This panel is Eric "The Smoke" Moran approved! The Hero Within explores ways in which cosplayers, creatives and nerds of all backgrounds can individually and collectively use their talents and resources to change their communities…if not the world. Panelists from all walks of the geek community tell their stories of creativity, service, trials, and triumph in their quest to be more like the heroes we admire in our respective fandoms. Your most important question on your mission will be…How do I use my passion to help others and make the world a better place? “Use your powers for good.” • Testimonials/Experiences • Benefits vs. Challenges 1. What makes someone a hero? What are their values? 2. Who are your heroes? (fiction and/or non-fiction) 3. How do you balance your “superpowers” with your humanity? In other words, how do you balance your talent and influence (confidence) with your humility?