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Kevin Roche

kevin@twistedimage.com
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. At Gallifrey One, Kevin is somewhat infamous as creator of the Tiki Dalek, and as one founder of the Torchwood 4 Cabal, who have hosted many wildly popular social events in their poolside suite at the LAX Marriott.

In his not-so-secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he wrangles giant robot vacuum chambers and electrons in the growing field of spintronics, and deconvolutes the baffling science and technology behind Quantum Computing for the public as an IBM Quantum Ambassador and Qiskit Advocate

Kevin and his husband Andy Trembley have also been deeply involved in fan convention running. They brought bring Costume-Con back to California with at CC26 in 2008, threw an olive tasting/bid hoax party at a Westercon, culminating in their co-chairing Westercon 66 in 2013. They then successfully bid to bring the World Science Fiction Convention to San Jose in 2018, resulting in Worldcon 76 in San Jose with Kevin as chair.

Kevin is 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. Kevin is also an editor of Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record (www.yipezine.com).