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August 11 - August 13, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC, USA
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Volunteering: Basics

Volunteering at Otakon (Becoming a Gofer)

All Otakon staff are Volunteers, however we do require the help of additional volunteers who only work at-con. We lovingly call them "gofers" and they're essential to help put on a show our size.

Think you've got what it takes to join our ranks?

What Do Gofers Do?

Here are a few examples:

  • Help out at Registration.
  • Assist at the Otakon sales table.
  • Assist staff in areas like Workshops, Panels, and Masquerade.
  • Involved with running of our Video tracks.
  • Help Staff check badges in busy areas
  • Help out with line control.

A few things you WILL NOT do as a Gofer:

  • Handle money.
  • Act as Security or Medical.
  • Interact with Otakon VIPs, guests or BCC security.

What you need to know

What is required to become a Gofer?

  • You must be at least 16 years of age by the time of this year's con.
  • You must be registered for Otakon 2016. If you are pre-registering to be a Gofer, you must be Pre-registered for Otakon.
  • You must attend one of the Gofer Orientation meetings (held on Thursday & Friday of the convention). This is mandatory!

In order to pre-register as a gofer you must also complete your pre-registration to attend Otakon. Though we may take a limited number of at-con volunteer signups, if you're interested in volunteering with us we STRONGLY URGE you pre-register. We do have a cap on the number of volunteers we accept so pre-registering is the only way to make sure we have a spot for you. We can process your registration at the Friday morning Gofer Orientation, if necessary.

What will you need to bring with you?

  • Print out of your pre-registration e-mail confirmation.
  • Photo ID.
  • You will be asked to fill out an IRS W-9 form (or its international equivalent) to verify your eligibility to receive some of the incentives for sixteen or more hours of gofering.

A final word.

Many Otakon staffers, including con-chairs, section chiefs and department heads, started as gofers.

For Gofer FAQs follow link below.
Gofer FAQ

To continue on to Gofer Pre-Registration follow this link.
Gofer Pre-Registration

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