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 crafting 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 of 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. A dance Workshops might focus on a specific aspect of K/J-pop dancing or teach a cultural group dance.
Workshops has two crafting rooms and two open floor rooms for all types of wonderful events filled with audience participation. This year our primary rooms are bigger and badder than ever with room for additional attendees! We know that our “hot-ticket” events are in demand, and we want as many of you to be able to attend as possible.
Fear not, for those of you looking for a less monumental experience, we will still have smaller rooms and events to appeal to all personalities. If you are looking for an especially intimate crafting experience, please check out the Makerspace page.
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.
Before submitting an idea for a workshop, ask yourself: will my audience actively participate, make, or perform 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. See the Presenter Information Page for additional types of Programming submission.
Open: Feb. 2, 2024, 9 a.m. - May 13, 2024, midnight
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!