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Jun. 25th, 2015

11:42 pm - FurCon Panel Stuff

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So! FurCon panel submissions opened recently. I had fun hosting a couple panels for the first time last year, learned a lot from the experience and think I'd like to go again.

It's early yet and there's time to hash out some quality content. Still, with only so many hours in the day I'll need to narrow my focus. So here's a request: rather than checking every box that sounds maybe-interesting, really try to picture yourself on 'con time' -- maybe it's Sunday morning and you're a little out of it from partying -- would you still make an effort to attend? I'm NOT saying it WILL be at this time, but you never know, so let's use that scenario as a litmus test. What really grabs you?

Other ideas welcome. Also, if you'd been planning to host a panel with an overlapping topic, that's great, let me know in the comments...we can either coordinate to avoid redundancy between panels or combine efforts for a single thing.


Poll #2015170 FurCon Panel Ideas

What panel topic(s) would get you out of bed at 10am to attend?

Rarsuit Show & Yell (aka 'Rarsuit Roundtable' last year)
Electronics for costumers (just-starting-out '101' intro stuff)
Electronics for costumers (various more advanced topics -- breadth rather than depth)
Electronics for costumers (single topic in depth -- e.g. LEDs, sound, Arduino -- please comment)
3D printing (basics, again with a costuming emphasis)
Other (please comment)


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Date:June 26th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'd love an arduino panel with an emphasis on making things move
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Date:June 26th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
I say 3D printing, because a lot of people out there get 3D printers, and don't make anything interesting.

I think it would be a good idea to inspire people to do something with 3D printers, like teeth, horns, claws (at least Positives to make a mold out of). Heck, maybe even things that are not so cosmetic, like attachment points in order to affix said items.

I'm not saying that these are things that you say "Hey, do these things, and these are the only things to do." but to get them thinking outside the box if they own/rent time on one. Knowing logic in a 3D printed structure also helps them design
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Date:June 27th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to concur. (Of course, one could also argue there are many unused Raspberries kicking around..) It could be a good opportunity to demonstrate the medium's benefits over, say, SuperSculpy.

Though this mention of "10am" fills me with trepidation. Still, I suppose it's going to be another year or two before I become active again in furcons anyway.
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Date:June 26th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
One you don't have, but could be a good community-builder panel (I've run something similar at Costume Con) is a Fails panel. As in costume fails, fursuit fails, planning fails, etc. It seems to be a good community builder because people show up and share what didn't work for them, get feedback from others about what has worked, and hopefully laugh at things that (now, after the fact) can be laughed at. And if you want a fun panel that gets run by the audience and pulls people out of their shells, it is great.

Just throwing it out there. :)

Of the panels you have listed, Beginning electronics and Show and Yell sound good. The electronics single topic panel would be good, but I'd avoid an LED panel, as that can be basic enough to not need a whole time slot (and there's so much good stuff on the web anyway). The only complicated stuff I can think of with LEDs involve other components (like Arduino, which would be enough for its own panel).

I'd avoid the advanced electronics because similar panels I've been to at other cons tend to devolve into one person bringing up a really complicated project, and the whole panel (both people and time) being suddenly devoted to figuring it out. Or someone brings up a complicated topic and, in order to NOT let the whole panel be about that, gets ignored completely and then everyone in the room thinks the panelists are jerks. (Yup, seen both ways. Sad in either case.)
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