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Friday, September 1
 

8:30am

Educator's Workshop
Our annual educator's workshop: Learn how to Gamify Your Classroom, Teach with Science Fiction Stories, Code in the Classroom, and use Project-Based Learning - all with a sci-fi twist! Admission is free for teacher's with advanced registration for Friday tickets. Use the code "WORKSHOP". Eligible teachers only.
Gaming the Classroom: Engaging students with curriculum and craft.
Gamification is the process of using game strategy to design lessons for high learner engagement. Today’s students are accustomed to light-speed paced games that can be played for hours without tangible rewards. In this workshop, learn the principles of gamification to make any classroom curriculum more captivating.
Teaching Kids to Code with Boolean Girl.
Boolean Girl is an organization that focuses on teaching girls to code. This workshop is geared toward elementary- and middle-school teachers. Regardless of their previous coding background, teachers will be ready to teach an hour of code in their classrooms or elementary schools. Boolean Girl uses Scratch, an easy-to-use programming language available for free download. Our experienced instructors will lead teachers from the very basic first steps through the quick and easy projects in the one-hour training.
Coffee Break Sponsored by iFLY
The Power of Sci Fi Stories in the Classroom
Use science fiction stories as a portal to explore every day issues, encourage self-awareness and critical thinking, and elevate themes of diversity, peace, and exploration. Join Jessica Paul, the Director of Education for the Museum of Science Fiction, as she steps you through three science fiction stories you can use in the classroom to meet CCC requirements. (Multiple grade levels welcome.)
Project-Based Learning
Learn the benefits of project-based learning to develop students’ problem-solving abilities and grit. In this engaging session, you will become the student and experience a variety of hands-on learning activities. Leave the session with lesson plans you can use in the classroom.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award for the District of Columbia, and regularly teaches classes on science fiction and international affairs (among other topics). He writes on social theory, the philosophy of science, identity, and popular culture; in the latter category he has published pieces on Star Trek, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Iain M. Banks’ “Culture” novels, and Star Wars. He blogs irregularly... Read More →
avatar for Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Outreach, Rockville Science Center
Maizie Cummings-Rocke holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (DC). She began her nonprofit career at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (FL) in the education department as an administrative assistant, camp instructor and demonstrator, and later as assistant curator where she created its collections catalog system and mounted her first exhibit... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Sanden

Ingrid Sanden

Boolean Girl
Boolean Girl is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, day-long coding events, and the Boolean Box - a build-it-yourself computer kit containing everything a girl needs to become a programmer.
avatar for Santha Walters

Santha Walters

Classroom Teacher, Bellevue Public Schools
Santha Walters is an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and the Building Technology Coordinator for Logan Fontenelle Middle School. Her school is located within a technology-based district, and thus she has advocated for and helped implement STEM education into the standard curriculum. As a matter of a fact, she will be conducting a workshop on the subject at this... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 8:30am - 12:30pm
Hoover (100)

10:00am

Board Gaming

We have an open gaming area and a well-stocked library of hobby games – with your Escape Velocity pass, you can check out anything that sparks your interest (free of charge).

Play modern favorites along with some rare and unusual games dating back to the 1970s.

Try new games and meet fellow gamers!

In addition, we will be hosting a small selection of pre-scheduled boardgame and RPG sessions – check them out on Warhorn, and join in.


Volunteers
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 10:00am - 9:00pm
Atrium

10:00am

Escape the Room - SciFi Style
Sign up for the official Escape Velocity room escape! You and your teammates are “locked” in a room where you will engage in a sci-fi scenario with puzzles, ciphers and riddles, with only 30 minutes to find your way out. Plus, there are two separate room escape experiences, so you can have twice the fun! While the stories in each room are related, you can experience them in any order. Time slots are available every half-hour throughout the weekend, but space is limited! Note that you may be grouped with others to meet minimum participant requirements. There is an additional cost to participate, which you can pre-pay via Escape Velocity registration (https://escapevelocity.events/registration-tickets/) or directly at Room Escape EV. 

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Madison A

10:00am

Starship Horizons: Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ships Bridge Officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own Starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering. Advance sign-up is recommended, so either sign up online at their site or stop by the room early to enlist.

Moderators
Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Wilson A (100)

10:45am

The Power Of Panels/ Mapping Out Your Comic Story with Keir Lyles

Panels are more than just " boxes with artwork". There is an art to their placement. Like a director's lens, they determine scale, pace and how the reader perceives the flow of the story. Learn how to use panels to make your art and story come alive as AWA artist Keir Lyles demonstrates how to effectively use panels to create dynamic pages


Moderators
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Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Friday September 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Wilson BC (190)

10:45am

The History of Science Fiction: Perspectives from the 21st Century
An overview of the genre's history as understood by recent scholarship in the field, including the evolution of many sub-genres and global traditions of SF. Come learn about the origins of SF in scientific narratives of discovery and the long traditions of Afrofuturism, Indigenous futurism, Latina/o SF, and women's SF in this…

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Patrick B. Sharp is Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a lifelong fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and the Marvel Comics Universe (including the new stuff). He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Harding (100)

10:45am

Mechanical Morals: The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
We take a look at some fictional AI characters you know and love (robots, androids, holograms, artificial personalities of whatever form) and examine the ways they're treated by the human characters in their respective works. What rights do they have? Do they get the same respect as non-AI lifeforms? Why or why not? And most importantly, what lessons we can take as we think about our own near future?

Speakers
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Tom Hyre

MAGfest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in international education, and has taught at schools and universities in Afghanistan, Russia, and Peru as well as in Washington DC, where he's currently... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →
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Doug Samuelson

Douglas A. Samuelson is President and Chief Scientist of his own consulting company, InfoLogix, Inc., in Annandale, Virginia. He has been a Federal policy analyst, consultant, successful high-tech entrepreneur and executive, patented inventor, and an adjunct and research faculty... Read More →
avatar for Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson has a Master's degree in 20th Century English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.  Research interests include Golden Age sf, utopian/dystopian literature, underlying philosophies of sf, and early comics.  Diane is also an actor, ballroom dance instructor, cellist, and martial... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
5 - South (250)

11:00am

Short Films from the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival - Block 1
Come see a selection of short films curated by the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, the oldest science fiction film festival in the country! 

Program:
Real Artists (dir. Cameo Wood)
Olfacotry (dir. Chris Piazza)
The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson (dir. Darian Dauchan)
The Transition of Juan Romero (dir. Whitney Ellis)
Memoir (dir. Alexander Jeffery)
Haskell (dir.  James Allen Smith)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Darian Dauchan

Darian Dauchan

Series Creator of The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson, Holler Scholar Productions
Actor, Writer, Musician. | | Brobot Johnson(www.brobotjohnson.com) | Sci Fi Hip Hop | Afrofuturism
avatar for Cameo Wood

Cameo Wood

Director/Producer, Charming Stranger Films
I am a film director - My latest is Real Artists starring Tamlyn Tomita and Tiffany Hines.

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Coolidge (100)

11:00am

Joseph Hurtgen Book Signing
Joseph Hurtgen book sales & signing!

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen has a PhD in English Literature from Ball State University and teaches at Young Harris College. He has had journal articles published in Text in Context, Margaret Atwood Studies, The Quint, and JOSF. A book with McFarland, Archival Embodiment in Science Fiction, is due out early... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Atrium

12:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 1 : Storyboarding and Concept Art
Limited Capacity seats available

Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen.

In the first of this 3-part workshop, learn the basics of storyboarding and concept art - collaborate on a narrative and design your characters, props, and scenery, all to set the stage for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Saturday and Sunday


Artists
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Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Spotlight on Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Come and meet the people behind one of the best and nerdiest attractions at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Speakers
avatar for Britany Marriott

Britany Marriott

Sales Manager, Geppi's Entertainment Museum
avatar for Mike Solof

Mike Solof

Collections and Exhibits Manager, Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Hi! I'm Michael Solof. I have a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio Univ. I'm Currently work for Geppi’s Entertainment Comic and Pop Culture Museum in Baltimore as their Collection and Exhibits Manager. I'm a huge Beatles fan and I host a weekly internet show about ultra-rare Beatles r... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction


Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilson BC (190)

12:00pm

Co-existing with Technology
Presented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As the future unfolds, we are thinking hard about our dependence on technology and how we’re going to co-exist in a world of hyper connectivity.
  • This discussion will change the way you think the role science and technology has on our hometown security.
  • In the digital age, you enjoy being connected to your family and friends 24-7/365 – right? However, with the evolution to connect to everything there are tradeoffs with tech capabilities, evolving threats, safety, security, privacy, and how to confront the unknowns.  
  • Just imagine this: as more of our planet relies on the cloud where billions of sensors are embedded in our operating systems -- the same ones which run public safety, transportation, agriculture, medical, finance, and utility networks – bad things happen that can interfere with all these systems.
  • What happens when things go dark or break – whether from natural causes or malicious activity? How does the government enable safety and security in a constitutional, federated democracy without becoming too much of a big brother?
  • This conversation will put a spotlight on what it will take for us to collectively co-exist with the enormous impact of technology in our lives while still keeping us safe and secure. Are you ready to think differently?

Moderators
avatar for John Verrico

John Verrico

Chief of Media Relations, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
High-energy, thought-provoking and humorous trainer and consultant on motivational leadership and communication. John Verrico is the Immediate-Past President of the National Association of Government Communicators, and has more than 34 years of experience as a public affairs professional in federal and state government agencies, working extensively in media, community and employee relations, with significant emphasis in science, engineering and the security fields. Currently serving as the Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Meghan Houghton

Dr. Meghan Houghton

Staff Associate for Strategic Engagements, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Meghan supports an array of emerging CISE research frontiers, including Smart and Connected Communities, as well as cross-agency, industry, and international partnerships. Meghan is co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Smart Cities... Read More →
avatar for Scott Tousley

Scott Tousley

Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)
Scott’s responsibilities include organizational liaison, project leadership for educational/operational efforts such as the Computer Security Incident Response (CSIRT) project. He also supports several initiatives in critical infrastructure protection and cyber-physical systems. Scott served 20 years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, many of these years in interagency technology programs. He led the Watch/Warning program in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Center during the Clinton... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
5 - South (250)

12:00pm

Technology of the Soul and of the Self
As technology pushes the boundaries of the human body and attempts to reimagine cognition through artificial intelligence, our notions of what defines humanity are forced to evolve. In the Cartestian sense, the metaphysical question of the "human soul" as separate from the body raises ontological questions about where to locate the humanity in human beings. As pertaining to questions of identity, the posthuman and transhuman elements of modern reality encourage a reimagining of the self and the subjective experience. Presenters will offer reflections on the ways in which contemporary literature is tackling this blurring of boundaries to question the relationship between technology and the essence of personhood.

Speakers
avatar for Alexia Clarke

Alexia Clarke

Presenting “Value and the Soul: Acceleration and Futurism in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower” | | Alexia Clarke is lover of all things fantastic.  From early childhood, she has been enthralled by the worlds and words of science fiction and fantasy authors.  Her work has focused on public health policy and advocacy for issues from childhood obesity to HIV prevention and much of her approach has been shaped by authors like Octavia Butler, Ursula LeGuin and Frank... Read More →
avatar for K.M. Ferebee

K.M. Ferebee

Presenting "Pain in Someone Else's Body: Plurality of the Self in TV's Stargate: SG-1" | | K.M. Ferebee is a doctoral candidate in English at The Ohio State University. Her work is located in the field of Environmental Literature, and focuses on narratives of mutation, toxicity, and bodily change in the texts of the Anthropocene, particularly examining the anxiety surrounding radioactive contamination. Her academic interests include posthumanism, human rights rhetoric, queer theory, pop culture studies, and science fiction. Her academic work has appeared or is forthcoming... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Murel

Jacob Murel

Presenting "The Deconstruction and (Re)Discovery of Human Nature in Recent Planet of the Apes Films" | | Jacob Murel is a graduate student at the University of Memphis, where he studies comics, film, and literature in both English and German. His research interests are focused o... Read More →
avatar for Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton

Presenting "Information Traveling at the Speed of Light: A Science-Fictional Dilemma” | Summer Sutton is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is currently working on a Master's in English. Her thesis considers the political potential of science fiction as a world building and world re-imagining genre; she is especially interested in N. Katherine Hayles' and Donna Haraway's work concerning information theory and embodiment. After completing her Master's, she plans to move on to a PhD program and eventually work in... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Truman (40)

12:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition Workshop
The DC Stunt Coalition teaches you the fundamentals of fight choreography.

Moderators
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Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender in military films and the impact of media on understandings of gender in overall... Read More →

Speakers
AP

Anthony Parker

Dc Stunt Coalition
TA

Tu An Truong

DC Stunt Coalition

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Rockville Science Center's STEaM POWERed HEROES of all ages
Join Rockville Science Center for hands-on STEM activities for all ages in Earth & Space Sciences, Robotics, and Nanotechnology. RSC works in the community as a science center without walls as it moves towards a facility of its own to encourage lifelong exploration of the scientific foundations of everyday life. RSC collaborates with other organizations and features some of them here: NISE Network kits; A+Science4Kids, WIZARDS.exe FTC Robotics Team 9794; Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; Gaithersburg Community Museum, which operates Observatory Park; Space Telescope Science Institute; and more!

Moderators
avatar for Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Outreach, Rockville Science Center
Maizie Cummings-Rocke holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (DC). She began her nonprofit career at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (FL) in the education department as an administrative assistant, camp instructor and demonstrator, and later as assistant curator where she created its collections catalog system and mounted her first exhibit... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Museum of Science Fiction Gallery
Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Madison B

12:15pm

Mold Making and Materials
A demonstration/showcase of professional and off the shelf materials that are at the heart of replica costume and prop making. Materials cover topics such as polymers, silicones, resins, and other commonly used crafting mediums. Presented by seasoned crafters with safety and fun in mind.

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
4 - West (250)

12:30pm

AR Setup
Setup Time for the AR Panel, please come back at 1:15 to enjoy "Re-Creating the Minority Report UI with Augmented Reality"

Moderators
avatar for Don Shin

Don Shin

President and CEO, CrossComm, Inc.
Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Wearables, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence.
EV

Escape Velocity

Infrastructure Support, The Museum of Science Fiction
This is a generic user which will describe any temporary, or group listing of available Admin/Staff/Volunteer who may be part of an adminstrative session within the schedule.

Friday September 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
3 - North (250)

12:30pm

Short Films from the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival - Block 2
Runtime: 90 Minutes

Come see a selection of short films curated by the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, the oldest science fiction film festival in the country! 

Program:
Embers and Dust (dir. Patrick Biesemans)
Into the Dark (dir. Lukas Hassel)
Cradle (dir. Damon Duncan)
Einstein-Rosen (dir. Olga Olovio)
Ollon (dir. Ryan Balock)
The Call of Charlie (dir Nicholas Spooner)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Lukas Hassel

Lukas Hassel

Writer, director, actor
Movie making, screenplay writing, acting.
avatar for Nick Spooner

Nick Spooner

Director/Owner, Kid Manning, Inc.
Nick Spooner directs commercials, short films, content and other things, which occasionally win awards.  He was President of the Harvard Lampoon, wrote, produced and directed at Comedy Central, and once fronted a humorcore band in New York City. “The Call of Charlie” is his first... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Coolidge (100)

12:45pm

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop A
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Hoover (100)

1:15pm

Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M.

Within the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math attendees can learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses.


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Friday September 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Wilson BC (190)

1:15pm

Re-Creating the Minority Report UI with Augmented Reality
As an experiment, we attempted to re-create the Minority Report user interface as a holographic AR app using tech that is readily available today. This session will describe the hardware and software we used, the obstacles we faced, and design compromises we made to make the interface usable. We will end with a live demonstration of of the resulting gesture-driven holographic application, as well as lessons learned for designing successful spatial computing user interfaces.

Moderators
avatar for Don Shin

Don Shin

President and CEO, CrossComm, Inc.
Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Wearables, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence.

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
3 - North (250)

1:15pm

An Everyday Future: Including Popular Culture in Science Fiction
Science Fiction writers take great pleasure in breaking the Fourth Wall and pepper their Fantasy or Science Fiction worlds with Pop Culture references. It may be a nod to a classic or successful video game. It could be a reference to a favorite movie. Popular Culture can make works more relatable, or even broaden the worldbuilding and technology of their fictional futures, but how will pop culture date your work? And what about removing pop culture from your world? What are the challenges there? (Example: Why haven't survivors in zombie apocalypses never seem to know any zombie lore?) In this panel, writers give their own perspective on the tightrope walk when making pop culture references and creating their own pop culture.


Moderators
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →
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Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States, singing with the band Division, or entertaining local DC-MD-VA crowds with the energetic cover band, Just Wanna Play. He has played everywhere from the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival to... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Harding (100)

1:15pm

Eclipse Across America: through the eyes of NASA
NASA scientists discuss the science of the recent eclipse and more!

Speakers
avatar for Yari Collado-Vega

Yari Collado-Vega

Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Collado-Vega is part of the Space Weather Laboratory at the Heliophysics Science Division working with the Community Coordinated Modeling Center/Space Weather Research Center team within the same laboratory. She is a senior space weather forecaster, the acting lead of the Space... Read More →
avatar for Louis Mayo

Louis Mayo

Program manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
avatar for C. Alex Young PhD

C. Alex Young PhD

Solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Associate Director for Science of its Heliophysics Science Division. Alex is also a member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors and Chair of the Technology Subcommittee.
avatar for Kristen  Weaver

Kristen Weaver

Outreach Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SSAI, Inc.
Kristen Weaver is the Deputy Coordinator for the GLOBE Observer project, which aims to extend the long-standing citizen science program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment to non-school based audiences. She is also an Outreach Specialist for the Global Pre... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
5 - South (250)

1:45pm

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop B
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Sanden

Ingrid Sanden

Boolean Girl
Boolean Girl is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, day-long coding events, and the Boolean Box - a build-it-yourself computer kit containing everything a girl needs to become a programmer.


Friday September 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Hoover (100)

2:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 2: Character and Set Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to build! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the second of this 3-part workshop, learn the technical fabrication aspects of stop motion animation: create your own characters on wire armatures and construct and finish the props and scenery for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Saturday and Sunday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

2:00pm

Behind the Mask
This is a discussion and QA session all about the people under the costumes. The topics will primarily be revolving around folks who make it their goal to look professional, and be presented as such whether as paid characters or charity volunteers.

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Speakers
JC

Josh Colucci

State executive officer, Mandalorian Mercenaries Costume Club
avatar for Cody Irvine

Cody Irvine

Captain Cody Cosplay
About Me: | | My name is Cody and I'm one of the biggest dorks you'd ever meet. I enjoy making things and dressing up as superheroes and different characters that I like, so when I learned there was a name for that and places to do it where it's socially acceptable as an adult, I fell in love with... Read More →
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Bobby Petersen

Founder and Event coordinator, Ghostbusters Tri-State Division
Hey everybody!! I'm Bobby Petersen from the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division. I founded our group over a year ago, to help our local charities. We organize events and sell team merchadise to fund our toy drive, as well as other charitable donations throughout the year. I am also... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4 - West (250)

2:15pm

Brute Sanity (2016)
Brute Sanity (2016)
Director: Sam Vanivray
Runtime: 81 Minutes

An FBI-trained neuropsychologist teams up with a thief to find a reality-altering device while her insane ex-boss unleashes bizarre traps to stop her.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Vanivray

Sam Vanivray

Director / Writer, Imaginary Danger Productions
As a child Sam Vanivray possessed a few innocent dreams, such as creating robots and making films. After establishing a career in robotics, Sam restarted the filmmaking part of his life. He wrote and starred in the short film "Enough to be Dangerous," which screened in 2015 at Bu... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Coolidge (100)

2:30pm

Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games

Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not merely an audience but participatoritsThus, it’s characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used”.  How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch?  Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years.  Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them!  Q&A afterward.

 


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Friday September 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wilson BC (190)

2:30pm

Literary Representations of AI and Robotics
Scholars will discuss the role of artificial intelligence and robotics in science and speculative fiction literatures. They will address questions such as: Why do so many texts depict the dangers of AI? Why are we so afraid of our creations gaining sentience and turning against us? What do we stand to lose? To gain? Why does organic humanity need to be the only rational consciousness? And how closely do these texts mirror the reality of today's tech?

Moderators
avatar for Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC.  She works on film and media studies, science fiction, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology and new media. Her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for DB Bauer

DB Bauer

DB Bauer is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland. DB’s work explores the relationship between digital technologies and humans, often centralizing speculative material culture, interface and design, and maker practices, specifically 3D printing.
avatar for Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →
avatar for June Pulliam

June Pulliam

At the tender age of eight, June Pulliam was permitted to stay up by herself and watch George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. She was so traumatized by the experience, that she now teaches courses on horror fiction and film at Louisiana State University, where she also teaches classes about Young Adult fiction and gender studies. Pulliam is the author... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Harding (100)

2:30pm

Robots, AI, and Drones in Military SF
Military science fiction has long incorporated robots, AIs, and drones in books, films, and TV. How has the ever increasing real world use of these and related technologies changed their fictional portrayal? What are the new directions for military SF to explore?

Speakers
avatar for Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a military fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first novel, American Craftsmen, two modern magician soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way, the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of... Read More →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. His latest... Read More →
MJ

Major Jason Hansa

Jason Hansa is an active-duty Major in the United States Army who has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Having previously served in both South Korea and Germany, Major Hansa is currently assigned as a CASCOM doctrine developer at Fort Lee, Virginia.  He is a two-time winner of the Art of the Future... Read More →
avatar for Lee Konstantinou

Lee Konstantinou

Lee Konstantinou is a fiction writer and literary scholar who specializes in post-1945 U.S. fiction. He published the dystopian science fiction satire Pop Apocalypse (Ecco/HarperCollins) and the literary history Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with five novels in print.  His debut novel TERMINAL MIND won the 2007 Philip K. Dick award for the best science fiction paperback novel published that year.  His historical fantasy series starts... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
5 - South (250)

2:45pm

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop C
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Sanden

Ingrid Sanden

Boolean Girl
Boolean Girl is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, day-long coding events, and the Boolean Box - a build-it-yourself computer kit containing everything a girl needs to become a programmer.


Friday September 1, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Hoover (100)

3:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 3: Animation and Editing
Limited Capacity seats available

This is where the magic happens! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the last of this 3-part workshop, learn techniques for creating the illusion of motion, in-camera effects, and lighting. Get hands on animating characters and editing a sequence for our original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Saturday and Sunday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:30pm

Catherine Asaro Book Signing #1
Catherine Asaro book sales and autographs next to the Museum of Science Fiction Gift Shop

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall

3:45pm

Boolean Girl Coding Workshop D
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Hoover (100)

3:45pm

Utopia vs. Dystopia
Scholars discuss the portrayal of utopian (and dystopian) futures in science fiction writings: What are some of the common themes? Have these portrayals changed with time? What are the odds we are heading towards these futures (or trying to move away from them)?

Moderators
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
avatar for Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson has a Master's degree in 20th Century English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.  Research interests include Golden Age sf, utopian/dystopian literature, underlying philosophies of sf, and early comics.  Diane is also an actor, ballroom dance instructor, cellist, and martial... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Harding (100)

3:45pm

Storytelling in Different Media
Discussions on how the same story can be told in different ways through the translation into different media, from film to comics to video games.

Speakers
TH

Tom Hyre

MAGfest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in international education, and has taught at schools and universities in Afghanistan, Russia, and Peru as well as in Washington DC, where he's currently... Read More →
avatar for James Earl Cox III

James Earl Cox III

Digital Wizard, Seemingly Pointless
Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, James Earl Cox III completed a self-set challenge of making 100 games in 5 years. Co-founder of Seemingly Pointless, he holds a masters degree from the University of Southern California in Interactive Media and Game Design and is a Miami Universi... Read More →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Wilson BC (190)

3:45pm

Do The Things You Own, Own You?
The internet of things connects us and our belongings, builds community, and simplifies our lives. But does the IOT threaten our privacy? Does it undermine our property rights? Join James O’Keefe of the Massachusetts Pirate Party, along with technologists as they discuss insights, trends, and predictions about the IOT.

Moderators
avatar for James O'Keefe

James O'Keefe

Captain, Massachusetts Pirate Party
James O'Keefe is Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party and a Software Quality Assurance engineer for over 20 years. He was a two time Green Party nominee for Massachusetts Treasurer.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Duan

Charles Duan

Director, Patent Reform Project, Public Knowledge
Charles is the Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project, where he focuses on patent policy and promoting technological innovation. Before joining PK, he was a technology policy research fellow with the University of Colorado, on a project funded by the National Scien... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
6 - East (250)

3:45pm

Getting your Super Powers with Watson and AI Solutions
Recent advances in AI will make it possible for people to have super powers once reserved for super heroes in comic books. This talk will discuss some of the technology behind these advances and where the field is going to help humans and humanity not only battle evil but perhaps save civilization itself. 

Speakers
avatar for Frank Stein

Frank Stein

Director of Analytics Solution Center, IBM
Frank is IBM's Director of the DC-based Analytics Solution Center, focused on Big Data, Analytics, and Cognitive Computing. Ask him about AI, ML, Conversation Bots, Embedded Cognition, and how Humans + Machines working together is the future.

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
5 - South (250)

3:45pm

Literacy and Gaming - The value of bringing play into the classroom
The initial idea of LaG was simple: use games to bolster students' analytic and writing skills.  Once a week, a group of students and I would play curated games, then analyze and write about them.  With a minimal amount of encouragement, the students to began making connections between videogames and other works (novels, poems, etc.).  As a result, their ability to thoughtfully and meaningfully write went through the roof.  Throughout this panel, I'll share what can happen when students realize that the things they like (games) are strikingly similar to the things they don't (essays, English class, school).


Speakers
avatar for Eric Guadara

Eric Guadara

The Administrator of This Facility, Dashing Cape Games
Eric Guadara has, according to LIU Post, Mastered the Art of Game Design and Development.  In 2015 he parted ways with his illustrious high school teaching career to pursue his passion for games.  Eric has written about games for seven years and was published in Carnegie Melon's academic... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Truman (40)

3:45pm

Dance Workshop
Presented by Cosplay Dance-Off and other MOSF dance partners! Geek out on the dance floor with scifi themed dance moves that anyone can do, even in costumes!

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia. He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons. His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His... Read More →
avatar for Scripture

Scripture

Team Ninja Co-Captian, Cosplay Dance Off
Dancer, Award winning burlesque performer, Male entertainer. Scripture is all things of Rhythm and Movement. An Actor, Cosplayer (for fun. Not Profession). | Spirit Animal: Scar from the Lion king | Music: hip hop, trap, oldies, RnB | Height: 6'4 | Favorites things to do... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
3 - North (250)

3:45pm

Cosplay 101
A crash course on how to start in the world of cosplay. We will discuss how to pick a character, how and where to source pieces for the cosplay, and tips and tricks for a successful cosplay experience. We will show you the exact steps experienced cosplayers follow when putting together a cosplay.

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
avatar for Cody Irvine

Cody Irvine

Captain Cody Cosplay
About Me: | | My name is Cody and I'm one of the biggest dorks you'd ever meet. I enjoy making things and dressing up as superheroes and different characters that I like, so when I learned there was a name for that and places to do it where it's socially acceptable as an adult, I fell in love with... Read More →
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
4 - West (250)

4:00pm

Song of the Stars (2016)
Song of the Stars (2016)
Director: Paul M. Sutter
Runtime: 55 Minutes

The life stories of the stars above, as told through the beauty, grace, and power of contemporary dance! Song of the Stars features performances by Seven Dance Company under the artistic direction of Cassia Cramer, woven together with a narration by astrophysicist Paul Sutter. In this original fusion of science and dance, you will travel through the vast cosmos, witnessing the first stars sparking a revolution from total darkness, the fatal love of two galaxies, a cataclysmic death that brings hope to a new generation, and so much more.

Moderators
Volunteers
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coolidge (100)

5:00pm

Visions of the Future: Science Fiction Between Science and Scripture
Science fiction, as Ursula LeGuin once argued, often uses the futuristic setting of stories as a way of analyzing and critiquing the present. In that way, science fiction is “about” the present; by showing a future that the present might plausibly develop into, a piece of science fiction can help to highlight those features of the present that are worth strengthening, as well as those that ought to be minimized or left behind. This literary form finds a rather direct parallel in the prophetic stories populating the sacred texts of many different religions — there too, the future is used to critique and analyze the present. The difference is that science fiction *also* insists on fidelity to science, making apparent miracles into occasions to be explained rather than testimonies of faith. Our panel explores these overlaps and tensions, particularly highlighting those works of science fiction that explicitly deal with religion as they advance their purportedly secular visions. Join representatives from a variety of faith traditions for a rousing conversation!

Moderators
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Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award for the District of Columbia, and regularly teaches classes on science fiction and international affairs (among other topics). He writes on social theory, the philosophy of science, identity, and popular culture; in the latter category he has published pieces on Star Trek, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Iain M. Banks’ “Culture” novels, and Star Wars. He blogs irregularly... Read More →

Speakers
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Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad

President, director, Minaret of Freedom Institute
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. is an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist of Palestinian descent, born at sea and raised in the United States. He is author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer's Perspective on Religion and Science and he teaches courses on Islamic religion, history and civilization and religion, science and freedom at Wesley Theological Seminary and a course on "Changing Views of the Universe" at American University. Dr. Ahmad has received the... Read More →
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Holly Jackson

Pastor, United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley
The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at UCCSV in August 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope UCC in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly has also spent time a Stay-at-Home Parent and a School Social Worker. Holly has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, 2012, and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, 1997. Holly will tell you that she is a beloved messy child of God on a mission to make people believe in love, goodness, grace, redemption, and the inherent worth of all beings. In ministry she seeks to follow Jesus as he wades into the crazy sea of humanity preaching peace and hope to the least and lost. She deeply believes that God is still speaking and active in this world and works to help create a church that reflects that reality. She sees spiritual disciplines and justice work as two halves of the whole of what works to propel us on our spiritual path... Read More →
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Mark Schaefer

University Chaplain, American University
Mark is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washin... Read More →

Volunteers
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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Harding (100)

5:00pm

The Expanse: How it Gets Science Right
Often called "Game of Thrones in Space", "The Expanse" shows that humanity can colonize the Solar System, but we still bring our baggage with us. In this show, gravity, speed of light, communications, and human nature are all just as much antagonists as the Protomolecule. Join us as we talk about both the science of the show, and the show itself.

Speakers
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John White

Cybersecurity engineer
In real life John is a cybersecurity engineer. The other 16 hours of the day he is an omnivorous reader and viewer of science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, especially The Expanse, Ghost in the Shell, and anything by William Gibson. John has over 20 years of experience pr... Read More →
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Ann White

Ann White has over 20 years of experience presenting interactive fan panels at conventions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the time that she's not working to support her beading habit, she is a voracious reader and viewer of sci-fi and fantasy. Her current favorites are The... Read More →

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Bjorn Munson

Museum of Science Fiction
A lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, Bjorn currently feeds his need to tell SF and other stories through independent film work -- and currently feeds his family by being a technology program manager.

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hoover (100)

5:00pm

Changing and sculpting the genome
Science fiction has often discussed editing the human genome, creating clones, using human tissue for cyborgs, creating new life-forms through genetic manipulation. Many of these topics are now, in part, a reality in the scientific community. This panel will discuss the science behind genome editing, modification of humans, and building genomes to specifications. Additionally, this talk will discuss gene drives and how scientists are able to manipulate the environment, not just humans, using such technology. Finally, panelists will discuss the ethical implications of such research.

Moderators
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Barbara Jasny

Barbara Jasny has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Rockefeller University; she has conducted research in virus-host cell interactions, DNA replication, and cellular senescence. She joined Science magazine, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in 1985. Currently as Deputy Editor Emeritus, she... Read More →

Speakers
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Rocco Casagrande

Gryphon Scientific
Dr. Rocco Casagrande began his public sector career as a U.N. weapons inspector in pre-war Iraq where he led the U.N.'s biological analysis laboratories. Today, as a founder and Managing Partner of Gryphon Scientific, he is a widely respected thought leader on the risks and medical responses to naturally occurring infectious diseases as well as intentional CBRN events. Dr. Casagrande has provided intellectual leadership to dozens of CBRN defense projects for health and defense agencies. In one notable collaboration with DHS and CDC, he developed a methodology to incorporate risk in the choice of... Read More →
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Renee Wegrzyn

Program Manager, DARPA
In 2016, Dr. Renee Wegrzyn joined DARPA as a program manager to push the boundaries of seemingly science fictional concepts into reality in support of national security goals. Through the programs she manages, including Living Foundries and Safe Genes, she is applying the tools o... Read More →

Volunteers
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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
6 - East (250)

5:00pm

Computers in Space - brought to you by BAE
Computers in space have been a frequent theme in science fiction in both film and books.  They have taken on roles from villains (like HAL and Skynet) to heroes (like Data and the computers in The Martian).  The reality of space computers are just as interesting as their fictional counterparts, with some famous examples being the computers onboard NASA probes or the computers in satellites used for the modern telecommunications and GPS.  Computers in space must survive in an environment that is significantly more challenging than on Earth.  This panel will compare the reality of computers in space to the fiction, with experts from the industry to talk about what it takes to build a computer that can survive launch, temperature extremes, and even radiation.

Moderators
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Steve Danziger

Senior Manager of Performance Excellence, BAE Systems
Mr. Steve Danziger serves as Senior Manager of Performance Excellence for BAE Systems in Manassas. Mr. Danziger is responsible for improving the overall quality and efficiency for the site's ($100M/yr in business) products and technology. Mr. Danziger has been an Engineer and a Manager in semiconductor development and production for various defense and commercial semiconductor organizations working with state-of-the-art technologies, starting at IBM, and eventually... Read More →

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Dr. Michael Bear

Technical Director - Systems Engineering, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 25 years of experience in the entire design cycle from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He is currently the engineering lead on the RADSPEED... Read More →
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Joe Marshall

Senior Principal Systems Engineer, BAE Systems
Joe Marshall is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer working on embedded processor systems at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He has developed and/or led development of hardware, software and subsystems at GTE, IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems with the last 22 years... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
5 - South (250)

5:00pm

Cryptoparty Workshop with James O'Keefe
Mass surveillance of the public, targeted surveillance of minorities, corporate surveillance of consumers, malicious hackers taking over your accounts … It seems like there is a lot to be afraid of these days, with every move we make being tracked and documented for future reference. It doesn't have to be this way. Visit the cryptoparty table in the Exhibit Hall to arm yourself with practical knowledge and tools to take back your privacy and make your life more secure.

Speakers
avatar for James O'Keefe

James O'Keefe

Captain, Massachusetts Pirate Party
James O'Keefe is Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party and a Software Quality Assurance engineer for over 20 years. He was a two time Green Party nominee for Massachusetts Treasurer.

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall

5:00pm

The Law of Virtual Reality
Virtual reality blurs the lines between presence and remoteness, between speech and conduct. It feels real even though we know it isn't. In this talk we will consider a number of interesting legal problems we will face as people begin to interact with each other virtually.

Moderators
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Mark Lemley

Stanford University
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books (all in multiple editions) and 162 articles on these and related subjects, including the two volume... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Truman (40)

5:00pm

Intro to Sci-fi Competitive Gaming, and eSports
Panel host Dr. Joey Grandoziac of Press Start TV Radio discusses gaming on the professional circuit. Learn about upcoming Sci-fi related games, and answer the question “Should Gaming be considered a sport?”

Moderators
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Joey Gawrysiak

Dr. Joey Gawrysiak is an Associate Professor and the Director of Sport Management in the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University.  Dr. Gawrysiak's work in competitive gaming and virtual reality have been presented around the world at various conferences in both the sport business management and video game disciplines. His work has been cited by researchers in these fields as well as popular... Read More →

Speakers
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Eugene Evans

Founder, Infinite Ventures
Eugene Evans has 30+ years experience in the video game industry at start-up’s and large media companies including Electronic Arts & Viacom. As a consultant he is focused on strategy, business development & marketing including mobile games, VR/AR and esports. Clients include es... Read More →
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Reza Mahmud

"I'm an individual incredibly passionate about the Esports industry. At the University of Maryland, College Park, I was the President of the League of Legends club and studied Psychology. In addition to organizing student groups, I've been a shout caster for several Esport titles for a few years, involved with tournaments at MAGFest, the Reddit community, and other schools around the country, and through the Department of Psychology I have published literature regarding the skill components required to play various games. Currently aiming to pursue an MBA working under Dr. Joey Garwysiak at Shenandoah University. Happy to be a part of Escape... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wilson BC (190)

5:15pm

The Landing (2017)
The Landing (2017)
Director(s): Mark Dodson, David Dodson
Runtime: 83 Minutes

The 1973 controversial Apollo mission is explored with no stone left unturned. In interviews conducted on the 25th anniversary of the incident, witnesses and participants reveal layers of mystery surrounding these little-known events, which few realize almost destroyed NASA.mar

Moderators
Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Coolidge (100)

6:15pm

An Eternal Optimist: Arthur C. Clarke and the Search for What’s Next
Arthur C. Clarke, famed for co-writing “2001: A Space Odyssey,” based on one of his own much earlier short stories, was above all else an optimist who eagerly embraced not only what was coming next but what was coming after that. While his own long life story featured heavy involvement in the Second World War, where he was close to the cutting edge of implementing a new key technology, radar, he remained an optimist about technology helping to make life better for humankind both on earth and among the stars. His dreams were not founded on fantasy but on science, science just over the edge into the nearly impossible. Who else but Clarke could have taken the swords of the war just ended and propose using those technologies to envision global television using geosynchronous satellites? This panel will explore the fascinating life and works of Sir Arthur Clarke as the anniversary of his birth 100 years ago approaches.

Moderators
avatar for Timothy J. Logue

Timothy J. Logue

Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space
Timothy J. Logue is a lifelong science fiction fan who has been fortunate to work in thespace and satellite sectors for almost 40 years. He is currently Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space, a major European space manufacturer, in Washington, D... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mason Peck

Mason Peck

Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Peck is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and is a former NASA Chief Technologist. He has also worked at Boeing and Honeywell. His research interests include space-systems architecture and satellite flight dynamics. Among other flight projects, his lab at Cornell launched the first Kickstarter-funded satellite, Kicksat, and has developed the satellite-on-chip design for the Breakthrough Starshot mission to Alpha... Read More →
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Joseph Pelton

Principal, Pelton Consulting International
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is the former Dean and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University with its main campus in Strasbourg, France. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute at George Washington University. He is currently on the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety and chair of its International Academic Committee. He is the award winning author and editor of some 50 books and over 300 articles in the field of space, satellite communications systems, future technologies and urban planning. Dr. Pelton has also served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 1983 he was on the U.S. Presidential Committee for World Communications where he served as its Managing Director. In this role he first organized the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation that was announced at the White House in April 1983. Subsequently he served as Managing Director and Vice Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation as well as Executive Director of the Clarke Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI). He has also served in a number of executive capacities at Intelsat and the Comsat Corporation earlier in his career. These roles included serving as as... Read More →
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Walda Roseman

CEO, CompassRose International
Walda Roseman is Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. She is CEO of CompassRose International, an international ICT advisory firm that she established in 1993 and that she led until she joined the Internet Society in 2011. She returned to CompassRose in 2015. At the Internet... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
6 - East (250)

6:15pm

Science Fiction Criticism: Suvin and Beyond
Good SF is more than just entertainment, and the ever-increasing amount of critical attention it is receiving suggests that people have stopped viewing it as "mere" genre fiction. Addressing the legacy of Darko Suvin and his articulation of cognitive estrangement, panelists will discuss the state of modern science fiction criticism and the areas of inquiry most relevant to the serious study of the genre.

Moderators
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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for André Carrington

André Carrington

andré carrington is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Patrick B. Sharp is Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a lifelong fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and the Marvel Comics Universe (including the new stuff). He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction... Read More →


Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Harding (100)

6:15pm

DC Anime Club Presents: The 'Ghost in the Shell' Panel
This panel will review some of the history and future of this Cyperpunk Classic

Speakers
avatar for Craig Vaughn

Craig Vaughn

Craig Vaughn has been Vice President of DC Anime Club for 13 years . DC Anime Club is a Non Profit Youth Organization whose mission is to Educate people in the Washington DC Metro area about East Asian Culture through the use of Japanese animation, Manga and fandom. We participate in a variety of events and activities throughout the year. For more information please... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Truman (40)

6:15pm

Insights Needed: Video Gaming & the Goldilocks Principle
Insights Needed is not just a panel, it’s a chance to talk about what makes video games engaging and how we can think about optimizing engagement from a health perspective. We need your insights to help answer questions like what makes games hard to put down and how do gamers self-regulate their playing? Are daily login rewards more motivating than streak bonuses? Does playing with friends make it easier or harder to take a break? What mechanics should developers consider to improve engagement without making players feel frustrated or burned out from playing too much? This panel is part of a research project designed to foster rational discussion and consensus about video games and health, and the best part is, the science will be done at Escape Velocity! We will analyze results of the panel during the convention and present them on Sunday for your feedback.  Join us to make your voice heard and help move the discussion forward! (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study Multi-stakeholder consensus development in video game research, IRB# 6931, PI Alain Labrique, Ph.D.)

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Colder Carras

Michelle Colder Carras

Michelle is a public mental health researcher and gamer devoted to changing the public health conversation around gaming. Her work explores the boundary between healthy and problematic gaming and how gaming can help mental health. She uses fancy statistics as well as interviews t... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Wilson BC (190)

6:15pm

The (Virtually) Real Economy
Come join us for a discussion on the ways virtual reality will impact different industries and our habits as everyday people. Through entertainment, health, wellness and travel, virtual reality could revolutionize the way we live. Hear from experts and entrepreneurs in the VR/AR industry to see how they are shaping the future.

Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Hearn

Kimberly Hearn

Kimberly Hearn is a senior public policy and administration major at James Madison University. She is a fourth year member of the Honors College and Marching Royal Dukes. Outside of school, gaming is her biggest hobby and she developed an interest in virtual reality at a young ag... Read More →

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Dr. Phil Frana

Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, James Madison University
Philip Frana is Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. He is author of the forthcoming book The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence and Automation from ABC-CLIO. Titles of his recent class... Read More →
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Maria Schultheis

Dept Head and Professor, Psychology Department, Drexel University
Maria Schultheis, PhD, is the Department Head for the Department of Psychology as well as a Professor with appointments in the Department of Psychology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Schultheis is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who received he... Read More →
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Nick Swayne

LTC Nick Swayne retired in December 2006 with over 26 years of service and has worked at James Madison University in a variety of positions since leaving active duty. He currently serves as the Executive Director of 4-Virginia – a formal collaboration of six Virginia universities driven by 4 initiatives. Since its inception, 4-VA has supported advancements in research between institutions, piloted and shared innovative courses, redesigned courses to improve student outcomes, implemented new instructional technologies, hosted workshops, conferences and served as the catalyst for a number of other programs. He is the founding director of the JMU X-Labs and directs a number of experiential courses on diverse topics like Virtual and Augmented Reality, Unmanned Systems, Hacking 4 Defense, and... Read More →
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Canny Weems

Virtually Anywhere started in 1998 as an offshoot of a successful commercial photography studio owned and operated since 1984 by Carrington “Canny” Weems.  Mr. Weems started VA with the goal of not relying on tricky, cool “spin around” versions of his own photos, but instead with... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
5 - South (250)

6:15pm

Pop Parliament
For 15 years, (Anime) Parliament has been one of the most prolific panels in the east coast convention circuit, now that team has come to Escape Velocity and is ready to hear cases from any sci-fi, fantasy, anime or game universe you can come up with. Bring up a case against a character, a situation, a society or any other aspect of your chosen universe. It's up to the audience to debate, dispute and ultimately vote upon the guilt or innocence of your subject. Come forward, state your case, bring witnesses, but remember: Not everyone in the Parliament will agree with you. Be ready for a debate, because you'll most certainly get one.

Moderators
Speakers
DH

Dan Hepler

A Class Apart Improv
avatar for Charles Kolreg

Charles Kolreg

A Class Apart Improv 
JR

Joe Randazzo

Washington Improv Theater
Joe has been doing comedy since 2000, studied at the Uprights Citizens Brigade in New York, Annoyance Theater in Chicago and at the DC Improv. He currently performs in the "Amazing" long running duo Jive Turkey, the "Spectacular" Sistine Robot, and the "Superior" Four Heads.  ... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Smrcina

Ashley Smrcina

Ashley has been performing Improv since before she even understood what Improv really was! She has studied Improvisation for the Theater at Northern Virginia Community College as well as three semesters at the Washington Improv Theater and plans to move to Chicago within the next... Read More →
JS

Joseph Statkus

A Class Apart Improv 
BT

Brian Tepe

A Class Apart Improv

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
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Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:45pm
1 - Northwest (500)

7:00pm

Robots in film and popular culture
From Gort to K2SO, the automata of the silver screen, television, comics, and other media have fascinated fans for decades. Come with us on an exploration of the origins, creative inspirations, and engineering designs that brought to life some of the beloved "non-living" characters that grace our pop culture.

Moderators
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Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC.  She works on film and media studies, science fiction, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology and new media. Her... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Coolidge (100)

7:30pm

Drones in Education
With drones becoming mainstream in recent years, there has been a push to bring drones into education. Over the years, the shape of drones in education has evolved from its roots as a simple example to fascinate students about science, technology, engineering, art, and math; to a trade skill in a burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry; to an everyday data collection tool used for teaching other disciplines such as software development. The panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges in their efforts to bring drones into education.

Moderators
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Dr. Christopher Vo

Chief Scientist, Sentien Robotics
Christopher Vo serves as the Chief Scientist for Sentien Robotics, developing technologies to improve robustness, scalability, and performance of autonomous unmanned systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Mason University, where he developed artificial intellig... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen

President, DUGN
Steve's passion for drones arose out of his desire to gain interesting vantage points for his photography and film pursuits. Passion soon became obsession leading him to develop and instruct curriculum based on drones, robotics, and mechatronics for Bergen County (NJ) Technical S... Read More →
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Nick Swayne

LTC Nick Swayne retired in December 2006 with over 26 years of service and has worked at James Madison University in a variety of positions since leaving active duty. He currently serves as the Executive Director of 4-Virginia – a formal collaboration of six Virginia universities driven by 4 initiatives. Since its inception, 4-VA has supported advancements in research between institutions, piloted and shared innovative courses, redesigned courses to improve student outcomes, implemented new instructional technologies, hosted workshops, conferences and served as the catalyst for a number of other programs. He is the founding director of the JMU X-Labs and directs a number of experiential courses on diverse topics like Virtual and Augmented Reality, Unmanned Systems, Hacking 4 Defense, and... Read More →

Volunteers
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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Hoover (100)

7:30pm

Science in Science Fiction Media: the Good, the Bad, and the Amusing
Catherine Asaro will talk the science in movies and tv shows, with examples from shows such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and last summer's blockbuster, Wonder Woman. Come see some of the best, the worst, and the most entertaining examples of how popular culture uses science in our entertainment.

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Wilson BC (190)

7:30pm

Trauma, Mental Health, and Disability
More than 1 in 10 Americans live with an apparent disability. If you include less apparent disabilities such as mental health conditions, the number increases to 1 in 5. And yet, the portrayal of disability in science fiction, like characters in blackface, has struggled to move beyond stereotypes lacking depth or understanding of the disability experience: exaggerated caricatures of heroes, victims, sidekicks, and villains. This is a panel presentation and audience discussion on "Trauma, Mental Health, and Disability" using examples from science fiction, popular culture, and a dash of humor, disability experts at the intersection of technology, science fiction film, and media will discuss how to develop authentic disabled characters and stories.

Moderators
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author / Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the novel "Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale," editor of the anthology, "Trust & Treachery," and a regular host on Idobi Radio’s "Geek Girl Riot." Her stories have appeared in Fireside Fiction, Apex Magazine, and GrayHaven Com... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kamilah Martin-Proctor

Kamilah Martin-Proctor

Founder / Chair, Martin MS Alliance Fnd / DCCPD
Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Founder of the Martin Multiple Sclerosis Alliance Foundation (MMSAF) www.ManyFacesofMS.org currently serving as chair on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities, a community advocate and patient support representative. | Mrs... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Truman (40)

7:30pm

Science Fiction and the Technology of Matter Duplicators
Join Dr Phil Frana as we discuss the very real science behind matter replication, as we see in quite a few of our beloved science fiction stories.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil Frana

Dr. Phil Frana

Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, James Madison University
Philip Frana is Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. He is author of the forthcoming book The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence and Automation from ABC-CLIO. Titles of his recent class... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
6 - East (250)

7:30pm

Making Video Games With Little Coding
Thanks to tools like GameMaker, Stencyl, and Construct 2, anyone can make a videogame. Spreading the word and inspiring new voices in games not only diversifies the voices involved in videogames and expands the medium, but it also helps demystify the process of game creation. Without programming backgrounds, James Earl Cox III, Ben Sironko, and Blake Andrews discuss how they make games using such tools and give insight with tips and tricks to making games with little code.

Moderators
avatar for James Earl Cox III

James Earl Cox III

Digital Wizard, Seemingly Pointless
Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, James Earl Cox III completed a self-set challenge of making 100 games in 5 years. Co-founder of Seemingly Pointless, he holds a masters degree from the University of Southern California in Interactive Media and Game Design and is a Miami Universi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Blake Andrews

Blake Andrews

Blake Andrews is an artist from New York whose games are known for having uncomfortable or confusing controls, disorientating visual and audio aesthetic, and social and political subjects. Most of these games are made in software that is free, cheap, or suited towards programing... Read More →
avatar for Ben Sironko

Ben Sironko

Ben Sironko is a game designer and programmer interested in multiplayer arcade games, experimental games, gallery games, and big games across media, especially as they fit into the idea of the New Arcade. | His games have been exhibited worldwide at festivals including the IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games in NYC and LA, Come Out... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
5 - South (250)

8:00pm

Cosplay Dance-Off
Cosplay Dance Off, Where Street Dance meets Cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out as your favorite characters against each other for that Convention’s Grand Champion title! Dance Off has been running strong for over 12 years now at east-coast conventions, Anime USA, Katsucon, MAGFest, and Anime Mid Atlantic. There have even been sister shows performed at other convention venues such as New York Anime Festival, Nekocon, Zenkaikon, and Animazement. Over the course of three rounds, our dancers will go team vs. team, 3 vs. 3, and the final round our Team Captains go head to head! Join us for the show! Anything can happen!

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia. He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons. His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Finley

Lynne Finley

Brownelegz Cosplay
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Miniboss

Miniboss

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 2 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Raydon

Jenn Raydon

Subject Roulette!
avatar for Scripture

Scripture

Team Ninja Co-Captian, Cosplay Dance Off
Dancer, Award winning burlesque performer, Male entertainer. Scripture is all things of Rhythm and Movement. An Actor, Cosplayer (for fun. Not Profession). | Spirit Animal: Scar from the Lion king | Music: hip hop, trap, oldies, RnB | Height: 6'4 | Favorites things to do... Read More →
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Northwest (500)

8:15pm

Magellan (2017)
Magellan (2017)
Director(s): Rob York
Runtime: 103 Minutes

After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.

Speakers
Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Coolidge (100)

8:45pm

Tales from the Strange Planet Earth
Presented by Washington Improv Theater.

Welcome to Tales from the Strange Planet Earth! Each month the moons align here in the Trazar system and for an hour we receive a clear signal of television and film transmissions from a planet known as earth. Join your host, Bik Bak, as he leads a discussion of the broadcasts with the Theta Quadrant's foremost experts on humans. As always, we've captured two human guests to help us better understand the strange alien customs of the inhabitants of earth. Don't miss out on the hottest show critics are calling, "Informative and disturbing!"

Speakers
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Caroline Chen

Washington Improv Theater
Caroline is grateful she talked herself into giving improv a try. She remembers once shrinking in her audience seat and praying not to be selected to join performers onstage at an improv show she attended. The weird ways of life have since propelled her through WIT’s curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Nina Hsu

Nina Hsu

National Institutes of Health
avatar for Alex Kazanas

Alex Kazanas

Washington Improv Theater
Alex has been improvising since 2014, and he's finally gotten himself out of that paper bag. He performs with the WIT Harold team Richie, seasonal WIT productions Die! Die! Die! and Citizens' Watch, indie team The Female Accent (of which he's a founding member), and the duo Pillo... Read More →
RK

Ryan Krull

Washington Improv Theater
Ryan was literally given the gift of improv for his birthday in January of 2013, and he has been addicted ever since. He performs with Going To The Movies Alone (a trio of experimental longform performers based of made up movies), Commonwealth (WIT house ensemble) and Ugh (an all... Read More →
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Virginia Lyon

Virginia's entrance into this world was unscripted and she's been improvising ever since. Like many, Virginia leaned into comedy as a method for making friends, getting out of self-dug holes, and not having to pay for therapy. 
ZM

Zach Mason

Washington Improv Theater
Zach Mason has been praised for his character work. Usually like, “A lot of interesting characters... a lot of sad characters.” Since starting in 2014, Zach has studied improv and sketch at WIT and Dojo Comedy. He is also a founding member of the indie troupes Helper Pony and BOO... Read More →
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Molly Murchie

Washington Improv Theater
Molly Murchie has been improvising since 2001 when she began training with Washington Improv Theater. It changed her life, and she has the husband and two kids to prove it. Since then, she has performed as a founding member of WIT ensemble Jackie, as co-creator and director of Wa... Read More →
JM

Jonathan Murphy

Washington Improv Theater
In 2011, Jonathan thought he was just 'doing improv for fun'. Someone pointed out he was in four groups, doing it six nights a week, and obsessively talking about every show he saw. In that moment he realized he was all in for the rest of his life.
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Ceci De Robertis

Washington Improv Theater
Ceci De Robertis was so terrified when she first started improv in 2012 that she threw up before her 1A showcase. Before long, she realized the stage was fun and fell in love with the art! A graduate of Washington Improv Theater’s training program, Ceci currently performs with the all-female super-group Sweater Kittens... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Museum of Science Fiction
A lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, Bjorn currently feeds his need to tell SF and other stories through independent film work -- and currently feeds his family by being a technology program manager.

Friday September 1, 2017 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Harding (100)

10:15pm

Space Party
Come enjoy the company of the finest folks from all over Escape Velocity, colorful characters, good music, and fun will be had for all, costumes are welcome, but not required. There may even be dancing!

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Speakers
Volunteers

Friday September 1, 2017 10:15pm - Saturday September 2, 2017 12:15am
1 - Northwest (500)

12:15am

Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
Director: Fritz Lang
Runtime: 147 Minutes

Metropolis is a German silent film produced in 1927 that uses a dystopian society to explore the dangers inherent in capitalism and industrialization. Based on a novel by Thea von Harbou, it was directed by her husband Fritz Lang, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and stars Alfred Abel as Joh Fredersen, Gustav Fröhlich as Freder, Brigitte Helm as both Maria and the Machine-Man, and Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Rotwang the inventor.

The film in its completed form has been lost, but most of Metropolis has been rediscovered, including a most recent addition of 25 minutes of previously missing footage. It holds the distinction of being the most expensive silent film ever made, with a final cost of almost 4.2 million Reichmark, and has become known as one of the most contentious films of the Weimar era.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:15am - 2:45am
Coolidge (100)
 
Saturday, September 2
 

9:30am

Education Workshop - Build a Robot
Limited Capacity seats available

Informal learners will interact with a demo that utilizes a skull and/or robot head and raspberry pi that has been used to create a talking head that has the same functionality as Amazon’s Alexa. This exhibit could also include a workshop element during which learners code their own robot and take the code home on an SD card.
Take-aways: How to problem solve using technology, programming, and imagination
Class size is limited to 15 participants, grades 8 and up only
Parents, please come and join your children for the fun!


Moderators
avatar for Henry D. Winter

Henry D. Winter

Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →
avatar for Santha Walters

Santha Walters

Classroom Teacher, Bellevue Public Schools
Santha Walters is an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and the Building Technology Coordinator for Logan Fontenelle Middle School. Her school is located within a technology-based district, and thus she has advocated for and helped implement STEM education into the standard curriculum. As a matter of a fact, she will be conducting a workshop on the subject at this... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Hoover (100)

9:30am

Pokemon Go & Draw

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

 


Moderators
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Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Wilson BC (190)

9:30am

What is 'Klingon'?
The Klingon language, which began as a few lines of dialogue in the first Star Trek movie, has grown to be what the Guinness Book of World Records once dubbed the world’s “largest fictional language.” This session will look at how and why the language was created, how filmmaking influenced (and altered) its grammar and vocabulary, and how the language is faring in the “real world.”

Speakers
avatar for Marc Okrand

Marc Okrand

Linguist, creator of the Klingon language and author of Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, The Klingon Way, and The Klingon Dictionary

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
1 - Northwest (500)

9:30am

The Controversies of Hard Science Fiction
Why does so much controversy surround the genre of hard science fiction? Even establishing a definition has long been a source of debate. For this panel, we will define hard science fiction as literature that uses established scientific principles as the jumping off point for plausible extrapolation that is integral to the story. Is it true that hard science fiction concentrates on science to the exclusion of good character development, emotional depth, and literary quality, or is that a stereotype that can't survive in the current age? What constitutes "plausible extrapolation?" Are the hard sciences becoming too advanced to make for a good story? Do you need scientific credentials to write hard sf? In a field once assumed as only for men, who are some of the women writing hard science fiction? Panelists will discuss the many controversies associated with hard science fiction and weigh in with their thoughts.

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with five novels in print.  His debut novel TERMINAL MIND won the 2007 Philip K. Dick award for the best science fiction paperback novel published that year.  His historical fantasy series starts... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Harding (100)

10:00am

Cosfashion Show Tech rehearsal
Tech crew, and Cosfashion show runners will go over, with entrants, the running of the CosFashion show for the day.
Sign up required, no admittance without sign up (parental guardian allowed for underage entrant).

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
2 - SouthEast (500)

10:00am

Board Gaming

We have an open gaming area and a well-stocked library of hobby games – with your Escape Velocity pass, you can check out anything that sparks your interest (free of charge).

Play modern favorites along with some rare and unusual games dating back to the 1970s.

Try new games and meet fellow gamers!

In addition, we will be hosting a small selection of pre-scheduled boardgame and RPG sessions – check them out on Warhorn, and join in.


Volunteers
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 9:00pm
Atrium

10:00am

Escape the Room - SciFi Style
Sign up for the official Escape Velocity room escape! You and your teammates are “locked” in a room where you will engage in a sci-fi scenario with puzzles, ciphers and riddles, with only 30 minutes to find your way out. Plus, there are two separate room escape experiences, so you can have twice the fun! While the stories in each room are related, you can experience them in any order. Time slots are available every half-hour throughout the weekend, but space is limited! Note that you may be grouped with others to meet minimum participant requirements. There is an additional cost to participate, which you can pre-pay via Escape Velocity registration (https://escapevelocity.events/registration-tickets/) or directly at Room Escape EV. 

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Madison A

10:00am

Starship Horizons: Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ships Bridge Officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own Starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering. Advance sign-up is recommended, so either sign up online at their site or stop by the room early to enlist.

Moderators
Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Wilson A (100)

10:45am

Cas Anvar VIP event
Come join Cas Anvar in an exclusive VIP meet and Greet session. Limited to 20 lucky fans. For more information, please stop by the information booth.

Moderators
avatar for Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar is a multi-talented, award-winning actor who has over 100 credits to his name in both film and television. From his big break in the Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominated movie ‘Shattered Glass’, he’s appeared in  ‘The Terminal’, ‘Source Code’, ‘The Vatican Tapes’ and the multi-Oscar winners... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Truman (40)
  • Logistics TBD

10:45am

The Extreme Universe Animated - a Collaboration between Art Students and Astronomers
What if you put a team of astronomers and a class of animation students together to try to explain the mysteries of the gamma-ray universe as seen with the Fermi satellite? For four years scientists from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have worked with Maryland Institute College of Art students to produce a series of animations based on Fermi research that includes black holes, pulsars, dark matter and more. In this panel, astronomers will describe the underlying science, then students will present their animations.

Moderators
avatar for Laurence Arcadias

Laurence Arcadias

Chair and Professor, Animation dept, Maryland Institute College of Art
Animation is a great way to observe the world.
avatar for Dr. Robin Corbet

Dr. Robin Corbet

Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, Baltimore County/NASA Goddard
Astronomy, art/science collaborations, SETI, music...

Speakers
LM

Lily Martin

Student, Maryland Insitute College of Art
Lily Martin is currently a student at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She specializes in Illustration and Animation.
DR

Dr. Roopesh Ojha

Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr Roopesh Ojha is an astronomer working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. His current work is focused on supporting the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and conducting multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations of active galactic nuclei (galaxies harb... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Hoover (100)

10:45am

Joe Haldeman - Literary Guest of Honor
A special solo panel with our literary guest of honor, Joe Haldeman.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. His latest... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
1 - Northwest (500)

10:45am

Diversity and Storytelling in Emerging Media

Storytelling innovations within emerging media fields that have arose in recent years provide an ideal lense through which we can see the projection of different life experiences into the future. Inclusive and intersectional stories of the future can help pave the way for those futures to become a reality in the present and in the process, tremendous opportunities to innovate the storytelling process along the way.  


Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Rutenbeck

Jeffrey Rutenbeck

American University
Jeffrey Rutenbeck is the Dean of the School of Communication (SOC) at American University in Washington, DC. Since 2012, Dr. Rutenbeck has worked to build McKinley Hall, the new home for the School of Communication (SOC) and expanding the Dean’s Internships with organizations such as NPR, The Smithsonian, USA Today, and National Geographic. Dr. Rutenbeck has also launched several new initiatives at the university including an Investigative Journalism Practicum with the Washington Post, and a new campus-wide initiative in Game Design and Persuasive Play. He also joined the first DC-area team to enter the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. | | Before joining American University, Dr. Rutenbeck was the founding dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. During six years at Champlain, he oversaw growing programs in game design, game art and animation, communication, public relations, graphic design and digital media, and emergent media among other areas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brigid Maher

Brigid Maher

Brigid Maher is the Director of the Film and Media Arts Division and a tenured, associate professor in the School of Communication. She is the Director of the Community Voice Project and Senior Fellow at the Center for Media and Social Impact. | Her latest documentary, The Mama Sherpas, is currently screening across the country and follows nurse-midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, over the course of two years. The documentary provides an intimate glimpse into what midwives can bring to the birthing process in the hospital system. The film is executively produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) and distributed by Bond/360... Read More →
avatar for Montré Aza Missouri

Montré Aza Missouri

Montré Aza Missouri is an Associate Professor in Film at Howard University, author of the black feminist film and culture studies book "Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity" published by Palgrave Macmillan and founder of the independent film organi... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Monroe

Bryan Monroe

Bryan Monroe is the Verizon Chair and Professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington Editor, Opinion & Commentary at CNN and the editor of CNNPolitics.com. His work at the network included editorial planning and content strategy across all online platforms for CNN in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He... Read More →
avatar for Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson is a writer, producer, and futurist based in DC. She spends a lot of time looking at emerging technology and counterprogramming for social justice. She is currently the Deputy Editor over Digital Innovation for ESPN's The Undefeated.

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Harding (100)

10:45am

Sci-Fi at a Top STEM High School
Students from the science fiction and fantasy writing club at the highly-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology share their experiences writing science fiction, and discuss how they balance their research and writing.

Moderators
avatar for Milan Wolff

Milan Wolff

Milan Wolff is the former president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Club at one of the nation's top high schools, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. A recent graduate of TJHSST, he will be attending the College of William & Mary in the fall, where h... Read More →

Speakers
Volunteers
SF

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Wilson BC (190)

10:45am

DC Stunt Coalition Workshop
The DC Stunt Coalition teaches you the fundamentals of fight choreography.

Moderators
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender in military films and the impact of media on understandings of gender in overall... Read More →

Speakers
TA

Tu An Truong

DC Stunt Coalition

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:45am - 12:45pm
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Slightly Off Key: Great Soundtracks in Terrible SF Films
As Tee Morris took us through a history of music in film and video games in THE BIG SCORE, this presentation reaches into the darkest corners of entertainment to bring into the light terrific soundtracks that appear in some cinematic clunkers. Alongside author and horror film critic Nick Kelly, this presentation features incredible musical journeys providing backdrops to cringeworthy productions.

Moderators
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Coolidge (100)

11:00am

Rockville Science Center's STEaM POWERed HEROES of all ages
Join Rockville Science Center for hands-on STEM activities for all ages in Earth & Space Sciences, Robotics, and Nanotechnology. RSC works in the community as a science center without walls as it moves towards a facility of its own to encourage lifelong exploration of the scientific foundations of everyday life. RSC collaborates with other organizations and features some of them here: NISE Network kits; A+Science4Kids, WIZARDS.exe FTC Robotics Team 9794; Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; Gaithersburg Community Museum, which operates Observatory Park; Space Telescope Science Institute; and more!

Moderators
avatar for Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Outreach, Rockville Science Center
Maizie Cummings-Rocke holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (DC). She began her nonprofit career at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (FL) in the education department as an administrative assistant, camp instructor and demonstrator, and later as assistant curator where she created its collections catalog system and mounted her first exhibit... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Museum of Science Fiction Gallery
Saturday September 2, 2017 11:00am - 8:00pm
Madison B

11:45am

Fashion Show Seating
Arrive early to get your seat for the fashion show!

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:45am - 12:00pm
2 - SouthEast (500)

11:45am

CosFashion show Green Room
Area for entrants to the CosFashion show to prepare to take the runway.
Sign up required, no admittance without sign up (parental guardian allowed for underage entrant).

Moderators
EV

Escape Velocity

Infrastructure Support, The Museum of Science Fiction
This is a generic user which will describe any temporary, or group listing of available Admin/Staff/Volunteer who may be part of an adminstrative session within the schedule.

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 11:45am - 2:00pm
Truman (40)

12:00pm

- Kawaii + Create a Character Workshop

Explore your inner self with Imani Brown by creating a manga character or personal mascot, no experience needed! You just imagination


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilson BC (190)

12:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 1 : Storyboarding and Concept Art
Limited Capacity seats available

Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen.

In the first of this 3-part workshop, learn the basics of storyboarding and concept art - collaborate on a narrative and design your characters, props, and scenery, all to set the stage for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Sunday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Joe Haldeman Autograph Signing
Joe Haldeman signs autographs in the foyer adjacent to his panel.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. His latest... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Southwest Foyer

12:00pm

Man As Machine: Androids & Cyborgs in Literature
Are humans more than the sum of their parts, or are they merely organic machines, as philosophers from antiquity on have suggested? Today, new innovations in science and technology provide new ways to interrogate this question, even as they continue to raise it. On the one hand, increasingly advanced prosthetics, neural interfaces (such as Elon Musk’s recently-announced Neuralink), and other enhancements allow us to go beyond the limitations of our human bodies. On the other hand, machine intelligence now rivals, and even supersedes, humans in everything from game-playing strategies to driving and facial recognition, suggesting that we’re moving closer to the holy grail of creating an artificial sentient being. These innovations pose the ultimate question: what does it mean to be human? More specifically, (how) do our physical bodies define us and shape our humanity, and how might we retain that humanity as we change, or even transcend, those bodies?

Moderators
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anika Dane

Anika Dane

Anika Dane is a freelance blogger and lecturer with a special interest in fairy tales and space opera. She writes and presents on a variety of topics including fashion, feminism, geek and genre media, pop culture, and modern mythology. Anika's educational background is in the arts, sociology, and women's studies, and she has held positions in academia, systems design, and children's theater. She is completing... Read More →
avatar for Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen has a PhD in English Literature from Ball State University and teaches at Young Harris College. He has had journal articles published in Text in Context, Margaret Atwood Studies, The Quint, and JOSF. A book with McFarland, Archival Embodiment in Science Fiction, is due out early... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award for the District of Columbia, and regularly teaches classes on science fiction and international affairs (among other topics). He writes on social theory, the philosophy of science, identity, and popular culture; in the latter category he has published pieces on Star Trek, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Iain M. Banks’ “Culture” novels, and Star Wars. He blogs irregularly... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harding (100)

12:00pm

Electronic Skin Technology
Future devices will need to acquire more information about their surroundings in order to provide smarter responses. Our technology leads the way in design, manufacturing and deployment of multi-modal sensor skins that replicate or even surpass the performance of human skin. Our vision is to integrate our novel touch interfaces in every day objects so they can perceive touch.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Baptist

Josh Baptist

R&D Specialist, eSkin - University of Louisville
Josh is currently a R&D Specialist serving with with Next Generation Systems research group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Louisville. His work that has been emphasized by research and development of electronic skin technology to improv... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson

Graduate Research Assistant, Next Gen Systems
Generally speaking, I like to talk with folks about just about anything. I started my academic career in college majoring in Math and Physics, and a pseudo-minor in Computer Science (there's a lot of math overlap, but only two lines on the diploma application) following a pretty... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hoover (100)

12:00pm

CosFashion Show
A runway style Masquerade featuring seasoned emcees, showrunners, and the best collection of costumers,cosplayers, and fashionistas that EV has to offer.

Runway sign up will be on-going in the Exhibition Hall on friday,
Online runway sign up can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsEV2JNhL69tHM2GIvmcxnMMJn4C_Sn-0knEqLhOSzIbDZXg/viewform

Sign up is not required to sit in the Audience.

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
2 - SouthEast (500)

1:15pm

Sci-Fi Dough Ornaments
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's make dough ornaments! Join us in an all ages make and take geek craft workshop.  Kids under 10 will need parent assistance.

Artists
Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Exhibit Hall

1:15pm

Young Adult Science Fiction Literature for Girls
While science fiction has always appealed to young readers, some of today's pre-teen and teen fiction is making a real effort to reach a female audience by featuring strong female protagonists or tapping into other genres that are popular with girls. Come talk about "gateway" science fiction for young readers, especially girls! (And don't forget to bring along your recommendations so you can join the conversation.)

Moderators
avatar for Santha Walters

Santha Walters

Classroom Teacher, Bellevue Public Schools
Santha Walters is an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and the Building Technology Coordinator for Logan Fontenelle Middle School. Her school is located within a technology-based district, and thus she has advocated for and helped implement STEM education into the standard curriculum. As a matter of a fact, she will be conducting a workshop on the subject at this... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Holden

Rebecca Holden

Rebecca J. Holden is a fan and scholar of feminist science fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2008.  She has published essays and reviews on various science fiction writers and books... Read More →
avatar for Erica Massey

Erica Massey

Erica Massey is a PhD student and graduate instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in comics and fandom studies, as well as disability and minority literature. A two-time speaker at Dragon Con’s Comics and Popular Arts Conference, she was the 2014 recipient of the Alfred Leja English award and is a contributor of the... Read More →
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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →
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June Pulliam

At the tender age of eight, June Pulliam was permitted to stay up by herself and watch George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. She was so traumatized by the experience, that she now teaches courses on horror fiction and film at Louisiana State University, where she also teaches classes about Young Adult fiction and gender studies. Pulliam is the author... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Harding (100)

1:15pm

Westworld: Cowboys and AI
Extending off the concept of the original 1973 movie that explored man's inhumanity to robot, the HBO series brought to life a resort where one could live in a Western setting and interact with realistic "host" AIs. Westworld was the the latest sci-fi show to explore these themes. Compare and contrast Westworld to other shows that blur the line between man and machine, such as "Dollhouse", "Battlestar Galactica", "Ghost In the Shell", and "TRON: Legacy". How do these fictional examples compare to real-world artificial intelligence applications such as Watson, Google's Tensorflow, and OpenAI? Is Alexa really your friend, or will she shoot you in the last episode?

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley is a writer, teacher, and financial professional with degrees in English and Philosophy. An article he wrote on the topic of AI in Star Trek was e-published for TheMind'sEye.com in 2011.
avatar for John White

John White

Cybersecurity engineer
In real life John is a cybersecurity engineer. The other 16 hours of the day he is an omnivorous reader and viewer of science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, especially The Expanse, Ghost in the Shell, and anything by William Gibson. John has over 20 years of experience pr... Read More →
avatar for Ann White

Ann White

Ann White has over 20 years of experience presenting interactive fan panels at conventions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the time that she's not working to support her beading habit, she is a voracious reader and viewer of sci-fi and fantasy. Her current favorites are The... Read More →

Volunteers
SF

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Wilson BC (190)

1:15pm

2017 Space Odyssey
Humans have continuously inhabited space on the International Space Station for almost 17 years. Companies are currently working to expand human presence in space, from suborbital to orbital and beyond. Learn from different companies across industry and the current and future plans for human spaceflight.

Moderators
avatar for Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla

Government Affairs, Virgin Galactic

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michael Bear

Dr. Michael Bear

Technical Director - Systems Engineering, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 25 years of experience in the entire design cycle from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He is currently the engineering lead on the RADSPEED... Read More →
avatar for Kris Lehnhardt

Kris Lehnhardt

Assistant Professor, George Washington University
I am a medical doctor who specializes in Emergency Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, and Extreme Environmental Medicine. Talk to me about any human health and/or medicine in space topic!
avatar for Tommy Sanford

Tommy Sanford

Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Tommy Sanford is the Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Sanford has extensive experience in the aerospace sector including his most recent position at the Space Foundation, where he spent five years as Government Affairs Associate. At the Space Foundation, Tommy was responsible for analyzing and implementing policy strategies in the aerospace, defense, and international arenas. Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, Sanford worked at the Department of... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Hoover (100)

1:30pm

The Big Score: The Evolution of the SF Soundtrack
We always know when Darth Vader is on the way, when James Bond is coming to the rescue, or when you’re entering the city limits of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Music forms an integral part of television and cinema, yet is rarely examined or celebrated. Or are there fans out there that collect soundtracks as some collect cards and comics? What is some of the best music from the genre? Where did soundtracks begin, and where are they headed musically?

Moderators
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Coolidge (100)

2:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 2: Character and Set Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to build! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the second of this 3-part workshop, learn the technical fabrication aspects of stop motion animation: create your own characters on wire armatures and construct and finish the props and scenery for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Sunday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

2:15pm

Cas Anvar Guest Panel
Escape Velocity is Proud to have the esteemed and talented Cas Anvar from the hit television show, "The Expanse", to present a Q & A for all to enjoy.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar is a multi-talented, award-winning actor who has over 100 credits to his name in both film and television. From his big break in the Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominated movie ‘Shattered Glass’, he’s appeared in  ‘The Terminal’, ‘Source Code’, ‘The Vatican Tapes’ and the multi-Oscar winners... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
1 - Northwest (500)

2:15pm

CosFashion Costume Evaluation and Feedback
A team of seasoned Costume Crafters and Experts will lend their expertise to help you get that perfect costume or fashion look.
Sign up required, no admittance without sign up (parental guardian allowed for underage entrant).

Evaluations will come in a FCFS basis, and must be signed up for, the sign ups will occur Friday in the Exhibition hall, or online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScr5ISpNiUsZ8u02FkznZ-67N0_-fdlfIenyhRrycdKFhQFTg/viewform

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Tarisa Walker

Tarisa Walker

Fire Lily Cosplay
Fire Lily has been cosplaying since 2004.  She has won numerous awards such as Best In Show and Best Overall for her costume craftsmanship and presentation skills since 2006.  Fire Lily has served as the Head Judge and Judge wrangler for Katsucon's Masquerade Dept. for the last 8 years, and she judges costume contests at conventions in the Mid-Atlantic region such as Otakon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Tekkoshocon, T-Mode, Anime USA, MAGFest, and more... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Truman (40)

2:15pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Moderators
Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:15pm - 4:15pm
2 - SouthEast (500)

2:30pm

How to Draw Anime

AWA artists will teach participants how to create anime characters and designs. Using common anime shows as a reference, this workshop breaks down what makes an anime an anime and how to utilize certain aspects of the art in your own work.

 

 


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wilson BC (190)

2:30pm

The Journal of Science Fiction/CESK Anthology
Did you know that the Museum of Science Fiction sponsors a JOSF (Journal of Science Fiction)? Join us for a discussion with some of the contributors to learn about the Journal, what the process for contributing an academic article is like, and to learn a bit more about up and coming science fiction writers.

Moderators
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen

Joseph Hurtgen has a PhD in English Literature from Ball State University and teaches at Young Harris College. He has had journal articles published in Text in Context, Margaret Atwood Studies, The Quint, and JOSF. A book with McFarland, Archival Embodiment in Science Fiction, is due out early... Read More →
avatar for Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in speculative events, women's perspectives, and artistic freedom. Her fiction has been published in such anthologies as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Black Silk, and Dark... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Marotta

Melanie Marotta

Melanie A. Marotta received her PhD in English from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts. Marotta is an editor for the Museum of Science Fiction’s Journal of Science Fiction and has been a member of the SFRA since 2012... Read More →
avatar for Moira O’Keeffe

Moira O’Keeffe

Moira O’Keeffe received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her contribution to the Journal of Science Fiction explores how informal science education can be tied to science fiction media.  She is an Associate Professor at Bellarmine... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Harding (100)

2:30pm

From Nanotechnology to Quantum Computing: The Limits of Strong AI
In this panel we will look toward the future of artificial intelligence. What new ways of thinking, what new technologies, what new views of reality might bring sentient constructs to life? A few computer theorists, notably Raymond Kurtzweil, Eric Drexler, and David Deutsch are setting the stage for a new world to come.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka combines a lifelong passion for science fiction with an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics.  His undergraduate studies at Rice University with the early pioneer of computer intelligence, John Alan Robinson, sparked in him a lasting interes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lee Cannon

Lee Cannon

Lee Cannon is a writer and communications professional living in the District. Since her high school days reading novel after novel of the Star Trek and Star Wars series, as well as stumble-upons like Clifford D. Simak's "A Choice of Gods," Lee has had an interest in the possibil... Read More →
avatar for Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama is a Planetary Scientist with the Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland. His research areas include the role of radiation, molecules and particulates in solar system atmospheres. It is remarkable that natural processes at molecular levels regulate planeta... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka is a molecular cell biologist whose research has focused on the nanomachines present in living cells.  The feasibility of strong artificial intelligence has intrigued her since her undergraduate days at Rice University, where she and her husband, Robert, studied wi... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hoover (100)

3:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 3: Animation and Editing
Limited Capacity seats available

This is where the magic happens! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the last of this 3-part workshop, learn techniques for creating the illusion of motion, in-camera effects, and lighting. Get hands on animating characters and editing a sequence for our original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Sunday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Tomorrow Ever After (2016)
Tomorrow Ever After (2016)
Director: Ela Thier
Runtime: 95 Minutes

Screening of the movie followed by a Q&A session with the Director/Actor Ela Thier and Actor Memo

Tomorrow Ever After Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZor1JlAL-E

Shaina is a historian who lives 600 years in the future. War, poverty, pollution, greed, exploitation, depression, loneliness: these are things that she’s read about in history books. When a physics experiment goes awry, she accidentally time-travels and is stranded in our times. Naturally, she assumes everyone around her is honest, generous and caring, as she tries to recruit the help that she needs to get back home.

http://TomorrowEverAfterMovie.com

  • Winner of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Best American Indie
  • Winner Best Feature Film, Moondance International Film Festival
  • Winner Audience Choice, Moondance International Film Festival
  • Winner Best Director, Flickers Rhode Island Film FestivalNominated Best Comedy and Best Leading Actress in Madrid International Film Festival
"Thier's sensibility offers such a welcome break... inviting audiences to see our modern-day world through fresh eyes." - Variety

In its sweet but pointed way, saying a good deal with relatively little, and in unpredictable ways, the film is also a critique of art as corporate product, especially in the realm of sci-fi franchise extravaganzas.
— The Hollywood Reporter

one of the most entertaining, provocative and original sci-fi films of the year. 
— NYC Movie Guru

Speakers
avatar for Ela Thier

Ela Thier

Ela Thier is the writer, director, producer, lead actor, and editor of Tomorrow Ever After. She has been described by industry insiders as a powerful new voice in independent American cinema. Thier is known for creating laugh-out-loud comedies that surprise audiences by evolving... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →


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Saturday September 2, 2017 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Coolidge (100)

3:30pm

Morgan Gendel presents: Inner Light
Hugo Award-winning writer-producer Morgan Gendel, most recently of CW’s “THE 100,” will screen “The Inner Light,” the penultimate episode of season five of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which he wrote and which is widely considered the “best” episode of the series. Following the screening, Gendel will offer commentary and answer questions. He will be available during EV to autograph copies of the “Inner Light” teleplay as well as copies of THE OUTER LIGHT, his graphic novel fan-fic sequel to the episode.

Moderators
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits, including the CW Network hit, The 100, on which he serves as Co-Executive Producer for the current season.  He is perhaps best known as writer of “The Inner Light,” the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation recently ranked the #1 fan-favorite of that series. Other TV credits include Law... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm
1 - Northwest (500)

3:30pm

Nick Kelly Book Signing #1
Nick Kelly books sales and signing

Speakers
avatar for Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States, singing with the band Division, or entertaining local DC-MD-VA crowds with the energetic cover band, Just Wanna Play. He has played everywhere from the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival to... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Atrium

3:45pm

Fantasic beasts and Exobiology
Science fiction and fantasy are full of aliens and monsters, but which are allowed by the laws of physics? We'll discuss issues involving scaling laws, metabolic rates, and the fascinating question of whether genetically-engineered hamsters can fly.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Adler

Charles Adler

Professor, St Mary's College of Maryland
I'm a lifelong science fiction reader and fan. I wrote a book about the science in science fiction and fantasy called "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," which was the co-winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics popular science book award. I'm currently working on a book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Y. Kiang

Nancy Y. Kiang

Astrobiologist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
I am an astrobiologist looking for photosynthetic life on planets in other solar systems. Ask me about biosphere-atmosphere interactions in computer simulation models of planetary climates, and how to search for alien plants adapted to the light of other stars.

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Harding (100)

3:45pm

How did they Make That? 'Costume Edition'
Professional and hobbyist crafters and cosplayers discuss their construction methods and tricks they use to get their costumes finished.

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Bloodworth

Brandon Bloodworth

Brandon Bloodworth is a graphic designer with a love of science fiction and fantasy, and has turned that into a passion for costuming and props, especially for Star Wars. He is a proud member of The Rebel Legion (Terrapin Base) as well as The Mandalorian Mercs (Kyrimorut Clan). H... Read More →
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
avatar for Cody Irvine

Cody Irvine

Captain Cody Cosplay
About Me: | | My name is Cody and I'm one of the biggest dorks you'd ever meet. I enjoy making things and dressing up as superheroes and different characters that I like, so when I learned there was a name for that and places to do it where it's socially acceptable as an adult, I fell in love with... Read More →
avatar for Tarisa Walker

Tarisa Walker

Fire Lily Cosplay
Fire Lily has been cosplaying since 2004.  She has won numerous awards such as Best In Show and Best Overall for her costume craftsmanship and presentation skills since 2006.  Fire Lily has served as the Head Judge and Judge wrangler for Katsucon's Masquerade Dept. for the last 8 years, and she judges costume contests at conventions in the Mid-Atlantic region such as Otakon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Tekkoshocon, T-Mode, Anime USA, MAGFest, and more... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hoover (100)

4:30pm

First Contact: An Improvised Epic
High above an alien world, we meet the crew of the spaceship *NAME HERE*, they’ve come to *DO SOMETHING*, but they’re about to find out *SOMETHING ELSE*. Ok, we’re gonna need your help bringing the great sci-fi tropes to life.

Come watch some of DC’s nerdiest improvisers make up a sci-fi classic (we hope). Washington Improv Theater performers will create a long-form improv genre show playing on standard science fiction tropes, characters and narratives.


Speakers
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Marissa Goodstone

Washington Improv Theater
Marissa has been doing short form improv since she was little but decided she needed something a little longer in her life. Moving to longform in 2015, she completed WIT’s curriculum and has workshopped with Second City.
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Ryan Krull

Washington Improv Theater
Ryan was literally given the gift of improv for his birthday in January of 2013, and he has been addicted ever since. He performs with Going To The Movies Alone (a trio of experimental longform performers based of made up movies), Commonwealth (WIT house ensemble) and Ugh (an all... Read More →
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Margaret Lee

Washington Improv Theater
Margaret likes eating pies and pretending to be a sea otter (both off and on stage). She has been improvising with the WIT ensemble Love Onion since 2015, but has loved onions her entire life.
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Virginia Lyon

Virginia's entrance into this world was unscripted and she's been improvising ever since. Like many, Virginia leaned into comedy as a method for making friends, getting out of self-dug holes, and not having to pay for therapy. 
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Kevin Mahoney

Washington Improv Theater
Kevin started being curt in 2015.
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Aaron Merrill

Washington Improv Theater
Aaron started taking improv classes in 2012, and hasn't stopped. Try and stop him. JUST TRY.
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Jamal Newman

Washington Improv Theater
A seasoned performer, Jamal studied and currently teaches and performs improv at WIT.
JR

Joe Randazzo

Washington Improv Theater
Joe has been doing comedy since 2000, studied at the Uprights Citizens Brigade in New York, Annoyance Theater in Chicago and at the DC Improv. He currently performs in the "Amazing" long running duo Jive Turkey, the "Spectacular" Sistine Robot, and the "Superior" Four Heads.  ... Read More →
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Elijah Sloan

Washington Improv Theater
Elijah Sloan started improvising in high school, or, more accurately, Elijah Sloan and his high school friends didn't write a single script for any of those sketches they filmed.

Volunteers
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2 - SouthEast (500)

4:30pm

Afrofuturism: Butler and Beyond
Afrofuturism can be characterized as an artistic movement - one that attempts to discover, recover, and reinvent the film, literature, and graphic art created by African-Americans and other Afro-diaspora peoples across the globe. Most fundamentally, literary Afrofuturism attempts to imagine a future in which black peoples and cultures have found a voice and gained visibility alongside or apart from traditional Eurocentric themes and traditions, which both respects the legacy of African-American and Afro-diaspora peoples and attempts to break free of the stereotypes and historical injustices that define so much of modern race-related thinking. This marriage of African-American literature and SF yields interesting discourses on race, gender, technology, and the face of the future. Scholars will discuss Afrofuturist literature, its legacy, its ethos, and its most pressing questions.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for André Carrington

André Carrington

andré carrington is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction... Read More →
avatar for Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
avatar for De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He achieved his PhD in American Civilization from Brown University in 1994. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space ... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Lillvis

Kristen Lillvis

Kristen Lillvis is an associate professor of English at Marshall University. She is the author of Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination (U of Georgia P, 2017), and the co-editor of Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers. Her work has been published... Read More →
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Melanie Marotta

Melanie A. Marotta received her PhD in English from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts. Marotta is an editor for the Museum of Science Fiction’s Journal of Science Fiction and has been a member of the SFRA since 2012... Read More →
avatar for Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Wilson BC (190)

5:00pm

TD Sound Check
Sound Check for Musical Guest.Thomas Dolby

Moderators
EV

Escape Velocity

Infrastructure Support, The Museum of Science Fiction
This is a generic user which will describe any temporary, or group listing of available Admin/Staff/Volunteer who may be part of an adminstrative session within the schedule.

Volunteers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
1 - Northwest (500)

5:00pm

Andrew Clark: Lego Fan to Set Designer
Andrew Clark, the designer of the Doctor Who Lego set, discusses his experience with designing for Lego, how his visions became multiple fan sets, and his love of Legos.

Moderators
AC

Andrew Clark

Lego Set Designer

Volunteers
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Harding (100)

5:00pm

Morgan Gendel Autograph Signing
Morgan Gendel signs autographs after his Inner Light session

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits, including the CW Network hit, The 100, on which he serves as Co-Executive Producer for the current season.  He is perhaps best known as writer of “The Inner Light,” the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation recently ranked the #1 fan-favorite of that series. Other TV credits include Law... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Southwest Foyer
  • Logistics Chair, table
  • Panel Type Autograph signing

5:15pm

Science Worth Telling the Future About
Richard Feynman asked “If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?” – his answer was “All things are made of atoms - little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another.” Our panelists will discuss what other scientific ideas can and should be summarized briefly to preserve them in case of future disaster, and also consider strategies to ensure that this information is heeded.

Moderators
AE

Andrew E. Love

Andrew Love has Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics and works as an engineer in Maryland. He has given talks about the science of science fiction, reasoning skills, general relativity, the likelihood of alien life and other topics to a wide range of audience (middle schoolers, college students, amateur astronomers, and science fiction fans); many of his talks are available online... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with five novels in print.  His debut novel TERMINAL MIND won the 2007 Philip K. Dick award for the best science fiction paperback novel published that year.  His historical fantasy series starts... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Hoover (100)

5:15pm

Ghost in the Matrix
Do you want to expand your science fiction collection? Ready to check out that “anime stuff’ but not sure where to begin? These worlds have collided time and again and we are here to guide you through the experience. Let Doomtastic guide you through this world so we can help you find your white rabbit.

Moderators
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Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jet

Jet

Plague Monkey, Doom Tastic

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Truman (40)

5:15pm

Gamerfitness
Jog in place as if you were speedrunning through a Super Mario Game! Crouch and jump through imaginary video game scenarios as if you were Frogger! Matt Mahoney has been a fitness trainer for years and has prepared video game themed fitness events at Magfest and is excited to bring multiple levels of training to Escape Velocity 2017.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney

Mahoney has been leading a lifestyle of gaming and fitness ever since... some analogy of a long time. A former Marine turned father, Mahoney continues a lifestyle of fitness and healthy living so he can always be present in what his children are doing. He also prides himself on b... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Exhibit Hall

5:30pm

Thomas Dolby: Unlocking the Genius Within
Prof. Thomas Dolby talks about Creativity, making a startling claim: he believes that rapid advances in technology and communications do not always lead to a parallel increase in human innovation. Personal excellence comes from working within a set of limitations, forcing us to shatter our own boundaries. So often the best ideas are born from a scarcity of resources!

Moderators
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Thomas Dolby

The list of breakthrough innovations in Thomas Dolby's 35 year career is continuous. As an early MTV icon he blazed a trail for electronic music with his imaginative videos. He co-wrote and produced the first ever platinum-selling rap 12” single Magic’s Wand by Whodini; his s... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
1 - Northwest (500)

6:15pm

Digital Ship in a Bottle
Software engineers need digital stand-ins for real people. Not just physical models, but cognitive models. These models need to perceive like people, understand like people, act like people, and even speak like people. And then these models need to do the same thing over and over again.

This panel will start the conversation with a live demonstration of the Integrated Recoverability Model (IRM). IRM is a desktop application that models a crew's response to an emergency at sea. Crew that has to navigate, perceive, and communicate inside of the designs of real ships.

Moderators
Speakers
AC

Andrew Clark

Lego Set Designer

Artists
AC

Andrew Clark

Lego Set Designer

Volunteers
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Harding (100)

6:30pm

Awards Pre-Party and Cocktail Hour
Join us outside the South ballroom for a cocktail hour before a red carpet awards show! All are welcome to join at the bar.

Or, if you're an MOSF member or Kickstarter Backer, slip into our members-only lounge and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and the company of our special guests. All festivities are located in the South ballroom foyer across from the Tyler room on the mezzanine level.

Volunteers
SF

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
1.5 Ballroom Entry

6:30pm

The Future of Drones
Remote control aircraft have been around for more 80 years, enabling mainstream hobbyists and professionals to enjoy capturing fantastic perspectives of world below. What does the future hold? This panel will discuss the future of drones beyond "remote control" --- perhaps a future where our packages are delivered by drones; or where huge swarms of drones light up and dance in unison for our entertainment; or where drones have become our flying robotic companions. Panelists will discuss the opportunities and limitations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and our society that are shaping this future.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Christopher Vo

Dr. Christopher Vo

Chief Scientist, Sentien Robotics
Christopher Vo serves as the Chief Scientist for Sentien Robotics, developing technologies to improve robustness, scalability, and performance of autonomous unmanned systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Mason University, where he developed artificial intellig... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Lofaro

Daniel Lofaro

Director, Lofaro Labs LLC
Daniel M. Lofaro is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University. He is the director of Lofaro Labs LLC and the DASL Autonomous Systems Lab at GMU (DASL@GMU). From 2012-2014 he was the Research Lead of the DARPA Robotic Challenge team... Read More →
avatar for Jon Resnick

Jon Resnick

Policy Lead, DJI
Policy Lead in Washington DC for DJI. Working to educate, advocate, illuminate and demystify the amazing potential for sUAS. | | I work on DJI’s policy efforts in Washington DC with a focus on promoting best practices and effective regulations. I work on issues related to operator and aircraft standards, airspace access and management, privacy and aviation... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hoover (100)

6:45pm

I, the Alien; or the Alien as Self
Sci fi narratives are often seen as an excellent place to explore foreign entities and species. It is also a unique tool to explain the alien as self. This panel will explore the usage of alien narratives to represent the alienated self as a representation of people who have been pushed aside, ignored, or rendered invisible. This panel asks: How do sci fi narratives give voice to populations and individuals who are seen as alien or other?

Moderators
avatar for Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in speculative events, women's perspectives, and artistic freedom. Her fiction has been published in such anthologies as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Black Silk, and Dark... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
avatar for De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He achieved his PhD in American Civilization from Brown University in 1994. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space ... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Lobasz

Jenny Lobasz

Jennifer K. Lobasz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Lobasz's research and teaching interests include feminist int... Read More →
avatar for Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Wilson BC (190)

7:00pm

2017 Film & Education Awards
We are pleased to celebrate the winners of our annual film festival and our International Deep Ocean Research and Robotics Competion.

Truly a red carpet event, preceded by cocktails, listen to our keynote speaker Dr. Mason Peck as he proclaims the ingenuity of the the 1st Junior High School of Athens, Greece for their entry, "Hydrobot conversion to an electronically controlled robot vehicle."

Then, await with anticipation to see which film makers will take home the coveted "Maria".

Moderators
avatar for Mason Peck

Mason Peck

Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Peck is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and is a former NASA Chief Technologist. He has also worked at Boeing and Honeywell. His research interests include space-systems architecture and satellite flight dynamics. Among other flight projects, his lab at Cornell launched the first Kickstarter-funded satellite, Kicksat, and has developed the satellite-on-chip design for the Breakthrough Starshot mission to Alpha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2 - SouthEast (500)

7:30pm

Alternative Sports and Gaming
Nowadays, when we hear the word game, we often think video game, especially when it comes to multiplayer Indie games. But what if I told you there are competitive Indie games that don't involve a screen? Like traditional sports, alternative sports involve multiplayer physical play. In this Alternative Sports and Gaming panel, you'll learn briefly about what alternative sports are, where you can find them, and then have the opportunity to play two: Johann Sebastian Joust and our very own Hermitug.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Cox

Joe Cox

Joe Cox is an artist, filmmaker, and game designer. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College with a bachelors of science in Media Arts and Studies with a certificate in Museum Studies. He is co-founder and one-half of the media studio Seemingl... Read More →
avatar for James Earl Cox III

James Earl Cox III

Digital Wizard, Seemingly Pointless
Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, James Earl Cox III completed a self-set challenge of making 100 games in 5 years. Co-founder of Seemingly Pointless, he holds a masters degree from the University of Southern California in Interactive Media and Game Design and is a Miami Universi... Read More →

Volunteers

Saturday September 2, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Harding (100)

7:45pm

Can you brew beer in space? And other critical concerns
Join professional brewers, scientists, and sci-fi enthusiasts for an evening of rampant speculation on what may be the most crucial question of the coming age of space travel and off-world colonization. Audience participation encouraged.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Phil Frana

Dr. Phil Frana

Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, James Madison University
Philip Frana is Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. He is author of the forthcoming book The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence and Automation from ABC-CLIO. Titles of his recent class... Read More →

Speakers
LH

Leon Harris

Head Brewer, Heroic Aleworks (Woodbridge, VA)
I've been the Head Brewer at Heroic Aleworks since June of 2016. So far, Heroic has won a gold medal for our Max Nix English Porter. This is my first head brewers position thus far. My philosophy on craft beer is to be as different and unique as possible.
avatar for John Paul

John Paul

Founder, Sawbriar Brewery
Founder and Head Brewer of Sawbriar Brewery, John is an avid beer, technology and science fiction enthusiast. In addition to his love of brewing, John has worked in defense, global satellite communications networks, and information technology projects.
avatar for Brad Ringeisen

Brad Ringeisen

Deputy Director, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
Dr. Brad Ringeisen joined DARPA as the Deputy Director of BTO in December 2016. Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Ringeisen was the Head of the Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he oversaw diverse research programs including the dev... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →
SF

Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Hoover (100)

8:00pm

What's Gender Got to Do With It?
In the wake of the inauguration day Women’s March and chilling book-to-screen adaptations such as Hulu’s new retelling of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, science fiction narratives exploring gender, both within the constraints of the traditional gender binary and in the postmodern mode of gender as performance, are in high demand. This discussion will explore unique (and not-so-unique) representations of gender throughout science and speculative fiction literatures, and ultimately debate the extent of the progress that contemporary authors have made in the direction of gender equality in science fiction.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Lobasz

Jenny Lobasz

Jennifer K. Lobasz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Lobasz's research and teaching interests include feminist int... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Baen Books (distributed by Simon... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Holden

Rebecca Holden

Rebecca J. Holden is a fan and scholar of feminist science fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2008.  She has published essays and reviews on various science fiction writers and books... Read More →
avatar for Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in speculative events, women's perspectives, and artistic freedom. Her fiction has been published in such anthologies as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Black Silk, and Dark... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Wilson BC (190)

8:00pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Moderators
Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Northwest (500)

9:15pm

Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway?
Welcome to "Doctor Whose Line Is It Anyway!" This is the show where everything's made up, the points don't matter, and is everything Pop Culture Sci-Fi!

A Class Apart Comedy, a sketch comedy and LP troupe based out of the D.C. area, aims to entertain, enlighten, and examine pop and nerd culture through improv comedy. This performance is an improv comedy "competition" in which four members of ACA will perform various comedic games and sketches. 

Moderators
JS

Joseph Statkus

A Class Apart Improv 

Speakers
DH

Dan Hepler

A Class Apart Improv
avatar for Charles Kolreg

Charles Kolreg

A Class Apart Improv 
avatar for Ashley Smrcina

Ashley Smrcina

Ashley has been performing Improv since before she even understood what Improv really was! She has studied Improvisation for the Theater at Northern Virginia Community College as well as three semesters at the Washington Improv Theater and plans to move to Chicago within the next... Read More →
BT

Brian Tepe

A Class Apart Improv

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Coolidge (100)

10:00pm

Dance Party
With favorites from all genres and top hits, come for the dance, stay for the party!

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →

Artists
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Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr is an award winning theatrical fusion artist from NY. Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows as well as dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Calixta Starr's training in multiple dance forms blend together to create pieces t... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday September 3, 2017 12:00am
2 - SouthEast (500)

10:15pm

Science Fiction Trivia (Now with Stunts!)
Test your Science Fiction knowledge with all new questions from the Museum of Science Fiction trivia app.  Side show stunt skits between rounds by the DC Stunt Coalition!

Moderators
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Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces... Read More →
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender in military films and the impact of media on understandings of gender in overall... Read More →

Speakers
MB

Micah Brotherton

DC Stunt Coalition
ID

Ian Davidson-Taylor

DC Stunt Coalition
DH

Darin Hemmer

DC Stunt Coalition
AS

Aaron Supernaw

DC Stunt Coalition
JV

Josh Videna

DC Stunt Coalition

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Saturday September 2, 2017 10:15pm - 11:30pm
1 - Northwest (500)

12:00am

Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Director: Jim Sherman
Runtime: 100 Minutes

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

Speakers
Volunteers
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety)  Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival.  In addition, films with his music have screened at dozens of festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Paul A... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:00am - 1:45am
Coolidge (100)
 
Sunday, September 3
 

10:00am

Science Fiction as Science?
Is science fiction a working part of the modern "scientific enterprise?" Is it just a genre of fantastic stories, or does it produce real knowledge for the advancement of the human species? And if so, what kind of knowledge does it produce? Even though SF has a long history of "predicting" scientific and technological advance, and many writers and readers of SF work in scientific and technical fields, its concrete relationship to the conduct of professional Science itself is not very well understood. Using Kuhn as a starting point, this panel invites participants to investigate the "extraordinary" role of Science Fiction in the conduct of modern Science, and answer the question: is Science Fiction, "science"?

Moderators
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Phil Frana

Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, James Madison University
Philip Frana is Associate Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University. He is author of the forthcoming book The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence and Automation from ABC-CLIO. Titles of his recent class... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kenneth Wong

Dr. Kenneth Wong

Associate Dean, Virginia Tech

Volunteers
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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - North (250)

10:00am

Rogue Missions, Millennials and the Falcon 9: Yoda one who can make it happen
Come and hear about exploration of planets, moons and the far reaches of our solar system. This discussion is between scientists from actual missions, past, present and planned! If you ever wanted to ask, “How does a mission come together?” or “Who gets to pick or propose a mission?” or “Where the heck do you get your ideas?” or “What the heck is it like to work on a mission to Saturn?” then this session is for you. With representatives from missions to the Sun, Jupiter’s moons, Pluto and beyond, this panel will lift your eyes to the skies!

Moderators
avatar for Michael Paul

Michael Paul

Space Exploration Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Michael Paul is a Space Exploration Engineer with over 20 years of experience developing and flying spacecraft. During his first tour at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Paul contributed to NASA’s Contour and Stereo missions, and was instrumental in the successful launch and early operations of... Read More →

Speakers
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Sonny Harman

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University
"Sonny" Chester E. Harman, Jr. is an accomplished jack-of-all-trades, capable of appearing to speak knowledgeably on a wide range of topics. Currently, Sonny (as he is known to his friends) is working with NASA on a post-doctoral fellowship, having recently graduated from Penn St... Read More →
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Ralph Lorenz

Planetary Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
My background includes broad scientific and engineering experience, especially relating to planetary science (with an emphasis on surface/atmosphere interactions on Titan, Venus and Mars), and doing science from small spacecraft and innovative sensor platforms such as probes, landers, balloons, penetrators, and boats. I have been involved in the life cycle of flight investigations including concept formulation, mission and system design, science planning, observation design, instrument development, data analysis, and publication of results. My experience includes radar remote sensing, in-situ instrumentation, geomorphology, meteorology... Read More →
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Dr. Ralph McNutt

Chief Scientist, Space Exploration Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. McNutt is the chief scientist for space science in the Space Exploration Sector at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which he joined in 1992. As project scientist for the MESSENGER mission, he serves as the principal investigator's "right-hand man" in m... Read More →
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Dr. Aki Roberge

Research Astrophysicist, NASA
Ask me about exoplanets = planets around other stars. We're planing amazing future space telescopes to study a huge range of exotic exoplanets, find the truly Earth-like worlds in the solar neighborhood, and search them for signs of life!
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Dr. Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle

Planetary Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
My research focus is using remote sensing observations and numerical geophysical models to study geological structures and their implications for the surfaces and interiors of the planets on which they formed. The processes of interest include impact cratering and tectonics on terrestrial planets and outer planet icy satellites, mountain formation on Io, creep of ice-rich permafrost on Mars, and dynamics of lakes on Titan. I'm the principal investigator of the Europa Imaging System... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
6 - East (250)

10:00am

DC Stunt Coalition Workshop
The DC Stunt Coalition teaches you the fundamentals of fight choreography.

Moderators
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender in military films and the impact of media on understandings of gender in overall... Read More →

Speakers
TA

Tu An Truong

DC Stunt Coalition

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall

10:00am

Board Gaming

We have an open gaming area and a well-stocked library of hobby games – with your Escape Velocity pass, you can check out anything that sparks your interest (free of charge).

Play modern favorites along with some rare and unusual games dating back to the 1970s.

Try new games and meet fellow gamers!

In addition, we will be hosting a small selection of pre-scheduled boardgame and RPG sessions – check them out on Warhorn, and join in.


Volunteers
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Atrium

10:00am

Rockville Science Center's STEaM POWERed HEROES of all ages
Join Rockville Science Center for hands-on STEM activities for all ages in Earth & Space Sciences, Robotics, and Nanotechnology. RSC works in the community as a science center without walls as it moves towards a facility of its own to encourage lifelong exploration of the scientific foundations of everyday life. RSC collaborates with other organizations and features some of them here: NISE Network kits; A+Science4Kids, WIZARDS.exe FTC Robotics Team 9794; Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; Gaithersburg Community Museum, which operates Observatory Park; Space Telescope Science Institute; and more!

Moderators
avatar for Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Outreach, Rockville Science Center
Maizie Cummings-Rocke holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (DC). She began her nonprofit career at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (FL) in the education department as an administrative assistant, camp instructor and demonstrator, and later as assistant curator where she created its collections catalog system and mounted her first exhibit... Read More →


Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

10:00am

Escape the Room - SciFi Style
Sign up for the official Escape Velocity room escape! You and your teammates are “locked” in a room where you will engage in a sci-fi scenario with puzzles, ciphers and riddles, with only 30 minutes to find your way out. Plus, there are two separate room escape experiences, so you can have twice the fun! While the stories in each room are related, you can experience them in any order. Time slots are available every half-hour throughout the weekend, but space is limited! Note that you may be grouped with others to meet minimum participant requirements. There is an additional cost to participate, which you can pre-pay via Escape Velocity registration (https://escapevelocity.events/registration-tickets/) or directly at Room Escape EV. 

Volunteers

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Madison A

10:00am

Starship Horizons: Bridge Simulator
Starship Horizons is a multi-player experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ships Bridge Officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own Starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering. Advance sign-up is recommended, so either sign up online at their site or stop by the room early to enlist.

Moderators
Volunteers

Sunday September 3, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wilson A (100)

11:00am

A Crash Course in IP Law
This is an overview of intellectual property with a particular focus on copyright and fair use. A great panel for artists who want to know how to protect their work, and how to honor the work of fellow artists.

Moderators
avatar for Seth Polansky

Seth Polansky

Managing Partner, Law Offices of Seth Polansky
Seth, the managing partner of The Law Offices of Seth Polansky, LLC, is a veteran business and IP attorney. He’s advised numerous startups and artists of all kinds, and provided pro bono services to artists’ rights organizations like Art Pact. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryl... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
5 - South (250)

11:00am

The Law of Star Trek
Is Data a person? Is being a redshirt an inherently dangerous occupation? Join us as we explore the role of law in the Star Trek universe.

Moderators
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Mark Lemley

Stanford University
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books (all in multiple editions) and 162 articles on these and related subjects, including the two volume... Read More →

Speakers
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Bethany Bengfort

Bethany Bengfort is an IP litigator and tech enthusiast who is best known for her accidental collection of medieval weaponry, her ability to play games for inhuman periods of time, and, of course, her love of science fiction. Having been told many times by her mother about how she almost... Read More →
avatar for Nari Ely

Nari Ely

Nari Ely is an Associate Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in D.C. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied political science and economics. Nari is among the top 2% of Paragon players, and hopes to achieve Master L... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson BC (190)

11:00am

Rosarium Publishing - Introducing the World to Itself Since 2013
Informal Q&A about multicultural speculative fiction, particularly about the publication of black comics and literature, and how the challenges of today’s political and social climate complicate and create a greater need for such inclusion in the publishing world.

Speakers
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Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad, and the anti-racism satire, Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. He was also the co-editor (along with Nisi Shawl) of the literary tribute to Samuel R... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harding (100)

11:00am

Is There Life Out There?
NASA scientists discuss astrobiology and their research.

Speakers
avatar for Glyn Collinson

Glyn Collinson

Research associate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Alexa Halford

Space physics researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Alexa Halford is a heliophysics scientist originally from Chippewa Falls WI (go Pack go!). She is a prime example of what happens when you go to college in MN and take up space… You become a space physicist. Because she got her PhD in Oz, you sometimes hear her say x,y, zed ins... Read More →
avatar for Louis Mayo

Louis Mayo

Program manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hoover (100)

11:00am

Museum of Science Fiction Gallery
Sunday September 3, 2017 11:00am - 4:00pm
Madison B

11:15am

The Future of Finance
Banking will be the next industry completely disrupted by technology. Blockchain, machine learning, AI, apps, and bio-identification are exciting, scary, and changing everything. Come to this panel to see what will happen to your money in the future, that is, if you even have money.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jason Aspiotis

Jason Aspiotis

CEO, Founder, Finsophy Inc.
I am the Founder & CEO of Finsophy Inc - a marketplace for socially responsible retail banking products. | | Looking for potential bank partners, seed investors, Banking-as-a-Platform companies, and loan marketplace providers.
avatar for Michael Brett

Michael Brett

CEO, QxBranch
Michael Brett is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of QxBranch and is leading the company’s mission to solve challenging analytical problems through the power of quantum computers. | | An expert in complex systems, he has extensive experience developing and accelerat... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
3 - North (250)

11:15am

Welcome to the Space Revolution! The Story Behind and Future of Musk, Bezos and the New Space Settlement Movement

There is a Revolution happening in space right now whose goal is nothing less than beginning the human settlement of the Solar System - and not in some distant future but within the next 20 years. By next year the first private rocketship operations will begin. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul Allen and other billionaires around the world are investing in projects to open the frontier to business and settlement. Meanwhile small start-ups are also raising millions to mine the Moon and harvest asteroid resources, with the first missions planned within five years. Rising out of the legacy of the Cold War space program, Apollo’s Children are about to throw open the airlock to grandest frontier of all time.

 

Why is it happening now? Who started it all? Why Must our governments not just encourage this to happen, but help Make it happen? Why is this possibly the most important human activity of all time? What does any of this have to do with a spiritual quest to explore the Universe and find the meaning of life?

What does this have to do with you?

When do you get to go?


Come and find out from one of the people who helped start it all.


Speakers
avatar for Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Founder-New Worlds, Deep Space Industries, Co-Founder-Space Frontier Foundation
Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “Visionaries” and is credited with helping create the NewSpace commercial space industry, whose players include Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Paul Allen of MicroSoft and Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon. He co-Founded the Space Frontier Foundation, led the team that took over the Mir Space Station for a year as the... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
6 - East (250)

11:45am

Cosplay for Everyone
Everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves, and the time-honored tradition of Costuming and Pageantry is paramount to that expression, come for a lively discussion of acceptance and empowerment, as we want everyone to know that Cosplay and Costuming can be enjoyed by all. Experienced costumers and cosplayers come together to celebrate Cosplay in all walks of life.

Moderators
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Finley

Lynne Finley

Brownelegz Cosplay
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Allen Ryde

Allen Ryde

Aurora Clothiers by Allen Gale
Allen Ryde is a passionate, long time cosplayer and artist who has served as a judge for costume and cosplay competitions at various conventions such as Raleigh SuperCon, Katsucon and Anime USA. In addition to being a costume competition judge, Allen is also a commissioner, artist, theatre professional and burlesque entertainer. He has been in the field for over ten years, branching out into different forms of costuming and entertainment and sharing his passion for costuming and performing. Allen has worked for and supplied costumes for professional theatre companies, opera houses, and entertainment companies, and is a freelance pattern designer and product developer for the corset company, Timeless Trends. He is also the founder and head of party entertainment company Faerie Fantastical Parties, providing top notch quality character entertainment to birthday parties, school visits and corporate events with princesses, superheroes, pirates, and more. His company of performers also does frequent charity and hospital visits for children in hospitals or in partnership with foundations such as "Kids Wish" and "Hope for the Holidays." "I love costuming and making new and exciting costumes and working with my friends to learn and advance my skills. I always like to challenge myself with each new costume I create! I've been costuming for over ten years and I love learning new things and meeting all the new people on my adventures in costuming! I am also super passionate about performing, dancing and bringing characters to life. I use movement and gestures to animate and bring life to a character and be as faithful to the spirit as I can and while also expressing what they mean to me. I love working in the theatre and I am grateful to have the ability to work with so many people who share my passions which I can hopefully share all with you! Burlesque has allowed me to express characters using my body and through comedy and dance, bringing a new side to something and putting my own mark on a... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
4 - West (250)

12:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 1 : Storyboarding and Concept Art
Limited Capacity seats available

Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen.

In the first of this 3-part workshop, learn the basics of storyboarding and concept art - collaborate on a narrative and design your characters, props, and scenery, all to set the stage for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Saturday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:15pm

Learning The Basics Of Animation

With a theme of Sci-Fi in mind bring your drawings to life with these simple steps and learn the basics of animation.

 


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Wilson BC (190)

12:15pm

Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact: Living on Mars
Hugo Award-winning TV writer-producer Morgan Gendel (ST:TNG, THE 100, DRESDEN FILES) offers the first public sneak preview of a new extraterrestrial habitat project he's spearheading. How does a sci-fi writer end up working on a product that could end up on Mars? Hear Gendel tell the answer in his own words.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and draft... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits, including the CW Network hit, The 100, on which he serves as Co-Executive Producer for the current season.  He is perhaps best known as writer of “The Inner Light,” the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation recently ranked the #1 fan-favorite of that series. Other TV credits include Law... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
5 - South (250)

12:15pm

Phasers and Sabers
Weapons talk gets intellectual! Join the DC Stunt Coalition on a presentation on different weapons throughout sci-fi history, their real-world influences (including science and martial), how they work in the universe they were created for, and what might happen if one encountered another.

Moderators
Speakers
AB

Abra Burkett

Abra Burkett is a member of DC Stunt Coalition, a practitioner of multiple martial arts, a lover of film and TV (especially sci-fi and action movies), and a self-proclaimed geek. She received an M.A. in Sociology from American University. Her thesis focused on the portrayals of gender in military films and the impact of media on understandings of gender in overall... Read More →
AP

Anthony Parker

Dc Stunt Coalition

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hoover (100)

12:30pm

TO SENTIENCE AND BEYOND: An Exploration Of AI In Star Trek
Be it biological or technological, where does the circuitry end and the ephemeral begin? Can experience and learning and programming be one and the same? Cannot both routes lead to that prized defining quality we call Ego? Is that point of light called "singularity" already in sight for the rapidly advancing products of our genius? Just how far down the techno road do The Doctor, Data, V'Ger and even Vic Fontaine and holo-Moriarty sit awaiting us? These questions and others provide the bones for a body of debate and discussion that has formed faster and faster on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. Let's lend some meat to it, shall we?

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley is a writer, teacher, and financial professional with degrees in English and Philosophy. An article he wrote on the topic of AI in Star Trek was e-published for TheMind'sEye.com in 2011.
avatar for John White

John White

Cybersecurity engineer
In real life John is a cybersecurity engineer. The other 16 hours of the day he is an omnivorous reader and viewer of science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, especially The Expanse, Ghost in the Shell, and anything by William Gibson. John has over 20 years of experience pr... Read More →
avatar for Ann White

Ann White

Ann White has over 20 years of experience presenting interactive fan panels at conventions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the time that she's not working to support her beading habit, she is a voracious reader and viewer of sci-fi and fantasy. Her current favorites are The... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Museum of Science Fiction
A lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, Bjorn currently feeds his need to tell SF and other stories through independent film work -- and currently feeds his family by being a technology program manager.

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
3 - North (250)

12:30pm

NIAC (NASA) Spotlight
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs — radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts — while engaging America's innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Derleth

Jason Derleth

Senior Technology Analyst, NASA
Mr. Jason Derleth is an aerospace engineer and technology analyst with experience at NASA Headquarters, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and private industry. He is also a writer, musician, and craftsman. Although he came late to "rocket science", he discovered he has a knack for it.  His background earned him a unique opportunity to go to NASA HQ for the Exploration Systems Architecture Study. He helped lead the effort to refocus NASA's $2B exploration technology portfolio to match the new goal of returning to the Moon. For this work he was awarded NASA's Public Service Medal, and he was asked to stay at HQ. There he has supported first the Program Analysis... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Paul

Michael Paul

Space Exploration Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Michael Paul is a Space Exploration Engineer with over 20 years of experience developing and flying spacecraft. During his first tour at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Paul contributed to NASA’s Contour and Stereo missions, and was instrumental in the successful launch and early operations of... Read More →
avatar for Mason Peck

Mason Peck

Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Peck is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and is a former NASA Chief Technologist. He has also worked at Boeing and Honeywell. His research interests include space-systems architecture and satellite flight dynamics. Among other flight projects, his lab at Cornell launched the first Kickstarter-funded satellite, Kicksat, and has developed the satellite-on-chip design for the Breakthrough Starshot mission to Alpha... Read More →
avatar for Ron Turner

Ron Turner

Fellow, Analytic Services Inc.
Dr. Turner is a Fellow with Analytic Services Inc. He is an internationally recognized expert in radiation risk management for astronauts, particularly in response to solar storms. For nine years he was the ANSER point of contact to the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
6 - East (250)

1:15pm

Cosplay 201
Step off from the basics of Cosplay 101 to discuss how to take that cosplay you created and make it better. We will discuss what steps to take to make your cosplay more screen accurate. The smallest details can make a huge impact! New cosplayers are also welcome!

Moderators
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
avatar for Cody Irvine

Cody Irvine

Captain Cody Cosplay
About Me: | | My name is Cody and I'm one of the biggest dorks you'd ever meet. I enjoy making things and dressing up as superheroes and different characters that I like, so when I learned there was a name for that and places to do it where it's socially acceptable as an adult, I fell in love with... Read More →
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Allen Ryde

Allen Ryde

Aurora Clothiers by Allen Gale
Allen Ryde is a passionate, long time cosplayer and artist who has served as a judge for costume and cosplay competitions at various conventions such as Raleigh SuperCon, Katsucon and Anime USA. In addition to being a costume competition judge, Allen is also a commissioner, artist, theatre professional and burlesque entertainer. He has been in the field for over ten years, branching out into different forms of costuming and entertainment and sharing his passion for costuming and performing. Allen has worked for and supplied costumes for professional theatre companies, opera houses, and entertainment companies, and is a freelance pattern designer and product developer for the corset company, Timeless Trends. He is also the founder and head of party entertainment company Faerie Fantastical Parties, providing top notch quality character entertainment to birthday parties, school visits and corporate events with princesses, superheroes, pirates, and more. His company of performers also does frequent charity and hospital visits for children in hospitals or in partnership with foundations such as "Kids Wish" and "Hope for the Holidays." "I love costuming and making new and exciting costumes and working with my friends to learn and advance my skills. I always like to challenge myself with each new costume I create! I've been costuming for over ten years and I love learning new things and meeting all the new people on my adventures in costuming! I am also super passionate about performing, dancing and bringing characters to life. I use movement and gestures to animate and bring life to a character and be as faithful to the spirit as I can and while also expressing what they mean to me. I love working in the theatre and I am grateful to have the ability to work with so many people who share my passions which I can hopefully share all with you! Burlesque has allowed me to express characters using my body and through comedy and dance, bringing a new side to something and putting my own mark on a... Read More →
avatar for Tarisa Walker

Tarisa Walker

Fire Lily Cosplay
Fire Lily has been cosplaying since 2004.  She has won numerous awards such as Best In Show and Best Overall for her costume craftsmanship and presentation skills since 2006.  Fire Lily has served as the Head Judge and Judge wrangler for Katsucon's Masquerade Dept. for the last 8 years, and she judges costume contests at conventions in the Mid-Atlantic region such as Otakon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Tekkoshocon, T-Mode, Anime USA, MAGFest, and more... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Barb Mabie-McClain

Barb Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Street Team Coordinator, Escape Velocity/ Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license, which assists her greatly with wig and make-up design, and already knew how to sew, The rest, is History! Since then, she has made 30+ costumes for herself, and others. Barb is a three time Best in Show winner, and has won three Craftmanship Awards. She was chosen as a fan favorite in Arda-Wigs(dot)com's Website Banner Contest in Spring 2016 for her wig work with her Mulan costume. Her work is also featured on the website, BecomingGodzilla(dot)com, for the Burning Godzilla Suit (Godzilla vs. Destroyah) that her and husband made as a result of a challenge from a very near and dear friend. For the past five years, Barb has also been one of the masterminds behind Cosplay Dance Off. Her husband has ran the show for 12 years, and still going strong. She is usually an Emcee, a Judge, and one half coordinator for all of their behind the scenes happenings... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 11 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
4 - West (250)

1:15pm

Nick Kelly Book Signing #2
Nick Kelly book sales and signing!

Speakers
avatar for Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly is a veteran musician, trainer, writer, and speaker. His musical travels have taken him all over the United States, singing with the band Division, or entertaining local DC-MD-VA crowds with the energetic cover band, Just Wanna Play. He has played everywhere from the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival to... Read More →


Sunday September 3, 2017 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Atrium

1:30pm

The Art of Illustration

Using random nouns, adjectives, and verbs, the artist will practice creating their own characters with Kofi Jamal Simmons. This is a brainstorming project that can be done anywhere and is a great way to warm up before doing a heavy drawing.


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilson BC (190)

1:30pm

Artificial Intelligence: How Close Are We...and How SAFE Are We?
When it comes to AI in Science Fiction, it’s a bit of a crap shoot. With movies like Star Wars and video games like Destiny, AIs are the best friends you can ask for; while the Terminator Franchise, the Alien Franchise, 2001, and (again!) Destiny paint AI as intelligence ready to wipe out mankind as we know it. So how close are we to true AI and exactly how safe are we? What are the ethics involved in this science?

Moderators
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Baptist

Josh Baptist

R&D Specialist, eSkin - University of Louisville
Josh is currently a R&D Specialist serving with with Next Generation Systems research group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Louisville. His work that has been emphasized by research and development of electronic skin technology to improv... Read More →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. His latest... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Coolidge (100)

1:30pm

Gender Portrayals in Sci-Fi Literature
In an age where non-traditional gender expression has challenged the heteronormative status quo, the question of gender in science fiction opens up a world of possibilities. But despite our immense progress in human understanding on this issue, much science fiction literature still represents gender in a binary framework, and seems anchored to traditionalist gender roles and character portrayals throughout the genre. Presentations will comment on the ways in which our modern notions of gender shape our speculations on the future, most specifically, in the contexts of posthumanism, transhumanism and artificial intelligence.

Speakers
avatar for Erin DeYoung

Erin DeYoung

Presenting "Only a Fragment of What I Had Been”: The Use of the Gender Neutral Pronoun in Ancillary Justice" | | Erin DeYoung received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in English Literature. She currently teaches at Savannah State University. She has published articles for... Read More →
avatar for Karissa Underwood

Karissa Underwood

Presenting "The End-of-the-World Heroine We Need: Gender in The Girl With All the Gifts" | | Karissa Underwood is a student at the University of Colorado Denver, in the midst of earning a Master of Arts in English with a certification in women/gender studies and an endorsement as a school librarian. Karissa currently teaches... Read More →
avatar for Johana-Marie Williams

Johana-Marie Williams

Presenting "Motherhood, Race, and Transhumanism in Extant" | | Johana-Marie Williams received her Masters in Applied Social Science from the History and Political Science program at Florida A&M University. She is a historian focusing on Black women and femme’s relationships with each other and their religio-spiritual experiences. Her current projects include papers on the history of Black midwives in Leon County, Florida and Black... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Harding (100)

1:30pm

Surviving the Robo-pocalypse
"Human" experts tackle the following topics on the Robo-Pocalypse: Why is it such a popular trope? Should we legitimately be worried about an uprising? And most importantly, how can we survive through it?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
5 - South (250)

1:30pm

Insights Needed Wrap-Up: Give Us Your Feedback on Video Games and Engagement Preliminary Analysis
In Friday’s session here at Escape Velocity we talked about what makes video games engaging and how we can think about optimizing engagement from a health perspective.  At this session we will present our preliminary results and ask for feedback on our analysis from all who attend. Did we capture the main ideas? Are there important points that we need to bring out further? The session is not limited to those who attended Friday; everyone is welcome to provide feedback and help us learn!  (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study Multi-stakeholder consensus development in video game research, IRB# 6931, PI Alain Labrique, Ph.D.)

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Colder Carras

Michelle Colder Carras

Michelle is a public mental health researcher and gamer devoted to changing the public health conversation around gaming. Her work explores the boundary between healthy and problematic gaming and how gaming can help mental health. She uses fancy statistics as well as interviews t... Read More →

Volunteers

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hoover (100)

1:45pm

Cyborgs and Robots in Anime
Brought to you by the DC Anime Club

Moderators
avatar for Tay Keene

Tay Keene

Member, DC Anime Club
I like anime, manga, and gaming. I started in high school when my female friends loved Sailor Moon and Ranma and my male friends loved Fist of the North Star and Dragon Ball Z. We would play Magic and DnD after school and sometimes even wear cosplay to school events!

Speakers
Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
6 - East (250)

1:45pm

Homesteading in Space
What might a future look like when people don’t just survive but thrive in space, including on Mars and beyond? What new technologies are on the horizon that might make that possible, and what kinds of science fiction would inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to make this future a reality? Join the discussion with this panel of experts and visionaries.

Moderators
avatar for Lloyd Whitman

Lloyd Whitman

Acting Leader, Technology and Innovation Division, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dr. Lloyd Whitman is the Acting Leader of the Technology and Innovation Division at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on detail from the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he is Chief Scientist. Lloyd has a passion for using science and te... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel is a screenwriter, producer and futurist with more than 200 credits, including the CW Network hit, The 100, on which he serves as Co-Executive Producer for the current season.  He is perhaps best known as writer of “The Inner Light,” the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation recently ranked the #1 fan-favorite of that series. Other TV credits include Law... Read More →
avatar for Mason Peck

Mason Peck

Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Peck is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and is a former NASA Chief Technologist. He has also worked at Boeing and Honeywell. His research interests include space-systems architecture and satellite flight dynamics. Among other flight projects, his lab at Cornell launched the first Kickstarter-funded satellite, Kicksat, and has developed the satellite-on-chip design for the Breakthrough Starshot mission to Alpha... Read More →
avatar for Brad Ringeisen

Brad Ringeisen

Deputy Director, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
Dr. Brad Ringeisen joined DARPA as the Deputy Director of BTO in December 2016. Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Ringeisen was the Head of the Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he oversaw diverse research programs including the dev... Read More →
avatar for Mary Voytek

Mary Voytek

Director, Astrobiology Program, NASA
Dr. Mary A. Voytek took charge of NASA’s Astrobiology Program on September 15, 2008, as Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA HQ. Dr. Voytek came to NASA from the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA, where she headed the USGS Microbiology and Molecular Ecology Laboratory. Dr... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
3 - North (250)

2:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 2: Character and Set Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to build! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the second of this 3-part workshop, learn the technical fabrication aspects of stop motion animation: create your own characters on wire armatures and construct and finish the props and scenery for an original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Saturday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

2:45pm

Getting Started in Comics (Writers Workshop)

Starting out in comics can be hard, so come out and learn Jordan Clark a few tricks to make getting started easier. From getting all your ideas organized to where to print and publish your stuff, don't miss out on these tips.


Moderators
ES

Eric Suggs

Founder, Artway Alliance

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Wilson BC (190)

2:45pm

What's in My Contract
This seminar gives a good overview of what a contract is, how to read one, and what they're used for in any industry. A special focus on contracts for artists and film makers in this session.

Moderators
avatar for Seth Polansky

Seth Polansky

Managing Partner, Law Offices of Seth Polansky
Seth, the managing partner of The Law Offices of Seth Polansky, LLC, is a veteran business and IP attorney. He’s advised numerous startups and artists of all kinds, and provided pro bono services to artists’ rights organizations like Art Pact. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryl... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hoover (100)

2:45pm

History of Science Fiction: Movie Edition
History of Science Fiction as told by iconic films throughout the ages. Brought to you by Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Moderators
avatar for Mike Solof

Mike Solof

Collections and Exhibits Manager, Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Hi! I'm Michael Solof. I have a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio Univ. I'm Currently work for Geppi’s Entertainment Comic and Pop Culture Museum in Baltimore as their Collection and Exhibits Manager. I'm a huge Beatles fan and I host a weekly internet show about ultra-rare Beatles r... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Coolidge (100)

2:45pm

History of Science Fiction: Comic Book Edition
A brief glimpse into the history of Science Fiction, spotlighting the media of comic books and graphic novels

Speakers
avatar for Britany Marriott

Britany Marriott

Sales Manager, Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
5 - South (250)

2:45pm

Shy Geeks Speak: How Cons Improved My Life
Be inspired by introverted and shy geeks who have come out of their shell and found both social and career success through the accepting and inclusive atmosphere of conventions.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →
avatar for James Jackson

James Jackson

Hello my name is James, sometimes I go by Fix-It Jim. I am an amateur cosplayer from Silver Spring, MD. Been going to conventions since 2007 and cosplaying since 2013. My interests include anime, Disney, history, travel, books, etc. Going to conventions and being a part of Nerd Culture has helped improve my social skills and making new friends. I did not have a lot of close friends growing up and often felt like an outsider as a young child and teenager. Watching lots animes... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Sunday September 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Harding (100)

3:00pm

Stop Motion Animation Part 3: Animation and Editing
Limited Capacity seats available

This is where the magic happens! Before the days of CG special effects, stop motion animation played a big role in making science fiction a "reality" on screen. 

In the last of this 3-part workshop, learn techniques for creating the illusion of motion, in-camera effects, and lighting. Get hands on animating characters and editing a sequence for our original science fiction short!

Age range is 13+. These workshops will be best suited for the young and young at heart, 8th grade and up. Younger guests can join in with a parent.

Note: this workshop is also offered on Friday and Saturday


Artists
JS

Jen Schachter

Resident Artist, Open Works and Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Volunteers
avatar for Jessica Paul

Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher at Edgar A.Martin Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education.  As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passions as the Director of Education... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Inter-Faith Service
Moderators
avatar for Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson

Pastor, United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley
The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at UCCSV in August 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope UCC in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly has also spent time a Stay-at-Home Parent and a School Social Worker. Holly has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, 2012, and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, 1997. Holly will tell you that she is a beloved messy child of God on a mission to make people believe in love, goodness, grace, redemption, and the inherent worth of all beings. In ministry she seeks to follow Jesus as he wades into the crazy sea of humanity preaching peace and hope to the least and lost. She deeply believes that God is still speaking and active in this world and works to help create a church that reflects that reality. She sees spiritual disciplines and justice work as two halves of the whole of what works to propel us on our spiritual path... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

University Chaplain, American University
Mark is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washin... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
6 - East (250)

3:00pm

Citizen Astronauts
In the past year, humanity has witnessed Elon Musk’s declaration of SpaceX’s ambition to initiate full-scale settlement of Mars by the 2030s. Humanity has also witnessed:
 
  • Jeff Bezos setting up Blue Origin to become the “Union Pacific Railroad” for the Moon
  • Goldman Sachs substantiating the economic viability of mining asteroids
  • Luxembourg beginning what is starting to sound like the “Luxembourg Space Trading Co.”
  • Potential China and Europe collaboration on a Moon Village in the 2020s
 
This all sounds like a much-anticipated prequel to SyFy’s series “The Expanse”. But in all seriousness, human expansion into the Solar System is slowly, but steadily, becoming a reality within our lifetimes.
So when can we, regular citizens, go up there to live out our dreams of human Space exploration, tourism, or even settlement?
This panel will introduce and explore two innovative organizations and how they are embarking on two unique journeys to bring about a bold and synergistic vision: democratized access to Space for regular citizens - Citizen Astronauts.
Space For Humanity is a non-profit organization that will select a Citizen Astronaut to travel to the edge of space at the end of 2018. Their longer-term vision is to send selected groups into Low Earth Orbit by 2022, the moon by 2027 and deep space by 2030. The Space For Humanity mantra: Granting the Gift of Perspective, so that Citizen Astronauts can become the ambassadors to inspire the current and future generations towards our progressive expansion into the solar system and beyond.
SpaceVault (parent company Finsophy Inc.) is a for-profit corporation that will offer citizens the ability to open a dedicated savings account for future personal Space travel, earn financial rewards, and in the meanwhile financially support the emerging commercial Space industry with their underlying bank deposits. SpaceVault’s mantra: Savings Account with a Purpose, reflects their aspiration to empower non-1% citizens around the world to finance their Citizen Astronaut aspirations while helping appropriate more capital in support of the burgeoning commercial Space industry.
 

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Michael Bear

Dr. Michael Bear

Technical Director - Systems Engineering, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 25 years of experience in the entire design cycle from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He is currently the engineering lead on the RADSPEED... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Aspiotis

Jason Aspiotis

CEO, Founder, Finsophy Inc.
I am the Founder & CEO of Finsophy Inc - a marketplace for socially responsible retail banking products. | | Looking for potential bank partners, seed investors, Banking-as-a-Platform companies, and loan marketplace providers.
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Rebecca Schaeffer

Executive Director, Space for Humanity
I am the Executive Director for Space for Humanity, a non-profit focused on growing the commercial space industry by providing public access to space beginning 2018 | Seeking diverse applicants for an all-expenses paid journey on the Worldview Space vehicle.

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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Sunday September 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
3 - North (250)