18
Jul

New 2012 Programming Pages Online

Intervention 2012 has posted new content to our online programming pages. Preliminary information has been posted about our LARP events as well as the first round of announcements for what will be showing in our Movie and Video room this year. This year is really shaping up to have a great group of movie and video creators at the event, along with of course our other huge selection of artists and creators.


17
Jul

Intervention 2011 Panel Video: When Sh!t Gets Real, A Conversation With Frustrated Webcomic Artists

Our next Intervention 2011 Panel video is for the panel: Sh!t Gets Real: A conversation with frustrated webcomic artists

Description::(PG-13 for language) A bunch of webcomic regulars sit around and complain for an hour. Cursing will be tallied and encouraged.

Panelists:Jamie Noguchi, Steve Napierski, Darren J. Gendron


16
Jul

Enabler T-Shirt art is revealed!

I am just about done with the Exclusive Limited Edition Enabler T-Shirt. Those who donate $100 or more to “enable” the con will receive this. Your donations are a large factor in us being able to pay for the venue and event running costs. Even if you can’t attend, you can still get the physical items involved with each level. Please click here for more details on how you can help us and get free stuff.

It’s sort of like a Kickstarter, but it’s run in house.

This T-Shirt will be the rarest of them all as it will be made specifically to our numbers of people who donate with only a small number available at the event. If you want to guarantee getting one, it’s best to donate now.

I’ll get started on regular con t-shirt that everyone can buy and the poster. Our regular con t-shirts will be limited, but slightly less rare than this one. We may implement a pre-order system for that to ensure people of all sizes can get one. We are a true grassroots event, and aren’t able to carry a large amount of stock.

BTW, those who are on our Facebook Fan Page and Twitter sometimes get small previews of the works in progress and other breaking news before it hits the site. Please “like” us and follow us on Twitter!


12
Jul

First Pre-Registration Contest Winner

Intervention is happy to announce that Monica Horn is the first winner in our Pre-Registration contest. Monica was chosen by random selection from all of our pre-registered attendees on July 8th. She has chosen a set of Copic Markers as her prize.

There are 3 more opportunities to win in our contest, starting with July 31st, so if you haven’t yet pre-registered for the event, doing so before midnight on July 31st will enter you in the next 3 drawings. So $40 not only gets you into the full weekend of events, but might net you a prize in value anywhere from $50 to over $250, all before you even walk into the door and experience all of the other fun things to do at the event.


09
Jul

5 Questions With Mike Masnick of Techdirt.com


Mike Masnick, who runs the blog Techdirt.com (a Best of the Web thought leader award winner from both Forbes and Business Week), is one of the best online sources for commentary and analysis of the challenges that face online entrepreneurs. Mike is well known for his championing of copyright reform and his strong focus on the notion of innovation and fan/customer interaction being paramount for online success (an example being his formulation of: Connect with Fans (CwF) and give them a Reason to Buy (RtB)).

We really wanted Mike to be at the event this year, but he had other commitments during our scheduled weekend–but he was happy to contribute to our community by answering a few questions (which we are sure will be discussed at the event this year in our many panels and workshops):

Intervention: What, in your opinion, is the current biggest obstacle to online innovation?

MM: Unfortunately, there are a number of obstacles in the way these days, but if I had to narrow it down to a single one, it’s policies that are driven by legacy players, rather than the innovators. It’s tough to innovate when the big legacy companies are working hard to put up as many barriers as possible.

Intervention: If you had to give one piece of advice to a new internet entrepreneur, what would that be?

MM: Figure out what you can disrupt. The most exciting opportunities today are in creating innovation that completely upends existing players — often by breaking down barriers, opening up and providing consumers more value, rather than locking that value up. I’m really impressed by companies that seems to flip the logic of existing industries on their head. Companies like Craigslist and Kickstarter are amazing disrupters in that they focused on providing a much better product, where the economics are totally different. Some have argued that those two companies are “leaving money on the table,” but both are making tons of money. What they’ve done is realize that a more open system that provides greater overall value can be a much better longterm bet.

Intervention:
You often speak on Techdirt about how copyright in the digital/internet age is “broken” and outdated, what can people do right now to help push their governments toward “fixing” the situation?

MM: Speak up. I think in the last year or so, we’ve seen that with people speaking out concerning excesses of copyright law, we’ve been able to push back on bad policy issues like SOPA and ACTA. In the past, we were always told that speaking out was futile, but I think 2012 has shown that’s no longer the case. But there’s still a lot more that needs to be done. So, speak out about where the system is broken.

Intervention: Techdirt is often a first source for people looking for information about copyright and it’s issues and challenges online—where do you look for your information?

MM: All over. Thankfully, these days, lots of great stories come in via submissions. But I also follow a bunch of key Twitter accounts — both of media publications and of certain individuals who just seem really good at finding stuff. I used to use RSS a lot more, but lately I’ve found that between submissions and Twitter I find plenty of news. Glyn Moody (who writes for us) is amazing at highlighting hard to find stories. Professor Michael Scott (who runs the CopyrightLaw twitter feed) turns up interesting stories. Julian Sanchez at the Cato Institute finds really good stories as well. There are certain reporters I pay a lot of attention to as well, including Tim Lee and David Kravetz. For telco issues, no one beats Karl Bode at BroadbandReports. The site TorrentFreak always turns up interesting copyright related stories as well. For patent issues, Joe Mullin is one of my favorite reporters. On privacy issues, Kash Hill does really great work. The folks at OnTheMedia turn up a variety of relevant stories as well.

Intervention: Is there something happening right now that is particularly exciting or innovative that you’d like to point out that people should support?

MM: I’m pretty excited about this new Declaration of Internet Freedom that recently came out — and I’m hopeful that people really do get behind it and support it. I think there’s a real opportunity to be much more proactive on the policy front, rather than defensive, and that’s exciting. (Intervention Editor Note: We’ve officially submitted our support for it)

On the service side, I’m amazed at the success of Kickstarter, but I think in just three years it’s had such a massive impact on a variety of projects, and that impact is growing.

Like many I’m expecting a lot more interesting things to start happening on the mobile side. Obviously the rise of the smartphone (iPhone/Android) has been disruptive, but I still feel like we’re in the first inning there. I’m waiting for the real disruption to break out on the mobile front.

Intervention: Thank you Mike, we appreciate all of your answers and taking the time to contribute to the conversation to be had at this year’s event.

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