Interactive Events

Click here to fill out the application for an Interactive Event at Nashicon 2017.

This form will stay open and online until Tuesday, February 28th. Interactive Events may be approved or denied, and applicants informed, earlier than that date. Applicants will receive an email from no later than Friday, March 10th, concerning the status of their event and, if approved, the date, time and location.

So you want to run an Interactive Event for Nashicon 2017? Awesome! First, make sure you don’t actually want to run a workshop, panel, or host a gathering instead. Interactive Events rely heavily on audience participation, and can take the form of gameshows, contests, competitions, Q&A panels, and more! If your event is a discussion or lecture about a specific topic, you are wanting to run a panel. If you are wanting to teach a group of attendees how to do or make something, you want to run a workshop. If your event is more of a cosplay photoshoot or meeting of fans of a series or fandom, you want to run a gathering.

Are you sure what you want to run is an interactive event? Great! The application will be available soon. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with some of the rules and guidelines. Note that there may be additional rules or even a secret password on the application when you apply!

2017 Interactive Event Rules and Guidelines:

1. Interactive Events need to be a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 2 hours. Included in this time is setup and take-down. You may start your event early (provided the event before yours has already ended) and you may end early, but you may not go over.

2. There will be the standard a/v hookups in each room. If you need a specialized hookup, such as an HDMI cable, YOU are responsible for bringing one. Nashicon will not be providing these. Please be aware that there may also not be HDMI ports in every panel room, so bringing a way to hook your device up to VGA is recommended.

3. Each main panelist (the person who sends in the event application) is eligible for 1 free badge. You are allowed to apply for and run as many events at Nashicon as you want, but you only get 1 free badge.

4. Your event MUST be appropriate for all ages unless you specifically designate it as 18+. Therefore, know that if your workshop is designated as 18+, it may be less likely to be accepted.

5. If your event is not 18+ and you are found to have included excessive cursing, violence, nudity, or sex in your panel your badge will be confiscated, you will be banned from participating further in Nashicon 2017, and you will be permanently blacklisted as a panelist.

6. Nashicon strives to provide a variety of high-quality programming that is relevant to our core theme – a celebration of Japan and Japanese culture. Interactive Events and other programming that more closely reflect our themes will always be given priority over ones that do not. While we do accept events about non-Japanese topics, they will not be given priority.

7. No food or drinks!! This INCLUDES giving away candy as a prize for winning a game! We know that candy is cheap and everyone loves it, but we cannot have it in the building! Please consider alternatives, such as gift cards, cheap figurines from the dealer’s room, trading cards, old manga, etc.

If you have any questions, feel free to email