Panel submissions are now closed!! We will be sending out acceptance emails by Nov 23rd.

If you have any questions, please email us at panels@ohayocon.org.

Share your passion!

Are you an expert geek? A notorious nerd? You can shine at Ohayocon! We depend on volunteer panelists to discuss anime- and geek-related topics and be the first source of entertainment our attendees turn to. We’re looking for the best in local panelists and can’t wait to see what you have to offer.

What are Ohayocon attendees interested in?

Ohayogoers come in all interests and passions and our panel variety aims to please! Surveys and feedback tell us that entertainment panels should make their sides split, educational panels should dive deep and explore advanced subjects, fandom panels should encourage discussion, and all panels should be interactive and fun. We welcome both Eastern and Western subjects, but anime, gaming, and Japanese culture will always be at the heart of our schedule.

What subjects are Ohayocon looking for?

For 2020, we’re hoping to see more specific subjects in our applications:

  • Roaring 20’s (this year’s theme) – Get creative and involve your crowd in a unique event covering prohibition, Japanese alcohol culture, gambling (especially Japanese style gambling), and Japanese pre-, inter-, and post-war history.
  • Sunday Funday – Sunday is a day for congoers to be exhausted! Entertain our sleepy Sunday stragglers with laid-back, less intense panels; you can get very creative with unique open-ended events.
  • Japanese history & culture – Modern or classic, we want more panels about this beloved island nation.
  • Workshops – Hands-on tutorials with takeaways are in demand. Remember you can charge up to $10 per person for supplies reimbursement.
  • Comedy – Whether it’s an improv act, a late night variety show, or a look into the weird world of fandom, we want more laughs.
  • Exercise Events – Zumba set to Kpop or a peaceful morning yoga session? Yes! Give us those geeky workouts.
  • Advanced Education – Informational panels should dig deep or explore specific subjects inside the fandom.
  • Recent anime less than 5 years old – There’s not nearly enough love for newer anime, please love it more!
  • Programming for kids, teens, and parents – Creative ideas for younger geeks and their parents are in need.

These are not the only panel subjects we’re accepting of course, but panels with these subjects are requested and not submitted often enough. Please submit whatever subjects you love and are close to your heart!

What’s the application process like?

After submitting your application to us, submissions will close October 31st. The panel team will send out confirmation emails before November 23rd and at that point, we can start the scheduling process.

Compensation for 2020! Up to four panelists per group can qualify for a sliding-scale reimbursement after their last panel is performed at the con. Panelists will use a special portal that is sent to them when they get panel approval emails and purchase their badge at a discounted price of $45. Reimbursements for time will be in the form of a refund to that purchase for time that has been given to paneling. For one approved panel: 1/3 back for each panelist; For two approved panels: 2/3 back for each panelist; For three or more panels: a full refund is granted. You must purchase through the portal and pick up your badge from the Panel Ops, or purchase your badge at the Panel Ops desk, which will have a portal set up to purchase badges through the Sunday of the con. The refund will be sent out en masse after the Con.

What should panelists expect at the con?

Accepted panelists will receive specific details about panelist check-in before the con, but generally you’ll go to Panel Ops to receive your panelist badge and get ready to perform. Panelists check in either in-person or online vai Discord before each panel. Each room is equipped with projector, speakers, and microphones along with access to our on-site IT department to help with technical issues.

We’re excited to offer a couple perks specifically for panelists! During pre-reg check-in, Panel Ops will offer Thursday Night Panel Prep. We’ll have a room prepped so you can hook up your equipment for a brief test-run and make sure everything is working. On Saturday, we’re offering the Panelist Party; an opportunity for the convention to thank its hard-working panelists and create fun and friendships.

What are Featured Panelists?

Every year, we reach out to exceptional panelists with proven performance at our or other conventions and ask for specific content in exchange for comped badges, advanced promotion, preferred scheduling, and other perks only they will find out about. Wow the audience, impress the staff, and you might get an invite for the following year.

If you have any questions, please email us at panels@ohayocon.org.