Progress Report 3


This progress report is intended to provide and link to information that will help you make the most of your time in Detroit, and plan your trip as well as your Detcon1 experience. At this time the detailed program schedule is available online. It is also available here as a PDF to download and print out.


Online registration is available. Rates reflect our at-the-door rates. But you can save time in line and allow us to plan better by registering in advance. Online registration closes on July 11. There are still free memberships available through the FANtastic Detroit Fund; if finances are stopping you from attending, apply today!

Online Pre-registration closes July 11 at 11:59 pm EDT.

At-the Door Registration will be in the Foyer of the Ontario Exhibit Hall on the 3rd floor of the Renaissance Center, clockwise around the central elevator column from the Marriott Hotel Lobby.

Onsite Registration will be open:

    Wednesday 3 – 8 pm
    Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
    Friday 9 am – 9 pm
    Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
    Sunday 9 am – 1 pm

After hours pre-registered badge pick-up will be in Ops. If someone needs a new registration after hours, they will be able to get a consuite pass good for one evening at Ops.


Detcon1 will be held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. This hotel is completely sold out, including suites. You can, if you want, join the waiting list for the Marriott by filling out this form.

Our overflow hotels are the Courtyard by Marriott across the street from the RenCen, also currently sold out, and the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, which is half a mile away. For more information and a link to make a reservation at the Crowne Plaza, see the Hotel Reservations page.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact and to help us arrange for your best accommodation.


Getting to Detcon1 – information on airport shuttle reservation and different travel options.
If you will be getting to Detcon1 in a car, we also have driving directions and parking information.

Travel Advisory for Thursday: The Vice President will be speaking at Cobo Hall at 3:30; road closures and alternate routes will be posted to the driving directions page as soon as we know them on Thursday.

Help Wanted!

Did you know you can earn your membership $ back through volunteering? It’s true! Volunteers has posted some descriptions of what you can do to help out at the con. Sign up at Ops in the Exhibit Hall Foyer, or contact right now!

Program and Events

The Programming Schedule online. There is also an Event Schedule page that provides an overview of major events and convention area hours.

With over 250 guests and participants, and more than 10 rooms in use, Detcon1 will follow in the fine Michigan tradition of programming… lots of programming! Options range from the spotlight items featuring our Guests of Honor to panels on SFF in its many forms to readings, kaffeeklatsches, and hands-on learning.

Of special note: Opening Ceremonies (Thursday 8pm), Mass Autographing & Reception (sponsored by SFWA, Friday at 8pm), Detroit Dance (Friday), Slumber Party with Off The Beaten Path Books (Friday), Video Games with Jon Davis (Saturday), Art Auction, Masquerade and Literary Awards (Saturday), ’80s Dance with DJScalzi (Saturday), Gaming Room (all days, run by UCon), Film Festival (Thursday-Saturday, presented by The Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival), Tai Chi with Steve Barnes (Saturday & Sunday).

Book discussion groups will feature Arthur C. Clarke’s A City in the Stars and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, so read those ahead of time, then come join in.

Costumers! The theme category will be Motown 3000 – what will Detroit look like in the year 3000? Show us! See the Masquerade Guide (pdf) for details.

What Will be Where?

We have a preliminary set of Maps showing Detcon1’s use of RenCen spaces (.pdf).
Also, check out our wayfinding guide, Getting Around Detcon1 (.pdf).

Program Ops & Green Room will be in Joliet B on the 5th Floor of the RenCen. Most programming will be located on the 5th and 3rd floors.

The Film Festival will be shown in space on the East side of the 1st floor, next to Gaming. The fabulous schedule includes a short film written by Author GoH Steven Barnes and his wife Tananarive Due. They will be present to introduce the film and do a short Q&A afterward. Check out the whole schedule! Film Festival Program Guide (.pdf)

Gaming will be 24-hour, from 3 pm Thursday to 3 pm Sunday. The Gaming space will be on the 1st floor next to the Film Festival room.

The Consuite will be on the 69th floor, in RM 6918. Drinks and snacks will be available there around the clock.

All parties will be on the 68th and 69th floors, which are completely booked. Parties will be listed in the pocket program and newsletter. Awards will be given by the concom at Closing Ceremonies for: Best Drink, Best Food, Best Decorations, and – of course – Best Overall Party. Looking for a place to get party supplies? Here’s a list of Grocery Stores (.pdf) in the area.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall (which includes the Dealers room, the Art Show, the Artist & Authors Alley, and the Fanzine Lounge) will be open the following hours:

    Thursday 4 – 8 pm
    Friday 11 am – 8 pm
    Saturday 10 am – 6 pm (Art Show closes at 5 pm to prepare for Art Auction at 7 pm)
    Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm

Panel space is still available in the Art Show but going fast (tables are sold out). Please send in the Art Show Forms to reserve your space ASAP!

Other Things To Do

There are many great places to eat in Detroit – highlights and detailed info are available on the Restaurant Guide (.pdf).

Two scheduled outings require registration in advance – a special Planetarium show and a Tigers Game (sign-up may also happen at the Info desk at-con if space is available).

We have also provided a guide to Things to Do while you’re here in the big D.


Please review the Detcon1 Code of Conduct before your arrival.

Detcon1 Memberships are non-refundable but fully transferable. After July 14 transfers may only be submitted in person at the convention registration desk, with a signed document providing details of the transfer.