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Here is a list of everyone who has registered for Podfication 2017!

Attendee list!! )
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Live performance sign-ups for 2017 are now open!

This event is a chance for anyone who'd like to do a reading for a live audience at the convention. We should have enough time for 10-11 performances. It's a lot of fun!

You can do something new, something you've recorded before, an excerpt from a longer work (give us a heads up on that please), arrange or join a multi-voice performance, or whatever you like so long as it abides by the rules below!

While this is mostly an event that's performance for performance's sake, we'll be recording it. After the con, we'll post it to AO3 for everyone's enjoyment. There is an opt out if you'd rather not have your performance included and/or if you don't have author permission.

To make sure we can fit in everybody who wants to read:

  • Performances should not run longer than 20 minutes total.

  • 1 sign-up per individual.

  • In addition to a solo performance, you can participate in up to 2 multi-voice performances.


The form will remain open through September 23 30*, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Any questions, just let us know! Drop us a comment, tweet (@podfication), or email us (podfication at gmail).

*Belated realization that the submission form was listing a cutoff date of Sep. 30th while this post had the 23rd. Going with the later of the two in case anyone was banking on that. Sorry for the mixup!
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For folks not in easy driving distance of the Twin Cities, you can use this post to find roommates to share a hotel room with or connect up with some of the locals who are able to host some attendees for the weekend!

The GPS Community Center is located at 1121 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis MN 55413. There are quite a few hotels in downtown Minneapolis that are an easy bus ride away. Google Maps should be able to give you the logistical lowdown on that, depending on which hotel you're looking up. Metro Transit also has your back.

Many people last year stayed in groups in Airbnbs near the venue, which worked out really well, and we highly recommend! While we'll leave actual rental & group organization up to you, we definitely encourage you to use this option :)

Note from Jo: You may be tempted to stay at the University Inn off of 4th St as it's the closest hotel to the center, but trust me and do not do the thing. Maybe something has changed in the last decade since I lived in that area, but I know it as a place to avoid and am thus passing on this important info.

Locals, if you have some guest rooms or couch space you're able to spare, please chime in! Any space available at an individual's home is at their discretion, of course.
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So now that we've got the schedule out there and y'all can make some informed decisions, we're looking for some volunteers! Our needs are small, but we definitely can't do this thing without you.

10/13 Update: We appear to have all our volunteer jobs filled! You guys are amazing! :D

Here's a rundown of the various things we need help with:

Saturday Morning Setup (9:00-9:30am)
There are a lot of chairs. They mostly need to be in theater style in rooms 107 and 106A. If chair moving is your passion or even just your "Eh, I could do that" let us know! We'll also need some help setting up the soundproofing equipment in room 106A, the AV equipment in 107, and putting up signage around the Waterbury building directing Podfication attendees to our rooms.
10/13 Update: We are now good on volunteers for this. Thanks!

Saturday Sandwich Lunch (~11:30am-1:30pm)
We'll provide food and plates and such, but we need a few people who can set it all out just before noon on Saturday and put it all away afterward! Or hey, if you're local and have a real knack for buying lunch meat, tubs of peanut butter, and paper plates, we'd love to let someone spearhead the pre-con portion of this endeavor too so we can stay focused on organizing everything else.
10/8 Update: We are good on this for both the pre-con organization and the setup! Thanks, volunteers!

Saturday End of Day Cleanup (~9:30pm)
Just some basic cleanup and storage duties before we leave the premises on Saturday night.
10/4 Update: We are now good on volunteers for this. Thanks!

Sunday Live Performances Door Duty (1:00-3:00pm)
We'll need 3 people who can each take an hour shift each at the door during Live Performances to let people in and out of the room between the readings.
10/8 Update: We are now good on volunteers for this. Thanks!

Sunday Evening Teardown (5:30pm)
All the chairs that were set out will need to be stacked up again and the soundproofing in 106A and other equipment taken down and loaded into cars before we go, plus any last minute cleaning so we can leave the nice people at GPS the rooms just as we found them.
10/13 Update: We are now good on volunteers for this. Thanks!

Assorted Chair Moving at Various Intervals
We may need some folks to help us move chairs between 107 and 106A for things like the Not!Fic Extravaganza and the Live Performances on Sunday, depending on if there are enough for both rooms or not. Keep an ear out if you're available during those times because we might ask whoever's around if they can help.

We may append this post if other things come up, so check back periodically!

If you're able to step up to do any of these things, please let us know! Drop us a comment, tweet (@podfication), or email us (podfication at gmail).
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Here it is, friends! The official Podfication 2016 schedule of events. GET EXCITED!

Podfication 2016 Schedule

Click here to open in Google Docs.

Panel and Event Descriptions )
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To help everyone plan what they'll be recording over Podfication weekend, here's how the on site recording room (106A) is going to work!

Firstly, signups will happen on site on a first come first serve basis. We'll have a signup sheet available that will be posted near room 106A starting first thing on Saturday morning.

The room will be available to reserve in half hour sessions. We're mostly working on the honor system here, but just to make sure everyone gets access to the room if they want it, we're setting a few ground rules:


  1. Individuals can sign up for a max of two sessions of recording time. If you're participating in someone else's group project, that won't count against you. Feel free to be in as many of those as you like!

  2. Fic recorded in the room should be no more than 10k to make sure time limits aren't exceeded. If you want to take on something longer, do so by all means! It's just that doing it on site is not the best option.



We're planning to have official con time clocks set up inside and outside the room to help you keep track, but please be considerate of your fellow attendees and wrap up and leave the room before the start of the next block!

If the room is open and no one's reserved it in advance, it's absolutely okay to use it! But you absolutely need to be out of it before the next session starts. No ifs ands or buts. If you're wrapping up a session and there's no one scheduled after you, prop the door open to signal to folks that it's okay to use it.

We'll go over all this during opening remarks and info will be included in the programming guide as well.

Any questions, just let us know! Drop us a comment, tweet (@podfication), or email us (podfication at gmail).
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We posted a Twitter poll about this a while back and overwhelmingly people seemed interested, so we're doing a live performance event! \o/

We've set aside a three hour chunk of time Sunday afternoon for this, which should allow for 11-12 performances. Hopefully y'all sign up and we don't end up sitting around staring at each other awkwardly that whole time.

Sign-ups will remain open through October 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm CDT. Or, you know, when I wake up the next day.

Some ground rules to make sure we can fit in everybody who wants to read:

  • Performances can't run any longer than 15 minutes.

  • 1 sign-up per individual.

  • In addition to a solo performance, you can participate in up to 2 multi-voice performances.



SIGN UP RIGHT HERE


While this is mostly an event that's performance for performance's sake, we are planning to record it if technology allows! After the con, we'll post a copy of the recording for everyone's enjoyment. There is an opt out if you'd rather not have your performance included and/or if you don't have author permission.

Any questions, just let us know! Drop us a comment, tweet (@podfication), or email us (podfication at gmail).

Update: You can do something new, something you've recorded before, an excerpt from a longer work (give us a heads up on that please), or whatever you like so long as it abides by the rules above!
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Fic writing friends! Want a chance to have your fic recorded by a group of podficcers in the same room? We would love for you to write us something!

We are accepting stories/scripts of 5,000 words or less that have been written specifically to be performed by a group of people in the same physical location. There are all sorts of things that are much easier when podficcers are all in the same space, like super fast back-and-forth exchanges, interruptions, people yelling over each other, people moving closer to or away from the microphone—the sky is the limit, really! Think of it sort of like [community profile] pod_together, but with an added twist.

There are no restrictions on fandom, pairings, ratings, etc., and while we will endeavor to make sure every finished story that is submitted gets recorded, we make no guarantees or promises. We’ll still have to find performers who are interested in recording each fic; popular fandoms/pairings/etc. will be much more likely to get recorded, simply because it will be easier to find people interested in participating in them.

To submit a fic, email a copy of the text or send a gdoc to podfication [at] gmail [dot] com by October 14, 2016 @ 11:59PM CDT. Please be sure to include your AO3 name somewhere at the beginning of the text/gdoc.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments of this post, on twitter (@podfication), or to the above email.

Happy writing!
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UPDATE: Oh my goodness, y'all are the greatest! It's only been a few hours, and we've already gotten enough to cover the extra room, so we'll get on that asap! In the meantime, we are leaving donations open in order to help cover the remainder of our rental costs, and hopefully get enough for some food. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU <3

UPDATE 2: You guys rock. We've covered all of the rental costs, and are leaving donations open now for food costs.


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So we gotta have some panels, right? Good news! You can now submit your ideas by going to:

THIS AMAZING FORM!

Panel submissions will remain open until 11:59pm CST on September 10, 2016.

A few things to keep in mind when submitting your panel idea:

  • We'll try to fit everyone in, but be aware that we are working within a limited amount of time and space.

  • If you're willing to run it, it's more likely to make the final schedule.

  • If you're not willing to run the panel, but you can talk someone or someones into it, have them get in touch with us to commit to it before the deadline. If we know there's someone to run it, it's more likely to make the cut.

  • You can submit more than one idea! If you favor one over others though, let us know.


Some more relevant info:

  • Panels will be 45 minutes each.

  • We're going to procure a screen, projector, and speakers for the panel room, but you'll have to provide your own laptop or other device to connect up to it. We're decidedly low tech, so don't assume we have the right cord to hook your device up. Bring it with you if you got it. VGA and HDMI are the safest options for most projectors.

  • You can submit discussion panel ideas as well as formal demos.


Any questions, just let us know!
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THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED, THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT HAS BEEN CHOSEN. THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR ANONYMOUS DONOR <3




Hey guys! We've received a very generous anonymous donation of a partial scholarship to help someone come to Podfication 2016 who would not have otherwise been able to afford it. Thank you so, so much, anonymous benefactor! <3

So here's the deal: we will waive your $5 registration fee, and you will receive $175.00 towards travel & lodgings. PLEASE NOTE that this is all the money that is available, and it's likely not enough to even cover roundtrip airfare from anywhere, so you will have to cover the remainder of your travel expenses yourself.

In order to apply, please reply to this post with your full name, online handle (if different from the logged in account you are posting from, otherwise no need), and email where we can contact you. You MUST be able to receive a PayPal payment from us. All comments will be screened.

We're not going to ask for your bank statements and tax returns or anything, but guys, please, honor system: please only apply for this if you really want to come to Podfication, and this $175 is the difference between you being there and not.

This post will stay open for a week until July 22 12:01 AM CDT (GMT -5). We will use a random number generator to select a recipient, and will notify them later that day.
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Hey everybody! We're pretty excited about how many of you have registered so far and hope you're excited about coming to Podfication too.

Now that we know there will be actual people in attendance, we thought we'd get a post up to brainstorm the sort of activities/programming we'll be running over the course of the weekend. Drop us some comments!

Here are some things we're definitely planning:

  • Unofficial Friday Night Dinner Officially we don't get started until Saturday morning, but unofficially we know a lot of you will be in town before that.

  • Saturday Night Option Organized outing to a local club (for the dancing inclined!) or a quieter evening of board games and chatting.

  • Call for Fics Call out to authors who would like to write something under 5k that is intended to be read out loud by multiple people in the same room. More details on this as we hash it out, but larger/well-known fandoms preferred and no guarantee that the story will end up getting recorded, of course.


We'll have a semi-formal process to submit panels and some sort of voting system for them closer to October, but feel free to use this thread to drum up some interest or find potential co-panelists in the meantime. :)
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Here's some additional information on our venue, for those of you that are curious about what kind of space we'll be working with.

More Below the Cut )
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Wanna know who you'll get to hang out with if you come? The following cool cats have registered:

Attendee list!! )
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For folks not in easy driving distance of the Twin Cities, you can use this post to find roommates to share a hotel room with or connect up with some of the locals who are able to host some attendees for the weekend!

The GPS Community Center is located at 1121 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis MN 55413. There are quite a few hotels in downtown Minneapolis that are an easy bus ride away. Google Maps should be able to give you the logistical lowdown on that, depending on which hotel you're looking up. Metro Transit also has your back.

Note: You may be tempted to stay at the University Inn off of 4th St as it's the closest hotel to the center, but trust me and do not do the thing. Maybe something has changed in the last decade since I lived in that area, but I know it as a place to avoid and am thus passing on this important info.

Locals, if you have some guest rooms or couch space you're able to spare, please chime in! Any space available at an individual's home is at their discretion, of course.
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So, you've read the FAQ and you want to come to Podfication, yay! Go here and follow the instructions to register.

Why are you charging $5.00?
This is just to help cover our operational expenses.

What if it turns out I can't come?
You can get a refund any time before the event if you can't come, just contact us, HOWEVER we're partly doing it this way to get an accurate headcount for planning purposes, so we ask that you hold off on RSVPing until you're pretty sure you're going to be able to make it.

Where can I enter my badge name?
We'll send out an email closer to October to ask what name you'd like to be on your badge. Don't worry about that right now.

I have more questions!
Feel free to leave us a comment on this post, the FAQ post, or send us an email at podfication at gmail.

FAQ

Mar. 11th, 2016 08:54 pm
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What is Podfication?
An informal gathering of podfic creators and listeners! Come join us in Minneapolis for a couple days of informal hanging out, discussion, and of course recording.

When and where is this thing?
October 22nd & 23rd, 2016 at the Geek Partnership Society's Event Horizon community center. (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Why Minneapolis? Isn't Minnesota COLD?
Because that's where Bess and Jo live. And look, it's PROBABLY not going to snow in October. Probably. (Also, more seriously, we have direct access to facilities and resources here, and autumn in the Midwest is actually very lovely.)

So kind of like a convention?
Kind of. But kind of not. I did mention the informal thing, right? For one, there's no hotel. The Geek Partnership Society is kindly renting us a couple of their community center rooms for the weekend for much less than it would cost to contract a hotel. That being the case, we're requiring a small attendance fee of $5.00 when you RSVP, although we may ask for additional donations down the road so we can cover the operational costs, but give us a bit more time to work out the logistics of that. We'll let you know.

So where am I going to stay?
The Event Horizon center is a convenient bus ride from downtown Minneapolis, which has many hotels. There may also be some locals who can accommodate a few people, at their discretion. For more info, check out this post to find roommates and/or coordinate lodgings.

Geek Community Center, huh? That sounds kind of neat.
Yes! And it is! But let me manage your expectations about our venue here a little. There isn't much by way of restaurants or hotels within walking distance of it. The ceilings are high, and it's right next to railroad tracks. The building is shared with quite a few other groups including a nerdy taiko group and a Christian Youth Ministry and the sound does bleed between rooms when things get bumping. We know it's not always ideal for recording, but it is a space we can all gather and talk about all things podfic! We went with it to keep the risk and costs behind this thing as low as possible to start with.

Don't get us wrong, there are lovely things about it too! We'll have access to two rooms, one that has some comfy couch seating for hanging out and chatting, and one that can be used for more formal panel type discussions. We'll also have access to a small kitchenette.

Who's behind the curtain?
Thus far, the people who could ostensibly be considered responsible for this thing's existence are [personal profile] revolutionaryjo and [personal profile] bessyboo. We might require some extra staff and volunteers down the road. We'll let you know.

Sounds great, I'm in!
Awesome! You can RSVP for $5.00 (USD) here through Eventbrite.

I have so many more questions.
So do I, friend. So do I. We'll be periodically updating this community as time goes on with more information as we get organized. In the meantime, join up and if you want to ask us a question directly, shoot us an email (podfication at gmail) or drop us a comment.
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