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Future Con: Where Science Meets Science Fiction 

Smithsonian magazine and Awesome Con are excited to debut Future Con, a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration inside Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 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.

Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including…

  • John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope)

  • Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission)

  • Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)

Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include:

  • Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn

  • Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi

  • Mars: Past, Present, & Future

  • Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding

  • Antarctic Dinosaurs

  • Space Lasers

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend! Look for more details coming soon!

The future is here! The future is now! The future is Future Con!