Past Events

Hypecon originally emerged from the idea of organizing a small-scale event by the Onigiri and Warhammer clubs organized by Hyvinkää Youth Services. The main themes of the event revolve around anime and games (miniature games, MTG, etc.), but also role-playing games and many other topics were represented.

The content and nature of the event are determined by the visitors themselves; planning is done using social media and especially on Discord. Anyone interested can participate regardless of age or location! In addition to an open planning group there is a closer-knit “conitea” (convention organizing team), and interested individuals can join.

Hyvinkää Youth Services is involved in organizing the event, enabling the event to remain free and open to all ages in the future.

On this page, memories of previous Hypecon events are collected from 2012 onwards, when the first Hypecon was held in Hyvinkää.

2023

2023

The 2023 event

2022

2022

The 2022 event

2021

2021

After missing the live event in 2020, in February we decided that this year we would organize an online event in case events were still restricted in June – and the decision proved to be correct. The COVID-19 situation had not improved enough by the beginning of June to allow for an in-person event.

Discord was chosen as the main platform for the online event, and the emerging Hypestudio took on Twitch. Hypecon was two days for the first time; the online event was open on Saturday from 12 PM to 8 PM and on Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM.

The event gathered 185 participants on Discord for the weekend. On Twitch, there were 227 distinct viewers on Saturday and 157 on Sunday.

Hyvinkää Sports Services, in collaboration with Dance Art, offered K-pop dance classes and a TanPARA Parapara dance class! The cosplay section featured a Cosplay TikTok compilation, and the AMV competition was in collaboration with AMV.fi. HypeCafé brought its own competitions and games to the event, and on the gaming side, Minecraft and Blood Bowl were particularly popular throughout Saturday – Pokemon fan meetings on both Saturday and Sunday! In addition to these, there were many other programs, so there was something for everyone on both days.

2020

2020

The preparations for the 2020 event started off as usual, but unfortunately Hypecon had to be canceled for the first time due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the organizing committee (Conitea) decided to provide some programming and activities for attendees through Hypecon’s social media channels. During the summer, there were competitions such as drawing and baking contests. Visitors also had the opportunity to explore the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online through a tutorial video created by one of the main organizers.

Throughout the summer, it was also possible to get to know the members of the organizing committee better. Fun “mini-introductions” and greetings from Hypecon’s committee members were shared in the Instagram storys for a few weeks.

2019

2019

The eighth Hypecon took place on June 8th, 2019, with beautiful summer weather – so beautiful that the air conditioning nearly couldn’t keep up. Thunderstorms were forecasted, but fortunately, we enjoyed sunshine and a temperature of +28°C. The weather provided excellent conditions for outdoor activities, and the outdoor boffing and K-pop Random Dances attracted a large number of participants. The guest of honor for the event was concept artist Valtteri Heinonen. Heinonen, who works at the production company Gutsy Animations, has been involved in creating the new Moominvalley animated series which premiered on YLE channels in 2019.

During the event, the long-awaited second day of Hypecon was announced – Hypecon Encore! For the first time next year, Encore is intended to be a natural extension of the first day of Hypecon, with a focus on Asian music and street fashion.

The event also achieved a significant record in both attendance and rapid growth in attendance! 4,100 visitors brought liveliness to the venue, prompting the decision to expand the venue for the next year – more information on this will be coming soon!

2018

2018

The seventh Hypecon was held on June 16th at its established location, the combination of the City Hall, Takomo and the Wanha Areena. Spatial changes from the previous year included moving boffing outside and renaming the sales hall to the Areena due to its expanded content. On the Areena side, there was a stage where the bands Polygon Black and Whispered performed to conclude the day!

This year, the guest of honor for the event was the comic artist Kris Keränen, best known for the “Ahdistunut Pupu” comic.

Throughout the day, Hypecon had 3,250 visitors, and the organization involved 20 volunteers and 11 members of the organizing committee. Meetings before the event were held on Discord, where a group of 24 people discussed responsibilities and updated the current situation.

This year’s event featured a record amount of programming, with the outdoor area also being extensively utilized.

2017

2017

The sixth Hypecon was held on May 13th in the same venues as the previous year. The City Hall served as the gaming area, Takomo hosted panels and workshops, and the Wanha Areena was once again divided for boffeing and the sales hall. Hypecon had grown by almost a thousand compared to the previous year, with 3,000 con-goers attending throughout the day!

Hypecon was organized in collaboration with all interested parties through Facebook starting from the fall. Meetings were held approximately once a month via Skype. In the spring, Skype was replaced by Discord, and meetings became more frequent, occurring about every two weeks as the event approached. There were no physical meetings at all this year! Hypecon was represented at several events by its active members: Tracon, Yukicon, and Tylycon.

This year, there had a significant number of program presenters. For the first time at Hypecon, the closing program was implemented on the City Hall side as a gaming tournament. The Artist Alley was also a success, with more vendors than in previous years. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, some had to be put on a waiting list once the 25 spots in the Artist Alley were filled, prompting consideration of its expansion for the next year. Also, for the first time, Hypecon featured a guest of honor, Namikolinx, whose program drew a considerable crowd.

The event included familiar vendors and recurring activities in the program, such as Hall Cosplay, Cosplay Date, drawing competitions, and a parapara dance lesson – among many others! At the City Hall, attendees engaged in console games, miniature games, Pokémon, and Magic: The Gathering. As a new experiment at the City Hall, an Escape Room was introduced.

Luckily, the weather was favorable, and despite the courtyard being under renovation, the con-goers enjoyed their time outdoors. Outside, vendors offered cotton candy, soft serve ice cream, and meter-long licorice, bringing a summery atmosphere to May!

2016

2016

The fifth Hypecon was held on June 18th, 2016, in the familiar venues of the City Hall, Wanha Areena, and Takomo, which had become known from the previous year. The organization of the convention had been underway since the fall on Facebook and, as the organizing committee was scattered around Finland, also through Skype approximately once a month. Hypecon had also been present at several other events over the past year.

The event attracted 2,000 visitors, and as of June 22, 2016, the recording of the livestream had been viewed 738 times.

Feedback from the previous year highlighted the congestion in the sales hall and the artist alley. This year, ample space was allocated to these areas, addressing the concerns. The space designated for boffeing was divided in half, with one half accommodating sales tables and the expanded artist alley. This arrangement allowed visitors to navigate both sets of tables without congestion.

The former sales hall at Takomo was transformed into a hang out area, which received praise, especially on a rainy Saturday.

At the City Hall, the program featured familiar board games, role-playing games, miniature games, and console games. HypeCafé operated in the same space, offering various treats for the convention attendees. The fifth Hypecon had fewer scheduled panels, but instead, various workshops filled the day. There was a Parapara dance lesson, pony customization, and a Pokemon drawing workshop, among others. Events from previous years, such as the Cosplay competition, the wanted search contest, and FFFight, remained part of the program.

The evening concluded with the Weed Kaksoissolan Legend musical.

Electronic version of the program booklet: Hypecon 2016 (only in Finnish)

2015

2015

The fourth Hypecon was held on June 27th, 2015, as a full-day event in the premises of Hyvinkää City Hall & Takomo. The venues were located approximately 1 km from the train station, making it easy for attendees to walk to the event. There was also a reasonable amount of parking space available nearby. The planning of the event began in the fall in collaboration with the organizing committee known from previous years, with a few new members joining in over the course of the year. The event planning continued on Facebook and in monthly meetings.

The event attracted 1,500 attendees, with hundreds more following through the livestream. Based on visitor feedback, the facilities were considered better than in previous years, although some experienced minor difficulties in finding all the programming due to the new locations. The program included events such as the Cosplay competition, HypeCafé, FFFight, and other stage performances. There were also several panel discussions, a wide range of games (board games, role-playing games, miniature games, consoles), a reading corner, and an artist alley.

The artist alley was located in connection to the sales hall, which featured 13 sales tables plus cotton candy and ice cream sales. In the artist alley, there were 17 table spaces. In addition to the panel discussions and workshops, the art section was represented by the Hyvinkää Art Museum in Villa Arttu, which hosted a ”CROQUIS PIQUE-NIQUE” workshop.

Boffeing was allocated a space of 2500m² for the entire day, actively utilized between 12 PM and 5 PM.

2014

2014

The third HypeCon was held at Hyvinkää Hall on June 14th, 2014. The event was planned with the assistance of Facebook. For this year, an organizing committee (conitea) had already formed, meeting approximately once a month from September to June. The meetings were open to everyone, and the decisions made were promptly communicated as summaries on Facebook for participating planners.

HypeCon had 1,150 attendees, and there were individuals who followed the event through the livestream. Feedback from attendees indicated that the space was occasionally a bit cramped, posing a challenge for the following year. The programming included an official Cosplay competition and more panel discussions. Karaoke was open throughout most of the event, as well as the Maid Café! Gaming activities featured Beyblade, Warhammer, Boffeing, a console tournament, and a dedicated space for Magic: The Gathering, where beginner card decks were also available for borrowing.

There were 8 sales tables, as well as 3 partner organizations present, in addition to the artist alley. In the evening, two bands, Desier and InShade, performed.

2013

2013

The second Hypecon was held on June 8th, 2013, at Hyvinkää Hall. This time, there was significantly more time for event planning, and planning discussions took place over the course of a year with over a hundred individuals on Facebook.

HypeCon 2013 gathered 850 attendees, and the event was also streamed online. Feedback from HypeCon attendees revealed that Hyvinkää Hall was a more successful venue (brighter, good ventilation, three floors, etc.), and the programming was well-received.

Throughout 2013, HypeCon began to establish its presence in the convention scene and network with other con events. With increased visibility, the event nearly doubled its attendees and was featured multiple times on social media! As a result of a logo contest, an expressive and stunning mascot girl was created, who will continue to be part of the event in the following years. The logo was designed by Neino, who also took charge of the poster design.

Highlights of the event at that time included a Lolita fashion show, Cosplay show, Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament, and several excellent panel discussions. Additionally, attendees could play Beyblade, werewolf, and explore Team Pärvelö’s comic corner. The evening concluded with performances by Jenlay and KARMIAN.

2012

2012

The first HypeCon was held on June 16, 2012, with a relatively tight schedule. The initial idea for the event was to have a spectacular closing session for clubs, which then positively expanded into a small-scale convention! Due to its modest size, advertising was initially cautious, aiming to reach hobbyists in the nearby areas.

The inaugural HypeCon took place in Hyvinkää, specifically in the foyer of the city hall (which was designed from the construction phase to be the “living room” for Hyvinkää residents, suitable for various events). We had access to the foyer and performance stage, as well as several meeting rooms.

Participants could join the event both in person and online by following the live stream on IRC-Galleria and participating in the chat discussion.

The first HypeCon attracted 450 attendees, and an additional 650 people followed the event online (via video and chat).