March 18-19, 2017, Santa Clara Marriott

Californithon 2 Presented by AOD 2017


Californithon 2

AOD, the San Francisco Bay Area's Anime and Video Game Convention, is pleased to be the host of this year's Californithon 2!

Californithon is the first major speedrunning event to take place on the west coast, raising over $5600 for Charity:Water in their first event last year. Now coming into their second, with the help of AOD they'll be raising money to support Direct Relief through three days of live videogame speedruns!

Californithon will take place in the Prospector B room, next to Convention Operations. Californithon will begin on Friday, March 17.


View the Californithon Schedule

AOD's Mystery Game Tournament!

Try your hand to prove your mastery at games! Playing a mystery game, try to get the highest score in the time allotted, and if you're truly one of the best, prove yourself on the Californithon stream! What's the game? When will it be revealed? We will reveal the games as the event starts! Show up to find out.

  • This tournament is broken up into a Preliminary Round where anyone can join, followed by the Finals where the top 4 players will move on!
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 4 players!
  • Sign ups to take place between 10:00am and 12:00pm Saturday in the Californithon stream room.
  • The Mystery Tournament Preliminary Round Starts at 12:00pm Saturday till 2:00pm.
  • The Finals can be found on found on the Californithon Schedule

What Is Speedrunning?

If you love seeing video games played with speed, skill, and humor, speedrunning is for you. The concept of a speedrun is simple: players try to use every trick in the book (and some that were never in any book) to beat their favorite games in record times. Live commentary and special twists enhance the audience experience. If you've never seen The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time beaten in 18 minutes, or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island completed in 2 hours, then you owe it to yourself to check out these performances! 

AOD is proud to host some of the leading personalities in the speedrunning scene. They'll be out in force at AOD to raise money for charity and discuss their craft, share stories from past marathons, and show off their well-honed skills!


An AOD 2017 badge is required to attend Californithon 2017 events in person. Weekend passes are available online. One day passes will be available on site. While you're here, enjoy the rest of the convention!

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AOD 2017 will take place at the Santa Clara Marriott, just down the street from where we were in 2016. The hotel is conveniently located near the Mercado Shopping Center with many places to eat within walking distance. The Santa Clara Marriott address is:

2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Hotel Rooms

AOD has secured a special convention rate of $139/night. This rate is for up to four persons in the room. Book your room soon, as there are limited rooms available at our special rate! 

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To make a reservation by phone, you can contact hotel reservations at either
(408) 988-1500 or 1 (800) 228-9290. Be sure to mention AOD 2017 when asked your group/event.

For more information about our venue, visit the AOD Location page.