Friday, February 20, 2009

notacon 6 | wyndam hotel | 4.16.09 - 4.19.09

The Wyndam Hotel in downtown Cleveland will host Notacon 6, the sixth annual computer “hacker” convention exploring technology and modern philosophy that runs from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Paul Schneider, one of the co-creators and organizers of the convention, said in an email, “I think there are a couple good reasons students should attend Notacon. The first involves the central tenet of the event itself, that of discovery.” Schneider continued that the event, “is a great opportunity to network with new people with diverse backgrounds from our own city and from around the world.”

This year’s Notacon, one of the few remaining “hacker” conventions held in the Midwest, offers more than 40 presentations, contests, games, and giveaways throughout the weekend. The goal of the convention is not only to educate and enlighten attendees, but also to entertain them.

Schneider said in an email, “It's about us as a whole, not about one person lecturing and 200 listening. It's about everyone having conversations about the things that they are passionate about and wanting to share that passion with others.” Past presentations have included "DIY Green Energy," "Notageek: Technology and Everyone Else," "8 Dirty Secrets of the Security Industry," "The Great Failure of Wikipedia,” and "Your Moment of Audio Zen: A History of Podcasts."

What sets this convention apart from similar events is the addition of creative content that applies technology to graphics, art, and music, and the emphasis on social interaction. “A lot of people might think, ‘That really doesn't sound like it's for me,’ and I think they ought to check it out before discounting it so fast,” Schneider added.

Notacon offers two tiers of prepaid registration as well as a discounted prepaid rate for groups. The cost is $75 for basic registration while the $125 premier package includes a swag bag and a personalized badge. The price for tickets at the door increases to $100 each. During the evening of Thursday, April 16, 2009 a free preview event will be open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.notacon.org/

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