Steve Wozniakâ€™s Second Annual Pop Culture, Science & Technology Expo Added New Venues and Outdoor Festival, Saw Increased Attendance
SAN JOSE – Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniakâ€™s wildly successful pop culture and technology expo, took over downtown San Jose the weekend of April 21-23, welcoming more than 65,000 guests over the course of the three-day show. This yearâ€™s theme of â€śThe Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?â€ť featured a Space Village, NASA space exploration panels, robotics, virtual reality, a Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab, celebrity appearances, leading comic book artists and authors, cosplay contests, a science fair, Geek Fashion Show, Rover.com dog cosplay contest, transportation provided by Acuraâ€™s NSX supercar and more. SVCC 2.0 also saw massive physical expansions and layout changes, adding a free public outdoor festival, programming at City National Civic and hosting registration inside South Hall. Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose the weekend of April 6-8, 2018.
â€śFirst and foremost, Iâ€™m an engineer, and weâ€™re all about iterations and improvements. We made a lot of changes this year, and weâ€™re happy to see that most worked,â€ť said SVCC founder Steve Wozniak. â€śSilicon Valley Comic Con is all about having fun and being inspired. From the science fair and the NASA panels to meeting some of my heroes and favorite celebrities, I saw and learned so much. We canâ€™t wait to build this out for next year!â€ť
Marquee stage events included William Shatner and Steve Wozniak sharing the stage to talk about Star Trek and the future of technology, Buzz Aldrin presenting about â€śHumanityâ€™s Future in Space,â€ť Grant Gustin and Tom Felton talking about their popular CW TV show â€śThe Flash,â€ť Steve Wozniak hosting a â€śWonder Women Changing the face of STEMâ€ť panel with Simone Giertz and Sabrina Pasterski, the 30th anniversary cast reunion of â€śStar Trek: The Next Generationâ€ť hosted by William Shatner, a â€śBreaking Barriersâ€ť panel featuring actress Pam Grier and Slack senior engineer Erica Baker, the original human residents of â€śSesame Streetâ€ť and Mr McFeely from â€śMr Rogersâ€™ Neighborhoodâ€ť reunited on-stage, space exploration panels from NASA, Virgin Galactic and SETI, panels on robotics, virtual reality, cosplay, art, science, cosplay contests for humans and dogs, geek fashion show, science fair, plus Q&As with Steven Yeun, John Cusack, Tom Wilson, Gina Torres, Robert Englund, and more.
Silicon Valley Comic Con also hosted a rally for the March for Science Silicon Valley that was attended by 10,000 people. SETI hosted its first-ever Space Ball gala fundraiser, and ScreenUsed.com returned to host its 2nd Annual Movie Prop and Wardrobe Auction that beat 2016â€™s sales record of $707,000 including selling a Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Original Stormtrooper (Sandtrooper) Helmet for $228,000.
The sold-out show floor, outdoor festival and surrounding events featured more than 450 exhibitors and attractions, including NASA, Acuraâ€™s NSX supercar and Mood Roads virtual experience, XPRIZE, Sony PlayStation, Facebook/ Oculus VR, Pepper the Robot from SoftBank Robotics, 8i Reality, Studio C, WordPress.com, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Hanson Roboticsâ€™ Professor Einstein, Rogue Reality, Lifeliqe, Steel Wool Studios, beer gardens from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Essentia hydration stations and more.Â
SVCC 2018 Will Take Place April 6-8 in San Jose