Worldcon 76, San Jose, California

Position: Registration Staff

Reporting to: Kathryn Duval, Registrar

Apply via: Volunteer Information Form

Tasks and Responsibilities:

For most Worldcon attendees, the registration desk is the beginning of their Worldcon.  Their registration experience can set the tone for the rest of their convention. This is a role where friendly volunteers who can handle both the routine and the unexpected can meet and truly have a positive impact on a large number of people.  

As a member of the Registration Desk Staff you will help people register, look up memberships, process payments from new members, look up or print badges, hand out badges and registration materials, and enter member information into our registration system.  Some shifts will be very busy, especially early in the convention. Later shifts will be more relaxed and provide an opportunity to socialize with other volunteers.

Both experienced and first-time registration volunteers are welcome!

Time commitment:

Registration will open on Wednesday, August 15, and be open daily through Monday, August 20.  Hours have not yet been established. Shifts will be 3 hours long.

Experience, attributes, skills, and/or abilities:

You should be kind and enjoy helping people; friendly, with a ready smile; and able to keep a cool head in a fast-paced environment and with people who may become frustrated.  Punctuality, reliability, and the ability to handle money are also very important.  

Physical requirements:

There may be some physical requirements in handling materials and getting badges from the printer, but this position is primarily sedentary, and we can work around most physical restrictions.

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Press Release: Hugo Nominations to be Announced March 31




SAN JOSE, CA March 16, 2018: San Jose has the honor of hosting the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon 76) this year and with that, the honor of presenting the 2018 Hugo Awards. The finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer, the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for the Best Young Adult Book, and the 1943 Retro Hugo Awards will be announced live from three locations by Worldcon 76 on March 31, 2018 at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time / 8pm British Summer Time.

Live announcements will be held simultaneously in three locations: the 7 Stars Bar & Grill, located at 398 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, California, at Follycon (Eastercon) in Harrogate, UK, and Norwescon in Seattle, Washington.

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Progress Report 3: Counting down to Worldcon

Hugo voting has begun, and much more stuff is on the way. Check out our latest Progress Report for stories on past Worldcon, local places to visit when you're here, and an interview with Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio about his #Mexicanx Initiative.

Note: If you have requested a hard copy of the Progress Report, they are in the mail right now. Look for the report and your Hugo, Retro Hugo, and Site Selection ballots to arrive sometime in the next two or three weeks.

Progress Report 3

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Didn't get your Hugo PIN? Here's what to do!

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Word from Dave McCarty, Hugo Awards Administrator:

Hugo nominations are open! All eligible members of Worldcon 76, Worldcon 75, and Dublin 2019 have had their membership and PIN information e-mailed to them so they can start nominating online. The initial mailing had an issue with some members not seeing their first and last name filled in for their credentials. This was solely due to a formatting issue with the e-mail. We have re-sent notices to those affected members showing their full information.

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Hugo Nominations Open; John Picacio to host 2018 Hugo Awards Ceremony

Hugo Award logoWorldcon 76 is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 2018 Hugo Awards and the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards is beginning!

Members of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, and members of Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon who joined before January 1, 2018 will be receiving their credentials for the online ballot over the course of the next several days via email, and Worldcon 76 members receiving paper publications will find paper ballots included with Progress Report 2, currently being printed and mailed.

"The list of eligible nominators has nearly 14,000 names on it, so we have to send the emails in waves to avoid having them flagged as spam," noted Dave McCarty, Hugo Administrator for Worldcon 76. "PINs are being e-mailed out this weekend. We will announce once all PINs have been sent via e-mail and have directions on what you can do if you have not received your PIN."

The nominations period ends at 11:59PM PDT on Friday, March 16  (06:59 Saturday, March 17, 2018 UTC). Online nominations will be closed at that point, and paper nominating ballots must be received by the Hugo Administrator by that time.

John Picacio


The 2018 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, being held August 16-20, 2018, at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Worldcon 76 has selected  Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio to host the 2018 Hugo Awards Ceremony, considered by many attendees the high point of the convention weekend. 

Mr. Picacio, a two-time Hugo winner himself, remarks, "It's a huge honor to be the host of one of science fiction and fantasy's biggest nights. This is going to be an historical evening and I can't wait to be there with everyone at Worldcon 76."

Kevin Roche, Worldcon 76 Conference Chair, noted that "I was thrilled when John accepted my invitation to host the ceremony. It was one of the first actions I was privileged to take as Chair, and I expect him to be a brilliant master of ceremonies."

Worldcon 76 is also administering the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, an opportunity for fandom to recognize works published during the wartime hiatus during which no Worldcon was convened. The Retro Hugos will be announced at a red carpet "1943 Worldcon Party" scheduled as part of First Night at Worldcon 76, on Thursday, August 16, 2018.



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