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Thursday, March 16
 

8:00pm EDT

Night of the Nerds - I-CON preview masquerade party!
Presented by Mr Oblivion and I-CON
Cosmic Burlesque by Miranda Raven and Sarah Tonin!
Live music performances by: Geeks and Guitars, Crisis Crayons, BmO and more!
Cosplay Contest - come in style!

-NOTE: Seperate admission fee - $10 to the public, $5 with your I-CON badge. Vouchers available to save $5 off your 3-day I-CON registration will be available at this event!-

Thursday March 16, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
The Velvet Lounge 10 Woods Corner Rd, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733
 
Friday, March 17
 

8:00pm EDT

The Job of Science
What do scientists do anyway? How does a real scientist's life compare to the ones in stories? (Also covering Careerist Scientists)

Moderators
Guest
avatar for Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay

SIUE / Astrosphere
I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. My most well known project may be Astronomy Cast, a podcast I co-host with Fraser Cain (Producer of Universe Today). Each week, Fraser and I work to take our listeners... Read More →

Programming Participants
SC

Sebastian Cocioba

Biology undergrad, CEO & Founder at New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
HSEC A114
 
Saturday, March 18
 

10:00am EDT

Why Science is a Liberal Conspiracy
A discussion of the challenges faced by scientists and issues currently considered controversial in the current political climate

Guest
Programming Participants
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
HSEC A122

11:00am EDT

Amateur Scientists, Professional Experiments
How amateur scientists can perform research on a professional level

Moderators
avatar for Gary Halada

Gary Halada

Stony Brook University
Gary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University in New York. There he directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed... Read More →

Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

12:00pm EDT

Government or Private Sector
Whose business is science anyway?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Touro Law School
rofessor Shaw has been a member of the Touro Law Center faculty for thirty-two years. Professor Shaw served as Vice Dean of the Law Center from 2000-2008. From 1995-1997, he served as Internet Coordinator of the Law Center, in which position he played a major role in the creation... Read More →

Guest

Saturday March 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
HSEC A114

1:00pm EDT

Breakthrough Starshot and Interstellar Exploration
Discussion of various efforts to explore beyond our solar system, what we’ve found, and what we hope to find.

Moderators
avatar for Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay

SIUE / Astrosphere
I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. My most well known project may be Astronomy Cast, a podcast I co-host with Fraser Cain (Producer of Universe Today). Each week, Fraser and I work to take our listeners... Read More →

Guest

Saturday March 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Space A HSEC

1:00pm EDT

The Borders of Science?
Discussion of topics often mistaken for sciences or which “hard” scientists don’t consider science. Examples can include Astrology, Chiropractic, “Paleo” diets, Psychology, and Parapsychology.

Moderators
MP

Massimo Pigliucci

City College of New York (CCNY)
Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology... Read More →

Guest
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →

Programming Participants
AB

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

2:00pm EDT

Earth 42 - and other Physics Theories that can Blow Your Mind!
String Theory, Multiple Dimensions, The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Schrodinger’s Cat, etc

Moderators
Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

2:00pm EDT

Planetarium Show
Limited Capacity filling up

Improvisation with the universe as an instrument--astronomer Kulkosky demonstrates his virtuoso skill operating the college's planetarium. Very limited seating is available! One show only!

Time and space graciously donated by Professor Kulkosky. We are presenting this panel as an additional fundraiser in conjunction with our charity auction. No additional ticket is required, but donations are accepted. All charity auction and panel proceeds are being donated to  “Hope & Heroes,” a charity that funds the life-saving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. We hope that the proceeds help these real life heroes continue their important work.

Guest
JK

John Kulkosky

Suffolk County Community College
John Kulkosky is an Associate Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at Suffolk County Community College. He has been a member of the college for over 30 years. Professor Kulkosky has B.S. and M.S., and his fields of study include both astronomy and geology.


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Planetarium - Sagtikos

3:00pm EDT

Creating a Persona
Considerations and best practices for creating an alter ego.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Touro Law School
rofessor Shaw has been a member of the Touro Law Center faculty for thirty-two years. Professor Shaw served as Vice Dean of the Law Center from 2000-2008. From 1995-1997, he served as Internet Coordinator of the Law Center, in which position he played a major role in the creation... Read More →

Guest
DC

David Carlos

I am the CTO of B&L Management, a 40-year-old residential construction and property management company that has built and managed thousands of apartments in Manhattan. Prior to joining B&L, I was the co-founder and CTO of Myhomepayge, an online communication platform for residential... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
HSEC A124

3:00pm EDT

Why Most Science is a Best Guess (or) What is Science, Anyway?
We throw the word around, but is science a set of known facts? A hoax? A philosophy? A job? What is a theory anyway?

Moderators
MP

Massimo Pigliucci

City College of New York (CCNY)
Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology... Read More →

Guest
avatar for Gary Halada

Gary Halada

Stony Brook University
Gary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University in New York. There he directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed... Read More →

Programming Participants
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →
SC

Sebastian Cocioba

Biology undergrad, CEO & Founder at New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

4:00pm EDT

Inspiring Science Fiction
Technologies that were inspired by Science Fiction and research today that is turning today’s Science Fiction into tomorrow’s Science Fact.

Guest
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido attended his first I-Con as a college student in 1988, where he got to meet Harlan Ellison for the first time. Over the years, he has attended the show as a fan, as press, as security, as a musical guest, and most commonly as an author guest. Keith's recent and... Read More →

Programming Participants
AB

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

5:00pm EDT

Why Do We Hate…
Fill in the blank - Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, etc.

Moderators
Guest
DC

David Carlos

I am the CTO of B&L Management, a 40-year-old residential construction and property management company that has built and managed thousands of apartments in Manhattan. Prior to joining B&L, I was the co-founder and CTO of Myhomepayge, an online communication platform for residential... Read More →
MN

Matthew Newhall

Long Island Linux User Group
Professional sysadmin Rockefeller University, Scifi author, open source advocate (LILUG, Linux as comp sci), inventor, originator of the civilization gene and legal distribution, dad of geeks! Let's make society psychopath proof together. Peaceful near anarchy is natural in a world... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
HSEC A124

5:30pm EDT

Cosmic Zoom
Everyone probably saw the Cosmic Zoom film in school. Our panel of experts takes you from the tiniest of hypothetical strings to collections of universes, with stops on the way for everything from atoms to galaxies, from viruses to biospheres, and from dust specks to Jovian exoplanets. It's a whirlwind tour of the scale of the universe!

Moderators
avatar for Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay

SIUE / Astrosphere
I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. My most well known project may be Astronomy Cast, a podcast I co-host with Fraser Cain (Producer of Universe Today). Each week, Fraser and I work to take our listeners... Read More →

Guest
MP

Massimo Pigliucci

City College of New York (CCNY)
Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
HSEC A122

6:00pm EDT

Anatomy of a kill
A lesson in forensics


Saturday March 18, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
HSEC A124

7:00pm EDT

'Atheists Rejoice! Civgene, the first objective morality from science!'
The evolution of human intelligence. The conscience, a superior risk manager. Implications of science as the source of objective morality for the first time.

Guest
MN

Matthew Newhall

Long Island Linux User Group
Professional sysadmin Rockefeller University, Scifi author, open source advocate (LILUG, Linux as comp sci), inventor, originator of the civilization gene and legal distribution, dad of geeks! Let's make society psychopath proof together. Peaceful near anarchy is natural in a world... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

7:00pm EDT

Banquet Awards Dinner
Join us as we celebrate our award winning guests.

-NOTE: Additional purchased ticket required. Please enquire at the box office for availability.-

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Lou Friedman

Joshua Lou Friedman

Joshua Lou Friedman has worked in film and television production since 1991, and today commonly serves as Assistant Director on a wide range of independent features. His television credits range from children’s animation (Inspector Gadget, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures... Read More →

Guest
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Writer, n/a
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay

SIUE / Astrosphere
I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. My most well known project may be Astronomy Cast, a podcast I co-host with Fraser Cain (Producer of Universe Today). Each week, Fraser and I work to take our listeners... Read More →
avatar for David Gerrold

David Gerrold

Author
David Gerrold has been sitting alone in a room and talking to himself for more than fifty years. If he hears anything good, he types it up. When he has enough words, he sends it to an editor. Occasionally some editor somewhere is so desperate for something to publish, he sends David... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND, ARARAT, TIN MEN, and many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comics series, BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE. As an editor, his anthologies include SEIZE THE... Read More →
avatar for Rikki Simons

Rikki Simons

Anime Guest of Honor
You know Rikki as the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM! And the pop culture scene does too, as fans embrace the chance to meet Rikki in person at his appearances worldwide. As a writer he is known for the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion.Original... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Jackson's Restaurant 6005 Jericho Tpke, Commack, NY 11725

8:00pm EDT

Genetically Modified: Foods, Plants, and Art
How to make a GMO, my lab, and my various projects, both genetic modification and entertainment

Programming Participants
SC

Sebastian Cocioba

Biology undergrad, CEO & Founder at New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
HSEC A122

9:00pm EDT

The Science vs. the Fiction of Westworld.
3D technology. Nanotech. Artificial Intelligence. How close are we to making a real Westworld?

Guest
avatar for Gary Halada

Gary Halada

Stony Brook University
Gary P. Halada is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University in New York. There he directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science as well as a unique undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Studies developed... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
HSEC A122
 
Sunday, March 19
 

10:00am EDT

On the Brink
Science and technologies that are just about to make an impact on our daily lives. Examples include self driving cars, battery technologies, computer storage technologies, home automation, wearable computing, etc.

Moderators
SC

Sebastian Cocioba

Biology undergrad, CEO & Founder at New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements... Read More →

Guest
DC

David Carlos

I am the CTO of B&L Management, a 40-year-old residential construction and property management company that has built and managed thousands of apartments in Manhattan. Prior to joining B&L, I was the co-founder and CTO of Myhomepayge, an online communication platform for residential... Read More →
MN

Matthew Newhall

Long Island Linux User Group
Professional sysadmin Rockefeller University, Scifi author, open source advocate (LILUG, Linux as comp sci), inventor, originator of the civilization gene and legal distribution, dad of geeks! Let's make society psychopath proof together. Peaceful near anarchy is natural in a world... Read More →
avatar for Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Touro Law School
rofessor Shaw has been a member of the Touro Law Center faculty for thirty-two years. Professor Shaw served as Vice Dean of the Law Center from 2000-2008. From 1995-1997, he served as Internet Coordinator of the Law Center, in which position he played a major role in the creation... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
HSEC A114

11:00am EDT

Ransomware Economy
According to Trend Micro Enterprise businesses spent $209 Million getting their files un-encrypted by ransomware firms in the first half of 2016. Discuss how to get enterprises to not contribute to this economy.

Moderators
DC

David Carlos

I am the CTO of B&L Management, a 40-year-old residential construction and property management company that has built and managed thousands of apartments in Manhattan. Prior to joining B&L, I was the co-founder and CTO of Myhomepayge, an online communication platform for residential... Read More →

Guest

Sunday March 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
HSEC A124

11:00am EDT

Stump The Experts
Ask questions, and see if our panel of experts can come up with the right (or at least a convincing) answer!

Guest
avatar for Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Touro Law School
rofessor Shaw has been a member of the Touro Law Center faculty for thirty-two years. Professor Shaw served as Vice Dean of the Law Center from 2000-2008. From 1995-1997, he served as Internet Coordinator of the Law Center, in which position he played a major role in the creation... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Space A HSEC

12:00pm EDT

Bullsh!tting
Can you tell truth from lies, when the lies are told by professional writers, scientists, and performers? Can you fool the panel when it's your turn to bullsh!t?

Moderators
MN

Matthew Newhall

Long Island Linux User Group
Professional sysadmin Rockefeller University, Scifi author, open source advocate (LILUG, Linux as comp sci), inventor, originator of the civilization gene and legal distribution, dad of geeks! Let's make society psychopath proof together. Peaceful near anarchy is natural in a world... Read More →

Guest
DC

David Carlos

I am the CTO of B&L Management, a 40-year-old residential construction and property management company that has built and managed thousands of apartments in Manhattan. Prior to joining B&L, I was the co-founder and CTO of Myhomepayge, an online communication platform for residential... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
avatar for Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Touro Law School
rofessor Shaw has been a member of the Touro Law Center faculty for thirty-two years. Professor Shaw served as Vice Dean of the Law Center from 2000-2008. From 1995-1997, he served as Internet Coordinator of the Law Center, in which position he played a major role in the creation... Read More →

Programming Participants
avatar for John Grant

John Grant

John Grant is author of some eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Space A HSEC

1:00pm EDT

Emergency Braking
Car security, technology, risks, and ways to avoid potentially dangerous situations (in some cases, for the paranoid!)

Moderators
MN

Matthew Newhall

Long Island Linux User Group
Professional sysadmin Rockefeller University, Scifi author, open source advocate (LILUG, Linux as comp sci), inventor, originator of the civilization gene and legal distribution, dad of geeks! Let's make society psychopath proof together. Peaceful near anarchy is natural in a world... Read More →

Guest

Sunday March 19, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
HSEC A114

1:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Fossil-Hunting on Mars
People have always wondered, "Is there life out there, beyond our solar system."  A better question is, is there life in our solar system, but beyond our Earth?

Guest
avatar for Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay

SIUE / Astrosphere
I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. My most well known project may be Astronomy Cast, a podcast I co-host with Fraser Cain (Producer of Universe Today). Each week, Fraser and I work to take our listeners... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
HSEC A113

2:00pm EDT

Charity Auction
Every year, I-CON holds a charity auction and other fundraising endeavors to help support a local charity in line with a cause I-CON holds dear. In the last few years, we have lost a number of members, programming participants, and guests to Cancer, so this year we are proud to be donating the proceeds from the charity auction to “Hope & Heroes,” a charity that funds the life-saving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. We hope that the proceeds help these real life heroes continue their important work.

Sunday March 19, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Auxillary Gym - HSEC

4:00pm EDT

SaaJ - Security as a Joke
Discussion of IT security breaches at Yahoo, the US Government, and various other major breaches – what went wrong and what should have been done
(NOTE: Prefer to have on Sunday)

Moderators
Guest

Sunday March 19, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
HSEC A114