Running Octocon as a virtual convention means that we need more volunteers than ever in order to make the convention as successful as possible.
If you have a few hours spare on the weekend of the 9th – 11th October (and beforehand for training), especially if you’re familiar with technologies such as Twitch, Zoom and Discord, please volunteer!
This will be a first for the National Scifi Convention and was something only dreamed of as possible at the first Octocon 30 years ago.
We plan to bring you a range of panels, interviews and fan chats online for free on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of October. We are currently investigating which platforms will suit best and hope you will join us via the screen of your choice.
As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of changes to the world. The committee and I have been tirelessly working these past few months to make sure that Octocon happens safely and responsibly in 2020.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is not going away soon and our venue has informed us that they will not be able to safely accommodate the number of members we expect to attend Octocon, due to the social distancing measures that they will need to put in place.
So with a heavy heart, I have to inform you that there will not be a physical convention in 2020.
It’s not all bad news! We are currently looking at alternative ways to run Octocon in 2020, making use of your suggestions for panels and the work that’s already been done by our programming team. We will have more news for you soon.
Exciting plans for next year’s convention are already underway and your membership for 2020 will automatically be rolled over to our next planned physical convention in 2021. If you are getting this email you were a member of Octocon 2020 and are now a member of Octocon 2021.
If you would rather avail of a refund for this year, we will gladly accommodate your request – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at our next in-person event in October 2021.
We’re looking for one or two more people to join the team putting together our celebrations. We need people who can write blog posts and/or edit image and audio and video, and if you have any particular organisational skills that would be great! If you know lots about Octocon’s history that’s also good, but not essential.
If you have any photos or printed material that you can share with us, please get in touch! We will be using these on this website and also hopefully in exhibits and booklets at Octocon itself.
We would also very much like to collect your memories of Octocon, in text, audio or video. Again, we will use these on our website and at the convention.
Octocon’s programme typically includes panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and chats with guests and other fans (on specific topics), as well as special events such as book launches and demonstrations.