Funding Unsuccessful This project’s funding goal was not reached on .
Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Be a part of an awesome three day convention for fans of British pop culture located in Milwaukee, WI !

UK Expo celebrates British geek and pop culture. Some of the titles that our attendees will be fans of are Doctor Who, Sherlock, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Merlin, IT Crowd, Lord of the Rings, Top Gear, Hitchhiker's Guide, Being Human, Torchwood, James Bond, Steampunk, Harry Potter, Jane Austin, Hammer Horror, to just name a few!

Fans of British culture will gather to attend panel discussions, games, a costume contest, steampunk events, screening rooms, a euro rave, a weekend-long spy game, an English tea room, and other events that are continually added as the convention nears.

UK Expo also brings in guests to host special events, sign autographs, and give talks. Some of the currently scheduled guests are William Fliss - archivist for the J.R.R. Tolkien special collection at Marquette University, Steam Century – a live-action interactive mystery group, Bristol Renaissance Faire – specializing in Medieval entertainment extraordinaire, and one big, special guest – who will get contracted after the goal is reached. More guests will also be added as we get closer to the convention.

UK Expo will be held in MILWAUKEE, WI on April 11th - 13th, 2014 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency. An ideal location, Milwaukee is perfectly and conveniently situated between Chicago, Madison, and Green Bay, has two airports, and an intermodal station (train and bus) a few blocks from away from the hotel. The Hyatt Regency also has a plethora of restaurants, museums, shopping, and outdoor activities all within walking distance.

British culture has been peaking in interest for Americans in the last several years after the resurgence of Doctor Who, and a great deal of new fans are young adults. These new fans need a safe place to explore new films and shows, meet other people with the same interests, and learn about both old and new pop culture trends. These young adults need a convention that is more affordable than other British themed conventions. UK Expo is priced at a point where most fans can afford to attend. Also, a great deal of British conventions are located on either the east or west coasts. UK Expo is located centrally in the midwest to make travel more convenient.

Watch this video of awesome fans being rockstars at Geek.kon!

For those of you who have never had to create an event budget (be happy!) you may be wondering why the price tag is so high. There are lots of large ticket items when holding a convention.

The first is the space. The Hyatt Regency is a lovely location but it isn't free. We need enough space to hold all of the panels, screen videos, have dances, costume contests, and so much more. We have spent a good deal of time finding a location that is reasonably priced, fits our needs, and is happy to have a bunch of geeky fans running around all weekend! The space itself is five digits and takes up the largest part of our money.

The next biggest expense is our guests. We are celebrating British culture and it is only right to have guests from the UK! Of course, they need to be flown in, they need to eat and sleep, and most are not working pro bono. Add all of that up and you get the second largest expense.

After that there are many other things that finish up the budget - printing costs, equipment, a/v rental, video screening fees, games, advertising, merchandise, to name a few. We have every penny allotted to a well planned expense.

We want to make sure that you know we know how to get this convention off the ground. Many of our staff have worked on other conventions and have a good deal of experience in getting stuff done. Our Convention Chair has had several years of convention staffing experience. She began in 2004 setting up convention security and moving up to Convention Operations Department Head. Other convention roles she has held are Art DH and Media Division Director, which oversees the Advertising, Archival, Art and Production, Décor, Merchandising, Public Relations, Roadshow, and Web departments. Our Vice Chair has worked as both Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Exhibit Hall Team Lead at various conventions. The rest of our staff has loads of experience from convention to club to college to living in Scotland! We have the know how to get it run right!

Well, the sky's the limit! Should we meet our goal fast enough, we might do some stretch goals for these!

First off we will bring in another big name guest. We staff are all dying to meet our idols too, so this is definitely a top priority! Next item on the agenda will be to expand our space. We need to be able to accommodate all of our exuberant fans and awesome events! Then we will plug some more money into our formal ball and euro rave – cooler lighting, better sound, and more décor!

We want you to know what you are getting. We have included some pictures. Please be aware that all of the pictures are not final images and meant just for display. Please ask us questions about any pledge tier or anything about the convention.

Will I pledge? Yes! No wait.. maybe? For those of you who are curious and still unsure, this is your safe bet! You get your name listed on our website in a special section for our KickStarter sponsors. You also will be listed in our program paper at the convention! You also made us eternally happy :)

Modest and refined, you show your love of culture while being conscientious too. You get a set of five high quality, custom art, British book-themed bookmarks sent to you. The art will be different on each bookmark and feature designs by artist Nick Katzfey (Land of the Dead, Smashing Kings). The bookmarks will include art from Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Harry Potter. These bookmarks are professionally printed, high quality, and glossy. They are printed on paper stock from trees in environmentally sustainable forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The paper is also Green Seal Certified and Elemental Chlorine Free.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Make a pledge that won't cost you an arm and a leg! When you do, you will get a UK Expo custom teacup sent to you. Your teacup will have UK Expo art printed on the side and come in a gift box. The teacup is made of vitrified porcelain chinaware that holds heat and cold, is dishwasher safe, can go directly from the freezer to the oven, is 100% lead and cadmium free, and resists stains, chips, and scratches.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

You get a faboo UK Expo t-shirt! Available in your choice of size from YS to 5X. Wear your donation on your sleeve – literally! Your shirt will be professionally printed on 100% cotton, pre-shrunk t-shirts. All of these shirts will be KickStarter customized so you can show off your philanthropy.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

The early bird gets the badge! The first thirty supporters will be able to get their badge at a special rate! You will get full weekend admission (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) to the UK Expo convention! Enjoy the guests, events, panels, and more with your fellow fans. It's the bees knees! You will be able to walk right into registration at the con and pick up your badge. Plus, your badge will have a special KickStarter button so you can show everyone that you were in on the ground floor of the preparation! At the door weekend badges are $42.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

This is where you get to experience all the fun – a badge! You get full weekend admission (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) to the UK Expo convention! Just like the unladen swallow tier, you will enjoy the guests, events, panels, and more with your fellow fans. You will be able to walk right into registration at the con and pick up your badge. Plus, your badge will have a special KickStarter button so you can show everyone that you were in on the ground floor of the preparation! At the door weekend badges are $42.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Ace! You get a set of four custom UK Expo teacups! Host your own tea parties (mad or otherwise) with your new set of teacups! If you read the Black Knight tier (I'm sure you did;) then you heard all about the awesome teacups. If not, here ya go! Your teacups will have UK Expo art printed on the side and come in a gift box. Teacups are made of vitrified porcelain chinaware that holds heat and cold, is dishwasher safe, can go directly from the freezer to the oven, is 100% lead and cadmium free, and resists stains, chips, and scratches.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

You're so stealthy that you'll have an autograph and no one will even have known you were there! This is perfect for those who just can't make it to the convention (we know you would if you could) - you get a personalized autograph from a guest of your choice, on a high-quality photo, sent to your home. We'll keep you updated on all the guests as they are added and you won't have to choose until right before the convention.

Guess what? You also get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Find fellowship with other attendees with discriminate taste. You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Your t-shirt will be a regular UK Expo shirt, not the KickStarter version, and will be available for you to pick up at the convention.

Also, you get everything in the Money Python and Paranoid Android tiers.

Everyone needs a companion, especially mad men in blue boxes! Get a full weekend admission to the UK Expo convention for you and your plus one! You will need to know basic information about your companion when it comes time to fill out their registration information after our goal is met.

You and your companion get everything in the Money Python and Paranoid Android tiers.

It's small, but packs a punch! You get a small ad in our program paper! Use it to promote your business or share a message.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

And now for something completely different! You get a big banner displayed in our registration area where all of our attendees pass through! Attendees will be able to view your banner while waiting in line and throughout the weekend. The banners are located in a main hallway and visible 24/7. Choose to advertise your business or personalize it however you like!

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Forget Isengard! Let's party! Meet the guests at an exclusive event held for our most special contributors. Mingle, chat, and make friends with the guests and the movers and shakers. This is not a normal part of the VIP admission.

Also, you get everything in the You can have my axe, and my dough! and Paranoid Android tiers.

You're in the game and on your way! You get a respectably sized medium ad in our program paper. Show all of those Brit geeks who you and your business are!

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Your name in a list is not enough, eh? With this you get a large ad in our program paper. You will be sure to attract the attention of all of the attendees this way! You will also get a banner appearing on the front page of our website.

Just for redundancy, you also get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Stay without worries on location at the Hyatt Regency on Friday and Saturday nights with a hotel room reserved for you. Store your swag in your room, take a power nap, stay up as late as you want and stumble to your room. You got it! You also get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention.

Also, you get everything in the You can have my axe, and my dough! and Paranoid Android tiers.

Harness the power of language with the mighty pen! You will get your business name or message on all of our beautiful registration pens! The most pilfered item during the whole weekend will be these pens. Make sure your name goes home with a slew of attendees!

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

You get it all! VIP badge, special meet and greet party, hotel room, you are set! This is the way to get the best of the convention! You get a hotel room reserved for you for Friday and Saturday nights at the Hyatt Regency.

Also, you get everything in the Fellowship of the Cha-ching! and Paranoid Android tiers.

You get your business ad on the key of every attendee that stays in the official hotel. They will carry your name or message with them all weekend and never leave it behind. Never, ever.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

Be treated like the awesome person you are! You get to relax at a meal with the convention chair and a guest of your choice. You will also be thanked by name at the opening ceremony. And, we love you :)

Also, you get everything in the King Arthur and Paranoid Android tiers.

You get your logo big and bold on all of our registration bags. Every attendee enjoys getting this bag of stuff after they receive their badge.

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

You get your business name or message printed on the lanyards around the neck of every attendee! These lanyards are durable, fashionable, and comfortable. This is the most fun item to sponsor!

Also, you get everything in the Paranoid Android tier.

And, lastly, PLEASE SHARE OUR STORY WITH ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

You can visit us at our website, http://www.ukexpo.org, or our facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ukxpo.

Update #1

Geek.kon promo video from our roadshow table. See above!

Update #2

Announcing our confirmed guests!

William Fliss - Archivist for the Department of Special Collections and University Archives Raynor Memorial Libraries. He is in charge of the second largest collection of J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts and materials at Marquette University. He will be talking about this fantastic collection!

Steam Century - A group of steampunk enthusiasts specializing in events like live action interactive mysteries. They will be performing an elaborate, interactive murder mystery for our attendees to witness and solve!

Update #3

The special KickStarter teacup art has been finalized! The colors are black and matte gold, and it has a cool steampunk-esque feel to it!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is a chance that we will not be able to secure our top pick guest. Stars have a tendency to get booked up and while we have contacted our big guest, we have not signed a contract with them yet. We can't sign a contract with them until we can pay them, we can't pay them without money, and voila! There is where you come in! While may not get our first choice we will still book a main, well-known guest.

While we currently have some very talented individuals as part of our team, we do still need to find more staff before the convention. We are able to supplement our stuff with general volunteers but we still need trained staff to handle registration, operations, and other areas. As we get nearer to the convention dates, more staff usually comes forward. Also, as we promote, we look for interested and skilled staff members.

We are fortunate that we have our space reserved at our hotel and that is no longer a concern for us. However, we are required to fill a certain number of “room nights” on the convention weekend. There is a chance that we do not hit our goal with the Hyatt. This will cause us to be charged more for the space. We have, however, budgeted this in. Should, we fill our room night block, we will put all money saved towards securing another popular guest.

There is, as with any event, the chance that due to an “act of God” or “force majeure” such as a blizzard, tornado, fire, or massive zombie invasion, the convention will not be held. In such an event, we will do everything we can to reschedule the convention instead of canceling it.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
7
Backers
$405
pledged of $59,000 goal
0
seconds to go
Ukx_logo_paypal_here_280x280.medium
  • First created · 0 backed
  • Has not connected Facebook

See full bio

  • Pledge $2 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *THE PARANOID ANDROID* Ace! You get your name listed on our website and in our program paper at the convention with our sponsors!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *CENTS AND SENSIBILITY* You get a set of high quality, custom art, British book-themed bookmarks sent to you. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    *BLACK KNIGHT* You get a UK Expo custom teacup sent to you. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *I.T. CROWDFUNDER* You get a faboo UK Expo t-shirt! Available in your choice of size. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    *UNLADEN SWALLOW* The early bird gets the badge! The first thirty supporters will be able to get their badge at a special rate! You will get full weekend admission to the UK Expo convention! Enjoy the guests, events, panels, and more with your fellow fans. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    *MONEY PYTHON* You get full weekend admission to the UK Expo convention! Enjoy the guests, events, panels, and more with your fellow fans. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *MI6 SECRET AGENT* Perfect for those who just can't make it to the convention - you get a personalized autograph from a guest of your choosing, on a high-quality photo, sent to your home. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *I MAKE PLEDGES NOW. PLEDGES ARE COOL!* You get a set of four custom UK Expo teacups. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $60 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (39 left of 40)

    *YOU CAN HAVE MY AXE, AND MY DOUGH!* You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $70 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *CUTE COMPANION OR TIN DOG* Get a full weekend admission to the UK Expo convention for you and your plus one! Enjoy the guests, events, panels, and more! Also, your name (and your companion) will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $125 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    *KILLER RABBIT* You get a small ad in our program paper! Use it to promote your business or share a message. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    *THE GAME IS AFOOT* You get a respectably sized medium ad in our program paper. Show all of those brit geeks who you and your business are! Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (34 left of 35)

    *FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHA-CHING* Meet the guests at an exclusive event held for our most special contributors. This is not a normal part of the VIP admission. You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    *QUIDDITCH KEEPER* You get a big banner displayed in our registration area where all of our attendees pass through! Attendees will be able to view your banner while waiting in line and throughout the weekend. The banners are located in a main hallway and visible 24/7. Choose to advertise your business or personalize it however you like!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $300 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    *PAN-GALACTIC GARGLE BLASTER* Your name in a list is not enough, eh? With this you get a large ad in our program paper. You will be sure to attract the attention of all of the attendees! Your banner will also appear on the front page of our website. Just for redundancy, we will also list your name with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    *SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE CASH!* Stay without worries on location at the Hyatt Regency on Friday and Saturday nights with a hotel room reserved for you. You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    *BABEL FISH* You get your business name or message on all of our beautiful registration pens! The most pilfered item the whole weekend will be these pens. Make sure your name goes home with a slew of attendees! Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $600 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    *KING ARTHUR* Stay without worries on location at the Hyatt Regency on Friday and Saturday nights with a hotel room reserved for you. Meet the guests at an exclusive event held for our most special contributors. This is not a normal part of the VIP admission. You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $750 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    *DALEK DONATE, APPRECIATE!* You get your business ad on the key of every attendee that stays in the official hotel. They will carry your name or message with them all weekend and never leave it behind. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    *T.A.R.D.I.S. TRANSFER A REWARDING DONATION IN STYLE!* You get to relax at a meal with the convention chair and a guest of your choice. You will be thanked by name at the opening ceremony. You get to meet the guests at an exclusive event held for our most special contributors. Stay without worries on location at the Hyatt Regency on Friday and Saturday nights with a hotel room reserved for you. You get a VIP weekend admission to the UK Expo convention. That means you get a t-shirt, special badge, priority autograph line waiting and main event seating, and early admission into the exhibit hall. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $1,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    *BILBO BAGGINS* You get your logo big and bold on all of our registration bags. Every attendee enjoys getting this bag of stuff after they receive their badge. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $2,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    *BRIGADIER GENERAL* You get your business name or message printed on the lanyards around the neck of every attendee! These lanyards are durable, fashionable, and comfortable. Also, your name will be listed with all of our sponsors on the web and in the program paper.

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (30 days)