Future Con Unites the Brightest Stars of Stage & Science at Awesome Con 2018

Press Release:

Science experts and entertainers will unite this month at the Smithsonian magazine Future Con, a themed pavilion celebrating science, technology, science fiction and fantasy within the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere pop culture convention Awesome Con. From March 30-April 1 Future Con presents three days of special programming that will include tech demos, meet-and-greet opportunities with scientific leaders and the opportunity to dive into the stimulating and fantastical overlaps between real-world science and science fiction. Attendees of all ages can engage with panels and discussions as well as hands-on tech demos and workshops, all focused on fostering awareness and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“Future Con is an opportunity for all of us to think about the future in a fun and engaging way through pop culture and science fiction,” says Awesome Con Founder Ben Penrod. “It’s important to showcase the people and organizations who take inspiration from pop culture, to solve real-life problems and create a better world for us all. In 2018, we’re partnering again with the Smithsonian to bring that message to fans at Awesome Con through Future Con.”

Awesome Con is proud to welcome the brightest minds from organizations leading scientific advancement and education to Future Con, with representatives from Boeing, National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, and the Planetary Society leading programs and workshops throughout the weekend.

“Going to Future Con is like stepping into a time travel machine,” says Michael Caruso, Future Con founder and Smithsonian magazine Editor in Chief and Vice President of Live Events. “Future Con is a great mashup of science and science fiction, a way for people to experience the very real science that is making technology writers and filmmakers have only dreamed of actually come to life around us. This year, we’re partnering with some remarkably forward-thinking organizations – including NASA, Netflix, and X, The Moonshot Factory – to bring that great experience to our Future Con fans.”

Panels like Turning Science Fiction Space Travel into Science Fact presented by Boeing will bring together visionaries and engineers to share how ongoing scientific developments and research are laying the foundation for future space exploration. Learn from experts about what it takes to survive in space, travel to Mars, launch the largest rocket ever into space, and more.

Science lovers will also be able to sit in on Future Con events like the Netflix: “Lost in Space” panel presented in partnership with Netflix, an exclusive preview of the upcoming dramatic re-imagination of the classic show and an exploration of the goals of modern space travel. Attendees can stop by the Future Con pavilion and into an immersive “Lost in Space” pop-up complete with show props and décor that will be featured on the galactic adventure show.

In the panel Science behind Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory’s Rich DeVaul will reveal how the moonshot factory brings science fiction-sounding technologies such as driverless cars and balloon-powered internet to life. DeVaul will also share tips for aspiring moonshot takers and unveil some never-before-seen explorations. At the X booth at Future Con, show attendees will be able to see some of X’s prototypes up close and learn more about how engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are part of X’s early-stage work. The X booth will also allow attendees to play a rapid-fire moonshot thinking game, learn about rapid prototyping and meet some of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs behind X’s technology.

Star Wars fans will be delighted with exhibits and events presented as part of Future Con, with franchise film stars John Boyega, Joonas Suotamo, and Jeremy Bulloch planning special appearances over the weekend.

Sci-fi movie fans can also attend a Science of “Pacific Rim” panel inspired by the blockbuster 2013 film. Dr. Rich DeVaul, Director of Mad Science at X, and Legendary Comics’ Senior Vice President of Creative Strategy Barnaby Legg clue attendees in to how close to we are to building defensive robots known as ‘jagers,’ whether we can merge consciousness and share memories and feelings with other individuals, and delve into the scientific principles explored in the film.

Future Con also takes a fun look at fiction vs. fact in the comics world, with panels like The Technology of Dark Nights: Metal featuring a discussion with “Batman” artist and writer duo Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder about the technology at the iconic character’s disposal.

Special Guests

 Industry Experts

  • Dr. Rich DeVaul (Director of Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory)
  • Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, University of California-Riverside)
  • Dr. Erin McDonald (“Dr. Erin Explains the Universe,” Stanford University)
  • Dr. Theresa McCulla (Beer Historian, Smithsonian)
  • Jared Espley (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Terry Hurford (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Carie Lemack (CEO, DreamUp)

Entertainment Guests

  • John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pacific Rim Uprising)
  • Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spectre)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, The Walking Dead)
  • Pom Klementieff (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Gilmore Girls)
  • Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Newcomers, Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow, Torchwood, Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Future Con takes place March 30-April 1, 2018 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend Future Con events—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit www.awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit www.awesomecon.com/future-con, or follow Awesome Con on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and search for #FutureCon.

John Boyega Appears at Awesome Con 2018

John Boyega from Pacific Rim, Attack the Block, Detroit, and Star Wars is coming to Awesome Con 2018! He will be at the show Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st.

Buy your tickets now to Awesome Con 2018!

***Please note: John Boyega VIPs are different than our other guest specific VIPs in that they are for specific sessions of autographs and photo ops. This is to reduce the amount of time you spend in lines.

John Boyega will be doing a special ticketed panel at 6:00 PM Saturday that is not included in the VIP, but VIPs will have the first chance to purchase those tickets when they go on sale.

John Boyega VIPs include a special badge that gets you into all three days of Awesome Con, a ticket for (1) autograph and (1) photo op with John Boyega, and the other benefits of the Geekend VIP.

John Boyega’s individual autographs and photo ops will be on sale Wednesday with everyone else, with a VIP presale on Monday.

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About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com.

CA – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, iconic actor-producer-director, is adding another title to his list of accomplishments: author. On Monday, October 23, 2017, catch NPR host David Greene in conversation with the two-time Academy Award winner about his new collection of short stories, Uncommon Type.

Select tickets include a signed copy of the book. Tickets available at the link…

Doors open and book pick-up begins at 6:00 PM, conversation begins at 7.

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Bovard Auditorium, USC
3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-4211

NYC – An Evening with Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Philadelphia) appears in conversation with NYT writer Jennifer Senior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

Press Release:

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to hear actor, screenwriter, director and writer Tom Hanks discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories, “Uncommon Type: Some Stories.” Described as surprising, intelligent and heartwarming, his latest literary endeavor is must-read not only for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, but for anyone who loves good writing . According to Steve Martin ““It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it.” The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times daily book critic, Jennifer Senior.

Signed copy of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” included with ticket purchase.

This program is brought to you by our live conversation series, The New York Times – TimesTalks.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St, New York, New York 10007
(212) 220-1460