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August 12 - August 14, 2016
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Events: Workshops

Workshops incorporate audience participation through active means, eliciting discussion while at the same time providing a more "hands-on" approach. For example, a workshop meant to teach painting may guide the audience through the process by having instructors provide directions and feedback to members of the audience as they paint. Another workshop about the game Go may cover the history of the game and teach audience members how to play as they go through examples and ultimately play amongst themselves.

Before submitting as a workshop, ask yourself: will my audience actively participate during my presentation?

If you are still unsure whether your submission qualifies as a workshop or a panel, submit the form as a workshop, and, if the reviewing staff determines it would be better suited as a panel, we'll pass it along to the appropriate parties.

Workshops Submissions

  • Workshops Applications for Otakon 2015 are not being accepted at this time.

    Keep an eye on this page and be sure to watch our Otakon RSS feed and Twitter page for more updates.

18+ Workshops:

  • 18+ content is anything that contains graphic, sexual, overly violent or obscene material which would be unsuitable for minors.
  • If you are unsure of whether the content of your workshop is 18+, it probably is.
    Please err on the side of caution.
  • Otakon is a family event. Therefore, workshopss containing 18+ content will be scheduled late in the evening, generally between the hours of 10PM and 2AM.
  • If a workshop submitted as 'not 18+' is found to contain 18+ material, Otakon reserves the right to shut down the workshop in progress. A workshop shut down while in progress will not be considered successfully run and may lead to denial of future workshop submissions as well and the primary presenter being invoiced for the amount of comped membership(s).

Materials For Your Workshop:

Most workshops require more than just the standard room equipment that we provide for all presenters. This is not only acceptable, but encouraged. It is important; however, that the Otakon staff knows what you plan to bring so that we can prepare accordingly.

Furthermore, Otakorp can provide certain materials necessary for the successful completion of your workshop. We would be more than happy to provide items such as markers, paints, clay, and other, more specialized items like awls.

Be sure to include this information on your application form under the relevant section. Whether you are going to brings things yourself, or whether you hope we can provide them - we have to know!

Workshop Presenter Compensation:

New for 2015!:

  • Beginning in 2015, we will no longer be requiring first-time presenters to pre-register and receive post-con reimbursements after successful completion of their workshop.
  • There is a limit of 3 compensated presenters per workshop. This would comprise the primary presenter and two assistant presenters. You are welcome to have more presenters on stage, however, only 3 will receive compensated memberships to Otakon.
  • This means that if your workshop idea is selected for inclusion, you will receive up to 3 pre-con compensated memberships to Otakon 2015. If your idea is selected, the primary presenter will receive instructions regarding how to pre-register for Otakon with a compensated membership.
  • In the event that you are unable or unwilling to complete your workshop after redeeming your compensated membership(s), Otakon reserves the right to invoice the primary presenter for the full cost of any compensated membership(s) granted at the time of workshop acceptance.
  • If you plan on submitting a workshop application, PLEASE DO NOT PRE-REGISTER! If your application is selected, you will be receiving a compensated membership(s) to Otakon 2015.
  • If your application is selected, and you have already pre-registered for Otakon 2015, you will receive a post-convention refund of your Otakon 2015 membership fee after successful completion of your workshop. Instructions for receiving your post-Otakon refund will be provided after Otakon 2015.

W9 Requirements:

All presenters selected for Otakon 2015 will be required to complete and turn in an IRS form W9 form. This is because the IRS requires all non-profits to record money that is sent to all individuals and corporations, which (to cover our bases) includes comped memberships to Otakon.


For questions not related to submitting a workshop for Otakon, you may contact the Workshops Department via the Otakon Contact Form.

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