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SMOFcon 30 Selected

Congratulations to the committee of SMOFcon 30, the 2012 SMOFcon, which was selected at the Fannish Inquisition on Saturday.

The convention will be held in Philadelphia over the weekend of 30th November - 2nd December 2012.

Details at the SMOFcon 30 website.

Progress Report Released


SMOFcon 29  

2-4 December 2011

Pre-SMOFcon tour of proposed London in 2014 site and facility

Taking advantage of the fact that so many North American SMOFs will be on this side of the Atlantic at the same time, and knowing the interest many have in ExCeL, (the proposed new Worldcon venue for London 2014), the London bid committee have organised a tour of the site on Thursday 1st December 2011, the day before SMOFcon.

A group of approximately 16 SMOFs will be touring ExCeL with the the bid co-chairs Mike Scott and Steve Cooper, meeting at 1:30pm at the reception desk at the East end of the venue, for a tour starting at 2pm.

The reception desk is on level-1 of th

SMOFcon Programme Items

It's that time of year again. We've started adding suggested programme items to the web site.

Hotel booking deadline extended

We are pleased to announce that the convention hotel, the Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam, have extended the hotel booking deadline until 27th October. Details of how to book a room are on our Hotel page.

We encourage SMOFcon members, (and those who still intend to join), to book your hotel room before the deadline, as we cannot guarantee the convention rate thereafter.

SMOFcon 29 Programming and Masterclass

SMOFcon 29 is pleased to announce we will run a Masterclass on the afternoon of Friday 2nd December (exact start-time to be confirmed, but after lunch). Details of the topic and how to sign up will appear on our website soon.

SMOFcon Announces Scholarships from CanSMOF Inc

We are delighted that CanSMOF have offered two sponsorships of 1000 CAD to assist convention runners wishing to attend this year's SMOFcon in Amsterdam.

One is open to Canadian citizens or residents, while the other is open to any convention runner.

SMOFcon 29 is very grateful to CanSMOF for offering these scholarships, helping to make SMOFcon as inclusive as possible.

For further details, see the scholarships page.

Things to do in Amsterdam (when not at SMOFcon)

Many SMOFcon 29 attendees will likely spend a few extra days around the convention travelling and exploring the city. Here are a few interesting recent articles that might give some  insights into possible things to do:

File 770: 'The Heart of a City, Amsterdam' by James Bacon (Page 40-44 - links to a PDF)

NY Times: '36 Hours in Amsterdam'

NY Times: 'The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread'

CNN: 'Schiphol airport: A day in the life'

SMOFcon 29 Membership List now online

The current list of members of SMOFcon 29 is now online and also accessible as a sub-menu under our registration page. We currently have 84 members from 10 countries!

SMOFcon 29 membership rates increase at end July!

The membership rates for SMOFcon 29, which have held steady since the convention was first announced, will be going up at the end of July to:  €50 / $75 (USA, Canada, Australia) / £45. You can register here.

Registered members who have received login information for our web site should log in to check that their preferred setting for publishing member names online is correct, as we are close to posting our membership list. You might also want to verify the other aspects of your account.