May. 23rd, 2017

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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 21st & 22nd, 2017 at the Geek Partnership Society's Event Horizon community center. (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

So kind of like a convention?
Okay, Jo is finally owning up. Yes! It IS a convention. But not your typical convention because there's no hotel. The Geek Partnership Society is kindly renting us their community center rooms for the weekend.

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 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. We also encourage finding roommates and renting some local Airbnb's within walking distance of the venue, which worked out wonderfully last year! You can find the post on lodgings right here.

Geek Community Center, huh? That sounds kind of neat.
Yes! And it is! But let us manage your expectations. There isn't much within walking distance of it. The ceilings are high, and it's right next to railroad tracks. The building is shared with other groups including a Christian Youth Ministry and their highly enthusiastic drummer. The sound can and will bleed between the rooms. We know it's not ideal, especially for recording, but it is a space we can all gather and talk about all things podfic!

Don't get us wrong, there are lovely things about it too! We have access to three rooms, one that has some comfy couch seating for hanging out and chatting, one for recording that's as sound isolated as we can manage, and one that can be used for panels. We also have access to a small kitchenette.

I have a question about accessibility.
We want to help accommodate any accessibility needs that we can! You can find our accessibility guide here.

Who's behind the curtain?
[personal profile] revolutionaryjo and [personal profile] bessyboo primarily, but it takes a village! If you're interested in helping us staff this thing believe us we're interested in your help. Get in touch. If you're not up for that much responsibility, but still want to help we'll be calling for volunteers closer to October. Keep an eye out!

Sounds great, I'm in!
Awesome! You can register for $40.00 +
$3.19 Eventbrite fee (USD) here through Eventbrite. We know, it's a not insignificant increase over year one. Now that we know how much one of these things actually costs, we know how much we need to make it happen without relying on additional donations.

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. In the meantime, join up and if you want to ask us a question directly, shoot us an email (podfication at gmail), send us a tweet (@podfication) or drop us a comment.
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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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We strive to be an accessible and welcoming environment to all who attend. In some cases we're limited by our venue and resources, but if you see an opportunity to make Podfication a more accessible place, please don't hesitate to let us know! If you have any questions not covered here we'd be happy to answer them as well. Send us an email (podfication at gmail), tweet (@podfication), or comment.

Food & Food Allergies
Cost permitting, we will have snacks and food available on a first come first serve basis throughout the weekend. If you have any food allergies, we're happy to accommodate them.

If you need some help locating a restaurant in the area that will meet your dietary needs, we'll have a restaurant guide in the programming book and quite a few locals on hand if you need a personalized recommendation! There's information directing to local pharmacies and grocery stores included as well.

Geek Partnership Society Center
Our venue, the Geek Partnership Society Center, is located in the Waterbury Building in Minneapolis. It's a ground floor only level building with wide hallways. All rooms for our event, including the restrooms, are accessible via wheelchair. Handicapped parking is also available at the building. You can see a map of the building here.

Note: There is a small 1-inch step at the doorway between room 107 and the kitchenette area. The venue should have a ramp provided, but both rooms are also accessible with no step via the outer hallway. Map showing available doors here.

Gender Identity
Expression of gender identity is embraced at Podfication and we ask everyone to respect that and the preferred pronouns of all attendees. We'll have optional pronoun stickers available for badges this year. We regret that the building's restrooms are not under our direct control and shared with other groups using the building. If you would feel more comfortable having someone accompany you to the restroom of your choice let a staffer know.

Lights
For those attendees with light sensitivities, overhead lights in the rooms can be dimmed on request.

Overstimulation
We regret that our current venue doesn't allow us enough space for a dedicated quiet room. If you're feeling overwhelmed, we recommend stepping out into the hallway which tends to be quieter. There are some outdoor picnic tables available in the parking lot as well away from the building, weather permitting. You can always flag down one of our staff and we'll do our best to help as well.

Panels
Panelists should keep their lips visible at all times for those who speech read. We do not have microphones available for panelists, but encourage them to please speak up to ensure everyone in the room is able to hear clearly. If using video or an animation via a presentation, please avoid any flashing/strobing lights.

Print Materials
If you anticipate needing a large print copy of our Programming Guide, just let us know! We'll make sure one's available for you.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome. Please leave pets at home in deference to any attendees with allergies.

Smoking
Minneapolis does not allow indoor smoking, so the entire Waterbury Building is smoke-free. If you need to smoke, please do so in the building's parking lot and away from the doors.

Anything you or someone else needs that we didn't cover?
Please contact us! We're figuring this thing out as we go, so we're sure there are things that haven't been addressed out of oversight. Updates to this post are likely so please check in again.

Last Updated: 5/23/2017

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