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Friday, May 4 • 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Opening Ceremonies

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Join our con chair, Cassy Sinke, the Con Committee, and our Guests of Honor as we open this bad boy up for the weekend. You never know what surprises might be in store!

Speakers
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Daniel Dugan

Bioinformatician, Genomenon
I got into Penguicon in 2015 through e-nable. I work for a startup. I do weird things in and around Michigan. I have an awesome daughter. I make stuff.
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Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book and Madeleine have been finalists for the Nebula, and The Truth About Owls won the Locus Award in 2015. Her poems Song for an Ancient City, Peach-Creamed Honey, and Turning the Leaves have won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem multiple years, and in 2012 she received the Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize for Phase Shifting.Additionally, her work has appeared in magazines such as... Read More →
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Bagel Garrison

Bagel makes a lot of things and watches a lot of movies. She crafts and Warcrafts. She prefers bagels to donuts (but will eat either). :)
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Janet Gocay

2018 Head of Programming. Teacher and event planner. Maker of pretty things.
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Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in con... Read More →
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have appeared in... Read More →
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Dr. Kristine Larsen

Kristine is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of science and society, including the history of women in science, and science and popular culture.In particular, her work focuses on depictions of science and scientists in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien... Read More →
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Jeff Marraccini

Registration, Penguicon 2016-2018 Con Com
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Penguicon! Thank you to Allison and the Penguicon Con Com for all their help as well!
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Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages. The Stars Change, a Sci-fi novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.  Mary Anne founded the Hugo-nominated magazine... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since... Read More →
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Jessica Roland

Product Owner, Lead, Fathead LLC
Volunteer Chair Penguicon 2018, ConChair Penguicon 2019 | I love all things science especially neurobiology, Doctor Who, Wolverine, volunteering, and building communities.
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Cassy Sinke

Penguicon 2018 ConChair, Panda trapped in a human body.
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Trish Stedman

Magic Meeple Games
Magic Meeple Games is an independent tabletop games design, development, & publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona and co-owned by Ian and Trish Stedman.Trish has been heavily involved with gaming conventions (including Phoenix Comicon, RinCon, and Crit Hit) for years as an experienced event planner. Then they debuted with a successful Kickstarter campaign for... Read More →
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Ian Stedman

Magic Meeple Games
Magic Meeple Games is an independent tabletop games design, development, & publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona and co-owned by Ian and Trish Stedman.MMG began when a good friend, and Gamelyn Games founder, Michael Coe approached Ian and Trish to co-publish a project with him. Ian and Trish (who have over 15 years combined involvement in various games industries) officially formed MMG in 2015. Ian has had a lifelong passion for gaming and is the designer of Magnum Opus from Clever Mojo Games and several other self-publishing projects.Keep track of all their upcoming projects on... Read More →
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Christine Sunu

An interface designer, Christine (per her Twitter bio) builds things. The things she builds vary, but her focus throughout it all is on interfaces hooking into human behavior and expectation. She believes the level of complexity in tactility, geometry, and human factors in connected interface design requires understanding and experience with people and interfaces from non-digital fields. Her multidisciplinary experience with the digital, physical, and human allows her to create effective and successful experiences for users.Christine has implemented developer experiences and run IoT workshops, designed interfaces for patient motivation in high-stakes settings, made trending content on electronics, and created hardware and software for research in bleeding-edge fields. She started and runs... Read More →
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Johnny Xmas

Sr. Penetration Tester, Uptake Technologies
Johnny is a Security Researcher at Uptake, a company dedicated to ensuring safety, reliability, and security of  industrial environments.  Johnny’s been speaking internationally (both in and very far outside of the infosec community) on the topics of information security, career advancement, and social engineering for nearly 20 years. His infamous mixture of humor, raw sincerity, and honest love of people often leads to a lighthearted, but (at its core) serious, discussion around our innate desires to get in our own way. Recently, he was one of the masterminds behind the reproduction and leaking of... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
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