As an Explorer of the Dino Safari, your unique perspectives and passions are what make our convention truly one-of-a-kind.
By hosting a panel, you have the opportunity to share your expertise, creativity, and enthusiasm with fellow Explorers, making the convention experience richer and more fulfilling for all.
So don’t be shy – whether you’re a seasoned presenter or a first-time panelist, we encourage you to submit your ideas and help us make this year the best one yet!
PANEL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 17, 2023
Yes! Most of our panels at Fursonacon are not internal events, but are in fact planned and presented by our attendees. Anyone who is attending Fursonacon as an attendee, staff member, vendor, or guest of honor can apply to host a panel.
At this time, we are able to accept most of our panel applications, however there are some panels that we are not able to accept. Reasons for denying a panel include but are not limited to time, technical, and legal restrictions.
As we are a furry convention, we are primarily looking for content that has to do with anthropomorphic animals, and the stories, costuming, and history surrounding them. However, we also encourage content that ties into general nerd culture, general convention culture, fandom, writing/creating, and the year’s theme.
A grand Dino Safari adventure!
Anyone who has purchased or earned a badge for Fursonacon 2023. That includes attendees, staff,
vendors and guests. All panelists of an 18+ panel must be at least 18 years of age.
If you will be 18 years by September 15, 2023, you can apply for an 18+ panel. We will be checking IDs at the panel doors, even for the panelists. Please note that 18+ time slots are limited, as 18+ content cannot start any earlier than 9pm.
Yes. We are a family friendly convention though, so 18+ spots will be late night only, and thus will
have more limited spots. IDs will be checked for all 18+ content.
August 17th, 2023
No later than August 24th, 2023
This information is for internal use only. We use legal names to verify your identity at check-in, for
cross reference with registration, and because some presenters may have multiple fursonas that they
would like to present under. Phone numbers are used only if we need to contact you regarding your
programming during the convention itself.
Our tech set-up for each panel room will include: a projection screen, a projector with HDMI connectivity and sound, one to two microphones, and a speaker system. We do not provide laptops. We have a very limited selection of adapters, so we heavily suggest bringing your own. All panelists will be required to sign a tech waiver.
The tech waiver is simply a standard acknowledgement that you will not damage our technical equipment. This must be signed by all lead panelists or their legal guardians if the lead panelist is under 18.
No. You will need to bring your own device if one is required for your presentation.
Panelists at Fursonacon 2023 will earn 1 free badge to Fursonacon 2024 for every 2 full hours of
programming completed. Those receiving the badge must be active participants in the panel(s) and must
provide their contact information to the Panels Department in order to receive their free badge for
After you have picked up your badge at registration, you will need to stop by the panelist check-in
desk. You will only need to do so once over the course of the weekend. This must be done at least 30
minutes prior to your first panel, but we encourage you to do it as soon as possible. It makes everything
run smoother for us, and lets you get it out of the way so you can enjoy the convention.
After that, please arrive at the panel room at least 10 minutes prior to your panel, to check in with our
If you have not shown up to your panel room 15 minutes after the panel has been scheduled to start,
it will be considered cancelled. You will no longer qualify for compensation, if you did so.
If you have to cancel a panel, please let us know as soon as possible, via email to
There will be panel staff assigned to rooms to ensure that the panelists arrive, assist with set-up or
call in someone who can do so, keep time, and sanitize the rooms between panels. There may or may
not be a staffer in the room throughout the whole panel, but there will be staffers available nearby if
you need one.
Panel rooms will be closed off between panels for cleaning, set-up, and/or break-down. They will also
be closed off if the room has reached capacity, or for 18+ content, as we are a family friendly
convention. Fursonacon staffers will be stationed at the doors to check IDs for all 18+ content.
Yes, at this time, Fursonacon does consider meet-ups as panels. Please apply for them using the panel
Yes. Please apply for them using the panel application. However, please keep in mind that in attempt
to minimize the risk of spreading COVID 19, we will have to be more selective in which workshops we
accept this year.
All Fursonacon attendees are required to wear masks while in convention spaces, unless actively eating or
drinking. This includes while you are presenting a panel.
There will be time scheduled in between all panels for cleaning this year.
We will not be allowing custom room layouts this year, and will be attempting to schedule panels in
such a way that minimizes room changeovers.
For more information on our COVID policies, please click here: http://fursonacon.com/covid-policy/
While we would love guest visitors, all panels must be hosted by registered explorers.
If you have any questions about panels, please feel use the form below and we’ll be in touch!