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SiliCon 2023 Canceled

by Transmute Jun

SiliCon (formerly known as Silicon Valley Comic Con) was scheduled to be held October 14-15, 2023. Unfortunately, organizers have announced that the event has been cancelled. No specific reason was given for cancelation, however the announcement of the closure stated, ‘As you are likely aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant disruption to public gatherings and events, and we have seen a slow return to normalcy, we continue to face challenges and uncertainties. The economic impact has been severe, and many individuals and businesses continue to face financial hardships.’

This move is a surprise to attendees, especially as no information was given as to holding the event in 2024. The FAQ at the end of the announcement included the following.

Q: Will SiliCon return in the future?A: We are exploring all options and will keep you notified regarding the details of future events.

While all cons are making a slow recovery post-COVID, SiliCon also suffered due to its significant shift in focus, away from a pop culture/comic convention toward a Maker con, as noted during the 2022 show. It is possible that this shift also caused a reduction in attendance, as many who had enjoyed the con in prior years were not as interested in a Maker-style event.

All badge purchases for 2023 will be refunded.

Were you planning to attend SiliCon 2023? Join the conversation on the FoCC forums.

Transmute Jun

Transmute Jun has an addiction to pop culture conventions, and attends as many as she can each year. When she's not traveling, she likes to stay at home reading a good book, playing a video game, or binge-watching a TV show. She can be bribed with pizza, Coke Zero and Belgian milk chocolate.