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Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard at work wrangling giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics. 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 2013. They then successfully bid to bring the World Science Fiction Convention to San Jose in 2018, so Kevin is now the chair of Worldcon 76 in San Jose!
Kevin is also the creator of Thinbot, the gold-medal winner in the robotic bartending event at Robogames, the international robotics competition, in 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016. Thinbot is frequently found hard at work serving visitors to Kevin and Andy's parties at conventions. He is also the editor of Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record (www.yipezine.com).