Anthrocon 2013 Wrapup

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We had another amazing year at Anthrocon 2013! The details:

  • Total number of attendees at Anthrocon 2013: 5,577
  • Total number of fursuits in the Fursuit Parade: 1,300
  • We raised over $31,000 for our charity: Equine Angels Rescue. Great job, everybody!
  • Next year's Anthrocon will be held: July 3rd to 6th, 2014 The theme will be: "Secret Societies"
  • Have feedback? Please please take our survey and tell us what we did well, and what we can do better at.

Many thanks to staff at The Westin, The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, our staff and voluneers, and the City of Pittsburgh. Your efforts all helped make this event possible.

For those of you still at the convention, we hope you have a safe and happy evening. Convention Operations will be run out of the Crawford Room, located on the third floor of the Westin hotel for the rest of the evening.

Thank you all for joining us in Pittsburgh, and have a safe journey home!

We'll see you next year.

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The Return of the Anthrocon Operations Hotline

"Ring ring ring ring ring ring, Leopard Phone!"

Hi everyone,

Anthrocon 2013 is coming up in just a few days, and we will have the Convention Operations Hotline up and running again this year.

If you need to speak to someone on the Anthrocon staff with a question or a concern, the phone number is:

832-FUR-OPS-1

What sorts of things would you call ConOps for? More info can be found on our Con Ops page.

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Countdown to Anthrocon 2013!

Hi everyone,

With the con getting as close as it is, I created a real-time "countdown" page for the convention, which will count down until Opening Ceremonies, which is 11 AM on Friday July 5th.

The URL is:

Enjoy!

(Fine print: sorry MSIE users, but it won't work in your browser. I'm not much of a front-end developer, so I'm not sure how to address/fix the problem. Anyone willing to lend a paw?)

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Fursuit Parade and Group Photo Guidelines for 2013: NOW CLARIFIED!

We (meaning the chairman) realized that our (meaning the chairman's) wording on the announcement about the Group Photo and Parade Guidelines left a lot to be desired, being both confusing and in places contradictory, so we (meaning people other than the chairman) have rearranged things into a form that hopefully will clear up any misunderstandings and answer any questions that may have arisen.  We (all of us) apologize for any confusion!

The following will be included in every registration bag for all attendees:

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DLCC Internet Connections (Dealers note!)

SmartCity, the Internet contractor for the DLCC will be offering some different services this year than in the past.  The following describes  the service levels and locations.

Exhibitor Internet -  $79.95 per day per device or you can purchase 3 days for $159.99 per device.  This is available anywhere in the center.  This is for the usual class of Exhibitor at major business conventions.  Bandwidth is up to 2Mbps up/down, but like any WiFi, the speed will be determined by number of people using it.   This service is likely NOT what any of our folks will want, but it's there if you're rich and desperate.  I mention it because you should be SURE about what service you're connecting to.

Instant Internet -  $12.95 per day per device.  This service normally has been available only in pre-function spaces (i.e. not the Exhibit Halls), but this year, they're extending coverage into Halls B and C for us to provide more affordable service for our dealers.  Bandwidth is up to 1Mbps down/256Kbps up.  This IS the likely one you want if you're depending on things like credit card validations and other required Internet access to support your business.  It should be the most affordable with (hopefully) minimum congestion.

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What if this website goes down?

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While we do our best to keep this website up and all of the bytes flowing, downtime is an unfortunate reality of the webhosting business. The causes can be varied, but the end result is the same: the website and all of its content are unavailable. Downtime during the convention would suck more than usual, because our members might want to check up on say, our programming schedule or look for ways to get in touch with us and be unable to do so.

To keep the impact of such downtime to a minimum, I took the liberty of creating a read-only version of the website, hosted on a separate webhost. It's plain old HTML--no PHP, no MySQL, or anything else that might cause a scalability bottleneck. It has key information such as our schedule and ways to get in touch with us. That way, even if this website goes down, the spare should stay up and running.

The URL is:
 

 

Feel free to spread it around, thanks!

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The Toonseum shows its support!

The ToonSeum is showing support for it's furry friends at Anthrocon.
July 5th-7th they will offer an outdoor furry cooling station. Including water with long straws, frozen treats, free comics, chairs, tables and fans in their outdoor courtyard creating a furry oasis! Be safe and stay hydrated if you are venturing downtown, and feel free to use the Furry Station at ToonSeum from 10am-5pm July 5th-7th.
(Donations are appreciated, of course!)
The ToonSeum will be open and Anthrocon badge holder receive two dollars off admission.

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SUPERSPONSORS! We need your reply to the luncheon invitation!

We have such a large number of supersponsors this year that it has become a bit tricky to plan the luncheon.  It is more important than ever for us to know exactly how many people will be there.  We want to have enough seats for everyone, but on the other hand, if we over-order on the food, your generosity in supporting the convention will have been wasted.

You should have received an email with a link that to our RSVP page.  If you did not receive it, please (a) check your spam filter to see if it got misdirected there, and if you don't see it, (b) send an email to ceo(at)anthrocon.org and I will re-send the link.

 

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Anthrocon 2013 Artists' Alley Lineup!

Here are the artists that are going to be participating in Anthrocon's Artist's Alley this year, and when you can find them there:

https://www.anthrocon.org/node/10569/2013-arists-alley-lottery-results

Remember, Artist's Alley will be located in Hall C of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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READ THIS if you are shipping something to the convention!

Please be reminded that Thursday, July 4, is a holiday.  There will be no deliveries on that day.  If you want to ship something that you expect to have in-hand on Thursday, you had better be sure that it is scheduled to arrive beforehand.

For further shipping information:

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