Labor Day weekend in Atlanta is busy. There are several metro-area events attended by thousands of people from around the country. Sports fans can check out the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game. If you’re looking for family-friendly options Stone Mountain Park will host its annual laser and fireworks show, but what about the tech enthusiasts of Atlanta?
Whether it’s the costumes, the parade, or maybe the extra traffic on the roads, you’ve probably heard of Dragon Con. The convention started in 1987 with about 1,200 fans in attendance. Since then, Dragon Con has grown to over 77,000 attendees as of 2016. So tech fans, why buy a ticket? Dragon Con is much more than just a place to dress like Wonder Woman or buy Doctor Who fan art. Not only are there fan tracks for Horror, Paranormal, Puppetry and Fantasy enthusiasts but there are also tracks for Science, Robotics and the Electronic Frontier.
At the robotics forums, you will get an introduction to high-voltage toy making, discuss the Microsoft HoloLens, learn to build a battling robot, and if you are still interested, you can watch these robots fight to the death in front of your very eyes. Check out the Science Track and learn about Graphene, the carbon based super structure, or the Higgs Boson, the particle discovered in 2012. Sit in on discussions with geneticists, chemists and NASA scientists about reversing extinction or things that were once considered impossible, and how they have become a reality.
Still not convinced? The Electronic Frontier Track digs into a different side of technology; Funding Tech Startups, Net Neutrality, Privacy Laws and much more. If you are part of Women in Technology (WIT), then the Women in Science and Tech Careers panel is something that might interest you. Take advantage of what the convention has to offer – learn something new, meet people that share your interests and enjoy this Labor Day tradition. Go for the technology and check out a puppet show too.
Dragon Con runs from September 1st to September 4th with panels and events starting as early as 7:00 am and lasting well past midnight. You can order tickets in advance online or at the door. Buy a single day pass or a pass for the entire weekend. For prices and information visit www.dragoncon.org, www.robotics.dragoncon.org, www.science.dragoncon.org and www.eff.dragoncon.org.