CONvergence is one of our major partners, and we have a major presence at the convention.

Want to talk to us at CON? Stop by our party room in Cabana 110 poolside or our Charity Auction in Atrium 8 to find out more and catch up on all the news going around in the Geekiest City in America. Talk to anyone you see wearing our logo; we’ll tell you what we’re up to, and you can tell us what you want to see!

GPS Room Party Schedule

Cabana 110

Thursday 3:30pm – Midnight

  • Project Lighthouse — 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Crafty Geek — 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • PARTY HOURS — 8:00pm – 12:00am

Friday 12:30pm – Midnight

  • Project Lighthouse — 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Make It Sew — 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • PARTY HOURS — 8:00pm – 12:00am

Saturday 2:00pm – Midnight  

  • JOFcon gathering — 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Geeks Read — 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • United Geeks of Gaming — 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • SPECIAL EVENT —  CONvergence Invited Participants Reception 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • PARTY HOURS — 8:00pm – 12:am

Sunday  11:00am – 4:00pm

  • Project Lighthouse — 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Read the Book/ See the Movie — 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please join GPS as we showcase our year-round clubs and programs. Whether you like to read books, watch anime or movies inspired by books, do crafty things, write stories, draw comics, or want to stay healthy, we have a club or program for you. Some of them are even meeting in the party room during the convention weekend! Check Cabana 110 for the schedule, as there can be late changes and we have things outside of convention party hours as well.

GPS Charity Auction

The GPS Charity Auction is a fundraising event that takes place every year at CONvergence. The purpose is to raise money for the many educational and community activities that we are involved in throughout the year, including Project Lighthouse. Thursday is preview night, bidding on Friday and Saturday. Items that go to live auction can be bid on Sunday morning. Only CONvergence members get to bid on the cool geeky things donated.

Atrium 8 (North Tower, 2nd Floor)

Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday 5:00pm – 8:00pm (preview night only)
  • Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm  (bidding open)
  • Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm (bidding closes at 8pm)
  • Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm – FOR PICK UP ONLY

GPS Live Auction Atrium 7 (North Tower, 2nd Floor)

  • Sunday 11:00am – GPS Live Auction Atrium 7



GPS Writing Contest Winners

Plaza 3 | Thursday, July 2 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Past winners of the annual GPS Writing Contests read from their winning work. This year’s winners are announced. Panelists: Hilary Moon Murphy, George Richard

Iron Pen

Plaza 2 | Friday, July 3 | 12pm – 1pm

Held this year in Connie’s Quantum Sandbox. This is a drabble contest to write a 100-word story based on a surprise prompt item. Entries will be judged during the weekend and the winners announced at the end of the convention. Check Cabana 110 where the winners and some stories will be posted.

Meet GPS

Plaza 3 | Saturday, July 4 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Convergence Events is a primary supporter for what we do. Come and learn about what that support enables and the latest workings of the Geek Partnership Society. News and updates about our clubs, events, and work in the Geek community.

U of M Raptor Center

Atrium 4 | Saturday, July 4 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm

GPS is once again bringing in the Raptor Center demonstration with live birds of prey, a perennial favorite.