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Friday, May 30
 

12:00pm

Crit Confirm Entertainment
Friday May 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

1:15pm

Nerd's Domain Podcast
Friday May 30, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

2:30pm

Obsessive Viewer Podcast
Friday May 30, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

3:45pm

1 More Castle Podcast
Friday May 30, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

4:00pm

Nerd-prov
INDYPROV is an Emmy® Award nominated improvisational comedy troupe and his been performing for over a decade. Join us for an improv show based on your suggestions about all things nerdy! We will visit comics, gaming, Dr. Who and all things geek like! Audience interaction highly encouraged!

Friday May 30, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

4:00pm

Awkward Twitter Mingle
Calling all Twitter users! Here is a chance to meet and great and connect with other twitter geeks!

Speakers

Friday May 30, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

7:30pm

Free Concert with Paul & Storm
Join us for our PopCon Kick Off Concert featuring our special guest headliners, Paul & Storm!  This concert is FREE for all PopCon fans with a valid Friday/3-Day pass for the convention.

With Support From The Harp Twins and Playboy Psychonauts, and with "Big Daddy Cool" as MC, this concert is sure to take the roof off the convention center!

Moderators
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Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul and Storm

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. Their music has appeared on pretty much every type of media... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center
 
Saturday, May 31
 

11:00am

How I Beat a Patent Troll with Drew Curtis from Fark.com
Drew Curtis, the founder of leading internet Not-News site, Fark.com, shares with PopCon the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email."  Where others gave in to the challenge, Drew fought back and won, and provides you insight to his process and shares some startling statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Speakers
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Drew Curtis

Founder, Fark.com
As the founder, sole owner, and CEO of Fark.com, Drew Curtis is in a very unique position where digital media is concerned. For the past 15 years, he has watched as media evolved from an industry who eschewed and dismissed the digital realm to an industry very much aware that their... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

11:15am

Project-Nerd Podcast
With special guest Michael "Knightmage" Wilson

Saturday May 31, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

12:00pm

My Life as a Meme
What happens when you take a bad high school photo and the internet gets ahold of it? Well…. You become the poster-boy for millions of people to make fun of ironic, unlucky situations. Meet Kyle, the real person behind the Bad Luck Brian meme and find out what it's like to be internet famous. We have a bonus MYSTERY MEME guest joining him as well!

Moderators
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Patrick Scott Patterson

It all started in 1981 when he dropped a quarter into a Pac-Man machine…​Patrick Scott Patterson (Scott to his friends) makes his living as the go-to guy for video game content and insight. From the earliest days of video game history to commentary on the latest and greatest... Read More →

Speakers
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Bad Luck Brian

Bad Luck Brian is an image macro series featuring a photo of a blonde teenage boy wearing a plaid sweater vest and braces, accompanied by captions that describe a variety of embarrassing and tragic occurrences. The first Bad Luck Brian submission was uploaded on January 23rd... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

2:00pm

So You Want to be a YouTuber
YouTube isn't just a hobby anymore - it's a legitimate business! Years ago, one would need to be discovered to become famous, but these days? Grab a webcam and go nuts. Learn from several YouTube stars who are starting to make careers off of their YouTube channels about how they started and what they do to earn new subscribers.

Moderators
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Patrick Scott Patterson

It all started in 1981 when he dropped a quarter into a Pac-Man machine…​Patrick Scott Patterson (Scott to his friends) makes his living as the go-to guy for video game content and insight. From the earliest days of video game history to commentary on the latest and greatest... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

2:30pm

Off the Air Podcast LIVE with Chick McGee
Come see Chick McGee and the Off the Air podcast as they record a show live on the PopCon Main Stage.  Special guests TBA!


Saturday May 31, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center

3:00pm

Action Figure Customization
See exclusive figures and what goes into making them.

Get tips from the pros.

Ask them questions about their work.

Speakers
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Jamie Sillof

Sillof's Workshop
My work has been featured online on blogs, websites, and online news services.  In newspapers at the local, national and international levels.  In  books and magazines nationally and world wide.   On television in local news, national news, cable, and overseas.   In independent... Read More →



Saturday May 31, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

4:15pm

The Hammer & Nigel Show
A live podcast recording of the Hammer & Nigel show!

Saturday May 31, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

5:00pm

Podcasting 101 - Content
Have you ever considered starting a podcast? There's a lot to consider, but we'll be focusing on how to come up with good content and work out the format for what you're doing. We'll also discuss how to get started on the cheap side with what we've used and others have suggested.
Panelists:Matt QuiettShirley NiedzwieckiScott Troiano

Speakers

Saturday May 31, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

6:00pm

KickStarter - How to Be Successful
Many of our exhibitors, guests, and panelists have completed successful KickStarter campaigns. We'll bring together a panel of the most, and least, successful to talk about their experiences using KickStarter.

Speakers
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Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft is a Disney animator from the Long Beach, California area who is best known for his creation of the Mulan character, Mushu. He stayed with Disney for about thirteen years, working on approximately nine features until he left in 2000. Since leaving Disney, Tom has been... Read More →
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Ragtag Studios

Ragtag Studio is an independent game development company founded in 2011. The team is comprised of friends and industry veterans, Matt Carter, Chris Cobb, and Shawn Halwes. After developing games together for more than a decade for studios such as Activision, Ion Storm, and Disney... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

6:00pm

Podcasting 101 - Hardware and Tech
Getting started with podcasting doesn't require much, but you do need some hardware and equipment. Learn from a seasoned podcast and radio producer the ins and outs of microphones, sound boards, and recording equipment and learn simple ways to ensure your recording sounds great.

Speakers

Saturday May 31, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225
 
Sunday, June 1
 

10:00am

Behind the Blog with Indy Geek Girls
Ever wonder what it's like to run your own blog? What goes into increasing your reach and building a strong reader base? Come hear the women of IndyGeekGirls.com talk about what blogging is to them and how they've grown their sites.

Speakers

Sunday June 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

10:00am

The Nerds You're Looking For Podcast
Sunday June 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

11:30am

Two is Company Live Podcast
Zack Luye and Kristian Nairn take the stage for a live recording of the Two is Company podcast featuring a special guest celebrity!

Speakers
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Kristian Nairn

Kristian Nairn is best known for his re-occurring role as fan-favorite character, Hodor, and the HBO award winning series, Game of Thrones. During his free time, Nairn remains a loyal sci-fi and fantasy fan dabbling in not only his on-screen role of ‘Hodor,’ but also finding... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center

11:45am

The Established Facts Podcast
Sunday June 1, 2014 11:45am - 12:45pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

12:00pm

Indy Hackathon - The Importance of Open Software
Open data is changing the way governments and citizens interface around the world. From municipalities tracking potholes to NASA observing asteroids, governments are making data public and consumable at an unprecedented rate. As a result, tech innovators have the opportunity to seek out commercial applications while providing solutions to their communities with the potential to save lives and resources. Today’s panel includes several of Indiana’s most prominent open data advocates: Bree Baxter with Interactive Intelligence, Cory Gackenheimer with Healthx and Matt Kirby with the Indy Chamber – plus the winning team from Indy Civic Hack Day, Indy’s first open data hackathon.


Sunday June 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

1:00pm

Out of Continues Podcast
Sunday June 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

2:30pm

Nerd Wars Podcast
Sunday June 1, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center