Jul 26-28, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Virginia

FAQ

WHAT IS BLERDCON?

  • BlerDCon (Black Nerd Convention) is the first of its kind to host a traditional convention structure of panels, celebrity guests, presentations, workshops, gaming tournaments, cosplay contests music and dance while highlighting and showcasing the rich diversity of the blerd community contributing in those genres! “Blerd” is shorthand for “black nerd” but the convention is inclusive for anyone to attend!

I’M NOT BLACK. CAN I ATTEND?

  • ABSOLUTELY! Blerdcon is a celebration of blerd culture for everyone to see. We are inclusive and represent intersectional communities such as LGBTQ, AfroLatina, AfroAsian, Veterans, and those with disabilities! At the end of the day it’s a fun and unique event like no other!

WHAT IS BLERDCON DOING ABOUT COVID-19?

  • BlerDCon 2023 will require all attendees to be either vaccinated, or show proof of a negative covid test results after July 4th. Boosters are encouraged, but not mandated. Masks are encouraged for those wishing to wear them indoors, but are not required.

WHEN IS BLERDCON?

  • Doors open at noon July 7th and runs round-the-clock until 3pm July 9th

WHERE IS BLERDCON?

  • The Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA

HOW CAN I GET BADGES?

  • Go to www.blerdcon.com and click the ticket tab for badges and hotel information!

DO KIDS NEED BADGES TOO?

  • Kids 10 and under attend Blerdcon FREE! But must be accompanied by their adult guardian during the con. 

CAN MY PRETEEN OR TEENAGE CHILD GO WITHOUT ME?

  • That is up to you to decide. In general, if you would allow your child to go to the mall or an amusement park without adult supervision, they are probably ok to be at BlerDCon on their own. This is up to you, as children at these ages have a wide range in maturity. Unattended minors will be subject to the same rules as adults if they break any of our policies or any laws while at the con.

SERIOUSLY! I’M NOT BLACK. ARE YOU SURE I CAN ATTEND?

  • YES! People of all backgrounds are welcome to come and enjoy the unique experience that is Blerdcon! Everyone benefits from learning more about underrepresented communities in geekdom! Be prepared for new experiences, new faces and a LOT of fun!

WHAT FOOD OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR ATTENDEES?

  • Blerdcon hosts the largest food truck rally of any con in the country! Up to 16 curated food trucks from all over the DC metro area, parked just behind the Hyatt. No duplications in cuisine and some trucks running late into the night! You won’t find better eats at any con!

CAN YOU MAIL MY BADGE TO ME?

  • BlerDCon doesn’t mail out badges. When you purchase your badge online, you’ll use the QR code or your ID to retrieve your badge at registration.

HOW DO I PICK UP MY BADGES FOR THE EVENT?

  • Registration is across the street at the Courtyard Marriott in the back of the lobby level. Bring your ID or QR code if pre-purchased, or go to one of the kiosks to purchase on site.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?

  • Yes. The Hyatt is fully wheelchair accessible, as is the Courtyard Marriott. We also provide for ASL interpretation. Email [email protected] with any questions for your needs.

ARE THE VIP BADGE BENEFITS FOR MORE THAN ONE PERSON?

  • No. You will have to purchase additional VIP badges if you need to have anyone join you in front rows, or at special events. Think about this if you’re chaperoning a minor, or plan to attend with a group.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VIP?

  • While VIP has benefits unique to each year (announced as confirmed), the consistent benefits are: Front row access to all seated Main Hall events (comedy show, cosplay contest, guest panels, opening and closing ceremonies), VIP swag bag, VIP tee shirt, registration line-skip, early access to hotel registration link (when purchased before August 15th)

WHAT GUESTS ARE COMING?

  • Follow our facebook page and IG account to get the latest in guest announcements!

WHAT DAYS WILL THE GUESTS APPEAR?

  • Blerdcon guests, with rare exception, attend the full con weekend.

IS THERE AN AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE?

  • Each guest will have their own schedule that will be part of the larger convention schedule, usually available within the last 3-4 weeks before the convention.

IF I BRING MY OWN ITEM, WILL A GUEST AUTOGRAPH IT?

  • Yes!

WILL GUESTS TAKE A SELFIE WITH ME AT THEIR TABLE?

  • Yes!

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE PHOTO OPS?

  • All photo ops will be digital and taken at the guest table. Autographs, video/audio recordings as well.

WHAT ARE THE PRICES FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO OPS?

  • This will vary with each guest. Pricing can be found on the schedule and the guest announcement.

CAN I DRESS UP IN COSPLAY?

  • Absolutely!!

DO YOU HAVE A HARASSMENT POLICY?

  • BlerDCon is committed to fostering an atmosphere where fans can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience. BlerDCon is meant to be an inclusive space for fans, with a zero-tolerance policy against harassment, groping, stalking, and inappropriate photography. 

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at BlerDCon and will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy will result in removal from the event.

Should you feel like you are being harassed, please find the nearest staff member so that a report can be made.

HOW CAN I GET A PRESS BADGE?

IS THERE WIFI AT THE HYATT?

  • Yes. Individuals can purchase wifi directly from their devices on a daily basis.

WHAT HOTELS ARE THERE TO STAY AT IN THE AREA?

  • Tons! Mere feet from the Hyatt entrance are the Courtyard Marriott, Renaissance and Residence Inn. There are others nearby easily located via online map at reasonable prices!

CAN I SET UP AS AN EXHIBITOR/ARTIST?

  • Applications can be found on our site and on announcements pinned to the top of our Facebook and IG accounts!

I’VE GOT A COOL IDEA FOR A PANEL, WHERE CAN I SEND THAT?

  • Applications can be found on our site and on announcements pinned to the top of our Facebook and IG accounts!