Give to the Max Day 2020

Did you know that CONsole Room is created by Console Room Events, a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization? We are a completely volunteer-run event and our funding comes entirely from ticket sales for our event and generous donations from people like you.

While our 8th annual convention will be virtual and free for all to attend (please read the full announcement on our website), there are still some costs involved. We are using Give to the Max day on Thursday, November 19 – a day dedicated to supporting nonprofits throughout Minnesota – to help share some insight and awareness around CONsole Room and what we have been working on to share with this wonderful growing community. As we head into the final months of planning before the 2021 convention, we ask that you consider supporting our local convention in any way you are able to so that we can continue to bring you the best Doctor Who convention, and ongoing community engagement, that we can.

How to Get Involved:

  • Visit our Give to the Max donation page to gift a tax deductible donation to Console Room Events. Any amount is helpful, and we’ve made some special digital thank you gifts just for you that you can use during our virtual convention in January!
    • Tip: Don’t forget your passport! Get a peek at – and a head start on – some of the January fun we have planned by finding this special image on our organization page.
    • Learn more about Give to the Max Day by visiting the GiveMN website.
  • Tune in for a LIVE discussion on Facebook with the CONsole Room co-chairs, Jason and Amber, on Thursday, November 19 at 7PM central time to get a peek into what’s ahead for CONsole Room 2021 and to ask any questions you have about the upcoming virtual event!
  • Consider becoming a CONsole Room volunteer! Our volunteer interest form is always available on our website.
  • Spread the word! Invite friends and family to the CONsole Room 2021 event on Facebook, follow us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube), share what you’re most looking forward to at our 2021 event using #CONsoleRoom2021, and more.

CONsole Room 2021 is Going Virtual

2020 has been an unpredictable year and we know all of you have been anxious to hear updates from us about CONsole Room 2021. The health and safety of our volunteers, attendees, and guests are of the utmost importance to us and our convention committee has been working hard to determine a way forward that not only allows us to host our convention in a safe way but also continues to support this thriving community.

To that end, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to host CONsole Room 2021 online.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to many of you. However, we are living through extraordinary times that require extraordinary actions and we know this is the right decision.

While we will not be together in person, our goal is to create a vibrant digital world filled with the same inclusive, community-driven experience you’ve come to expect from our events! Our team has spent the last several weeks and months working to determine how to bring the robust experiences you love into a virtual space as well as make sure all of our legal and official obligations were taken care of. We appreciate your patience while we made sure all of the right boxes were checked before announcing our change to a virtual space!

We know this announcement will spark a lot of questions for all of you. Answers to many of these questions, such as REGISTRATION, VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES, PANEL SIGN-UPS, and more can be found below or on their respective pages on our website. If you still have questions, please reach out to chairperson@console-room.com.

When will CONsole Room 2021 be?
CONsole Room will still be held over three days on January 15-17, 2021.

Where will CONsole Room 2021 be?
We plan to use a variety of digital platforms, including YouTubeDiscordFacebook, and our own website, to give all attendees a way to interact with the information in the way that works best for them. More information will be shared as the dates get closer.

What can I expect to see at CONsole Room 2021?
We will be including virtual versions of much of the same well-rounded content you can see at our in-person convention, including live panelsguestsConSuite, an escape roomvendor spaces, and more!

How do I register for CONsole Room 2021?
While registration will not be required to access all parts of the convention, it will be available at a later date to grant you access to the full convention experience. Please note that registration will be free for all attendees.

What about my hotel room?
If you have a hotel reservation for our convention it will not be automatically cancelled or postponed. Please contact the hotel directly to manage your reservation.

Thank you for creating an online space for us! How can I continue to show support for CONsole Room?

Did you know CONsole Room is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization? While we will be sharing a full weekend virtual experience for free, there will still be some costs associated with hosting the event. We have made it easy for you to gift CONsole Room with a tax-deductible donation, if you choose. You have our wholehearted thanks for your continued support!
 

If you pre-registered for CONsole Room 2021 at our 2020 convention, you have the following options:

  • TRANSFER REGISTRATION (DEFAULT): Your 2021 registration will automatically transfer to 2022 unless you contact us to use a different option. Your registration type for CONsole Room 2022 will not change.
  • DONATE REGISTRATION: You can choose to donate what you paid for your 2021 registration to CONsole Room. Your donation will be tax-deductible and you will need to register separately for CONsole Room 2022 when registration opens for that year.
  • REFUND REGISTRATION: You can choose to request a full refund of your CONsole Room 2021 registration. You will need to register separately for CONsole Room 2022 when registration opens for that year.

If you choose to DONATE or REFUND your 2021 registration, please contact registration@console-room.com no later than November 30. If you do not contact us by November 30 your registration will automatically roll over to CONsole Room 2022.

Please note that all who pre-registered for CONsole Room 2021 will still need to register separately for our virtual convention when registration opens regardless of your decision above.

Calling all panelists! Sign-ups are OPEN for virtual panels. Take a look at our list of panel suggestions for 2021 on the PROGRAMMING PAGE on our website, then fill out our PANELIST INTEREST FORM if you are interested in becoming a panelist. Our Programming team will contact you soon with further details about how to sign up for specific panels and how we are supporting virtual panels, discussions, and workshops this year.

Please note that we are working to accommodate multiple options for virtual programming, including LIVE PANELSPRE-RECORDED PANELS, and LIVE DISCUSSIONS. Please note that all live panels will utilize either Zoom or Discord. Pre-recorded panels can be recorded on your own device or recorded with our assistance through Zoom.

If you are interested in participating in a panel but are unfamiliar with any of these tools, don’t fret! We will be scheduling time prior to the convention to help you connect and learn the tools, if needed.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

We will have a virtual DEALERS ROOMARTIST ALLEY, and ART SHOW.

The ART SHOW will only be hosted on Discord. Further details about the Art Show and how to participate will be announced in the coming weeks.

Our vendor spaces (DEALERS ROOM and ARTIST ALLEY) are FREE and will include a presence on both our website and in Discord. Further details about the spaces can be found on the VENDOR PAGE on our website.

If you are a Dealer or Artist who is interested in participating in our virtual convention, please fill out our VENDOR INTEREST FORM now for consideration in one of our virtual vendor rooms.

We have loved creating and sharing ongoing opportunities this year for this community to gather and share our love of this fandom in a digital space.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the events or information, you can:

Full details, updates, and replays of past events are being shared both on social media and on our website as they are available.

TARDIS Tour #3 Coming to a Virtual Space Near You

Our TARDIS Tours have been an exhilarating way to spend a day with fellow Doctor Who fans in Minnesota for the past two years. While COVID is keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re excited to be bringing the TARDIS’ to you in this new, virtual format.

Don’t leave the breaks on! Our #WhoItYourself LIVE event “TARDIS Day” starts at 9AM central time on Saturday, July 11. Take a journey with us on the CONsole Room Facebook page and Twitter throughout the day as we travel virtually to TARDIS’ all around Minnesota. New TARDIS’ will materialize every 15 minutes, with activities and snack breaks built in, just like the real deal!

TIP: Follow along with our EXPLORER TRAVEL LOG to make sure you get the most out of your digital travels!

Then join us for a LIVE Meet & Greet/Q&A with the TARDIS owners at 4PM, streaming on our YouTube channel and on the CONsole Room Facebook page, to learn about their TARDIS journeys and ask questions.