Coming back in Fall 2014, ICON,
Iowa's longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention,
is returning to the Cedar Rapids Marriott on October 31 – November 2, 2014!
The Online Schedule is now available at http://icon392014.sched.org and an epub version of the program book (with a little surprise!) will be available soon!
Register for ICON 39 membership - sorry, pre-registration is now closed.
Baymont: call phone number 877-361-2496 and provide the confirmation number 74616445 to book your room for $79 (ICON was only able to get a few rooms at this rate, so call early)
Holiday Inn Express: (319) 294-9407
Quality Inn at Collins Road: (319) 393-8800
Homewood Suites: (866) 460-7440
Still in the neighborhood, but would require a car. These are all off of 380 near the Collins Road exit and 42nd Street Exit.
Country Inn and Suites (off 42nd Street): (319) 294-8700
Comfort Inn and Suites: (319) 378-8888
Residence Inn: (319) 395-0111
Saturday night only:
Mainstay suites (319-363-7829) and the Hampton Inn (319-832-1130)
There is a home game on Saturday, so Friday night rooms might be hard to find...so don't put it off any longer
Check out our Guests page for more information on them
Hugo and Campbell winning author Elizabeth Bear
World Fantasy finalist author Scott Lynch
Artist Lar deSouza
Artist Megan Lara
Toastmaster Jim C. Hines
Extra Life 24 hour gaming event at The Hobby Corner 10 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 through 10 AM Sunday - co sponsored by The Hobby Corner and Gamicon. This is a charity fund-raiser for The UIHC Children's Hospital. Team Gamicon is trying to raise $1,000. Please go to http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=14884 and donate now. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
If you stop by the Extra Live 24 hour gaming event you may purchase an ICON membership during the charity event at the Pre-convention rate of $45 Adult or $25 Youth rate rather than the higher at the door rates ($65 or $35) if you make a $5 donation to the charity. If you are gaming in the event ask about "Cheating For Charity" and how it counts towards the $5.
Volunteers have the opportunity to be gifted with ConBucks (see
volunteer opportunities here)
at a rate of one ConBuck per hour (some jobs are double-hours; see volunteer page for details.)
And of course the Mindbridge Game Library with it's hundreds of games will be available for free use by our attendees!
2DKits.com is a creation of Dwayne and Dale. Playing with simple electronic circuits (in this case, blinkies),
they found it was unpleasantly expensive to create a handful of boards, as the price breaks don't kick in
until several hundred boards. And don't even get them started on the individual components...
2DKits is their way to do heavy electronic geeking, and allow other people to have fun at a reasonable cost and keep them from going broke in the process.
Currently Dale and Dwayne have several "blinkie" kits for sale. They are small boards running various PIC processors (16F688 and 12F683) to drive flashing patterns on various arrangements of LEDs, some with a push buttons, with communication via the RC-5 IR protocol. Without sounding too gushy, they are probably near the top in terms of expertise regarding these PICs. Well, that's what you get when you cross years of software engineering design experience, PICs, LEDs, and fun.
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ICON is the original Convention from Mindbridge Foundation