MARCON is proud of its diverse selection of panels. We like to see a lot of different topics on the board so that everyone attending has something to look forward to. After all, we pride ourselves on being a full-spectrum, family-friendly Convention with programming for all ages and pretty much any subject we can get people to talk about.

Participation in Panels:
Panels will start every one and a half hours throughout the weekend. Panels will be scheduled in 75-minute blocks with a 15-minute intermission, giving time for tear down or set up of programs, presentations, or just to take a break unless otherwise noted or requested.  In order to receive a complimentary membership to Marcon, you must schedule for at least three panels, or the equivalent of three panel-slot’s worth of time.  You have the option to do more than 3 (scheduling permitted).

Group Presentations:  Liaisons for groups may contact us for an application.

Become a Moderator:
A Moderator will be assigned for each panel. Moderators will have a few responsibilities. These are:
1. Make sure the panel begins and ends on time
2. Keep track of the questions being asked
3. Conduct a head count for the Programming Staff
4. Make sure the panel stays on topic.  Be the cruise director, not the captain.
5. Turn in the Moderator Card to the Programming Staff.

You do not need to be an expert on the topic, however, it is advised to have some understanding of the topic.  Please be sure that you are only guiding the panel and that you are allowing other panelists to participate.  It is up to your fellow panelists (including yourself) to decide where the topic will go.  If you would like to be a moderator, please make sure to mark your panelist form accordingly.  

If you are interested in becoming a panelist for next year, please contact us at

Programming seeking Panel ideas

The Programming department has recently sent out an email to those who have been panelists in the past, as well as those who are interested in participating in panels since the end of the convention last year. For those who may still be interested, but have not let us know of their interest yet, the letter is below.


Greetings Marcon Panelist,

Apparently our first email has created some confusion. Marcon 53 is on May 11th-13th, 2018 in Columbus, OH. If you receive this email, you will also receive another on or around February 4th, 2018 asking you to sign up for panels if you plan to attend.

Second, We apologize for the lateness of this email. Due to a number of problems we got off to a late start this year. These problems either have been addressed or are being addressed as we speak.

The primary purpose of this communication is to solicit panel ideas. If you have any, please enter them in the form here. We like to see a lot of different topics on the board so everyone attending has something to look forward to. Marcon is a full-spectrum, family-friendly Convention with programming for all ages and pretty much any subject we can get people to talk about. Please do not list solo presentations on this form. Your ideas don't have to be for any particular track, or any "track" at all. Leave it to us to figure out where it goes. We do ask for a one to few sentence description of your idea. Titles aren't necessary, but are appreciated. There is no particular theme this year, though if you want a "seed," consider: "Reality—it's a nice theory …" 

We need your response no later than February 2, 2018.

You will receive another email to sign up for panels by using a Google form, at the latest on February 4, 2018. The sign up form will have a space for solo presentations. Fair warning, the Google Panelist Sign-up Form must be completed by March 2, 2018.

Looking forward to your ideas.


Best regards,

Ross Martinek, Chief Cat Wrangler

Mark McKean, Trail Boss

Marcon 53 Programing


Attention Panelists, Presenters and Shadow Cast Members:  The Programming Green Room will again be in the Nationwide Room, located on the first floor; across from Nelson's Convenience Store, near the hotel lobby.  Please stop by and pick up your badge before your first scheduled event.  You must present a valid photo ID in order to sign for your badge.

Tentative Programming Hours At Con:

Friday: 2:00pm – 11:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 11:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm


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