Kopikon: A Conlang Conference

Kopikon is a daylong celebration of language creation featuring a host of speakers sharing their insights on the art and practice of conlanging. Kopikon will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C.

You may live stream the whole event on YouTube here. If you'd like to view the stream embedded in our website, you can go here.


The speaker lineup is given below:


Kopikon will feature performances by the following incredible musicians:


The schedule of events for Kopikon is listed below (note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time):


Kopikon registration is now at capacity. If you are a member of the Georgetown faculty, staff, or student body, you may ask to be added to the waiting list. The waiting list is being maintained by the Georgetown Linguistics Department. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Alexandra Johnston directly at johnstam@georgetown.edu.


Kopikon will be held in the Copley Formal Lounge on the Georgetown University campus. Here is some useful local information for those attending:

Why Kopikon?

On February 27, 2020, David J. Peterson and Jessie Sams created a YouTube series called LangTime Studio. The goal was to work together to live stream the creation of a series of new languages—five in total—each for a unique band of anthropomorphic animals (combatants in a planned board game David's creating).

During the course of a live stream, it became a tradition for David and Jessie to eat a Kopiko candy whenever they overcame some sort of linguistic challenge or finished something off in the language they were working on. Kopiko is a tasty coffee candy from Indonesia.

As a community developed around LangTime Studio, the idea emerged to have an in person gathering. It was jokingly referred to as Kopikon—a play on Kopiko and "convention". Now, after three years of streaming and five seasons, Kopikon has come to life as a way of celebrating the last stream of LangTime Studio's original five season run.

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