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Columbus, Ohio January 30th - February 1st 2015

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Cosplay Rules: Update!

We have also updated our Rules concerning cosplay. Check out the rules HERE.



The first round of Artist Alley portfolio submissions for 2015 is closed. We are reviewing the portfolios now and will contact everyone by September 12th regarding the status of their submissions. As always, we will post any updates regarding Artist Alley to the forums and on the Official Ohayocon Facebook group. If you have any questions regarding your portfolio or the review criteria, please contact the Artist Alley coordinator. Thanks!



Welcome to the Ohayocon University ‘15
Greetings Panelists and Attendees:
We at the Ohayocon University are excited to present another action packed year of panel presentations for Ohayocon.
This year we are opening panels on September 1 and closing them on October 31, 2014 at Midnight. Just as we did last year, you need to submit your Panel Application and then a Panelist Application. We are sorry but we will not accept late or at con panel submissions.
This year we have laid out all of our rules in a nice handy dandy document that you will find here on the page. Please review it and if you have questions let us know.
A few changes for this year include:

  • We have added the Crafter Lab track for make and take panels.
  • We have asked that if you are a formal group to present your panels that you list that group on your application so that we can make sure we don’t run into scheduling conflicts this year. Please just choose one lead panelist to represent your group, your group can decide who leads the panel in the room on your own.

Once panels close on October 31, 2014, we will move into the judging process, our plan is to be done with the accepted panels by or shortly after December 15, 2014. Those accepted panels will move to scheduling with a preliminary schedule by or shortly after January 15th. We regret some panels that are accepted may not be schedulable, due to time or space limitations. Depending on scheduling from Live Events, Ohayocon University, and Guests, we will post a final schedule by the week of con, if not earlier.
See you at con!
Matt Sucre
Panel Coordinator aka “Dean of the Ohayocon University”

Andrea Wren
Panel Admin aka “Associate Dean of the Ohayocon University”



The Ohayocon Dealers Room Lottery will open on September 26th. There will be a link posted for 2 weeks to this website so that prospective dealers have an opportunity to sign up. ON October 10th. An Email will be sent to those that were picked to be a part of Ohayocon 2015 and an email sent out with your waiting list status. If during this process you have any concerns or comments please contact vendors@ohayocon.org. We have adopted this policy for the last 6 years to ensure that the number of new dealers entering into the room is kept high and that we give everyone the chance to be part of Ohayocon Weekend.


As always working to bring the best in gaming to all Ohayocon Attendees! We will have awesome Tournaments, panels, board games and much more! As a convention we have made great updates to our gaming department and 2015 will not be any less awesome.


This is where you start if you want to join the ranks of Ohayocon Staff! If you would like to get your foot in the door or your feet wet in the wonderful world of anime conventions, volunteering is a great way to begin this trek. We have rewards and great stuff for those who venture into our convention! Come and check us out, we are a fun bunch of people who have a passion for teamwork and having a good time! Go HERE for more information on the perks and responsibilites of becoming an Ohayocon Volunteer!


 Please check the REGISTRATION FORUM for more information. We do plan on being at Conventions betwen now and Ohayocon so find our table in the convention alley and get a discounted price!


Ohayocon Item Drop: We no longer allow carry on objects, Large Coats, Back Packs, Large Purses,props, drinks...any items not attached to your person are no longer allowed within the 10 pm Dances. An Item Drop is available free of charge to Ohayocon attendees located at the top of the steps. We will secure your items either individually or we will bundle them together (Katamari Style) with your group and give you a ticket that matches your items and store it safely for the duration of the dance. You are welcome to come back to your item one time during the course of the evening with your ticket without having to check it out and check it back in. We will be open 1 hour before and after the close of the dance and if your items are not picked up they will be taken to Lost and Found with the tag still attached.

Last year we helped 1000 groups of people keep thier belongings safe with a 0% loss rate. This worked so well for us and the City of Columbus that they requested we do it again! :)

These services are totally free to our attendees. Our goal is to provide a safe environement for all attendees. These new changes will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the dealers room and dances.


Each year we try to pick a theme that gets us excited. Sometimes it's obsucre and sometimes it's community driven! A Huge part of our community is MMORPG's from online free to play games from FFX111 to WOW. This isWhile we welcome all cosplayers in all genre's of our fandom - Cosplaying is NOT required.


If you are serious about being on staff in the future we recommend you apply to be an OHAYOCON VOLUNTEER. This is what we fondly refer to as our Gopher department. This is a great way to learn the ropes and learn what working at Ohayocon is all about.


We all want to have a good time and no one wants to be told to stop what there doing or worse, be ejected from the convention entirely. This means that we all have to make sure that the rules of the City of Columbus and all areas we inhabit during the convention are met. If you see someone not following the rules we all suffer(eventually). If your idea of fun is tagging and tearing up hotel rooms...this is just not the convention for you. (Just FYI..this was actually included for a reason..and that's sad! We have a reputation for being awesome and it's amazing what can happen when a few people aren't as awesome as they could be. )

If you see anyone not following the rules or anything that shows that we as a community are not following the rules please contact any Ohayocon Staffer immediately! Thank you so much for being awesome!


Every attendee and staffer needs to abide by these gueidlines set to help keep everyone safe and make Ohayocon a fun event for everyone...and you can find them HERE!


Please review the NEW PRESS BADGE CRITERIA. We have limited number of press badges to give this year and we would like to make sure those getting the access to our guests follow certain guidelines. Also, we will not be handing out press badges at con. If there is a request the head of Press will need to varify the validity of your registration criteria.


Due to the limited amount of spaces within our Convention Alley, we will only be accepting conventions that we have an established relationship with or are within a 300 mile radius of Columbus Ohio. If we are not able to give you a table to promote your event we will provide 2 badges for your to promote your event within the con itself.

We will be posting a application form shortly.


We, (The Ohayocon Staff) would like to thank all of the fans who made it to Columbus Ohio for our 13th year. We expected a few bumps, it is our 13th anniversary after all. There were a few things we need to work out, work on or just rework completely. We appreciate all of your feedback and take all of your comments into consideration when looking at the issues. Again, we thank you for attending and hope that we get to see you again! If you feel you can add something we ask that you begin by being an Ohayocon @Con Volunteer. BE A VOLUNTEER!!!!


We answer questions however they find us, washed up on the shore in a bottle, U.S. Postal Service, on the facebook group, on our tumblr or through info@ohayocon.org.

Please address all comments and questions to INFO@OHAYOCON.ORG email address. Keep in mind that we're a volunteer staff and most of our business is addressed well after our day job's are done! We now have a group of people answering your emails. I apologize in the past for any delay in responses.


  • All of the awesome events for 2013 can be found HERE.
  • Our 2013 Program Guide Can be found HERE.


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