DemiCon is an interactive adventure with all sorts of amazing ways to be involved. Check out some of the program areas we have available and view the programming grid.

If you like what you see please remember that a con does not run itself.  With your help we can make it the best weekend ever for sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming fans in Iowa. You can volunteer, run your own panel, and more!

The deadline to sign-up to run your own panel is March 1, 2018. We will accept submissions after March 1, but we will not be able to guarantee fitting you on the schedule. To sign-up please use our Programming Sign-up form. If you have question or need to make any changes please contact


Looking for something in particular? This page includes information on:


Programming Grid

The program grid for DemiCon 29 is now available. The grid will be updated if any changes are made. For final convention program schedule please refer to the printed program grid that will be included in your registration packet at check-in.

If you have any questions, or if you have an idea for programming that you would like to host, you can reach our Programming department heads through

DemiCon 29 Program Grid (by Time)

DemiCon 29 Program Grid (by Panelist)


DemiCon Channel

DemiCon will have one of the hotel’s in-house television channels, and we’ll play popular panels from past cons, TICC performances, and so much more. Even while you’re in your hotel room, you’ll be able to view a live feed of Opening Ceremonies, music performances, Masquerade/Cospaly, and panels… with some surprises thrown in.

The Channel Guide will be posted at the convention!



Got Filk? What is Filk?

Filk is usually associated with music parodies (á la Weird Al). Most of what we call “filk” consists of parodies, SCA songs, folk or Celtic songs, silly songs, or whatever songs people want to share. Really narrows it down, doesn’t it? We have plenty of filking at DemiCon, mostly run in a “Bardic circle” format. In this format, everyone gets a turn to choose singing a song yourself, picking a tune for the group to sing, or passing your turn. This way, everyone gets to participate! In addition, we’ll be having interactive fun and panels with filk! Come share your ideas, rhymes, and creative energies to help us write a song parody in about an hour.


Live Action Role Play (LARP)

The year is 1913 and the world is on the brink of a World War.  In Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets, tensions are particularly high amongst the Egyptians, Russian Cossacks, Prussians and the occupying British. A strange discovery amongst the archaeological digs has sent the usually busy city into a frenzy of activity.

It seems that notes, a diary and personal items from Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carrol) were found in two separate ancient excavations inside sealed tombs. No other tomb disturbances were found. This is a secret but, of course, everyone in Cairo knows about it.

Rumors, intelligence groups and religious cults are vying to uncover this mystery as odd “accidents” have started happening:  mirrors smashed, people disappearing leaving only hats behind and explosions that rock the night.

Are these related? What mysterious forces are at work here? How did Dodgson’s items get into the sealed tombs? Does the fate of the world depend on it? Are the gin and tonics in Cairo really worth the trip?

In this LARP for all ages and experience levels, our adventurers will set forth in this land of wonder, where they might learn from the past and shape the future.

The LARP will be held on Saturday. See the final programming schedule for exact times.


Self-Run Programming

Self-Run programming is back!!! It is easy, fun, and can be done at your own pace.

You choose how much time you wish to take and what you do. Just follow the activity’s directions, and away you go.

DemiCon 29 will have:

  • Cardio Loop
  • Let’s Color
  • One of My Favorite DemiCon Costumes
  • Origami Paper Crane Folding
  • Play-To-Win Special Events
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Bobble Head Hide
  • Tadao and Bill Nye Double Trouble



The Trans-Iowa Canal Company™

TICC is an eclectic collection of science fiction fans that enjoy parodying science fiction literature, TV shows, movies, and fandom in general. Originally formed in Iowa City in 1980, its first performance, at ICON VI in 1981, was entitled “Smart Trek.” In the past 31 years, the troupe has grown, with both a Western company, based in Des Moines, and an Eastern company, based in Iowa City. Over 170 actors, two stuffed fish, and an inflatable doll have participated in more than 65 performances at science fiction conventions.