Penguicon has attendees, guests, and staff of all kinds of gender presentations. It has long been our ConCom’s goal to help everyone feel safe and comfortable.
We have worked with the hotel to have clearly marked all-gender restrooms available on the second floor, as well as typically designated men’s and women’s restrooms on the first.
There are gender neutral designated restrooms at the White House, GDC (Game Development Conference), Emerald City Comic Con, and many other conventions and universities – their purpose is to make sure no one can be accosted for being in “the wrong place” when they simply need to go to the bathroom.
Additionally, we will have “I’ll go with you” ribbons available for those who don’t mind keeping someone company who is feeling anxious about stepping into the restroom they feel most comfortable in. Many of the ConCom will be wearing one, including the Chair.
In other great news, the Westin Southfield has been very helpful in seeing all gender bathrooms happen this year and has trained their staff to better meet our needs.
Please remember that when it comes to deciding which bathroom is “most appropriate”, it’s the person who has to pee who knows, and it’s up to us to give anyone the benefit of doubt, as fellow human beings with bodily functions.
No matter which bathroom you go into or who is in there with you, it is not appropriate to interrogate someone about their body – you wouldn’t want someone doing it to you.
If you’re not comfortable with a person’s presence, simply step out for a minute, find another bathroom, or ask someone to wait in the bathroom with you. If someone harasses you, please speak with someone at our Operations desk or find a ConCom member.
Note: If you choose to add individual events to a personal calendar, any changes that occur to the schedule throughout the weekend will NOT sync. If you choose to add a track to your Other Calendars, all changes made through the weekend WILL sync, and the events will be available to you as they are in the official Penguicon event calendar.
Sign into your Google account for the following options:
Copy an individual event to a calendar of your choice. (This will NOT update if the event info is changed.)
You can do this from the Agenda View.
Click “Agenda” on the upper right
Select the event you would like to add to your calendar
Click “Copy to my calendar”
Select which calendar you want this event added to
Add a calendar containing all events in a track to your “Other Calendars”. (This will update as the schedule changes.)
You can add the full penguicon schedule or you can add any/all of the tracks individually.
To add calendars to your “Other Calendars”
Click the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the lower right
Click “Add” along the right side of the pop-up window for each of the track calendars you would like to addORClick “Add All” on the bottom of the pop-up window to every track calendar.
Individual Calendars for other Calendar Apps
If you want to view the calendar format, use the HTML link. If you want to add a calendar to your own, use the .ical links to subscribe.
To add a calendar using its address, follow these steps:
Find the setting that allows you to import a calendar (ical) file.
Enter the address of the track calendar in the field provided.
If you receive an error:
Change the date format.
The file is currently in month/day/year format. So for example if your default date format is day/month/year then switch the day and month in the file for start and end dates so that it matches your default format, you will also need to make the proper changes to the time if needed
The other possible solution is to temporarily change you settings for your Google calendar date format to 12/31/2015 and make sure you time format is 1:00pm then after importing the file change your settings back to your normal settings (recommended option)
This year, Penguicon participants will be able to get hands-on with Linux in our new Computer Lab! Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous attendee and the efforts of Cassy Sinke and her team, we will have 20 laptops available to play with, code on, and use during Lab events.
If the Computer Lab is a popular and well-used feature this year, we have additional equipment in reserve for future years!
The Computer Lab is additionally sponsored byZextras– a company that creates add-ons for the Zimbra Open Source mail system.
The laptops are first come, first serve – there is more space in the room for seating, so please consider bringing your own laptop for official events in the Computer Lab in case they are occupied. They’re loaded with Debian linux with lxde desktop, with atom editor, python 2.7, and python 3, along with much more.
The lab will be open until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday, with a sign-up sheet for impromptu sessions and demonstrations. Please check in regularly as we get underway!
Here is a quick snapshot of the scheduled Computer Lab events throughout the weekend.
Get Hands on with Linux – Tom Lawrence, who was a great help this year, will be speaking about how to get going with Linux. A great primer for a first timer!
Hands on with Python – Daniel Dugan and Gib Nichols from MDLUG will talk about getting started with Python. They will float on the cloud and string like a “B”.
Embedded Software with All Hands Active – Nick Ristow and Nate Yost will talk about building the AHA Penguicon Badge and ongoing development.
Grand Circus: Introduction to Coding – Catch up with Chioke and Kim! They are holding a bootcamp that they use to kick off coding careers in Detroit.
Kerbal Space Build Off – Daniel Dugan and Bob Trembley (WAS/JPL/NASA Volunteer) are holding a team competition on building a budget rocket inside Kerbal that can make it into orbit.
This year, the Maker Market will be having a contest to highlight the best Maker Market tables for Penguicon!
Judges will be checking out booths throughout the weekend, and will present the awards by early Sunday. They will also be announced during Closing Ceremonies!
Tables will be judged for:
Best in Show will win a free table and 2 memberships (to be used for that table) for the 2017 Maker Market, pre-approved!
We have a really great set of Makers this year, and our Maker Market page has been updated with the latest set of vendors coming to Penguicon. Our waiting list is small and openings do come up as we get closer to the event, so if you forgot to put in an application and you think you have something unique to share with us, apply ASAP!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org after filling out an application to be sure we know it has arrived.
Due to a room placement error, we must unfortunately cancel all events that were planned to be in “Callahan’s Place” for Penguicon 2016. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to sign up to run them next year!
Those events include:
Build Your Own VGA Adapter for Presenters
How to Choose the Best Emoji For Every Situation
Introverts Social Hour
Intro to Windows, Skynet Edition
Tips and Tricks for Catwaxing
DIY Time Travel Part 2
ConChair Dunk Tank
Retro ConChair Dunk Tank
Who Wore It Best: R2D2 vs. BB8
How to Program Infinite Loops
Raspberry Pi Eating Contest
101 Reasons Words Are Hard
If Fictional Characters Cosplayed, What Would They Cosplay As?
The Benefits of Owning a Pet Rock
Workshop: Turning It Off and On Again
Pluto: Planet or Not?
LN2 Winter Root Vegetables
BoF: Murder She Wrote
How Many Programmers Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?
Mark Reads The Phonebook
Jolt, And Other Highly Caffeinated Beverages We Have Loved
The Chaos Machine, BDSM, and You
Writing Workshop: Choose Your Own Adventure Epic Fantasy
DIY Time Travel Part 1
Charity Event: 3D Print Your Own Flying Penguin Wings
The programming team is very excited to announce that this year’s Schedule by Room is ready for viewing!
With almost 400 unique events, over 400 hours of programming and more than 250 presenters and panelists, we are in for a fantastic time in four short weeks! Thank you to the Programming Team for their hard work in bringing the schedule to its brightly colored fruition.
Presenters and panelists, we will be emailing your individual schedules to you over the weekend.
If you should see an error or need to cancel your event up through April 28th, please email email@example.com. If you need to cancel once the con starts, visit or contact Ops.
This schedule is subject to change up to and during the convention.
Looking forward to an awesome weekend with everyone!
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