Where Science Meets Science Fiction
March 30-April 1, 2018
Smithsonian magazine and Awesome Con are excited to announce the 2nd annual Future Con, a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration inside Awesome Con on March 30-April 1, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center! Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside DC’s largest pop culture event! Future Con is part of Awesome Con, and an Awesome Con badge will get you access to Future Con’s guests, booths, and events.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
Friday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
(Friday & Saturday programming runs until 10:00pm)
Intergalactic to Planetary: Science Fiction to Science Fact
We’ve dreamed of jumping to light speed, traveling through worm holes and colonizing distant planets and galaxies. Come discover what it really takes to make these dreams a reality and what is happening now that might surprise you as to how real these concepts are for current and future space exploration.
3/30 - 6:30-7:15 PM
The Science Behind Mad Science
In a panel on the “Science behind Mad Science”, X’s Rich DeVaul will reveal how the moonshot factory brings science fiction sounding technologies such as driverless cars and balloon-powered internet to life. He’ll unveil some never-before-seen explorations and explain why the secret sauce to innovation is free.
3/31 - 12:00-1:00 PM
Tachyons to Warp Drives: Astrophysics of Star Trek
Dr. Erin Macdonald is back at AwesomeCon to geek out about the astrophysics behind Star Trek and learn some science! We’re going to discuss the science of warp drives, wormholes, tachyons, as well as some favorite episodes. All level of Trekkies are welcome, but we will be discussing science from all of the series, so beware of spoilers!
3/31 - 9:00-9:45 PM
Lost In Space Exclusive Screening and Discussion: The Future of Space Travel
Netflix presents an exclusive first episode screening of its upcoming original series Lost in Space premiering April 13 worldwide. The screening will be followed by a special talk with scientists and Lost in Space Executive Producers/Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless as they discuss themes of the show in the context of space travel, space exploration, and the possibility of finding life (or the Robot) in the universe. How close are we to seeing the world depicted in Lost in Space?
3/31 ‐ 1:15-2:45 PM
'Leaving Earth: Or How to Colonize a Planet'
Stephen Hawking hosts this exploration of the newest breakthroughs in the quest to colonize space. Hawking claims space migration is vital to the existence of our species – and examines new and developing technology that might soon get us living off-planet.
3/31 - 5:00-6:00 PM
The Tech of the Batmobile
An investigation into Batman’s famous vehicle! Join comic creators in conversation with engineers and experts on the tech of the Batmobile. This conversation will look at the car’s evolution over time, it’s gadgets, and technology, discussing what’s real, what’s not, and what’s on the verge of possibility.
4/1 - 12:30-1:15 PM