name = ROFLCon
status = Active
genre = The Internet
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
country = United States
first = 2008
attendance = ~600 in 2008
website = http://www.roflcon.org/
ROFLCon was a convention of
Internet memes that took place April 25-26 2008, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ROFLis Internet slangmeaning "Rolling on [the] Floor Laughing."
Various Net celebrities attended, such as the authors of the webcomics
xkcd, Questionable Contentand Dinosaur comics, Jay Maynard "The Tron Guy", moot, Leeroy Jenkins, The Brothers Chaps, and many others. [ [http://roflcon.org/guest-list-status/ Confirmed Guests @ ROFLCon ] ]
ROFLCon was organized by a group of students from
Harvard Universityled by Tim Hwang. [ [http://roflcon.org/the-team/ The Team @ ROFLCon ] ] According to Hwang, the inspiration for the conference was the September 23, 2007meetup of fans of xkcdwith its creator in a park in North Cambridge, MA. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab4_YWyYtj4&NR=1 YouTube - How ROFLCon began ] ] The ROFLCon team spent months tracking down people associated with memes, but many of the invited guests did not attend.
Attendance was open to the public after pre-registration and a fee.
The primary events of ROFLCon were moderated panel discussions with the Internet celebrities, as well as question and answer sessions with the audience.
Several guest speakers gave talks on issues pertaining to
* [http://roflcon.org/ Official site]
* [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/04/27/roflcon_final_session_cult_leaders.html The Guardian]
* [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/funny_pages_20/2008/04/roflcon-live-st.html LA Times]
* [http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/04/welcome-to-the.html Wired News]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89990930 NPR]
* [http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/05/01/roflcon/index.html CNN]
* [http://bostonist.com/2008/04/30/roflcon_1.php Bostonist]
* [http://4chan.org 4Chan]
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