Say hello to Silicon Valley Comic Con 3.0.
This weekend, the streets of downtown San Jose will be packed with science geeks. You're probably thinking, “This is new, how?” Well, some of them will be wearing costumes. But also, this comic con is very much different from the others worldwide in the sense it’s the baby of The Woz, Steve Wozniak of Apple fame.
"From the very beginning we chose to incorporate science and technology as much as we focus on pop culture. There is this union between the two, but we extend that much further," Silicon Valley Comic Con chairman Trip Hunter said.
Along those lines, Silicon Valley's Comic Con goes to extra lengths to pay tribute to real world heroes whose names are not as familiar to the public as the stars of film and television. For example, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to go into space, will give a talk about human interstellar travel, introduced by Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols, who was the first African American woman to travel to space on TV.
"There are not that many public platforms for scientists delivering this size of a crowd," Hunter noted, adding he feels a strong drive to inspire the event's youngest attendees, from that 8-year-old experimenting with nuclear fission in his garage to that kid who just needs to know that science is cool.