Details of the ConStruction program are as follows. All items are scheduled to be held in the Governors House C/D Rooms of the Holiday Inn.

Panel/Workshop Topics
Friday November 9, 2007
8:00pm -
Bay Area Conrunner Networking Reception - Dessert Trays Sponsored by SFSFC ConStruction Membership Not Required
Saturday November 10, 2007
Registration and a Cup of Coffee
9:30am -
Introductions and Expectations - What do you hope to get out of ConStruction?
9:45am - 10:45am

The Fandoms At Your Gate (a leader-managed roundtable discussion) Why do we do this? What are your motives? What are your goals? Do you build your convention and run it “for yourself” or “for the fans?”

11:00am - 12:15pm Programming - Why does everyone want to be at your convention? Why is something an absolute smash at one convention and a crashing bore at another? How to snag the right guests and manage their expectations.
Budgeting - How do you make sure you're not digging a hole halfway to China?
12:15am - 1:30pm
Lunch (On your own)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Operations - What‘s absolutely necessary to run a smooth ship? I Know What I Don’t Know - There’s a potentially mind- boggling amount of items that need to be taken care of when planning a convention. Where does one start?
2:45pm - 3:45pm

“F&B," "Room Blocks," and "Event Space Rental" - The trifecta of hotel contracts and how they relate.

Customer Service - Taking care of your audience, from outreach to registration and managing information at-con.

4:00pm - 5:15pm

Talent! Your Event Is As Good As Your Totally Awesome Staff (a leader-managed roundtable discussion) Best practices for managing a volunteer staff in your environment - volunteer world building.

What Is This Thing You Call A Worldcon? - Why is a Worldcon different from any other kind of fan-run convention? Or is it?

5:15pm - 7:00pm
Dinner (On Your Own)
7:00pm If I Ran the Zoo...Con - Convention-Running Simulation Game with Game Show Host, Kevin Standlee. Also included: Ice Cream Sundaes
Sunday November 11, 2007
9:30am - 11:00am

Brunch - Hosted by San Jose Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Brunch is included in your convention membership.

11:30am - 12:45pm

Joint Session, Wrap-up, and Feedback

Question Time - Was there something you wanted to ask but haven’t had the opportunity to do so? Here’s your chance, in a room full of well fed and experienced people. Questions about publications or masquerades? How about how to establish credit for your convention or where the best prices for tech equipment are?

1:30pm SFSFC Board of Directors Meeting - Open to all interested persons

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