After reviewing KinTokicon in general, I wanted to focus specifically on their Progeek activities – and what your con can learn from them.
First of all, the convention right off the bat, first year, made sure they had a professional track. They noted it specifically, noted the interest in their audience, and divided up events appropriately. This was a classy and smart move – and it set the stage for future growth.
A lesson to learn here is that to really do a professional track – it helps to kind of just do it. I also think calling it out gave the con a professional atmoshpere.
Secondly there was a nice mix of pro panels to start. I think that's also foundational – you want to mix it up, within the limits of your audience's interests.
Third, they did something I want to see more of – they invited a college of art and design to have a table there. The people were thrilled to be there and got a surprising amount of attention. As I've said, I've seen this done before – but mostly at larger cons. They did this from the start.
Toss on these foundational elements to a con already well-run? Definitely hit one out of the ballpark. I think they showed a lot of promise for the first year, but these two moves show an inclination toward professionalism I want to see more of.
Well, heck, I plan to be back, so I'll be there encouraging it directly.