Why a “Blerd” Con?
The world of geekdom has been burgeoning for decades. It is no longer a small universe wherein only handful of nerds exist. Geekdom has grown to become more universal – whether you’re into anime, comic books, sci-fi, gaming or cosplay, there’s a con out there for you.
Despite the rapid growth of the nerd universe, however, conventions have failed to proportionately represent the expansive minority nerd audience. Fans of all backgrounds and cultures are embracing their inner nerd. This includes POC (Black, Asian, Latino, etc.), women, disabled, LGBTQ and many more types of nerds across the globe. This is where BlerDCon comes in.
For those who don’t know, “Blerd” is an acronym for Black nerd; this has become a phrase embraced by minority nerds of all backgrounds, no matter what their skin color. The word blerd has evolved to become a symbol of unity for all nerds; BlerDCon is a team of lifetime geeks that has rallied around this concept to create a con for all.
What We Do
BlerDCon will be the first nerd convention to ever be truly universal. We’re structured to cater to minority nerds in all genres. To ensure that the inclusive experience we offer has something for you, we’re a full-service con with a traditional structure that includes:
- Celebrity Guests
- Gaming Tournaments
- Cosplay Contests
- Cosplay Guests
- Music and Dance
Experience BlerDCon at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, a 50,000+ sq. ft. space for the Presentations, Panels, Gaming, Cosplay you love!
Tickets for BlerDCon are ONLY $45! Getting a room right in the con won’t be a hassle either. We negotiated with the hotel to get you rooms a just $109 per night
Made for you!
We expect to have 3,000-4,000 fans of all ages and backgrounds attending BlerDCon. This includes everyone from teenage geeks to old-school nerds – including you!
BlerDCon wouldn’t be great without the fans. This includes the wonderful exhibitors and special guests that we’ll be bringing to the convention
A Fully Inclusive Convention Experience
While women account for over half of the con community, they don’t get as many opportunities to participate in panels and presentations as their male counterparts. BlerDCon is breaking the mold by hosting panels that focus on women’s issues in geekdom. We’ll have several leading ladies in gaming, comic books, sci-fi, cosplay and anime leading these discussions.
Nerd representation for the LGBTQ community is lacking across the board. This isn’t because amazing LGBTQ cosplayers, creators and performers don’t exist. It’s because they simply don’t get the same opportunities as everyone else. As a universally inclusive fan convention, BlerDCon has ensured that you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best of what LGBTQ geekdom has to offer!
Guests of Color
The POC nerd population is exploding; the gaming, movie, comic book and anime industries are struggling to develop and showcase characters and geek leaders who represent this base. We’ll be showcasing some of the top black and brown cosplayers, industry movers, creators and celebrities. You’ll also get a chance to have candid discussions about minority issues in the geek community.
Nerds with disabilities are ignored way too often. Not only do they deserve to enjoy the nerd universe at the same level as anyone else, but they’ve proven that they are leading contributors to geek culture. This is proven by the incredible guests with disabilities that we’ll be showcasing this year at BlerDCon 2017!
Geekdom is truly universal. It not only includes fans of all colors, shapes and sizes, but also fans in different countries across the globe. The BlerDCon team has been working directly with various embassies and consulates in DC to help bring you some amazing international guests.
BlerDCon provides an outlet for events of all kinds. Video & tabletop game tournaments, late night film sessions, concerts & cosplay meetups are just the beginning. Did we mention panels? BlerDCon is proud to provide space for community run panels covering topics from cosplaying to life coaching.