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Friday, May 24
 

10:00am EDT

Educator's Workshop: NASA's Afterschool Universe

Registration for this workshop is not available through Sched. Please visit the following link to register:  http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/educator-workshop 

By engaging students in content they already find fascinating, we can get them hooked on science! Meet Afterschool Universe — a freely-available hands-on astronomy curriculum created by NASA for afterschool programs, summer camps, and more. Learn about the benefits of teaching astronomy in out-of-school time settings, and try out a few of our activities! This half-day workshop will lead participants in a series of hands-on activities from the program, focusing on the chemical elements, how they are created in stars, and how we can use light to figure out what elements are in distant objects. We will also introduce participants to the free comprehensive manual for program facilitators that provides background information and detailed recipes for running program sessions, and other online resources.

Afterschool Universe is a curriculum created by the Astrophysics Education Team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a hands-on astronomy program targeted at children ages 11-14, though individual sessions and activities can be adapted for other ages. This flexibly-structured program explores basic astronomy concepts, focusing on what's in the universe and how we study it, and is designed to be run in a variety of settings.



Contributors
SM

Sara Mitchell

Syneren Technologies & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Friday May 24, 2019 10:00am - 2:30pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

11:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall - VIP Access
Exhibit Hall Open for VIP Access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Friday May 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

11:00am EDT

Atomic Dialogues (Feature)
An original scientific Italian road movie, Atomic Dialogues is a delicate and earnest declaration of love to Italian science. A "scientific comedy" of sorts, it is a quest for knowledge in the land of contemporary physics in which the director himself uses his own cameraman, the young, underpaid, and reluctant Nicola, as a guinea pig to demonstrate that even hard topics like quantum mechanics and general relativity can be explained to anyone, even those convinced to be incapable of understanding or, even worse, who don't want to know.

http://eurasf.com/en/allcategories-en-gb/36-eurasf-congress/58-atomic-dialogues 

Friday May 24, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

12:00pm EDT

Museum Gallery - Open Access
Open for Attendee Access. The Gallery houses meticulously curated artifacts, costumes, props, artwork, and more, from various genres of Science Fiction, sci-fantasy, and more!

Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
MOSF Gallery (Ann 1-3)

12:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter Galactic Championship Tournament
Meet the designers of the classic sci fi boardgame Cosmic Encounter and compete in the first annual Galactic Championship Tournament!

Beginners welcome.

Additional $15 ticket required.
More info: https://escapevelocity.events/cosmic/

Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Cosmic Encounter Zone, Exhibit Hall, A14

12:00pm EDT

Exhibit Hall - Open Access
Exhibit Hall is open for attendee access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

1:00pm EDT

Be Your Own Superhero
We may not live in a world where people can fly or lift cars, but in this workshop we'll use our imaginations to discover our own super powers, learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever, and even design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Contributors
avatar for C. Edward Sellner

C. Edward Sellner

Owner / CCO, Visionary Creative Services
Chief Creative Officer / Writer-ArtistWorking for over four years behind the scenes in a number of other studios and small publishers, Sellner launched Visionary in 2006, to be a banner of quality and integrity in the entertainment industry. He has worked professionally as a comics... Read More →

Exhibitors

Friday May 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

1:00pm EDT

Anya (Feature)
ANYA is a love story set in contemporary NYC about a couple and the scientist who discovers the reason they can't conceive: the husband and his secretive people are different species of humans. Together they must decide whether having a baby through gene editing is worth the cost.

https://www.anyamovie.com/ 

Friday May 24, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

2:00pm EDT

DC Stunt Coalition Demo
Ever wonder what it takes to be a galactic swordmaster? If you like sabers of light, and want to learn a bit about the practicality of science fiction sword fighting, DC Stunt Coalition does it all!

Contributors
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

2:00pm EDT

TAG Labs game development workshop
Want to learn about game design? Maybe you just want to play games? TAG Labs will be hosting game development workshops along with consoles for playing your favorite games. Come learn about game design using powerful and free tools like Unity 3D, Magica Voxel, Construct, and more. Workshops are come and go; there's no need to stay for the whole duration. Explore these tools for making games with TAG Labs instructors ready to help you learn.

Exhibitors

Friday May 24, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
T.A.G. Labs, Exhibit hall, C11

2:00pm EDT

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Engineering and Operations.

Missions will run throughout the convention. To reserve a time slot click here: https://www.starshiphorizons.com/events/event.aspx?id=1073

Contributors
FB

Fred Beebe

Event Coordinator, Mythric Studios


Friday May 24, 2019 2:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Bridge Simulator (Balt 4)

3:00pm EDT

Drawing Diversity with Sci-Fi Characters
Do your characters appear bland or stereotypical? Join AWA and Middnite Designs as they tackle the art of creating diverse Sci-Fi characters. Come discuss the importance of diversity and representation in all their forms and, if time permits, create your own new and improved character!


Contributors
Exhibitors

Friday May 24, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Megalobox (1-13)
Sponsors

Friday May 24, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

3:30pm EDT

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens
 Calling all (aspiring) teen writers between the ages of 11 and 17! Join us for an interactive creative writing workshop led by published science and speculative fiction authors, where you’ll learn writing techniques, practice developing stories, and get to ask any questions you might have about writing and publishing science fiction literature.

Contributors
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
avatar for Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States. He is the author of the Leon “Catwalk” Caliber cyberpunk series, which debuted in the 2001 comic, Independent Voices 3 and continues in novels starting... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 3:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

4:00pm EDT

Giant Robots and Space Pirates: How Science Fiction helped Bring Anime to America
Come and find out how America’s love of science fiction helped anime gain a foothold here in the west.

Contributors

Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

4:00pm EDT

Teaching Science Fiction Literature in the University
Come join a collegiate discussion among peers about the rewards and challenges of teaching science fiction at the university level.  

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Professor of Liberal Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Patrick B. Sharp is Professor of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction, including Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (2007) and Darwinian Feminism... Read More →
avatar for Michael Klein

Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →
avatar for Christy Tidwell

Christy Tidwell

Associate Professor of English & Humanities, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
I teach Humanities, literature, writing, and communication. I work primarily with science fiction and horror, environmental and animal studies, and gender studies. I recently co-edited a book (with Bridgitte Barclay) called Gender and Environment in Science Fiction, and I am currently... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature, Education
  • Moderator Larry W. Ranney

4:00pm EDT

Assistive (Disability) Tech of the Future
The sciences of biomechanics and ergonomy are transforming human rehabilitation and augmentation technology in remarkable ways. Assistive tech is also altering social attitudes about what constitutes disablement. It is also producing remarkable progress in orthopedic outcomes and efficiencies – making it possible for individuals to improve their lives.

Moderators
avatar for Karina Perez

Karina Perez

Karina Perez works at the Aerospace Industries Association with both the Strategy & Integration and Technical Operations & Standards teams. In this role, she serves as AIA’s Research Center associate and helps manage and maintain strategic partnerships while supporting meeting planning... Read More →

Contributors

Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Karina Perez

4:00pm EDT

Democratizing Access to Space
Hear from three leaders in the commercial spaceflight industry about how new technologies and new ways of doing business are making it possible for more and more people to get to space.  Learn about the reusable rockets, expandable habitats, space-based manufacturing, and other capabilities that will enable millions of people to live and work in space in the coming years.  See how today’s commercial platforms are already enabling elementary school classes to send science experiments into space.  Ask about how to get involved in the commercial spaceflight revolution.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Stimers

Paul Stimers

Partner, K&L Gates
Paul Stimers is a MOSF Advisory Board Member. At K&L Gates, Paul focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, quantum technology, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for KELLIE GERARDI

KELLIE GERARDI

Future Mars Colonist
Kellie is a commercial spaceflight industry professional and popular science communicator. She is one of 100 candidates selected to colonize Mars via Dutch non-profit Mars One. Kellie serves as the media specialist of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is also a member of The... Read More →
avatar for Jane Kinney

Jane Kinney

Director of Business Operations, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jane Kinney is the Director of Business Operations of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, Spaceports, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Science, Guest
  • Moderator Paul Stimers

4:00pm EDT

Habitable Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe
There are a handful of fundamental questions that remain to be answered. The answers to these questions, besides generating more questions, have the power to change every element of society, our belief systems, and our sense of who we are. Among these sits the question “Are we alone?” Is the Earth the only life sustaining planet in the universe? Is extraterrestrial life possible? Is it probable? Could it be intelligent? The information needed to answer these questions span the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and, of course, astronomy.

In this panel discussion, we will explore the current state of knowledge surrounding extraterrestrial life and habitability, and what it may suggest about the possibilities for life beyond Earth. We will discuss potential life sustaining environments within the solar system and look further out at extrasolar planets and planetary systems.

Moderators
avatar for Lou Mayo

Lou Mayo

Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist and program manager working for ADNET Systems at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and professor of astronomy at Marymount University. His research interests include modeling planetary atmospheres of the outer planets. He is currently... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage

Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage

Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage is a space scientist at NASA Goddard and a research associate at the Catholic University of America. She specializes in computational modeling of Earth's ionosphere and magnetic field and how they are affected by Solar activity. She then works on applying... Read More →
avatar for Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Dave Williams is the head of the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive, NASA's deep archive for spacecraft data at Goddard Space Flight Center. His specialties are is solar system exploration missions and restoration of Apollo and other older spacecraft data... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Science
  • Moderator Lou Mayo

4:00pm EDT

From Alchemy to Algorithms
Tracing the evolution of visual effects technology from capturing images on film and creating imagery with photographed elements, compositing on optical printers, and matte paintings done in oils to creating effects with computer generated images using examples from Dan's career on Star Trek and other productions. Also, conceptual design of CG creatures for Star Trek, and creating Klingon Martial Arts, Mok'Bara, The Bat'leth, Mek'Leth and other weapons.  

Contributors
avatar for Dan Curry V.E.S.

Dan Curry V.E.S.

Television/Movie Visual Effects Supervisor
Award-winning visual effects supervisor, Dan Curry’s very first Star Trek credit was actually for the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, for which he designed the titles as graphics artist, his profession by trade. Apart from this movie, he later made a small uncredited contribution... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)

4:00pm EDT

Advanced Material Use in Costuming
Demonstration and discussion of various materials in use for advanced costume/prop making with real world applications.

Contributors
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 5:25pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

4:30pm EDT

Star Wars: A New Hope with Commentary
The science fantasy film that changed it all - in its original 1977 theatrical version (that's right: Han will SHOOT FIRST!). Screen in segments and listen in on a select panel of Star Wars experts as they share behind-the-scenes stories, film history connections and other Force-filled facts.



Contributors
avatar for Charles de Lauzirika

Charles de Lauzirika

Director/Producer
The producer/director of over 100 behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes exploring such films and TV shows as BLADE RUNNER, TWIN PEAKS, THE MARTIAN, The ALIEN Anthology and the STAR WARS Saga, Lauzirika made his featue directing debut with the psychological thriller CRAVE... Read More →
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →
avatar for Chris Mich

Chris Mich

Writer/Producer, QVC
As a Writer/Producer for the multiplatform, multi-network e-retailer QVC, Chris Mich has written, directed and produced video productions across the United States (in 25 states, to be exact) and Italy. His QVC videos have been honored with awards in both the oldest Independent Film... Read More →
avatar for Kylos Brannon

Kylos Brannon

Assistant Professor / Associate Division Director, American University
For over a decade Kyle “Kylos” Brannon has performed as a VJ, or live video artist, at clubs, crafting live video mash ups for DJs including Moby, MSTRKRFT, Nadastrom, Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman. He’s performed at 930 Club, U Street Music Hall, Ram’s Head Live, The... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

5:00pm EDT

That Gundam Thing
Gundam has been around since 1979 and has spawned a vast number of series over the years. This primer brings you into the multiverse that is Gundam. Taking a look at numerous shows and timelines, we will take a look what series is right for you!

Contributors

Friday May 24, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

5:00pm EDT

Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M.
Attendees will learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and personality to strengths and weaknesses.

Contributors
Exhibitors

Friday May 24, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

5:00pm EDT

DC Stunt Coalition Demo
Ever wonder what it takes to be a galactic swordmaster? If you like sabers of light, and want to learn a bit about the practicality of science fiction sword fighting, DC Stunt Coalition does it all!

Contributors
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

5:05pm EDT

FROM PAGE TO STAGE – A JOURNEY AT WARP FACTOR 9 FOR SCI-FI WRITERS
Morgan Gendel has spoken extensively about the fan-favorite “Inner Light” episode of Star Tek: The Next Generation for which he won the Hugo Award for Science Fiction Writing. In the course of this panel, he will discuss the differing techniques employed for TV and Film writing as opposed to novels and written stories. Using his own works for TV as well as his soon-to-be-published sci-fi novel, Planet Six, Gendel will examine how themes, the classic three-act structure, and hero’s journey are applied differently to novels and screenplays. Movies such as Star Wars and the works of authors such as Neal Stephenson, Peter Watts, Madeleine Ashby and Robert Charles Wilson, among others, will be discussed. 

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:05pm - 5:55pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Guest
  • Moderator Mandy Sweeney

5:05pm EDT

Return of the Cheesy Line-Reading Contest!
Escape Velocity's most talked about panel returns! Join other attendees in a hilarious struggle to see who can perform the worst lines in television and film history. May the cheesiest actor win!


Friday May 24, 2019 5:05pm - 5:55pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel, 2 extra free mics, Projector
  • Moderator Zach Scheinerman

5:05pm EDT

Electricity and Magnetism Before the Electronic Revolution
The 19th and early 20th centuries saw the emergence of electrical science. Much of technology we consider cutting edge can be traced to the fundamental experiments conducted during this time. The terms we use to describe and measure electrical and magnetic phenomenon such as Watt, Ampere, Volt, Henry, Ohm, and Farad pay homage to these pioneers. Still, electricity and magnetism remain a mystery to many people. The National Electronics Museum will take you back to the time of the Jacob’s ladder, Tesla coil, and Crooke’s tube and perform some the early pioneering experiments in electricity and magnetism. They may look like pieces straight from Frankenstein’s lab, but without them there would be no Wi-Fi, GPS, or smart phones.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Simons

Michael Simons

National Electronics Museum
This year the National Electronics Museum will feature a series of rarely seen electronic devices from the past in action. We will have a replica of a 19th century arc light, a Crooke's Tube, a diathermy machine, a Faraday motor, and much more. In addition, we will have a number... Read More →

Friday May 24, 2019 5:05pm - 5:55pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Michael Simons

5:05pm EDT

The Space Force Debate
A debate on what a real 'Space Force' would actually look like. The military branches are shaped by the technologies and domains that they must command. How will the challenges of the space environment shape the form of a US Space Force?

Contributors
avatar for Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle served in the United States Navy for 26 years on cruisers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and an experimental high speed vessel. He serve three tours in the Pentagon conducting wargames and analysis for the Department of Defense including five years at the Office... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department)Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Mark McDonagh

Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames.Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:05pm - 5:55pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

5:40pm EDT

Costuming/Cosplay 101
Discussion covering various introductory level costuming/cosplay topics. This will cover getting started, budgets, entry level technology used as well as beginner tips and tricks. We will cover costuming choices, thrifty spending, time savers, and more!

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Marianne Pease

Marianne Pease

President, International Costumers' Guild
Marianne's first cosplay was Robin Sena from Witch Hunter Robin, and now an auspicious thirteen years later she's President of the ICG. She is an eclectic cosplayer who loves both historical, media, and original costumes. She just finished a new version of Robin and is currently working... Read More →
TJ

Tom Jewell

Tom is an experienced maker, currently specializing on programming and cosplay (but not at the same time). He was an exhibitor at the 2018 World Maker Faire in New York. His largest pieces are his Dalek and Totoro.


Friday May 24, 2019 5:40pm - 7:00pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Lindsay Bartleson

6:10pm EDT

D.I.Y. Sci-fi Filmmaking
How  to make your own sci-fi or superhero movie on a tight budget. Tips and tricks for good/better visual effects with less money. 

Moderators
avatar for Jay Pickens

Jay Pickens

Founder, Diversity on Film
-- In the entertainment industry from 6yrs old. -- Lived and worked as an entertainment professional in over 20 different countries around the world.-- Love - Art - Life!....xx

Friday May 24, 2019 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  BlerDCon, Film
  • Moderator Jay Pickens

6:10pm EDT

Ghostbusting for the Kids, Costuming for Charity 101
Ghostbusters Tri-State Division is here to give you the tips and considerations from a well performing charity costume group. From public events, to fundraising, and awareness. This topic will cover both good practices and the experience from folks who have volunteered for many years. Hear what it is like to entertain for a good cause consistently and repeatedly.

Contributors
avatar for Bobby Petersen

Bobby Petersen

Founder and Event coordinator, Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Hey everybody!! I'm Bobby Petersen from the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division. I founded our group over a year ago, to help our local charities. We organize events and sell team merchadise to fund our toy drive, as well as other charitable donations throughout the year. I am also an... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture, Science
  • Logistics Panel, Projector

6:10pm EDT

Apollo 50th – looking back and looking forward
As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of human landing on the Moon, we are not only looking backward at the Apollo's legacy but also going forward to the Moon to stay. The truth is, NASA never stopped going to the Moon, even if astronauts haven’t been there in a while.  Take an out-of-this-world tour with our panelists: learn what cameras and sensors on manned and robotic missions have discovered, what new and exciting science can be done from the Moon and how scientists and engineers are preparing to go back to the Moon (including protecting astronauts), with an eye to eventually going on to Mars and even beyond.

Moderators
avatar for C. ALEX YOUNG, PhD

C. ALEX YOUNG, PhD

Astrophysicist
C. Alex Young is a solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Associate Director for Science of its Helophysics Science Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the education and public outreach (EPO) team for the division. In... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a planetary geologist and the Public Engagement Lead of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She shares NASA planetary     science research and discoveries with audiences around the country and the world. Andrea is the... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Wright

Ernie Wright

Ernie Wright has been a programmer and animator at the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for over a decade. He works primarily with the education and public outreach team for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft that's been in orbit around the... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Science
  • about <strong>C. Alex Young</strong> is a solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Associate Director for Science of its Helophysics Science Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the education and public outreach (EPO) team for the division. In addition, he works with division scientists to promote and support their research. His research interests include solar activity, space weather, and statistical data analysis. Alex is also a member of the Museum of Science Fiction’s Board of Advisors and Technology Subcommittee.
  • Moderator C. ALEX YOUNG, PhD

6:10pm EDT

War in the Mega Cities of the Future
As the global population grows and cities become ever denser, military planners are preparing for near future conflict scenarios in and around urban megacities, particularly in the developing world. How will developing technologies -- UAVs, robots, AI, space-based platforms -- be employed in these new environments? 

Contributors
avatar for Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle served in the United States Navy for 26 years on cruisers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and an experimental high speed vessel. He serve three tours in the Pentagon conducting wargames and analysis for the Department of Defense including five years at the Office... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department)Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Mark McDonagh

Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames.Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

7:15pm EDT

From Paper to Pixels
Discussion on getting into the video game industry, making games, and where to start.

Contributors
avatar for Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Founder, Winterion Game Studios, George Mason University
Daniel Greenberg teaches in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

7:15pm EDT

CHASING NEW HORIZONS: True tales of exploration to Pluto and beyond!
Hear from Planetary Scientists David Grinspoon and Henry Throop how the longtime dreams of planetary explorers to visit Pluto turned into one of the greatest space exploration adventures of our time.  Learn the inside story of the New Horizons’ Mission, from its inception to the triumphant encounters with the Pluto System and the strange object called “Ultima Thule”. Dr. David Grispoon is the co-author, with mission leader Alan Stern of the acclaimed book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. He is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author.  Dr. Henry Throop is an astrophysicist and long-time member of the New Horizons science team.  In their talk at Escape Velocity, they will explain the thrilling underdog story of how the New Horizons came to be, the colorful cast of characters involved, and the miraculous triumphs the team achieved together in reaching Pluto,  and then beyond to  Ultima Thule. A book signing will follow.

Contributors
avatar for DAVID GRINSPOON, PhD

DAVID GRINSPOON, PhD

Author, Astrobiologist
Dr. Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. His new book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR’s Science Friday. He is a Senior Scientist... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)

7:15pm EDT

Pop Parliament
Welcome to the highest court in the pop culture multi-verse. Anime Parliament ® is where you can step forward as a character or fan, and institute the changes you feel should be made. Come and state your case! But remember: be ready for a debate, because you’ll certainly get one.

Moderators
Friday May 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel, Wireless Mic
  • Moderator Adam Hennessy

7:15pm EDT

Ethics of AI
The way machine systems work (and don’t work) often mirror our values. Are we having an ethical crisis in artificial intelligence? If we want computers to “understand” human actions, we need to better understand the purposes, goals, and consequences of our inventions and our actions. In this panel, we will explore the ethical and social implications of AI and autonomous robots.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Klein

Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →

Contributors
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Brian Stanton

Brian obtained his Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the Group Leader Cognitive Scientist of the Visualization and Usability Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is recognized internationally as a leader... Read More →
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Vicente Ordonez

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Vicente Ordonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. He is a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Michael Klein

7:15pm EDT

Military Geography of the Solar System
In space, no one can hear you scream, but everyone can see you fly -- the geography of warfare in space is dominated not by distances (as most would think), but by delta-v and sensors. How everything we know about fighting on the land, sea, and air won't help us in space.

Contributors
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →
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Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department)Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Mark McDonagh

Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames.Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:05pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

7:50pm EDT

DIY Cosplay: You Really CAN Do It Yourself!
Do you ever look at all the people who wear amazing cosplay and think to yourself “I wish I could do that!” For those who want to put their foot into the realm of cosplay, but feel a little unsure of where to start--whether it’s budget, character choice, skill level, time, etc. this panel is for YOU! No need to grind for EXP or gil; let us be your guides to navigating your first cosplay. This panel will spark your imagination and prepare you to create recognizable characters with minimal investment.

Characters from all sorts of genres make for excellent first time cosplays because of their easy construction, simple design, and basic outfit pieces. You’ll get plenty of mileage out of seifuku outfits. Lab coats will be your friend for wacky or serious scientists alike. And if nothing else seems viable, look no further than your own closet--that L, Tsukimi Kurashita, or Yuri Katsuki cosplay is waiting for you. Come join us and see a cosplay being made from start to finish in real time! Audience members who are not in cosplay will be able to try on some cosplay shown during the panel. One lucky person will win a cosplay prize! 

Moderators
Contributors
SC

Stephanie Cross

4649373. I ship it.


Friday May 24, 2019 7:50pm - 9:10pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)
  BlerDCon, Costuming
  • Moderator Denise Cross

8:00pm EDT

Godzilla: Just a Giant Lizard?
Godzilla is an iconic image worldwide. However, what’s often overlooked is how this giant lizard is a metaphor for the atomic bomb. Come learn about the atomic bomb’s history, its use, and its destruction--identifying the symbolism found in Godzilla, both original and new.


Friday May 24, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

8:00pm EDT

No. 6 (1-11)
Sponsors

Friday May 24, 2019 8:00pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00am EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

8:20pm EDT

Alien: 40 Years of Fright
In 1979, Ridley Scott's science fiction/horror classic ALIEN terrified audiences around the world, spawning a successful multi-film franchise in the process.  The Xenomorph continues to appear in films, comic books, video games and other media to this day. Charles de Lauzirika, director of the definitive documentary THE BEAST WITHIN: MAKING ALIEN, and producer of the massive ALIEN ANTHOLOGY and PROMETHEUS box sets, will discuss the creation of the first film, its impact and its ongoing legacy.

Moderators
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Artistic Director, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Bjorn is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Bjorn currently feeds his need for storytelling as artistic director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater where he also writes and directs the space opera, Rogue Tyger. As lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, he's excited to be involved... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Charles de Lauzirika

Charles de Lauzirika

Director/Producer
The producer/director of over 100 behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes exploring such films and TV shows as BLADE RUNNER, TWIN PEAKS, THE MARTIAN, The ALIEN Anthology and the STAR WARS Saga, Lauzirika made his featue directing debut with the psychological thriller CRAVE... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 8:20pm - 9:10pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Pop culture, Film
  • Moderator Bjorn Munson

8:20pm EDT

Ogre Battles in Washington DC!

This session is limited to 16 players.

The epic conflict returns for its third year! Play Steve Jackson’s classic game of science fiction warfare on a scale map of Washington DC!

In the 22nd century, the world is at war.

Jet-pack-equipped, battlesuit-armored infantry launch shoulder-fired nukes, combat hovercraft skim the ground at 150kph, while semi-autonomous tanks loose tac-nuke smartshells from electromagnetic cannons.

And the most powerful weapon of all has no human crew – the battlefield is ruled by gigantic sentient cybertanks called ‘Ogres.’

The year is now 2115. The world’s great empires are destroyed. After a twenty-year war with the Paneuropean Federation, the North American Combine has shattered into a thousand competing factions – The Factory States, ruled not by humans, but by Artificial Intelligences, some benevolent, some not.

Now, the last of the emergency power reactors has failed, and the automated defenses surrounding the former Combine Eastern Regional Capitol are clear. The long-abandoned city lies ripe for plunder, and competing Factory State warlords now send their forces to loot and burn Washington, DC.

Order your tanks to roll up Route 66! Nuke the Wilson Bridge! Reduce your office building to radioactive rubble!

Beginners welcome, no experience required, and all materials provided.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for John Brent Macek

John Brent Macek

John Macek has been a tabletop gamer since 1976, starting with the white box edition of Dungeons & Dragons. While he still enjoys an occasional game of D&D, his favorite RPGs are Traveller, Fate Core, and more recently, Star Trek Adventures.


Friday May 24, 2019 8:20pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00am EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)
  Gaming and Simulation
  • Moderator Charles Hildebrandt

8:20pm EDT

Space Party
Come enjoy the company of the finest folks from all over Escape Velocity, colorful characters, good music, and fun will be had for all. Costumes are welcome but not required. There may even be dancing!

Contributors
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 8:20pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00am EDT
Main Events (WW A)

9:00pm EDT

Cultural Underpinnings of Japanese Science Fiction
From the first appearance of Godzilla through the latest live action anime adaptation, even a casual American sci-fi fan will be familiar with Japanese science fiction. Yet the world of Japanese sci-fi is filled unique storytelling perspectives, strange worlds, and blurred lines between genres that can seem strange to a western audience. By learning about the history of science fiction in Japan, and the cultural underpinnings of themes, tropes, and storytelling conventions the rich world of Japanese sci-fi becomes easier to navigate.

Contributors

Friday May 24, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

9:00pm EDT

Prospect - Feature Film with Actor Anwan Glover
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.

Contributors
avatar for ANWAN GLOVER

ANWAN GLOVER

Actor, Musician
Anwan “Big G” Glover is an American musician and founding member of the Washington, DC-based go-go band “BackYard Band” (also abbreviated as “BYB”), which he co-found in 1988. Glover is also an actor, known for his portrayal of “Slim Charles” in the HBO crime-drama... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

10:00pm EDT

Space Pirates and Alien Queens: A look at the Leijiverse
Ever marvel at the myriad series that make up the Leijiverse? Wonder at the appeal of their storylines or the connections between each character? Come and discuss the fascinating world that Leiji Matsumoto has built, its awe inspiring depth, the scope of the stories, and of course all his different alien queens and romantic space pirates

Contributors

Friday May 24, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

11:00pm EDT

Katrina's Dream (Feature)
Katrina wishes to have children but her boyfriend Louis doesn’t. She falls in love with his best friend Ron, who becomes the man of her life. One night, returning drunk together from a birthday party, the two friends are involved in a car accident in which Ron loses his head and Louis his body. Thanks to a head transplant the two men survive, merged into one person. Katrina must now deal with the body and mind of two men to fulfill her dream.

https://vimeo.com/203922133

Friday May 24, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00am EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)
 
Saturday, May 25
 

9:00am EDT

Marc Okrand: Klingon and other SF languages
The creator of the Klingon language discusses constructed languages in general and SF languages more specifically. Klingon in particular will be addressed, as well as how the process of movie-making affects the nature of constructed languages.

Contributors
avatar for MARC OKRAND

MARC OKRAND

Linguist
A scholared linguist, Marc’s work is in Native American languages and famously devising the Klingon language spoken in the original Star Trek films. The language he developed has also been used in a number of episodes of Star Trek television series. He also created the Vulcan dialogue... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Main Events (WW A)

9:00am EDT

Invasions: Other Worlds of Military Science Fiction
This panel will explore the ongoing changes to military science fiction as a consequence of the last decade and a half of warfare around the world. Panelists will discuss the classic tropes of MilSF (e.g. power armor, invading other worlds, etc.), the ways in which MilSF examines veterans communities, how they deal with unconventional warfare (e.g. insurgencies, civilians in the path of war, etc), and how the resultant psychological traumas impact soldiers and civilians alike.

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle served in the United States Navy for 26 years on cruisers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and an experimental high speed vessel. He serve three tours in the Pentagon conducting wargames and analysis for the Department of Defense including five years at the Office... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature, Literature
  • Moderator Luke Shabro

9:00am EDT

Science Fact: The Cyberpunk Fiction that has Become Reality
In this session, panelists will compare famous high-tech fiction stories and how what was then sci-fi has since become reality in homes, businesses and markets.

Moderators
avatar for Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States. He is the author of the Leon “Catwalk” Caliber cyberpunk series, which debuted in the 2001 comic, Independent Voices 3 and continues in novels starting... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Erica Massey

Erica Massey

Erica Massey is a PhD student and graduate instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in comics and fandom studies, as well as book history, digital ethnography, disability and minority literature. A two-time speaker at Dragon Con’s Comics and... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature, Literature
  • Moderator Nick Kelly

9:00am EDT

Weather on Earth and Weather in Space
Weather affects life and assets not only on Earth, but in space as well, on other planets in our solar system and in other stellar systems. How do we observe weather, track it locally or globally, and eventually predict extreme weather events? Hear NASA specialists who combine their science expertise and imagination to take you on a journey through the solar system and beyond.  Learn about the science and technology of satellite observations, and how you may access some of the visuals and stories. You may even download mobile apps that allow you to contribute to earth and space weather studies.  

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Sarah Jones, PhD

Sarah Jones, PhD

Sarah Jones is a research astrophysicist in the Heliophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as Mission Scientist for NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, which provides never-before-seen images of upper atmospheric... Read More →
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Dr. Yariska Collado-Vega

Dr. Yaireska (Yari) Collado-Vega’s is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico.  She received her PhD in Space Physics from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with honors in January 2013.  She received both her BS and MS in theoretical physics from the University of... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver is the Deputy Coordinator for GLOBE Observer, which aims to extend the long-standing citizen science program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment to non-school based audiences. Prior to her work with NASA (as a contractor with Science Systems... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Science
  • Moderator Carolyn Y Ng

9:00am EDT

Costuming/Cosplay 201
Discussion on some more advanced techniques, materials, technology, and trends. Topic covers extended learning about materials, use, construction, patterning, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Contributors
TJ

Tom Jewell

Tom is an experienced maker, currently specializing on programming and cosplay (but not at the same time). He was an exhibitor at the 2018 World Maker Faire in New York. His largest pieces are his Dalek and Totoro.
avatar for Marianne Pease

Marianne Pease

President, International Costumers' Guild
Marianne's first cosplay was Robin Sena from Witch Hunter Robin, and now an auspicious thirteen years later she's President of the ICG. She is an eclectic cosplayer who loves both historical, media, and original costumes. She just finished a new version of Robin and is currently working... Read More →
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Robotic Unicorn

Robotic Unicorn
Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Lindsay Bartleson

9:00am EDT

Saint Seiya Soul of Gold (1-6)
Sponsors

Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

9:00am EDT

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (Feature)
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author, Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as "A Wizard of Earthsea," "The Left Hand of Darkness," and "The Dispossessed," Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace it.

Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

10:00am EDT

A Brief History of Anime
Where did anime come from? How did it start? Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology will take you on a hundred-year trip through the history of Japanese animation, from World War II propaganda, through Astro Boy, Gundam, and Akira, up to the anime that's changing the industry today.

Contributors
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

10:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall - VIP Access
Exhibit Hall Open for VIP Access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Exhibit Hall

10:00am EDT

Museum Gallery - VIP Access
Open for VIP Access. The Gallery houses meticulously curated artifacts, costumes, props, artwork, and more, from various genres of Science Fiction, sci-fantasy, and more!

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
MOSF Gallery (Ann 1-3)

10:00am EDT

Matrix Game – The Future History of Sol
Will Skunk Works' fusion reactor come on line?  Will Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take humanity into orbit?  Will synthetic biology bring humanity to a new golden age or wipe it out?  Will supercomputers improve the world or enslave humanity?  Step into the future...
 
Determine the future history of the Solar system as state and non-state actors grapple with the rise of new advanced technologies which will enable humanity to take to the stars.  The challenge is humans will take all of their foibles with them on their voyages.
 
John W. Campbell coined the phrase Future History to describe a genre of Science Fiction stories which speculated on the impact of technological development on the world and humanity.  In a similar way wargaming has been used in the Department of Defense and other organizations to imagine alternative futures and their impact on humanity and missions for the services.  One of the types of games employed for the examination of the future is Matrix Wargames (https://www.amazon.com/Wargaming-Developments-Professional-Educational-Innovations/dp/1291979654) where the referee draws upon the expertise of the participants to adjudicate the outcome of actions in the game.
 
Join veteran wargame designer and defense analyst Phil Pournelle on a journey to explore this future. Participants will not only take on roles in the long term competition between factions but participate in the adjudication process. While the emphasis of this game will be on entertainment, you will get some insight into how some elements of the Department of Defense explore a range of potential futures and how we may be forced to adapt.

10 players maximum.

Contributors
avatar for Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle

Phillip Pournelle served in the United States Navy for 26 years on cruisers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and an experimental high speed vessel. He serve three tours in the Pentagon conducting wargames and analysis for the Department of Defense including five years at the Office... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)

10:00am EDT

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Engineering and Operations.

Missions will run throughout the convention. To reserve a time slot click here: https://www.starshiphorizons.com/events/event.aspx?id=1073

Contributors
FB

Fred Beebe

Event Coordinator, Mythric Studios


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00pm EDT
Bridge Simulator (Balt 4)

10:05am EDT

What do intelligent space probes think about in the empty expanses of space?
Probes traveling for millions of miles through the vast emptiness of space may have little to no contact with anyone on Earth for long stretches of time. Does the artificial intelligence in these state of the art spacecrafts ever get bored? Hear from space program engineers on the creation and operation of these advanced systems.

Contributors
avatar for Dr. Marco Lanzagorta

Dr. Marco Lanzagorta

Research Physicist, US Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Marco Lanzagorta is a Research Physicist at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He is a recognized authority on the research and development of advanced information technologies and their application to combat and scientific systems. Dr. Lanzagorta has over 100... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →
avatar for Joe Marshall

Joe Marshall

Global Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems
Joe Marshall is a Global Engineering Fellow working on embedded processor systemsat BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He has developed and/or led development of hardware, software and subsystems at GTE, IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems with the last 29 years focused on... Read More →
avatar for Michael Bear

Michael Bear

Technical Director, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Technical Director at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 30 years of experience in the electronics from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He has served on both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Academy... Read More →
avatar for Steven Danziger

Steven Danziger

Senior Manager of Quality, Site Executive, BAE Systems
Mr. Steve Danziger serves as Quality Manager for BAE Systems Space Systems as well as the Site Executive in Manassas. Mr. Danziger is responsible for improving the overall quality and efficiency for the organization's ($150M/yr in business) products and technology. Mr. Danziger has... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Main Events (WW A)

10:05am EDT

The Curse of Mary Sue
Strong female characters are twice as likely to be dismissed as a "Mary Sue" in science fiction than strong male characters. In this presentation, author LG Ransom will discuss the origins of the "Mary Sue" curse, the difference between a strong female character and a "Mary Sue," the concept of the Bechdel test, as well as the unfair bias the literary world has toward strong female characters in science fiction. 

Contributors
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature
  • Logistics Panel, House Sound, Projector

10:05am EDT

Dance Workshop- Hip Hop
A Dance workshop with Paranoia Boi and his crew to learn how to dance Hip Hop

Moderators
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Moderator Tony Dortch

10:05am EDT

The Law of Science Fiction Inventions
Our favorite sci-fi inventions raise some interesting legal questions.

What happens to the copy of me that will inevitably be stored in a transporter? Is it ethical to destroy that copy? Does it have rights?

Who gets to control what I can make with a matter replicator? What happens when it goes wrong?

When do AIs become sentient? What happens when they do?

When a self-driving car makes a wrong turn, or a self-flying spaceship fails to open the pod bay doors, who is responsible?

If I invent a time machine, when should I patent it?

Our panel of legal geeks will explore these and other questions with implications not only for our favorite sci-fi shows but for the real world as well.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Contributors
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Brian Weissenberg

Brian Weissenberg is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice is focused on intellectual property. Before joining Irell, he clerked for the Hon. Kimberly A. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Hon... Read More →
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Nari Ely

Nari Ely is a civil litigator with the DC labor and employment firm James & Hoffman, PC.  Prior to joining James & Hoffman, Nari was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nari received her law degree in 2016 from Stanford Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Stanford... Read More →
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Bethany Bengfort

Bethany Bengfort is a law clerk at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Bethany previously clerked for the Honorable S. James Otero at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and worked as a patent litigator at DLA Piper LLC. Bethany graduated... Read More →
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Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel, Projector
  • Moderator Charles Hildebrandt

10:05am EDT

Neurodiversity: Cognition, Alterity, and Ability in Science Fiction Literature
Last year, the Escape Velocity literature track entered into an examination of disability representation in science fiction literature. Due to the popularity of the topic, our discussion will continue this year with an exploration of neurodiversity - the effort to de-pathologize "mental illness" and consider the wide array of cognitive differences that defines us all.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Melinda C. Hall

Melinda C. Hall

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stetson University
Melinda C. Hall (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics, Continental philosophy, and the philosophy of disability. Hall is the author of The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and... Read More →
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Michael Bérubé

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Penn State University
I'm the author of ten books and editor of two more, three of which deal with intellectual disability (two of those are about my son, James, who was born in 1991 with Down syndrome). I have written a couple of things here and there about intellectual disability and science fiction... Read More →
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Sami Schalk

Dr. Sami Schalk is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison with research focusing on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Her first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 11:25am EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

10:35am EDT

Teaching Science through Worldbuilding
Building a believable world requires an enormous amount of science. Astrophysics, geology, chemistry, biology, etc. all play a vital role in getting readers/viewers to buy into the world as a dynamic 3 dimensional place. Worldbuilding in the classroom provides an opportunity to use that as hook to teach science to students as they create their own worlds.

Moderators
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John Monahan

Science Writer
John Monahan is a writer, and science teacher. He is the author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His newest book is another non-fiction work, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:35am - 11:25am EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Education
  • Logistics Panel, House Sound, Projector
  • Moderator John Monahan

11:00am EDT

Cloud Age Symphony: Steampunk and Anime
Steampunk and its various spin off genres have influenced anime for years. In this panel we look at the anime that have taken inspiration from steampunk, and examine how anime has in turn influenced some aspects of steampunk itself.


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

11:00am EDT

Robot Dance School
How smart are computers? What is programming? Can robots dance? The answers to all of these questions and more will be explored during with Robot Dance School. This is a fun, interactive, and very active session that will teach kids a little bit about programming while getting them on their feet and dancing.

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

11:00am EDT

Pokemon Go & Draw
Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures! Bring your Pokedex and creativity

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

11:00am EDT

Captain Harlock (1-9)
Sponsors

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

11:00am EDT

Museum Gallery - Open Access
Open for Attendee Access. The Gallery houses meticulously curated artifacts, costumes, props, artwork, and more, from various genres of Science Fiction, sci-fantasy, and more!

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm EDT
MOSF Gallery (Ann 1-3)

11:00am EDT

Cosmic Encounter Galactic Championship Tournament
Meet the designers of the classic sci fi boardgame Cosmic Encounter and compete in the first annual Galactic Championship Tournament!

Beginners welcome.

Additional $15 ticket required.
More info: https://escapevelocity.events/cosmic/ 

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Cosmic Encounter Zone, Exhibit Hall, A14

11:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall - Open Access
Exhibit Hall is open for attendee access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 7:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

11:10am EDT

Sewing Workshop
Hands on sewing workshop experience. Come to learn the basics and some advanced techniques, and a little about the technology of sewing.

Moderators
Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Melissa Williams

11:10am EDT

Intro to Video Game Programming with Scratch Jr.
Let’s turn that kid love for iPads into kid love for writing their own video game programming on iPads using Scratch, the super-simple, drag-and-drop multimedia programming language designed by MIT‘s Lifelong Kindergarten project. In this workshop, kids will design and animate their own “alien!”

Contributors
LW

Laura Wilhelm

Event and Camp Director, The Great Adventure Lab
STEM classes, camps and events for children grades K-8

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

11:10am EDT

Raqs Nerd - A Fusion Belly Dance Demo + Lesson
Join fusion belly dance duo The Gerudo Vagrants as they lead you on their latest and greatest dance adventure featuring music from some of their favorite video games. This panel will showcase various forms of the fusion belly dance spectrum, along with a variety of traditional belly dance props. At the end of the showcase, the Vagrants encourage audience participation and want to teach you some moves!

Contributors
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)

11:10am EDT

The Present and Future of 3D Printing
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is already revolutionizing the world of manufacturing, as parts and whole objects can be designed and printed on the fly. Join Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology (and owner of eight 3D printers) as he guides you through the current state of home desktop 3D printing, general additive manufacturing in the world today, and the potential uses of 3D printing in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science, Costuming, Education
  • Logistics Panel, Projector
  • Moderator Brent Newhall

11:10am EDT

The Quantum Revolution
Hear from quantum pioneers about the future of quantum computing, communications, cryptography, and sensors, what it will mean for the world, and how they are helping create that future today.  Learn from the leaders of quantum companies about how they are unlocking the power of entanglement and superposition to advance medicine, break encryption, and beat stealth.

Moderators
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Paul Stimers

Partner, K&L Gates
Paul Stimers is a MOSF Advisory Board Member. At K&L Gates, Paul focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, quantum technology, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and... Read More →

Contributors
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Dr. Marco Lanzagorta

Research Physicist, US Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Marco Lanzagorta is a Research Physicist at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He is a recognized authority on the research and development of advanced information technologies and their application to combat and scientific systems. Dr. Lanzagorta has over 100... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Science
  • Moderator Paul Stimers

11:40am EDT

Women Writers: The Works of Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Joanna Russ
Women writers of science and speculative fiction have continued to challenge and reconstitute what it means to be gendered in a society which is increasingly technologically advanced, yet in its Enlightenment drive towards “progress,” is also often ethically regressive. Intermingling speculative tropes and strategies with an interrogation of traditional (and nontraditional) feminist concerns has generated a new horizon for cultural critique which produces understanding through estrangement and reorientation. This panel will explore the literature of influential feminist science fiction authors Margaret Atwood, Joanna Russ, and the recently departed Ursula K. LeGuin, and contemplate their contributions both to science and speculative fictions and to society, at large.

Moderators
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Christy Tidwell

Associate Professor of English & Humanities, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
I teach Humanities, literature, writing, and communication. I work primarily with science fiction and horror, environmental and animal studies, and gender studies. I recently co-edited a book (with Bridgitte Barclay) called Gender and Environment in Science Fiction, and I am currently... Read More →

Contributors
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Meg Elison

Attendee
Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield is Assistant Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. A lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, she has pursued that interest as both a fan and an academic. As a scholar, she researches, teaches, and... Read More →
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Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →
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Melinda C. Hall

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stetson University
Melinda C. Hall (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics, Continental philosophy, and the philosophy of disability. Hall is the author of The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and... Read More →
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Robin Ann Roberts

Robin is a science fiction fan who managed to turn her passion into a career in teaching and writing. The author of seven books and numerous articles, she was one of the first critics to write about women's science fiction. Her books include: A NEW SPECIES:GENDER AND SCIENCE IN SCIENCE... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:40am - 12:55pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Christy Tidwell

12:00pm EDT

STEM in Anime
Exploring the intersection of physics, astronomy, tech, and anime with a click-bait worthy top 10 list of anime tech we need in real life.


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

12:00pm EDT

TAG Labs game development workshop
Want to learn about game design? Maybe you just want to play games? TAG Labs will be hosting game development workshops along with consoles for playing your favorite games. Come learn about game design using powerful and free tools like Unity 3D, Magica Voxel, Construct, and more. Workshops are come and go; there's no need to stay for the whole duration. Explore these tools for making games with TAG Labs instructors ready to help you learn.

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
T.A.G. Labs, Exhibit hall, C11

12:15pm EDT

STEM-O-LOGY™
Join us for an hour of game-playing that will STEM-U-LATE Your Mind™! STEM-O-LOGY ™ is a game created by Mathematician, Commander Zanethia Eubanks, MPH, FAC-COR II in 2012, to promote an interest in more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) disciplines for students within a fun, learning environment. It consists of age and grade appropriate questions stored in an active database where students, when asked, can demonstrate their long term/applicable memory versus regurgitating information using their short-term recollection to pass a test or exam. When students “play games”, their meta cognition and neuropathic psyche improves which promotes an understanding, appreciation and application of information that is taught and explored in homes, schools and communities.

Our vision is to connect S.T.E.M. disciplines to student’s learning style by “playing STEMOLOGY™”. This game helps students apply their knowledge, decreases their anxiety to apply what they know on standardized tests, exams and oral presentations. STEMOLOGY™ can even be useful when interviewing for STEM job/internship opportunities. The possibilities are limitless!

Moderators
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Zanethia Eubanks

Zanethia Eubanks has had a love for the math and science since elementary school. She attended a math and science academy at Morehouse College where her love to engage in more science projects began. Over the years, she exceled in mathematics and began tutoring other students in the... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)
  Education
  • Moderator Zanethia Eubanks

12:15pm EDT

Dominique Tipper Spotlight
Join Dominique Tipper from "The Expanse" as she dives into the things that have been the highlights of her career, her time on set, and much more! 

Contributors
avatar for DOMINIQUE TIPPER

DOMINIQUE TIPPER

Actor
Dominique Tipper plays the leading role of ‘Naomi Nagata’ in the critically-acclaimed series The Expanse, based on the popular science fiction series by James S. A. Corey. Set in the future, The Expanse tells the story of a detective, a first officer and a United Nations executive... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)

12:15pm EDT

Mind Control, Surveillance, and Big Data: The Dark Side of the Federation
While the world of Star Trek: The Next Generation is often considered a post-scarcity utopia, there are several aspects that would give a 21st Century time traveler pause if they went there. Advances in medicine and technology opens up new opportunities - both for the empowerment and the control of the individual. An open ended discussion of the ramifications of a Trek future.

Moderators
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Dan Delaney

Dan is an Air Force civilian employee. He is currently working on his Masters Degree from the Air Command and Staff College. He is both a long time gamer and SciFi fan.

Contributors
RT

Rebecca Tushnet

Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Harvard Law School. After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching... Read More →
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Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel
  • Moderator Dan Delaney

12:15pm EDT

Visions for the Future of Work
Historically, technology has created more jobs than it’s destroyed. That might not continue to be true. What will people do? Who among us will be most “robot-ready” for the work places of the future? Panelists will discuss how artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation are transforming human business, markets, government, and law.

Moderators
avatar for David Peterson

David Peterson

Assistant Professor, James Madison University
David is an Assistant Professor of Management at James Madison University. Trained as an organizational psychologist, he studies creative thinking, creative people, and creative jobs. His research addresses topics such as "How to lead creative teams," "How to get others to think outside... Read More →

Contributors
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John Monahan

Science Writer
John Monahan is a writer, and science teacher. He is the author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His newest book is another non-fiction work, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and... Read More →
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Anton Korinek

Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
Anton is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia and Darden School of Business as well as a Research Associate at the NBER. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2007 after several years of work experience in the IT and financial sector. He has... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator David Peterson

12:45pm EDT

Gamer's Curation
Discussion covering the many aspects of keeping those cabinet games running well and looking good, this panel will share important tips on board and art repair.

Contributors
avatar for Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Founder, Winterion Game Studios, George Mason University
Daniel Greenberg teaches in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:45pm - 1:35pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

1:00pm EDT

Q & A with an Anime Expert
Whether you watched anime many years ago or have never touched it (but maybe you know a family member who has), this is your chance to ask every embarrassing noob question you've ever had about anime. This panel will be led by Brent P. Newhall, who's been watching anime for over 20 years and speaks at numerous anime conventions, and will start with a brief orientation to the medium.

Contributors
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

1:00pm EDT

Cosplay Chess
A lively life-size, living leverage of literally human size chess. With costumes and chessmasters, come check out "real" 3d chess.

Interested in being a Chesspiece? Check out the form here: ​Cosplay Chess Online Form​​​

Contributors
avatar for Brittany Azzato

Brittany Azzato

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 4 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always enjoy... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

1:00pm EDT

The History and Art of Anime Styles
The roots of Japanese comics and animation stretch back over a hundred years. From their beginnings as kamishibai, or slideshows, to the contemporary shows and films of today, this panel will discuss various artists and classic works.

Contributors
Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

1:00pm EDT

DUST Short Film Series
DUST is the first multi-platform destination for binge watchable sci-fi. These science fiction short films are from emerging filmmakers with stunning visual effects, captivating plots and complex character explorations. Robots, aliens, space exploration, technology, and human experience are all a part of DUST.

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

1:10pm EDT

Early African American Science Fiction (Pauline Hopkins, George Schuyler)
This panel will explore Afrofuturism's past, most specifically the early textual productions which form the origins of the genre. Panelists will discuss the pioneering authors, such as Pauline Hopkins and George Schuyler, whose late 19th-century and early 20th-century speculative constructions addressed the challenges of race and racism in postbellum America by literalizing alterity, assimilation, and racial science through the conventions of satire, sentimentalism, and proto-futurism.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for André Carrington

André Carrington

andré carrington is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies... Read More →
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Qiana Whitted

Professor of English & African American Studies, University of South Carolina
Qiana Whitted is the author of EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest (Rutgers, 2019) and editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.
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Seo-Young Chu

Associate Professor, Queens College, CUNY


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

1:20pm EDT

Generative Systems: An Intro to Code-Driven Art
Digital Media artist and Professor Brandon Morse will discuss how computer code and math can be used in the creation of art and design. He will discuss his own artistic work and how it involves code and technology. Students will also be able to participate in a brief, interactive, hands-on demo of how the process works.

Brandon Morse is a Washington, DC based artist who works with generative systems as a means to examine the ways in which physical phenomena such as entropy and emergence can function in ways that are both poetic and metaphorical. Through the use of code, and the creation of custom computer software, he creates simulations of seemingly complex systems resulting in video and video installations that seek to draw parallels between the ways in which these systems work and the ways in which we, both individually and collectively, navigate the world around us. He has exhibited his work in museums, art spaces and galleries across North America, Asia, and Europe. http://www.coplanar.org

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

1:20pm EDT

Mars As a Home for Past or Present Life
The recent finding of a Lake on Mars, buried beneath the polar cap, is hugely exciting. If the discovery holds up to scrutiny, it basically means that the Red Planet has called our bluff because there's a place on the Mars today with conditions that may be identical to ice-covered lakes . So then why shouldn't there be life on Mars today? This finding demands we study and explore Mars more closely to understand the role of life everywhere, including on Earth. Whether or not there could be life on Mars today, the evidence keeps accumulating that billions of years ago, when Mars was a young planet, conditions there were similar to  Earth when life was getting started here. Four expert Planetary Scientists and Astrobiologists who work with NASA missions and data will describe the latest findings and ideas about Mars and the possibilities for life there.  

Contributors
avatar for DAVID GRINSPOON, PhD

DAVID GRINSPOON, PhD

Author, Astrobiologist
Dr. Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. His new book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR’s Science Friday. He is a Senior Scientist... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern

Planetary Scientist, NASA
avatar for Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Organic geochemist, NASA/CRESST
The science of finding life as we *don't* know it


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)

1:20pm EDT

Book Release Party for Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano from Treehouse Publishing Group
Join Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano in a celebration of the world-wide release of their newest young adult urban fantasy novel, "The Apocalypse Club."

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

1:20pm EDT

Ghostbusters 101
Celebrating the history of the Ghostbusters on its 35th anniversary.

Contributors
avatar for Bobby Petersen

Bobby Petersen

Founder and Event coordinator, Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Hey everybody!! I'm Bobby Petersen from the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division. I founded our group over a year ago, to help our local charities. We organize events and sell team merchadise to fund our toy drive, as well as other charitable donations throughout the year. I am also an... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel, Projector

1:20pm EDT

Technology and the Human Condition
Among the fundamental questions of technology are those concerned with the ways in which it can be applied to the betterment of human life. How may our image of ourselves change? Will we grow closer to one another or more distant? In this panel we will consider three technologies: the development of artificial general intelligence, the enhancement of human beings through molecular engineering and cybernetic augmentation, and the widespread ongoing internetworking of people and cultures through communication instruments. We will bring to our discussion philosophical, scientific, and narrative perspectives.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →
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Lee Cannon

Communications Specialist, NC Space Grant
Lee Cannon is a writer and communications professional living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Since her high school days reading novel after novel of the Star Wars series, as well as stumble-upons like Clifford D. Simak's "A Choice of Gods," Lee has had an interest in the... Read More →
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Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier is a physicist who worked with NASA, among other institutions. His research interests have come to include questions of how complex systems provide both goals and limits for technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. What imperatives underlie the responsibility... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science, Pop Culture
  • Logistics Panel, Audience Mic
  • Moderator Robert Zelenka

1:50pm EDT

Cosplay Cosmetics
You have makeup question? We have makeup answers. From lingo to lipsticks, Doomtastic and Kurenai Kiba have been getting questions that focus on makeup. Now, you can get your questions answered live! Come to this panel to solve your cosplay makeup inquiries. This panel is dedicated 100% you.

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
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Robotic Unicorn

Robotic Unicorn
Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Logistics Workshop, House Sound
  • Moderator Julia Klag

2:00pm EDT

Do It for The Culture: Intro to Afro-Kawaii
What happens when Hip Hop’s Cool meets Kawaii’s Cute Culture and is draped in Pop-Afrocentricity? Join DC Kawaii Style's community style leaders for a talk about their personal J-fashion styles and how Kawaii can be and is defined through the cool of black aesthetic in comparison to Japan's B-Style.


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

2:00pm EDT

Aldnoah.Zero (1-9)
Sponsors

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

2:15pm EDT

Space Opera: Culture of the Sci/Fi Tragedy-Comedy Epics
The classic SF form of the Space Opera locates its origins in late-1920s pulp magazines, and has since expanded to include wide array of texts, such as Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series, as well as epic cinematic productions including Star WarsFarscapeFirefly, Battlestar Galactica, and arguably, newer shows such as The Orville and The Expanse as well. Despite its wide array of manifestations however, space opera still relies on many of the same character archetypes, plot devices, and melodramatic expositions as it did when the genre started. Come join us for an interdisciplinary discussion of space opera - how it works, what it takes, and why we love (or love to hate) it - from the varied perspectives of literature and cinema to the material realities of film production and acting. Featuring Farscape’s Gigi Edgley.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
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Kristi Chadwick

Attendee
Kristi is the Science Fiction & Fantasy columnist for Library Journal. She is also a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System, supporting libraries throughout the Commonwealth. She has been a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, starting back when Marvel's New Mutants... Read More →
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Patrick Sharp

Professor of Liberal Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Patrick B. Sharp is Professor of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction, including Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (2007) and Darwinian Feminism... Read More →
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GIGI EDGLEY

Actor
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in numerous film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature, Film
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

2:25pm EDT

Video Game Programming with Scratch
Is your child ready to move beyond modding and ready to program his or her own video games? Try Scratch, the super-simple drag-and-drop multimedia programming language designed by MIT‘s Lifelong Kindergarten project. In this workshop, kids will design a simple asteroid blaster game!

Contributors
LW

Laura Wilhelm

Event and Camp Director, The Great Adventure Lab
STEM classes, camps and events for children grades K-8

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

2:25pm EDT

3D Printing in Movies & TV: Science Fiction or Fact?
From the opening credits of Westworld to constructing disguises in "Mission Impossible," additive manufacturing or "3D Printing" is increasingly being included in science fiction movies and television shows. This panel will focus on discussing many of the recent examples of 3D printing in media and how close we are to these emerging applications.

Moderators
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Ryan Sochol

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Ryan D. Sochol currently works at the intersection of micro/nanoscale engineering, chemistry, and biology as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prof. Ryan Sochol’s Bioinspired... Read More →

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Pop culture, Film
  • Logistics Panel, Projector
  • Moderator Ryan Sochol

2:25pm EDT

WHY-FI (Why is this Fictional?) – Interplanetary Edition
Frequent EV guest Morgan Gendel (writer of “The Inner Light” episode of Star Tek: The Next Generation) presents a live version of his “WHY-FI” podcast, currently in development with Ridley Scott’s company. In this special installment for EV, Gendel will moderate a panel of renowned scientists to explore the well-worn sci-fi trope of journeying to a distant star system to meet up with homo sapiens-like humanoids. Yet in real life, as we know, FTL (faster-than-light-speed) travel is theoretically impossible, and the probability of a planet in that Goldilocks zone (not too hot, not too cold) that will sustain liquid water, considered a precursor for life, is statistically low. Gendel and his panel will discuss the alternatives: hibernation for long flights; wormholes as shortcuts; and the possibilities for finding life of a completely different kind than we encounter in movies and TV.

Moderators
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Screenwriter, producer, and futurist
Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits,including the CW Network hit, The 100; Star Trek: The Next Generation and DeepSpace 9; the TekWar TV movies; The Dresden Files; Drop Dead Diva and Law & Order. He is perhaps best known as writer of “The... Read More →

Contributors
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DAVID BRIN, PhD

Author
Award-winning science fiction author and Museum of Science Fiction advisory board member, David Brin is coming to Escape Velocity! David’s book, Heaven’s Reach is perfectly on-theme for this year’s event: Other Worlds. David will be discussing Fractal World of his Uplift series... Read More →
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Dr. Connie Bertka

Geologist and Consultant, Science and Society Resources LLC
Connie Bertka holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University and a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is a consultant with Science and Society Resources, LLC. She Co-Chairs the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program’s Broader Social... Read More →
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C. ALEX YOUNG, PhD

Astrophysicist
C. Alex Young is a solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Associate Director for Science of its Helophysics Science Division. In this role he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the education and public outreach (EPO) team for the division. In... Read More →
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Dr. John Bracht

Biologist, American University
Dr. John Bracht is an assistant professor of Biology at American University and is an expert on genomics, with a focus on how genomes change--either during development or during evolution. A current project in the lab is is to determine how animal genomes adapt to extreme environments... Read More →
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DAVID GRINSPOON, PhD

Author, Astrobiologist
Dr. Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. His new book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR’s Science Friday. He is a Senior Scientist... Read More →
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Richard S. Miller

Astrophysicist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Richard S. Miller is a Senior Professional Staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an astrophysicist whose research efforts have taken him from experiments deep underground in mines to satellites that orbit the Moon, from cataclysmic deaths... Read More →
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Dr. Gregory Harry

Professor of Physics, American University
Gregg Harry has degrees from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland and has spent his career in the search for gravitational waves.  His is an author of many papers and book chapters on the technology of making the mirrors for the LIGO detectors and... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:25pm - 3:25pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Guest
  • Moderator Morgan Gendel

2:25pm EDT

Evolution of Starfleet
This panel is an in-depth description of some of the most famous vessels in Star Trek, showing how ship designs have changed and evolved through new technology and based upon the needs of the Federation from the 22nd through 24th centuries.

Moderators
Saturday May 25, 2019 2:25pm - 3:55pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)
  Pop culture
  • Moderator Adam Hennessy

2:30pm EDT

Saber Legion Demonstration
The Saber Legion (TSL) is the world's largest custom saber combat organization that specializes in dueling using iconic saber from everyone's favorite sci fi movies. While training and dueling is where our focus lies, building a community for like minded saber enthusiasts has become our mission.

Join us for one of our demos and see why we are #UnitedThroughSabers

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

2:55pm EDT

Master Replicas: The world of Sci-Fi collecting
Where will the collecting market be heading, and what will it look like in the next few years? We will discuss this subject in-detail, and provide insights/opinions on this multi-billion dollar industry.

Contributors
SD

Steve Dymszo

CEO, Master Replicas Group
Steve Dymszo has been extensively involved in the prop replica industry for over 23 years. He founded SD Studios, Master Replicas, Quantum Mechanix, and most recently, the new Master Replicas Group. Steve has managed collectibles licenses with every major movie studio. He has also... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:55pm - 3:45pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

3:00pm EDT

The Toxic Jungle: The Shadow of the Atomic Bomb over Sci-fi Anime
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were some of the most horrific moments in modern technological history. Japanese popular culture was forever changed by their destructive power. Here we will explore how these events influenced much of the anime we have come to love.


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

3:00pm EDT

Drawing Anime Fan Art
Join Art Way Alliance as we debate the art of fan art. Come discuss different ways to draw and have fun with anime and discover how to utilize certain aspects of the artform into your work. If time permits, artists will get to put their newfound knowledge to paper.

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

3:00pm EDT

Melee & Wizard at Escape Velocity

Max Number of Players: 12
 
Come join in an epic fantasy battle as two teams of warriors and sorcerers fight to the death for glory in the arena!
 
Melee! Wizard! During the First Golden Age of Tabletop Gaming (the 1970s) these two games were challengers to the reigning king, Dungeons & Dragons. Out of print since 1983, they are now back and better than ever, newly-published by their designer, the legendary Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson games (of Munchkin, Ogre, GURPS, and Car Wars fame).

Melee and Wizard are fast-playing and easy to learn, so experience is not necessary. All material provided.

Moderators
avatar for John Brent Macek

John Brent Macek

John Macek has been a tabletop gamer since 1976, starting with the white box edition of Dungeons & Dragons. While he still enjoys an occasional game of D&D, his favorite RPGs are Traveller, Fate Core, and more recently, Star Trek Adventures.

Contributors
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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)
  Gaming and Simulation
  • Moderator John Brent Macek

3:20pm EDT

Environmental Science Fiction
Environmental science fiction is embedded with an ecological consciousness that centralizes humanity's relationship with the earth. This panel will examine representations of the evironment in science fiction, with special attention to utopian (environmental perfection) and dystopian (environmental destruction) narratives.

Moderators
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Christy Tidwell

Associate Professor of English & Humanities, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
I teach Humanities, literature, writing, and communication. I work primarily with science fiction and horror, environmental and animal studies, and gender studies. I recently co-edited a book (with Bridgitte Barclay) called Gender and Environment in Science Fiction, and I am currently... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Eric Otto

Eric Otto

Professor of Environmental Humanities, Florida Gulf Coast University
Eric Otto is Professor of Environmental Humanities and Director of General Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is the author of Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism (2012). His most recent work includes "Science Fiction and the Revenge... Read More →
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Patrick Sharp

Professor of Liberal Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Patrick B. Sharp is Professor of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction, including Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (2007) and Darwinian Feminism... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans

Assistant Professor of English, Winston-Salem State University
I am an assistant professor in the Department of English at Winston-Salem State University. I research and teach contemporary American literature, environmental humanities, and speculative fiction. My scholarship addresses the ways in which contemporary literature mediates between... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Christy Tidwell

3:30pm EDT

Stop Motion Animation Workshop
Wonder kids, animate! In this fun, very hands-on session, kids will learn how to make their toys dance. We will start with a brief discussion of animation terminology, and then get right down to animating with a free app. You can bring your own device if you wish, or use one of our Kindles. Bring some small toys to animate.

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)
  Education
  • Logistics Workshop, House Sound, Projector

3:30pm EDT

Everything in the Verse: A Firefly Triva
Are you a leaf on the wind? Let's see you soar or at least answer some shiny trivia to find out how much of a Browncoat you really are. Trivia game and discussion as we determine who has the right stuff and who can be let out of an airlock.

Contributors
NW

Nyx Wolff

Cosplay Firefly


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

3:30pm EDT

Jabberwocky Audio Theater - Live Audio Production - Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo
Enjoy a live performance of "Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo (featuring Chuck Codgers)" by Team Jabberwocky . Performance features a cast of professional voice actors, foley artists, and sfx galore. Presented in traditional radio teleplay format.

Moderators
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Artistic Director, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Bjorn is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Bjorn currently feeds his need for storytelling as artistic director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater where he also writes and directs the space opera, Rogue Tyger. As lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, he's excited to be involved... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Anna Coughlan

Anna Coughlan

Actor, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Anna Coughlan is an actress, writer, director, tabletop-gaming enthusiast, and Academy Award watcher. She DJ’s the 80’s music show Midsummer Radio for Radio Arlington (wera.fm).
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Antonio Villaronga

Audio Engineering, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Antonio Villaronga is a Music Composer, Sound Engineer, and Film/Video Producer and Editor in the DC metro area. His work can be seen and heard in several independent films and cable TV shows.Antonio is the producer and engineer for “Voices From The DMV,” a weekly radio show airing... Read More →
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Belen Pifel

Actor, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Belen is excited to make her Jabberwocky Audio debut with Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo.  Ms. Pifel's recent previous stage credits include: The Keegan Theatre:  "August: Osage County" (Ivy Weston), "The Best Man" (Catherine), "Golden Boy" (Lewis); First Stage: "Three Days... Read More →
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Brooks Tegler

Actor, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Brooks Tegler is an actor, voice actor, writer, and WW1-WW2 historian and reenactor — with a special area of focus on the USAAF and RAF of WW2. He has also been a professional jazz musician, band leader, and recording artist for several decades.
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Elizabeth Farrington

Actor, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Elizabeth Farrington is a vocalist who recently made the jump into voice acting and independent film production, courtesy of Jabberwocky Audio Theatre, Tohubohu Productions, and the 48 Hour Film Festival.A Native New Yorker who relocated to the D.C. area in 2015, (by way of several... Read More →
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Kevin Murray

Actor, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Kevin Murray is best known for his appearances in feature films such as Aftermath and Runaway Bride, independent films, major TV shows (House of Cards, Veep, The Wire, Homicide) and made-for-TV movies. With a primary focus on film and television, he works as an actor, teacher, acting... Read More →
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Nick DePinto

Nick DePinto is an American actor. He is known mostly for his stage work and his facility with a wide range of vivid characters across many periods & styles. He is also a musician, songwriter & visual artist. He has performed on two continents in three separate nations and toured... Read More →
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John Maestri

Composer, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Composer for screen, video games, and podcasts, this is John’s third music collaboration with Team J.  His composition credits include DeLeon Crossing and Rogue Tyger (Team Jabberwocky), The Darryl Winston Show (PBS-DCTV), Close Quarters (Tohubohu Productions), and CityZen (Metamoki... Read More →
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William R. Coughlan

Actor, Sound Effects, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and in addition to serving as Associate Artistic Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, he is the founder of the independent production company Tohubohu Productions, LLC.He worked for 26 years with The Advisory Board... Read More →
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GIGI EDGLEY

Actor
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in numerous film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Pop culture
  • Logistics Panel, Enhanced Audio
  • Moderator Bjorn Munson

3:30pm EDT

Spaceteam with Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
Join us in the board game room for some fast-paced fun with the card game Spaceteam.

Contributors
MM

Maid Maple

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mana

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MR

Maid Rubi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MS

Maid Suzume

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mochi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe


Saturday May 25, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)

4:00pm EDT

A Science Fiction Fan's Guide to Anime
Massive space fleet battles and weird aliens are expensive to produce in CGI, but they're a lot easier in animation. For decades, Japanese anime has served as the refuge for "big budget" science fiction. Join Brent P. Newhall for a quick overview of Western SF history and its intersection with anime's history, plus a look at several anime works of particular interest to the Western SF fan.

Contributors
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

4:00pm EDT

Positive diverse role models and heroes in video games
This discussion covers the exploration of positive role models and characters in video game platforms that are represented as culturally diverse and important to people of color and other underrepresented groups. We seek to celebrate heroes that are seen as more than minor or supportive roles.

In mainstream gaming and other mediums, there is a trend for characters of diverse backgrounds to often be cast as a villain, or a hero of questionable morals, or are stuck in just one stereotype. We hope to enlighten and celebrate the fact that its not just football, basketball, or grand theft based games where we can find these characters.

We wish to show that there are positive characters out there and want to help build a trend of celebrating and promoting heroes of diverse backgrounds that can be admired and relatable by a greater community.


Moderators
Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  BlerDCon, Pop Culture
  • Moderator George Hutchins

4:00pm EDT

TAG Labs game development workshop
Want to learn about game design? Maybe you just want to play games? TAG Labs will be hosting game development workshops along with consoles for playing your favorite games. Come learn about game design using powerful and free tools like Unity 3D, Magica Voxel, Construct, and more. Workshops are come and go; there's no need to stay for the whole duration. Explore these tools for making games with TAG Labs instructors ready to help you learn.

Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
T.A.G. Labs, Exhibit hall, C11

4:10pm EDT

The Elysium Effect/Saving the Earth from Space - Will the 1% Run or Open Space for Everyone?
In the science fiction film Elysium starring Matt Damon, Earth’s wealthiest 0.1% move to the ultimate gated community, an orbiting space colony, leaving a poverty stricken humanity to fend for themselves on a ravaged planet. In our modern reality, it is the 0.1% who are financing the development of spaceships and technologies that could make just such a scenario possible. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and the others leading what we call the 'space revolution' are spending billions of their own money to support a human breakout into space. Rick will discuss why we aren't destined for the Elysium future, what is being done to help ensure that space is open to all humanity, and how the resources of space can ultimately save the Earth.  

Contributors
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Rick Tumlinson

Chairman, SpaceFund Inc./The EarthLight Foundation
Rick Tumlinson is a space revolutionary, and has been called one of the world’s top space “Visionaries” - credited with helping create the NewSpace commercial space industry, whose players include Elon Musk, Paul Allen of MicroSoft and Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, In 2015... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)

4:35pm EDT

Technology and Culture in YA Science Fiction
Returning to the popular topic of young adult science fiction, this panel will explore the evolution of the genre in the
mid-to-late twenty-teens, and will examine its various relationships with technology and technology culture. As a sub-genre which has come to be known for its signature technological or post-apocalyptic approaches to the bildungsroman, such literature not only empowers young adults to see themselves as agents of change, but also appeals to youth culture’s posthumanist thrust. Panelists will discuss the ways that technology shapes society in young adult science fiction (and vice versa) and will interrogate the young adult SF novel as a space for negotiating a less rigidly demarcated organic humanity.

Moderators
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Eric Otto

Eric Otto

Professor of Environmental Humanities, Florida Gulf Coast University
Eric Otto is Professor of Environmental Humanities and Director of General Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is the author of Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism (2012). His most recent work includes "Science Fiction and the Revenge... Read More →
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Meg Elison

Attendee
Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
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Robin Ann Roberts

Robin is a science fiction fan who managed to turn her passion into a career in teaching and writing. The author of seven books and numerous articles, she was one of the first critics to write about women's science fiction. Her books include: A NEW SPECIES:GENDER AND SCIENCE IN SCIENCE... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:35pm - 5:25pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature
  • Moderator LG Ransom

5:00pm EDT

Intermediate Cosplay Armor Making -- The Devil is in the Details
Do you already know the basics of cosplay armorsmithing? Are you confident in creating something from EVA Foam or working with worbla? Do you want to take your armor to the next level and do something absolutely mindblowing? If so, this panel is for you. In this panel, Lena Volkova will demonstrate several techniques that can help you create intricate and impressive details to your armor. This demonstration panel will go over working with foam clay, etching, beveling techniques, faking hardware, dremel sculpting, weathering techniques, and an introduction to incorporating LEDs and/or fairy lights in your armor.

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

5:00pm EDT

How to Draw Chibi Sci Fi Characters
Chibi is a style formed from Japanese anime and manga. Meaning "small," this style exaggerates certain character features like head size and shape, height, and eye size. In this class, students will learn to transform a character into a Chibi! We will explore different styles of Chibi as well as pinpointing key features to capture the identity and attitude of a character.

Contributors
Exhibitors

Saturday May 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

5:00pm EDT

Star Driver (1-6)
Sponsors

Saturday May 25, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

5:00pm EDT

Film Festival Awards and Fashion Show
Join us as we celebrate Escape Velocity 2019! Greg Viggiano, Executive Director of the Museum of Science Fiction, will open the ceremony with a welcome. Following the welcome will be the presentation of the Escape Velocity 2019 Film Festival Awards. To wrap up the ceremony, the Fashion Show will highlight the talent and art of sci-fi and fandom inspired costumes and fashion, where imagination meets reality!

Contributors
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
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Mythril Arts

Cosplayer located in Washington, DC. I dabble in all kinds of crafting and love to recreate mostly video game characters, with an increasing focus on mashups and fashion design.
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Penny Weir

Staff, Cosplay
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Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
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Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
MM

Maid Maple

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mana

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MR

Maid Rubi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MS

Maid Suzume

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mochi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)

5:40pm EDT

The Supernatural in SF Literature (Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor)
The boundaries of science fiction as “cognitive estrangement” are often too restrictive for many of the most inventive, thought-provoking texts which address the co-evolution of scientific advancement alongside non-dominant cultural practices and perspectives. Speculative fiction (SF) has emerged as a term to encompass both the traditional genre conventions of science fiction and the intersectional discourses of identity, ultimately uniting over a shared vision of departure from the historical past or present. In particular, authors writing within the Afrofuturist and Africanne-futurist traditions, most notably including Octavia Butler, NK Jemisin, and Nnedi Okorafor, are well-known for their exploration of futures in which science is not limited to Western ways of being, but is instead compatible with the organic evolution of Afrodiasporic cultures as well. Melding the spiritual and scientific traditions of science fiction and mysticism, such fictions weave the presence of the supernatural into their networks of advanced technologies and scientific advances. This panel will look at the supernatural aspects of science fiction literature in the works of these influential authors to explore the generative possibilities that introducing the supernatural into science fiction can create.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans

Assistant Professor of English, Winston-Salem State University
I am an assistant professor in the Department of English at Winston-Salem State University. I research and teach contemporary American literature, environmental humanities, and speculative fiction. My scholarship addresses the ways in which contemporary literature mediates between... Read More →
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Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:40pm - 6:30pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

7:00pm EDT

Room is Combined with Panel 1
Room is Combined with Panel 1

Saturday May 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

7:00pm EDT

Room is Combined with Panel 2
Room is Combined with Panel 2

Saturday May 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)

7:00pm EDT

Alien Universe Short Films
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Alien, this screening of all six of the new Alien Universe short films will be the first time anywhere that they are all shown together.

Moderators
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Charles de Lauzirika

Director/Producer
The producer/director of over 100 behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes exploring such films and TV shows as BLADE RUNNER, TWIN PEAKS, THE MARTIAN, The ALIEN Anthology and the STAR WARS Saga, Lauzirika made his featue directing debut with the psychological thriller CRAVE... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Panel 1 & 2 (WW B/C)

7:00pm EDT

7:30pm EDT

Tabletop for the End of the World LIVE
This original hit scifi/actual-play podcast has been described by fans as the "post-apocalyptic love child of The Adventure Zone and Welcome to Nightvale you didn't even know you wanted til now".

Hundreds of years into the future, America has fallen into ruin and neglect. To cope with the harsh realities, The Overseers have made it possible for everyone to plug into their True Reality system, but when the Potreblyat Corporation took over, only the rich and influential could stay plugged in. Now, four of the "Unplugged" have come together against all odds to play an ancient game known as Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.

This podcast tackles social justice issues through the lens of a science-fiction/actual play podcast. The show is entertaining, frightening, and serves as a reflection of the world today, while still exploring Dungeons and Dragons in a completely unique way. 

Contributors
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Jemarc Axinto

CEO/Writer/Actor, Tabletop For the End of the World
Hi there, my name is Jemarc Axinto, and I am the CEO and co-founder of Tabletop For the End of the World. I developed this podcast with the help of my best friend Mitch Monin, and our long-time friends Kevin Heil and Manuel Lugo all with the intention of creating an original DnD podcast... Read More →
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Kevin Heil

Technologist and GamerFor as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with technology and how it integrates with our lives and society. I have been equally hooked on stories and literature, mostly science fiction, that look to the various outcomes of society given our direction... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

7:45pm EDT

Doctor Whose Line
A sci-fi and pop culture twist on the venerated comedy favorite, along with professional comedians and exceptional laughs, this event is is sure to please. It's so funny it could even make a Vogon laugh!

Moderators
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Joe Von Dühm

In between building Gundam kits, making costumes, and not sleeping enough, Joe likes to be funny some times. He’s thrilled to be bringing his team back to Escape Velocity for another great improv comedy show! Make sure you don’t miss Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway 2018!

Contributors
avatar for Dan Hepler

Dan Hepler

Dan has been doing improv comedy consistently for 5 years, and been in an ensemble with this team for most of it! If You like whatbyou see feel free to check out our Youtube Channel: A Class Apart!
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D.J. Hinckle

D.J. doesn’t want to provide a bio because it would make it easier for the Lizardmen that control the government to track him. But to counteract this potential, his shoes are lined with aluminum foil (they live underground, after all.)
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Brian Tepe

Brian has been acting for 7 years now, and has done many different shows ranging from classic musicals such as "The Music Man" to farcical one-act comedies to hard hitting drama pieces, but only began participating in improv in the last 3 years.  He looks forward to this show and... Read More →
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Silke Maus

Silke has never done improv before so this should be a fun adventure for everyone! Last theatrical performance has been acting like a responsible adult for 10 years, previously some high school and college theatre. Special shoutout to Joe, who has tolerated me for almost 15 years... Read More →
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B.G. Wooten

B.G. is a self proclaimed nerd, streamer, comedian, Poke-fan, and recovering sneakerhead. Originally from the Northern Virginia era, B.G. broke into Improv with the Comic Improvabilities in 2011. Relocating in 2016, he now calls the "Mouseland" of Orlando, Florida home, where has... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 7:45pm - 9:15pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Main Events
  • Moderator Joe Von Dühm

7:50pm EDT

NSDMG - Near Future Game
Players will control nations, factions, and corporations in a near-future struggle for supremacy in the Solar System

The National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) has been running dynamic interactive multi-player live action role-playing games for public, academic, and government groups since 1990. Our scenarios are structured for examination of real or potential world challenges. Designed by our political, diplomatic, military, educational, and business experts - every game is uniquely challenging and fun. Our events cast you as a key faction in one of several nations where your choices make the real difference between national and personal success or failure.

Journey into the near future of 2035. Experiment with how nation states, international organizations, and commercial enterprises might cooperate and compete as humanity expands into the solar system. Explore the capabilities/constraints of space operations; planetary unification or disunion; costs/rewards of space operations; and space law.

Additional  $5 ticket required: https://escapevelocity.events/gaming-simulation/

Contributors
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department)Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
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Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames.Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 7:50pm - Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00am EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

8:00pm EDT

My Hero Academia and the Subversion of the Superhero Trope
In a world where a new superhero movie comes out every few months, one story will rise above the rest to save us from “superhero fatigue”. Join us for a discussion about how My Hero Academia tells a story about superheroes that avoids the usual pitfalls yet still manages to pay homage to the genre.


Saturday May 25, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

8:30pm EDT

Spaceteam with Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
Contributors
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Maid Maple

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mana

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MR

Maid Rubi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MS

Maid Suzume

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe
MM

Maid Mochi

Pixel Pop Maid Cafe


Saturday May 25, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)

9:00pm EDT

Dark Frequencies: The Strange World of Shortwave Numbers Stations
For over 75 years, strange pirate radio messages have been picked up over shortwave radio. These have become known as numbers stations. But what are they? Who is sending them and why? How is it they have captured the imagination of many who hear them? Come and find out.

Contributors

Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

9:30pm EDT

Cosplay Dance Off
Come see your favorite characters get "Technologic." Our dancers will be performing moves from all genres. Whether its street, classical, or hip hop, we have the moves. Come see all the victory dances in their dazzling glory. Hot music and even hotter dance battles!

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Contributors
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GIGI EDGLEY

Actor
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in numerous film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business... Read More →
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Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →
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Daniel Dresser

Developer, Team Gaffer
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Brittany Azzato

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 4 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always enjoy... Read More →
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Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
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Marianne Pease

President, International Costumers' Guild
Marianne's first cosplay was Robin Sena from Witch Hunter Robin, and now an auspicious thirteen years later she's President of the ICG. She is an eclectic cosplayer who loves both historical, media, and original costumes. She just finished a new version of Robin and is currently working... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
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Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Main Events, Pop Culture
  • Moderator Jason McClain

10:00pm EDT

Animate the Future: When Science Fiction and Anime Meet
This East meets West panel looks at subgenres of science fiction and how they appear in a variety of different media from the U.S., Europe and Japan. Come and learn about how some of your favorite science fiction subgenres are expressed and influenced by culture in some of your favorite anime and manga. Space Opera, cyberpunk, and alien invasions, oh my!

Contributors
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Robotic Unicorn

Robotic Unicorn
Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

10:00pm EDT

Parasyte (1-6)
Sponsors

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00am EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

10:00pm EDT

Occupants (Feature)
"Occupants" is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian, and her husband, Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a '30 Days of Clean Living' documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves - a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence.

http://occupantsthemovie.com/ 

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00am EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

11:15pm EDT

Space Dance
Come for the dance, stay for the party. If you like to align with the aliens, or do the robot with a replicant, the space party has it all. Fun music by our in house celebrity DJs and colorful atmosphere that's truly from another world!

Contributors
avatar for Kylos Brannon

Kylos Brannon

Assistant Professor / Associate Division Director, American University
For over a decade Kyle “Kylos” Brannon has performed as a VJ, or live video artist, at clubs, crafting live video mash ups for DJs including Moby, MSTRKRFT, Nadastrom, Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman. He’s performed at 930 Club, U Street Music Hall, Ram’s Head Live, The... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:15pm - Sunday May 26, 2019 2:00am EDT
Main Events (WW A)
 
Sunday, May 26
 

12:00am EDT

Plan Nine from Outerspace (Feature)
Dubbed the "worst film ever made," Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) is the Ed Wood’s cult classic that is the epitome of “so-bad-it’s-good” cinema. Extraterrestials decide to raise the dead on Earth to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that could destroy the Universe! Starring Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, “Vampira” (Maila Nurmi) and Bela Lugosi.

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00am - 2:00am EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

9:00am EDT

Chicana/o-Futurism
"Chicanafuturism explores the ways that new and everyday technologies, including their detritus, transform Mexican American life and culture. It questions the promises of science, technology, and humanism for Chicanas, Chicanos, and other people of color. And like Afrofuturism, which reflects diasporic experience, Chicanafuturism articulates colonial and postcolonial histories of indigenismo, mestizaje, hegemony, and survival" (Ramirez). This panel will discuss both the theory and application of chicanafuturism in science fiction literatures.

Contributors
avatar for Victoria Sanchez

Victoria Sanchez

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Latin American & Latinx Studies department at UCSC. My research interests include: feminist science and technology studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, speculative arts and culture, and Chicanx/Latinx art especially design studies.


Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

9:00am EDT

Frontiers of Bioengineering and Biohacking
Can we, or should we, transcend the limitations of our bodies? Do we really need implantable continuous lab testing, prosthetic electronic contact-lens cameras, or puppies that glow in the dark? This panel will discuss the brave new world of biohacking, grinders, and the cyborg lifestyle.

Moderators
avatar for Karina Perez

Karina Perez

Karina Perez works at the Aerospace Industries Association with both the Strategy & Integration and Technical Operations & Standards teams. In this role, she serves as AIA’s Research Center associate and helps manage and maintain strategic partnerships while supporting meeting planning... Read More →

Contributors
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Shaun Moshasha

Executive Director, Charlottesville Open Bio Labs
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Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Soenksen

Virginia Soenksen

Author / Associate Director, James Madison University
Virginia Soenksen has always enjoyed creating new worlds and characters, and at some point, started writing her ideas down. She is an art historian and associate director of a museum. A longtime sci-fi fan, she is the author of the Genetic Chronicles series, including The Titan Strain... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Karina Perez

9:00am EDT

Queer SF: Beyond the Heteronormative Paradigm
In recent years, science and speculative fictions have been most compellingly utilized to articulate differences, and have done so by exploring those things which estrange us from normativity - the bizarre, the uncanny, and the queer  - to articulate the transformative potential of those subjects and objects who refuse to be “corrected.” In this discussion, panelists will examine queer futurities, foregrounding the representation and visibility of LGBTQ+ characters in science fiction literature, to ultimately consider how such representations can transcend the naturalized, reproduction-centric heteronormative paradigm.

Moderators
avatar for Erica Massey

Erica Massey

Erica Massey is a PhD student and graduate instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in comics and fandom studies, as well as book history, digital ethnography, disability and minority literature. A two-time speaker at Dragon Con’s Comics and... Read More →

Contributors
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
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Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →
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Christy Tidwell

Associate Professor of English & Humanities, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
I teach Humanities, literature, writing, and communication. I work primarily with science fiction and horror, environmental and animal studies, and gender studies. I recently co-edited a book (with Bridgitte Barclay) called Gender and Environment in Science Fiction, and I am currently... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Erica Massey

9:00am EDT

Gatchaman Crowds (1-6)
Sponsors

Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

9:00am EDT

Creative Writing Workshop (18+)
Have you been working on your novel or short story for what feels like forever? Have you always wanted to write an SF story but always second guess yourself when you put pen to paper? If so, this is the panel for you! In this interactive workshop, you will work with published science and speculative fiction authors who will lead a range of creative writing and thought exercises, and will answer questions and offer advice about writing and publishing.

Contributors
avatar for Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States. He is the author of the Leon “Catwalk” Caliber cyberpunk series, which debuted in the 2001 comic, Independent Voices 3 and continues in novels starting... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

10:00am EDT

Science: Fiction or Fantasy? A look at Science Fiction vs Science Fantasy in Anime
There is an enduring debate about how to draw the line between science fiction and science fantasy. Come learn about the distinction between the two and see it applied to a variety of science fiction -- or science fantasy -- anime.

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

10:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall - VIP Access
Exhibit Hall Open for VIP Access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Exhibit Hall

10:00am EDT

Museum Gallery - VIP Access
Open for VIP Access. The Gallery houses meticulously curated artifacts, costumes, props, artwork, and more, from various genres of Science Fiction, sci-fantasy, and more!

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
MOSF Gallery (Ann 1-3)

10:00am EDT

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Engineering and Operations.

Missions will run throughout the convention. To reserve a time slot click here: https://www.starshiphorizons.com/events/event.aspx?id=1073

Contributors
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Fred Beebe

Event Coordinator, Mythric Studios


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bridge Simulator (Balt 4)

10:05am EDT

Fallout Tech in the Real World
A not-so fantastical look at the real world technology that prevails in the universe of the Fallout series. Nuclear Planes - we got em! Atomic Batteries - Check! Silly Warning signs - yep! Come to this discussion to learn all about the nuclear world, seen through the eyes of Fallout, and all of its retro-futuristic glory!

Contributors
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

10:05am EDT

Visual Effects for Students Using Student Resources and Micro Budgets
A discussion of creative thinking, seeing what is in a scene and what could be there, and how resources already available to students can be used to expand their storytelling capabilities.  The value of "establishing shots" to add scope and storyboards to increase efficiency will also be discussed.  Examples from Dan's career on Star Trek and other productions will be used.

Contributors
avatar for Dan Curry V.E.S.

Dan Curry V.E.S.

Television/Movie Visual Effects Supervisor
Award-winning visual effects supervisor, Dan Curry’s very first Star Trek credit was actually for the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, for which he designed the titles as graphics artist, his profession by trade. Apart from this movie, he later made a small uncredited contribution... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Main Events (WW A)

10:05am EDT

Biotechnology, Human Evolution, and Sustainability in Fiction
The possibilities and dangers of biotechnology have been a familiar and ongoing theme in literature and cinema, from the advent of artificial life in "Frankenstein" and genetic engineering in "The Island of Dr. Moreau," to the narrative speculations of post humanism and AI in "Bladerunner," "Schismatrix," and "Altered Carbon." Other artists have examined the possible impacts, both hopeful and catastrophic, of biotechnology on the wider natural environment. This panel session will explore how fiction and film have portrayed and reflected on the impact of biotechnology on human evolution and efforts to create a sustainable future. From exploring the plausibility of terraforming to the possibility of sustaining or destroying life on Earth, science fiction artists provide critical considerations of real-life challenges facing humanity and world leaders in the 21st century. Panelists will combine analysis of science fiction texts with discussions of developments in technology and popular discourses surrounding potential applications to illuminate important conversations that might define our future.

Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Barber

Jeffrey Barber

President, Integrative Strategies Forum

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Literature, Pop Culture
  • Logistics Panel, House Sound, Projector
  • Moderator Jeffrey Barber

10:05am EDT

Future of Food
This panel covers the way technology is changing our food and what that means for the future. We'll dig into the evidence and research on new plant-based foods, lab meat and the Impossible burger, CRISPR and GMO crops, precision nutrition and the ways in which technology is shifting our eating habits and health.  

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Splitter

Jenny Splitter

Writer
Jenny is a D.C.-based writer and a regular contributor to Forbes covering the intersection of food, agriculture and technology. Her work has also been published in The Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, Parents and Mental Floss. She's the devising playwright and Story Director... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Tara Scully

Tara Scully

Director of the Sustainability Minor Program, George Washington University
Tara A. Scully is the Director of the Sustainability Minor Program and an Assistant Professor of Biology at the George Washington University. At GW, she regularly teaches introductory biology and sustainability courses and laboratories to non-science majors. Currently, she teaches... Read More →
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Peg Willingham

Head of Advocacy and Policy, HarvestPlus
Peg Willingham is the Head of Advocacy and Policy at HarvestPlus, an international non-profit research program affiliated with the International Food Policy Research Institute. Prior to that, she spent a decade at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation advocating for the development of new vaccines and expanded access to existing vaccines in developing countries.  She started he... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Logistics Panel
  • Moderator Jenny Splitter

10:05am EDT

NSDMG - Cold War Game
The National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) has been running dynamic interactive multi-player live action role-playing games for public, academic, and government groups since 1990. Our scenarios are structured for examination of real or potential world challenges. Designed by our political, diplomatic, military, educational, and business experts - every game is a uniquely challenging and fun.  Our events cast you as a key faction in one of several nations where your choices make the real difference between national and personal success or failure.  
 
Enter the way-back machine and experience the intense competition of the early 1960s. It will be the world you know from the history books - with some "adjustments" to explore some of the "what ifs" of history. Gain insight into the challenges/opportunities of dealing with a newly assertive and independent third world.

Contributors
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department)Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
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Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames.Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:05am - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)

10:35am EDT

Ethnic Techno-Cultures
This panel will investigate a variety of ethnic and indigenous “futurisms” – Afro, Latinx, Asian American, and beyond – and highlight issues of race, technology, and labor as they relate to science fiction texts across literary, filmic, and community archives. Panelists will present papers exploring what ethnic studies methodologies and a consideration of ethnic techno-cultures might offer to the study of technology, society, and questions of the future for racial minorities in the U.S. and beyond.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
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Ricardo Guthrie

Ricardo Guthrie is associate professor & director of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University. He examines political narratives of the Black Press and writes about cinema as cultural political artifacts. His most recent publications include: “Afrofuturism and the Haunting... Read More →
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Franklin Mitchell

Franklin Mitchell is a graduate student in Literature at Northern Arizona University. He thinks and writes about the function of slave narratives in American literature, specifically neo-slave narratives, although he also has a background in English Education . Recently, he has presented... Read More →
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Tim Yamamura

Lecturer in English and Ethnic Studies, Northern Arizona University
Panel: Ethnic Techno-CulturesPresentation Title:"Urashima Taro Narratives Across Diasporic Time: Theorizing the Intersections of Science Fiction and Nikkei (Japanese Diasporic) Literature" Abstract:My paper examines the intersections of science fiction and Nikkei diaspora writing... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:35am - 11:55am EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature, Science
  • Logistics Panel, House Sound, Projector
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

11:00am EDT

Ink and Paint Come Alive
How does an anime studio actually produce an episode of anime? What are the actual steps, and how are they broken down? Brent P. Newhall of Geek Archaeology takes you through the animation processes that bring anime to life, from initial meetings to key animation, all the way to voice recordings and sound effects.

Contributors
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

11:00am EDT

Hit Confirm: A Brief History of Character Design for Video Games
Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story. Its characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used.” How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch? Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. 

Contributors
Exhibitors

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

11:00am EDT

Gundam Unicorn (1-2)
Sponsors

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

11:00am EDT

Transgeek (Feature)
"TransGeek" is about making a place for transgender people to tell their own stories in their own voices. The film uses in-depth interviews conducted over a period of several years to explore the lives, hobbies, politics, careers, and thoughts of transgender geeks, and features an original score composed by Zoë Blade, a British electronic musician and transgender woman.

https://transgeekmovie.net/ 

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

11:00am EDT

Museum Gallery - Open Access
Open for Attendee Access. The Gallery houses meticulously curated artifacts, costumes, props, artwork, and more, from various genres of Science Fiction, sci-fantasy, and more!

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 3:00pm EDT
MOSF Gallery (Ann 1-3)

11:00am EDT

Play Dune against the designers!
Award-winning game publisher Gale Force Nine, in association with The Museum of Science Fiction, is proud to announce the return of the classic 1979 strategy board game Dune! Based on the iconic series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert, players select a unique faction at the start of each game and must engage in high stakes diplomacy in order to safely harvest valuable spice while avoiding giant sandworms and rival factions.
 
Original designers Peter Olotka, Bill Eberle and Jack Kittredge are ready to take on all challengers at Escape Velocity!
 
All materials provided.


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Gale Force Nine, Exhibit hall, B10

11:00am EDT

Gravity is Optional
Hands on science that will blow your mind! Gravity is Optional has been presenting weird physics demos in the DC area since 2010. Stop by the Education Station on Sunday, May 26 to see optical illusions and play with magnets, motors, gears, floating objects and more - all in the name of science!

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Education Station, Exhibit hall, A16

11:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall - Open Access
Exhibit Hall is open for attendee access. The Exhibit hall houses our larger exhibits, as well as artists, scientists, industry experts, educational areas, vendors, and MORE!

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

11:10am EDT

Color Theory and Cosplay with Kurenai Kiba
The right color combination can make your costume POP. From the basics of color combinations to advanced shading, this panel will help you take it to the next level. We will be covering color theory in both make up and costumes.

Moderators
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Logistics Panel, Projector
  • Moderator Kurenai Kiba

11:10am EDT

Lego Robotics: Martian Rover!
Students follow step-by-step on-screen instructions to build their robots, and then write suggested programs to get their robots working. After that, those who are ready may write more complicated programs involving motion or tilt sensors. In this workshop, kids will work in pairs to build and program a Martian Rover to explore the red planet!

Contributors
LW

Laura Wilhelm

Event and Camp Director, The Great Adventure Lab
STEM classes, camps and events for children grades K-8

Exhibitors

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

11:10am EDT

Dominique Tipper Spotlight
Join Dominique Tipper from "The Expanse" as she dives into the things that have been the highlights of her career, her time on set, and much more! 

Contributors
avatar for DOMINIQUE TIPPER

DOMINIQUE TIPPER

Actor
Dominique Tipper plays the leading role of ‘Naomi Nagata’ in the critically-acclaimed series The Expanse, based on the popular science fiction series by James S. A. Corey. Set in the future, The Expanse tells the story of a detective, a first officer and a United Nations executive... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)

11:10am EDT

Geoengineering and Climate Change
Geoengineering is a climate change solution that could quite literally change the world. Can we sustainably manage the environment while protecting and transforming our economic and energy systems? Are there viable ways to engineer a cooler planet? What could possibly go wrong? Panelists will consider past and future efforts to terraform Earth.

Contributors
avatar for Karina Perez

Karina Perez

Karina Perez works at the Aerospace Industries Association with both the Strategy & Integration and Technical Operations & Standards teams. In this role, she serves as AIA’s Research Center associate and helps manage and maintain strategic partnerships while supporting meeting planning... Read More →
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Chris Trisos

Senior Research Fellow, African Climate and Development Initiative
I research risks to the environment and human health from climate change, how we can adapt to climate change, and risks from potential geoengineering technologies. Find out more @christrisos or find me to talk more about climate change.
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Kevin Seidel

Associate Professor of English, Eastern Mennonite University
For the past seven years, I've been teaching a class called Ecology and Science Fiction, where we've read work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, and Kim Stanley Robinson among others. We've also mixed in passages from the Bible, including the book of Revelation... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)

12:00pm EDT

A Puppet Without a Ghost: the Evolution of Cyberpunk Anime
Even before the term cyberpunk came into popular use, sci-fi anime was exploring the themes and visuals that would later define the cyberpunk genre. We’ll follow the wire of how cyberpunk anime continues to evolve.

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

12:00pm EDT

Talisman!
Come play the classic adventure game Talisman (with the Dungeon, Highlands, Blood Moon, Reaper, and Sacred Pool expansions)!

Choose your character and travel the world to seek adventure, collect weapons, battle fantastic creatures, and recruit companions on your quest for the Crown of Command.

Beginners welcome, no experience required, and all materials provided.

6 players maximum.

Contributors
avatar for Kylos Brannon

Kylos Brannon

Assistant Professor / Associate Division Director, American University
For over a decade Kyle “Kylos” Brannon has performed as a VJ, or live video artist, at clubs, crafting live video mash ups for DJs including Moby, MSTRKRFT, Nadastrom, Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman. He’s performed at 930 Club, U Street Music Hall, Ram’s Head Live, The... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Gaming Room (Balt 3)

12:10pm EDT

Fan Culture: Shipping, OTPs, and Fan Fiction
This panel will explore the production of fan literature surrounding primary science and speculative fiction texts. Discussion will encompass the forms/terms of literature and film specific to fan culture and what the fan community has to offer uninitiated readers.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Hellekson

Karen Hellekson

Independent Scholar
Independent scholar. SF, TV, fan studies, Golden Age SF, fanzines, Cordwainer Smith, alternate history. Editor of Transformative Works and Cultures. Employed in the STM publishing industry as copy editor, writer, and proofreader. Fond of serial comma and Chicago style.

Contributors
avatar for Larissa Zek

Larissa Zek

Writer
Larissa Staszak is a fanfiction writer. Under the pen name "A.R. Sommers", she has written over 50 stories but is best known for her Star Wars series "The Reylo Chronicles"; she has also been mentioned in an extensive fan website dedicated to the 1980s television show "Beauty and... Read More →
avatar for André Carrington

André Carrington

andré carrington is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies... Read More →
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Erica Massey

Erica Massey is a PhD student and graduate instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in comics and fandom studies, as well as book history, digital ethnography, disability and minority literature. A two-time speaker at Dragon Con’s Comics and... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Karen Hellekson

12:15pm EDT

Advanced Sewing and Costuming Machines: Beyond the Stitch
Discussion and showing of advanced machines in use for sewing, finishing, and possibly textile creation methods.

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for Marianne Pease

Marianne Pease

President, International Costumers' Guild
Marianne's first cosplay was Robin Sena from Witch Hunter Robin, and now an auspicious thirteen years later she's President of the ICG. She is an eclectic cosplayer who loves both historical, media, and original costumes. She just finished a new version of Robin and is currently working... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Melissa Williams

12:15pm EDT

How To Make Your Cosplay Come Alive!
Have you ever felt your cosplay was missing an element or not as “lifelike” as you wanted?   It could be that you are missing an important aspect of cosplay- the character’s personal movements, poses and body language!  In this workshop/lecture, we will discuss how a character’s personality and mindset is displayed through movement. In addition, we will explore exercises and techniques you can practice at home to personify the character on the convention floor, in photos, and on the masquerade stage!

Moderators
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Calixta Starr

12:15pm EDT

So You Want to Make a Film? A legally-sound producer's guide
Advances in filmmaking technology mean that anyone with a smartphone could jump into filmmaking this afternoon... but should you? And where should you start? Join local filmmaker Bjorn Munson and entertainment attorney (and MOSF production counsel) Charles Hildebrandt for a whirlwind guide about the steps you need to take and legal issues you must consider when mounting your independent film opus.

Moderators
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Artistic Director, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Bjorn is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Bjorn currently feeds his need for storytelling as artistic director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater where he also writes and directs the space opera, Rogue Tyger. As lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, he's excited to be involved... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  Pop culture, Film
  • Logistics Panel, Projector
  • Moderator Bjorn Munson

12:15pm EDT

Tech Duels: Should The United States regulate drone technology?
As Amazon moves their HQ2 into Arlington and dreams of swarms of delivery drones, questions of regulation grow. Similarly, the use of UAVs by the military, by farmers, by the entertainment industry, and by entrepreneurs is rapidly expanding. Students from the Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL) will discuss a broad range of technological and policy issues related to drone technology.


Contributors
avatar for David Trigaux

David Trigaux

Executive Director, Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL)
We support debate programs for students in public schools and under-served communities. Check out our students debating drone policy at the conference and talk to us about getting involved with dynamic youth in your community.


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 2 (WW C)

12:15pm EDT

What Robots of the Future Can Do / The Driverless Revolution
Driverless cars could not only change our commute, they might change the way we live and work. Will they reduce congestion, deaths, and insurance costs? Will they mean the end of human driving? Panelists will speak on technological challenges that must be overcome, as well as recent lessons in the field that are impacting the whole industry.

Moderators
Contributors
avatar for John Monahan

John Monahan

Science Writer
John Monahan is a writer, and science teacher. He is the author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His newest book is another non-fiction work, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Conley-Phillips

Shannon Conley-Phillips

Using Free, Online Primary-Text Resources and Qualitative Data Analysis to Enhance Classroom Pedagogy: A Case Study in Frankenstein and Responsible Innovation
avatar for Emily York

Emily York

Assistant Professor, School of Integrated Sciences, James Madison University
I am an assistant professor in the School of Integrated Sciences (SIS) at James Madison University. I have a PhD in Communication (Science Studies) from the University of California-San Diego. My research and teaching interests engage the social, political, and ethical dimensions... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 12:15pm - 1:05pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Brenda Leong

12:30pm EDT

The Art of Illustration
Using random adjective, nouns, and verbs, artists will practice creating their own characters. This brainstorming project is a great way to warm up before doing heavy drawing that can be done anywhere.

Contributors
Exhibitors

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

1:00pm EDT

MechAmerica!
We all know that Mechs are all over in Anime. Fair to say that Japan has a love affair with robots. But what about the US of A and how western audiences have treated Mecha and Giant Robots? Come and explore the wonderful world of mechs in American pop culture!

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

1:00pm EDT

Gurren Lagann (1-6)
Sponsors

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Anime USA Film (Balt 1)

1:00pm EDT

Shorts Block 2
Due to thematic and visual content, the EV Film Staff would rate the films in this block PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned - some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. 

A selection of short films that are official entries into the 2019 Escape Velocity Film Festival.

The Indies
https://bluegeekmusic.com/


Virtually
https://www.facebook.com/virtuallymovie


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Film Festival (Ann 4)

1:00pm EDT

TAG Labs game development workshop
Want to learn about game design? Maybe you just want to play games? TAG Labs will be hosting game development workshops along with consoles for playing your favorite games. Come learn about game design using powerful and free tools like Unity 3D, Magica Voxel, Construct, and more. Workshops are come and go; there's no need to stay for the whole duration. Explore these tools for making games with TAG Labs instructors ready to help you learn.

Exhibitors

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
T.A.G. Labs, Exhibit hall, C11

1:10pm EDT

Saber Legion Demonstration
The Saber Legion (TSL) is the world's largest custom saber combat organization that specializes in dueling using iconic saber from everyone's favorite sci fi movies. While training and dueling is where our focus lies, building a community for like minded saber enthusiasts has become our mission.


Join us for one of our demos and see why we are #UnitedThroughSabers


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12

1:15pm EDT

Technology Embodied – Body Modification, Synthetics, and the Posthuman in SF Literature
As technological development continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, humanity finds itself more and more integrated with, and oftentimes dependent on, technological amplifications, interventions, and solutions. As such technology becomes commonplace, blurring the boundaries between organic and synthetic life, we might ask ourselves, will we someday reach a point where being “human” ceases to mean anything?

Whether our concerns are moral, aesthetic, medical, monetary, eugenic, or something else altogether, this futurist impulse to create, to invent, to evolve to the next level of being, is a hallmark of Western society. Accordingly, despite (or perhaps because of) our human moral concerns and questions, the study of science and speculative fictions serves as the perfect terrain for examining questions about the posthuman and the transhuman. Perhaps our ethical obstacles are precisely what makes the creation and dissemination of science fiction critical to our continuing “progress.” The subject of technological embodiment opens a realm of possibility where we can investigate the necessity of safeties, articulate and explore our concerns about the future, and weigh for ourselves the risks and rewards of an increasingly cyborg human experience. What makes a human and what makes a person? Are we already posthuman? Does the presence of a soul enter into our ethics about body modification? What should we worry about and be excited for? Such questions were the object of inquiry which inspired the following presentations:

  • Doron Darnov - “Seeing Beyond the Human: Augmented Reality, Visual Prosthesis, and Cybernetic Imagination in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror”

  • Pratyasha Basu - “Artificial Memory in the Works of Ted Chiang and Philip K Dick”

  • CPT Steven Modugno & Dr. William Barry - “Transhumanist Soldier”

  • Elisha Baba - The Prophetic Warning of Technological Domination in Speculative Literature

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Elisha Baba

Elisha Baba

Elisha Baba completed her graduate studies in English Literature at Mercy College. She specialized in American Literature and focused her thesis on the cyberpunk pioneers of Science Fiction.


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:15pm - 2:35pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews

1:20pm EDT

How Did They Make That?: Tech Edition
Discussion and presentation of items, props, costumes, and the methods used to create/embellish them. Technology focused to cover advanced features or creation techniques.

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Contributors
TJ

Tom Jewell

Tom is an experienced maker, currently specializing on programming and cosplay (but not at the same time). He was an exhibitor at the 2018 World Maker Faire in New York. His largest pieces are his Dalek and Totoro.


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)
  Costuming
  • Moderator Jason McClain

1:20pm EDT

Makey Makey Experimental Audio Lab
Makey Makey is a super cool kit that allows you to turn just about any conductive object into a controller for a computer. That means you can use bananas, lemons, limes, play-doh, cups of water, pieces of aluminum foil, and even other people to control games, make music, and much more!

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

1:20pm EDT

Enterprise 1701 Model Making with Kurt Kuhn and Dan Grumeretz
Kurt Kuhn takes us on a journey to explore the recreation of one of Hollywood's most iconic starship. This discussion will cover the building of the starship Enterprise, as seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Join Kurt as he pulls back the curtain to show how iconic movie magic is made. Be sure to check out the large scale Enterprise model in our Gallery exhibit. The model measures over eight feet long and four feet wide and features an automated light-up sequence identical to the scene in the film when the ship leaves drydock. 

Moderators
avatar for Kurt Kuhn

Kurt Kuhn

Founder and owner, Modeler's Miniatures & Magic
Kurt Kuhn began model building at an early age and credits the original Star Trek television series for his love of science fiction. He has built, and overseen the construction of hundreds of models and props in his lifetime, many of them studio scale and near identical replicas to... Read More →

Contributors
DG

Dan Grumeretz

Dan Grumeretz has been drawing, painting, sculpting and building models for over 30 years. He began his career as a freelance commercial artist while also creating custom automotive and motorcycle artwork. After relocating to Arizona in 1998, he entered the custom motorcycle paint... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Main Events (WW A)
  Guest, Pop Culture
  • Moderator Kurt Kuhn

1:20pm EDT

Traffic Management for Satellites
This event will briefly describe the importance of spaceborne infrastructure to modern daily life, provide an extremely simple overview of orbital mechanics for the average human, and then demonstrate a suite of tools for real-time monitoring of satellites on orbit. The event audience interaction, allowing some members to engage with the tools and pick geosynchronous satellites to watch.

Moderators
avatar for Phillip Cunio

Phillip Cunio

Corporate Lecturer, ExoAnalytic Solutions
Phillip is an aerospace engineer with past work in spaceflight life support systems, planetary surface mobility (https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/76088), and remote sensing. After working at the Air Force Research Laboratory from 2012-2016, he joined ExoAnalytic Solutions as... Read More →

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Logistics Panel
  • Moderator Phillip Cunio

2:00pm EDT

A Very Special Recording of The Cosplay Cast -- Cosplay and STEM
In this episode, Lena, Amelia, Jason, and special guest Ginny further expand on STEM within the cosplay world. Although we’re all familiar with how STEM can play a role in creating stellar cosplay, how does cosplay contribute to STEM? In this panel we’ll discuss how our STEM backgrounds not only contribute to our cosplay endeavors, but also how our experience as cosplayers helps contribute to the STEM community, including community outreach and engagement.


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Anime USA Panels (Balt 2)

2:00pm EDT

World Development in Fantasy & Sci-Fi Story Telling
Jordan Clark guides writers aspiring to create works of pure fiction to create worlds that are completely unrealistic....however totally believable!

Contributors

Sunday May 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Art Way Alliance, Exhibit hall, A16

2:25pm EDT

Bodice Rippers & The Geeks Who Love Them
Like many fandoms, those who love the romance genre have been forced into some interesting debates about the worthiness of the medium. This panel will be focus not only on the ways in which the genre has evolved over time, but also on the ways it could improve in the future, and how loving romance books has or has not connected the panelists to other fandoms. Join us for a rollicking good time while we discuss the much hyped "bodice rippers," because sometimes, it really is all about the happily ever after. 

Contributors
avatar for Dana Wooster

Dana Wooster

Founder/Content Creator, Good Red Herring
I am a big romance & urban fantasy book nerd, who also loves fashion & cosplay


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 5 (Mag 1)

2:25pm EDT

3D Printing for the Costumer/Prop Maker
Discussion and showing of 3D print technology and how it applies to costuming and prop making.

Contributors
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
avatar for Brent Newhall

Brent Newhall

Lead Instructor, Capital One
Brent P. Newhall has a wide variety of interests, including science fiction, making, anime, and 3D printing. He's been a part of the desktop 3D printing hobby for years now and owns 7 3D printers. He also built an arcade game cabinet and every week he codes a new video game. Professionally... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 6 (Mag 2)

2:25pm EDT

Gotta Play 'Em All
Review of modern era game from current game developers and experts who just want to play the classics and talk about the development that went into them.

Contributors
avatar for Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Founder, Winterion Game Studios, George Mason University
Daniel Greenberg teaches in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)

2:25pm EDT

What Can We Do When Machines Learn?
Machine learning can do lots of good things from stopping cyberbullying and reducing bias and unfairness in schools and the workplace, to even predicting who might be a terrorist. But what will happen when computer and data scientists use algorithms to manage our digital lives, predict crime, determine jail sentences, and make other hugely consequential decisions? What are the advantages of relying so heavily on “thinking” systems?

Moderators
avatar for Michael Bear

Michael Bear

Technical Director, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Technical Director at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 30 years of experience in the electronics from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He has served on both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Academy... Read More →

Contributors
avatar for Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton

Brian obtained his Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the Group Leader Cognitive Scientist of the Visualization and Usability Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is recognized internationally as a leader... Read More →
avatar for James Foulds

James Foulds

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. James Foulds is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His research aims to improve the role of artificial intelligence in society regarding fairness and privacy, and to promote the practice of computational social science. He earned his Ph.D... Read More →
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Jennifer Keating

 Jennifer Keating is the Assistant Dean for Educational Initiatives in Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.  She has taught regularly in the Department of English and cross-disciplinary courses for Dietrich College, including AI & Humanity... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science
  • Moderator Michael Bear

2:45pm EDT

YouTube Stars
Does your child want to be the next YouTube super star? We can help them get started down the right path. This session will cover internet safety, planning videos, and basic video production. Bring your own device! We'll help you plan your first video, and send you off to record it.

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Sunday May 26, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm EDT
Demonstrations, Exhibit hall, C12
 
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