Coming back in Fall 2014, ICON,
Iowa's longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention,
is returning to the Cedar Rapids Marriott on October 31 – November 2, 2014!
The Online Schedule is now available at http://icon392014.sched.org and an epub version of the program book (with a little surprise!) will be available soon!
Storage area (loading and unloading) - Thursday, October 30
We will be meeting at the storage locker in Coralville about 2:30 to 3:00.
Setup (and tear-down) will net you double ConBucks (volunteer hours). Pizza will also be provided.
If you need a ride, please contact us. Direct email would probably be best: volunteerdept AT iowa-icon.com or call the number below.
The storage locker is at 761 Camp Cardinal Blvd. in Coralville (across from the HyVee on Hwy. 6).
Turn down Camp Cardinal Blvd. The building we are in is actually behind the main office area. Turn left at James Street, go about a block. Look for a sign that points to your right. I think it says something about "Gate 3". Turn in there and go up to the automatic gate area. If you are already there, you will be able to see a U-Haul truck by the building. Honk and someone will let you in. Otherwise wait by the gate and we should be there shortly.
Brian's cell phone number: (641) 426-8031
Convention setup at hotel - Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31
If you can't meet at the storage locker, you can meet us at the hotel when we arrive with the truck. That will probably be around 3:30 to 4:00. Look for us near the Rosewood room or near the waterfall.
|At The Door|
|Adult Friday only||$30|
|Adult Saturday only||$45|
|Adult Sunday only||$20|
|Youth 7-12 Weekend||$35|
|Youth 7-12 Friday only||$15|
|Youth 7-12 Saturday only||$20|
|Youth 7-12 Sunday only||$10|
|Child under 7||free|
Baymont: call phone number 877-361-2496 and provide the confirmation number 74616445 to book your room for $79 (ICON was only able to get a few rooms at this rate, so call early)
Holiday Inn Express: (319) 294-9407
Quality Inn at Collins Road: (319) 393-8800
Homewood Suites: (866) 460-7440
Still in the neighborhood, but would require a car. These are all off of 380 near the Collins Road exit and 42nd Street Exit.
Country Inn and Suites (off 42nd Street): (319) 294-8700
Comfort Inn and Suites: (319) 378-8888
Residence Inn: (319) 395-0111
Saturday night only:
Mainstay suites (319-363-7829) and the Hampton Inn (319-832-1130)
There is a home game on Saturday, so Friday night rooms might be hard to find...so don't put it off any longer
Check out our Guests page for more information on them
Hugo and Campbell winning author Elizabeth Bear
World Fantasy finalist author Scott Lynch
Artist Lar deSouza
Artist Megan Lara
Toastmaster Jim C. Hines
Volunteers have the opportunity to be gifted with ConBucks (see
volunteer opportunities here)
at a rate of one ConBuck per hour (some jobs are double-hours; see volunteer page for details.)
And of course the Mindbridge Game Library with it's hundreds of games will be available for free use by our attendees!
2DKits.com is a creation of Dwayne and Dale. Playing with simple electronic circuits (in this case, blinkies),
they found it was unpleasantly expensive to create a handful of boards, as the price breaks don't kick in
until several hundred boards. And don't even get them started on the individual components...
2DKits is their way to do heavy electronic geeking, and allow other people to have fun at a reasonable cost and keep them from going broke in the process.
Currently Dale and Dwayne have several "blinkie" kits for sale. They are small boards running various PIC processors (16F688 and 12F683) to drive flashing patterns on various arrangements of LEDs, some with a push buttons, with communication via the RC-5 IR protocol. Without sounding too gushy, they are probably near the top in terms of expertise regarding these PICs. Well, that's what you get when you cross years of software engineering design experience, PICs, LEDs, and fun.
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ICON is the original Convention from Mindbridge Foundation