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Costuming Guest of Honor: Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8, and is also the chair of Worldcon 76 in San Jose. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM Research Almaden, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in atomically engineered materials, and has recently joined the IBM Q quantum outreach team, explaining the weird world of quantum computers to audiences around the world.

Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley set out in 2002 to bring Costume-Con back to California, and ~900 hundred costumers showed up at CC26 in 2008 to join the fun. More recently, Kevin and Andy threw an olive tasting/bid hoax party at a Westercon, culminating in their co-chairing Westercon 66 for nearly 800 people in Sacramento July 4 weekend last year

Andy chaired the successful San Jose in 2018 Worldcon bid; as a result, Kevin is now the Chair of Worldcon 76 in San Jose, the 2018 World Science a Fiction Convention.

Kevin is also created Thinbot, the gold-medal winner in robotic bartending at Robogames, the international robotics competition, in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Thinbot is not infrequently found hard at work serving visitors to Kevin and Andy's parties at conventions.

As part of the San Jose Worldcon bid, Kevin designed and constructed the San Jose Galactic Light Tower, a 32’ tall (1/10 scale) replica of the historic San Jose Electric Light Tower, which was first exhibited at MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City last August. The tower incorporates 3000 addressable animated LEDs, controlled via cell phone app. (photos of the tower are also viewable at its facebook gallery).

Kevin is also the editor of Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record.