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Kevin will be discussing about the Twitch Student Program and the opportunities for students in gaming and esports. This panel will also provide insight for college faculty and administration to get involved in this space as well!
Kevin “Kebunbun” Hoang is the Account Manager for Twitch. Kevin currently works on the Twitch Student program and has dedicated himself to creating gaming and esports opportunities for students and universities around the world.
Prior to Twitch, Kevin founded the Washington Gaming Association at University of Washington. He was also an analyst at Team SoloMid, one of the most renowned esports organization in the world.
Geek is the new chic, right? Then why is it STILL so hard to find your video gaming, sci-fi watching, cosplaying match? If you’re tired of swiping left, join us instead. Speed dating is a fun, casual solution for meeting new people. Enjoy mini-dates where you skip the small talk. Think less “Tell me about yourself” and more “Who’s your favorite superhero?” We’ll play matchmaker at the end of the event ONLY if both parties are interested. [18+ event]
GeekSeeksGeek™ is a new organization, founded to bring together geeks in SWFL. They launched on Valentine’s Day 2018 to fill the void for meaningful connections…that may or may not include card games or Pokémon hunting. Not just for dating, their goal is to create safe, fun ways to meet like-minded locals both on- and offline.
Join the group: http://facebook.com/groups/GeekSeeksGeek
So you want to be a game journalist? working for your dream publications and getting into E3 really isn’t as impossible as it seems. Satisfy your six-year-old dreams and sit down for a chat with freelance games journalist Aiden Strawhun and get a taste of what it takes to get your feet in the door to writing about video games, and getting paid to do so.
Aiden Strawhun is a former Paste Games intern and a gaming freelancer who somehow won an award once. On the off chance she isn’t drowning in words, she’s either stuck on Skyrim again or plotting to rule the world. Find her work on IGN, GameSpot, Rolling Stone’s Glixel, Extra Life and Naples Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AStraww.
Learn why being involved and leading collegiate Esports initiatives is important to the grass roots movement now in the evolving industry.
Collegiate leaders from across Florida discuss what is happening at their school, how they see the scene evolving, and how their involvement is developing them in real ways.
Cap off your cosplay with the right hairdo! In this panel, we’ll discuss hairstyle basics with a strong focus on costume wigs: Where to buy them, how to wear and care for them, and fun techniques for character styles. Bring your troubled, limp, unstyled wigs for a chance to be part of the demonstrations!
By : Fort Myers Cosplay (Panel Host: Aurelia Paperdoll Cosplay)
Founded in 2014, Fort Myers Cosplay (#FtMC) is a coalition of SWFL cosplayers, photographers, costume designers, and prop builders. The Facebook group has over 200 members, spanning from Naples to North Port. They have monthly networking meetups plus continual opportunities for volunteer appearances, photo ops, conventions, and contests.
Aurelia Paperdoll is one of the FtMC Admins. She considers herself a “Jill of all trades” and likes to try her hand at every part of the cosplay process: sewing, prop building, repurposing…and procrastinating. A painter at heart, she usually works this in to her costumes, makeup, and props. Aurelia is a proud spoonie and sees cosplay as a great creative outlet for managing chronic illness.
Cosplayers will gather to demonstrate their mad lip-synch skills to decide who is the Lip-synch Master! You can choreograph a dance (family friendly!!), bring props (nothing dangerous, we are not battling to the death), or enter as a group.
Just be sure to bring you best bathroom mirror performance and prepare to battle!!
BONUS! Extras points are given if your song matches with your cosplay!
Hey Everyone! The name is like Amberlin but instead I’m always winning. Ambiewin has been cosplaying since 2010. My greatest aspiration is to eventually get a home large enough to own 20 dogs. I just love pupps, and so I also volunteer at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary. While I am not always outgoing, I always make time for the dogos. I do however blame my intorvertness on being a zodiac sign of Cancer. My current cosplay inspiration is Generation Hope the comic book. There is this incredible turning point for Hope Summers. (No Spoilers Here my mutant friends). So for our Lip Sync Contest. “Will the real Harley Quin Please Stand Up! “
Herro! Call me Toxi, I’m pretty new to cosplay compared to my senpais (seniors). I have however grown to love our nerdy culture and can’t begin to express how excited I am to share this with you! My currently cosplay goal is to challenge myself as a content creator in learning the different aspects to art and costume building. My most excited moment can be found in sharing the joy of characters we love. You loved Pokemon! ME TO!! (I just love dressing up like Pikachu) You can easily find me binge watching anime, throwing down in League of legends, or playing with my chinchilla. As your Lip Sync Contest Judge I promise you a spectacular event. BRING YOU’RE A GAME BABY!
Jonathan was previously one of the first product designers to join the Microsoft Power BI team in Redmond, WA. Where he helped to redesign and launch Microsofts Power BI product, a former plugin for Microsoft Excel that empowers business owners to successfully connect and track big data from their smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. he also had the opportunity to redesign the Power BI mobile app for iOS. Prior to Microsoft, he was a brand and user interface designer at Focus Lab LLC in Savannah, Georgia working with clients such as Adobe, CareerBuilder, JibJab, and more. Currently, he works as the Visual Design Lead for the company SurveyMonkey.
Cosplayers love to dress up and they love their fandoms, but some lack the confidence to stand up to some of the hate we often experience from those who don’t quite understand cosplay and put cosplayers down. It can lead to concerns over whether or not a cosplayer believes they are “good enough” to cosplay the characters they love. Some cosplayers also suffer from anxiety, which is hard to overcome and can be overwhelming at cons even if they are excited to be there. I have dealt with both of these issues and I would love to host a panel discussing my own experiences overcoming these issues and open the floor for anyone else who has experienced bullying in the cosplay community so that we can all encourage and build each other up and let each other know we are all in this together.
Host: Seraphima Cosplay on FB (IG – @seraphima2846)
Kyleigh Kosplay on FB (IG – @kyleigh_kosplay)
Caity Jayne Cosplay on FB (IG – @caityjaynecosplay)
hitachiokami on FB (IG – @hitachi_okami18)
Unknown Largo Cosplay on FB (IG – @unknownlargo)
Xayden (IG – @sir_xayden)
Doug Roth of Fiero
Join Seraphima Cosplay, Kyleigh Kosplay, Caity Jayne Cosplay, HitachiOkami, Unknown Largo Cosplay, Xayden, and Doug Roth (of Fiero) as they talk about overcoming bullies, fighting harassment, and finding your confidence in cosplay.
Seraphima’s passion for costuming began at an early age. As a teen, she could never find the right costumes for Halloween, so she taught herself how to sew and she began making her own. After she had children (Kyleigh Kosplay being her oldest), she began making Halloween costumes for them as well. Eventually, she started making medieval garb for the Renaissance Faires that she and her family frequented. But it wasn’t until she attended Megacon in 2009 in a handmade Rogue costume that she truly discovered cosplay and fell instantly in love. In 2011, she attended Supercon in her original design, now referred to as her “Steampunk Rogue” costume, and the response was overwhelming. It solidified her decision to further pursue cosplay as she dove in head first.
Since then, Seraphima Cosplay has won several costume contests and she has appeared as a guest at multiple conventions over the years. However, her passion for costuming and characters doesn’t stop there. Seraphima Cosplay also uses her talents to perform as characters for birthday parties and events within her community and she commits much of her time to costumed charity work. She believes that she has a responsibility to bring as much joy to others as cosplay has brought to her.
Seraphima Cosplay is a self-proclaimed nerd with a goofy, fun-loving attitude that she says helps keeps her young at heart. She has always loved comic books and sci-fi, with The X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation being her favourite fandoms. She also enjoys reading The Avengers, Aquaman, Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man and she loves Firefly, The Princess Bride, Disney, Harry Potter, and Studio Gibli.
Originally from Honduras, and when he was 35 days old he was adopted by a Puerto Rican couple. His parents introduced the mythology of the comic books, Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, and the story of Moses at a young age. It was through the mythology of those characters that he learned what it meant to be an orphaned, an immigrant and adopted. In 2006 he went to his very first comic book convention and he never look back. In 2012, he started working for the comic book conventions in Florida as a photographer, a panelist and as guest relations to celebrities and comic book guests. He is a professional photographer in Southwest Florida since 2007. He graduated from FGCU that same year. He is also a certified nursing assistant since 2012. In his personal collection has well over 5,000 comic books going back to the late 1930s and has over a hundred original art pieces from his favorite artists in the comic book field. His favorite comic book character is Plastic Man. And his favorite comic book artist is Jose Luis Garcia Lopez whom he has met many of times at comic book conventions.