Experience Wakandacon

We're building a new kind of cultural event.

Wakandacon is where you can be a nerd about anything – pop culture, gaming, tech, womanhood, politics, or your own beautiful Blackness.

We are creating a space for Black people of all types to come together, educate each other, and celebrate all of our passions. It’s an event where we can dress up, dance, connect, support each other, and celebrate the entire diaspora looking past the present and into our future.

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We are a small, independent team creating this grassroots event in the spirit of our beloved community and culture. It is an independent project - Wakandacon is not created or backed by any large corporations, and all of our programming is curated internally. Learn more about our team and our organizing principles.

Our badges are priced at $35 in order to be affordable for our community. Please join us - we'd love to see you there!

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Date August 3-5, 2018
Location Hilton Downtown Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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What to do and see at Wakandacon

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Wakandacon Gaming Tournament

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by I Play Games!

We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair.

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Mark Willis

Time and Date: TBD

Actor Mark Willis is coming home to appear at Wakandacon! He is originally from Oak Park, IL and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. He was a part of Black Panther as a Jabari Warrior, and did stunts in the film. He has also appeared in a variety of shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Empire. Follow him on Twitter and IG at @marquillis33.

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The Shuri Project

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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Black Panther & Biomimicry: How to Innovate like Wakandans through Nature Inspired Design

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Billy Almon

In this talk from designer and 'Storyteller of Nature’s Awesomeness' Billy Almon, learn more about Biomimicry, how it manifests in the Black Panther mythos, see real world examples, and discover how turning to nature for inspiration might help with your next project or venture.

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Dreaming of Black Ecologies

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley

Environmentalism (as a political project) has continued to erase Black women's voices. Join Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley for a conversation about why Black women environmental visual artists, writers, and community organizers are consistently being erased or ignored in environmental conversations despite being on the front-lines as the first to respond to various environmental catastrophes.

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T'Challa vs. Killmonger: Exploring the Differences between the Diaspora and the African-American Experiences

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Carla M. Kupe-Arion, Esq.

The dynamics between T'Challa and Killmonger depicted in Black Panther brought to the forefront a phenomenon that usually occurs in private circles or sometimes in academia: Oppression Olympics between African-born or Africans and American-born or "rooted" Black people. The differences in reactions to the movie have reignited a discussion this panel seeks to have.

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Cosplaying While Black

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Chloe C. Mimms

The objective of this panel is to inform and educate all POC (person(s) of color) and non-POC the struggles and triumphs of being a POC cosplayer. We aim to break the stigma of identification of being a race bended vs. original character cosplays.

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Imagining Inclusive Futures

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Sami Schalk

What kind of future do you want to live in? This panel of academics, activists and fans will address how creating and consuming speculative media, especially that created by and focused on marginalized people, can help us imaging more inclusive and just futures.

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Welcome to Wacoinda: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Freedom

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Lamar Wilson & Lafe Taylor

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

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Earn and Share Cryptocurrency at Wakandacon

Time and Date: All Weekend

Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free. Click on "Learn More" below to discover more about crypto, learn how to get your own wallet, and prepare to earn and share Garveys at Wakandacon!

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Concept Design for Entertainment, ft. artists from Black Panther

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A panel featuring concept artists from the film and game industry. These artists represent an ethnic minority in the game industry and have worked for companies like Marvel, Blizzard, Sony, Warner Bros, NetherRealms, Ensemble, Scientific Games, & Wizards of the Coast. Panelists include Jomaro Kindred, Anthony Jones, Thabiso Mhlaba, and costume designers from Black Panther Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor.

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Live Art Demo: Featuring Marco Nelor or Jomaro Kindred

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A live demonstration of an original character design using traditional means, via Paper, Pencil

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Design Process: Game Industry

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Artists featured in this demonstration are Jomaro Kindred, and Anthony Jones. They will discuss the process of design in the game industry. Developing concepts to help with production and post production in game development. Show examples of concepts and how they make it to the final game through many rounds of iteration and feedback.

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Design Process: Film Industry

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Artists featured in this demonstration are Phillip Boutte Jr, and Marco Nelor. They will discuss the process of design in the film industry. Working with directors and achieving the vision needed for the final product. Demonstrate how to gather reference, start the design process, and take it to completion.

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Using the Spirit of Black Panther to Promote Peace in the Hood

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Clarence Hogan

Invoke the spirit of The Black Panther by recalling the contributions Black people have made to the world by looking to the past to learn more about our future. In turn, we hope to encourage participants to become Peace Makers that use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to promote peace in our communities.

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The Emergence of Afro-Futurism

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Lando Tosaya

Afrofuturism: a transdisciplinary subgenre of Science Fiction, representing the changing relations of science as it pertained to African American history and future history. Starting with the Golden Age of Science Fiction in 1938, this panel aims to create an Afrofuturistic timeline from years past to current.

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STEM Panel Hosted by Negro Justice League

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Dena Cherry-Brown

The Negro Justice League will be hosting a panel of young progressions working in various STEM fields such as epidemiology, pharmacy, and engineering. The purpose of the panel is to raise awareness about African Americans in STEM and provide information about different career fields.

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The Future of Black Directors

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Maurice D. Proffit

The forum will consist of a variety of local Black artists in the Chicagoland Arts Community. We'll discuss our starts, our journeys, issues that we deal with, being our own brand ambassadors, and what is in store for the future for Black director/brand ambassadors.

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Illustrating Wakanda

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Jabril Power

Lecture and Artist Demonstration. How politics affect Black identity in Art.

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Crowdfunding Wakanda

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Dr. Letitia Wright

This panel explores what crowdfunding is and how to use the 6 different types of crowdfunding to start and grow businesses. Learn how crowdfunding can be used to financially empower the entire community when used with a business-minded perspective.

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The Monster Panel

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Jeff Carroll

The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation.

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The Lando Calrissian Experience Podcast

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Darryl Frierson

A movie, comics, anime, and gamer podcast that loves and honors the first black man in space Lando Calrissian.

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Geekset Podcast

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Rudy Strong

Geekset Podcast is the only podcast that blends Hip-Hop & Geek Culture. Geekset Podcast presents a live recording from the event, as well as a deeper dive into the lore of Black Panther, Wakanda, Black Heroes in comics, what's to come and fan questions.

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Uppity Negress Podcast

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Cassandra Osei

Representation Matters. Our program facilitates a guided discussion on popular stereotypes and archetypes of Black women in mainstream media. The themes of our discussion include combating negative imagery, respectability politics, and reclaiming our own narratives.

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Write to the Future

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Billy Tuggle

We'll explore Afro-Futurism through poetry and the spark of creative writing. Billy Tuggle is a writer, performance poet, slam champion and HipHop culturalist. He has been published under such imprints as Puddinhead Press/Fractal Edge Press; Write Bloody Publishing; Freezeray Press; and Thoughtcrime Press. His book 'The Way of the B-Boy' is a collection of poems, mediations and a curriculum sketch of and for HipHop culture.

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Black Filmmaking Today

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Lawrence Lee Wallace

Black Filmmaking in Hollywood. The challenges and the solutions. From independent to big budget, a panel of 5 people from different aspects of the film and TV industry. Director Lawrence Lee Wallace, Actor Eric Lane, Actress/writer Cynda Williams, Casting Director Angela Cobb, and National Diabetes Spokesperson and TV personality Anita Nicole Brown. Moderated by Radio Host Cabrly Breotti, this panel will give you the information and insight you need to make it while Black in Hollywood.

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STEM, Entrepreneurship & Wealth in the Black Community

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Aja McClanahan

Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.

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Sisterhood through the Wakandan Lens: Nakia & Okoye & Nettie & Cellie

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Leslie Mac

Join this panel of dope Black women discussing how sisterhood showed up on the big screen in Black Panther and the links between these connections between Black women in pop culture and media extend into our real lives as Sisters in the fight for Black Liberation.

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Queerkanda

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Eris Eady

A conversation about the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression on blackness both state side and abroad.

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Paradigm Grey

Time and Date: TBD

Hosted by Christopher Adams

Welcome to the Shift: How PARADIGM GREY brought together 5 Black production companies to create a sci-fi universe on film. We will showcase clips from the movie as well as several micro shorts completed for our viral marketing campaign and a discussion with the Filmmakers and some of the actors involved.

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Cynda Williams

Time and Date: TBD

Cynda Williams is an actress, known for One False Move (1992), and Mo’ Better Blues (1990). Singer of the hit song "Harlem Blues." She is also the author of the book Pink Pantie Confessions. She plays Detective Elaine in the film Pieces of David (2018).

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Eric Lane

Time and Date: TBD

Best known for R. Kelly's hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, as the character Twan, from Chapter 7 and on. He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep with Tyrese and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE, based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role of Frank, in the Fox television series Rel as well as the character Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney.

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Anita Nicole Brown

Time and Date: TBD

Actress on various commercials, movies and TV shows, such as film The Gag Date, where she also serves as Producer, and Pieces of David where she plays the character Diane. She is also the spokesperson for Type One Diabetes.

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Angela Cobb

Time and Date: TBD

Co-owner of Deep Productions Studios. She is a writer and casting director whose credits include Pieces of David, London Mitchell's Christmas, and Black Privilege.

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Lawrence Lee Wallace

Time and Date: TBD

Founder of the film and TV Production company Deep Productions Studios, CORP. Works include Marvel Comics Night Thrasher:RAVE, Amazon’s The Girls & Rodney, and the animated film Malevolent, starring the voices of Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Deadpool) and William Shatner (Star Trek and more).

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Our event will be held in Chicago, IL from August 3-5th. Join fellow citizens of Wakanda for discussion, education, networking, and festivities.

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August 3-5th in Chicago at the Hilton Downtown Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave.,Chicago, IL 60605. Learn more about travel here. Sign up to our email list to stay up to date with the latest details.

You can purchase badges to the event here. Online sales of a limited number (1000) of discounted badges are being offered until Friday June 1, 2018, at 11:59 PM CDT or when the discounted lot is sold-out, whichever occurs first.

We would love to hear from you! The interest has been overwhelming, and we will reach out to you as soon as we can. If you are interested in exhibiting, please register and fill out the Exhibitor Survey. If you are interested in presenting or performing, please register and fill out the Panelist Survey. If you would like to volunteer, register and fill out the Volunteer Form. Thank you.

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