Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Return to Wizard World: Nerd Organizer Panel


In addition to being a panelist on the Star Wars Fan Panel, I will also take part in the So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer Panel at Wizard World Chicago this coming Saturday. The best part about being invited to speak on this panel is that I have plenty to share, but much more to learn. It will be as informative for me as the audience!

I am most looking forward to hearing from other organizers about their successes, struggles, what they have learned, and what they plan to do in the future. There are a ton of amazing nerdy organizations here in Chicago; it can be tough to gain momentum while planning events for specific groups. In my case, moderating events for Graham Crackers Comics Ladies' Night also comes with the double duty of being Editor-in-Chief of Ladies' Night Anthology. I cannot wait to walk away from this panel with more ideas for tackling community planning and event organizing. If you are interested in starting your own group, or volunteering (we all need help!), please join us on Saturday at Wizard World Chicago for this panel.

Saturday, August 22nd at Wizard World Chicago
So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer Panel 3:30-4:15
Room 14

Whether you’re starting a podcast, a meet-up group, an online community, a con, a magazine, or a social movement, being a nerdy organizer of any kind means figuring out a lot of logistics. How do you choose who to work with? Where do you get started? How do you implement rules? How do you choose guests? On this panel, nerd con runners, community organizers, editors, and producers will share their experiences and advice about what's worked, and what hasn't.

For anyone who wants to Tweet about this panel, please use the hashtag #NerdOrganizer.

This panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club

Panelists include:
Megan Byrd (Graham Cracker Comics Ladies Night),
Sondra de Jong (Nebula Awards Chicago, Capricon),
Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games),
Thomas Glen (ValorCon),
Matthew Peters (Mighty Ink Comics),
Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine)

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