LeakyCon 2009 Keynote Speaker Announcement: Nosh Time with the Nerdfighters!

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Mar 29, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

We are thrilled tonight to announce our first Keynote speakers at LeakyCon 2009: John and Hank Green, Nerdfighters extraordinaire, and hosts of the hugely popular YouTube video channel, The Vlogbrothers.

Hank Green is the author of EcoGeek.org, an environmentally conscious blog dedicated to sharing innovations that are working to preserve our planet. His brother John Green is an acclaimed novelist, winner of the Michael L Printz Award and author of several successful young adult novels, such as the recent Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and the award winning Looking for Alaska which will soon be a motion picture from Paramount. The brothers are well known and proud Nerdfighters, which is the concept it’s much better to be traditionally known and defined as a ‘nerd’ or being someone who is intelligent and active concerning matters in the world around you, than being vapid and passive. John and Hank Green are also hosts of the Vlogbrothers channel on YouTube, one that was born of the idea they would alternate making daily videos to communicate with each other in lieu of normal written communications. Those few early videos quickly turned into a phenomena full of much fun, laughter, serious political news and information, charitable awareness, calls to action, and oh yes, Harry Potter.

Readers will recall in the days leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, there was a video of a young man singing about wanting this long-awaited novel in the Harry Potter series. That video, Accio Deathly Hallows, quickly became a video of legend with well over a million views, and helped spur on the ever growing Vlogbrothers channel. Because the Nerdfighter side has cookies too, we now invite you to please join us for the Nosh with The Nerdfighters keynote event, which will take place Friday, May 22nd from 2:00-4:00pm during LeakyCon, our first convention being held in Boston at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Books and Music are the good word for the day as 2:00-3:00PM will see the John and Hank Green make their presentation in the Plaza Ballroom, followed by a very special musical release party for DFTBA Volume 1, a special YouTube compilation CD featuring a new song from Hank that will take place from 3:00 to 4:00pm. At a cost of $30.00 (USD), keynote attendees will also be able to nosh on such goodies as Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate with Macadamia nut and Oatmeal raisin cookies or Chocolate Fudge Brownies, plus a choice of beverages including Chocolate, Whole and Skim milk, freshly brewed Starbucks coffee (regular and decaf) and a selection of herbal teas, all in addition to the great discussion and music for the event.

Currently open to those who have registered for LeakyCon, we expect this event to sell out very quickly. Note: If you have already registered for LeakyCon and would like to attend this event, please login via the registration link here, using your email address and confirmation number, choose the “Modify” option, then the “Nosh with The Nerdfighters” option under payments. We regret that, once registered for the Nerdfighters event, you will be unable to cancel.

Finally, an important update regarding the hotel for LeakyCon. The double bed rooms are now FULL at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, with the Queen and King size beds still remaining, however all of these are becoming limited, so we urge to make your reservations soon.

LeakyCon 2009, TLC’s celebration of the HP series and our time as fans, will serve to aid two charities: Book Aid International, and the HP Alliance. LeakyCon will take place May 21-24th in Boston, Massachusetts, with more information available via this link. DFTBA and see you there!





56 Responses to LeakyCon 2009 Keynote Speaker Announcement: Nosh Time with the Nerdfighters!

Avatar Imagepenguin1124 says: YAY I am so excited about this!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Very cool! love those guys! :)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is just wonderful that Hank will be doing one of the keynotes. I wish that I could attend. Have fun everyone that is able to!Avatar ImagePolindsay says: So Jokes 2?! I just got around to buying the first one!Avatar Imagetayfayday says: ahhh, to go or not to go? im registered for leakycon, but im not a nerd fighter, exactly. what does everyone think? worth the $30 for a non nerd fighter? let me know!Avatar ImageErinM says: All I can hear is Accio Deathly Hallows in my head....Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Love the Green brothers! John is an awesome author! Hank is a great composer! :D @tayfayday: Maybe you should try and check them out first in youtube, I'm sure you'll be converted into a Nerdfighter in no time. :)Avatar ImageLeander21 says: i agree with TayAvatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: They soooo rock!! Avatar Imageacciolove says: Got my ticket!! This is exciting... I can't wait :)Avatar ImageEKindy says: I just got mine too! I'm excited!Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: I wish I could be there...Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: OHHH wow! More reason for me to regret living so far away. x)Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: Man, I wish I was going to Leaky Con!! It's gonna be so much fun!Avatar ImageSareptheRavenclaw says: Gah! I really, really, really, really wish I could go!!!!Avatar Imageraven_puff says: Arg! I wish I could go!! I'll just have to wait untill 2011!Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Wondering if you have to pay extra for each keynote speaker?Avatar ImageZivlok says: I'm waiting for Leakycon '11Avatar ImageBradyboy says: I wish I could go, maybe I'll save and go to the 2011 leakycon. Avatar ImageBookworm Jen says: Hooray, I've registered! Can't wait! :)Avatar ImageThe Whomping Willow says: I really hope this (and other things) end up available as a podcast- that would almost make up for not being able to go!Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: Ok, great u guys enjoy. . . . . I'll just sit at home. . . :(Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: Wish i could go but am not able to travel that far. Hope they will put some of the stuff on Leaky after it is over for thoes that are disabled and can't go. HGROSS AURORAvatar Imagealbeitgurggish says: great, yet another reason to cry over not being able to attend. :''''(Avatar ImageAmySnow says: Help! I can't figure out how to log in! ;_;Avatar ImageAmySnow says: Ahh... figured it out :PAvatar ImageBrad Ausrotas says: Just ordered the keynote. Sounds like it's gonna be a great time!Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: I also wish I could go... I hate that I can't be a physically active member of the fandom in a convention way... PLEASE leaky stream this speech cos it's guna be awesome!!!! I think with this kind of fandom the Nerdfighters are REALLY worth $30 cos in 20 years when nerdfighters/potterfans are running the world - these guys are guna be EVERYWHERE!!!! So it'll be great to experience it!Avatar Imagekira902k says: yay, this is awesome! but why do we have to pay so much to go to the nerdfighter event? i thought all events were included in the leakycon ticket :(Avatar Imageangelofthewaters says: Bonnie Wright attended the London premiere of 17 Again starring Zac Efron. Just want to share! :)Avatar ImageSally_Zaar says: If only If only I didn't have end-of-uni exams over Leakcon :'( Woe is me!!! I WILL go to the next one! Avatar Imagescarletti1 says: I'm so bummed that I'm not able to go. I'd LOVE to see Hank and John Green at LeakyCon. :sigh: oh well... have fun to everyone who's going!Avatar ImageAlexCarpenterFanGirl says: I wish sooooooooo bad I could be going to this!!!!! But unfortunately, I used up my travel quota with the parents with Terminus, so there's very little chance for me :'(Avatar Imagekira902k says: question: does it cost just to attend the nerdfighter event, or to eat there? Avatar ImageShellyLongbottom says: why do i have to live so far away? i so wish i could go Avatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: @kira902k - you have to be registered for LeakyCon to attend the nerdfigher event at LeakyCon. Registration at this point is $195. The ticket to the Nerdfighter portion of the conference is $30. Hope that's helpful! :)Avatar Imagejanspach says: AHG! I hate hearing about all this cool stuff happening at LeakyCon when I can't go! Life isn't fair... :-(Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It sounds like a lot of fun!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Sounds like a great event. Avatar Imageleenthebean says: I was really looking forward to seeing the Green brothers but, seeing as I am going out on a financial limb to attend LeakyCon at all, why is this event costing an additional $30? Because if I want starbucks and cookies I only need to spend about $5, and other appearances that Hank and John have done have been free. Is there going to be any other chance to see them or have cds/books signed? Plus when are we going to find out about the other programming that is scheduled? I would hate to buy a ticket and then not be able to go because something else is happening at the same time.Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Lucky to all the people that can go! :)Avatar ImageNayNay3782 says: Nosh nosh nosh nosh nosh, i love that worrrddd. haha sounds cool!Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: NO FRIGGIN FAIR! I WANNA GO!!!!!!!! it seems a lot of other people share my views as well. :,(Avatar ImageChristie Roberts says: Hah, wow, every time I look up there's another awesome thing announced for LeakyCon. Totally would love to be able to make it! (Then again, if I could go I wouldn't have bought myself sympathy plane tickets to the UK for last week, which was an amaaazing holiday, so there you go, lol) You guys pretty much rock at organizing these things, looks like :)Avatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: @leenthebean we're hosting a charitable event which John and Hank have offered to help us with by doing a special event at LeakyCon. I understand the financial crunch, but don't worry...there will be lots of other things happening that are included in the registration fee, and everyone will have fun!Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: Anyone wanna help me raise money to go?????Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Oh, how I wish I could go to LeakyCon. It sounds like so much fun. And John's books are wonderful.Avatar ImageHROAR Mudblood Proud says: This is literally torture. John and Hank Green as well as all of the other awesomeness? Silly parents still insist on my attending my graduation ceremony. : (Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This keynote sounds very interesting. Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Oh, that sounds so cool!! I wish I could go - I really wish I could afford it!Avatar Imagejalawood says: If only I were going this year... Melissa, can you pull some strings to ensure they come in 2011? Please?Avatar Imagerebel says: I really wish I could go! I hope they go to future conferences tooAvatar Imagebecmajec says: nerdfighters should brandish lightsabers Avatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: ok cool :) Avatar Imagechoirgeek says: This makes me want to cry. I wish I could afford LeakyCon :(Avatar Imageliv-wa says: It's so sad, I really don't live that far away. I just dont have the time in May. I can't afford the time off of school or anything. GAH I want to go!

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