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Event Report

Mark Cooke looks back on the explosive success of the convention that started as a get-together in his own home

AIRECON

AireCon started in your house just a few years ago! How has it changed since it began?

The main thing that has changed is the size! When I organised that very first AireCon at my house, it was based around creating a relaxed atmosphere, being welcoming, playing games and running some fun events. Those same things are still core of what we’re about, even though we’re expecting 35 times the number of people than were at that first event. Everything is on a bigger scale, but we still promote a relaxed and welcoming environment with a focus on having fun.

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