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Saturday, May 31


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.

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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


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.

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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 →


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


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

Get tips from the pros.

Ask them questions about their work.

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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


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


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


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.

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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
Sunday, June 1


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