Programming and Panels

Hal-Con’s diverse programming line-up includes Fan-Run panels, workshops, and demonstrations covering a huge range of topics, from Star Trek to swordplay! Each year, we invite attendees to pitch ideas for panels, workshops, and demonstrations they’d like to present.

2022 Programming Schedule

The 2022 programming schedule isn’t available yet, but you can find the previous schedule of panels, presentations and workshops for 2021 here. Stay tuned for 2022 programming information!

Apply to Present a Fan-Run Panel, Workshop or Demo

Do you have a special area of geek expertise? We invite you to apply to present either a fan-run panel, a workshop, or a demonstration! Your panel could be a facilitated discussion or a presentation on a fandom-related topic of your choice, while a workshop might be a cosplay tutorial. Do you practice swordplay or a geeky sport? Show us! Do you have something extra-creative we haven’t thought of? Bring us your ideas and show us what you’ve got!

Examples of past fan-run panels and workshops include:

  • DC State of the Union
  • Plush Props 101
  • How Do You Create a Tabletop RPG?
  • Truth and Reconciliation in the Star Trek Universe
  • Pro Wrestling in Nerd Culture
  • Retro Video Game Care 101
  • Making Your Impossible Cosplay Possible
  • Women in Pop Culture: How Far We’ve Come

Share your knowledge and skills with Atlantic Canada’s largest geek audience! Applications for Hal-Con 2022 will open July 16, 2022 until August 31, 2022Apply here!

Demo stage applications are here!

Fan-Run Panel FAQs

Who can apply to run a panel, workshop or demonstration?

Anyone attending Hal-Con can apply! You don’t need to have experience running a panel or workshop, just a passion for your chosen topic. You should, however, be comfortable speaking in front of an audience and managing a discussion.

Do I get a free ticket if I am chosen to run a panel?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer free admission to our Fan-Run panelists. If you are only planning to attend the convention on a specific day(s), let us know which day(s) you’re coming so we can schedule your panel accordingly.

What kind of panel content is allowed?

Panel content should be accessible and relatable to a geeky audience. This doesn’t mean it has to be specifically related to a sci-fi or fantasy media property. If you’re passionate about your topic and it fits in with the spirit of Hal-Con, it’s probably a great idea!

Hal-Con is a family-friendly event, and most of our panels are suitable for every age range. However, we do permit panels that address adult themes as long as they are conducted inclusively and respectfully.

All panels must comply with our Respectful Community policy.

What kind of equipment/room will be available for my panel?

All panel rooms are equipped with a Windows laptop, display screen, speakers & microphones. Any other equipment is the responsibility of the panelists to provide. Additionally, due to limitations in signal strength, we cannot guarantee a consistent connection to the internet. We request any presentation materials be on hard media such as a USB stick.

While our panel rooms vary in size, larger rooms are generally given to panels that have been successful in previous years and are anticipated to draw a larger crowd. However, for panels or workshops that require more room, the Programming team will make arrangements to find you an appropriate space if your panel idea is approved!

Where do demonstrations take place?

We have a dedicated 20 X 20 space for demonstrations that provides room to move around. There is bleacher seating on two sides so the audience can see you show off your skills.

When will I know if my panel application has been approved?

An email will be sent by a member of the Programming committee to the email provided in your application. Information for 2022 programming applications will be provided in the coming months.