History and Staff
The Castle Point Anime Convention is organized and operated by the Anime Critics United, Inc. which is managed by the Stevens Anime Club, a student organization under the Student Government Association at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The name “Castle Point” is derived from the fact that the Stevens Institute of Technology is where the Stevens Castle once stood, in addition to the campus being located on the highest point in Hoboken. Paying homage to the headquarters of the Stevens Anime Club, the convention was named “Castle Point Anime Convention” and later nicknamed “CPAC”. The first convention occurred on April 13th, 2008 and was a one-day convention.
All of the CPAC staff are students of Stevens Institute of Technology, from the Convention Chair all the way down to the volunteers (with the exception of some alumni volunteers). CPAC is not only an event for attendees to have fun at, but is also a learning and service opportunity for all staff involved. The Stevens Anime Club tries to make the convention as official and complete as possible with the intention of giving attendees the best experience possible and our staff real-world experience in event planning and management.
Prior to 2018, the Castle Point Anime Convention was located on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. However, in 2018, it was announced that the convention will move to the Meadowlands Exposition Center and Holiday Inn Meadowlands due to construction happening around Hoboken, in addition to the convention’s growing size.