What is Skeptech?
We're a collective of science geeks, history nerds, and tech-obsessed activists. We're students and soon-to-be students. We're award-winners, idealists, pragmatists, skeptics, and, more than anything, obsessed with the world of tomorrow. We run a free conference called Skeptech, held the first weekend each April.
Skeptech explores the intersections between science, critical thinking, and innovation in addressing some of the most pressing societal and environmental problems humanity faces today. It's an accessible space for students, bloggers, activists, scientists, engineers, and other geeks to network, see some pretty awesome talks, and meet some pretty cool people. Skeptech is fundamentally a balance between a desire to inspire people and offering them practical information with which to act upon that inspiration. Held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, this three-day conference aims to spark ideas, foster questions, and start conversations on the role of technology in improving, and ensuring there is, a tomorrow.
So we're like TED, but with attitude.
Date: April 4-6th, 2014
Location: University of Minnesota campus, Minneapolis, MN
The first Skeptech was awesome and we couldn't have done it without our community's support. Here are some numbers:
202 registered attendees (many were unregistered)
6 panel discussions
1 kick-ass blood drive
$0 attendance fee for everyone
1,000,000,000+ salacious postures (ok, that *might* be a stretch)
And exactly one piece of badass swag:
(image is of the 2013 Campus Affiliate Group Award for Best Educational Event from the Center for Inquiry)
Help us build off a great year and make this conference even better! We can do it (we have before) and all we need is your help.
What Your Money Buys
Thanks to the support of Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists, we've been able to secure a fantastic lineup of speakers, including internationally-known secular activists and science educators. Our schedule is fantastic and we'll be releasing speaker names shortly. Unfortunately, what we have doesn't cover everything. Between the cost of improvements and rented space, we're going to need some help.
This is what we'll spend that money on:
- speaker honorariums
- facility rental
- conference supplies (schedules, name tags, flyers, etc.)
improved A/V equipment so we can turn this:
In order for this conference to be free and accessible, every penny needs to come from a donor (whether an academic institution or individual). You can have a direct impact on keeping Skeptech free and open to everyone.
There are perks to giving, too. This is but a small selection of the cornucopia of goodies that await you under Select a Perk:
- We'll follow you on twitter!
- Pet rocks
- Want to get hitched? We think you're devilishly charming and would totally e-marry you.
- An overly-dramatic doodle of you riding a dinosaur of your choice. Over a mutherfuckin' volcano. With multiple rainbows.
A Skeptech coffee lackey to make Starbucks/Caribou runs during the conference.
- A custom cupcake and our musical organizer, Xandra, will perform a little jingle about how you are the most awesome person of awesome. Because you're awesome, duh.
- Our beardly organizer, Brendan, will dye his beard a color of your choosing!
- Donate $1000 or more and you can request a speaker for next year. We'll work with you to find a set of candidates who match our goals and you fangirl/boy over. Everybody wins!
Important Note: Some of these gifts are too expensive or delicate for us to ship. Those gifts will be available at the conference. If a shipping address is required, we are able to ship your gift to you.
Other Ways You Can Help
No money? No problem! Spread the word through twitter, facebook, or your preferred social outlet. We're always looking for volunteers at or before the event, too! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help. We can use all sorts of types and talents--don't be shy! Skeptech is a grassroots conference and we're all volunteers.
Chelsea Du Fresne