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Notacon Call for Proposals
Showcasing the talent of technical and creative people
Date : Friday April 23rd through Sunday April 25th, 2004
Our Call for Proposals is now closed. we will no longer be accepting new proposals for Notacon this year.
Notacon is dedicated to exploring the interesting uses of computers and technology, focusing on as much the technical aspects as well as the philosophy and art that make up our modern culture. It is an attempt to break the mold of the typical computer/network security convention by combining all elements of our culture, including those that are not by their nature technical at all. The aim is to move past the mechanics and into the philosophy and beauty of technology while still keeping the event grounded and relatively the same spirit and vein as other events.
Notacon will be held Friday, April 23rd, through Sunday, April 25th, 2004 at the Holiday Inn Select Cleveland - City Center Lakeshore, Ohio, located near the waterfront in Downtown Cleveland. There will be three tracks of material:know what we will provide in terms of support and also some of the perks that go along with presenting
We intend to:
What we are looking for
We are looking for new, innovative and creative acts, presentations or works of art for the conference. Specifically, works or pieces that either incorporate technology in some way or make a statement about it. Anything with a flare for cutting-edge look or feel, or for the avant-garde is desired. You will be performing, showing and presenting alongside a series of technical talks with topics ranging from computer and network security to aspects of community in a technological culture.
All presentations should be kept to a maximum of 50 minutes, strictly enforced. If you feel you will need more time, please let us know when submitting your proposal.
All artistic entries will also be juried by a small panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and interesting works. Entries are not limited to any particular medium, but certain sub categories may be created if interest in one particular area becomes apparent.
Artists are also welcome to sell any of their art works at the event and will be assigned space to do so for free on a first-come, first serve basis. Please indicate your desire to vend your pieces when submitting your entry
Some examples of performances/showings/presentations we intend to focus on include:
Artists and performer as encouraged, if appropriate, to also be prepared to talk on their piece and how it fits into the bigger picture in regards to the community present.
These are just a small slice of what is desired. We are expecting the unexpected, so please share with us your idea no matter how "out there" it may be. The only constraints are those of the venue as well local, regional and federal laws. We also ask artists for avoid excessive profanity and obscenity as there may be visitors to the conference under 18 years of age. The organizers really would hate the see their party shut down.
How To Submit
All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone submitting should include at least one page on how they feel their work can be incorporated into the whole that is this conference. Please include your real name as well as an email address by which you can be contacted. This is in addition to a background on yourself, as well as discography, performance resume, etc. where appropriate.
Be prepared to be able to give a brief presentation on their work and be prepared to take questions and answers.
Musicians: Please send email either with a URL containing your material in MP3 or OGG format or to get a mailing address where you can send a CD.
Performers : Please send email either with a URL containing your material in MPG, WMV or QuickTime format or to get a mailing address where you can send a VHS tape, VCD or DVD with your material may send in video.
Medium artists : Please send a URL to photographs (digital). Real photographs may be submitted to the committee, please email for further instructions.
All of the above information should be sent in a single email to email@example.com. If you need to submit anything non-electronically, email us and request a mailing address or arrange some means of getting the material to us.
If your presentation involves any medium which could in any way damage the venue, you must let us know what preventative measures we can take together to prevent this damage. Please avoid presentations that utilize:
However, aside from obscenity and nudity, your work or presentation may certainly discuss and deal with these subjects in an appropriate manner. I.e., you talk about guns, blood and violence, but please don't whip out an AK, spray the audience with bullets and then set fire to the hotel. This is bad form and will likely get you ejected from the hotel without reimbursement. Please remember that some members of the audience may be under the age of 18. Likewise, we will discourage pieces that are extraordinarily heavy or immobile such that housing the exhibit would put undue strain on the organizers.
We welcome proposals for talks or presentations on a wide range of topics. Presentations will be 50 minutes long each, strictly enforced. Sample topics include, but are not limited to:
How to Submit
If you are interested in presenting at Notacon, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
The impromptu track will be exactly what it sounds like -- impromptu. Nothing will be pre-planned for this track. There will be a sign-up available at the conference. Feel free to sign up to talk about any topic you feel would be interesting to other conference attendees. This track is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Although conference organizers reserve the right to veto impromptu track suggestions, we will be very lenient and hope to let this track evolve into whatever the conference attendees would make it.
What We Will Provide For Presentations
Anyone chosen to participate as a presenter or artist at this conference must be prepared to provide Audio/Video equipment if the we at the conference venue and are not planning on already providing it.
We intend on providing, at a minimum the following:
Admission and "extras" for individual speakers, artists and performers
Individual speakers, artists and performers will be given complementary admission to the conference and one reduced priced admission for one companion. Admissions for groups/brands will be considered on an individual basis.Please remember that there will be many other exciting events taking place and encourage everyone to stay with us the weekend to join in the festivities. Games with prizes, contests, movies, live music, etc. will be available throughout the weekend at no additional charge. Perhaps the best "extra" will be opportunities to mingle with other attendees. Anyone into social networking and/or community building is encouraged to stay out of their hotel rooms! Likewise, discounts and coupons will be available for attractions in and around the Cleveland area. There will also be a con network so feel free to bring computers, demos, etc.
Speakers and presenters will also be given badges different from regularly attendees to denote them as valued members of our little gathering.
Registration will be on Friday evening at the front desk. Speakers and presenters should bring their confirmation numbers with them for quick registration.
All talks/presentations/performances will be audio and/or videotaped as appropriate and as funding permits. Anyone that does not wish for their presentation to be recorded must let the organizers know at least one week prior to the beginning of the event. A presenter's willingness or unwillingness to have his or her presentation recorded will not affect the choice of the committee for deciding what presentations are selected.
Presenters must furnish their own laptops.