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Submit a Proposal for 2013!

We are now accepting proposals for OctopodiCon 2013.

We are looking for panels, lectures, demonstrations, and makeshops that are Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Sprocket level.

Freshman Level:

These are entry level panels, lectures, demonstrations, and makeshops, for the beginner. They are introductions, basic information, and overviews. Think 101 level. These would lay the foundation for future programming. Approximately 1/3 of our programming next year will be Freshman Level, enough so those who didn’t get a chance to attend OctopodiCon this year can earn their Rising Sophomore Certificates.

Steampunk 101, starting in steampunk, and other such things – give us your proposals for Freshman Level!

Sophomore Level

This year’s students at OctopodiCon will want more involved panels, lectures, demonstrations, and makeshops. Those who took the Mod a Weapon Makeshop, for example, may want a makeshop on adding lights to their weapon. Perhaps build a DIY sterling engine. Panels that build on the 101 panels by taking it to the next level. Your students already know what steampunk is, now talk about what they can do with it, explore the different genres of steampunk, discuss the next level of steampunk literature.

Please send us your proposals, we’d love to add you to our Visiting Professor List!

Junior Sprockets

In Junior Sprockets, we teach children science! They get to earn badges and other recognitions. We’d like a variety of programming activities for them, covering the S.T.E.A.M. theme: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math. We have two levels of Junior Sprockets – the 6-11 year olds and the 12 – 18 year olds. Some programming, such as entertainment or games or learning dances, crosses the age levels, but others should be prepared for one of these age spans. We’ll select a balance of Junior Sprocket, Artifact Club, and both to give the children and their parents breaks and to keep their interest up.

If you would like to present Junior Sprocket programming, please send us your proposal.

The Proposal Form is on the drop-down under the tab: Proposals. There’s also a tab listing topics for which we already have proposals. You can offer to co-present on a topic that’s already been proposed, or offer a new topic! This will be updated frequently.


We have the Programming Grid filled out.  It’s still rough and probably will be rough clear up until Commencement (Closing) Ceremonies – since it involves people and things happen to people.

But it’s as complete as we can make it at this time.

A more updated version will be available at the Registration Desk. This is the version that will be going into the Course Catalog, along with class descriptions and which professors will be leading them.

Pre-registration for Makeshops Now Closed

You can still audit the Makeshops – you can take a seat behind the pre-registered students and watch them make things, you can take notes and ask questionsm and learn how to do it, which is a cool thing. Auditing a class allows you to learn if you are interested in the subject enough to commit to it later, enough to buy the equipment and supplies to pursue it yourself.

This year, we’re debuting the Makeshop concept, and have only a few that required pre-registration with the need for supplies. I’m sure we’ll have a few bugs to work out as we refine the system – and owe a deep gratitude to those who were willing to pre-register for the Makeshops.

There are many things you’ll be able to do at OctopodiCon, and we’ll be talking more about them in these weeks leading up to OctopodiCon. There are classes, demonstrations, and panel discussions for learning and sharing.

We’ve heard rumors that Montague Jacques Fromage will be conspiring with Professor Elemental to bring something exciting to OctopodiCon just for us. A smash-up of steampunk funk and chaphop as only these two uniquely eccentric characters could conceive it,perhaps?  Or something totally different?

We don’t know what those two gentlemen are up to.  The only way to know is to keep checking in.




Programming is coming along very nicely – we have 92 hours of classes, demonstrations, and panels in the Classrooms, 9 Makeshops in the Laboratorium, 20 hours of Children’s Programming divided between the Junior Sprockets and the Artifact Club, 22 hours of Anime and Steampunk Filmography, and  22 hours of performances, a Charity Auction, the Masquerade, and the SteamMaker’s Ball in the Spectacularium, plus the three big contests:  the Jr/Sr High School Automaton Contest, the Airship Competition, and the Mad Engineer’s Contest.

That’s in addition to the Tea Parlour, the Scriptorium, the Art Gallery, the Promenade, and the Mercantile.

There will be plenty of things for everyone to do, including just sitting and watching from interesting locations.