Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our Program Guide & Its Inevitable First Update

With JOFCon starting tomorrow, we have The JOFCon MSP 2015 Program Guide.

Of course, given that no battle plans survive first contact with the enemy, we do have one exciting addition! We've added a program item at 3 pm on Friday! Jessica Jutz from the City of Bloomington Health Department will be presenting to us on "How to neither kill your guests in the ConSuite, nor make them wish they were dead."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our Schedule!

Here is our schedule! We aren't listing participants here, and by the nature of the con I expect people in the audience will get drafted! Note that even when we don't have panels we will have open discussions!

-4 pm- 5 pm- Opening Ceremonies

5 pm -7 p.m.- Dinner.  “No One Eats Alone.”

7 pm- 8 pm- Getting To Know You.

8 pm-9 pm- Disability Access.

9 pm-10 pm- Code of Conduct Violations:  Pros & GoHs.  How does a con that has invited a guest deal with guests public behavior after an invitation has been extended and accepted.  Does the Con-running community play a role in informing
publishing houses about unacceptable behavior on the part of its writers?  How to avoid a “situation” and have a policy in place to deal with it if it happens anyway.  Missing stair problems (Geek social fallacy).


10 am-11 am – The Future of Fan-run conventions.  Fandom is becoming more profitable, and big commercial cons are getting more and more popular. Amidst this landscape of for-profit/ticket-based/company-run cons, how do fan-run/non-profit/membership-based cons maintain their niche?

11 am- noon- The Rise of Professional Cons: Even without competition from for-profit cons, more of us are feeling pressure to have our own legal departments, complex insurance and other expensive but increasingly necessary services. Where should the boundary between fannish fun and full-featured competence be?

Noon- 1 pm- Lunch

1 pm-2 pm- How To Corporately/Organizationally Apologize: “Mistakes Were Made.” Whose job is it to apologize when?

2 pm- 3 pm - How To Deal With Management/Ethical Problems when You’re Not The Boss- Determining Your Limits, Understanding Your Organizational Structure and Your Options For Redress When Senior Staff Are Problematic.

3 pm- 4 pm- Promotions and networking: What are better ways to build networks between different conventions and individuals? Are there better ways than fan tables, or what if fan tables aren’t possible due to space or people limitations?

4 pm- 5 pm- 101, 201, 301- Keeping programming fresh when it’s natural to address certain topics several (many) years running.
5 pm- 7 pm- Dinner

7 pm- 8 pm- Convention running in Europe

8 pm-9 pm- “But That’s Another Panel”- extemporaneous panel, topic to be chosen from list of topics suggested throughout previous programming.

9 pm- 10 pm- “No S*it, There We Were”- Convention running horror stories/ghost stories.  S’mores provided.


10 am- 11 am- E Pluribus Hugo: explanation of how the EPH resolution was constructed and how the math works.

11 am- noon- Crowd Control & Line Management

Noon- 1 pm- Lunch

1 pm- 2 pm- Dealing with Disasters:  What do you do when the con starts falling down around your ears? Norovirus, big harassment cases, GOH fail, Registration system failures: how can a concom work together to solve sudden problems?

1 pm- 2 pm- Nature Walk- Theodore Wirth Park-

2 pm -  3 pm- Closing Ceremonies

Unofficial Events:

MnStf Board Meeting – 7 pm Friday, Room of Requirement
CONvergence Programming Brainstorming- 10 am- 1 am Sunday- Room of Requirement

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

From MSP to JOFCon - Transportation!

We've got some information about how to best get to the hotel if you are flying into MSP.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (Airport code: MSP)
4300 Glumack Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55111
  • The airport is 16 miles from St. Louis Park and the host hotel. 
  •  For flights & more information:

Host hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
1500 Park Place Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (952) 542-8600
Note: There are multiple DoubleTrees in the Twin Cities area.  The one you want is the one in St Louis Park.

Transportation from the airport to St. Louis Park:
Ride the light rail directly from the airport to downtown Minneapolis, then take a cab three miles to the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis- Park Place Hotel.
Take a cab from the airport directly to the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place hotel in St. Louis Park, 16 miles from the airport.

Metro Transit/Blue Line:

  • Can get on directly from both airport terminals
  • Can take the light rail into Minneapolis which is three miles from the host hotel
  • Once you are in Minneapolis, taxi service (on-time taxi service information below) will get your directly to the host hotel, which is three miles from downtown Minneapolis.
  • See website for exact drop-off locations and fares:

On Time Taxi Service:(952) 388-9950
Main contact at On Time Taxi: Abdy

  • On Time Taxi is the preferred taxi service for DoubleTree hotel 
  • Airport drop-off & pick-up
  • Reservations available
  • Fares similar to most taxi services
  • Takes American Express, Visa, Discover & MasterCard
  • 24/7 service
  • Town cars and 6-person SUV’s 
We're also encouraging people to communicate their arrival times via the Facebook Event as there may be others willing to provide transport from the airport.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CONvergence Programming Brainstorming session at JOFCon

As part of our partnership with CONvergence JOFCon is having a CONvergence Programming Brainstorming Session during JOFCon on Sunday, October 11th running between 10:00 AM and going until 1:00 PM. We have currently scheduled this to take place in the Courtyard Ballroom Room 3, but this is subject to change.  JOFCon is at the DoubleTree Park Place in St Louis Park.

This meeting will be open to anyone interested that is a member of the CONvergence community, but you can access the JOFCon consuite and attend the rest of the convention for the day if you get a day membership for $25.    JOFCon Memberships are available here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Day Memberships for JOFCon!

Life is busy.

We tried hard to avoid conflicts, but still, and inevitably conflicts exist.  Maybe it is MCBA Fallcon (which we tried, but failed, to avoid).  Maybe it is NerdCon (which I'm sure didn't know about us, and we didn't know about them, before they rolled into town).  Maybe you can't commit to a full weekend the first weekend after Renaissance Festival.

While CONvergence is scheduling one of its programming brainstorming sessions during JOFCon, we also plan to have CONvergence programming brainstorming AT JOFCon so you don't have to worry about that conflict...

But given all that, we are going to offer a number of Day Memberships for JOFCon at $25 a day.  You can find them on our Registration Page.  While we hope you can join us for the whole weekend, we understand if you can't!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Don't forget to get a JOFCon hotel room!

A friendly reminder about getting a hotel room for JOFCon next month.

You can reserve a room before September 18th on the website: Room rates are $105

We do have suites on reserve, right above the consuite and main programming room.  I'm going to be letting those go soon, but they are available for parties or other socializing. Suites are $145  If you are interested, make a regular room reservation and let Michael Lee know so he can transfer them.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Final Push Before the Convention

We are having two remaining planning meetings before this falls JOFCon.

We're planning for one on Saturday, September 12th at 2:00 pm. And the last one September 27th at 2:00 pm Central.  These are both currently being planned at Michael Lee & Alicia LaMunion's house, and if you need address information please contact me.  We will likely also set up a Google Hangout for remote participation.