Who are the presenters?
The presenters are people like you who have a keen interest in the issues surrounding how new media impacts feminism, sexuality, and relationships — and a desire to share their ideas.
Are you still looking for presenters?
Our call for presenters closed on October 1st and we do not have any open spaces.
Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone, 18 and over, who is interested in sexuality, relationships and feminism is encouraged to attend.
Can men attend?
Absolutely. At MOMENTUM we welcome anyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity. The only criteria we have for attendees is that they come with an open mind and remain respectful of opinions which differ from their own. See Rights and Responsibilities for further details about what is expected of those who attend.
Is there an age restriction?
Yes, to attend MOMENTUM you must be 18 or over. There will be a hotel provided cash bar at the Opening Keynote. While all attendees can attend, the hotel staff will card attendees to insure they are a minimum of 21 years old before serving alcohol.
What does it cost to attend MOMENTUM?
Registration will open this fall and cost will be announced then.
I’m a student. Can I get a price break?
While our pricing is very reasonable, especially if you take advantage of the early bird registration discount, we want to make MOMENTUM even more budget friendly for students. Please enter STUDENT in the discount code field when registering for an additional $25 saving. Please note that student ID will be required at check-in.
What if I’m not a proponent of sex work, feminism, etc?
You needn’t be a proponent of sex work or feminism to attend MOMENTUM. You do need a desire to listen and learn about differing opinions in a respectful manner and with an open mind. Please see Rights and Responsibilities for more details about what is expected of those who attend.
What sessions will be offered?
See our Sessions page for full details on the over 40 sessions.
How long are the sessions?
Each session is seventy minutes long with twenty-minute breaks in between sessions. At some cons, we’ve felt that there was not enough time for follow up questions and attendee participation. At MOMENTUM, we want to allow plenty of time for both the presentation and discussions.
Why are there twenty-minute breaks between sessions?
We want to give you enough time to get from one session to another without rushing, to process what you’ve just heard and to clear your mind for the next presentation. Also, we’ve learned that some awesome discussions take place between sessions and we want to encourage this!
You’ll find the Recharge Room a great place to visit between sessions. Recharge yourself with a snack, plug in and recharge your laptop, phone or camera, catch up with friends, or just relax!
Can my company sponsor Momentum?
Absolutely! We’d love to have your company sponsor MOMENTUM 2012. Contact us!
Is there a wiki, mailing list or Google group?
There are public forums that we encourage everyone to join.
I’ll be attending alone. Is it possible to find a roommate?
Yes. There is a roommate thread in the forums for attendees.
Will there be social events?
Yes. The conference kicks off Friday evening with a Opening Keynote giving all a chance to meet and greet each other. . At the M&G you’ll be able to pre-register, giving you more precious morning time. This is the place to see old friends and meet new ones while helping yourselves to our free sundae bar. (Yes, you heard that right, a FREE SUNDAE BAR!) There will also be a cash bar to help you forget how much hot fudge and whipped cream you just consumed.
How will you handle privacy concerns?
We know that many of our attendees use only pen-names publicly. You will be asked for your badge name when you register on Eventbrite. No other names or information will be made public or given to anyone.
Will my picture be taken?
We will be color-coding attendee badges to indicate willingness to be photographed. We depend upon the discretion of our attendees to adhere to this policy. Tweeting, Twitpic’ing and Facebooking are all encouraged at MOMENTUM (our focus is on new media, after all!), but we recognize that some people do not wish to have their images made public. If you are taking photos, you must first ask permission from your subject. Anyone who fails to adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the conference space immediately.
Video recording will be allowed only with prior approval of conference organizers. Sessions may be video recorded with only the presenter in frame.
Will media be present?
Media will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis with prior approval from conference organizers. Our first concern is with the safety and privacy of our attendees.
I’m a sex worker. If I have concerns, who can I speak with to be sure they’re addressed?
We have a sex worker liaison to insure that the unique issues sex workers face are addressed. While the organizers are sex worker allies, we realize that other sex workers are best able to fully understand some of your concerns. We’re thrilled to have Sabrina Morgan as our sex worker liaison. Sabrina has been in the adult industry since 2005. She is a phone sex operator, camgirl, fetish companion and occasional porn performer. Learn more about Sabrina at www.sabrinamorgan.com and address any questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this a sex event?
No. While many aspects of sexuality will be discussed frankly and openly, there will be no organized play or public play-spaces. Our focus at MOMENTUM is on stimulating you intellectually. Attendees are of course free to make whatever private arrangements they desire.
What about transportation between the airport and the venue?
The Crystal City Marriott at Reagan airpot provides a free shuttle to and from Reagan National. There is also a metro stop below the hotel. Visit the hotel’s website for more information about transportation.
Who is organizing MOMENTUM?
Momentum is being presented by Tied Up Events, the NYC based sexuality event planning company founded by Tess Danesi and Dee Dennis. Tess who has blogged extensively about sex and sexuality, written and published erotica, now teaches sexuality workshops. In 2008, abetted by Diva, she conceived the NYC Sex Blogger Calendar whose editions raised funds for Sex Work Awareness.
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