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I am John D. Bell, your event coordinator for Geeks With Guns.

2017 will be my seventh (!) Penguicon -

  • I was “dragged” to my first one by a fellow author in 2011, and I attended much of the Literature track, including Cat Rambo's workshop.
  • In 2012, I volunteered to lead GwG (even though I hadn't handled a firearm since the mid-70's!), and I attended an assortment of activities in just about all of the tracks.
  • In 2013, I re-started the martial arts track (Action/Adventure), with the very generous assistance of Heather Gutterman and the rest of the staff at Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study.
  • In 2014, I presented in the Tech track, plus “all of the above”.
  • In 2015, James Hice and I kicked of the “Penguicon Robot Build”. I also presented on some Tech track panels.
  • In 2016, I presented on a couple of Tech track panels, continued the “Penguicon Robot Build”, and ….

For 2017, I am going to dial my responsibilities back, and will only coordinate GwG. I'll be attending the annual NTPsec Face-to-Face meeting, helping out on a panel or two, and just otherwise visit with old friends and hang out.

Professionally, I'm a computer systems administrator and (rather out-of-date) open source programmer. I'm trying to become a published SF author (several short stories and two novels in (very slow) progress).

Please do not hesitate to email me with suggestions about how to make GwG (or really, any part of Penguicon) better, or if you have any questions.

See you all in late April!

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