CONvergence 2016 Schedule

Coming to CONvergence this weekend? Want to see me talk about things? Here’s where you can find me.

CONvergence 2016 logo with rocketship with text "...and how do we get there?". Dates June 30 - July 3.
Gone Off the Rails: How to Moderate
Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

Sometimes, you’re on a panel that starts to go wrong: some guy starts talking over all the women in the room or the person who volunteered to moderate the panel turns out to be a blowhard. How do you fix this on the fly? And not be That Guy? Panelists: John Seavey, Sigrid Ellis (mod), Mark Oshiro, Michael Carus, Stephanie Zvan

Crowdfunding Your Way to ‘There’
Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

Is crowdfunding your best bet? Which crowdfunding option should you choose? And how do you get from unknown to funded? The promise and perils of the crowdfunding journey will be explored. Panelists: Marie Porter, Anj Olsen, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Stephanie Zvan (mod), Tania Richter

Ethical Implications of Genetic Testing & Editing — SciFi Becoming Real!
Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

With the popularity of genetic testing (23&Me) and the discovery of direct gene editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9, potential dystopian futures written as sci-fi may yet come to fruition. What are the potential ethical implications of using these tools? Panelists: Destiny Ziebol, Vernon McIntosh, Kris Coulter, Bryan Jones, Stephanie Zvan (mod)

PTSD and Geekdom
Saturday July 2, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7.8% of America has PTSD. Cons can be heavy with triggers. Share your coping techniques. Longtime CON fixture Bob Wagner will be present to share his insight and sign his book “What’s Your Superpower? Living and Coping With PTSD”. Non-sufferers welcome. Panelists: Bob Wagner, Brea Behn, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Amy Fischer, Stephanie Zvan (mod)

Face Value: The Truth Is Trickier Than You Thought
Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

That thing you posted? It’s not real. Why do humans keep believing false things over and over, even though it’s easier than ever to check the facts? We’ll discuss the history and psychology of false beliefs and how they apply to the modern digital era. Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles, Kavin Senapathy, Brianne Bilyeu (mod), Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Stephanie Zvan

CONvergence 2016 Schedule