9 - 9:30am CST
Welcome: Jade Rogers, Wayne Brown, Katrina Adams, Julia Parker, Rolanda Horton, Tori Jones Hopin: Main Stage
9:30 - 10am CST
Main Stage Opening Event: Morning Meditation w/Sihnuu Hetep Hopin: Main Stage
10 - 11am CST
Session Prime Hopin
10-11am CST - Session Prime
- Main Stage Event: Children of Octavia - Why Octavia Butler’s Work Matters in 2020
- After reading and rereading the works of Octavia Butler, why does her work seem to foretell the world of today and offer us so much hope?
- Speakers:Stephani Tyrance, Zoë Charlton, Rachel (Chat Moderator)
- Story Time (Omaha Public Library) w/Mary
- Meetup: Star Trek w/ Marcus Ross
- This is a space is the final frontier for those who want to discuss all things Star Trek. Marcus Ross
- Webberized Intro to Podcasting
11am - 12pm CST
Main Stage Event - Speculative Fiction, Black Futures, and the works of Justina Ireland Hopin: Main Stage
New York Times Bestselling Author Justina Ireland shares with us her work and her vision of the future.
12pm - 12:45pm CST
Workshops + Virtual Board Gaming: Session A Hopin
12:00-12:45 - Session A
- Panel Discussion - Rebuild/Restore/Renew: Building BIPOC Arts Institutions
- Panel: Carla Stillwell, Denise Chapman, Dana Rose, Scott Woods
- Greeter + Comments: Nik Whitcomb
- MoveMed (Yoruba Movement)
- Speaker: Jerome MT
- Does Charles X Drink Sherry? A Deep Dive into Character Design
- Speaker: Alex Brigeman
- Speaker: Tiana Conyers
- Questions and Answers LIVE! with Mik & Starla of Our Family Plays Games
- Folks can come in and ask us questions about gaming or whatever.
- Emerging Ladies Academy presents: She Code with Tiffany Gamble and her emerging ladies
- Reframing Perspectives: African Culture & History Through Animation w/ Judy Kiagiri & Adamu Waziri (pre-recorded)
- Meetup: World of Warcraft - Andre Ball, Jade
- Are you a blerd that plays WoW and you'd love to meet and talk about the world with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you.
- Meet Up: Anime - Open
1pm - 1:45pm CST
Workshops + Virtual Board Gaming: Session B Hopin
1:00-1:45 - Session B
- How to Universe Build with your Characters
- Speaker: Michael Barnes
- Beyond Monopoly - How can I get past Monopoly?
- Speaker: Marcus Ross, Our Family Plays
- Yes! Blerds Play D&D!
- Speakers: Michael Clark, Andre Ball
- Raising Blerds: Black Fatherhood and Nerd Culture after Black Panther
- Speakers: Wayne Brown, Papa Bear + NerdSoul
- MeetUp: The Sims w/Staci Croom-Raley + Zoë Charlton
- Do you love and play The Sims and you'd love to meet and talk about The Sims with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you. Also, Show + Tell!
- MeetUp: Comics w/Alex Bridgman
- Do you love comics or are trying to get into comics and you'd love to meet and talk with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you.
2pm - 2:30pm CST
Blerd Meet Hopin
You'll have 180 seconds to meet someone new and answer: 1. What's your one thing? (favorite game, fandom, etc.) 2. What's the future of blerdom?
2:30 - 3:45pm CST
Mainstage Event- Finding Space In The Future: Hosted by Nik Whitcomb, Noni Williams, Jamilah Hinson, & Zoë Charlton Hopin: Main Stage
We are our ancestors' wildest dreams. So where do we go from here?
4 - 4:45pm CST
Workshops + Virtual Board Gaming: Session C Hopin
4:00-4:45pm - Session C
- Code Black: Rebranding the Matrix
- Host: David Pollock, Code Black CEO; Alex Horton
- Meet-Up: Dungeons & Dragons
- Are you a blerd that plays/has always wanted to play D&D, and you'd love to talk about rpg with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you.
- Host: Michael Clark
- Meet-Up: Anime
- Do you love or are trying to get into Anime and you'd love to meet and talk about anime with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you.
- Meet-Up: Harry Potter
- Do you love Harry Potter and you'd love to meet and talk about the world (or the controversy) with other nerds and blerds? Then this is the space for you.
The After Party Hopin
The After Party
- 5:00pm - Kiwi
- 6:00pm - Mesonjixx
- 7:00pm - Conrad Clifton
- 8:00pm - Blerd Comedy Showcase
- Featuring Comedian Ken Hamlett & Carter Anderson in a live performance
- 9:00pm - Elliott Ness