Blerdcon

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Blerdcon
StatusActive
GenreMulti-genre[1][2]
VenueHyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Location(s)Arlington, Virginia
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2017
Websitehttps://blerdcon.com/

Blerdcon is an annual three-day multi-genre convention held during July at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. The conventions name comes from the word "blerds", a term for black nerds, and was founded by Hilton George.[1][3][4] Blerdcon aims to be diverse and inclusive.[3][4]

Programming[edit]

Blerdcon typically features an cosplay contests, gaming tournaments, maid café, panels, vendors, and workshops.[1][5][6] The gaming room is open 24-hours during the event.[3][6][7]

History[edit]

Blerdcon's idea came out of the experience of attending another convention, MomoCon.[1] First year attendance was higher than expected, with 1,800 people.[3]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
June 30 - July 2, 2017 Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
1,800 (est.)[3]Bec's Cosplay Wonderland and Eric "The Smoke" Moran.[8]
July 27–29, 2018 Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
Karan Ashley, Mega Ran, Michael "Knightmage" Wilson,[9] Douriean Fletcher, Kevin Grevioux, and Keisha Tucker.[10]
July 12–14, 2019[11] Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Virginia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rozen, Courtney (Jun 30, 2017). "Blerdcon Blends Diversity and Geek Culture". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  2. ^ Allen, Troy-Jeffrey (August 7, 2018). "Adventures at BLERDCON DC". Black Public Media. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Page-Kirby, Kristen (July 26, 2018). "Now bigger and brighter, the 2nd annual Blerdcon has space for everyone". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Showcasing amazing cosplay looks for Blerdcon 2018". WUSA. July 25, 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ Berko, Katherine (30 June 2017). "'Minority Nerd' Convention Coming to Crystal City". ARLnow. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b Lefrak, Mikaela (July 26, 2018). "Blerdcon Is Back: What To Expect From The Convention That Celebrates Black-Nerd Culture". WAMU. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  7. ^ Orobana, Michelle (July 1, 2018). "Blerdcon". Whurk Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Blerdcon 2017 Information". FanCons.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  9. ^ "Blerdcon 2018 Information". FanCons.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  10. ^ Pincus, Melanie (20 July 2018). "Blerdcon, 'Fully Inclusive' Convention for Nerds, Returns to Crystal City". ARLnow. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Blerdcon 2019 Information". FanCons.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.

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