Click here to fill out the application for a Panel for Nashicon 2017.

This form will stay open and online until Tuesday, February 28th. Panels 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 panel and, if approved, the date, time and location.

So you want to run a panel for Nashicon 2017? Awesome! First, make sure you don’t actually want to run a workshop, interactive event, or host a gathering instead. Panels are typically lectures or discussions of a central topic, usually relating to a specific fandom or a theme of pop culture. 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 going to heavily involve audience participation, you want to run an interactive event. 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 a panel? 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 Panel Rules and Guidelines:


1. Panels need to be a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 2 hours. Included in this time is panel setup and take-down. You may start your panel early (provided the panelist/event before yours has already ended) and you may end your panel early, but you may not go over. Due to limited schedule space, two-hour panels are less likely to be accepted, or we may ask you to cut your panel’s length.

2. There will be the standard a/v hookups in each room. If you have a Mac/Apple device or 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 panel application) is eligible for 1 free badge. You are allowed to apply for and run as many panels as you want, but you only get 1 free badge.

4. Your panel MUST be appropriate for all ages unless you specifically designate it as 18+. The only available times to run 18+ panels are on Friday and Saturday nights. Therefore, know that if your panel is designated as 18+, it may be less likely to be accepted.

5. If your panel 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. Panels and other programming that more closely reflect our themes will always be given priority over ones that do not. While we do accept panels about non-Japanese topics, they will not be given priority.

7.Using proper spelling and grammar in your submission form will also make it more likely that your panel will be accepted!

8. No food or drinks!! This INCLUDES giving away candy as a prize during a game.

9. To avoid too much overlap, panels about similar topics or series may be waitlisted.

If you have any questions, feel free to email