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Programming from 4pm - 8pm

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Anthony Jones

Design Process: Game Industry

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones will discuss the process of design in the game industry, from developing concepts to help with production and post production in game development. He will also show examples of concepts and how they make it to the final game through many rounds of iteration and feedback.

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Illustrating Wakanda

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Jabril Power

Lecture and Artist Demonstration. How politics affect Black identity in Art.

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The Academy Group

Flipping the Table: Entrepreneurs Who Do More than Bring a Seat to the Table

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by The Academy Group

We live in a word where talent is ubiquitous, but opportunity is too scarce and concentrated, leaving out exceptional young people and perpetuating social inequality and limiting the potential of the American economy. Too often, brilliant, creative, and entrepreneurial minds are not provided the access, exposure, or acumen they need to become economic change agents. Join the Academy Group and a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs from Chicago and beyond in a discussion about what it takes to build wealth and transform society. These leaders – who represent fashion to finance – share their stories of getting a seat at the table…and then flipping it.

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Black Panther & Biomimicry: How to Innovate like Wakandans through Nature Inspired Design

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Billy Almon

In this talk from designer and 'Storyteller of Nature’s Awesomeness' Billy Almon, learn more about Biomimicry, how it manifests in the Black Panther mythos, see real world examples, and discover how turning to nature for inspiration might help with your next project or venture.

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Matt Damon Improv

Wakandaprov Friday

Friday at 4:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Angie Oliver

This guided improvisational theater and writing workshop that will incorporate “fill-in-the-blank” story mapping, improv, and group collaboration to direct students in creating their own superhero story narrative. Lead by the women of Matt Damon Improv, an all woman of color improv group in Chicago.

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STEM Panel Hosted by Negro Justice League

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Dena Cherry-Brown

The Negro Justice League will be hosting a panel of young progressions working in various STEM fields such as epidemiology, pharmacy, and engineering. The purpose of the panel is to raise awareness about African Americans in STEM and provide information about different career fields.

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Wakandacon networking

Educators Networking

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with fellow educators!

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STEM, Entrepreneurship & Wealth in the Black Community

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Aja McClanahan

Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.

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Sisterhood through the Wakandan Lens: Nakia & Okoye & Nettie & Celie

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Leslie Mac

Join this panel of dope Black women discussing how sisterhood showed up on the big screen in Black Panther and the links between these connections between Black women in pop culture and media extend into our real lives as Sisters in the fight for Black Liberation.

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Dreaming of Black Ecologies

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley

Environmentalism (as a political project) has continued to erase Black women's voices. Join Chelsea Frazier and Michael Riley for a conversation about why Black women environmental visual artists, writers, and community organizers are consistently being erased or ignored in environmental conversations despite being on the front-lines as the first to respond to various environmental catastrophes.

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Mark Willis

Jabari Stunt Workshop with Mark Willis

Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Mark Willis

Move like a member of the Jabari Tribe and learn actual stunts and fight choreography from Black Panther Actor and Oak Park Native, Mark Willis. 16+

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Kenyatta Forbes

Games as Social Justice

Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Kenyatta Forbes

This panel brings together experts in the social justice and gaming to discuss the impact gaming has on raising awareness, changing behavior, or other inequalities. How might gaming be a tool for social, political, and cultural change? Join the conversation with these panelists as they share their work and take questions from the audience.

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Using the Spirit of Black Panther to Promote Peace in the Hood

Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Clarence Hogan

Invoke the spirit of The Black Panther by recalling the contributions Black people have made to the world by looking to the past to learn more about our future. In turn, we hope to encourage participants to become Peace Makers that use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to promote peace in our communities.

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Imagining Inclusive Futures

Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Sami Schalk

What kind of future do you want to live in? This panel of academics, activists and fans will address how creating and consuming speculative media, especially that created by and focused on marginalized people, can help us imaging more inclusive and just futures.

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Jessica Esquivel

Life as a Physicist: Studying the World's Most Elusive Particles

Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Dr. Jessica Esquivel is a recent Ph.D graduate in Physics and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermilab. Dr. Esquivel is one of fewer than ~150 black women with a Ph.D in Physics in the United States. She is on the Muon g-2 experiment studying the electron’s heavier brother, the muon. Fermilab explores the universe at the smallest and largest scales in order to study the fundamental particles and forces that govern the universe. This presentation will discuss groundbreaking work being done at Fermilab and Jessica’s path to becoming a physicist.

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Professor Anthony Jackson

The Mysteries of Electricity

Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Professor Anthony Jackson

Wakandacon youth participants ages 9-14 will enjoy Professor Jackson’s fun workshop, designed to demystify electricity   highlight its properties, showing how it fits into the world of technology. Using Tesla coil capacitor basics and the Van de Graaff generator, Professor Jackson will increase understanding of electricity, the force that stands at the center of modern technology. Professor Jackson currently serves as a technology consultant and is a lifelong technology innovator and enthusiast and has earned degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from University of Illinois and Governor State University. He is currently collaborating with the Cousins Empowered Optimist Club of Chicago to provide youth coding skill development.

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Wakandacon networking

Entrepreneurs Networking

Friday at 6:30 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!

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Next Big Thing

Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Courtney & Dara

2 dope techies bring their live show to Chicago with plenty #blackgirlmagic spotlightting #millennials of color in media tech & entrepreneurship

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Wakandacon networking

Tech Networking

Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon A Room 4

Come meet and mingle with fellow technologists, hackers, makers, developers and enthusiasts!

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CMASJ

Activism Button Making w/ Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice

All Weekend

Dedicated to exhibiting the artwork of youth alongside working artists in order to promote social change. Join CMASJ as they lead attendees in creating activism buttons that raise awareness for a cause in order to push for change. Participants will be encouraged to use their creativity to design and reflect on social issue that they are most passionate about.

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CMASJ

Earth 2 art installation from Springtime on Neptune exhibition w/ CMASJ

All Weekend

The Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice presents Earth 2: a series of drawings created by artists, ages 7-15, of their imagined futuristic worlds. Students participated in discussions around the distant future- what would people wear? Where would they live? How would they get around? How might people relate with one another? The act of such intense imagining alters not just the possibilities of what can be far in the future, but also helps us see what we can alter in our current world as well. The sourced images that served as a starting point for the artists are from Nasa's images archive.

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Dance Characters

Dance Characters

All weekend

Dance Characters prides itself on creating tender, memorable moments with families by providing professionally and/or extensively trained dancers to entertain guests through interactive dance, music, games, and fun. Dance Characters was founded by an inner city youth who had dreams of spreading smiles through the magic of dance. Come meet, dance, and play with them in Wakandacon's Kid's Room!

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Wakandacon Gaming Tournament

All weekend

Salon B

Hosted by I Play Games!

We're excited to partner with I Play Games! to bring head-to-head video gaming to Wakandacon! I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Click here for weekend gaming schedule.

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Earn and Share Cryptocurrency at Wakandacon

All Weekend

Wakandacon partners with Wacoinda, the fastest growing economic group on Facebook devoted to the eradication of ecomonomic oppression everywhere! We will be highlighting Wacoinda’s "Garvey" as the Official Cryptocurrency of Wakandacon, and all attendees to Wakandacon will be able to learn about and earn the cryptocurrency for free. Click on "Learn More" below to discover more about crypto, learn how to get your own wallet, and prepare to earn and share Garveys at Wakandacon!

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Mobile Makers

Mobile Makers

All weekend

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.

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Mark Willis

Actor Mark Willis is coming home to appear at Wakandacon! He is originally from Oak Park, IL and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. He was a part of Black Panther as a Jabari Warrior, and did stunts in the film. He has also appeared in a variety of shows such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens, and Empire. Follow him on Twitter and IG at @marquillis33.

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Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander is best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show and Maxine Shaw on Living Single. She has won numerous awards for her work on Living Single, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Alexander has starred in season 2 of the Amazon original drama, Bosch, as Constance Irving. In 2017 she played Detective Latoya in the critically acclaimed horror film Get Out.

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Anita Nicole Brown

Actress on various commercials, movies and TV shows, such as film The Gag Date, where she also serves as Producer, and Pieces of David where she plays the character Diane. She is also the spokesperson for Type One Diabetes.

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Angela Cobb

Co-owner of Deep Productions Studios. She is a writer and casting director whose credits include Pieces of David, London Mitchell's Christmas, and Black Privilege.

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Eric Lane

Best known for R. Kelly's hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, as the character Twan, from Chapter 7 and on. He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep with Tyrese and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE, based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role of Frank, in the Fox television series Rel as well as the character Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney.

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Lawrence Lee Wallace

Founder of the film and TV Production company Deep Productions Studios, CORP. Works include Marvel Comics Night Thrasher:RAVE, Amazon’s The Girls & Rodney, and the animated film Malevolent, starring the voices of Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Deadpool) and William Shatner (Star Trek and more).

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Cynda Williams

Cynda Williams is an actress, known for One False Move (1992), and Mo’ Better Blues (1990). Singer of the hit song "Harlem Blues." She is also the author of the book Pink Pantie Confessions. She plays Detective Elaine in the film Pieces of David (2018).

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