The fourth annual FLPolyCon – the largest student-run event at Florida Polytechnic University and a magnet for science fiction enthusiasts – brought in more than 1,200 attendees on April 7 in what is a new record for the event.
Organizing and executing the one-day event is no small task for a committee of 15 that meets weekly starting each fall. Additionally, as many as 50 student volunteers work FLPolyCon to welcome attendees and otherwise make sure it goes off without a hitch.
The majority of those on hand for what has become a signature Florida Poly event are students.
“The point of this event is celebration. It’s a day of inclusion and enjoyment for the students,” said Jacob Fletcher, a junior from Titusville, Florida, majoring in science and technology.
“All of these students have different interests, but this is the one thing that unites us all. It’s this one event, this one time of year, where we all come together as family and enjoy each other’s company and interact with people we normally wouldn’t interact with,” said Fletcher, who served as a co-organizer of the event.
While the number of attendees continues to grow each year, so have the events and activities offered. More than 50 events took place in and around the university’s Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, including the Evil Villain Laughing Contest, Jedi Training, Zombie Bootcamp, Star Wars Trivia and Mental Relaxation Through Origami.
In addition, eight food trucks were on hand as well as more than 30 merchants who offered a variety of paraphernalia related to the anime, cosplay and the science fiction minded.
Vincent Hael, a junior computer science major from Hagerstown, Maryland, served as the event director for this year’s FLPolyCon and has been on the planning committee for the past three years.
“We’re very pleased with this year’s record turnout,” said Hale. “We have a fantastic team, and seeing all of the attendees, both student and the general public, enjoy themselves was a rewarding and fulfilling experience for us.”