This is so important, we've bumped this to the top!
Thanks to overwhelmingly positive feedback, the team at ICON Science Fiction, Inc has been working full steam ahead on our plans for LI-CON 1 on March 29th and 30th, 2014. Join ICON at the Best Western Mill River Manor in Rockville Centre for a concentrated version of what makes I-CON so great. Literature, Science, Technology, Anime, Gaming, Dealers and more - all in one easy location.
We have the venue, we have some great guests including Jody Lynn Nye, John Rennie, Bill Fawcett and more - all we need is you! Make sure to pre-register now to guarantee your membership for LI-CON. Read more information and get up to the minute news and updates at http://LI-CON.org. The last generation of dreamers gave us things like personal computers, mobile phones, and electric cars. Come help imagine and inspire the next generation of dreamers as we reach for the stars. Be a part of history and say "I was there" for the very first LI-CON.
So, What's this campaign about, you ask?
But why Indiegogo?
Wait, Two conventions? What is this “LI-CON” that you speak of?
I-CON in the Summer? Why?
So, what are these goals?
So, what do I get for my pledge?
That's great, What can I do to help?
Frequently Asked Questions
Attended by more than 6,000 people each year, I-CON is a three day event designed to encourage literacy, creativity and interest in science and technology through science fiction, fact and related genres. Programming at I-CON spans a wide range of topics and interests including science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, medieval reenactment, science and technology. I-CON is organized by ICON Science Fiction, Inc, a certified 501(c)(3) educational charity. We are a convention with deep roots in the community and a 30+ year history. Every staff member, from the recruit checking your membership badge to the Event Chair is a volunteer. We do this because we're fans, for the fans.
To us, I-CON is more than a three day festival of fun. It is an opportunity to gather, collaborate, and learn something new, meet someone new, and share our passion for all things science fiction, fact, and fantasy.
Every year, we work hard to give back to the community through our scholarship program, charity auction, donations and community efforts. We are a convention born and bred on Long Island, and care about our local community which continues to support us year after year.
So, What's this campaign about, you ask?Back to Menu
It's been a rough couple of years for ICON. While we had stellar attendance at I-CON 31 in 2012, there were many challenges in our last 18 months. Between construction at Stony Brook University – our home for 30 of those 31 years, adjustments in badge age regulations and security, and a little storm named Sandy, we had to pause, take a breath, and regroup. This meant that with heavy hearts we had to postpone our plans for holding I-CON 32 in 2013.
Like a dragon shaking the dust off its wings, it's hard to keep a thing like I-CON down. We've been working hard every day of the last 18 months to get ourselves back into shape for a triumphant rebirth in 2014. With a new show-runner and a new breath of life from our members, we hope to rise from the debris – bigger, stronger, better.
But why Indiegogo?Back to Menu
We understand that we have a lot of ground to make back in the community, to restore your faith in the promise of a 32 in 2014. We are launching this campaign on Indiegogo for a few reasons:
Transparency. As a certified 501(c)(3), ICON's finances are a matter of public record. We want more than that. It's time to outline exactly what it takes to put on an event like I-CON, and to make you an active participant in it's creation and potential for success.
Faith. We know we need to make strides to build on the community's faith in I-CON, since you are what makes I-CON successful. We hope that with the transparency this campaign brings, you will have a better understanding of and faith in the convention, the volunteers that staff it, its processes, and more.
Flexibility. Not only do we want to bring back I-CON 32 in 2014 bigger and better than ever, we want to do more. Indiegogo gives us the flexibility to start small, and grow big. We have big dreams for 2014, and hope that with your help, we will be able to bring you two great conventions next year.
Wait, Two conventions? What is this “LI-CON” that you speak of?Back to MenuAs we mentioned, we've been working very hard in the last 18 months. While we took a breath to regroup after postponing of 32 this year, ICON Science Fiction, Inc. created what we refer to as the “Small Events Committee.” This might be a bit of a misnomer, since it's a small committee with big dreams, and the people to make it happen. You've seen some of those as we work to bring programming to other local conventions and events, but as the song goes, 'You ain't seen nothing yet.'
LI-CON is the product of that team asking the question - “What if we tried to hold a convention in one smaller location, like a hotel?” The answer was pretty much “That could work, that could work pretty well.” We took a handful of the tracks that have made I-CON great, scaled them down just a little, and put them all together in a single venue. No more having to trek across campus on the now-famous I-CON rainy Saturday. No having to drive between venues. LI-CON will be like the action packed preview trailer for I-CON. Literature, SciTech, Anime, Dealers and more, just in a little more intimate an environment. We know some people like to schedule their springs around I-CON, and with the changes in I-CON’s dates, we wanted to fill that gap with LI-CON as a tasty appetizer in the spring, followed by I-CON 32 in the Summer.
I-CON in the Summer? Why?Back to Menu
When we started putting our heads together on a venue and this campaign to bring I-CON back, we decided to take a very close look at when in the year might be the best opportunity to hold I-CON. While we have a great relationship with Stony Brook University, their ongoing construction makes their facilities unavailable for 2014. Looking at all the options on the table, we found that a Summer date - we are in active negotiations for a venue in late June, would actually work in I-CON's favor in many ways:
Location. Because of the sheer size of I-CON, we are limited in our venue options for a convention on Long Island. We need a space big enough to hold all of our dealers, rooms for programming, space for membership and general use, and more. Universities Like Stony Brook and Hofstra are a good fit since they offer all of that and more. The only problem is, Those spaces are usually full of students during the school year. This is the primary reason I-CON is usually held in conjunction with a holiday or break in classes such as spring break – the students go home, opening up space in classrooms, areas for recreation or dealer space, and parking.
Lodging. We know that some of our long time supporters travel to come to us every year for I-CON, and we work hard to try to negotiate reasonable discounted rates for lodging. As we have been negotiating with accommodations near potential venues, we have found that the average cost of a hotel room is increasing every year. With our member's bottom line in mind, we are working on an option to offer discounted accommodations on the campus itself in the dorm facilities, since they will be vacant over the Summer months. Guests and members would have a broader choice of options for where to stay during their time at I-CON, thus making it easier to get around without having to drive from a hotel to campus and back.
Timing. To put it frankly, we want to put together the best I-CON 32 possible. And that takes time. Once this campaign wraps up on December 18th, we will have a very clear picture of exactly what we can accomplish, and 6 full months to get it done in. We don't want to shortchange I-CON or you, the members, by trying to throw together a convention in three months. You give us the time, we will work to put together a convention you can be proud of.
Weather. This item is more for comfort's sake, but is worth mentioning. I-CON, as held in March or April, has a long running tradition of colder, often rainy weather. We know how bad it was as a kid when your mom made you wear a jacket over your awesome costume to go trick-or-treating, and we know that the cold and rain can put a damper on people's spirits. Warmer months mean the possibility of more outdoor programming, demonstrations, and more fun.
So, what are these goals?Back to Menu
In a nutshell, we are giving you, our supporters full control over how we proceed in 2014. The goals met in this campaign will dictate what we can do. We've set a series of goals to outline exactly what we need to have to accomplish everything we want – LI-CON, I-CON, and beyond.
The $16,000 mark. After lengthy negotiations by the LI-CON staff, this is the remainder of the funds we need to raise to make LI-CON happen. This covers the costs to us to put on an event of that size – venue, guests, travel, materials, and more. There is a lot that goes into a convention of any size, but we know we can put together a great LI-CON if we hit this goal.
The $40,000 mark. This target helps ICON Science Fiction Inc on an administrative level. It gives us the necessary funding to expand our web presence and tools, including a better, more engaging online presence, mobile interactivity, and more. We have been working with ICON veterans and outside folks to streamline our processes so we can better serve you, but that doesn't always come for free. This goal helps us unite and solidify all of our framework to support LI-CON, I-CON and other future events.
Our $120,000 Goal. Here it is, the lug-nut. People have asked, “How much money does it take to put together an event like I-CON? This $120,000 goal makes I-CON 32 in June 2014 a reality. This is the start-up we need to be able to sign contracts and get I-CON moving. Above and beyond this $120,000, any additional pre-registration and dealer reservations would help to supplement our budget for 32, making it a bigger and better convention.
And Beyond! If we pass our $120,000 goal, we’ll be adding some amazing stretch goals and features for I-CON. Everyone has a dream guest they would love to see at I-CON, and these stretch goals will make that and more a reality. For a variety of reasons, we have to be a bit quiet about potential stretch goals for now, but as far as we're concerned, the sky's the limit!
So, what do I get for my pledge?Back to MenuWe’ve designed this campaign to have a dual purpose. It allows you, the fan, to have control over what we can accomplish in 2014, and gives you a chance to pre-register for the event all at the same time. We've put together several “perk” levels to give you everything from our heartfelt gratitude and a printed thank you, to a lifetime membership to all future I-CONs. You choose the donation level and perk that matches with what you would like to do. Come to LI-CON and I-CON? Just I-CON? You get to choose.
These are limited time, special campaign-only prices, and include special backer-only perks such as shirts, bumper stickers, and more. While we may offer pre-registration to LI-CON and I-CON after this campaign (within capacity limits), we can guarantee it won't be at this discounted pricing or with these awesome additional perks!
Also, your generous donation to our campaign is tax deductible as allowed by law.
What about swag? What items can I get for my pledge?
We’re working on some great backer exclusive items for our supporters. Show off your love for ICON, and let everyone know “I-CONtributed!” with a t-shirt, bumper sticker, or other swaggerific item. We've provided mock-ups of both, but these may change a little bit when they go to print.
That's great, What can I do to help?Back to Menu
Thank you so much for your support! There are many things you can do to help us make LI-CON and I-CON a reality:
Donate. Help us meet our goals, and get your LI-CON badge, I-CON badge, and some great added perks!
Share. Send the link for this campaign (http://igg.me/at/iconsf) to your friends and family, get them to help and to help spread the word. The more people we can get, the better I-CON can be. You can also help draw attention to the campaign via Facebook and Twitter using the the hashtags #ICONReturns and/or #iCONtributed.
Volunteer. If you've ever thought about volunteering to help make I-CON a reality, now is your chance. We are always looking for some help to come lend a hand. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when our next meeting is, or how you might be able to help.
RisksBack to Menu
We know there is a lot on the line for this campaign and I-CON to work, and that you are putting a lot of faith in us to deliver. What are the risks, you ask?
What happens to the events if the campaign doesn’t meet the goal?
The goals in this campaign are set with a specific timeline in mind. If we meet these goals, ICON Science Fiction, Inc. will deliver LI-CON at the end of March and I-CON at the end of June. If we don’t meet these goals, timelines may shift and/or effect the two events in different ways:
LI-CON - LI-CON is far enough into the planning stages that we will be trying to hold it whether or not this campaign reaches goal. What the campaign will have a direct effect on is the range of programming and guests we will be able to include.
I-CON - We need to meet our funding goals to be able to commit to holding I-CON in late June 2014. Many contracts have finances due on signing, and we cannot in good faith sign something we aren’t 100% sure we can pay for. If we don’t meet the $120,000 goal, we will focus on putting together a great LI-CON as a springboard and way to help raise funds for an eventual I-CON 32, as well as other similar events. We want to put on I-CON 32, but need to hit the $120,000 stretch goal to make it happen in June 2014. Bottom line, I-CON 32 would be delayed until necessary funds are available, possibly heading into 2015.
What about my perks? Will I still receive them?
Every perk for each pledge level is set up in a way to make it quick and easy to deliver.
Thank Yous - This is by far the easiest way to show your support for ICON. We plan on shouting from the rooftops everyone that helped us with our funding campaign. We will include these thank yous on our website, and printed materials for LI-CON and/or I-CON events.
Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts and swag - We already have some great backer-exclusive designs, and once the campaign wraps up, we will put fulfillment into motion to get everything printed and to our members and supporters in 2014. Many of the physical perks, if bought in conjunction with a membership to an event, will be available for pickup at that event. If you did not pledge at a membership level, items will be mailed shortly after LI-CON in the Spring.
Memberships - Memberships will be delivered at each of the planned events. LI-CON memberships will grant you admission to the LI-CON event in the spring, which we are confident we will be able to hold regardless of the success of this campaign. Memberships purchased for I-CON are for I-CON 32 the event, and are not tied to a specific date. If we do not hit our $120,000 goal for I-CON 32 in June 2014, your membership will be held through to when we do eventually hold I-CON 32.
Frequently Asked QuestionsBack to Menu
When will my credit card be charged?
Your card will be be charged immediately. If you can't afford to get the perk you want right now, you can always split your payment. Check out our first Update for more information.
Can I pledge to get a membership for someone else?
Absolutely! At the close of the campaign, we will be contacting you for details about your perks - that includes the appropriate badge information for whomever the badge is for. Any pledge (from a $2 thanks to a Lifetime Membership) can be gifted to someone else at the end of the campaign - once gifted, they are non-transferable.
Can I donate an amount now and upgrade later for a different perk package?
Yes, you can! Just come back to the campaign page and donate a second time. We will track how much total money you donate and at the end of the campaign we'll contact you to make sure you get the exact rewards you want.
When/Where will I-CON 32 be held?
We don't have a date or venue we can announce just yet. We're working on it (we promise!) and hope to have more information for you soon. Everyone's pledge gets us that much closer to being able to sign a contract for a venue.
Do I have to pledge for a specific perk? Can't I just donate?
Of course you can just donate to ICON! Remember - all of your donations are tax deductible in the U.S. You'll receive a receipt letter from the payment processor, FirstGiving, as soon as your payment is accepted. If you'd like, your donation can also be completely anonymous (although Indiegogo will collect a name and email address in case there are any issues and we need to contact you).
What if I represent a business who would like to be a vendor at I-CON 32 or LI-CON? How about a sponsor or advertiser?
We'd love to hear what you have in mind! Please contact us at email@example.com, and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate member of the ICON team.