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About Us

ConGregate is a completely volunteer run (none of the organizers get paid), science fiction and fantasy convention produced by ConGregate Productions, Inc (also volunteer run).

Many of our staff members have over 20 years of experience in helping run various conventions throughout the southeastern United States. And, while we good enjoy good communication with other area conventions, ConGregate is not actually affiliated with any other cons.

 

Purpose

Our main purpose is to provide pros and fans an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about topics such as writing, costuming and science.

What Makes Us Different

We host a fair amount of interactive programming, in addition to traditional programming like panel discussions, gaming, concerts, a costume contest and a charity events. The nature of our convention allows the fans an opportunity to interact directly with the guests and other fans. 

In short, we're more than just a large exhibit hall filled with vendors and guests.

 

What is a Convention

What is a "convention," you might ask?  Well, historically, a traditional convention is a conference for people of similar interests to get together to discuss specific topics... in this case speculative fiction. Normally, conventions are held over the course of an entire weekend, in various ballrooms at a local hotel. This has diverged some in recent years with the rise of "Comic Cons" and toy shows, which are more exhibition halls with autograph sessions, than true conferences.

One distinction is that traditional conventions usually require that attendees (members) register for the conference, and issue their membership a personalized badge for the weekend.