What is the exact date of MicroCon 2023?
That’s kind of a trick question this year because instead of there being only one single MicroCon event for 2023, there are *two* events: one in the USA and one in Belgium.
The first (and arguably the “main”) event will be in Joliet, Illinois (outside of Chicago) on Saturday, July 1st with pre and post conference events starting on June 29th and ending on July 2nd. The only day you would really *have* to be in Joliet is on Saturday for the conference and evening white-tie gala, but past attendees have really enjoyed the pre-conference diplomatic events and the post-conference activities.
The second event will be in Ypres, Belgium on August 12, 2023. There will be fewer organized pre- and post-conference events, but there are many things to do and see in and around Ypres that will make arriving early and staying later worth your while.
When is the LAST DAY to register to attend?
Registration for BOTH events closes on May 15, 2023. The special rate at the hotel for the Chicago MicroCon ends on May 9th. We may be able to accommodate late registrations for attendance, but the special rate at the hotel definitely ends on May 9th and regular hotel rates are expected to be higher than normal the weekend of MicroCon because there is a NASCAR race in Chicago at the same time.
Do I need a ticket to attend MicroCon events?
Yes, tickets are required to attend MicroCon.
Why do you sell tickets to attend MicroCon?
We sell tickets to attend MicroCon for a few reasons:
- The event has gotten too big to hold in free or very inexpensive venues. If the number of attendees were to be capped at around 60 people (60 total, not just micronations but all physical humans attending), we would be able to have the event in a public library and probably fit into a nice restaurant for the gala. Once you’re near or over 100 people, there are no restaurants that will hold a private party that large and we need to rent a banquet hall or conference facility for the day — which is what we’ve done and it’s very nice.
- Charging admission keeps the looky-loos from crashing the event. In addition to needing an accurate headcount for refreshments, meals, and capacity reasons, we also want to ensure that everyone (speakers and attendees) feels comfortable and safe.
I'm a kid. Can I attend MicroCon?
We’re all kids at heart But seriously, micronationalists under the age of 18 are welcome but you will need a parent or guardian to accompany you (or your group — you can have one adult supervising multiple minors), and because your parent/guardian is going to want to eat, they will need a ticket.
Are the social events for adults only?
Nope! All official receptions and socials are either on-site at the conference, or at restaurants and facilities that allow minors and children. Minors should be accompanied by their adult or at least able to provide their own transportation, but all ages are welcome.
Can I attend MicroCon virtually (not in person)?
Not really. We will not be live-streaming the event and presentations will only get stage time if they’re in-person; however, there will be a digital and printed Conference Syllabus that will contain the handouts and notes from all of the live presentations, as well as a select number of submitted papers. If you would like to prepare a paper presentation, you may submit your paper here. Not all submitted papers will be included, so please read this guide on writing a paper for the conference before you submit yours for consideration.
I'm attending MicroCon and would like to set up a table display, how much does it cost?
It costs nothing! If you’re an attendee of MicroCon, even if you’re not a speaker or presenting a paper, we are more than happy to provide table space so you can present your micronation to the world. If you would like to give a “Show and Tell” talk, there’s a sign-up form here to get on the “Around the World in 15 Minutes” schedule.
Can members of the Media attend MicroCon? Can I get Press Credentials?
Yes and Yes! We have a Press/Media Pass application right here… if you plan on interviewing people, filming/taping, or taking photos (especially those that include faces), we want you to make sure you’re properly credentialled. Press and media are welcome to attend free of charge to all events except the Saturday night gala (Chicago) because we have to pay for each plate and we’ve got 0 margin to work with on this event. To ensure we have enough food for everyone, the Gala will cost $75 per person for credentialled media.