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If you’re at all familiar with the behind-the-scenes of GeekGirlCon, you know that this magical force of feminist geekery is the product of hours and hours of volunteered time, energy, and talent. While this structure has worked remarkably well for over six years, it does require an immense amount of devotion and generosity from those volunteers on a week-to-week (and sometimes even day-to-day or hour-to-hour) basis. It’s a daunting workload to say the least.

With this year comes an exciting change for GeekGirlCon. In addition to retaining our current year-round volunteer staff, we will be welcoming a new Executive Director. This will be GeekGirlCon’s first full-time, paid position. Join us in celebrating this addition to our team as we science the night away at the Living Computers Museum in Seattle on Saturday, February 4 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

This gathering is free and open to the public, so bring your friends, your family, your dates. We’ll be enjoying the excellent exhibits, some good music, and tasty treats, all while reveling in the community we’ve created.

The Living Computers Museum and Labs houses the world’s largest collection of fully restored, usable supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers, and microcomputers. There are also exhibits centered around robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, big data, video-game making, and digital art. It’s a truly auspicious place to introduce this community to our new Executive Director, and we couldn’t be more excited to come together for such a cool celebration.

We will be releasing more information as we get closer to the event, so keep an eye out on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for that. Until then, mark your calendars, register for GeekGirlCon ’17, and allow yourself to geek out about new and old technology and prospect of GeekGirlCon’s bright future.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

An Open Letter to White Hamilton Fans (From Another White Hamilton Fan)

I have never been a very avid music listener. I connect more immediately and more deeply to art that tells complete, narrative stories. Because of this tendency (and because of a brief stint as a drama kid in high school) my love for musical music is exponentially more developed than my love for any other specific kind of music. So, naturally, when Hamilton appeared on my radar, I jumped at the chance to love something so cool and so objectively good. And, I did. I loved (and continue to love) it so intensely.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon is Looking for a New Executive Director!

GeekGirlCon has been entirely volunteer-run since its inception in 2011. This past October, year-round volunteer staffers and convention-weekend volunteer Agents worked together to host 11,145 attendees over a too-short and just-drizzly-enough weekend for an intense celebration of geekdom, diversity, and community. In order to sustain this caliber of success and growth, GeekGirlCon is seeking candidates for the newly salaried Executive Director position.

The Executive Director, in short, works to manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of GeekGirlCon, meanwhile ensuring a strict adherence to the organization’s mission. Additionally, the Executive Director functions as a liaison between the organization’s Board and staff. A more comprehensive list of responsibilities can be found here.

For this position, GeekGirlCon is looking for candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline!) and have strong management, leadership, and collaboration skills. As our current Executive Director, Danielle Gahl, puts it, “We are in a building year. We are looking for someone with a passion for infrastructure and the ability to drive a diverse team with a unifying vision. We’re looking for someone with the ability to think about both the minute particulars and the broad brushstrokes, the creative and the analytical: a professional driver who also inspires community.”

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Horror and Feminism and Geek Girls! Oh My!

Though GeekGirlCon ‘16 has come to an end, those who support its mission will inevitably continue their work throughout the off season. The world is full critically-thinking geeks and we’re here to point you their way while we gear up for GeekGirlCon ‘17.

Just in time for the arguably greatest time of year, Seattle’s Central Cinema will be staging the latest installment of their series Serious Fun, which pairs panel discussions with film screenings in an attempt to illuminate the complicated relationship between the horror film industry and strong women. On this Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., three panelists will come together to discuss the need for more and stronger women leads in horror before participating in a screening of The Descent.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Thank Yous and Pre-Teen Aliens at the GeekGirlCon ’16 Closing Ceremony

The final moments of GeekGirlCon are always bittersweet. On the one hand, it is when it becomes very clear very fast just how near the end really is. On the other, it brings with it the Closing Ceremony, which is always such a magical way to conclude the other-worldly experience that is GeekGirlCon.

To start off, GeekGirlCon staff and board members thanked attendees for spending this weekend celebrating socially-conscious geekdom. They also took a moment to address the sheer amount of time and energy staff and Agents voluntarily and consistently dedicate to the mission of making GeekGirlCon a reality. They implored attendees to add their support to the pool as donors and volunteers. It was a moment of true gratitude all around and a real indication of just what sort of atmosphere GeekGirlCon cultivates. Here is a video compiled of scenes and feels from GeekGirlCon ’16.

After the last shoutout was given and the last round of genuinely heart-warming, congratulatory applause had trickled away, the main event was announced and actors from Jet City Improv took to the stage to debut their upcoming show: Periods in History.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Panel Highlight: Diversity in Media

For me, a very important part of pre-con preparation is an intense highlighter-and-spreadsheet-infused session of planning exactly which (and how many) events I will attend over the course of the weekend. My excitement doesn’t really set in fully until this point. But once I’ve given myself permission to spend an evening poring over panel descriptions and desperately fantasizing about somehow acquiring a Time-Turner, there’s no going back.

This is a visual representation of my con-prep process. Source: Giphy

This is a visual representation of my con-prep process.
Source: Giphy

So far we’ve covered the science-y panels, the fandom-focused panels, the GeekGirlCon After Dark panels, and the cosplay panels. One type of panel I am particularly excited for, however, is that which works to start discussions about two of my most favorite things: diversity and media.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Strong Female Character: Jane the Virgin Needs Her Mom (And So Do You)

Source: TV Guide

Source: TV Guide

I have a pretty established preference for the serious when it comes to T.V. drama. (TGIT, anyone?) However, one night, about a year ago, in a room-cleaning daze, I happened upon the silliest, most light-hearted, and most romance-novel romantic series I know of: Jane the Virgin. It’s the opposite of everything I’ve come to expect from a binge-worthy dramatic T.V. series and yet, I love it.

Jane the Virgin is about a woman, Jane, who, in the midst of finishing school, getting engaged, and suddenly reuniting with her long-lost superstar father, is accidentally artificially inseminated. The premise is loosely based on a Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen, and is a jarring but captivating juxtaposition of telenovela tropes and real characters and problems. The drama is decadent, the writing is masterful, and the characters are hilarious, but that’s not the reason I will recommend the show to anyone and everyone. That’s not what has caused me to write not one but two academic papers analyzing the story’s development. I love Jane the Virgin because I love Jane.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

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