Q: What is Intervention? What’s with the name?
A: Our name is the combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention” but the significance is deeper than that. The entire idea of this event is to Intervene and Inspire everyone to live a more creative, geeky, and fun life within the welcoming scope of a traditional geek convention. Here is where you can meet, talk with, learn from, and party with the people you see online doing cool things. We have a strong emphasis on Independent artists who use the internet as their main distribution method for their work.
More info on the origins of the con can be found on the About page
Q: When Does the Con Start and End?
A: Intervention 5 starts at Noon on Friday August 22 2014 and ends at 4pm on Sunday August 24th.
Q: What are Vendor Room/Artist Alley Hours?
A: Friday: 2pm to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Q: How big is Intervention?
A: We had over 500 people at the event in our first year (2010), 734 the second, 851 for the third year, and 905 for 2013. We expect at least 25% more this year, and it could go much larger. We have the entire Hilton just for us.
Q: How do I get to Intervention?
A:The directions and hotel information are located here.
Q: I’m an Enabler (I donated money to help fund the event) and saw that you are giving me Wifi Access, how do i connect to it and where is it available?
Enabler Wifi access info will be given to you at the Help/Info Desk when you pick up your Intervention Lanyard and Con Book. Your access is in the event space of Intervention (The space shown on the Intervention Event Layout maps). It is not available in the Hilton hotel rooms, which requires a separate fee. We do request that Enablers not use this connection to download very large files, watch extensive streaming media, or use p2p file sharing networks.
Q: Should I book a room at the hotel?
A: Yes! We have the super-low room rate of $89/night at our event venue the Hilton Rockville (hotel registration link now active!) in Rockville MD.
Q: Are there different Vendor Room/Artist Alley/Dealers Room locations at Intervention 5? How Do I apply to be in the room?
A: We do not have separate rooms for these areas. We are a very indie focused event, so we typically don’t have “dealers” at the event who sell generic items. Most of the vendors at the event are selling their own creations so you will always find unique things for sale. If you want to be in the vendor room you can apply here when the form is available.
Q: Are you making money from this? Why are you holding this event?
A: Intervention is not a for-profit convention. We are run by a volunteer staff. We aren’t doing this to make money – we are doing this because we feel strongly about supporting the scene, offering low cost educational opportunities, and throwing the best party in the northeast.
Q: Are you just for Webcomics?
A: Absolutely not. Webcomics are a big focus of Intervention, but any creator who publishes their work on the internet is welcome and encouraged to contact us. Yes, your podcast about snails in spacesuits is welcome here. :)
Q: What makes you different from other cons?
A: We focus on the internet as a distribution model rather than print. We also emphasize a friendly atmosphere where creators can network, and new creators can learn. Fans are also encouraged to get involved in the creation of the programming.
Q: When was the first Intervention?
A: The first Intervention was held in 2010. 2014 is our fifth year and we will be a yearly for the foreseeable future.
Q: What do Panelists get for being on Panels at Intervention 5?
A: Most of the Panels at Intervention 5 will be comprised of Guest Speakers. A “Panelist” then is the term used for a non-Guest person on a panel. Depending on the number of Panels they are scheduled for (and successfully appear on during the event), Panelists can ask for reimbursement for their original registration costs to the event on the following scale: 1 panel: $10, 2 panels: $20, 3 or more panels: Full original cost reimbursement (note: reimbursements will never exceed the original costs paid to attend the event). Reimbursements will be provided after the end of the event upon request.
Please note though that “Fan Panels” (i.e. panels discussing things from a fan perspective, or non-professional level discussions) are not considered to be part of the above reimbursement system, and members of these types of panels do not qualify for reimbursement. In all cases if in doubt please contact Intervention in advance to confirm your eligibility for reimbursement.