In 2014, the Symposium partnered with the charity NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) because as we like to say of Steampunks “some of us choose to be eccentric, and some of us were just born this way.” To help NAMI in their work to increase awareness and stop the stigma of mental illness, the Steampunk Olympics and various other events are an opportunity to help us raise funds for this charity that improves and saves lives.