Tekko is a convention that celebrates various aspects of Japanese pop culture, such as anime, manga, music, cosplay, and gaming. It offers a variety of events and activities for its attendees to enjoy, such as:
- An AMV contest, where participants can submit their own anime music videos and compete for prizes.
- Anime viewings, where fans can watch different anime shows and movies on big screens.
- Concerts, where popular Japanese bands and artists perform live on stage.
- Cosplay masquerade, where cosplayers can show off their costumes and act out skits on stage.
- Costume competitions, where cosplayers can enter various categories and be judged by a panel of experts.
- Dance/rave, where attendees can dance to electronic music and enjoy light shows.
- Dance competition, where dancers can showcase their skills and compete for prizes.
- Dealers' room, where vendors can sell anime-related merchandise and goods.
- Fashion shows, where models can display the latest trends and styles from Japan.
- Formal ball, where attendees can dress up in elegant attire and dance to classical music.
- Gaming (board, LARP, table top, trading card), where gamers can play various games and join tournaments.
- Karaoke room, where singers can sing their favorite songs and have fun.
- Panels, where guests and experts can talk about various topics and answer questions from the audience.
- Video game tournaments, where gamers can compete in different video games and win prizes.
- Workshops, where attendees can learn new skills and techniques from professionals.
Tekko also supports various charitable causes and organizations through its events. Since 2006, it has donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gackt's \"Show Your Heart\" charity, and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The concerts at Tekko have been very popular and attracted large crowds. In 2011, over 900 people attended the Rampant concert. In 2012, over 1,000 people watched Exist Trace perform. In 2013, 1,100 people enjoyed the Dazzle Vision & Cantoy concert. Tekko has also contributed significantly to the Pittsburgh economy. In 2014, it generated almost three million dollars in revenue. In 2015, it increased to nearly four million dollars (3.7 mil). In 2016, it reached $4.7 million.Tekko has a long history and has grown over the years. It started in 2003 as a one-day event called Tekkoshocon, which was held at the Carnegie Mellon University. It had about 300 attendees and 20 staff members. In 2004, it moved to the Pittsburgh ExpoMart and became a three-day event. It had about 1,000 attendees and 50 staff members. In 2005, it moved to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and had about 1,500 attendees and 100 staff members. In 2006, it had about 2,000 attendees and 150 staff members. In 2007, it had about 2,500 attendees and 200 staff members. In 2008, it had about 3,000 attendees and 250 staff members. In 2009, it had about 3,500 attendees and 300 staff members. In 2010, it had about 4,000 attendees and 350 staff members. In 2011, it had about 4,500 attendees and 400 staff members. In 2012, it had about 5,000 attendees and 450 staff members. In 2013, it had about 5,500 attendees and 500 staff members. In 2014, it had about 6,000 attendees and 550 staff members. In 2015, it had about 6,500 attendees and 600 staff members. In 2016, it had about 7,000 attendees and 650 staff members.
Tekko has also invited many notable guests and performers from Japan and other countries. Some of the guests include voice actors, directors, producers, writers, artists, musicians, cosplayers, models, dancers, and more. Some of the guests that have attended Tekko are:
- Akira Yamaoka: A composer and producer best known for his work on the Silent Hill video game series.
- Ayumi Seto: A model and fashion designer who popularized the kawaii style.
- Back-On: A rock band that has performed songs for anime such as Air Gear, Eyeshield 21, Fairy Tail, Gundam Build Fighters, and more.
- Chiaki Konaka: A writer and director who has worked on anime such as Serial Experiments Lain, Digimon Tamers, Hellsing, The Big O, Ghost Hound, and more.
- Dazzle Vision: A metal band that has performed songs for anime such as Kaibutsu Oujo and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II.
- Exist Trace: An all-female rock band that has performed songs for anime such as Mardock Scramble and Aquarion Evol.
- Gackt: A singer-songwriter who has performed songs for anime such as Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III - Love Is the Pulse of the Stars and New Fist of the North Star.
- Kaoru Wada: A composer who has worked on anime such as Inuyasha, Samurai Champloo,
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- Kyle Hebert: A voice actor who has voiced characters such as Gohan from Dragon Ball Z,
Kamina from Gurren Lagann,
Ryu from Street Fighter,
- Masao Maruyama: A producer and co-founder of Madhouse Studios who has worked on anime such as Death Note,