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Wednesday and Thursday - Columbia College Game Room
Learn to code a game from scratch at the Wakandacon Game Jam! SIGN UP REQUIRED.
Wednesday and Thursday - Columbia College Game Room
Learn to code a game from scratch at the Wakandacon Game Jam! SIGN UP REQUIRED.
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday - Emporium Arcade Bar @ 1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Beta Party is a quarterly event hosted by Live Loop (www.liveloop.io) showcasing the latest apps/technology by up and coming tech creatives. This after work immersive experience combines tech + art + music in a unique social space.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Roaming
Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by Larry Willett Jr. – better known to the youth as BopKing Larry for his dancing. He’s an intern at After School Matters,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Gaming Room
We’re excited to partner again with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, and so bringing the joy of video
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Marketplace Hall
Books. Jewelry. Handmade Products. Art. Our marketplace features over 100 small and black businesses from around the world sharing their passions and products. Come explore the unique products and support Afrofuturistic entrepreneurism.
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday - Room 102A
The mission of The Girl and I is to empower girls with skills for life through STEAM experiences that challenge, motivate, and inspire them to grow the “I” in their individuality. This panel will discuss techniques and frameworks that give young girls the ability to unlock their creativity and open their minds to exploring new
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday - Room 103ABC
Delishia Dyi Kinney, President of the Creative Artist Association, will present with a panel of artists, a discussion and workshop on topics of artistic expression of interest to people of thee African Diaspora. Afrofuturism and the collective experience will be highlighted.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday - Room 102BCD
Exploring how Party Noire founders Nick and Rae and other panelists have navigated the ups and downs of being queer black womyn in nightlife and what the future of black joy in nightlife could look like.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday - Room 104AB
One Hope United will be leading a conversation on trauma and how it impacts our everyday lives. We will be discussing the work we do to help individuals deal with trauma and offer suggestions on how to cope for people struggling with traumatic circumstances.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with fellow educators!
4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday - South Lobby
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, will appear in the South Lobby on Friday, July 26th from 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm. Come say hi!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday - Room 102A
Artificial Intelligence is here now and is already being used in ways that is hugely productive to people and organizations. We are now empowering computers to take decisions that have previously been taken by humans. Imagine what’s possible when machines & humans work together to solve society’s greatest challenges such as poverty, disease, climate change,
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday - Room 103ABC
It Takes a Village to Build Vibranium: How the Academy Group Leverages Innovation the collective Power of Communities and Corporations to Build Belief, Build Wealth, and Build Change.
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday - Kid's Room 105D
Details coming soon!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday - Room 102BCD
Join Jabari Exum, famed percussionist and drumming choreographer for the film Black Panther in a transcendental experience. Be transcended by acoustic drumming and the art of storytelling as he fuses West African Drumming and the Latin Tradition with Hip Hop Music.
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday - Room 104AB
There are fewer than 100 Black women that hold PhD's in physics in the US and even less for those that are in astronomy. This discussion will talk about the everyday lives of Black women astronomers at different stages in their careers.
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday - Room 103ABC
Get excited about the power of STEM with entertaining educational examples of how math and science are part of everything from cereal to superheroes, cartoons, and even video games!
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday - Room 101B
July is Minority Mental Health Month so let’s take a look at the State of Black Mental Health. Helping us continue to demystify the stigma of mental health in communities of color will be licensed therapist Nyela Malone, MS, LCPC. Want personal time to connect with Nyela? After the panel, you’ll be able to sign
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday - Kid's Room 105D
Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We’ve got the cards and tables – you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday - 104AB
Julie Felix, D&I consultant and nationally recognized thought leader will lead the audience through a thought provoking and highly-motivating discussion of the importance of networking throughout one’s career, navigating career change for maximal advancement, and the techniques used by highly successful people to identify mentors and sponsors along one’s career path. Photo by rawpixel.com from
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday - Room 102BCD
Back by popular demand, the Geekset Podcast will bring its energy to engage in an open panel/live podcast. The Podcast will address the current climate of African Americans in Comics, Movies, Video Games & More.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Roaming
Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by Larry Willett Jr. – better known to the youth as BopKing Larry for his dancing. He’s an intern at After School Matters,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Gaming Room
We’re excited to partner again with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, and so bringing the joy of video
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Marketplace Hall
Books. Jewelry. Handmade Products. Art. Our marketplace features over 100 small and black businesses from around the world sharing their passions and products. Come explore the unique products and support Afrofuturistic entrepreneurism.
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday - Room 102A
Fermilab explores the universe at the smallest and largest scales in order to study the fundamental particles and forces that govern everything that exists. Scientists and engineers at Fermilab use state of the art technology, engineering and machine learning tools to help gain a better understanding of the universe. This panel will discuss the various
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday - Creative Corner (Hall outside S101)
Intro to Sketch Writing is for teens who want to learn how to write sketch comedy or who want to learn how to translate their improv skills to paper. Writing good comedy scenes is not easy. This workshop will set students up with the fundamentals they need. This class will also improve their writing skills
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday - Room 103ABC
Join the International Art Director of TIME Magazine and explore photo journalism. Learn what goes into visually telling a captivating story through art direction from a global perspective.
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday - Shuri's Room
Learn to code with Blacks at Microsoft and Wakandacon! Saturday, 11am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday - Room 102BCD
In this panel discussion the political power of black women is explored by drawing comparisons between the female characters in the movie (Nakia, Shuri, etc.) and real-life black female politicians (Kamala, Stacey, etc.) and the issue of provision (or lack) of support and authority given to black women while, at the same time, they are
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday - Room 104AB
Akron Watson is an actor/singer/artist who has been on Broadway 3 times, first with The Color Purple Revival, where he won a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy, secondly with the Tony winning The Play That Goes Wrong, and currently as Aaron Burr in Hamilton an American Musical. Akron has been Off-Broadway, in the The Fortress of
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with your fellow illustrators, designers, writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives of all types!
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Saturday - Room 102A
Back by popular demand, Queerkanda creates the space for LGBTQ+ Wakandans to celebrate and interrogate our place in an Afro-Futuristic world. Join, Eris Eady – an abashedly out Bisexual & Winston Duke thigh appreciation society member, as we dig deep into the glorious possibilities.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
Back by popular demand! Come train like a member of the Jabari Tribe. Learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Screen Actors Guild Award winning Black Panther actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. (Under 16)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Saturday - Room 103ABC
Back by popular demand, Seven Gunn will use the panel to showcase what black film critics do and what they represent. Black Film Critics in Chicagoland wants to explain choices for various mediums and platforms to display critiques/reviews, individual and group criteria for defining outstanding/unique artwork, recognizing trends in popular culture and film, building relationships
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Saturday - Room 102BCD
Ashley Obasi, is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls Graduate. BGG is an online resource dedicated to improving educational attainment and college graduation rates among black women. It is also a campus, career, and finance resource that that connects black girls to career opportunities. She will present her insights into building an online community
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Saturday - Room 104AB
As a design research lead at IDEO in Chicago, Ovetta Sampson, helps companies develop a human-centered AI future. In her work and research, she’s pinpointed various ways bias and discrimination can seep into AI products and services. This bias and discrimination negatively affect individuals, cities and society in general, especially people of color and marginalized
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Saturday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with your fellow media professionals!
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday - Shuri's Room 103D
This year, Professor Anthony Jackson is returning with a team of Coding Kids! The CEO Superheroes are youth ages 6-14, who have spent the summer building robots and learning how to code with them. They will share their knowledge with Wakandacon participants in the Codeathon room on Saturday July 27th from 1-3 pm. This project
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday - Room 103ABC
The Creative Extreme is an entertainment company specializing in content creation for multiple media platforms, including digital and print comics, television, film, literature, as well as business marketing and advertising. Hear from a panel of professionals on how to go beyond being just a “comic book fan” to building your own business, brand, and universe.
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
In this workshop, kids will learn the fine art of improv and express their youthful joy in the art form. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday - Room 102A
Ms. Begley will share her experience as an Afro-Latino immigrant with a focus on race relations with other Latinos, as well as, Africans and African-Americans.
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday - Room 104AB
The objective of this panel is to inform and educate all person(s) of color (POC) and non-POC the struggles and triumphs of being a POC cosplayer. We aim to break the stigma of identification of being a race bended vs. original character cosplays. We are the giving ALL (future and current POC) people the encouragement
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday - Room 103ABC
Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon’s Cosplay contest!
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday - Roaming
Open to all attendees in Cosplay. Show off your cosplay creations in our cosplay parade lead by the winners of our cosplay contest!
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday - Room 102A
Join The Creative Extreme for a 2-part workshop and receive expert insight from a round table of comic book creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs. Bring your own writing samples, drawings, and business questions to receive in person feedback!
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday - Room 103ABC
​Join Jabari Exum, famed percussionist and choreographer for the film Black Panther in a transcendental experience. Explore movement, fluidity, breathing, and a deep listening journey thru the power and clarity of the djembe, to learn how the body matures thru Music and Heat (Vibration).
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
Back by popular demand! Come train like a member of the Jabari Tribe. Learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Screen Actors Guild Award winning Black Panther actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with your fellow Wakandan women!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday - Room 102BCD
What excites black journalists about the work that they do? How are they inspired? What do they nerd out about? We’ll find these things out and more as we sit down to talk with Patrick Lucas Austin from TIME Magazine and learn about the inspiration behind the narratives we share.
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday - Room 104AB
Join Courney Thomas of Adobe Spark, Melissa Kimble, founder of #blkcreatives, and Black Enterprise Man of Distinction, Justin Key as they discuss the intersection of Social Media and black creativity. You can’t be what you can’t see and social media as helped connect creatives of color together from all over the world to embrace their
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with fellow technologists, hackers, makers, developers and enthusiasts!
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday
Join us on our journey to Lab 99 - a unique sci-fi film, taking place in Thailand, 10 years in the making.
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
Play cards with your fellow Wakandans of all ages. Hearts, spades, Uno, or whatever you like! We’ve got the cards and tables – you bring a partner or find one here. Note: no gambling allowed. This is just for fun!
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday - Room 102A
Black queer and polyamorous panelists will speak about the ethics of love in black communities and how embracing some of the relationship practices from queer and non-monogamous communities–even if you are not queer or non-monogamous–can have positive effects for all. The panelists will leave plenty of time for questions, discussions, and love connections.
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday - Room 104AB
Fan fiction can be a very white space. However, with the debut of Black Panther, black, female fan fiction writers have developed their own safe space to write the stories they want to read. From glorifying every shade of brown skin to bonnets before bed, fics after Black Panther have become wholly reflections of the
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Roaming
Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by Larry Willett Jr. – better known to the youth as BopKing Larry for his dancing. He’s an intern at After School Matters,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Gaming Room
We’re excited to partner again with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, and so bringing the joy of video
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Marketplace Hall
Books. Jewelry. Handmade Products. Art. Our marketplace features over 100 small and black businesses from around the world sharing their passions and products. Come explore the unique products and support Afrofuturistic entrepreneurism.
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday - Room 103ABC
This is a storytelling performance that features several storytellers from the African Diaspora that will share a personal story of how we within the diaspora are connected.
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday - Kid's Room 105D
In this workshop, participants will experience Ecstatic Dance, a radical act of reclaiming the wholeness of our body, mind and spirit. In the warm up time we gather, stretch and connect with each other. This grounds us in our bodies and sets the intention. Then we dance! There are five stages to the music: flowing,
10:30 AM to 11:04 AM
Sunday - Room 102A
Come meet Erika Alexander and learn about Color Farm!
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with your fellow believers!
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday - Shuri's Room
Learn to code with Blacks at Microsoft and Wakandacon! Saturday, 11am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday - Room 102BCD
This panel will highlight how marginalized people can be active participants in the new space race. The lead panelist, Kim Macharia, is Community Manager of the space team at ConsenSys. She and her team are working to launch the world’s first decentralized and democratized space program. They aim to give people around the world a
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday - Room 104AB
In a white-washed world, black authors have to push the boundaries of acceptance to gain acknowledgement for our kind of love. We will highlight the necessities for continued black romance stories in a society in which politics and the media are a driving force of misrepresentation in literature. It’s important in today’s society for there
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with your fellow community builders and activists!
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sunday - Room 102A
When people think of canon in the fantasy genre, they think of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, and Terry Pratchett. Recently, African/African-American authors have gained some traction in the fantasy space with three-time Hugo winner N.K. Jemisin and international award-winning Nnedi Okorafor. Across the publishing spectrum, African/African-American authors have challenged the status quo
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sunday - Room 102A
A panel of Black mental health professionals discuss the ways in which Afrofuturism can foster creativity and empowerment in Black youth. Afrofuturism offers them the space to imagine a world that centers them, rather than having to be a side story in a world that is, at best, benignly neglectful of their experiences. At worst,
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sunday - Kid's Room 105D
Kemetic Yoga is the ancient Egyptian system of yoga based on the practices of physical movement, deep breathing, and meditation. Participants will learn about the African roots of yoga and how it can be used for self and community healing in today’s society. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in seated and standing postures
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday - Room 102BCD
The John Howard Association (JHA) independently monitors correctional facilities, policies and practices, and advances reforms needed to achieve a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system in Illinois. JHA’s vision for Illinois is to achieve a smaller, rehabilitative criminal justice system that supports incarcerated individuals so they may return to society as productive citizens. Kellie
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday - Room 104AB
Similar to movies, professional wrestling is an outlet that draws massive numbers and VERY diverse groups of fans. The presenter has noted that in many rooms, barber shops, kickbacks, picnics, pick-up games, dinner, etc with groups of Black folks when the topic of Pro wrestling comes up, 90% of the men in the room find
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with fellow LGBTQIA+ and allies!
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday - Room 102A
This panel discussion about the State of Black Women in the Entertainment Industry will include women filmmakers and industry leaders. They will discuss transitioning from the day job, work/life balance, navigating a white male dominated industry and how they are changing the narrative. The Panel Discussion will be moderated by Aisha Allen, Founder of Reel
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday - Kid's Room 105D
A fun workshop for small children and their parents to learn improv skills together. Come play with the comedy group PREACH!
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday - Room C
Learn about the complexities of global story telling and how to cross cultural barriers through art. We’ll learn about the road to becoming an International Art Director at one of the most long standing magazines in the country.
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday - Networking Room
Come meet and mingle with fellow nerds, geeks, and hobbyists of all types!
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sunday - Room 104AB
With a combined social media following of over 170K subscribers, Emmanuel R. Noisette will lead a workshop to discuss the ins and outs of of a social media influencer of color. Mr. Noisette will discuss how to network, grow a small channel, run successful paid ads, branding, and how black people may have to navigate
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sunday - 102BCD
The Power of Creating Your Own with Erika Alexander
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday - Room 102BCD
Come meet the team behind the event!