Conventions I’ve Staffed

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Here is a list of conventions I’ve staffed over the years (both furry and not), and positions held (the full spreadsheet is over here):

Anime Central:

  • Security in 2009 (through Acen IRT)

Anthrocon:

  • Communications: 2018-present, Current responsibilities are running the website and the convention’s social media.
  • Technology Director and Board of Directors: 2016–2017
  • Operations Director and Board of Directors: 2004–2016
  • Sysadmin and Webmaster: 2007-present
  • Operations Staff: 2002 and 2003
  • Internet Room Staff: 2000 and 2001

Anthro New England:

  • Commerce Operations: 2017
  • GoH Liaison: 2018 to present

BronyCon:

  • VIP Relations (VIPR): 2013 and 2014 (VIP Handler)
  • VIP Relations (VIPR): 2019 (Dispatch)

Camp Feral:

  • Staff member and workshop instructor in 2001
  • Past webmaster (2001 or so)

Confluence:

  • Security in 2011 and 2012
  • Security in 2007, 2008, and 2009

Dorsai Thing:

Eurofurence:

FurFright:

  • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Assistant Operations Director in 2006

Furry Connection North:

  • Webmaster and sysadmin in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Security in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013

Furry Migration:

  • Operations in 2017
  • Registration in 2018

MagFest:

  • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015

MarCon:

  • Art Show Security in 2007 and 2008

Midwest FurFest:

  • VIP Relations: 2016 to present
  • Operations staff from 2011 through 2014
  • Artshow staff in 2008, 2009, and 2010
  • Artshow staff in 2003

How I Decide What Cons to Work

Often this is done on the basis of referrals–if I think a con is interesting/cool, there’s a chance I’ll know someone who is on staff and inquire through them what the staff experience is like. If I receive positive answers, I’ll inquire about joining staff.

If it’s a convention where I don’t know any staff, I’ll volunteer first and see how I like it. If I have a positive experience, I’ll inquire about being on staff in a future year.

Why Do I Work So Many Cons?

Many reasons. First, it gives me a chance to make positive contributions to the community. Second, it provides me with a bit of structure to the convention–having to be in certain places at certain times helps me better organize how I spend my time at the con. And finally, it gives me an opportunity to meet people–I’ve made many many friends over the years just by staffing cons… and getting to see these people again at future cons makes the experience just so much more fun.

The full spreadsheet of conventions I’ve attended and staffed can be found here.

This post can also be found on my personal blog.

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Engineer. Staff at Anthrocon, Anthro New England, Midwest FurFest, Furry Migration, Eurofurence. AWS, Splunk, Docker, DMARC, White Mage, he/him

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