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.
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, worm holes, 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 AM
Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding
Witches and wizards can do many forms of magic. They can easily break the rules of physics by changing shape and size, creating energy and teleporting on a whim. One of the things they cannot do with magic is create witches or wizards. The use of magic is an inherited genetic trait. Here we describe some aspects of the Wizarding gene, explain where muggle-borns and squibs come from and explain why you didn’t get an owl on your 11th birthday.
3/31 - 12:00-12:45 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