1. Where is QGCon?
The 2017 Queerness and Games Conference is being held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Please note that this represents a change of location from past QGCons, which have been held in Berkeley.
All conference events and sessions will take place on USC’s main campus, in the SCI building of the School of Cinematic Arts Complex. The SCI building is the home of the Interactive Media & Games Division, which is generously hosting this year’s QGCon.
2. When is QGCon?
QGCon is taking place on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2017. Though the official conference schedule has not yet been released, sessions and events will run from approximately 9:00 am on Saturday, 4/1 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, 4/2. On Saturday evening, 4/1 there will be a social event open to all conference attendees.
3. What is the schedule for the conference?
A draft of the conference schedule will be available in mid- to late-January.
4. How do I get to QGCon?
QGCon 2017 is taking place on the main campus of USC, which is close to downtown Los Angeles.
If you are flying to the event, LAX is the main airport that services the Los Angeles area, but you may also want to look into the Bob Hope airport (just north of LA) and the Long Beach airport (just south of LA).
USC is conveniently located on the Expo Line, a public transit light rail line that runs from Santa Monica and through Culver City. This is a great option for getting to campus, especially if you are staying in the Culver City or Santa Monica areas. Ride-sharing services are also commonly used in Los Angeles, and (depending on your budget) may be a good choice for getting to and from the conference.
Parking at USC is available, but it can be tricky. Street parking is limited; watch out for meters and time limits. Two parking lots of on campus (PSX and PSD) offer paid garage parking for $12 a day. There is also an off-campus USC parking structure a short walk from campus ($10 a day) and a handful of other private lots nearby.
A number of public bus lines also service the USC campus — though, if you are planning on taking the bus, it is worth leaving extra time, as traffic and other factors can make the bus schedule unreliable.
5. Do I need to register?
Yes, all attendees are required to register. Registering is important because it lets us know you’re coming and helps us get an accurate sense of how many people to expect at the event.
Registration is now open! You can register for QGCon 2017 here.
If you register by Friday, February 3, you’ll receive a special gift when you check in at the event!
6. Is there a cost to register?
Yes and no. Let us explain…
QGCon is a bootstrapped operation, and our budget is especially tight this year because want to do a better job of offering travel funding for our speakers. That means we need help from our community. So we took inspiration from other diversity-focused games conferences and decided on a tiered ticket model.
The tiered ticket model allows you to pay what you feel is fair and right for you. Some people receive conference funding from their universities or corporations and already have registration costs figured into their budget; others are generously looking for a way to lend support. But there are also lots of folks for whom money is tight. That’s why we offer discounted and even entirely free tickets. It’s your choice which ticket tier to pick. All registered attendees get the same access to the conference. Paying more or less doesn’t affect your experience at the event.
So “yes,” if you are able, we kindly request that you contribute through your registration. But if that’s not right for you, then “no,” you don’t have to. Simply register for a “scholarship ticket” and you’ll be all set.
7. What about accommodations? Where should I stay?
Because hotels near the USC are pricey, there is no official QGCon conference hotel or room block. However, there are a number of alternative options in the LA area.
For those with flexibility in their budgets, the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown is conveniently located right across the street from the USC campus. There are also traditional chain hotels in downtown Los Angeles, which is a short car ride away from USC.
Speakers and attendees looking for a more cost-effective option might want to investigate AirBnB rentals. USC is located along the Expo Line, a light rail public transit line that runs west through Culver City and (now) all the way to Santa Monica. Accommodations located near Expo Line stops may give you easier access to the conference.
8. It’s my first time attending QGCon. What’s the tone?
Oh hey, welcome! The Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon) is an annual, community-oriented, nationally-recognized event dedicated to exploring the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games. Our about page has more information about our history and goals. QGCon is a diverse event with presenters from many different backgrounds and areas of expertise, and we work hard to create and maintain an inclusive space for all participants. Check out our inclusivity statement for more about our values and the guidelines we set for ourselves, presenters, and guests.
9. Is the conference building accessible for those with disabilities?
The conference building is wheelchair accessible. There are elevators and the entry doors are at ground level. Whenever possible, amplification will be used for presentations, to ensure that all attendees can hear the speakers.
10. I want to help out! Can I volunteer at QGCon?
Every year, volunteers generously donate their time to help with tasks ranging from registration, to room management, to arcade monitoring. There are a number of time slots and roles to choose from — and all of them help out a lot. Volunteers are also welcome to join us for the Speaker Reception on the evening of Friday, 3/31, which is a great chance to meet amazing designers, academics, and activists.If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the following form HERE by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch soon after to coordinate.