Kevin Roche is the chair of Worldcon 76 in San Jose.

Kevin is “a fan for all seasons,” with extensive experience in convention running and many other aspects of SF/F genre conventions. He co-chaired Westercon 66 in Sacramento in 2013 and chaired Costume-Con 26 in San José in 2008. Worldcon attendees will have most recently seen him as Masquerade Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 Worldcon, Sasquan. He also co-directed the 2011 Worldcon’s Masquerade as well as Masquerades at Anime Los Angeles, Westercon, and BayCon. He has been part of convention programming teams at several past Worldcons.

Kevin has extensive and well-received convention hospitality experience, including running the convention hospitality suite at the 2009 World Fantasy Convention in San José, and recently as bartender for the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Fans across the USA have seen him as Fan Guest of Honor at conventions from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas, Iowa, and Boston. He also has conference organization experience outside of the SF/F genre, having been the event registrar for scientific events (SpinCurrents 2009, SpinAge 2010, and Superconductivity 297k! organized under the direction of IBM Fellow Dr. Stuart SP Parkin).

Kevin has been making costumes since he was 8, and continues dressing funny to this day. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM Research Almaden, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in atomically engineered materials, and has recently joined the IBM Q quantum outreach team.

 

Kevin is also created Thinbot, the gold-medal winner in robotic bartending at Robogames, the international robotics competition, in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Thinbot is not infrequently found hard at work serving visitors to Kevin and Andy's parties at conventions.

As part of the San Jose Worldcon bid, Kevin designed and constructed the San Jose Galactic LIght Tower, a 32’ tall (1/10 scale) replica of the historic San Jose Electric Light Tower, which was first exhibited at MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City last August. The tower incorporates 3000 addressable animated LEDs, controlled via cell phone app. (photos of the tower are also viewable at its facebook gallery)
Kevin is also the editor of Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record (www.yipezine.com),

The Worldcon 76 Program Needs You!

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Are you interested in being a Program Participant?  Have a great idea for a Program Item?  Then what are you waiting for?!  Both can be submitted using our handy form here on the website.  If you are submitting a Program Item and want to be on the item, please make sure to give us your name, as the form does not automatically capture that info.
 

You can make panel and topic suggestions through our Program Item Submission Form

You can make program participant suggestions (including yourself) through our Program Participant Suggestion Form

 (And don't forget we're always looking for more staff and volunteers.. check out our Volunteer Page!

 

 

 

(PS: remember all program participants and volunteers have to be members of Worldcon 76. If you haven't yet, start your registration today by making a down payment on an attending membership!

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Hotel Info coming soon... Reservations open later this year

One of the number one questions that we keep hearing is "When will hotel reservations open?"

We'll be updating our travel pages soon*, and there will be lots of hotel information in the PR coming out in the next month. We expect reservations to go live (via our RegOnline system) late this fall. 

*The "Facilities" page does now list all the hotels we have contracted blocks with already.

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Attention Dealers and Creators: Info and forms are available now!

The Worldcon 76 Staff have been hard at work this summer, and information and forms for dealers (vendors) and creators is now available via this website.

For a summary of our plans, we recommend you check out our Exhibit Hall overview page.  (It's good reading for everybody, in fact!)

Interested in dealing/vending in the Dealers' Room? The rules and a link to the application form are available on the Dealers' Room FAQ!

Want to exhibit/sell your art? Check out the Art Show Rules and Application!

Want to sell your own art/items/services for just part of the convention? Check out the Creators' Alley information!

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Announcing new Guests of Honor: John Picacio and Frank Hayes

Today I had the great pleasure of announcing two more Guests of Honor for Worldcon 76 in San Jose. 

At the "Future Worldcons" panel today at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, I revealed that artist John Picacio and musician Frank Hayes have been added to our roster of honored guests. We're excited and thrilled that they will be joining us next August!

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RIP Jordin Kare

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Worldcon 76 mourns the loss of Dr. Jordin Kare, real-life rocket scientist, musician, songwriter, and friend to many of us in the Bay Area.

Jordin could always be trusted to liven up the most serious panels and the most humorous music circles. His knowledge and wit will be missed.

Our thoughts go out to his wife, Mary Kay Kare, at this difficult time.

Jordin and Mary Kay Kare were two of the people I first met in convention fandom, back when I was actively joining music circles more often.

For a while, it seemed like every time Andy and I traveled via air, we would run into Jordin and Mary Kay in the airport, or, just as likely, already at our destination, and it was always a pleasant surprise. It seems unimaginable to me that can't happen any more.

Jordin, I will miss your ready smile and astonishing mind.

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