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

Posted by: sue
March 29, 2009, 09:44 PM

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, 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!



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598 Points

If only If only I didn’t have end-of-uni exams over Leakcon :’(
Woe is me!!!
I WILL go to the next one!

Posted by Sally_Zaar on March 30, 2009, 08:09 AM report to moderator
1265 Points

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!

Posted by scarletti1 on March 30, 2009, 08:18 AM report to moderator

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 :’(

Posted by AlexCarpenterFanGirl on March 30, 2009, 08:23 AM report to moderator
415 Points

does it cost just to attend the nerdfighter event, or to eat there?

Posted by kira902k on March 30, 2009, 09:03 AM report to moderator
284 Points

why do i have to live so far away? i so wish i could go

Posted by ShellyLongbottom on March 30, 2009, 09:52 AM report to moderator
595 Points

@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! :)

Posted by MJLeakyCon on March 30, 2009, 11:04 AM report to moderator
711 Points

AHG! I hate hearing about all this cool stuff happening at LeakyCon when I can’t go! Life isn’t fair… :-(

Posted by janspach on March 30, 2009, 11:32 AM report to moderator
8069 Points

It sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 30, 2009, 12:05 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

Sounds like a great event.

Posted by Garden State Geek on March 30, 2009, 12:33 PM report to moderator
38 Points

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.

Posted by leenthebean on March 30, 2009, 01:03 PM report to moderator
3463 Points

Lucky to all the people that can go! :)

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on March 30, 2009, 06:03 PM report to moderator
1102 Points

Nosh nosh nosh nosh nosh, i love that worrrddd.

haha sounds cool!

Posted by sleepyhead on March 30, 2009, 06:23 PM report to moderator
580 Points

NO FRIGGIN FAIR! I WANNA GO!!!!!!!! it seems a lot of other people share my views as well. :,(

Posted by weasleyalltheway(rrooaarr!) on March 30, 2009, 06:42 PM report to moderator
108 Points

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 :)

Posted by Christie Roberts on March 30, 2009, 07:19 PM report to moderator
595 Points

@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!

Posted by MJLeakyCon on March 30, 2009, 08:10 PM report to moderator
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