July 26-28, 2019

Hyatt Regency McCormick Chicago
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr. D
Chicago, IL 60616

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Networking Event
Saturday - Networking Room
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow media professionals!
Lab 99
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us on our journey to Lab 99 - a unique sci-fi film, taking place in Thailand, 10 years in the making.
Sunday - 102BCD
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Power of Creating Your Own with Erika Alexander

Video credit Chan C. Smith on Vimeo.


August 3 - 5, 2018

Hilton Downtown Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

"I noticed that the con was incredibly well-organized, I loved the program and the variety of themes, and also the depth and realness of the conversations, which I have not experienced with other cons. In general, the inclusivity and accessibility of the event was amazing."

- Anonymous Attendee

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Selected Articles

"Panels, poetry readings, and, of course, cosplay, all inspired by the record-setting superhero flick Black Panther. Think Comic-Con for the black nerd set—with more depth..."

Joel Reese, Chicago Magazine

"Wakandacon was a beautiful celebration of Afrofuturism, black creativity and innovation, and Black Panther. The A.V. Club was fortunate enough to be on the ground for the three-day event."

Baraka Kaseko, The Onion A/V Club

"It's so weird going to a con and seeing so many people with . . . hair like you . . . Skin like you . . . Not giving you weird looks. I don't feel like an outsider. I need more of this."

Mikki Kendall, Chicago Reader

"...a space where you can love what you love fiercely alongside people who look like you and share that passion — a place to belong.""

Devon Maloney, The Verge


Networking Event
Saturday - Salon A Room 4
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow nerds, geeks, and hobbyists of all types!
Saturday - Salon A Room 1
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
At this Chicago event, hear Erika Alexander speak about the importance of creators of color sharing their stories, then take part in a workshop by Julie Keck, Head of Education for Seed&Spark, on audience building and crowdfunding for film.
Saturday - Salon A Room 2
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Enjoy drinks & refreshments and explore how Autodesk is bringing Wakanda to life with its groundbreaking software for makers of all ages, including: Tinkercad & Fusion 360 for 3d printing, Sketchbook for digital art, Maya for animation, and more.