SETICon II is going to be bigger and better with speakers from both the scientific and science fiction community.
About SETICon I - First-Ever Public Convention Focused on the Search for Life in the Universe in Science Fact and Science Fiction
Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara, California, the SETI Institute sponsored a fascinating educational and outreach event, attended by almost 800 people from all around the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and the nation. The event brought together noted scientists, science fiction writers, science pundits, amateur astronomers, teachers, and hundreds of people with an interest in the question of life beyond our planet.
In addition to the various science and science fiction panels, there were special programs for families and for educators, organized by the Institute’s Director of Education, Edna DeVore. A special guest on the opening night was Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who has worked with Nobel Laureate George Smoot and the SETI Institute’s Jill Tarter on a fascinating composition called “Rhythms of the Universe”. Hart introduced a preview showing of this work-in-progress for members of TeamSETI, the organization that supports the important work of the Institute.
On Saturday evening, there was a gala banquet to honor SETI pioneer (and first Institute President) Frank Drake on the 50th anniversary of the first SETI experiment, Project OZMA.
SETIcon benefited the non-profit SETI Institute, and its programs in science and education. In 2010 the Institute celebrated its 25th year of scientific research and public outreach. Plans for SETIcon II are in the works.