Guidelines

Presentation Proposals

UPDATE: Proposals for Doxacon Seattle 2023 will be accepted from 12:01am on October 1, 2022 until 11:59pm on Novemeber 30, 2022. To submit, please send a proposal to submissions@doxaconseattle.com.

We are looking for dynamic, engaging speakers, panels, and workshop leaders to lead sessions at Doxacon Seattle 2023! You may take inspiration from our theme (“Pilgrims, Travelers, and Wanderers: What is Home?”), or from any area you see popular culture and Christian faith interacting in your life. We encourage hands-on workshops or even one-shot game sessions to apply, as well as presenters and/or panels on a topic.

Ideal presentations will:

  • Explore an aspect of geek subculture (including books, films, art, games, etc.) in relation to Christian faith, history, or practice
  • Engage convention attendees from various fandoms and Christian backgrounds
  • Adhere to common-sense standards for all-ages content
  • Maintain a respectful tone when discussing opposing viewpoints

Sessions will generally last about one hour. Individual presentations and Panels should leave time for questions and answers from conference participants. Workshops and Game Sessions should leave time for clean-up.

Please include the following information in your proposal:

  1. Your legal name
  2. Contact information, minimally email address and phone number
  3. Your pen name, stage name, or alias (if different from your legal name)
  4. The title of your proposed presentation
  5. A short (one or two paragraphs) description of your presentation, including:
    • The topic of your presentation
    • The format (talk, panel, workshop, game) of your presentation
    • Any materials or media technology you’ll need for your presentation
  6. A short (one paragraph) biography of yourself (and any additional panelists), including any experience or qualifications you would like us to know about.

Most proposals are about one side of a page long.

Doxacon Seattle welcomes presenters from all backgrounds. Doxacon Seattle is produced BY Christian geeks FOR geeks interested in Christianity; we welcome anyone with an interest in Christian theology and traditions and in geek popular culture to join us and to submit a presentation proposal, regardless of religious affiliation or practice. We only ask that you represent people from backgrounds other than your own accurately and charitably.

Please note that we will be recording presentation sessions, and making these recordings available to the public. If you choose not to have your presentation published or distributed, please let the conference organizers know as soon as possible.

Vendors

We are looking for vendors of artwork, clothing and cosplay, books and other media, etc. Christian, religious, and spiritual themed materials are welcome, but there is no requirement to have Christian content or to be Christian oneself.

This is a family-friendly convention, so please keep display materials in the region of PG-13. Please look over our website to see if we would be a good fit for you and your work. While we do not require materials sold to be explicitly Christian or spiritual—indeed, we love all our fandoms!—we are looking for vendors whose style and tone work well with our audience.

If you are interested in being a vendor for Doxacon Seattle, please send us an email at vendors@doxaconseattle.com. We’ll get back to you with more details, and answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Attendance & COVID Policies

Doxacon Seattle is an all-ages, family-friendly event. We welcome anyone interested in Christianity, geek culture, or both, to attend. We ask that you help us to make this event both fun and safe for all. We ask that you wear your name badge at all times while attending the convention, and that you follow the published regulations of Brightwater Center.

Because we continue to face the COVID pandemic, we will follow all State, County, and venue policies for public safety. Because the situation may change rapidly, the policy may change at any time. We will do our best to communicate any changes as quickly as possible.

Cosplay

At Doxacon Seattle, we welcome our participants’ creativity and enthusiasm by inviting all to engage in cosplay. Our cosplay policy is simple: If you feel comfortable wearing your cosplay in front of your priest or pastor and the children of your parish, it should be fine and we’d love to see it.

In practical terms, we ask that your cosplay not be revealing, and that all cosplay demonstrates engagement in community by being mindful of and sensitive to others. If you’re debating with yourself whether parts of your cosplay might be questionable, maybe add a few accessories or make a new winter-themed version!