Friday, April 10, 2015

The Genesis of a Convention

Since the dawn of the 21st century, Michael Whitehouse has been running and involved in conventions of various kinds, including 5Con, OurCon, Pi-Con, Arisia, Wicked Faire, Steampunk Worlds Fair, and many others.

In the last week of July 2014, there was a small event that was referred to as BabyCon. It took place at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut. The main tent event at BabyCon was the birth of Michael's daughter Rowan to his lovely wife Amy. Really, that was all that happened at BabyCon, and there were only about 5 attendees, but with that main event, what else do you need?

Amy came up with the idea of "Ro-Con", a geek con that is both a great convention of all things geeky and also the most awesome birthday party that a child could possibly have. And, thus, Ro-Con was born.

Southeast Connecticut does not have a fan-run scifi con. A fan con is more than just a fun weekend. It is a place for members of the geek community to meet each other, exchange ideas, maybe start a club or another event or event a business. Conventions beget many other great things, and Ro-Con will be that convention!

Ro-Con is 15 months away, but there is plenty you can do to be involved. First, we have a Go Fund Me campaign, linked on the side bar, where you can help provide initial funding for Ro-Con. We need staff to do a variety of tasks. We need vendors. We need presenters. We need performers. We need people to run workshops. Whatever you have to offer, Ro-Con needs you!

To get involved, please email Michael Whitehouse at and let us know how you'd like to be a part of the newest con in New London County!

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