The Hybrid Convention
In 2022, when May rolls around and we gather in Denver for StokerCon®, the convention will have a new look. For the first time, we will offer three different experiences: the typical in-person event, a simultaneously held virtual convention hosted on Hopin (similar to 2021), and a combination in-person and virtual experience.
We learned valuable lessons from StokerCon® 2021 about the benefits of a virtual convention. We expanded our access to attendees throughout the world. The “hang out bars” gave us a way to reconnect after a year of lockdowns and cancelled events. We mitigated somewhat the time zone concerns by posting recorded panels, readings, and presentations. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
After some discussion, we decided to continue the virtual offering in addition to our regular in-person convention. But why an in-person and virtual option?
By offering a joint in-person and virtual option, we expand the programming offerings and the options by which attendees choose to participate. The virtual platform will host panels different from the in-person event, along with an expanded list of author readings, all prerecorded so you can view them during breaks in the Denver event. We hope to live stream certain Denver panels (to the extent our technology will allow) for our virtual attendees, but also record them, and make them viewable for everyone on Hopin. Have friends who could not travel to Denver but who will be present virtually? The “hang out bars” will return!
Here’s the real benefit, though. In 2021, we ran an encore of the virtual convention. We will do the same for 2022. Too busy during Denver to check out the virtual content or attend all the panels? You will have time after you return home to see it all and catch up on what you missed
Our goal is to present the most robust programming coupled with the widest access for all who wish to attend or participate. We felt these three options helped us achieve that goal to its fullest potential.
Stay safe and healthy.
We hope to see you in Denver in 2022.
James Chambers and Brian Matthews
Co-Chairs, StokerCon® 2022
StokerCon 2022 will offer three different experiences: the typical in-person event, a simultaneously held virtual convention hosted on Hopin (similar to 2021), and a combination in-person and virtual experience. By offering a joint in-person and virtual option, we expand the programming offerings and the options by which attendees choose to participate. The virtual platform will host panels different from the in-person event, along with an expanded list of author readings, all prerecorded. Selected Denver panels will be livestreamed (to the extent our technology will allow) for our virtual attendees, but also recorded for viewing by everyone on Hopin. We will also offer an "Extended Session" following the end of the main convention for attendees to catch up on missed programming.
The deadline for a full refund of a cancelled StokerCon 2022 registration is Monday, March 28, 2022. However, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the new deadline to receive a full refund is April 15, 2022. After April 15th, cancellations will generally be non-refundable. Should someone need to cancel after the deadline for reasons beyond their control (injury, illness including positive COVID tests, death in the family), please contact the convention chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation and any relevant proof of inability at attend. Cases will be considered individually.
REGISTER FOR STOKERCON 2022!
Registration Pricing and Tiers
• (Early Bird) Launch through September 30 $150
• October 1st through October 31st $200
• November 1st through December 31st $250
• January 1st through April 30th $300
• May 1st through Convention $350
In-Person Day Passes
Friday or Saturday day passes $100
• Basic (Virtual Convention Only) $50
• Regular Domestic* $75
• Regular International** $100
• Special Domestic*** $100
• Special International**** $125
• Add-On to Registration Rolled Over from 2021 $40
In-Person & Virtual
• (Early Bird) Launch through September 30 $190
• October 1st through October 31st $240
• November 1st through December 31st $290
• January 1st through April 30th $340
• May 1st through Convention $390
* Includes Souvenir Book
** Includes Souvenir Book and International Shipping
*** Includes Souvenir Book and Convention T-Shirt
**** Includes Souvenir Book, Convention T-Shirt, and International Shipping
The HWA will follow all federal, state, and local COVID safety protocols, including recommendations made by the CDC. The HWA expects all who plan to attend the in-person convention be fully vaccinated. Attendees will be asked to show proof at vaccination status upon check in. Masks will also be provided to all attendees. The HWA reserves the right to modify its COVID safety protocols as needed and without prior notice. While the HWA will do its best to provide a safe environment for StokerCon 2022®, please note attending this event may still expose you to COVID-19. By attending, each person understands and accepts that risk as solely their own.