October 8th, 2012

smiling over laptop

Detroit in 2014 NASFiC Bid - Questions?

A group of us, led by tammylc, are putting together a bid for the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) to come to Detroit in 2014. Specifically, July 17-20, 2014, at the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center. This is almost a month before the Worldcon will be held in London.

The NASFiC might have the honor of hosting the Chesley Awards that year, so I'm excited about the prospect of applying what I learned working on the Art @ Renovation project about how to engage artists with the convention to have a fabulous celebratory Chesleys night as well as strong art programming and art show.

In general, however, our theme is Driving the Future, and we will be focusing on technology and innovation, something particularly appropriate to Detroit, we think.

You can see what further details we have so far enumerated at our facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Detroitin2014, especially this note, which was basically the text of our first flier.

The bid (which Tammy started partly due to much encouragement at Chicon) did a soft launch at Fencon and is intending to more formally launch the weekend of Windycon. Between now and then I'm helping produce content for the website.

I was thinking a useful item for the website might be frequently asked questions list (with answers), and we have in fact already been asked a few, but I wanted to invite folks to ask more here, or otherwise let me know what information you think a NASFiC bid website should include.

It's different than a convention website - everything is prospective; a vote will be held at Lonestarcon 3 to determine the NASFiC site. There is one other competing bid at this time, for Phoenix, two weeks before the worldcon.

So... Questions?

UPDATED to reflect Mitch Bentley's comments below, indicating that ASFA has not yet decided where the Chesley Awards will be held in 2014.