, 2019, 2015, 2014 | Asst Chair, 2018, 2015 | Chair, 2016Into RetroPie, Steven Universe, A:TLA, nerdy tattoos, stickers, photography, video editing, color correction, graphic design, social media moderation and community management, and more.
avatar for Lithie Dubois

Lithie Dubois

Just me; no more, no less. @Penguicon Program Ops. @ConFusionMI 2020 Conchair. AASFA Board of Director... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Algonquin B

5:00pm

How to Photograph a Supermassive Black Hole
The open source project to photograph a super-massive black hole took years of preparation, 8 satellites collecting data, 5 petabytes of data to analyze, and a community of brilliant collaborative minds. Join me to hear the story of how data scientists built a photograph of an object that can't be seen.

Program Participants
avatar for Norman Witte

Norman Witte

Software Engineer/Deejay Extrordinaire
I live in my own mind, ain't nothin but a good time.


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC IV

5:00pm

Putting the Problem Back in Problem Solving
So many people want to solve problems, they often skip over the important step of trying to really understand a problem and making sure they are solving the right problem. This discussion will focus on some exercises that can help you examine problems in the tech space (and life in general), to better hone your problem solving skills.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Algonquin C/D

5:00pm

The Mediocre Programmer: A Love-Letter to an Industry and Those Struggling on Their Journey
Let's face it: we don't want to be mediocre programmers. We want to be [great|amazing|superlative] programmers! We want to be the programmers they call whenever they're in a bind. We want to be the programmers that rush into unfamiliar code bases and produce perfect code in a matter of minutes. Why would we want to be mediocre programmers? In this talk we'll discuss what it means to be a mediocre programmer. We'll consider the many pitfalls that may befall you on your journey, from self-doubt to burnout, and share tips for how to cope with the challenges of programming and when it might be time to try something new.

Program Participants
avatar for Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Programmer
Just another random hacker.



Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charlevoix B

5:00pm

Molds, Resins and Silicone Oh My!!
Learn the process of fabricating hard plastic and flexible synthetic accessories for your costume (or other hobby). We'll discuss the various types of casting and mold making materials, explore their pros and cons, and walk through the moldmaking and casting process. Samples of various materials and finished products will be on hand. Bring a notebook -- this panel is info-heavy! See finished pieces and learn the step-by-step process.

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC II

5:00pm

The Sunday Morning Linux Review
The Sunday Morning Linux Review is a podcast hosted by Tony Bemus, Tom Lawrence, Phil Porada, Jay LaCroix, and Mary Tomich. We talk about Linux, Open Source, and Security topics. We have been recording Live at Penguicon since 2012.

Program Participants
avatar for Tony Bemus

Tony Bemus

Podcast Host, Sunday Morning Linux Review
avatar for Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence

President, Lawrence Tech Service
Tech Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Open Source Advocate, Social Media, & Public Speaking
avatar for Jay LaCroix

Jay LaCroix

LearnLinux.tv
My name is Jay, and I'm a Technologist, Linux Enthusiast, and Geek. By day I am a DevOps Engineer and consultant. In my spare time, I create instructional videos on Youtube (LearnLinux.tv) and I also write books. My latest book, Mastering Ubuntu Server (Second Edition) will be available... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

5:00pm

AHA Badge Soldering
It’s a yearly tradition to for All Hands Active to bring a special badge soldering project. There are two projects to choose from this year, a quick and easy option and a more complex one. Kits are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to AHA.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Hackerspace [328]

5:00pm

Addition errata: Visit the Open Source Racing SakaiCar
Dr. Chuck will be bringing his 1998 Dodge Neon race car from the 24 Hours of Lemons endurance racing for clunkers racing series.  The car will be displayed in front of the hotel, so swing by and take a look!

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 3:00pm
Outside

6:00pm

Consent Expectations and Party Vetting Opportunity
This is a primer on dungeon policies and expectations specific to the Jett's Arcade Dungeon Party. If you want to attend the Dungeon Party, be sure to attend one of the consent panels and be vetted. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Baldwin

6:00pm

Eco Friendly Cosplay
This talk will be a discussion on the ways people make cosplay just a bit more green. From using a wide variety of eco-friendly materials you may never even thought of, thrifting and buying second hand, costume swaps, up-cycling, and even dumpster diving, the possibilities are endless and the results can be pretty amazing too!

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charlevoix B

6:00pm

Cover Those Nips! DIY Pasties
Come decorate your own pair of pasties! We will also go over several different methods of constructing your own pastie bases and creating tassels. Supplies provided.

Program Participants
TG

Tommy Gun

Burlesque Performer/Aerialist/Model


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC III

6:00pm

Maintaining Your Mental and Emotional Health While Job Hunting
Searching for a new job? We all have to do it at some point. In the thick of the search, you're likely to get a lot of terrible tech interviews as well as a bunch of rejections. How do you maintain your energy, motivation, and perhaps more importantly, not feel like a failure after all that? I will talk a bit about my most recent job search. You’ll see how I went into it with a different frame of mind than I had in the past, and how that helped me push through the interviews easier and take better care of myself in the process. You'll also hear about some of the specific interviews and the problems I saw with them. I'll show how, as companies and teams, we can improve the process for everyone. Finally, I'll offer ways that both companies and employees can offer feedback to continue to improve interviews.

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Withee

Sarah Withee

Polyglot software engineer
Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a passion for technology, and has ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school. She captivates audiences with... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC IV

6:00pm

Author Office Hours with Jen Haeger
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

6:00pm

Expanse: The Politics of Mars, Earth & Belters - Program Participant errata
One of the attractions of the Expanse is how the characters interact in a landscape of dynamic interactions between Terra, Mars and Belters. Let’s explore their political structures, leadership and the role of trade and personal freedoms against a changing political tapestry.

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →
DM

Donald Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC V

6:00pm

Socially Conscious Fiction: What Should You Consider in Your Writing?
What issues do you consider regarding social responsibility when writing fiction? Representation? Tropes and stereotypes? Join our panel for an open discussion.

Program Participants
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Nicolet

6:00pm

Spoilers Galore for the HBO Series: Game of Thrones - Addition Errata
SPOILER ALERT

If you are a fellow Game of Thrones, HBO Series Geek and you have seen the latest episode(s) of the HBO Series, Game of Thrones, then this is the space to come and discuss everything and anything about the Series!  
This event will allow spoiler-filled discussions about Game of Thrones; The HBO Series.

If you have not seen Game of Thrones, the HBO Series, than this is not the panel you are looking for.

We strongly advise attendees to be aware that by chosing to attend this event, they are chosing to enter a Game of Thrones, HBO Series  Spoiler Zone!

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Food [317]

6:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Join Jessica Roland, our illustrious ConChair, the rest of the ConCom, and our amazing Guests of Honor as they kick off another fabulous Penguicon! You never know what might happen!

Program Participants
avatar for Danny Hansen

Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →
avatar for Randy Bradakis

Randy Bradakis

President, Penguicon Board of Directors
avatar for Jessica Ann Roland

Jessica Ann Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.
avatar for Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

Head of Communications, 2019, 2015, 2014 | Asst Chair, 2018, 2015 | Chair, 2016Into RetroPie, Steven Universe, A:TLA, nerdy tattoos, stickers, photography, video editing, color correction, graphic design, social media moderation and community management, and more.
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Cassy Sinke

Penguicon 2019 Asst Chair, Penguicon 2018 ConChair, Panda trapped in a human body.
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Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes custom... Read More →
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Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2016-2019 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Paul Keyes, Allison, our Registration Team, and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
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Chelle Silas

Head of Ops 2019
Head of Ops for 2018
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Niki MacRae

Head of Hospitality 2019
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Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple... Read More →
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Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Algonquin C/D

6:00pm

Securing Your Digital Life
Join James Gamble, an information technology professional with more than 17 years of experience, as he walks you through several easy, free, and practical ways that you can improve your digital security.

Program Participants
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James Gamble

Senior Systems Engineer, -REDACTED-
I am a systems engineer for a software company in Tampa, Florida. I have more than 17 years of experience in the Information Technology field and have a broad knowledge of technologies, web services, software applications, etc at my disposal. In my free time, I like spending time... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC I

6:00pm

People R Us: Neurodiversity and ASD
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: Neurodiversity and ASD

Program Participants
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Mike Ward

Person
I am Mike. I do computery things. I am not actually a drunken Radar.


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
People R Us [1017]

6:00pm

LN2 Open Source Ice Cream
Bring your own ingredients and we'll see what we can do with them! Any premium ingredients (e.g., hand-shaved vanilla bean) will shine on their own, but “this weird soda I found” may be combined with other ingredients for mad science. We'll also teach the basics (safety, proportions) and coach anyone who wants to learn to stir or do all this on their own! As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream. We always have non-dairy mix bases available, juices for sorbets, and sugar-free sweeteners on hand. We're prepared, and want everyone to be able to enjoy!

Program Participants
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Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.



Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LN2 [Hamlin]

6:00pm

London
BG 2-4 players. Players select cards with varying powers of cash flow, victory points, and poverty penalties, and compete to manage them most efficiently. Nearly 250 years of progress is glimpsed in this game. Famous buildings and monuments of the era as well as engineering developments such as streetlights are illustrated on the cards.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

6:00pm

Winds of Turmoil
RPG 2-5 players Whispers flit across the sands. Something stirs and is making the natives restless. Your band of unlikely heroes have come together at the last trading post to be found for many days travel. The encroaching darkness will challenge your heroes in ways they have not been challenged before. Steel and sorcery may not solve all your problems. Cleverness and diplomacy may lead you further than your weapons can

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Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

7:00pm

Anime Fantasy-Romance
Anime romance is in the air! Wait, there's magic too? Let's look at clips and explore some of the best shows in this genre, leaving lackluster "notice me sempai" far behind.

Program Participants
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Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →
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Star Stramel

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered about... Read More →
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A. Carina Spears

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami. I know way too much about something most people probably aren't familiar with. If you want to talk about Shinigami/Grim Reapers, awesome.I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end am playing with fan-fiction... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC V

7:00pm

Knitting 101
Learn to knit! Take two sticks and string and make a dishcloth! Supplies provided. Attendance is limited so please sign-up near Ops.

Program Participants
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Kelly V

Call management, AAA
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.
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Mary Fitzpatrick

I did a second career return to Grad School and in 2017 earned a MA in Biology focusing on how leisure learning venues like museums, zoos, aquariums, and park influence scientific thinking in the public.My work career has been eclectic, most recently while in grad school I worked... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC II

7:00pm

You've Created It, Now Get It Out There!
So you've created your own film, game, zine- how do you get it so others are aware and interested? I will take you through the basics of setting up your own Kickstarter campaign successfully, getting your project (film, video game) listed on IMDb, how to gain interest on social media platforms, and more tricks of the trade! Don't let your newest creation live in obscurity any longer!

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Mike Madigan

Director, Five Clover Films
Five Clover FilmsIndependent Digital CinemaDetroit, Michigan


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC IV

7:00pm

Will it Sphere-ify - Sign Up Errata
Spherification is a technique that transforms liquids into solid, edible spheres. People can use this technique to add color, texture, and flavor to their dishes. Join me as I experiment with spherification and try out a bunch of different liquids and see, WILL IT SPHERIFY? Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Frannie

Amateur Burlesque Bunny


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Food [317]

7:00pm

7 Wonders
BG 2-7 players; You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

7:00pm

Dungeon Master Academy
An interactive, presenter-led round table discussion for dungeon/game masters of all experience levels to share ideas on how to improve their skills running tabletop roleplaying games. While this panel focuses on Dungeons & Dragons, all game systems/players are welcome.

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Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Baldwin

7:00pm

The GRAM Role-Playing Game: Introductory Demo
RPG; Join us for a demonstration of the GRAM role playing game led by one of the game designers.

Program Participants
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Cyndi Chadwick

Sword of Odin
Quirky. Polyamorous. I hoard dice. Talk to me about the GRAM Role-Playing Game and other Sword of Odin endeavors.


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

7:00pm

50 Minutes of Easy Research on LGBTQ People
Are you a writer/creator who wants to include LGBTQ people in your content? Have you already written queer and trans characters but want to make them deeper and more complex? Do you just have some really burning questions about something LGBTQ related that you just haven't felt comfortable asking? Well, here's your chance. Our panelists will answer your questions about pretty much anything (within reason, of course), and give you the easiest research you've done on a LGBTQ experiences.

Program Participants
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Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.
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Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
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Hank Edwards

Author
Hank Edwards has been writing gay fiction for more than twenty years. He has published over thirty novels and dozens of short stories. His writing crosses many sub-genres, including romantic comedy, contemporary, paranormal, suspense, mystery, and wacky comedy.He has written a number... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charlevoix B

7:00pm

Cope or Nope: How to Adult Like a Real Grown Up
It's hard to manage all the things that are part and parcel of adult living. Dishes, laundry, cooking, and more can all sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when brain issues make it harder than normal. This panel will help you find ways to handle the things life throws at you.

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Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC I

7:00pm

Selected Reading by Saladin Ahmed
Come enjoy some of Saladin's favorite excerpts from his selected works. Followed by a Q & A session.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Algonquin B

7:00pm

Self-editing for Fiction Writers
Join us for a discussion of techniques and suggestions for authors interested in self-publishing, preparing a manuscript for submission, or before hiring an editor.

Program Participants
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Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
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Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
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G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charlevoix A

7:00pm

Writing Workshops: the DIY MFA
If you write sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror, you've likely heard of Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, Taos Toolbox, and a host of other writing workshops. But what are they? What do they entail? Are they worth it? Which one might be right for you? Come listen to some writers who have been there, done that talk about their experiences.

Program Participants
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Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Nicolet

7:00pm

Networking 101
Have you always wanted to learn about computer networking, but don't know where to start? Do acronyms such as DNS, DHCP, or TTL confuse you? Then Networking 101 is for you! Join Wayne Pedersen, owner and entrepreneur of Maumee Geeks as he brings over 20 years of IT experience to Penguicon. Learn about general network concepts, subnetting, and how the internet works in a live demo.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

7:00pm

Advanced Pattern Drafting: Make a Sloper Workshop
Learn to make your own pattern base customized to your own specific measurements to use in making future patterns fit you perfectly! This class is great for cosplay patterns or everyday clothing. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
EMC III

7:00pm

Movie: Metropolis
Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Portage Auditorium

7:00pm

Addition errata The Dark Web Big Three: TOR, I2P, Freenet
Get an introduction to the big three in censorship resistant communications, TOR, I2P and Freenet.  Peel back how they work and some options on using them.

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Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Montcalm

7:30pm

Ubuntu 19.04 Release Party
Come celebrate the release of the latest Ubuntu 19.04 release, code-named "Disco Dingo". We'll meet in the bar area and raise a glass to mark the occasion.

Program Participants
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Craig Maloney

Programmer
Just another random hacker.


Friday May 3, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Westin Bar

8:00pm

Anime Director Spotlight: Satoshi Kon
Kon wrote and directed four movies and a TV series before his tragic death. His highly-acclaimed work has been described as "gritty, intense, and at times even nightmarish," with themes of obsession and illusion vs reality. We'll check them out, discussing themes, styles, and what makes them worth watching, ending with an open discussion.

Program Participants
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Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
EMC V

8:00pm

Fabricating: Past vs. Future
Necessity has always been the mother of invention but how has that influenced the art of fabrication? How has necessity changed in the past and how will it change in the future? How has that changed the way we are fabricating? Join our Guests of Honor Danny Hansen and Sophia Brueckner as they speak about the past and the future of fabrication.

Program Participants
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Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Algonquin B

8:00pm

Oxling's Alcoholic Chocolates - Sign Up Errata
If candy is dandy and liquor is quicker, then what is a combination of both?....Fun. Come see what Oxling has cooked up and learn to make your own fun filled treats. Tequila rose truffles, coconut rum cream and high octane cherry cordials are a few of the examples. Samples and recipes will be available at the end. Make sure to bring your valid ID with you to verify you are over 21 to try the chocolates. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Food [317]

8:00pm

Fellowship of Fools: Friendship Edition
Fellowship of Fools (FoF) is a game about relationships. Making friends takes time, communication and honesty. For many, making friends and forging new connections can be difficult or even feel impossible. FoF is a game that gives you an opportunity to get to know people through conversation, vulnerability and finding common ground.

Program Participants
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Casey O'Donnell

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
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Hermione Banger

Affinity Games LLC
Hermione Banger is a pseudonym (obviously) for a non-binary witch who writes about witchcraft and anarchism, and dabbles in crafting, camming and game development. Fellowship of Fools: The (Friendship) Game is their first self-published non-digital game. You can talk to them about... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
EMC IV

8:00pm

Isle of Skye
BG 2–5 players; Players are chieftains of famous clans and want to build their kingdoms to score as many points as possible—but in each game only four of the sixteen scoring tiles will be scored.

Program Participants
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The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

8:00pm

TEALS Program Info Session
The TEALS Program matches technology progessionals with educators to help bring computer education to schools. Come learn more about the program and how you can help or get your school involved.

Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Baldwin

8:00pm

Anthology Submissions: Advice from the Editor
Are you interested in submitting short stories to themed anthologies? Get tips and tricks from anthology editors.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Charlevoix A

8:00pm

FOSS on Wheels: How Autonomous Cars are Being Driven by Open-Source
Since the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005, much of the automotive industry have been working toward self-driving cars. Recently, the algorithms and software stacks used by research teams have begun moving into the open. This panel will provide an overview of what makes up an autonomous vehicle stack, what is available to the masses, and how you can help drive the future through open-source contributions.

Program Participants
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Joshua Whitley

AutonomouStuff, LLC
I build self-driving cars and I love what I do. A little bit engineer and a whole lotta software dev. Ask me about my sick Linux rig.


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
EMC I

8:00pm

Linux 101: Create Installation Media
Learn how to make a Linux installation disc/usb for beginners and how to install linux on a machine. Limited availability. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

8:00pm

People R Us: LGBTQIA
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: LGBTQIA

Program Participants
JH

Jessy Humiston-Aman

I'm an outpatient mental health therapist, roller of dice, lover of JRPGs, Whovian, food enthusiast, and avid animal hugger.


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
People R Us [1017]

8:00pm

LIVE PODCAST: Getting Drunk with Shannon & Maggie
Join Shannon and Maggie for their 7th appearance at Penguicon as we podcast LIVE from the random location we will be assigned. Audience members will participate in the annual LIVE recording of Shannon & Maggie's mostly weekly podcast about life, food, and booze. Be prepared to participate and be called upon to be a "special guest".

Program Participants
avatar for Shannon Marshall

Shannon Marshall

Rockstar
Sexual Health Educator. Podcaster. Drink and Cheese lover. @ShannonsParty (everywhere). ThatMoreThing.podbean.com ShannonsParty.com


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Nicolet

8:00pm

Dune
BG 2-6 players; Set thousands of years in the future, Dune the board game is based on the Frank Herbert novels about an arid planet at the heart of the human space empire's political machinations. Player interaction is generated through negotiation and bluffing. Players each take the role of one of the factions attempting to control Dune, with each faction having special powers that overlook certain rules in the game. The game concludes when one faction (or two allied factions) is able to control a certain number of strongholds on the planet.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

8:00pm

Consuite Chaos: A Cthulhu LARP
Welcome to Unicon! Your favorite nerd-stravaganza is hosted this year at the newly-renovated historic River Grand Hotel. It's midnight in the Consuite, but that doesn't mean it's quiet. The caffeine is flowing, the snacks are plentiful, and everyone is having a great time, until THINGS begin to happen... Terror and Tentacles presents a horrorful live action game guaranteed to stun the senses. No experience necessary. See terrorandtentacles.com for more information. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00am
Algonquin A

9:00pm

Fun with Floggers
Come learn the ins and outs of a simple but deceptively complicated type of play: flogging. It may sound painful, it may seem simple, but when you know how, when, where, and why, you will be able to bring your partner to another plane of understanding and help them fall into the beat of the music. They will forget the rest of the world and float in another time and space. Warning: this class may lead you down a road filled with wetness, hardness, or otherwise being worshiped for your godly powers. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Charlevoix A

9:00pm

Whiskey of the West - Sign Up Errata
For our annual journey into our favorite spirit, this year's theme will be an exploration of some interesting craft brands from west of the Mississippi. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Greg Williams

Greg Williams

My passion for distilled spirits began in college, when I realized that beer was an extremely inefficient way to get drunk. Over time I learned to appreciate the fact that some liquors tasted better than others. I have been expanding that learning over the last 30 years, and now... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Food [317]

9:00pm

Star Trek: Five-Year Mission
BG 3-7 players Boldly roll where no one has rolled before

Program Participants
FP

Fred Paffhausen

Gamer. Grant Writer. Research Editor. Nerd


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

9:00pm

STIs: Facts, Fictions, and Fables
This presentation will take a look at the social history of STI prevention from the 20th century to the present. It will address how facts and social conditions shaped prevention strategies both then and now. When we look at what is actually true about STIs in terms of actual risk, treatments available, and prevention, we see how sex-negative beliefs still influence our perceptions. We will discuss ways of combating stigma within ourselves and how to talk to our partners and potential partners about risk.

Program Participants
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Janice Gutfreund

Clinical Psychologist
I've been a psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor for more than 25 years. I'm well trained and highly experienced in all the traditional stuff -- but as a lifelong feminist and progressive, I take what is useful and critique the rest. Welcoming to all, special interest and... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Charlevoix B

9:00pm

2nd Sock Syndrome - Room Change Errata
Let's rock our socks off in this panel as I teach you all of the basics for creating your own socks. Basic knit and purl stitch skills required to enjoy our sock hop! Please bring circular needles 40" length, any size, and 2 skeins of sock yarn. Have to make mini socks because of time allotment. No supplies available.

Program Participants
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Patt Mundy

Owner, Michigan Academy of Martial Arts
2nd Sock: bring circular needles 40" length any size and 2 skeins of sock yarn. No supplies available. Knowledge of the knit and purl stitches required. Have to make mini socks because of time allotment.Double knitting: I have supplies for 9. If more attendees show up - bring any... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Montcalm

9:00pm

LN2 After Hours Ice Cream
Late night ice cream ingredients may include beer, cider, mead, or liquor. Admission will require 21+ ID (proof of legal drinking age). We'll also teach the basics (safety, proportions) and coach anyone who wants to learn to stir or do all this on their own! As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream. We have non-dairy bases and sugar-free sweeteners on hand. We're prepared if you speak up. We want everyone to be able to enjoy!

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.



Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LN2 [Hamlin]

9:00pm

Lords of Vegas
BG 2-4 players; You and your opponents represent powerful developers in a burgeoning Nevada city. You will earn money and prestige by building the biggest and most profitable casinos on "The Strip," the town's backbone of dust and sin. You start with nothing but parking lots and dreams, but from there you build, sprawl, reorganize and gamble your way to victory. Score the most points investing in the most profitable development companies and putting the best bosses in control of the richest casinos. Put your dollars on the line . . . it's time to roll!

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

9:00pm

Geeky Burlesque
Burlesque is a free musical expression of the self. Penguicon is excited to present a Geeky Burlesque show on Friday at 9pm! Come hang out and cheer on your brave fellow attendees as they get on stage and let it all (or most of it) out. There will be ribbons available for those who attend! There is no tipping allowed this year. 18+ only, please, ID will be checked at the door.

Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Algonquin C/D

9:00pm

Movie: Aquaman
Friday May 3, 2019 9:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00am
Portage Auditorium

10:00pm

Safe Play and Breath Play
Come learn about common mistakes and how to safely partake in this... breathtaking way to play! This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Charlevoix A

10:00pm

Super-Violent Anime that is Totally Worth Your Time (Trust Us!)
Anime can seem shockingly violent to people who think "cartoons" are for children, but anime is created for adults too. But what to watch? Our bloodthirsty fan crew will share their favorites, with an emphasis on gripping stories and intriguing themes.

Program Participants
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →
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Cassy Sinke

Penguicon 2019 Asst Chair, Penguicon 2018 ConChair, Panda trapped in a human body.


Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Charlevoix B

10:00pm

BoF: Developing an Open Source Novel
Birds of a Feather: Many people consider releasing a novel under a Creative Commons Sharealike license to be the literary equivalent of an open source project. But this ignores the initial development process through initial release. Can all the principles of open source software development (iterative, incremental, and distributed development) and its tools (bug tracking, version control and project forking) be used to create a true open source novel? If so, what might that look like? Join us to discuss the feasibility of creating a truly open source novel.

Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Baldwin

10:00pm

Sketchy Nonsense Live Podcast 2: We're Doing It Again - ROOM CHANGE Errata
[ Room Changed to 1017]  Sketchy Nonsense is back again to do our patented (not actually patented) live podcast! Come see a group of guys do some live improv comedy for your listening pleasure. And also drink beer. And ALSO also, you can drink it with us! Sample the "Beer of the Week" with us. It is most definitely 21+, so bring your big boy/girl/non-gender conforming pants and have a fun time! This event is 18+.  Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!


Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00am
People R Us [1017]

10:00pm

Red Dragon Inn
BG 3-6 players; You and your friends are a party of heroic, fantasy adventurers. You've raided the dungeon, killed the monsters, and taken their treasure. Now you're back, and what better way to celebrate your most recent victory than to spend an evening at the Red Dragon Inn. You and your adventuring companions will spend the night drinking, gambling, and roughhousing. The last person who is both sober enough to remain conscious and shrewd enough to hold onto his gold coins wins the game.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00am
Gaming [TC's Room]

11:00pm

The Wild & Wonderful World of Whips
This talk will discuss all things whips: types, construction, physics, and skills! Presented by a whip professional with over 10 Guinness World Records in whip cracking. Learn about whips for sport, competition, and after hours play. This event is 18+.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00am
Charlevoix A

11:00pm

Sensation Play
Come see a demonstration of some of the vast number of experiences sensation play provides! We'll be demonstrating and teaching bondage, sensory deprivation, temperature play, biting and scratching, integrating the use of floggers and knives, sensual touch, and with permission, a clothed demonstration of orgasm torture (inducing multiple orgasms with a wand vibrator and bondage). We'll also show you how to play in a safe and consensual way. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00am
Charlevoix B
 
Saturday, May 4
 

6:00am

Morning Rave
Come party in the AM! Get pumped up and dance your heart out, calm down with some yoga, and help yourself to some coffee and tea.

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00am - 8:00am
Algonquin A

8:00am

Penguicon 2019 5K
Join the great community at Penguicon 2019 for awesome time racing against your fellow geeks and gamers. This time it's IRL versus VR with absolutely no blue turtle shells to worry about.

Program Participants


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Outside

9:00am

Make Your Own Pillowcase
Join me in sewing your very own pillowcase. Learn how to use a sewing machine while making something useful!

Program Participants
avatar for Kim Ulrich

Kim Ulrich

Owner, 2nd Story Creations
I love creating things! I love to make quilts, bags, wall hangings, and any new challenge I can find with a needle and thread. I am an avide quilter, gardener, and cook.


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
EMC I

9:00am

BurleXercise: A Burlesque Inspired Dance Fitness
BurleXercise is a fitness class created by Deborah O'Connell that takes the "follow the leader" format that other fitness classes frequently use and puts burlesque inspired movement to it. This is not a burlesque how-to, this is a fitness class inspired by burlesque.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Algonquin A

9:00am

Stiggy's Dogs Presents: Service Dogs Information Panel
Stiggy's Dogs is an non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at no cost to the veteran. Come learn about the different types of working dogs, dos and don'ts when you meet a service dog and veteran, and how dogs are beneficial and life changing.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Montcalm

9:00am

Self-Publishing 2019
Self-publishing is no longer the hot new way to publish. It's not quite mature, but the options and tools have dramatically increased. It's not just "shove a book up on Amazon and profit;" we can sell hardcovers in Malaysia and audiobooks in China. Is self-publishing for you? What tools do you need? What works? What used to work, but doesn't anymore? How do you self-publish? SHOULD you self-publish? Would pro basketball be a better career goal? Come find out!

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nicolet

9:00am

The Importance of Animals
From sentient characters to plucky sidekicks, animals have been featured in SFF since its inception. This talk will discuss which animal characters work, which don't, and perhaps how to create your own believable, non-human characters.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Charlevoix A

9:00am

Modular Synthesizers: The Lego of Electronic Music
Learn the basics of modular synths, how they originated, how they work, and why they are so awesome.There will be a demonstration using a software synthesizer program and a short live performance using the presenter's own modular setup.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
EMC II

10:00am

Foamsmithing 101
Learn about the basic skills and tools needed to build props and costumes out of foam. See examples of pieces and ask for tips on projects you are working on.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC I

10:00am

Amigurumi: Crochet a Penguin! - Participant Errata
So you know the basics of crochet and want to try something new? Let’s go beyond the basics, read a pattern, and make amigurumi! Space limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Dawn Marino

Dawn Marino

Webminister/Chronicler, Shire of Talonval
avatar for Kelly V

Kelly V

Call management, AAA
I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC V

10:00am

Needle Felting 101
We'll start with a stabby needle and some wool, and you'll end up with an adorable penguin to take home! Learn the basics of why and how felting happens, and the general idea of how to make it work. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Bagel Garrison

Bagel Garrison

sewist/artist/etc., Geeks with Scissors
Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)



Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC II

10:00am

Abyss
BG 2-4 players; A game of development, combination and collection in which players try to take control of strategic locations in an underwater city. To achieve this, players must develop on three levels: first by collecting allies, then using them to recruit Lords of the Abyss, who will then grant access to different parts of the city. Players acquire cards through a draft of sorts, and the Lords of the Abyss acquired on those cards grant special powers to the cardholder — but once you use the cards to acquire a location, that power is shut off, so players need to time their land grabs well in order to put themselves in the best position for when the game ends.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Gaming [TC's Room]

10:00am

Poetry with Pitch! A Penguicon Choral Workshop
Choral music, at its best, is poetry with pitch. Singing links the emotion of music with the power of words. In this interactive session, we will learn Vienna Teng's "Hymn of Axciom," a poignant tune about digital surveillance, in four-part harmony. Contrary to popular opinion, singing is a learned skill, not just an innate talent. Ashley will share tips and techniques to use your voice and make meaningful music, lessons learned from fifteen years in adult, auditioned choirs. Ability to read music is helpful but not necessary. Listeners are also welcome!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Portage Auditorium

10:00am

TEALS Program Info Session
The TEALS Program matches technology progessionals with educators to help bring computer education to schools. Come learn more about the program and how you can help or get your school involved.

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Baldwin

10:00am

Tux Blended Breathe and Stretch
A yoga class for Penguicon that mixes fiery vinyasa poses with more restorative yin postures.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Algonquin A

10:00am

Author Office Hours with Cassandra Morgan
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am

Author Office Hours with Michael W. Lucas
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am

Music in Science Fiction
Join us for discussion between music scholars and the audience about the role of music in science fiction film and television.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Algonquin B

10:00am

P.O.V. for Dummies
Point of view seems so simple, and yet it's so hard to get right. In this panel we'll discuss why that is, and explore some tools you can take home to move your point of view beyond first, second, and third person.

Program Participants
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC IV

10:00am

Reading: Michael Cieslak & Nicole E. Castle
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

10:00am

DIY Pompom Guns
Learn to make your own pompom gun!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Montcalm

10:00am

Coffee Ritual
Back by popular demand, the Pope of Coffee shall blesspresso The Holy Of Holies: the most theatrical brewing method ever devised. The acolytes will serve the Holy Liquid unto the congregation, who shall raise the sacrament to the east, and in unison, recite the litany "God, I needed that!" Look for a blend of cafe'ths such as Press-byterian, Buzzentine, Sipiscopal, and even Atheismericano.

Program Participants
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes custom... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Nicolet

10:00am

Agile Escape Room
It’s the agile zombie apocalypse. You and your friends are trapped and all that stands between you and lunch is a locked door and three puzzle boxes. Each puzzle, once solved becomes an important component of the key. Every team must solve all three of their puzzles in order to complete the key. There is one key to rule them all. Only then may you leave the room before it’s you who becomes lunch. Are you willing to stake the lives of your team on your agile knowledge? Oh and by the way, how closely did you follow Scrum and agile principles in obtaining your release?

Program Participants
DM

Donald Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC III

10:00am

An Introduction to Macros in Clojure
Dive into the programming language Clojure with a focus on the macro system and how it can be used effectively.

Program Participants
avatar for Noah Bogart

Noah Bogart

Software Developer, Everything But The House
Love Clojure, love Python, love functional programming


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Charlevoix B

10:00am

An Overview of Vim
We will look at the Vim Text Editor, starting with the very basics and moving to some of the lesser known features of Vim. Bring your computer with Vim already installed if you want to work along with the speaker.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

10:00am

DDOSs and What the Average Person Can Do About It
DDOSs have been in the news for a few years. Learn what a DDOS is, how companies protect themselves, and how the average person can do their part to prevent it.

Program Participants
avatar for Tony Bemus

Tony Bemus

Podcast Host, Sunday Morning Linux Review


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Algonquin C/D

10:00am

AHA Badge Soldering
It’s a yearly tradition to for All Hands Active to bring a special badge soldering project. There are two projects to choose from this year, a quick and easy option and a more complex one. Kits are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to AHA.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hackerspace [328]

11:00am

Fun with Origami
Come play with paper! We will fold a variety of models starting with some that are very easy and moving toward some that are a bit more challenging. No experience required. Children are welcome to attend with an adult.

Program Participants
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC II

11:00am

Lockpicking 101
Hands on with lock picks, just the basics, same as last year with a few new locks and things.

Program Participants
avatar for Joseph Rock

Joseph Rock

Lead Quality Analyst, Lyons Consulting Group
...local geek about town, Agile guru, quality management consultant, writer, dilettante, raconteur, and veteran of the software development industry.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC I

11:00am

Rave & Circus Toys
You've seen all those glowy and flashy toys at a rave or in a video. If you've ever wondered what they are or how to use them, then this panel is for you. Many of those toys are adapted from the circus world, and there will be two professional circus performers here to answer those questions.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charlevoix A

11:00am

Silicone Casting for Cheap Bastards
Have you wanted to cast things out of silicone, but found it to be cost prohibitive? Learn how to make silicone casts and moulds from inexpensive silicone caulk and cornstarch.

Program Participants
avatar for Gnora Ford-Lepthien

Gnora Ford-Lepthien

Graphic Designer, Legged Fish


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC V

11:00am

Camp Cookery and Magical Meals to Prevent Trailside Tragedy - Sign Up Errata
Come learn some tips and tricks for camp cookery. We will focus on backpacking meal planning and on trail prep. Discussion points will include types of backpacking stoves and cook kits, dehydration, DIY freeze drying, cold soak meals, and trail baking. Recipes will be available and possibly meal samples too! Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Food [317]

11:00am

Say Hello to My Little Side Character
Side characters shouldn't take the spotlight, but that doesn't mean they should fade into the background either! In this talk I'll explain how you can create memorable side characters for your tabletop RPG, writing, or other creative endeavor.

Program Participants
avatar for Julie Miller

Julie Miller

I'm a web developer by trade and a whole lot of other things for fun. I run and play in 5E D&D games, I knit, sew, rock climb for fitness, and I read a lot of fantasy novels.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Montcalm

11:00am

The GRAM Role-Playing Game: Introductory Demo
RPG; Join us for a demonstration of the GRAM role playing game led by one of the game designers.

Program Participants
avatar for Warren Brown

Warren Brown

Web Master, Graphic Designer and World Building Consultant, Sword of Odin
I am a nerdy family man. Love comics anime and games. Interested in talking about Gram, Role playing, Graphic design, World building and much more.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

11:00am

Tyrants of the Underdark
BG 2-4 players; Each player leads a house of Drow in a section of the Underdark below the Sword Coast. The Drow house is represented by a deck of cards, with each card being a minion in that player's deck. Each minion belongs to one of five aspects of Drow society, and those aspects correspond to different strategies in the game, e.g., malice minions excel at assassinating opponents' troops, while ambition minions are best at recruiting additional minions and promoting minions to your "inner circle", which is a special zone that increases their value at the end of the game.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

11:00am

Vector! Attack of the Metapirates, Penguicon Edition
A tabletop RPG adventure in the world of Vector! Attack of the Metapirates*, specifically tailored for Penguicon. *Vector! Attack of the Metapirates is not an adventure, supplement, setting, or campaign, but a MEMETIC VIRUS. Vector and the Meta Pirates may spread their influence into not only one game, but many, and should they not be contained or halted, may even irrevocably alter you and your players. You have been warned.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

11:00am

How to Fight With a Medieval Longsword
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fight like they do in your favorite medieval action movie? Come learn the basics on how to handle a long sword and what made this weapon the go-to in the days long ago.

Program Participants
avatar for Danny Hansen

Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Algonquin A

11:00am

The Autodidact's Rules of Order: Teaching Yourself When Nobody Else Can or Will
Being a self motivated learner isn't as simple as googling something when you don't know the answer. It takes the ability and willingness to research and take in multiple sources to search for the truth. Come learn what it takes to be successful at teaching yourself from a lifelong autodidact.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Algonquin B

11:00am

Blocking Writer's Block
The dreaded writer's block. What is it, and how do you get rid of it? Our panelists will ponder this pernicious plague upon creativity, and how to root it out of your writing practice. Writer's block can be beaten. We've done it.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.
FP

Fred Paffhausen

Gamer. Grant Writer. Research Editor. Nerd


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Baldwin

11:00am

Selected Reading by Saladin Ahmed
Come enjoy some of Saladin's favorite excerpts from his selected works. Followed by a Q & A session.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charlevoix B

11:00am

History of Pro Wrestling
Professional wrestling is one of the most storied art forms the world has ever known. Hey, wait! Come back! This panel is here to show you the history of pro wrestling. Dating from the early 1900s, all the way to present day, and all of the amazing history in-between. Pairs well with the sister-panel "Professional Wrestling 101"

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC III

11:00am

Spoilers Galore for Avengers Endgame - ADDITION Errata
SPOILER ALERT 

If you are a fellow Marvel Comics Universe Geek and you have seen the latest movie, Avengers: Endgame, then this is the space to come and discuss everything and anything about the movie!  
This event will allow spoiler-filled discussions about Avengers: Endgame. 

If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame, than this is not the panel you are looking for. 

We strongly advise attendees to be aware that by chosing to attend this event, they are chosing to enter an Avengers: Endgame  Spoiler Zone! 



Program Participants
avatar for Bagel Garrison

Bagel Garrison

sewist/artist/etc., Geeks with Scissors
Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Portage Auditorium

11:00am

Quantum Crafts
Quantum physics and metaphysics both seek truth. Discover how these two pursuits have begun to reveal the truth of how our universe works and our place in it.

Program Participants
avatar for Stanley Nunn

Stanley Nunn

Undeniable Entertainment and Media
Too much to put in a post.


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC IV

11:00am

Truths, Half-truths and Sweet, Sweet Lies: Reflections of an IT Consultant - Program Participant errata
I sold you my sword not my soul! This will be an open and frank discussion of consulting in the current IT environment. What are the perils of being a change agent in an increasingly politicized and perilous engagement climate?

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →
DM

Donald Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Algonquin C/D

11:00am

Patterns Lie! and Other Useful Sewing Facts
Learning to sew can be daunting, especially if you've never had formal instruction. We're here to help! In this panel, we'll cover selecting and reading a pattern, choosing fabric, cutting, pinning, sewing, pressing, finishing hems, and more — all without complicated sewing terminology! You'll be sewing like a pro in no time. Bring your questions!

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Nicolet

11:00am

People R Us: Geeks of Color II
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: Geeks of Color

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
People R Us [1017]

11:00am

Needle Felting 201 - Description Errata ROOM CHANGE ERRATA
A follow up to Needle Felting 101 panel. Learn to felt 3D objects! Tools and material provided to create a cute little friend. Use of sharp needles; children over 12 welcome with parental supervision.  If you are unable to attend, there will be some extra take-home kits available with self guided instructions, so stop by and have a POKE! Space is limited, so please sign up near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

11:00am

Retro Gaming - Addition Errata
Relive your childhood with our retro gaming event! From Atari to Nintendo 64 (and almost every system in between), revel in four hours of pure time-travel joy! Located in the Lobby. 

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 8:00pm
Lobby

12:00pm

Supernatural Anime: The Creepy, the Scary, and the Fun
Japan has the widest and weirdest menagerie of supernatural beasties and ghosts, and they haunt the world of anime too! With influences from Shinto and Buddhism, folk tales, and urban legends, you're never quite sure what will happen next. We'll geek out on our picks of what's worth watching and why.

Program Participants
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →
avatar for Star Stramel

Star Stramel

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered about... Read More →
avatar for A. Carina Spears

A. Carina Spears

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami. I know way too much about something most people probably aren't familiar with. If you want to talk about Shinigami/Grim Reapers, awesome.I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end am playing with fan-fiction... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC IV

12:00pm

Intro to Metal Working
A basic Q&A session with some show and tell of common tools used by the average metal worker, how they work, and how to use them safely. NO LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS, THINGS WILL CATCH FIRE.

Program Participants
avatar for Derek Newland

Derek Newland

I enjoy being a technician, from cars and computers to welding and electrical motors. Fixing and building things has always been fun for me.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC II

12:00pm

Make Your Own Cardboard Automata - Sign Up errata
Learn how to use cams and cranks to make a cardboard creation that moves and jives. Walk away with your own custom automata. Space is limited, please sign up in advance, near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!



Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC I

12:00pm

Are You A Werewolf?
Well, are you? Let's play werewolf!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Algonquin A

12:00pm

I Didn't Plan For This
Eliminate the stress of planning your next D&D session by not doing it! Learn the basics of improvisation to help you bring those techniques to your gaming table. So the next time your players want to go shoe shopping in the middle of a story arc, you’ll be ready!

Program Participants
avatar for Julie Miller

Julie Miller

I'm a web developer by trade and a whole lot of other things for fun. I run and play in 5E D&D games, I knit, sew, rock climb for fitness, and I read a lot of fantasy novels.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Montcalm

12:00pm

The GRAM Role-Playing Game: Introductory Demo
RPG; Join us for a demonstration of the GRAM role playing game led by one of the game designers.

Program Participants
avatar for Cyndi Chadwick

Cyndi Chadwick

Sword of Odin
Quirky. Polyamorous. I hoard dice. Talk to me about the GRAM Role-Playing Game and other Sword of Odin endeavors.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

12:00pm

Too Like The Lightning, The Card Game
This unpublished prototype for 2 to 7 players is a game adaptation of a science fiction novel series by Penguicon 2017 guest of Honor Ada Palmer. Players represent world governments. Together they attempt to avert world war by arranging face-down cards in a row common to all players: the global Transit System. Players may change these, but may not directly tell each other what they know of them. When the cards are revealed, if the players have managed to arrange the printed numbers in an uninterrupted consecutive sequence, world war is averted, and the players all win! But beware! For your own government is awash in corruption-- some of the characters on your cards might frustrate your efforts!

Program Participants
avatar for Nemo Rathwald

Nemo Rathwald

Boardgame Designer, Magic Meeple Games
Nemo T Rathwald – Nemo designs and illustrates board games under a pseudonym, which is an anagram for Matthew Arnold. His game “Overworld” was 500% funded on Kickstarter by Magic Meeple Games, and has distribution deals in Germany and France. He laser-cuts his game prototypes... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

12:00pm

Charisma Check: Teaching Social Skills With Modern Methods
This panel will cover using 'unconventional' methods to teach social skills to a variety of ages. Methods covered will include RPGs, improv, LARP, board games, and community activities.

Program Participants
JH

Jessy Humiston-Aman

I'm an outpatient mental health therapist, roller of dice, lover of JRPGs, Whovian, food enthusiast, and avid animal hugger.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Charlevoix B

12:00pm

Relationship Communication
In this panel discussion, we will cover a plethora of communication skills from basic body language and phrasing to techniques used in relationship counseling to improve communication and navigate the difficult conversations we have in life.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Charlevoix A

12:00pm

Author Office Hours with Nicole E. Castle & Brigham Vaughn - Participant Errata
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

12:00pm

Getting Motivated to Write
Learn some ways to get into the writing frame of mind, including challenges, groups, and staying motivated.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
FP

Fred Paffhausen

Gamer. Grant Writer. Research Editor. Nerd


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Algonquin B

12:00pm

Reading: Michael W. Lucas
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

12:00pm

Redefining Myths and Legend - Magic vs Science
Historically, creatures of myth originated through magical means. In today's literature these same creatures can owe their beginnings to science. Explore and contrast both sides of the origin story.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC V

12:00pm

BoF: The Expanse is Saved
Birds of a Feather: The Expanse was on SyFy then cancelled. Soon it was picked up by Amazon Prime after a media promotion by fans. Will we be able to expand SciFi using the media promotion of other great shows? What have we learned about getting funding and attention for our favorites? Can we do more?

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Baldwin

12:00pm

Self-publishing Comics and Books - Participant Errata
This talk will help current and future writers learn how to self-publish and promote their work.

Program Participants
avatar for Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Co-Founder, IT in the D / Podcast Detroit
I'm the geek that’s been pushed into management roles over the span of my career. I've been a helpdesk jockey, a team lead, a systems architect and even a Vice President over the course of more than 20 years in information technology for a variety of industries. I've been profiled... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Manard

Stephanie Manard

Writer
I am a writer and editor working in prose and comics. I am a self-publishing and marketing pro, as well as a podcast host and actress.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC III

12:00pm

Feline Nutrition 101
Cats have been steadily growing in popularity for decades. Join Cassandra Morgan, author and feline nutrition and behavior consultant, as she walks you through the basics of feline nutrition. Learn how to read a pet food label, what it means to be an obligate carnivore, and settle the great kibble vs canned debate. It's going to be a purr-fectly meow-velous time!

Program Participants
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Portage Auditorium

1:00pm

BoF: Dr. Who Meet Up - DATE/TIME CHANGE Errata
Birds of a Feather meet up for Dr. Who cosplay! Old school, new school, doctors, companions, enemies, family and friends, as well as spin off characters are welcome. Come dressed in your favorite Dr. Who cosplay, meet like minded people, enjoy conversations, strike poses, and take as many photos as humanly possible. Don't forget your props, witty comments, and sense of humor. Who knows? We may even be able to get a certain blue police box to stop by...

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Charlevoix B

1:00pm

CANCELLATION ERRATA - Incorporating Disability Into Cosplay
THIS PRESENTATION IS CANCELED Many cosplayers have a disability or illness that requires them to use certain equipment to take into account other needs they might have. While you can really do whatever you like in cosplay, sometimes you may want to go all out and incorporate things that are already part of your daily life to make a truly epic costume. You may just want to find ways to be more comfortable or make small adaptations so your costume works better for your own personal situation. We'll try to cover these and any related topics during this panel.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Charlevoix B

1:00pm

Stump The Experts
Have an idea for cosplay, but don't know how to go about making it? Come ask a panel of long time cosplayers for some advice and see if they can come up with some solutions.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EMC II

1:00pm

Bicycle Maintenance 101
An extensive look into complete bicycle repair. Basic to advanced repair will be demonstrated, from flat repair to complete tune-up. Disc brakes and wheel truing/straightening will be covered in this presentation. The mechanic presenting this demonstration has 20+ years of shop experience.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EMC III

1:00pm

Cheese: Young & Spry or Aged & Sharp? -Sign Up Errata
Shannon and Maggie return with another flavorful cheese tasting panel. Come discover if you like your cheese young and spry or aged and sharp. We will compare and contrast three different cheeses in both their "young" and "aged" stages. Come prepared to have your taste buds stimulated and your minds blown. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Shannon Marshall

Shannon Marshall

Rockstar
Sexual Health Educator. Podcaster. Drink and Cheese lover. @ShannonsParty (everywhere). ThatMoreThing.podbean.com ShannonsParty.com


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Food [317]

1:00pm

Dice Forge
BG 2-4 players; Development game featuring innovative mechanics based on dice with removable faces. In this dice crafting game, players build their own dice. Roll your dice, manage your resources, complete ordeals before your opponents and explore multiple winning strategies.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

1:00pm

Istanbul
BG 2-5 players; There's hustle and bustle at Istanbul's grand bazaar as merchants and their assistants rush through the narrow alleys in their attempt to be more successful than their competitors. Everything must be well organized: wheelbarrows must be filled with goods at the warehouses, then swiftly transported by the assistants to various destinations. Your goal? Be the first merchant to collect a certain number of rubies.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

1:00pm

Making Your Gaming Dollars Go Farther
Now is a great time to be a gamer. There are more games, miniatures, and accessories than anyone could ever imagine. Sadly, most of them cost money. Disposable income is a finite resource, but if there is one thing that gamers can be good at it is managing resources. I'm a single dad of two kids so I try to make every dollar I spend on gaming stretch as far as possible. Let's share tips and secrets.

Program Participants
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

I like to consider myself a "Nerd of All Seasons." I play and collect many board games, card games, RPGs and miniature wargames. I read almost anything that seemes interesting but especially love sci-fi, cyberpunk, and local history. I am a bit of a tinkerer and enjoy conversation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Montcalm

1:00pm

An Introduction to Mondo Zen and the Importance of Meditation
This talk will discuss and explore a modern interpretation of Japanese Rinzai Zen. We will discuss insight and emotional koan practice and the necessity of Zazen (Zen meditation) in daily life. Hosted by Hokyo, a priest of Hollow Bones Zen.

Program Participants
avatar for Hokyo Yoi Inu

Hokyo Yoi Inu

Ordained Zen Priest, Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order
Hokyo Yoi Inu Joshua Routhier is a graduate student majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wayne State University, a trained Gestalt therapist, an ordained priest in the Hollow Bones Zen order and the head priest of the Thunder Drum Sangha. He works with clients on their... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EMC IV

1:00pm

Mining Internet Gold
Are you looking for a way to make a little extra money? Do you know how to use the Internet? If so, join Count Discord as he teaches you several proven ways to mine the Internet for free things!

Program Participants
avatar for James Gamble

James Gamble

Senior Systems Engineer, -REDACTED-
I am a systems engineer for a software company in Tampa, Florida. I have more than 17 years of experience in the Information Technology field and have a broad knowledge of technologies, web services, software applications, etc at my disposal. In my free time, I like spending time... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EMC V

1:00pm

Navigating Polyamory: Keeping your Cups Full
Join us for a presentation and Q&A about one million different ways to practice poly. Come learn how to better communicate and work through hiccups, such as scheduling conflicts, new partners, sexual safety, and mental/emotional health.

Program Participants
avatar for Cyndi Chadwick

Cyndi Chadwick

Sword of Odin
Quirky. Polyamorous. I hoard dice. Talk to me about the GRAM Role-Playing Game and other Sword of Odin endeavors.
avatar for Andrew M. "Fish" Popowich

Andrew M. "Fish" Popowich

Owner, Designer, and Creative Director, Sword of Odin
A writer, designer, gamer, blogger, and jerk. Previously a freelance game designer/mechanical assistance provider for Alderac Entertainment Group and Crafty Games. Currently focusing on being the creative director of the Sword of Odin design studio and the primary designer of the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Charlevoix A

1:00pm

Author Office Hours with Michael Cieslak & Mary Lynne Gibbs
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

1:00pm

Improving your Writing
Writing is one of the hardest crafts to learn, and measuring improvement is nearly impossible. How do you improve your writing? What methods have worked for us, and which failed miserably? How did our panelists achieve success? If we can improve, so can you.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Baldwin

1:00pm

Reading: David Erik Nelson & Christian Klaver
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

1:00pm

Parachute while Grounded
Join us for some good old fashioned, gym class style parachute play! Participants of all ages welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Algonquin A

1:00pm

Star Wars: So Now What?
What can the fandom do to support the Star Wars saga in this new era of social media? Will the series ever be the same? Is it possible to move on to new material and still retain the magic of the original trilogy? Come join us to discuss the future Star Wars and what you would like to see, and not see, on the silver screen.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Algonquin B

1:00pm

Beekeeper Bootcamp
Want to help save the bees? Find out if you have what it takes to be an apiarist in the modern era of beekeeping.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nicolet

1:00pm

Pen Testing with Kali Linux
Join us for an open discussion on Kali Linux, pen testing, and the possibilities of using this distro overall.

Program Participants


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

1:00pm

People R Us: Neurodiversity: and ASD II
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: Neurodiversity and ASD

Program Participants
avatar for Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Person
I am Mike. I do computery things. I am not actually a drunken Radar.


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
People R Us [1017]

1:00pm

1:00pm

Autonomous RC Car Race
Autonomous RC Car Racing Series is a competition where builders from across the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas will race their own self-driving 1/10 and 1/12 scale RC cars around our track as quickly as possible. The cars use a variety of software including TensorFlow, OpenCV and ROS. Remote-control cars will also be available for audience members to try to compete against us! Learn to build your own self-driving car at diyrobocars.com

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Algonquin C/D

2:00pm

Five-Minute Anime: Face-Off
Tiny anime jewels: these series are silly, senseless, bizarre, or creepy, with episodes only five minutes long! We'll show our favorites, and you'll pick Penguicon's Best for 2019!

Program Participants
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →
avatar for Star Stramel

Star Stramel

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered about... Read More →
avatar for A. Carina Spears

A. Carina Spears

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami. I know way too much about something most people probably aren't familiar with. If you want to talk about Shinigami/Grim Reapers, awesome.I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end am playing with fan-fiction... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
EMC III

2:00pm

Ask A Baker -Sign Up Errata
What does creaming really DO? What causes browning? Why does bread...bread? Why did my thing do that thing? If you've ever had a baking question, or just want to shoot the breeze about butter, come in. Have a chat, have a snack, and leave with a few recipes that won't let you down. Space is limited. Please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Food [317]

2:00pm

Improv 101
This interactive panel will cover the basics of improv, and will give participants the opportunity to stretch their comedy muscles with some improv games! All experience levels are welcome, just come ready to play!

Program Participants
JH

Jessy Humiston-Aman

I'm an outpatient mental health therapist, roller of dice, lover of JRPGs, Whovian, food enthusiast, and avid animal hugger.


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Algonquin A

2:00pm

Making Financial Decisions
There are tons of people out there telling you what you should do with your money. But how do you decide what's hype and what's actually best for you? Come learn how to manage your finances the way that's right for you. No sales, no silly advice about skipping lattes, just a method that helps you decide where your money is best spent, saved and invested.

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
EMC V

2:00pm

Author Office Hours with Vik Walker & Ken Schrader
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

2:00pm

Promptapalooza
Little Red Riding Hood as steampunk. Go! How many words can you write from a prompt in just 3 minutes? Come find out at Promptapalooza 2019! Short, generally silly prompts will get your creative juices flowing in a fun, social writing environment. Bring a laptop, a pencil and notebook, or just a smartphone, but come ready to write!

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montcalm

2:00pm

Reading: Mary Lynne Gibbs & Brigham Vaughn - Particpant Errata
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

2:00pm

Family Feud
Let's play some Family Feud, fandom edition! Everything from the man in the blue box to Firefly! Let's go!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Algonquin B

2:00pm

Podcasting 101: So You Wanna Start a Podcast - Time/Participant Errata
Join us for a new and updated Podcasting 101 panel to help people get started in the wild world of podcasting!

Program Participants
avatar for Bob Waltenspiel

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D
Founder IT in the D, co-host of the IT in the D Show, co-owner Podcast Detroit, co-owner Falling Down Beer Co.
avatar for Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Co-Founder, IT in the D / Podcast Detroit
I'm the geek that’s been pushed into management roles over the span of my career. I've been a helpdesk jockey, a team lead, a systems architect and even a Vice President over the course of more than 20 years in information technology for a variety of industries. I've been profiled... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

2:00pm

The Dark Side -- The Reanimation of Horror
There has been a resurgence of dark speculative fiction in the past few years. Numerous movies and television programs have appeared including many created by specific platforms (Amazon Prime, Netflix). What is behind this reappearance of horror, or has it been there lurking in the shadows all along?

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charlevoix A

2:00pm

Turning Your Hobby Into A Profession
Join Mikey Mason as he talks you through the process by which he made the leap from middle-management to full-time comedian to full time geek entertainer. Learn how you can apply his lessons learned to your own life and potentially use them to help make your hobby your profession, as well as some of the pitfalls you might encounter during such a transition (and hopefully, how to avoid them.)

Program Participants
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charlevoix B

2:00pm

Wireless Audio in the Concert World
Come learn about wireless microphones and related tech in the professional concert world, from some quick basics to coordinating frequencies over a multiple venue festival.

Program Participants
avatar for Scott Helmke

Scott Helmke

Systems & Projects, TC Furlong, Inc.
I've been working in professional audio on and off all my life, most recently for an audio production and design company in Chicago.


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
EMC II

2:00pm

BoF: The Science of AI
Birds of a Feather: Let's talk about how AI is coming along! Have any good stories about the science of AI?

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Baldwin

2:00pm

Which Programming Languages will Still Exist in 2030?
What will the future bring when it comes to programming languages? Join us to discuss what the landscape of programming languages might look like in the year 2030.

Program Participants
avatar for Charles Severance

Charles Severance

Professor, University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Nicolet

2:00pm

Women in Technology
Three women with a variety of backgrounds, education, and identities talk about their experience being in the field of technology. Audience questions and sharing is welcomed.

Program Participants
avatar for Sue Blair

Sue Blair

With beer, you can get crusty old IT farts to tell war stories, the problem is getting them to stop. Ask me what it's like to work at large companies and startups, Michigan-based and international, Academic and corporate. I will harp on my pet peeves as well as what I like about IT... Read More →
GC

Gail Christopherson

Consultant, Technical, Workforce Software, Inc.
Medieval studies didn't prove very profitable, so I worked in HR for a while, got a degree in Business Management, and naturally ended up in IT. Outside of work I enjoy microbrews, craft beers, caramel, our Earthdawn RPG, and brevity.


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
EMC IV

2:00pm

LN2 Saturday Afternoon Matinee Ice Cream
LN2 ice cream flavors inspired by movies and food/drink you'd find in a movie theater! We'll also teach the basics (safety, proportions) and coach anyone who wants to learn to stir or do all this on their own! As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream. We have non-dairy bases and sugar-free sweeteners on hand. We're prepared if you speak up. We want everyone to be able to enjoy!

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.



Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LN2 [Hamlin]

2:00pm

Electronics Wreck Lab and Scavenger Hunt - Sign Up Errata
Get some tools in hand and take apart some electronics! See what’s inside and follow along with the scavenger hunt to find various electronics components and learn what they do. Capacitors, resistors, and diodes, oh my! Space is limited. Please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!



Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
EMC I

2:00pm

Terraforming Mars
BG 1-5 players; In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

2:00pm

Igor's Challenge (D&D 5th Edition)
RPG 2-4 players; Igor Larionov is an eccentric gnome inventor renowned around the world. He has sent out invitations to adventuring groups to come and compete for his latest, greatest invention. The competition will take place a few days hence in Penthill and consist of a race through his specially created challenge-dungeon.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

BoF: Craft Supply Swap
Birds of a Feather: Are your jewelry making supplies gathering dust and you find yourself really into embroidery instead? Why not offload your unused crafting items and pick up some things you can use?

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Baldwin

3:00pm

Learn to Hand Embroider
This workshop will be a hands-on introduction to hand embroidery. You will learn basic techniques and practice stitches including running stitch, back stitch, and even the dreaded French knots! All required supplies will be provided. Space is limited so sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Janet Gocay

Janet Gocay

Planner of Penguicon. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
EMC II

3:00pm

CMP Kitchen: Mad Food Science Continuing Education Credits - Sign Up Errata
The folks at Cine Mal Practice have a love/hate relationship with innovative food. We've made sauerkraut chocolate cake, bacon fat ginger snaps, and Velveeta fudge all in the name of SCIENCE! Some recipes hit the spot, some don't. Come join us for a "how to make peep sushi" demonstration and taste some of the odder things we've made. Recipes will be available. Bring your own weird food recipe to trade if you want. Space is limited. Please sign up in advance near Ops!


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Food [317]

3:00pm

I Didn't Plan For This One Shot
RPG; 100% of the session will be created as we play! Player characters, world, and story will all be generated using the techniques from my “I Didn't Plan For This” panel. The game will use a simple high/low d20 system. (Note: attendees do NOT have to attend both in order to participate.)

Program Participants
avatar for Julie Miller

Julie Miller

I'm a web developer by trade and a whole lot of other things for fun. I run and play in 5E D&D games, I knit, sew, rock climb for fitness, and I read a lot of fantasy novels.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

Paper Tales
BG 2-5 players A simultaneous drafting card game. Each turn, players draft five units that they then recruit into their kingdom — assuming that they can pay. These choices determine the players ability to shine in battle, generate great income, construct dominant buildings, and earn legend points. There are only four hiring positions available during the four rounds of the play, but your units grow older with each turn until time takes them away.

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

Podcasts for Readers
There are now a slew of book related podcasts! How do you find the one which fits your needs? Are you looking for recommendations, reviews, publishing news, or bookish news?

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Montcalm

3:00pm

Queer Theory for Everyone
Post-structural critical theory has been a hallmark of literary criticism in academia for years. However, Queer Theory and its related modes of inquiry like Critical Gender Theory, Critical Disability Theory, and Critical Race Theory, have been profoundly influential across disciplines from education to anthropology to technology studies. Come learn about the history and basic concepts of Queer Theory and how you can utilize it for better writing & editing, more socially-aware technology, and building more inclusive communities.

Program Participants
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Charlevoix A

3:00pm

Writer's Reception
Come shake hands and talk publishing and the craft of writing with the over two dozen attending authors of Penguicon. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

3:00pm

Arts & Scraps Workshop: Make a 100% Green Costume!
Make a green costume or cosplay! Have you ever wanted to make a costume out of unconventional materials? Did you think you could do it in an hour? Come learn and play with Arts & Scraps and use recycled industrial materials to create a new outfit that inspires and transforms! Learn about the 4 R's (yup, there's 4) and how you can incorporate green practices into your life as a maker.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
EMC III

3:00pm

Building a Vuetiful Web Application With Vue and Vuetify
This event will be an introduction into web development using the Vue.js javascript framework. Attendees will be guided through the process of creating a functional web application. We will use Vue.js together with Vuetify, a library of pre-styled components, to build put together a frontend display for the application. All of the setup code will be provided as a Codepen, as well as the finished result to compare against.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

3:00pm

Building Your Own Retro Gaming Console with RetroPie
Attendees will be shown how to build their own retro gaming console, built on Raspberry Pi and running RetroPie, a Raspbian-based distribution tailored toward emulating classic gaming consoles. The talk will include an overview of the hardware required, and there will also be some gameplay demos.

Program Participants
avatar for Jay LaCroix

Jay LaCroix

LearnLinux.tv
My name is Jay, and I'm a Technologist, Linux Enthusiast, and Geek. By day I am a DevOps Engineer and consultant. In my spare time, I create instructional videos on Youtube (LearnLinux.tv) and I also write books. My latest book, Mastering Ubuntu Server (Second Edition) will be available... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Algonquin B

3:00pm

Career Navigation Strategies: Taking Charge of Your Life. -Program Partcipant errata
A discussion of how to build and pursue a career navigation strategy via a practical approach using proven strategies.. We will focus on IT but the concepts hold true for any profession or trade. Bring your issues and share your story.

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →
DM

Donald Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
EMC V

3:00pm

Learning Management Systems, Educational App Stores, Repositories, and Analytics
The idea of a next generation digital learning environment” (NGDLE) is now several years old and the Apereo open source communities are adopting this new model across the board. Apereo is showing the path to the NGDLE by moving from a single LMS product (Sakai) to a situation where educational needs can be met from any number of open source projects like Tsugi, Equella, Open Learning Warehouse, Xerte, and others. Much like Sakai’s “interoperability first” approach in 2004 radically changed the educational technology marketplace, Apereo’s NGDLE efforts in 2018 are laying the groundwork that will dramatically transform the educational technology market for the next decade.

Program Participants
avatar for Charles Severance

Charles Severance

Professor, University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Charlevoix B

3:00pm

Programming Arcade-style games with Godot
Ever wanted to make your own arcade-style games but weren't sure where to start? Or have you tried other game engines and decided they were too complex or the licenses were too onerous for your use. Godot is a free, cross-platform, Open Source game engine that handles both 2D and 3D game environments. We'll learn about Godot's interface and terminology. Then we'll talk about how to make a simple 2D game using Godot complete with sprites, sound, and whatever else we can think of.

Program Participants
avatar for Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Programmer
Just another random hacker.



Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nicolet

3:00pm

Cosplay Pics 101, Posing In Costume
Want to look better in your cosplay photos? Want to make quick hallway snapshots look as good as a staged photoshoot? It’s possible with a little posing practice! Come learn the secrets of creating flattering and dynamic poses for any character, as well as how to use setting and props to best effect.

Program Participants
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Masters-level cosplayer, costume designer, actor, "...And Sewing Is Half The Battle!"
Alena is a Masters-level cosplayer with 17 years of experience and more than 50 awards for craftsmanship and presentation. As a self-taught seamstress and craftswoman herself, she loves helping novice cosplayers learn new techniques. In addition to being a professional costume designer... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC IV

3:00pm

People R Us: POC In Tech
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: People of Color in Tech

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
People R Us [1017]

3:00pm

Egiza
BG 2-4 players; The game lasts 5 turns. In each turn, the players place their pawns on the board, along the banks of the Nile, getting the advantages shown on each square. On the right bank there are fixed squares where the players may get workers, improve their mercantile capabilities, influence the floods (and thus the fertility of the fields) and reserve the right to build the monuments (that are built only after all the placements are done). On the left bank the players may take cards that are deployed randomly on the 10 squares at the start of each turn; some of these cards are kept until the end of the game (cultivable fields, stone quarries, deities granting special advantages), while others are discarded after the use and offer multiple immediate advantages.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

3:00pm

Engineering Self Defense
Join us for an open forum of tips and tricks for general self defense, as well as where to get started if you're confused on what to look for in more formal training.

Program Participants
avatar for Derek Newland

Derek Newland

I enjoy being a technician, from cars and computers to welding and electrical motors. Fixing and building things has always been fun for me.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Algonquin A

3:00pm

AHA Badge Soldering
It’s a yearly tradition to for All Hands Active to bring a special badge soldering project. There are two projects to choose from this year, a quick and easy option and a more complex one. Kits are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to AHA.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hackerspace [328]

3:00pm

Movie: Ready Player One
Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Portage Auditorium

4:00pm

Needle Tatting 101
Tatting is a classic form of lace-making, traditionally made by using a shuttle. However, needle tatting has become a popular alternative, and as I find it easier to explain and demonstrate, that's how I'll be introducing you to this art form. We will go over basic rings, picots, and joins and end up with a flower for you to take home. Space is limited so please sign up in advance at Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Bagel Garrison

Bagel Garrison

sewist/artist/etc., Geeks with Scissors
Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)



Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC II

4:00pm

The Exciting World of Vegan Cheese Part II with Amy & Amy
Join the Vegan Amys for another scrumptious vegan cheese adventure! We'll talk about all things vegan cheese: what it is, where to buy it, and of course what it tastes like with a smorgasbord of purchased and homemade cheeses. You'll learn about cool vegan cheese making techniques, including methods of culturing and aging. Plus we'll demo one of our own cheese recipes! You’ll go home with plenty of recipes to make your own delicious plant-based cheeses at home. 

Program Participants
AW

Amy Wright

Half of the Amy wondertwins! I've been a vegan for 7 years and I'm looking forward to sharing my expertise and enthusiasm for the wide world of non-dairy cheeses.


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Food [317]

4:00pm

Codename
BG 2-20 players; Two teams compete to see who can contact all of their agents first. Use clues that could point to multiple words on the board to guess your teams words, but not the other teams!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

4:00pm

How to Work with People on the Spectrum: A Brief Discussion About Autism
Did you ever wonder or even know that 95% of autistic people (ASD) are unemployed or underemployed? This panel will inform you of the misinformation surrounding autism and how we can help autistic people after high school or even college. Be yourself and not somebody else.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC V

4:00pm

Human Trafficking is Everywhere
The presenter has over two decades of experience working with trafficking victims in Metro Detroit. We will start by discussing what trafficking is, how it starts, what it looks like, and what traffickers look like. We will also discuss the ramifications of abuse/trafficking and what to do if trafficking is suspected to keep the survivor and identifier safe.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC III

4:00pm

Unwelcome: Unpacking the Backlash Against Marginalized Fans, Creators, and Content
A small, but increasingly virulent contingent of fandom has spent the last several years waging war against women, people of color, and LGBTQ people (and especially those at the intersections of those experiences) who desire to see themselves in genre media. From the Sad Puppies to Gamergate to Comicsgate, we'll talk through the reality of what creators and fans alike have experienced when under fire from these groups, the potential roots of this backlash, and what we can do as a community to push back against it.

Program Participants
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charlevoix A

4:00pm

Your Fat is Not Your Fault: What Science Says About Behavior and Weight - Track errata
Join New England Journal of Medicine published author, Judith S. Shapiro, PhD., in an in depth discussion as she summarizes her research showing that increases in average weight are due to biological factors, and that attempts to reduce weight through diet and exercise do not work long-term.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Montcalm

4:00pm

Author Office Hours with Diana Kathryn Plopa & Jean Davis
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

4:00pm

Reading: Cassandra Morgan
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

4:00pm

The Art of the Query
What does it take to stand out in a slush pile? Authors and editors describe techniques—beyond the basics of query structure—that make pitches grab attention.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Corvisiero Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle is the co-author of the steampunk adventure The Emerald Key (Ticonderoga Publications). Her short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Grievous Angel and the Exile Publishing anthologies. She has recently been signed by Molten Universe Media, and will be publishing... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EMC I

4:00pm

Comic Books on the Big Screen
Did you enjoy Aquaman? Do you think Avengers: Endgame will live up to the hype? What would you change regarding Captain Marvel? Am I really the only one who liked Batman vs Superman? Join us to discuss comic book based films, including current, prior, and upcoming offerings. This will be a lively talk about what the movies got right, got wrong, and how they should improve with future cinematic endeavors. We look forward to seeing you there!

Program Participants
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Algonquin B

4:00pm

BoF: Building Meetups and the Tech Community in Detroit
Birds of a Feather: Join us to talk about building the overall engineering and tech community within Detroit and the Detroit area.

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Baldwin

4:00pm

Critical Optimism
People’s ability to envision the future tends to fall between two unhealthy and unconstructive extremes. On one side, there are those who are blindly optimistic about technology. This attitude is sometimes termed “technosolutionism,” the naïve idea that every problem can be solved with technology. At the other extreme are those so critical of technology that they adopt an unrealistic Luddite attitude, avoiding technology altogether, or they assume that a dystopian future is inevitable and, as a result, become passive. Critical optimism navigates between these two extremes, encouraging an earnest hopefulness that also incorporates a healthy dose of criticality. What futures are possible, which are probable, and, most importantly, which might be preferred?

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charlevoix B

4:00pm

Linux 101: Get Started with Command Line
Get started with linux command line, broken down into easy to understand pieces. Attendees can work at computers along with the presenter.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

4:00pm

Making Games for Free
This will be an explanation of the various tools that you can use to make video games that are free to use and in most cases open source. The talk will focus on the presenter's favorite tools and how they are used to make video games. This should be a great primer for anyone who is interested in making video games but isn't sure where they should start. Note that this talk will not emphasize teaching how to make video games.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nicolet

5:00pm

Black Butler: History, Fantasy, and Fandom
Join us for a lively open discussion about Black Butler, Victorian England, and alternate histories and timelines, along with some fascinating insights into the characters, their backgrounds, and the inspirations that fueled Yana Toboso's vision. Learning, hilarity, and fanboy/fangirl squeeing may ensue.

Program Participants
avatar for Star Stramel

Star Stramel

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered about... Read More →
avatar for A. Carina Spears

A. Carina Spears

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami. I know way too much about something most people probably aren't familiar with. If you want to talk about Shinigami/Grim Reapers, awesome.I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end am playing with fan-fiction... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC IV

5:00pm

The different kind of home brew - Cancelation Errata
[CANCELED] Honey, yeast, water, and time. When you combine these four ingredients and a little bit of knowledge you get a delicious (alcoholic) beverage called mead. We'll talk about the basics of brewing possibly the world's oldest fermented beverage and what you can do to make it your own. Space is limited, please sign up in advance, near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Food [317]

5:00pm

Pompeii
BG 1-6 players; A tile-laying game where the players must work cooperatively to save as many citizens as possible.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

5:00pm

The GRAM Role-Playing Game: Introductory Demo
RPG: Join us for a demonstration of the GRAM role playing game led by one of the game designers.

Program Participants
avatar for Cyndi Chadwick

Cyndi Chadwick

Sword of Odin
Quirky. Polyamorous. I hoard dice. Talk to me about the GRAM Role-Playing Game and other Sword of Odin endeavors.


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

5:00pm

The Idiots Guide to Microtransactions: Ludicrous Boxes Edition
Tired of seeing lootboxes in your video games? Not tired of watching parody? This year's panel for the Idiot's Guide to Microtransactions (IGTO) is themed around Spaceballs, so we will be searching for more money and ludicrously transitioning toward plaid. Ludicrous Boxes! NO!

Program Participants
avatar for Ianformed

Ianformed

Data Analyst, General Motors


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC III

5:00pm

Timeline Challenge
BG 2-10 players; Timeline Challenge incorporates the original mechanic of the series into progressive game track, of which players can move between 0-4 spaces per turn. Players will have to make use of predetermined time periods and guess where the incident depicted on the card occurred. There are four different challenges, and they are played depending on the color of the game space of the lead player. Additionally there are two further challenges which allow the two players at the back of the pack to catch up.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

5:00pm

Burlesque 101
Learn a brief history of burlesque, and some basic moves for you to incorporate into your repertoire, whether you are dancing for yourself, a partner, or an audience! Burlesque is for every body, and this panel is appropriate for anyone 18+ that is interested in the art of the tease.

Program Participants
TG

Tommy Gun

Burlesque Performer/Aerialist/Model


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Algonquin A

5:00pm

Selling Your Work At A Renaissance Faire
Have you thought about having your own Renaissance Festival booth? We took the plunge and built a booth at GLMF last summer and we're building a second one this year, Forsooth! come and partake of what we've learned, share your own ren booth experiences, we'll answer as many of your questions as we can.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Montcalm

5:00pm

Unconditional Basic Income
What would happen if we paid every citizen a cash dividend sufficient to pay for their minimum survival needs? The expensive workload, necessary to prove who deserves it or needs it, costs more money than it saves. This expense is prevented by making it unconditional. We discuss revenue sources, effects on rent, effects on the labor force, and other considerations for this policy which has pilot programs around the world.

Program Participants
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes custom... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charlevoix B

5:00pm

Author Office Hours with BluRaven C. Houvener & Stefani Maynard - Participant Errata
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

5:00pm

Authors Should Play with Dead Things
Vampires, werewolves, demons, for centuries they have been the villains of our tales...but what if you want to write them as heroes? The panel will discuss the creation of believable supernatural characters and the worlds they populate.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Baldwin

5:00pm

Reading: Jen Haeger & Leslie Gulvas
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

5:00pm

Write Your Own Choose Your Own Adventure!
Excited by the possibilities after checking out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch? Learn the behind the scenes process of mapping out and writing your very own Choose Your Own Adventure story!

Program Participants
avatar for Mike Madigan

Mike Madigan

Director, Five Clover Films
Five Clover FilmsIndependent Digital CinemaDetroit, Michigan


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC V

5:00pm

Writers: Get Paid!
An open discussion on how even an unsuccessful novelist can make a good living as a copywriter.

Program Participants
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!



Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC II

5:00pm

Recreating Viking History
Join Danny Hansen as he talks about how creating historical jewelry led to recreating Viking history on the TV show Vikings.

Program Participants
avatar for Danny Hansen

Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
EMC I

5:00pm

Tom Smith Concert - Addition errata
Perennial Nifty Guest Tom Smith is back for about fifty minutes of silliness, singalongs, and SPOILERS! If you haven’t heard him before come on down and live the myth of Smith!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charlevoix A

5:00pm

FreeBSD Containerization: Jails
FreeBSD's jails are the oldest open source virtualization system, and perhaps the least well understood. What are jails? How are they different from Linux and Solaris containers? What can you do with jails, and why? What are these virtual network stacks? How can you run Linux in a jail? How many questions can Lucas ask? Will he answer them? Come find out? Talk based on Lucas' new book, "FreeBSD Mastery: Jails," which should be released at Penguicon.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nicolet

5:00pm

Protecting The Digital You
A primer on the digital footprints you leave online and how to protect yourself.

Program Participants
avatar for Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence

President, Lawrence Tech Service
Tech Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Open Source Advocate, Social Media, & Public Speaking


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Algonquin B

5:00pm

Cosplay Costume Contest
Come check out the amazing talent in our community as they compete for the most amazing cosplay costumes!

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Algonquin C/D

5:00pm

People R Us: People with Disabilities
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: People with Disabilities

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Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
People R Us [1017]

6:00pm

Steven Universe Sing-A-Long - with Ukuleles!
All we wanna do, is see you turn into, a giant woman (A GIANT WOMAN!) - and sing along with us! Whether or not you have a ukulele, join us as we sing and play some of our favorite songs from this incredible show. Don't know how to play the ukulele? We can teach you basic chords! Come and share this jam with us!

Program Participants
avatar for Sam Letvin

Sam Letvin

Art Educator
I have been an art educator for 10 years. Talk to me about anything, because I love to learn, but I especially enjoy talking about art and music.
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Edward L. Platt

Researcher, Author, University of Michigan School of Information
I'm Ed. I create technology for communities and communities for technology. I'm also an artist, a hacker/maker, and a neuroscience fanboy. I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Algonquin A

6:00pm

Building and Flying a Real Aircraft
Are you an aviation enthusiast? Have you ever thought about building an actual aircraft? Join a flight instructor to talk about the Zenith 750 airplane he built and see the process, tools, and options involved. If time permits and there is interest, we can also discuss learning to fly.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC IV

6:00pm

DIY Escape Room Game
For the last few years escape rooms have been the big craze for group gaming experiences. However, they can be expensive to go to and you have to get a large enough group together to book the rooms. What if you could make your own game for your events or parties? Well you can! Come learn some basics on creating your own escape rooms. See examples of puzzles, clues, and different styles of game design from the people that have put on the Penguicon games for the last few years.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC V

6:00pm

Author Office Hours with G. S. Scott
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

6:00pm

Finding Your Next Book
Where do you go when you need a recommendation for your next book/graphic novel/series? The panel will discuss numerous possibilities including Amazon recommendations, Goodreads, podcasts, literary magazines, and good old word of mouth.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Baldwin

6:00pm

Reading: Ken Schrader & Colleen Nye - Participant Errata
The authors read from their works.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

6:00pm

Subversive Fairy Tales
Modern literature has rediscovered fairy tales, but these aren't your typical Brother's Grimm stories. They're darker, grittier, and you might not get the happy ending you expected. Come see how fairy tales have grown up, and how they might be closer to their original forms than the ones you knew as a child.

Program Participants
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charlevoix B

6:00pm

YouTube (Streaming) vs. SoundCloud (Podcasting): A Medium Experiment
Join Ian the Well-Informed (of the Retro Detroit Nerdfighters Podcast and YouTube critic) for a discussion about the basics of SoundCloud and YouTube, why they're so popular, and the differences between them.

Program Participants
avatar for Ianformed

Ianformed

Data Analyst, General Motors


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC II

6:00pm

Addition errata Qubes OS - “A reasonably Secure Operating System"
A security-focused desktop operating system that aims to provide security through isolation. Virtualization is performed by Xen, and user environments based on Fedora, Debian, and Whonix operating systems.  My six-month dive into using it exclusively.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Montcalm

6:00pm

Agile Escape Room
It’s the agile zombie apocalypse. You and your friends are trapped and all that stands between you and lunch is a locked door and three puzzle boxes. Each puzzle, once solved becomes an important component of the key. Every team must solve all three of their puzzles in order to complete the key. There is one key to rule them all. Only then may you leave the room before it’s you who becomes lunch. Are you willing to stake the lives of your team on your agile knowledge? Oh and by the way, how closely did you follow Scrum and agile principles in obtaining your release?

Program Participants
DM

Donald Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
EMC III

6:00pm

BOF: Installing Open Source Software is Too Complicated Now
Birds of a Feather: Have you ever had an open source software install fail because the documentation is outdated and the versions of supporting packages have all changed? Let's talk about this difficult problem!

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Westin Bar

6:00pm

Building a Beetleweight Combat Robot
Beetleweight combat robots are the little siblings of the robots that battle to the death on popular TV shows. Learn about how to build these vicious little critters and how to get started in the hobby of combat robotics.

Program Participants
avatar for Jason Rutherford

Jason Rutherford

I am the creator of Legends of Kalidasia, a tabletop space combat miniatures game. I have quite a bit of experience developing websites and Internet media with tools such as PHP, MySQL, Blender, and video editing software. For a number of years I ran the website The Army Showcase... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charlevoix A

6:00pm

Open Source Music Coding
Come learn about programming computers to make music. We will start with a brief history on the first computers to ever make music, followed by demos in different programming languages, including SonicPi, and at the end the presenter will give a short, live performance.

Program Participants
avatar for Norman Witte

Norman Witte

Software Engineer/Deejay Extrordinaire
I live in my own mind, ain't nothin but a good time.


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Algonquin B

6:00pm

Real Pirates Seek the C!
I want you to experience the joys of the C! I'll help you get your C legs with simple tricks to make this venerable language work with the latest trends in programming. Learn simple project setup using Make and CMake, functional programming, test driven development & automated testing, programming to interfaces, design patterns, REST clients and servers, IoT, and cloud computing. I'll help you throw off the chains of enterprise development, hoist the Jolly Roger, and deliver results faster, using fewer resources with this venerable, modern language.

Program Participants
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Nicolet

6:00pm

Tiny Sci-Fi Stories
In this workshop, participates will work in small groups or individually to write tiny (1-sentence and/or 3-sentence) utopian and dystopian sci-fi stories. The very common and most interesting result of this workshop is that people realize how strongly they lean towards either dystopian or utopian thinking about the future of technology, which results in an excellent discussion at the end of the workshop.The goal of the workshop is to encourage people to avoid unproductive extremes of utopian/dystopian thinking and adopt a more critically optimistic, balanced approach to thinking about technology and the future.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC I

6:00pm

7:00pm

Consent Expectations and Party Vetting Opportunity
This is a primer on dungeon policies and expectations specific to the Jett's Arcade Dungeon Party. If you want to attend the Dungeon Party, be sure to attend one of the consent panels and be vetted. This event is 18+.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Baldwin

7:00pm

Five Tribes
BG 2-4 players; Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard "worker placement" genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

7:00pm

World Building for RPGs and Fiction
An interactive seminar with published authors and game designers going through an actual world creation process that will be distributed to participants for their own use.

Program Participants
avatar for Warren Brown

Warren Brown

Web Master, Graphic Designer and World Building Consultant, Sword of Odin
I am a nerdy family man. Love comics anime and games. Interested in talking about Gram, Role playing, Graphic design, World building and much more.
avatar for Andrew M. "Fish" Popowich

Andrew M. "Fish" Popowich

Owner, Designer, and Creative Director, Sword of Odin
A writer, designer, gamer, blogger, and jerk. Previously a freelance game designer/mechanical assistance provider for Alderac Entertainment Group and Crafty Games. Currently focusing on being the creative director of the Sword of Odin design studio and the primary designer of the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC III

7:00pm

Social Dancing 101
No one wants to be the awkward wallflower at a dance. Luckily we have two professional dance instructors with over 30 years of combined experience willing to teach you all the basics. We will be covering the basics of blues dancing as it is one of the simplest dances to start with.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Algonquin A

7:00pm

Reading: Vik Walker & Ophelia Crane
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

7:00pm

What is a Zine and Why You Should Care!
The embodiment of DIY literature, zines have always been around in one form or another. Learn how to put together your own zine about whatever you're passionate about. We'll talk about traditional and digital methods and even dummy up a zine!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Montcalm

7:00pm

Autonomous Cars: Learning and Teaching with Autonomous Tech
Learn the skills to create your own autonomous vehicle (AV) on the cheap! This will be a 90% hands on session that will teach you how to teach others about robotics and how to make one for yourself!

Program Participants
S

Sturzl

Robotics, education, politics, food, Terry Pratchett, road trips, making things, and more food.



Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

7:00pm

Linux Command Line Tools
The presenter is in the midst of writing the 4'th edition of Packt Press's "Linux Command Line Cookbook." Come learn about a collection of things you can do from the command line ranging from trivial shell scripting to setting up a VPN.

Program Participants
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Nicolet

7:00pm

Moving up to Manual Mode
Full auto is great, but sometimes you just want to take total control. Learn the trade-offs involved in taking your camera to manual mode.

Program Participants
avatar for Kevin Nickerson

Kevin Nickerson

Programmer, Photographer, Burner, and geek. I also have strong feelings on the correct formulation of a martini and brew beer.


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC V

7:00pm

My Kiln Control Project (Powered by Raspberry Pi)
I created a kiln control program with my Raspberry Pi 3 for a DIY superconductor project. To make this superconductor, the chemicals must be heated for days and then carefully cooled down in a controlled manner. To minimize costs, I bought an inexpensive glass annealing kiln and wrote a Python GUI program to use a Raspberry Pi 3 as the kiln temperature controller. This talk will discuss the tools I used for this project including Raspberry Pi 3, Raspian, Gtk3, Git, Python3, Visual Studio Code, Glade, and Matplotlib.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC II

7:00pm

OpenBSD Panel
An introduction to the OpenBSD operating system.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charlevoix B

7:00pm

PAC: Adventures in 3D Printing
3D printing has been around for a while but cheap 3D printing for hobbyists has exploded in the past five years. We will explore novel applications cheap fff/fdm 3D printing.

Program Participants
avatar for ted preston

ted preston

Robotics Engineer
INTERESTS: - Anything logical or reasonable - The answers and the questions - What we know, as well as HOW we know what we know - Morality - Logic - Math - Science - Engineering - Science fiction as an exploration into the extremes of reality - Screw it, just about everything... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EMC IV

7:00pm

The Digital And Physical Risks of 5G Networks
Join us for a discussion of the cyber security risks of 5G networks as well as the physical health concerns.

Program Participants


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Algonquin B

7:00pm

The Fediverse: Decentralized Social Networking
The Fediverse is a loose association of independent, privately owned, interoperable social media servers. How can this possibly work? Multiple implementations like gnu.social, Mastodon, PixelFed, and more allow you to build your own online community that the big social media companies can't touch. Come learn how this works, how different servers define their culture, how to find the right server for you, and what it takes to run your own server.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes custom... Read More →
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Edward L. Platt

Researcher, Author, University of Michigan School of Information
I'm Ed. I create technology for communities and communities for technology. I'm also an artist, a hacker/maker, and a neuroscience fanboy. I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information.


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charlevoix A

7:00pm

Black Butler AMV Tea Party - Sign Up errata
Reapers work hard and party harder! Come join Ronald Knox, Abberline, Ankou D Undertaker, and William T. Spears as they light up the night as only grim reapers can! Sample a bevy of non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy Japanese snacks and mingle as we watch videos, run a few games like the best Tsundere turn-away, and dance the night away. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for A. Carina Spears

A. Carina Spears

Author, A. Carina Barry
I'm one of the Shinigami Kami. I know way too much about something most people probably aren't familiar with. If you want to talk about Shinigami/Grim Reapers, awesome.I write horror, romance, and fantasy. I also enjoy writing challenges and to that end am playing with fan-fiction... Read More →
avatar for Star Stramel

Star Stramel

I am an artist and an author who loves to research, it is my life! I am also an avid anime fan as well as a person who enjoys various fandoms. Currently, I am working on an epic tale of Fanfiction to take place within the world of Black Butler. So then, if you have ever wondered about... Read More →
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

Paul's a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe's not writing and tuning SQL, he enjoys geeky hobbies, studiesancient & modern polytheist relgions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites. His novelette... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Food [317]

7:00pm

AHA Badge Soldering
It’s a yearly tradition to for All Hands Active to bring a special badge soldering project. There are two projects to choose from this year, a quick and easy option and a more complex one. Kits are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to AHA.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Hackerspace [328]

8:00pm

Cookbook Lovers Unite.
In spite of millions of recipes available on the Internet, some of us still love to collect and cook from cookbooks. This panel is for all you cookbook lovers (and wanna-be lovers) out there. Come share your favorite cookbooks, discuss what qualities make a great cookbook versus a, well, not-so-good cookbook, and compare notes on the tricky issue of how to organize a large cookbook collection. 

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Montcalm

8:00pm

Open Source Relationships
This panel will operate on one premise, that traditional relationships are the intellectual property of the patriarchy, and the rest of us who don't fit into that mold are seeking relationships that match our personal style, sharing information, collecting data, and using trial and error to find what works. TL;DR: Open Source Relationships! We will talk about identifying and eliminating toxic behaviors commonly associated with the patriarchy, including feelings of jealousy, possession, and emotional blackmail. This panel is radically inclusive of anyone who falls outside of the norm, whether you have seek zero, one, or multiple partners.

Program Participants
avatar for Norman Witte

Norman Witte

Software Engineer/Deejay Extrordinaire
I live in my own mind, ain't nothin but a good time.
avatar for Jessica Ann Roland

Jessica Ann Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Nicolet

8:00pm

Fiction Writing: Where to Begin
Join us for a session of getting ideas and creating characters, worlds, and interesting plots for both long and short fiction.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Baldwin

8:00pm

Psycho-Linguistics for Writers
The words we use say a lot about us that we don't intend. Subtle things like the ratio of "I/me" to "you/they" tell you whether a speaker is a narcissist or a minion. Psycho-linguists use these tools to evaluate patients. Writers can use the same tools to create realistic, believable dialog and make their characters more vivid.

Program Participants
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
EMC II

8:00pm

Disability and Illness on Television
This talk will examine television, particularly genre television, and its portrayal (and lack of portrayal) of disabled, ill, and differently abled persons throughout the history of television.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Charlevoix B

8:00pm

Podcasting Workshop - Participant Errata
Have more questions after "Podcasting 101?" This session will be a deep-dive into topics of interest to the audience.

Program Participants
avatar for Bob Waltenspiel

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D
Founder IT in the D, co-host of the IT in the D Show, co-owner Podcast Detroit, co-owner Falling Down Beer Co.
avatar for Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Co-Founder, IT in the D / Podcast Detroit
I'm the geek that’s been pushed into management roles over the span of my career. I've been a helpdesk jockey, a team lead, a systems architect and even a Vice President over the course of more than 20 years in information technology for a variety of industries. I've been profiled... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Charlevoix A

8:00pm

Ed: The Standard Unix Text Editor
The people who wrote primordial Unix were smarter than any of us. And their text editor proves it. Not only that, but their text editor is still useful today. Come learn how to use Ed, the Standard Unix Text Editor. See how early Unix design decisions stick with us today, and how temporary solutions last forever. You'll leave with knowledge of a tool you'll hope you'll never need, but when you truly need it you'll be glad it's there.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

8:00pm

Onitama w/ Life Sized Pieces
Play a simple short deep game using people as life sized pieces. Interested participants should bring consenting teams of two people; one person to literally stand as a piece on a wheeled platform for their team, and the other person to make decisions and move their life sized human playing piece for their team. An average game takes about fifteen to twenty minutes, quick set up, fast clean up, and will be played on a 5 by 5 grid. A game explanation will be provided and safety instruction required for all interested participants. [Note: Teams must bring their own willing consenting people.] 18+

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Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Algonquin A

8:00pm

Mikey Mason: Comedy Rock Geek!
A nationally touring performer with more than a decade of professional stand-up comedy experience, and with hits like She Don't Like Firefly, Best Game Ever, and Opposite of Cool, Mikey Mason is a ball of contagious enthusiasm who makes songs about role-playing games, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, cats, and the general experience of being a geek. His personal anthem, The Opposite of Cool, strikes a nearly universal nerve wherever he plays it. He’s been heard on nerdist.com, SyFy, TheFuMP.com, and Dr. Demento, and is a truly must-see event each time he performs.

Program Participants
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Algonquin C/D

8:00pm

Cine Mal Practice
The next evolution of The Smithee Awards! Come see an all new bad movie show! We still have clips and you still get to vote!


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Algonquin B

9:00pm

Fetish and Fluff: The Curious Side of the Furry Fandom
This panel is to dive into the curiosity that is the fetish side of the furry fandom. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Baldwin

9:00pm

Floggers 201
Take your flogging skills to the next level with Willie Pa. Learn some more advanced techniques. There will also be demonstration. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Charlevoix A

9:00pm

Poly and Kink: Managing your D/s relationship while non-monogamous
This will be a round table discussion about how to make a D/s relationship coexist with polyamory and non-monogamous relationships. This event is 18+.

Program Participants
avatar for Frannie

Frannie

Amateur Burlesque Bunny


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Nicolet

9:00pm

Painting by Moonlight
Join Zed Shaw to learn techniques for drawing at night.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Outside

9:00pm

Via Nebula
BG 2-4 players; Crafters, builders and carriers — your help is needed to dispel the mists of Nebula! The people of the valley will reward you handsomely if you harvest and exploit our many resources, open paths through the mists, and help our settlers build new structures. Cooperate temporarily with other builders in order to create paths and share goods, but do not forget your own objectives. Will you have a statue erected in your honor on the Nebula City plaza?

Program Participants
avatar for The Wandering Meeple

The Wandering Meeple

Wandering Meeple
Have board games, will travel! Board Game Demo Aficionado, Con attendee, omnigamer. Also enjoy road trips to Renaissance Faires....Spackl'n Penny.


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

9:00pm

Heroes, Villains, and Outsiders: Disability In Comics
A discussion on the diverse range of disabled characters in the wonderful medium that is comics, including comic based material that has branched off into television and movies. From the well known and more obvious, to those whose abilities could be seen as disabilities, and even lesser known characters, let's explore the backgrounds and portrayals of characters as well as general topics surrounding disability culture in comics. Please feel to bring your own comics, graphic novels, and insights for further discussion.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Charlevoix B

9:00pm

Network Science with NetworkX: Session 1
Network Science investigates the structure of relationships in complex systems: social networks, electrical grids, the internet, protein interactions, and many others. NetworkX is a FOSS python library for network science. This presentation covers the basic concepts of Network Science and examples of using NetworkX. Edward L. Platt is the author of the forthcoming book: Network Science with Python and NetworkX.

Program Participants
EL

Edward L. Platt

Researcher, Author, University of Michigan School of Information
I'm Ed. I create technology for communities and communities for technology. I'm also an artist, a hacker/maker, and a neuroscience fanboy. I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information.


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

9:00pm

holy_f***ing_s***.wmv
"The best and worst videos you've never seen." Event was presented at Youmacon to a standing room only crowd of 300+. Join us for a showing of rapid-fire weird, funny, and obscure videos that we've sourced from around the web. Accompanying the show is a mobile website for the audience participation! This event is 18+ for violence, language, and mild nudity.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Portage Auditorium

9:00pm

LN2 After Hours Ice Cream 2
Late night ice cream ingredients may include beer, cider, mead, or liquor. Admission will require 21+ ID (proof of legal drinking age). We'll also teach the basics (safety, proportions) and coach anyone who wants to learn to stir or do all this on their own! As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream. We have non-dairy bases and sugar-free sweeteners on hand. We're prepared if you speak up. We want everyone to be able to enjoy!

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.



Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LN2 [Hamlin]

10:00pm

Aftercare Variations and Negotiations
Who needs aftercare? Is it only needed after hardcore sessions? Is all aftercare the same? What are some options for negotiating aftercare? What aftercare have you given/received that seemed to work well? What aftercare obstacles have you encountered, and what are some ideas for coping with them? How are aftercare, safety, and consent related? Let’s talk. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Nicolet

10:00pm

Spooky Stories with Marshmallows on Top -Sign Up Errata
I'll bring the hot cocoa, you bring your real-life spooky, creepy or just strange paranormal stories. An open mind is encouraged, but you're welcome to think we're all weirdos and just enjoy cocoa and storytime. Join us as we share some personal "no s*it, there I was" experiences. An event to savor. (Marshmallows and sharing optional.) This event is 18+.  Please come prepared with ID. Space is limited, please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Food [317]

10:00pm

Fellowship of Fools - A Friendship Game Possibly with Benefits
Come join your fellow fools as we start our journeys. This session will start with just a little background on our friendship game, Fellowship of Fools: The (Friendship) Game. We will spend some time playing the game and getting to know one another. Then we will share the NEW Romance and Sexuality decks. Some these questions are hard! Come prepared to dive deep and make a friend or find a new spark with a little help from our game. This a session for adult attendees, so this event is 18+.

Program Participants
avatar for Casey O'Donnell

Casey O'Donnell

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
avatar for Hermione Banger

Hermione Banger

Affinity Games LLC
Hermione Banger is a pseudonym (obviously) for a non-binary witch who writes about witchcraft and anarchism, and dabbles in crafting, camming and game development. Fellowship of Fools: The (Friendship) Game is their first self-published non-digital game. You can talk to them about... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Algonquin C/D

10:00pm

Care and Feeding of Your Pet
Having a pet is a tough job. There are so many expectations and responsibilities; you may not know where to start. While pet play offers many commonalities to having a non-human pet, you get many benefits over our four legged friends of different species. From tossing a ball to veterinary visits, join Karida in a thought-provoking discussion on why some play as animals and how it can add to your relationship. Discover how to care for and play with the pet in your life. This class focuses on puppy and kitty play, but other pet breeds are welcome. Maybe you’re not a pet owner or player, but you’re curious? In this case, curiosity won’t kill the cat, it will teach you how to properly take care of one! 18 +

Program Participants
avatar for Karida

Karida

Kinky presenter and fetish model, Karida started her journey into BDSM at a young age with playground "Damsel in distress" style self bondage. She realized later in life that there was far more fun to be had once she had someone tied up, and her exploration went into overdrive.Karida... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Baldwin

10:00pm

DemonLobster Presents Sanity Claws Radio Live!
The DemonLobster Crew returns for another live recording at Penguicon! Join in on an audience driven round of "I Can Top That," our trademark Q&A game. Bring your best, most irreverent questions to the panel and our entire panel will try their best to give the funniest answer possible. No question is too lewd or bizarre. This event is 18+.

Program Participants
avatar for Jonathon Hickey

Jonathon Hickey

Podcast Host, DemonLobster
Host of Sanity Claws Radio from DemonLobster.com.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Charlevoix B

10:00pm

Electroplay
One of the best local teams is coming out to Penguicon for one night only! Join Dracose and SirWill for this electrifying presentation that will bring a new energy into your play. This event is 18+.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Charlevoix A

10:00pm

Nonmonogamy Meetup (BoF) - Addition Errata
A mingle for those who practice polyamory and other alternative relationship styles.

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

10:00pm

Rope Safety and Sadism
This class will start with a discussion about safety designed to help riggers and bunnies alike. We will briefly cover why we tie where we tie, basic safety tools, nerves, and knowing when to end the session. After that we will roll into a hands on demonstration with several ties designed to make your partner wriggle and writhe. Please bring two hanks of rope for this panel. Partners are encouraged, however these ties can be done on yourself.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Algonquin A

11:00pm

Sexuality, Kink & Poly 101 - Location Change Errata
There are so many questions people have about sexuality, kink, and poly. Get your basic questions answered by queer, kinky, polyamorous members of society! We'll also dive deeper into discussion on any difficult questions the group may have. This event is 18+.

Program Participants
avatar for April Jennifer Choi

April Jennifer Choi

Engineer, April Choi
A Performer that has studied dance and movement arts for over 20 years in a myriad styles of dance, martial arts and fire performance. She is experienced in Swing, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, Tango, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Fire Eating, Contact Staff, and Playing Card Manipulation... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Algonquin C/D

11:00pm

Live Wires and Water Puddles: Safety First in Fractal Burning
Fractal burning is the process of capturing electrical patterns in wood. The Internet is full of instructions on how to build machines to do fractal burning using such things as microwave oven transformers. Too many people have been injured and killed attempting this technique in unsafe ways. Today there are two dominant approaches to fractal burning: dangerous experimentation without proper knowledge, or the idea that the technique should be banned entirely. Banning knowledge never stops human curiosity. We need to talk about what you need to know to stay safe if you choose to do this dangerous art form, and why you might not want to try it at all.

Program Participants
avatar for Lisa

Lisa

Lightning Bug Crafts


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am
Nicolet

11:00pm

Canes: From Sensual to Sadistic
Canes generally have a nasty connotation to them. Brutal. Painful. Punishing. While they can be all these things, they don't have to be. In this class we will cover a wide range of topics, mostly focused on making caning an enjoyable experience for both top and bottom. We will cover topics including, types of canes, safety concerns unique to canes, psychological and physiological effects on the bottom, types of cane strokes, rhythmic caning, tailoring your play to music, and more. The class will also feature a 15-20 minute demonstration of a caning "scene" as a standalone scene. This event is 18+.

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Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00am
Portage Auditorium

12:00am

Midnight Mayhem
Talk, sing, or just hang with fellow night owls until the wee hours of the morning!

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am - 4:00am
Algonquin B

12:00am

Midnight Mayhem
Talk, sing, or just hang with fellow night owls until the wee hours of the morning!

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am - 4:00am
Algonquin A

12:00am

Midnight Mayhem
Talk, sing, or just hang with fellow night owls until the wee hours of the morning!

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00am - 4:00am
Charlevoix B
 
Sunday, May 5
 

8:00am

JAC3D G33K's Fitness Boot Camp Penguicon 2019 Edition
A heart pumping, high adrenaline full body training experience designed to trim and sculpt you for the hot months ahead, with great OCRemix and other gaming and geek related music in the background.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Algonquin A

9:00am

Makeup 101
New to makeup? Learn how to apply and blend, the best tools to use, and even color swatching.

Program Participants
avatar for Frannie

Frannie

Amateur Burlesque Bunny


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Montcalm

9:00am

You're Only as Good as Your Villain is Bad
Every good heroine needs an appropriate villain. We've all heard the old saw that everyone is the hero in their own story, but what goes in to writing a believable villain? Come explore the dark side!

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nicolet

9:00am

What Lies Beneath the Waters
Have you ever wanted to be a treasure hunter? Join us for an introduction to finding treasures and fossils hidden beneath rivers and streams!

Program Participants
avatar for Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

You can talk to me about anything related to Fossils, Relics, Snorkeling, Canoeing, and much more. My favorite things to do are being with family and looking for lost things beneath the water.
avatar for Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

I did a second career return to Grad School and in 2017 earned a MA in Biology focusing on how leisure learning venues like museums, zoos, aquariums, and park influence scientific thinking in the public.My work career has been eclectic, most recently while in grad school I worked... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
EMC I

9:00am

Regex for Everyone: Bend Text to your Whim
For technical and non-technical people alike, Regular Expressions (regex) are a powerful pattern matching tool you can use to supercharge find-and-replace, everywhere from Google Docs to a codebase. You can use it to find any email address, extract dates, check password strength and so much more. If you work with any type of text, either professionally, or as a hobby, learning Regex can make you more productive. At this talk, you’ll: earn a ribbon by completing a regex crossword puzzle; create a custom regex from scratch; extract email addresses on a webpage using a tool the speaker built; and learn how to use Regex in Google Docs, Chrome, VS Code and on the command line.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
EMC II

9:00am

What It's Like to Own Your OS v3
In the first year of this talk we discussed the meaning of owning a linux machine. In the second year we discussed a little more of why it should be important to you (aka, what nasty things the more commercial OSes had been doing lately). This year we will do a practicum with some hands-on what-it's-like to do work and gaming on a modern linux machine. As in the past there will be a few USB thumb drives to give away for those ready to take the plunge. Looking for volunteers to help with demonstration and/or equipment.

Program Participants
avatar for Craig Hibbard

Craig Hibbard

Sr. Project Mgr., Atos
Linux, Gaming, Classic Rock, and most things Geek.


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

10:00am

Coloring Book Hand Embroidery - Room Change Errata
Learn how to take your favorite coloring book page and turn it into a beautiful piece of hand embroidery. Some prior knowledge of embroidery is helpful, but not required.

Program Participants
avatar for Kim Ulrich

Kim Ulrich

Owner, 2nd Story Creations
I love creating things! I love to make quilts, bags, wall hangings, and any new challenge I can find with a needle and thread. I am an avide quilter, gardener, and cook.


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC I

10:00am

Basic Miniature Painting
With the explosion in popularity of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and the proliferation of low-cost quality miniatures it is a great time to start painting. Have you ever wanted to personalize a miniature for one of your characters? I'll show you how to take a miniature right out of the package, and using only the most basic tools, make a great looking miniature for your game. I'll share as many tips as I can pack into my allotted time.

Program Participants
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

I like to consider myself a "Nerd of All Seasons." I play and collect many board games, card games, RPGs and miniature wargames. I read almost anything that seemes interesting but especially love sci-fi, cyberpunk, and local history. I am a bit of a tinkerer and enjoy conversation... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Montcalm

10:00am

DemonLobster Presents 8 Player Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Take a load off on a lazy Sunday morning with some donuts, some coffee, and some Smash! It's all for fun here! All matches will be pure casual fun, with time rules and items on. Drop in for a single round or stay for the whole session. Just swing by and have some smashing fun!

Program Participants
avatar for Jonathon Hickey

Jonathon Hickey

Podcast Host, DemonLobster
Host of Sanity Claws Radio from DemonLobster.com.


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC II

10:00am

Overworld
BG 2 to 4 players; Play with a published edition of the strategy game playtested at Penguicon so many times before. Discover dungeon entrances by exploring pixel-art forests, mountains, reefs, and whirlpools. Lay L-shaped tiles and claim them with your ships and your rideable flightless birds. Dungeon doors are placed into the spaces where no tile could ever fit. The player whose three dungeon doors are farthest apart has discovered the largest dungeon, and is famed as the greatest explorer.

Program Participants
avatar for Nemo Rathwald

Nemo Rathwald

Boardgame Designer, Magic Meeple Games
Nemo T Rathwald – Nemo designs and illustrates board games under a pseudonym, which is an anagram for Matthew Arnold. His game “Overworld” was 500% funded on Kickstarter by Magic Meeple Games, and has distribution deals in Germany and France. He laser-cuts his game prototypes... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Gaming [TC's Room]

10:00am

Roll for the Galaxy
BG 2-5 players; Dice game of building space empires for 2–5 players. Your dice represent your populace, whom you direct to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. The player who best manages his workers and builds the most prosperous empire wins!

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Gaming [TC's Room]

10:00am

Worldbuilding 101: How to Blow up Earth
One of a series of three RPG panels. Sometimes, making stuff up is hard. Making worlds up is harder. Writers, GMs, and creative types can have a hard time making something from nothing. Let me help you kickstart your imagination with some simple rules, and then let's make a world together in the room!

Program Participants
avatar for Byron Pepper

Byron Pepper

Byron “Sarge” Pepper, emerged from the snowy banks of Michigan five years ago to give a set of panels at Colossalcon, breaking the mold to bring RPGs and Tabletop to the anime circuit. There was a lot of interest to begin with when he told the masses how to DM fairly with his... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC V

10:00am

10 Commandments of Networking
Your network is the most important thing you will develop over the course of your career. We'll teach you how to do it right.

Program Participants
avatar for Bob Waltenspiel

Bob Waltenspiel

Founder, IT in the D
Founder IT in the D, co-host of the IT in the D Show, co-owner Podcast Detroit, co-owner Falling Down Beer Co.
avatar for Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Co-Founder, IT in the D / Podcast Detroit
I'm the geek that’s been pushed into management roles over the span of my career. I've been a helpdesk jockey, a team lead, a systems architect and even a Vice President over the course of more than 20 years in information technology for a variety of industries. I've been profiled... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Charlevoix A

10:00am

Engaging Your Social Media Community and Reducing Drama
Are you a social media group admin or moderator? Learn methods of engaging your community on social media as a means of preventing and reducing group drama. Platform irrelevant.

Program Participants
avatar for Niki MacRae

Niki MacRae

Head of Hospitality 2019
avatar for Jessica Ann Roland

Jessica Ann Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.
avatar for Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

Head of Communications, 2019, 2015, 2014 | Asst Chair, 2018, 2015 | Chair, 2016Into RetroPie, Steven Universe, A:TLA, nerdy tattoos, stickers, photography, video editing, color correction, graphic design, social media moderation and community management, and more.


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Nicolet

10:00am

ADDITION ERRATA Author Office Hours with Colleen Nye
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am

Categorizing and Classification: Are Genres Still a Thing?
Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Horror. How well does what you are reading, watching, or perhaps creating, fall into these broad categories? Then there are all of the numerous sub-genres which make up the speculative fiction spectrum. The panel discusses the uses and perhaps misuses of classifying a work into one or more genres.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Algonquin B

10:00am

BoF:Star Trek: Disco
Wear your favorite polyester jumpsuit while discussing the second season of CBS’s streaming service pilot show while sitting under a mirror ball. Okay, maybe skip the jumpsuit.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Baldwin

10:00am

CANCELED errata Creating a Web App Using Wagtail CMS
Learn how to create a basic web app using Wagtail, a light-weight open source content management system (CMS) written in Python and built on the Django web framework. We'll go through the basics of setting up a web app, navigating the admin interface, and provide some key resources. If you're familiar with Django, great, but not necessary. However, a basic understanding of using the “terminal” and HTML/CSS is helpful.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

10:00am

Marketing Open Source: Why We Need a Race Car
The 100% open source Sakai Project was founded in 2004 and has maintained a 5% market share for over a decade. This presentation will look at the challenges of marketing open source projects in the face of strong competition. We will explore how a race car (@SakaiCar) that runs in a low-cost endurance racing series (@24hoursoflemons) is an interesting strategy in this environment.

Program Participants
avatar for Charles Severance

Charles Severance

Professor, University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC IV

10:00am

The Women Who Gave Us Gaming
Join us for a discussion on the gaming industry’s earliest female game programmers such as Carol Shaw, Dona Bailey, and Roberta Williams as well as those who who continue to make significant contributions in programming, design, and more.

Program Participants
avatar for Casey O'Donnell

Casey O'Donnell

Associate Professor, Michigan State University


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Charlevoix B

10:00am

Why Techie Nerds Should Write Books
Writing a book is a positive step in professional development. It establishes you as "an expert," it answers the "communication skills" question on job applications, and can be the springboard to independence.

Program Participants
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
EMC III

10:00am

People R Us: POC In Tech II
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: People of Color in Tech

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
People R Us [1017]

10:00am

AHA Badge Soldering
It’s a yearly tradition to for All Hands Active to bring a special badge soldering project. There are two projects to choose from this year, a quick and easy option and a more complex one. Kits are available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to AHA.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Hackerspace [328]

11:00am

CANCELED Errata - Yarn Dyeing Demo
Unfortunately, this session has been CANCELED. Dyeing yarn is both big business and a fun hobby. See how yarn is dyed and learn about the techniques involved.

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC III

11:00am

How to Make a Weighted Blanket or Lap Pad
How hard is it to make your own heavy blanket? If you aren't too stressed about perfect measurements it can be quick and easy! Gather around for a demo of a lap-sized blanket and learn how to upsize it to suit your wishes. Though we will use a sewing machine for the demo, the straight seams make this a simple project for hand-stitchers with the patience for fine stitches. Lea Pfeifer is an herbalist, educator, polymath and unschooling mom to neuro-diverse children. She has been teaching on various subjects for over 30 years. This is her first Penguicon.

Program Participants
avatar for Lea

Lea

Herbalist. Educator. Unschooling mom to neuro-diverse children. Parenting mentor. Trauma-informed.


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC I

11:00am

Getting Baked: Vegan Style - Sign Up Errata
Did you know that there are over 10 kinds of vegan egg replacers? Oh did you think this was a class on vegan edibles? Well, we'll get to that! Learn ways to replace eggs, milk, and butter for baked goods that are flaky, fluffy, and down right delicious. Samples provided of course. We'll also share recipes and methods for how to get the most baked out of your vegan baked goods! Space is limited to please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
AW

Amy Wright

Half of the Amy wondertwins! I've been a vegan for 7 years and I'm looking forward to sharing my expertise and enthusiasm for the wide world of non-dairy cheeses.


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Food [317]

11:00am

Sushi Go
BG 2-5 players; You are eating at a sushi restaurant and trying to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for collecting the most sushi rolls or making a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! And once you've eaten it all, finish your meal with all the pudding you've got! But be careful which sushi you allow your friends to take; it might be just what they need to beat you!

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

11:00am

Author Office Hours with Christian Klaver & David Erik Nelson
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

11:00am

BoF: Crowdfunding Your Next Great Novel
Birds of a Feather: With the existence of KickStarter, Patreon, GoFundMe and the like, many books and ebooks are being produced that otherwise might never have seen the light of day. This session will be a round-table discussion for those who have tried - or those thinking of trying - to use crowdfunding for their work.

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Baldwin

11:00am

Meet Atthis Arts: A Detroit-Area Small Press
Curious about what a local small press is up to? Have questions about indie publishing? Meet the Atthis Arts team, out of Ferndale, and join in an open discussion about indie publishing.

Program Participants
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Nicolet

11:00am

Philosophic Analysis: Immortal Beings
Why do many stories have immortal characters? This talk will explore immortality as a goal of our medical technology and as a premise for stories of fiction. How does immortality affect the immortal character? The other characters? How does it affect us? What are the gray lines of this motif?

Program Participants
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ted preston

Robotics Engineer
INTERESTS: - Anything logical or reasonable - The answers and the questions - What we know, as well as HOW we know what we know - Morality - Logic - Math - Science - Engineering - Science fiction as an exploration into the extremes of reality - Screw it, just about everything... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC IV

11:00am

PitchoRama - Participant errata
Think you're ready to pitch your novel to that agent/editor/publisher? Come prepared with your best elevator pitch (20-30 seconds MAX!) and pitch it to our fine group of panelists. Panelists as well as audience members will silently vote on whose pitch made them want to rush out and buy a copy of the book. Top three pitches will win mad props and fabulous dollar store prizes! After the competition, panelists will comment generally on the good pitches they heard, things to avoid, and what makes a truly great pitch.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Corvisiero Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
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Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Algonquin C/D

11:00am

Reading: Merrie Haskell
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Merrie Haskell

Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

11:00am

Surviving Social Media Visibility
Social media has provided many people the opportunity to make a name for themselves and build a following in ways that were never possible before. However, finding success and a platform comes with many downsides. Harassment, stalkers, hate mail, threats of violence, doxxing, and burnout are all common experiences for those with significant social media visibility. We'll discuss the best and worst of social media experiences, and how we learn to cope.

Program Participants
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Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
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Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Portage Auditorium

11:00am

Penguicon Board of Directors Meeting
Each year of Penguicon is run by a Convention Committee, selected by the ConChair. The Penguicon Board is the group that selects each year's ConChair and approves their budget. The Board also handles any decision which would be binding on a future ConChair who is selected yet. The quarterly Board Meetings are open to the public, but we also have one during Penguicon so you can ask your questions about Penguicons of the future, ure, ure, ure!

Program Participants
avatar for Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

Over the past 14 years, Matt has served at almost every level of leadership in Penguicon. For five years, he has alternately served as a Board Director and Officer at i3Detroit hacker space. Professionally, Matt designs and publishes board games, develops websites, and makes custom... Read More →
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Randy Bradakis

President, Penguicon Board of Directors
avatar for Chelle Silas

Chelle Silas

Head of Ops 2019
Head of Ops for 2018


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC V

11:00am

STEM Projects for the Young at Heart
STEM is a recent focus in education and stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Karen, an educator and maker extraordinaire, has spent years finding, developing, and teaching all kinds of hands-on projects to help kids and adults learn through making. Come hear a list of projects to do with kids or try yourself.

Program Participants
avatar for Karen Corbeill

Karen Corbeill

YouTube Show host, Makerspace founder, Element14, The Bodgery
I love all things tools and making and I know how to make lots of things in lots of different ways. Ask me how!



Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Algonquin B

11:00am

E-learning Design: The Good, The Bad and the Very, Very Ugly
E-learning is more than just a webpage. Today's e-learning can be smart, engaging and interactive, but it can also be done very, very badly. We'll discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of modern e-learning design.

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →
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Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charlevoix B

11:00am

Network Science with NetworkX: Session 2
Network Science investigates the structure of relationships in complex systems: social networks, electrical grids, the internet, protein interactions, and many others. NetworkX is a FOSS python library for network science. This presentation covers the basic concepts of Network Science and examples of using NetworkX. Edward L. Platt is the author of the forthcoming book: Network Science with Python and NetworkX.

Program Participants
EL

Edward L. Platt

Researcher, Author, University of Michigan School of Information
I'm Ed. I create technology for communities and communities for technology. I'm also an artist, a hacker/maker, and a neuroscience fanboy. I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information.


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

11:00am

Senior Sysadmin Ethics Panel
System and network administrators have access to all sorts of data that they really shouldn't. Except when you should. Except when you're happier not knowing. And sometimes, there's no right answer. There's nobody on your side. It's just you, a computer, and a decision that you're going to have to live with. The panelists have all been in technology for multiple decades. We've been in horrible spots and had to make hard decisions. We've made all the mistakes, so you don't have to.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charlevoix A

11:00am

Team Happiness for Fun and Profit
Employers woo developers with ping pong tables, free lunches, and beer taps. But it's still rare for employees to stay in a job for more than five years. So what can we do to make our work life better, and reduce employee turnover? In this session we'll talk about tips for self-care that I've found useful, what you can do to make your work more rewarding, steps your company can take to reduce employee turnover, and how to care for your team.

Program Participants
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EMC II

11:00am

Advanced Special FX Makeup for Cosplay Workshop
Learn and try various products and techniques in SFX makeup and face and body painting. We will be using foam, latex, and silicone appliances. We will learn and practice some of the more advanced SFX skills on ourselves and each other. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Montcalm

11:00am

LN2 Sunday Brunch Ice Cream
Brunch flavor frozen treats such as orange sorbet, coffee/tea ice cream, and a cereal experiment. We'll also teach the basics (safety, proportions) and coach anyone who wants to learn to stir or do all this on their own! As a reminder, we make inclusive ice cream. We have non-dairy bases and sugar-free sweeteners on hand. We're prepared if you speak up. We want everyone to be able to enjoy!

Program Participants
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Configuration Manager
Sarah Elkins works in DevOps and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream. In her spare time, she dances, plays board games, and sings with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra.



Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
LN2 [Hamlin]

11:00am

Onitama With Life Sized Pieces
Play a simple short deep game using people as life sized pieces. Interested participants should bring consenting teams of two people; one person to literally stand as a piece on a wheeled platform for their team, and the other person to make decisions and move their life sized human playing piece for their team. An average game takes about fifteen to twenty minutes, quick set up, fast clean up, and will be played on a 5 by 5 grid. A game explanation will be provided and safety instruction required for all interested participants.

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Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Algonquin A

12:00pm

Crochet 102: Granny Squares! - Particpiant Errata
Learn to crochet granny squares. Prior single crochet and double crochet knowledge required. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

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Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC III

12:00pm

Friendship Games!
Friendship Games! What are they? Who's working on them? What do they look like? What might they look like in the future?

Program Participants
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Casey O'Donnell

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
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Hermione Banger

Affinity Games LLC
Hermione Banger is a pseudonym (obviously) for a non-binary witch who writes about witchcraft and anarchism, and dabbles in crafting, camming and game development. Fellowship of Fools: The (Friendship) Game is their first self-published non-digital game. You can talk to them about... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC II

12:00pm

Book Swap
While there has always been the ubiquitous "free table" where people have been able to offload books they have read and no longer want, if you aren't there when someone else drops their books off, you may not find new books to replace the ones you are giving away. Why not set aside an hour where everyone can bring their "already read" piles to give away or trade? This way you can give your opinions of the books and ask questions to find out more than just the dust jacket description. Come find a new book and chat with other book lovers too!

Program Participants
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

I like to consider myself a "Nerd of All Seasons." I play and collect many board games, card games, RPGs and miniature wargames. I read almost anything that seemes interesting but especially love sci-fi, cyberpunk, and local history. I am a bit of a tinkerer and enjoy conversation... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Baldwin

12:00pm

Comedy Fanfiction Showcase
Enjoy FanFiction the way that it is meant to be, a way to reach deep and find the butt jokes hiding in the Secret Chambers with Harry. Come and enjoy original pieces of comedic fanfiction ranging from The X-Files to Harry Potter! Join us for belly laughs, poking fun at pop culture while still loving it, and free hugs will be dispensed to those who want them!


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Algonquin C/D

12:00pm

Reading: G.S. Scott & Diana Kathryn Plopa
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

12:00pm

The Opening Chapter
The beginning of your novel is crucial. Its job is to hook the reader and create expectations for the rest of the story. On submission, industry professionals use your opening pages to judge your writing style and the book's potential. So how do you choose where to start? We'll discuss how to create interesting conflict and introduce characters your readers will follow through the story.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Corvisiero Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
avatar for Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle is the co-author of the steampunk adventure The Emerald Key (Ticonderoga Publications). Her short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Grievous Angel and the Exile Publishing anthologies. She has recently been signed by Molten Universe Media, and will be publishing... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EMC IV

12:00pm

From History to the History Channel: The Process from Historical Inspiration to a Finished Product
Learn what it takes to take inspiration to creation when historical context is involved.

Program Participants
avatar for Danny Hansen

Danny Hansen

Owner, Crafty Celts
Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactments... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Charlevoix B

12:00pm

Incorporating STEM in the Classroom - Remove Participant Errata
Join us for a discussion about how to get kids excited about tech and STEM!

Program Participants
avatar for Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Fitzpatrick

I did a second career return to Grad School and in 2017 earned a MA in Biology focusing on how leisure learning venues like museums, zoos, aquariums, and park influence scientific thinking in the public.My work career has been eclectic, most recently while in grad school I worked... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nicolet

12:00pm

Addition errata: Meet an Open Source Race Car Driver
Dr. Chuck will be bringing his 1998 Dodge Neon race car from the 24 Hours of Lemons endurance racing for clunkers racing series.  The car will be displayed in front of the hotel and you can come by, take a look at the car and visit with the owner/driver of the car.

 

Program Participants
avatar for Charles Severance

Charles Severance

Professor, University of Michigan
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles is currently the IMS GLC Affiliates Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outside

12:00pm

Networking 102
Networking 102 builds off Networking 101 (we highly suggest attending 101 first). We'll expand with knowledge of VPNs, segmentation, and some enterprise concepts in a live demo. Join owner and entrepreneur of Maumee Geeks, Wayne Pedersen as he brings over 20 years of IT experience to Penguicon.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Computer Lab [Charlevoix C]

12:00pm

So What is Ham Radio, Anyway?
This talk will provide a brief overview of various aspects of ham radio emphasizing Open Source, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and DIY options. Explore a small sample of equipment for the more common modes.

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Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Algonquin B

12:00pm

Solar Panel Panel: Begin the Revolution and Make Money
Solar is becoming the cheap way to create energy, but is it profitable?

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Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Charlevoix A

12:00pm

People R Us: People with Disabilities II
If you've ever walked the halls of Penguicon during a break between tracks, you might have noticed there are a huge range of micro-communities within our event. We're happy to provide a space this year for those groups to get together, relax, and start meaningful conversations. Focus: People with Disabilities

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Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
People R Us [1017]

12:00pm

Cross Stitch 201
Come and learn more advanced techniques and how to work with more complex patterns. You will get the most out of this panel if you have some previous experience with basic cross stitch skills. Space is limited so please sign up in advance near Ops!

Program Participants
avatar for Anna Carey

Anna Carey

bibliophile, HIT career, con-runner, mother, crafting & creating, geek, possibly a velociraptor.


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
EMC I

12:00pm

Alien Frontiers
BG 2-5 players; Do you have what it takes to be a deep space colonist? An alien frontier awaits the brave and daring! This new planet will be harsh, but if you have the skills to manage your resources, build a fleet, research alien life, and settle colonies, the world can be yours.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Gaming [TC's Room]

12:00pm