Con.ect is a not-for-profit organisation based in Port Elizabeth, that hosts the annual Con.ect convention. This event brings together aficionados and lovers of geek and popular culture, to celebrate these interests in a communal space; a space where like-minded people can gather and share their passions, and where associated genres - movies, comic books, and games - can mingle and grow in the hopes of allowing Port Elizabeth to become a focal point of popular culture in South Africa.
Created in 2014 by Jessi Ochse and Kayleigh Moss from Resonance Cosplay to test the waters, the response was far greater than expected, and so Con.ect was re-launched at a larger venue in 2015 in order to cater to the many pop culture fans who wished to attend. Con.ect is run exclusively by volunteers, who are primarily students and professionals, drawn together by their passion for popular culture and gaming. This convention is the first of its kind in Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape, making the event unique.
Con.ect 2015 attracted vendors from across South Africa and approximately 700 entry tickets were sold over the course of the convention. The event garnered news coverage in The Eastern Cape Herald, the Weekend Post, and two of our organisers were featured in a live interview on Algoa FM. Con.ect 2015 was also covered online by the Lazy Gamer, Fortress of Solitude, MakeGameSA, and BizCommunity.
2016 has been an exciting year, with the formal incorporation of Con.ect as a not-for-profit company, the birth of new relationships with many exciting partners and sponsors, and numerous promo activities taking a lead role as we head up to our main event this July - which we expect to be bigger and better than ever before.
Con.ect is a charitable cause; this has so far manifested through our involvement with Uncle Jumbo's 2015 Christmas Party where ticket sales went to Rotaract, an aspect of Rotary International.