I started organizing anime conventions almost 15 years ago. Back then it seemed like they were just these nerdy little gatherings of a few hundred people who like anime. Now they seem to be everywhere and bigger than ever.
Conventions have become a major part of modern pop culture. From comic book conventions to gaming expos to anime festivals, these events bring together fans and enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate their shared interests. However, organizing a successful convention can be a daunting task, requiring significant time, effort, and resources.
This is where Cons.mx comes in! Cons.mx is a new platform that is revolutionizing the way conventions are organized and managed. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive suite of tools, Cons.mx has the potential to transform the convention experience for organizers, exhibitors, and attendees alike.
I built Cons.mx for our organization, AnimeCon.org, in order to make organizing anime conventions easier than ever. Previously we had to use a jumbled mess of Google spreadsheets, various website builders, and ticket selling platforms that were all disconnected and separate.
I’ve been doing computer programming for 20 years now, and have been automating and making things easier for myself and my team for over a decade.
One of the key features of Cons.mx is its integrated management system. This system allows organizers to easily manage all aspects of their convention, from ticket sales and vendor registration to scheduling and programming. With Cons.mx, organizers can streamline their workflows and reduce the administrative burden of convention planning.
Selling tickets and registrations for conventions is its core feature, and it can send out automated emails with confirmations and QR codes for picking up badges. Organizers can also track registration numbers in real-time, which can help them better plan for the convention and make adjustments as necessary.
Other platforms charge people fees for every single ticket sold. TicketMaster, for example, charges fees that are as much as $20 to $50 per ticket! Even other, more economical platforms like EventBrite charge $2-$3 per ticket in addition to credit card transaction fees. Thanks to Cons.mx, conventions can save this fee entirely, keeping money in the hands of attendees or allowing them to spend more money at vendors and with artists in the artists alley.
In addition to its management tools, Cons.mx also offers a range of features designed to enhance the convention experience for attendees. These include interactive maps, event schedules, and social media integration. With Cons.mx, attendees can easily navigate the convention floor and stay up-to-date on the latest events and activities.
Cons.mx is not just a platform for ticket sales and registrations; it is also designed to help with the planning and organization of convention agendas. With the use of Cons.mx, organizers can easily create a detailed schedule of events, including panels, workshops, and guest appearances. Panel submissions are automatically entered into the software and can be added to the schedule with ease. This cuts down on time copy-and-pasting between submission forms and schedules.
Cons.mx also has the potential to support small and independent conventions. These events often lack the resources and infrastructure of larger conventions, making it difficult for them to attract attendees and exhibitors. However, with Cons.mx, organizers can easily create and manage their conventions, reaching a wider audience and building a stronger community.
Furthermore, Cons.mx can also help promote sustainability in the convention industry. With its online platform, Cons.mx can reduce the need for paper-based promotional materials and program guides. This can help reduce waste and promote environmentally-friendly practices in the convention industry.
I’ve built my registration and event management platform to help us organize events easier, but I also want to bring this ease to other event organizers, providing other organizers with the tools and resources they need to create successful and engaging events. By streamlining convention management, enhancing the attendee experience, and promoting community-building, I hope to help take conventions to the next level.