Workshops incorporate audience participation through active means: teaching a skill, trying a dance, or making a craft through 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 among themselves.
You spoke and we listened. Presenters and attendees alike asked us for more open-floor content from cultural dances and group workouts to K and J-pop freeform sessions. Based on your responses we will be adding a second open-floor Workshop space to supplement our primary open room. Everyone has been cooped up too long and is looking to MOVE.
Fret not you crafters! We will still have both of our wonderful classroom-style Workshop spaces as well. So come and let your creative juices flow in whatever way suits you.
Whether you’re brand new to Otakon or you’ve been coming for years, if you have a great deal of knowledge on a subject you would like to share with your fellow Otaku, we welcome your ideas! Please watch this space for updates and instructions concerning submitting your ideas to become an Otakon presenter.
What’s in it for you? Well, aside from the obvious glory of being envied by your friends and perhaps hundreds of strangers who come to bask in the light of your knowledge, Otakon presenters qualify for compensated memberships for the con and access to a presenters’ only lounge complete with snacks.
Before submitting an idea for a workshop, ask yourself: will my audience actively participate during my presentation? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place!
If your event would be best suited for an auditorium style presentation, you may wish to submit as a panel.
Open: Feb. 10, 2023, 11:30 a.m. - May 1, 2023, 10 p.m.
Submit your workshop idea today
Keep an eye on this page and be sure to watch our Facebook and Twitter page for more updates.
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 know 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 bring things yourself, or whether you hope we can provide them - we have to know!
For questions not related to presenter submissions for Otakon, you may contact the Workshops Department via the Otakon Contact Form.