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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.
Thursday - Emporium Arcade Bar @ 1366 N Milwaukee Ave
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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.
Dance Characters
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,
I Play Games
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
Marketplace
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.
The Girl and I
Friday - Room 102A
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Girl and I have as a mission to empower girls with skills for life through STEAM experiences that challenge, motivate, and impsore them to grow the “I” in their individuality.
Through the Eyes of Artists
Friday - Room 103ABC
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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.
Party Noire
Friday - Room 102BCD
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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.
Friday - Room 104AB
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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.
Networking Event
Friday - Networking Room
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow educators!
Realizing the Promise of AI (Presented by Microsoft Civic Engagement)
Friday - Room 102A
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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,
The Academy Group
Friday - Room 103ABC
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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.
Friday - Kid's Room 105D
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Details coming soon!
Networking Event
Friday - Networking Room
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!
Jabari Exum on the set of Black Panther
Friday - Room 102BCD
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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.
Friday - Room 104AB
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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.
Rockwell Automation
Friday - Room 103ABC
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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!
Melanin and Mental Health
Friday - Room 102A
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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
Cards Hour
Friday - Kid's Room 105D
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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!
Navigating Your Career Journey
Friday - 104AB
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Geekset Live
Friday - Room 102BCD
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
Dance Characters
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,
I Play Games
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
Marketplace
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.
Fermilab
Saturday - Room 102A
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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
Second City Writing
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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
Coming soon
Saturday - Room 103ABC
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Saturday and Sunday - Shuri's Room
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Learn to code with Blacks at Microsoft and Wakandacon! Saturday, 11am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm.
On Our Backs
Saturday - Room 102BCD
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Akron Watson
Saturday - Room 104AB
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Networking Event
Saturday - Networking Room
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow illustrators, designers, writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives of all types!
Queerkanda
Saturday - Room 102A
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
Stunt Workshop Under 16
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Back by popular demand! Come train like a member of the Jabari Tribe. Learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Oscar winning Black Panther actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. (Under 16)
Coming soon
Saturday - Room 103ABC
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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
Black Girls Graduate
Saturday - Room 102BCD
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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
Ethics in AI
Saturday - Room 104AB
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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
Networking Event
Saturday - Networking Room
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow media professionals!
CEO Superheroes
Saturday - Shuri's Room 103D
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Saturday - Room 103ABC
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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.
Matt Damon Improv for Kids
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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.
Afro Latinas in the Mix
Saturday - Room 102A
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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.
Black Social Media Workshop
Saturday - Room 102BCD
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Cosplaying while Black
Saturday - Room 104AB
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Cosplay Contest
Saturday - Cosplay Room
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Get your costumes ready for Wakandacon’s Cosplay contest! There will be three categories: Experienced Cosplay, Beginner Cosplay, and Afro-Fashion. The top three entrants in each category will win prizes! Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to register for the cosplay contest. Signup coming soon!
Cosplay Parade
Saturday - Roaming
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Open to all attendees in Cosplay. Show off your cosplay creations in our cosplay parade lead by the winners of our cosplay contest!
Creative Extreme
Saturday - Room 102A
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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!
Jabari Exum
Saturday - Room 103ABC
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
​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).
Stunt Workshop Over 16
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Back by popular demand! Come train like a member of the Jabari Tribe. Learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Oscar winning Black Panther actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+
Networking Event
Saturday - Networking Room
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow Wakandan women!
TIME Representation in Media
Saturday - Room 102BCD
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 a contributor from TIME Magazine and learn about the inspiration behind the narratives we share.
At The Intersection of Social Media and Black Creativity
Saturday - Room 104AB
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join Courney Thomas of Adobe Spark, Melissa Kimble, founder of #blkcreatives, Ashley Obasi, CEO of Black Girls Graduate 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 has helped connect creatives of color together from
Networking Event
Saturday - Networking Room
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow technologists, hackers, makers, developers and enthusiasts!
Lab 99
Saturday
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.
Cards Hour
Saturday - Kid's Room 105D
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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!
Ethics of Love
Saturday - Room 102A
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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.
Saturday - Room 104AB
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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
Dance Characters
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,
I Play Games
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
Marketplace
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.
Diaspora Dialogues
Sunday - Room 103ABC
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Sunday - Kid's Room 105D
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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,
Networking Event
Sunday - Networking Room
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow believers!
Saturday and Sunday - Shuri's Room
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Learn to code with Blacks at Microsoft and Wakandacon! Saturday, 11am-6pm. Sunday, 11am-5pm.
Space to New Heights
Sunday - Room 102BCD
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Writing while black
Sunday - Room 104AB
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Networking Event
Sunday - Networking Room
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with your fellow community builders and activists!
World building for black fantasy
Sunday - Room 102A
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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
Beyond Representation
Sunday - Room 103ABC
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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,
Kemetic Yoga
Sunday - Kid's Room 105D
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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
The Wakandacon team
Sunday - Room 102BCD
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come meet the team behind the event!
Mass incarceration
Sunday - Room 102BCD
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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
POC in Pro Wrestling
Sunday - Room 104AB
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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
Networking Event
Sunday - Networking Room
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow LGBTQQI and allies!
The State of Women of Color in the Entertainment Industry
Sunday - Room 102A
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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
Coming soon
Sunday - Room C
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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.
Networking Event
Sunday - Networking Room
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Come meet and mingle with fellow nerds, geeks, and hobbyists of all types!