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Although winter break is upon us, TechCon is just around the corner. You may be asking, “What is TechCon?” or when is it? As a student who’s attended TechCon for a few years now, I am here to let you in on the inside scoop.
TechCon is a convention style event that hosts smaller activities throughout the day. These activities are brought by Klamath Falls community members and Oregon Tech clubs, programs, and sponsors.
The event is usually held the weekend prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is January 13th–14th from 12pm–10pm on both days. TechCon is mainly hosted in the College Union, but some events may be held in the Athletics building--TechRec. The event is open to the Oregon Tech community and the general public, so there will be a lot of people attending. This year, the entry fee for those who aren’t students is $5. Building off last year's theme of Cyberpunk, this year’s theme is 80’s Sci-Fi!
Returning to TechCon this year is the event’s “banking system” in which you earn credits by attending the events within TechCon. This year’s event will have cosplay competitions, gaming events (ex: videogames/VR, tabletop/card games, casino games, parlor games, etc.), outside community member events, and thematic themes. Like last year, there will be a silent disco/rave. TechCon ‘22 ended with a Synthrave — a silent rave with multiple radio channel options that uses headphones to connect to the music — led by KTEC who provided headphones for students to listen to the music options and enjoy the atmosphere.
Last year, many students worked with their friends to pool credits for the auctions held at the end of each day. One group of students even pooled all of their credits to win an Xbox Series X! It blew my mind how invested these students were, but it definitely goes to show that TechCon is an event to look forward to.
TechCon is definitely an event you most definitely don’t want to miss. I heard through the grapevine that there will be many things to do during this year’s TechCon and that the auction is coming back as well. Although it seems like TechCon is far away, be ready to enjoy all the events and start Winter term off on the right foot!