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Friday, May 3
 

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Charlevoix A

4:00pm EDT

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
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 EDT
Nicolet

5:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Nicolet

6:00pm EDT

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 EDT
EMC IV

7:00pm EDT

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
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

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

7:00pm EDT

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.

Program Participants

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

8:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Baldwin

9:00pm EDT

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
avatar for Janice Gutfreund

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 EDT
Charlevoix B
 
Saturday, May 4
 

8:00am EDT

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
avatar for William Bowen

William Bowen

Featured Guest - Wellness Track, Penguicon



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

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
Montcalm

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
Portage Auditorium

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
Baldwin

10:00am EDT

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

Program Participants
avatar for William Bowen

William Bowen

Featured Guest - Wellness Track, Penguicon


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

11:00am EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

11:00am EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin B

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Charlevoix B

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Charlevoix A

1:00pm EDT

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 Jessica

Hokyo Jessica

Ordained Zen Priest and Professional Counselor, Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order / WAP Center
Hokyo Jessica Routhier is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as an Ordained Zen Priest in the Hollow Bones Order of Rinzai Zen. Hokyo has been a student of the twisted mystery for almost 15 years, training with numerous teachers... Read More →


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

1:00pm EDT

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 EDT
EMC V

1:00pm EDT

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.

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 EDT
Charlevoix A

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
EMC V

3:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

4:00pm EDT

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
avatar for Ian Sterrett

Ian Sterrett

Data Analyst, General Motors
Ian is a busy person who loves doing panels about homelessness, Autism, Video games, social media and streaming services.


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

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
EMC III

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Charlevoix A

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Montcalm

5:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

5:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Montcalm

5:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Charlevoix B

7:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Algonquin A

8:00pm EDT

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 Roland

Jessica Roland

Product Owner, Quicken Loans


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Nicolet
 
Sunday, May 5
 

8:00am EDT

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
avatar for William Bowen

William Bowen

Featured Guest - Wellness Track, Penguicon


Sunday May 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Algonquin A

9:00am EDT

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 BunnyDiversity HeadFood Experimenter


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Montcalm

10:00am EDT

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
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 EDT
Charlevoix A

10:00am EDT

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 2020
avatar for Jessica Roland

Jessica Roland

Product Owner, Quicken Loans
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 EDT
Nicolet

1:00pm EDT

Nearly Passive Philanthropy
Join Count Discord as he discusses several ways that you can generate revenue for causes in a (nearly) passive way.

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 →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
EMC IV

1:00pm EDT

The NPC Strategy Guide: The Job Hunt Begins
On the hunt for a new job? Learn some new strategies for resumes, interviews, networking, etc.

Program Participants

Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A