Monday, May 2, 2016

StarTalk Live!, Bill Nye to Headline Awesome Con Science Fair

From our friends at Awesome Con...

Three Days of Science and Technology Presented by Science Channel

Awesome Con (Washington, DC’s Comic Con) announced a new focus on science and technology called the Science Fair set to take place at its 2016 event. Awesome Con is a celebration of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, and games, and its Science Fair presented by Science Channel will now add the STEM world as a new pillar - with StarTalk Live! featuring Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, and special guests as the Science Fair’s headlining event.

Awesome Con and its Science Fair run Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and tickets are on sale now.

“Awesome Con is honored to welcome science fiction heroes including Peter Capaldi and Karl Urban, and we couldn’t be more excited to now shine a spotlight on the real life heroes turning science fiction into fact,” shares Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod.

The Awesome Con Science Fair presented by Science Channel will create a platform inside Washington, DC’s largest pop culture event to promote science with representatives from the country’s leading scientific institutions and outlets including Science Channel, NASA, and the Smithsonian Institution, together creating new awareness in all things nerdy, techy, and smart.

The Science Fair presented by Science Channel will feature a pavilion within Awesome Con’s show floor where attendees can get up close with small inventors and companies exploring new scientific horizons, and its dedicated programming track will showcase three days of educating, entertaining, and thought-provoking talks. Topics include Bad Space Weather: The Perils of Space Travel; Sci-Fi’s Lessons for the iPhone Age; Debunking the Nanobot; Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction; Mars: Past, Present, and Future; New Moon Rising: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; and The Fascination of Sentient AI in Sci-Fi.

The Science Fair’s capstone event will welcome Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman to Awesome Con for StarTalk Live!

Educator, engineer, and television personality Bill Nye is one of the most vocal names in science advocacy, and together with co-host comedian Eugene Mirman, they’ll interview scientific leaders and celebrities in a special live taping of the StarTalk podcast (, bridging science and pop culture with humor and clarity. StarTalk Live! takes place on Sunday, June 5 at 12 PM.

Awesome Con ticket holders with Weekend and Sunday badges will have access to StarTalk Live! included in their admission, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Two upgraded seating options are also available:

• Preferred Seating ($15) - Includes guaranteed, preferred seating and a limited edition StarTalk poster

• Preferred Seating & Book Signing ($75) - Includes guaranteed, preferred seating, a limited edition StarTalk poster, a copy of Bill Nye’s book Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, and admission to a special book signing with Nye.

StarTalk Live! tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, April 22 and general admission tickets to the convention are available now at For a current list of features and guests - including Peter Capaldi, Kevin Smith, Adam West, John Barrowman, Jenna Coleman, and Karl Urban - please visit For the latest updates, follow Awesome Con on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About Awesome Con:
Awesome Con is Washington, DC’s comic and pop culture convention. Launched by Ben Penrod in 2013, Awesome Con is one of the largest and fastest growing fan conventions in the United States. Awesome Con’s 2016 event will be June 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and celebrate the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, games, anime, science, and technology.

About Science Channel:
Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of "how" and "why not." The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reaches over 75 million U.S. households. The network also features high traffic online and social media destinations, including, Channel and @ScienceChannel on Twitter.

About StarTalk Live!:
Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show educating and entertaining audiences around the country. StarTalk Live! continues the exploration of the award-winning podcast and talk show, bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion while covering subjects like human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, and the environment. StarTalk Live! is produced by Pretty Good Friends, Inc.