|Venue||Marriott Madison West Hotel and Convention Center|
|Attendance||2,585 (in 2016)|
|Organized by||Geek.Kon, Inc.|
The convention was started by UW students Louise Behnke, head of the SciFi Club, and Jackie Lee, head of the Anime Club. The two groups and the Madison Academics’ Gaming Enthusiast Society were planning the convention by March 2007. Geek.Kon was first held began in October 2007 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison's George L. Mosse Humanities Building as a two-day free convention. Expecting hundreds, it received over 1800 attendees. In 2008, the convention expanded to include one of the upper floors of nearby Vilas Hall. In 2009 the convention separated from the University of Wisconsin, went private, moved to the Madison Sheraton Hotel, expanded to three days, and began charging admission. Beginning in 2010, the convention moved to the Marriott Madison West Hotel in Middleton and has been there ever since.
New Management and Controversy
In September 2017, Geek.Kon Inc. released a new Articles of Association document. In the original document, this elected a team of new Officers, which would be the primary business owners for five years. This was done, according to staff members, without a mass staff approval. There is question as to if a quorum was achieved to make these new bylaws. This also alienated any staff member in which did not live in the Madison, WI area as well as staff members who had stepped down from a head position for whatever reason, be it health, workload, or just simple burnout. Due to this, many staff members have spoken out against the convention and its new officers and called for changes. Other than four revisions of the original document, last of which occurring October 8, 2017, Geek.Kon Inc. has not stated anything publicly about these other staff members speaking out against the convention. Many have since speculated whether or not an event in 2018 will even occur due to two entire departments stepping away (Security and Guest Services/Relations) and other members of staff stepping away and speaking publicly about it.
|October 6–7, 2007||University of Wisconsin–Madison
|1,800||Blame Society Productions, Luke Ski, Monte Cook, Joan Vinge, Sarah Monette, Aaron Pavao, Studio AntiThesis|
|September 27–28, 2008||University of Wisconsin–Madison
|1,144||Luke Ski, Chad Vader, David Salo, Sarah Monette, Aaron Pavao, Steam Century, Studio AntiThesis|
|October 23–25, 2009||Madison Sheraton Hotel
|1,036||Kyle Hebert, Raven Software, Chad Corrie, Steam Century, Aaron Pavao, The Spoony Bards, Fermata, Studio AntiThesis.|
|September 3–5, 2010||Marriott Madison West
|1,211||Christopher Ayres, Eric Vale, John Kovalic, Raven Software, Jim Frenkel, Bill Bodden, Matt Forbeck, Aaron Pavao, Monica Valentinelli, Matt McElroy, The Spoony Bards, Dr. Cancer and the SKAmbies.|
|September 9–11, 2011||Marriott Madison West
|1,625||Bill Bodden, Troy Denning, Matt Forbeck, Jerry Jewell, John Kovalic, Aaron Pavao, David Salo, Sonny Strait, Monica Valentinelli, I Fight Dragons|
|September 7–9, 2012||Marriott Madison West
|1,800||Elaine Cunningham, Caitlin Glass, Jerry Jewell, Matt McElroy, Aaron Pavao, Michael Stackpole, Eric Stuart, Monica Valentinelli|
|August 23–25, 2013||Marriott Madison West
|2,018||Bill Bodden, Tim Buckley, Bridget Landry, Matt M. McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Chris Patton, Aaron Pavao, Ryan Reynolds, David Salo, Alexis Tipton, Monica Valentinelli, Rob Wieland|
|August 22–24, 2014||Marriott Madison West
|Tia Ballard, Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany, Alex Bledsoe, Bill Bodden, Chris Cason, Christopher Jones, John Kovalic, Matt M. McElroy, Marianne Miller, Aaron Pavao, Joseph Scrimshaw, Mark Stegbauer, Monica Valentinelli|
|August 21–23, 2015||Marriott Madison West
|Greg Weisman, Jan Scott-Frazier, Ned the Dead, Matt Greenfield, Emma Bull, Mark Stegbauer, Alex Bledsoe, Christopher Jones, Tiffany Grant, Bill Bodden, Matt M. McElroy, Monica Valentinelli, Aaron Pavao, Will Shetterly|
|August 26–28, 2016||Marriott Madison West
|2,585||Jerry Jewell, Ryan Reynolds, Christina Kelly, Jason Carter, Bill Bodden, Matt M. McElroy, Monica Valentinelli, Aaron Pavao, Alex Bledsoe, Mark Stegbauer, Briana Lawrence, Catie Pfeifer, Enrica Jang, Jennifer Smith, Jessica Walsh, John Jackson Miller, Melissa Olson, Peter Liethen.|
|August 25–27, 2017||Marriott Madison West
|~1,800 (A decrease of 785 attendees)||Jeff Nimoy, Robert Axelrod (actor), Brad Swaile, Eloy Lasanta, Neall Raemonn Price, Linkara, Bill Bodden, Monica Valentinelli, Matt McElroy, and Crystal Mazur |
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