LineCon 2020

A conference about waiting in line.

    Coming back to San Francisco in Spring 2020 (or maybe another city near you!).
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    We love lines. 🚶🏾🚶🏼🚶🏿🚶🏽

    San Francisco has so many good lines. As connoisseurs of San Francisco's hidden treasures we're curating a day of waiting in SF's best lines, along with talks on topics like: Lines of Poetry, Assembly Lines, Dashes, Queueing Theory, Professional Line Waiting, and more! Talks will take place in the line. Some example lines are Tartine Bakery, Bi-Right Ice Cream, and the Cable Car Line at Powell & Market. This year's schedule is TBA. The event will run from 10am-5pm.

    Tickets to Linecon technically aren't necessary (we're waiting in public lines), but will secure you a conference badge.

    Participants are not required to purchase anything at any of the stops. You might consider bringing snacks and water. We'll also have folding stools available via donation.

    We've been waiting in lines for years.

    Since 2016, we've been hosting LineCons in New York and San Francisco. Let us know if you'd like us to come to a city near you!

    Here's some of our previous talks.

    (2017, SF)
    Britta Gustafson - How To Read the Telephone Lines
    Kona Lai - Dashes, Hyphens, and Other Typographical Lines
    Max Goodman - A Brief History of America Online
    Kate Miltenberger - Exploring the Joke Sub-genre “One-liners”
    Lady Red - Mother Nature Queues Best: Waiting Behavior in the Animal Kingdom
    Ben Joeng - PanLine: A Project of the Long Line Foundation
    Edmund Zagorin - Supply Lines: What is the Bullwhip Effect? A Talk Based on the Game Telephone
    Ivan Gold - Pharma Pipelines: How Drugs Get Developed
    Ben Bregman - Herman Melville’s Moby Dick “The Line”: A Live Audiobook Performance
    Ramon Solis and Anna Vignet - Drawing the Line: Thoughts from an Urban Sketcher
    Danielle Baskin - Kittens that Only in See in One Direction: 1970s Experiments on Cats

    (2016, NYC)
    Jon Earle - Around The Bloc: Waiting in Lines in the Soviet Union
    Elaine Kung - Lifelines: Drawing Lines to Represent Your Life
    Get Ready For One Hundred Owls in a Room - A Play by S'Gonna Be Weird/IRYFOYF featuring Rowan Magee, Ben Katz, Shayna Strype and Emma Wiseman

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    If your company is America Online, Medline, or Gemline, please reach out.

    We're open to more sponsorships, but you'll have to wait a while for us to respond to your email.

    If you're a local business, we're basically sponsoring you!


    Organized by Danielle Baskin and Noah Swartz
    With help from Em Lazer-Walker, Josh Horowitz, and Will Doenlen