2017 PROGRAM

2017 program

The GAMMA.CON 2017 program offers a great range of events. Check out the full schedule below, followed by details on events.
If you'd like a copy of the full program you can get it here (12MB pdf) there will be hard copies available at the venue. 
Or if you prefer we also have the venue map and timetable
Full Program pdf (60MB)
Program timetable (pdf)
Venue Map (pdf)

 

 

 

 

Saturday 

 

MAIN STAGE LASERS PANEL ROOM SPACESHIPS PANEL ROOM COSPLAY CENTRAL
Time   Time   Time   Time  
10:30 – 11:00 Opening Ceremony 10:30 – 11:30 Liam Esler’s ‘Unconscious Bias and the Value of Diversity’ 10:30 – 11:30  Anime: Needs More Love  10:30 – 11:30 Henchwench’s ‘Arduino and You: Introduction to Lit Cosplay’
11:30 – 12:30 Meri Amber 11:30 – 12:30   11:30 – 15:30 Game Design Crash   Course 11:30 – 12:30 Cardif Collective ‘How to Sew’
13:00 – 14:00 Good Game Spawn Point Q&A 12:30 – 13:30   12:30 – 13:30  Wirru Cosplay 101
 Wirru Cosplay 101 (cont)
14:30 – 15:30 Cosplay Showcase 13:30 – 14:30 Video Game Movie Smackdown 13:30 – 14:30 Combustible Props and Lock and Load Cosplay
14:30 – 15:30 Kickstarter Campaign Tips and Tricks 14:30 – 15:30 Henchwench’s ‘Cosplay Shortcuts’
15:30 – 16:30 Auction 15:30 – 16:30 Canberra Youtubers 15:30 – 16:30 Matt Kyme’s ‘Unleashing the Demon’ 15:30 – 16:30 Wirru ‘Scaling and Proportioning’

 Sunday

MAIN STAGE LASERS PANEL ROOM SPACESHIPS PANEL ROOM COSPLAY CENTRAL
Time   Time   Time   Time  
10:30 – 11:30 Meri Amber 10:30 – 11:30 AIE Workshop – Creating 3D Characters 10:30 – 11:30 Good Game Spawn Point 10:30 – 11:30 Wirru ‘Leathercrafting’
11:30 – 13:00 Roaming Dance Review 11:30 – 12:30 Tad Pietrzykowski’s ‘Intermediate Guide to Comics’ 11:30 – 12:30 Broadcast Gaming 11:30 – 12:30 Henchwench’s ‘OH, Let’s Break It Down’
12:30 – 13:30 Doing it Solo in Comics with Angie Spice  12:30 – 13:30 KPOP Workshop 12:30 – 13:30 Cardif Collective ‘How to Sew’
13:30 – 14:30 Good Game Spawn Point Q&A 13:30 – 14:30 How to get into RPG Industry 13:30 – 14:30 ACT Writer’s Panel 13:30 – 14:00 Wirru ‘Photoshoot Preparation Tips’
14:30 – 16:00 Cosplay Competition 14:30 – 15:30 Publishing Panel 14:30 – 15:30 How to Make Films in ACT 14:00 – 15:00 Cardif Collective ‘How to Sew’
16:00 – 16:30 Closing Ceremony 15:30 – 16:30 Tad Pietrzykowski’s ‘Comics to Movies’ 15:30 – 16:30 Family as Theme: The Films of Mamoru Hosoda 15:00 – 16:30 Free Sewing
  16:30 – 17:00 Henchwench and Wirru
Q&A

Main Stage

The Main stage will have a range of great events and acts, including the opening and closing ceremonies, the Cosplay Showcase and competition and events with our special guests.

Saturday

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome Ceremony
Welcome to GAMMA.CON 2017! Our hosts Dent and Sammi are here to provide an awesome start to the event.
11:30 - 12:30  Meri Amber
Meri Amber is a geek pop singer-songwriter. Her shows will include her sharing fun songs inspired by everything from Doctor Who, to computer games, to superpowers, to zombies.
13:00 – 14:00 Good Game Spawn Point
Get ready because Bajo, Goose, and Rad are here to answer all your burning questions in a Q&A session!
14:30 – 15:30 Cosplay Showcase
Come watch our Cosplay Showcase, for attendees who want to show off their cosplay outfits without the hassle of entering a competition.
15:30 – 16:30 Auction
Want to buy some fantastic geeky merchandise? Come along to our annual auction and prepare to bid, bid, bid! And don't forget to register your item to sell!
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Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 Meri Amber

Meri Amber is a geek pop singer-songwriter. Her shows will include her sharing fun songs inspired by everything from Doctor Who, to computer games, to superpowers, to zombies.

11:30 – 13:00 Pop Asia Roaming Dance Review
Andy Trieu from Pop Asia hosts a dance off! Watch him commentate the wonderful dancing skills of Aqoualas, ANU KPOP and Capital Music.
13:30 – 14:30 Good Game Spawn Point
Get ready because Bajo, Goose, and Rad are here to answer all your burning questions in a Q&A session!
14:30 – 16:00 Cosplay Competition
Ready for the pros of Cosplay? Come along and watch the talented cosplayers of the local community.
16:00 – 16:30 Closing Ceremony
And that’s it! GAMMA.CON 2017 has sadly come to a close, but come along to celebrate this awesome event and the announcement of all our prize winners.
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Lasers Room



Saturday

10:30 – 11:30 Liam Esler ‘Unconscious Bias and the Value of Diversity.’
The audience for games is rapidly changing, with more people of colour, women, non-binary, queer and trans players than ever before. But is the games industry keeping up?
 
13:30 – 14:30 The Movie Club: Video Game Movie Smack Down
A panel discussion on the evolution of the video game movie and a discussion of everyone’s favourite video-game movies.
14:30 – 15:30 Kickstarter Campaign Tips and Tricks
Tabletop game developers who have run success Kickstarter campaigns are here to discuss their experiences and offer hints and suggestions on how to go about running a Kickstarter campaign.
15:30 – 16:30 Canberra Youtubers
Come along and listen to a group of Youtubers discuss Youtube and the local community.
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Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 AIE Workshop
Join AIE 3D Art Teacher Glenn Cowley as he walks you through the tools and tricks to create 3D characters for movies and games. This session is perfect for anyone who has thought about becoming a Character Designer.
11:30 – 12:30 Tad Pietrzykowski’s ‘A Newbie’s Guide to Comics.’
Have you always wanted to learn how to create comics? Tad, the creator of The Dark Nebula, Australia’s Superman, is here to show you how!
12:30 – 13:30 ‘Doing it Solo’ with Angie Spice 
Angie Spice tells her story of rising up as an independent artist in Australia and the power of comics to tell stories. Plus a Q&A session.
13:30 – 14:30 Steve Dee’s How to get into RPG Industry
Want to know how to get from homebrew to household name? Join 20-year RPG veteran Steve Dee (WFRP, Vampire, Buffy) on how to get writing and get published.
14:30 – 15:30 Michelle Lovi’s Publishing Panel
This panel discussion and subsequent Q&A will be moderated by Michelle Lovi, editor and publisher at Odyssey Books and Publisher Obscura. We’ll talk about the challenges and rewards in small press publishing.
15:30 – 16:30 Tad Pietrzykowski’s Comics to Movies
Want to know the lows and highs of comics turned movies? Join Tad for a fun discussion!
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Spaceships Room

Saturday

10:30 – 11:30 Anime: Needs More Love
Join the panelists as they introduce forgotten anime of yesteryear that were, in their opinions, unfairly overlooked. Can they persuade you (or each other) to watch these titles that really do need more love.
11:30 – 15:30 Steve Dee’s Game Design Crash Course
(Ever wanted to make a game? What if you had just two hours? Come and try your hand and see if you can become an IRON GAME DESIGNER! All materials provided, just bring yourself.
15:30 – 16:30 Matt Kyme’s ‘Unleashing the Demon’
Matt Kyme, creator of the comic ‘The Demon’ is here to discuss his process as a creator and his recent nomination for a ‘Ledger Award’ (Australian Comics Industry Awards).
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Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 Good Game Spawn Point Panel
Listen to Bajo, Goose, and Rad discuss their experiences regarding gaming and working in television.
11:30 – 12:30 Broadcast Gaming
Want to learn about the challenges and rewards of broadcasting gaming, particularly on Youtube? Come along and watch this exciting panel!
12:30 – 13:30 ANU KPOP Workshop
Want to learn how to dance like KPOP stars such as EXO, BIGBANG and Girls’ Generation? Come along and the ANU Korean Pop Culture Club will show you how!
13:30 – 14:30 ACT Writers Panel
Do you want to become a published writer but don’t know the steps between inspiration and being a famous author? Our Panelists discuss some of the steps in between; from coming up with ideas, finishing that book and seeking out a publisher and some of their own experiences on the road to becoming established writers. With Scott Baker (Rules of Knowledge), TJ Burgin (The Tails of Two Dragons), Ian McHugh (Angel Dust), and Kaaron Warren (The Grief Hole).
14:30 – 15:30 How to Make Films in the ACT

Writer/Director Declan Shrubb, Producer Dan Sanguineti, a ScreenACT representative and a Special Guest will take you through their journey and experiences in making films in the ACT.
15:30 – 16:30 Family as Theme: The Films of Mamoru Hosoda.

(The original films of Mamoru Hosuda. Mamoru Hosuda has over the last 10 years delivered 4 strong films around the theme of families. Come along as the panellists discuss The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast.)
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Cosplay Central

Saturday

10:30 – 11:30 Henchwench ‘Arduino And You: Introduction to Arduino Lit Cosplay’
Come and learn how to wire a simple circuit and control lighting animations with pre-written scripts with Henchwench!

11:30 – 12:30 
Cardif Collective
How to sew 101
12:30 – 13:30 Wirru Cosplay 101
No longer the realm of the ultra-fan, cosplaying is quickly becoming a popular pastime for any fans of comics, games, anime or movies. But if you are new to it, you may not have any idea where to get started in making your own costumes. Let professional cosplay A K Wirru guide you through the basics in his Cosplay 101 panel and get started on your path to cosplay greatness.
13:30 – 14:30 Combustible Props and Lock and Load Props

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make awesome props and costumes? Then come listen to two Chris' talk about methods, materials and management.

14:30 – 15:30 Henchwench ‘Cosplay Shortcuts You're not Supposed to Use But Probably Will Anyway’
You're not SUPPOSED to just cable tie your costume together, but if you're crunching a deadline, who cares!? Henchwench provides a series of time-saving and sanity-saving shortcuts.

15:30 – 16:30 Wirru Scaling and Proportioning
How a costume looks on paper might not be how it translates into reality. Unless you are built like an 8 foot orc, it may be hard to get that same overpowering look when you build that epic armour set for your own human shaped body. A.K. Wirru is here to help you in scaling and proportioning different kinds of armour, props and costumes, to get that same character’s look no matter if it’s a giant robot, berserking warrior or high school sailor suit.
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Sunday

10:30 – 11:30 Wirru Leathercrafting

Costumes aren’t just fabrics and foams, working with leather is a way to create an amazing look for anything from medieval armour to steampunk streetwear. A.K. Wirru is a leatherworking master and will give you the low down to working with this material, create and style it and get the look you are after.

11:30 – 12:30 Henchwench ‘OH, Let’s Break It Down’

 Not sure how to make a costume you really want to make into a reality? Learn how to plan proportions and materials from the lovely Henchwench!
12:30 - 13:30 - The Cardif Collective
Learn to sew 101

13:30 - 14:00 -  Wirru Photoshoot Preparation Tips
Costumes aren’t just fabrics and foams, working with leather is a way to create an amazing look for anything from medieval armour to steampunk streetwear. A.K. Wirru is a leatherworking master and will give you the low down to working with this material, create and style it and get the look you are after.
14:00 - 15:00 The Cardif Collective

Learn to sew 101
15:00 - 16:30 Free Sewing
Come along and sew anything you would like with our sewing machines. Just bring yourself and materials!
16:30 - 17:00 Henchwench and Wirru Q & A
Come along to a Q&A hosted by our cosplay guests Henchwench and Wirru.
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