Activities: Panels and Workshops

Otakon Vegas 2018 Panels and Workshops

Did you know that fan panels and workshops make up the largest part of Otakon Vegas's Programming?

That means that your panel ideas, your knowledge, talent, time and effort both before and during the con contributes in a major way. Subjects ranging from "Celebrating 35 Years of Giant Robots" to "The Dark Side of Magical Girls" continue to captivate our attendees year after year.

Or lead a workshop! Workshops generally incorporate audience participation in a non-trivial way. For example, one workshop meant to teach painting would likely involve the audience using paints and receiving instruction and feedback. Or how to play the game Go while having audience members play along as they learn the rules.

Not sure if you submission qualifies as a Panel or a Workshop? No problem! Submit the form and pick the one you think fits best, and if the reviewing staff determines it would be better suited as the other, we'll pass it along to the appropriate parties.


  • All submissions must have been made via the Otakon Vegas Programming Application.
  • Submissions received through other means will not be considered.
  • Please make sure to fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Submissions will be reviewed after the submission window closes.
  • Be advised that it could be several weeks after the submission window closes before you hear anything about your panel submission.

18+ Panels:

  • 18+ content is anything that contains graphic, sexual, overly violent or obscene material which would be unsuitable for minors.
  • If you are unsure of whether the content of your panel is 18+, it probably is.
    Please err on the side of caution.
  • Otakon Vegas is a family event. Therefore, panels containing 18+ content will be scheduled late in the evening, generally between the hours of 10PM and 2AM.
  • If a panel submitted as 'not 18+' is found to contain 18+ material, Otakon Vegas Panels staff reserve the right to shut down the panel in progress. A panel shut down while in progress will not be considered successfully run and may lead to denial of ticket reimbursements and future panel submissions.

Panelist Compensation:

There is a limit of 3 compensated or reimbursed panelists per panel. This would comprise the primary panelist and two assistant panelists. You are welcome to have more panelists on stage, however, only 3 will receive reimbursement for Otakon Vegas 2018 tickets. NOTE: you will need to submit a W9 tax form to receive reimbursement, but you don't have to submit one to present a panel.

New and Returning Panelists:

If you are a prospective Otakon Vegas panelist please Pre-Register for Otakon Vegas 2018. If your panel is approved, you will receive notification via email. When you arrive at Otakon Vegas, first pick up your badges from our Registration area. Then see our Panels staff in our ConOps room (Santa Monica 2) to get your Presenter's Ribbon, fill out any needed paperwork and receive reimbursement instructions. Please make sure your entire group has received their ribbon at least an hour before your scheduled start time.

All Presenters must have a Presenter's Ribbon to be allowed on stage to present your panel!

Otakon Vegas 2018 Panels and Workshops Department

For questions not related to submitting a panel for Otakon Vegas 2018, you may contact the Panels Department via the Otakon Vegas Contact Form.