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Saturday, August 2 • 12:00pm - 12:40pm
How Fandom is Changing the World

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From Project for Awesome to Equality FTW to Coverflip: as fandom grows, so too does the impact it has on the world. Join many of our fandoms’ leading thinkers and innovators for a conversation about how your fandoms give you the power to change the world.

Moderators
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Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →

Speakers
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Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird is the Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist for the Harry Potter Alliance. She is LeakyCon's resident wizard wedding planner as well as a lifelong proponent of pizza-based activism. When not portraying The Boy Who Videoblogged, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, Will It Waffle?
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Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.
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Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.
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Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
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