Press Release – Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con

Future ConSmithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con

New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con

Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today announce a partnership. It is to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con.” So it is a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017. Also, it takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. Plus Science Channel sponsors it. And it features partners including NASA and the American Physical Society. Plus the National Science Foundation and Nerd Nite. Plus StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield headlines it. He became a social media sensation. This was through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.

Smithsonian

Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will combine interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests. So these will center around creating new awareness and advocacy for science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard. Plus Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files. Furthermore, the Smithsonian now brings similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.

Awesome Con

In addition, Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants. So these include Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), and John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow). Plus more participants: Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Plus Awesome Con celebrates comic books, movies, television, toys, and games. And Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.

Their Partnership

“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso. He is editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”

“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”

Kicking Off Future Con

Hence Future Con’s kickoff event welcomes Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions. Plus he is the former commander of the International Space Station. In addition, Forbes called Hadfield the “most social media savvy astronaut” for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Presenters and Topics

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, and nanomachines. Also, climate science, and medical research. Hence they will share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture. So these presenters include John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Plus thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi. Also, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.

The Deets

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con. As a result, you need no separate ticket to attend. Because admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. Hence for tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. Also, for more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon. Plus follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon. Media interested in covering Future Con can apply for credentials here.

ABOUT STARTALK LIVE

In addition, science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!. Because this is the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests.

And each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA

Smithsonian Media consists of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Plus Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. Finally, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. And it contains 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)

ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. Also, Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media)  formed LeftField in 2014. So it is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business.

In addition, LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; and Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com). Furthermore, it includes Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; and the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter. Finally, it includes the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. Plus LeftField Media has its headquarters in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)

We’re excited. How about you?

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Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper.

But, wait. There’s more.

He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.

During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.

Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
Follow Me

Michael Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper. But, wait. There’s more. He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing. During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic. Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.

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