What’s Happening

Worldcons run for five days, and there’s always something fun happening! As we work towards putting the convention together, we’ll be adding pages here for all the things you can do at the convention.

Worldcon has developed many traditions which fans expect to see. These include a Hugo Awards Ceremony, the Masquerade, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, autographing sessions, readings, the art show, exhibits, dealers room, guests of honor speeches, multiple tracks of programming, children’s activities, gaming, many parties every day, and more!

At most Worldcons, the wide variety of tasks and responsibilities needed to put on the con are managed by different Divisions. First, we’ll talk about our Program Division!

About Program

The Program division manages all items that are located in program rooms, and some other items like autographs. The most common program items are panels, but some of the other types of items Program manages are meetups, workshops, filk circles, game rooms, academic talks and papers, and social creator-fan conversations like kaffeeklatsches and literary beers. The largest Worldcon items, like the Hugos, the Masquerade, and stage plays, are managed by the Events division.

The Program division is committed to creating an interesting and inclusive program. We will prioritize the participation of underrepresented voices from within the wider speculative fiction community, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and participants with disabilities. We are excited about incorporating Chicago-area participants, the tapestry of communities that overlap with and are adjacent to Worldcon, and recent and current Hugo finalists and winners.

Topics covered by Program items include literature (general SF&F, Young Adult, horror, romance, children’s literature, poetry, non-fiction), science & technology, a dedicated academic track, anime & manga, art, a dedicated children’s program track, comics & graphic novels, costuming & sosplay, fandom & fan history, transformative fandom, filk, gaming talks and a gaming space, panels about and in languages other than English including Spanish and Polish language, maker talks and workshops, media, music, society, theatre, Writing & the business of writing.

Program is managed by a leadership team. The Chicon 8 Program Division Head (DH) is Kris “Nchanter” Snyder and the Deputy Division Head (DDH) is Ian Stockdale.

Visit the program page for even more information!

If you haven’t been to a Worldcon before, you’re in for a great time!