For those of you who, like me, aren't going to Eastercon, there are at least three different approaches to the concept of the virtual convention being planned for the weekend:
Firstly, the panel at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday 3rd April, entitled "Bridging the Gap - SF/F and Social Media" will be covered on ustream, the same video streaming service we used for Corflu (and indeed for Eastercon last year). The panel asks: can SF and Social Media really help each other? What use are sites like Twitter to the community? How can writers and fans make these sites work for them? Join our panel as they discuss - and demonstrate - the answer. This event will be broadcast live in real time and will be accepting questions from virtual attendees. There's a good blog post describing the panel and what's planned on panel moderator Danie Ware's blog at http://danacea.blogspot.com/2010/03/sff-and-social-media-and-join-us-live.html
Next, there will be several events on Sunday 4th April on CoverItLive. CoverItLive is a text-based chat system which has been used to cover awards ceremonies and the like before; one benefit of being text-based over actual webcasting is that it should be a lot more tolerant if the connection proves a bit flaky. The projected programme includes:
- The British Science Fiction Awards at 6 p.m. local time,
- The panel at 7 p.m. on "Virtual Attendees - Conventions' Future or a Minority Interest?" where panel moderator Cheryl Morgan will be taking questions from the online audience, and
- The announcement of the Hugo Award Nominees at 10 p.m. by Hugo Awards Administrator Vincent Docherty.
For more details, see http://www.conreporter.com/?p=1469
In addition, the ConReporter site will be covering not just Eastercon but various other conventions around the world on Easter weekend, most notably Norwescon in Seattle. ConReporter is, in effect, a blog aggregator, pulling together posts that contributors make on their own blogs into one easy-to-find combined feed, at http://www.conreporter.com/?p=1395