**ADDED TO: 6/16** Hey, all! The CONvergence schedule is now out, though there might be changes and additions between now and when CON time actually comes. But! Here’s a link to the full schedule and then I’m gonna list the ones I’ll be on here.
“Breaking into YouTube” Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30pm @ Sheraton Whalon
How do you start your own YouTube channel? We’ll talk about everything from making your own videos and starting a YouTube channel to getting subscriptions and more.
Panelists: Nicholas Boden, Steve Sylvestre, Luxander Pond (mod), Kat Surth, Squall Charlson
“The Cosmic Perspective” Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm @ Atrium 4
Neil deGrasse Tyson refers to the “cosmic perspective” when it comes to managing anxiety about day-to-day life. Scientists share and discuss the many facts about the universe that make modern earthly problems feel insignificant.
Panelists: Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, PZ Myers, Luxander Pond (mod)
“Current Events Affecting Comics” Thursday/Friday 11:30pm – 12:30am @ Atrium 7
When they adapted Luke Cage for TV, they put him in a hoodie to reflect current events. What are other examples and do they work?
Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Luxander Pond, Patrick Marsh (mod), Sean Casey, Josie Browning
“VR: Fad or Staying?” Saturday 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Atrium 2
A lot has happened in VR in the last year. New viewers, platforms, and applications continue to arrive. What are the best uses of the technology? Will it be around in a few years or just have been a passing fad?
Panelists: Ross Conklin (mod), Luxander Pond, Allyson Cygan
“PTSD Representation in Geeky Media” Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Plaza 1
In every form of media, PTSD has been used as a plot device or character development. This disorder is shrouded in mystery and seems misunderstood by both writers and audience. Panelists with first-hand PTSD experience discuss the nuances of our disorder
Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Skazka 9000, Amy Fischer, Luxander Pond, Michael Spaulding (mod)
“Crowdfunding 101” Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Edina
Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and many others. What are your experiences, both as a project manager and as a backer, on the various sites?
Panelists: Anj Olsen, Elise Matthesen, Luxander Pond (mod), Mark DiPasquale, Sam Stiles
I don’t think I’m on as many panels as last year, but I’m still really looking forward to it! All panels take place at the main venue, the DoubleTree, except for the first on this list which is at the Sheraton hotel next door.
If anyone wants to meet up at the convention, you can follow my Twitter (@Lux_Pond) which will probably have many tweets with the official #cvg2017 tag. You can probably catch me outside at Smoker’s Paradise at some point, and I’ll try my best to have my hair freshly dyed so you can spot me from across the highway. ;P