Geek Partnership Society (GPS)
The Geek Partnership Society is CONvergence Events Premier Partner. The main points or partnership include:
- Convergence Events, Inc. continues to donate to MISFITS not less than $25,000 each year.
- Both CONvergence Events, Inc. and GPS will encourage their attendees, members and site visitors to participate in the events and programs of the other partner organization.
Convergence and GPS also agreed in May to an additional pledge of money from Convergence toward a new, shared space. This new combined space will include offices, storage, and multifunction rooms for events and activities of both organizations. The new offices will be located in the Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson Street in Minneapolis.
IPR (Institute of Production & Recording)
IPR (Institute of Production & Recording) is a Minnesota college offering programs in the applied visual arts, production arts and entertainment business.
Founded in July of 2012, Fearless Comedy Productions consists of 12 founding members and 8 partner companies, including such CONvergence favorites as The Dregs, Geeks Without God, and Vilification Tennis. As the connecting hub for a variety of different partner companies, Fearless is able to produce comedy in many different genres, including internet content, podcasts, music, video, and theater. The company strives to produce comedy without limits and to help each performer and producer find their unique voice.
Community Sponsored Group or Event
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is an 87-year old, African American nonprofit social service agency that comes out of the Settlement House movement. The mission of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership in five core areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Enrichment, Basic Needs, Seniors and Multiservice Hub Center.
A primary element is the introduction and integration of a geeky focus into the Youth Enrichment and Basic Needs areas. HQB utilizes its program Project Superhero to engage at-risk youth with finding positive paths in life and all youth in literacy and civic engagement. Comic book clubs, personal hero development classes and the major theme of “Be A Hero in the Fight Against Hunger” that includes Hallie’s Heroes, League of Hunger Villiains and HungerCon. Patterned after events like CONvergence and Comic Con, HungerCon is a half day event for everyone involved in the March Campaign or interested in hunger relief while being fans of Superheroes, Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media. This is the first of its kind and features contests, costumes, vendors, exhibitors and most off all, the success of the March Campaign. A CONvergence-like event to help fight hunger in MN!
Now in its thirteenth season, Maximum Verbosity (spearheaded by playwright, poet, and storyteller phillip andrew bennett low, along with many collaborators) continues to produce work in a wide variety of mediums including books, plays, and storytelling, and genres including comedy, drama, and general audience discomfort. Maximum Verbosity productions are marked with a special focus on the intersection of language (big words), mythology (Sun Wu-Kong, Dionysos, and JLA kinda stuff), and parentheses (and parentheses within parentheses (where necessary)). Check out what’s going on with Maximum Verbosity at any given moment on maximumverbosityonline.org.
Anime Twin Cities/Anime Detour
By virtue of working with GPS on that shared space, CONvergence Events is proud to be in a closer relationship with Anime Detour and their parent organization, Anime Twin Cities, who contributed a substantial sum of money to GPS for the project.
Con of the North
Con of the North is the Twin Cities’ longest running games convention, providing a variety of gaming experiences from role-playing to board games and computer games.
JOFs are Journeymen of Fandom, including Journeywomen, Journeypersons, Journeybots, Journeyfolk, Journeyfen, Journeyworkers, & Journeyplatypi. JOFCon is a group dedicated to learning and sharing about convention/event running and planning. When interacting in this group please try to remember that your way is not the only way. There are a vast number of solutions to just about any problem a on needs to solve, and it’s likely been done many ways in the past. Do not mistake your experience for the One True Fannnish Way.
What’s funnier than watching other people sling coarse insults at each other? Nothing, except maybe your mom . That’s right, Vilification Tennis is not ashamed of “going there”. Learn more about Vilification Tennis at www.vilificationtennis.com or come and see them perform sometime at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
HUGE Improv Theater
The HUGE Improv Theater is an artist-led company dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities improv community through performance and education. Convergence donated to HUGE Improv Theater during their fundraising campaign to secure a space for their productions.
My Sucky Teen Romance by Emily M. Hagins
My Sucky Teen Romance is a film by CONvergence Guest of Honor alum Emily M. Hagins. Convergence is happy to support both a former Guest and a young filmmaker by contributing $1000 as a “Sucky Benefactor” toward the production of this project.
Stand Up! Records
Home of some of the best stand-up comedians on the planet, our partnership with Dan Schlissel and the folks at Stand Up! Records ensure the laughter at Harmonic CONvergence and Mainstage is overflowing…and they throw a wicked-fun room party! Please check out their talents and be sure to tell them how much you are glad they play in our sandbox.
Convergence Events is proud to be a non-profit and public charity. Many individuals and organizations make donations that provide a great deal of help with our efforts and ability to provide the services we do. Below are some of our donators thought certainly not all. Convergence Events is very thankful to all of our donators.
The AmazonSmile Foundation
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.
Mobile Beacon has donated internet equipment and given significantly discounted service to Convergence Events for our connection needs at various events, community functions, and locations. Mobile Beacon is dedicated to the reselling of Clear to non-profits. Clear has merged now with Sprint and Convergence Events is greatful that Sprint has decided to continue to honor the Mobile Beacon initiative.
SurveyMonkey has donated a significant discount for the use of the “Gold” version of their online survey solution to Convergence Events for use in collecting feedback and public opinion.
Microsoft has donated much of their office suite, operating systems, and other services to Convergence Events for our needs and presentations.
Adobe has donated their Acrobat, Creative Suites, and other products to Convergence Events for use in our publications and distributions.
Intuit has donated their Quickbooks Desktop Premium Non-Profit version and their Quickbooks Online Pro service to Convergence Events for use in our financial needs.