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Oh, what a wonderful GeekGirlCon!

More than 11,000 attendees came through our con to experience our expansive new floor of exhibitors, a collection of diverse panels, and, of course, the fabulous cosplay contest.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! (Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.)

GeekGirlCon 2016 is in the books, but for many it is still in our hearts as an incredible weekend as we share our favorite con moments with friends and family.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Be Heroic for the Kids!

We love games at GeekGirlCon! We also love awesome events that help kids. So, here’s an opportunity to do both by supporting Extra Life, a 24-hour game marathon to raise funds for sick children and their families. Extra Life has been around since 2008, and since that time it’s raised over $14 million for children in hospital! This year, GeekGirlCon is proud to have two of its staffers taking part on September 16 for this great cause.

 

Once again, our very own Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich (also known as The 8 Hour Gamer) and our Merchandise Manager extraordinaire, Shubz, will be battling the monsters of the Underdark as part of the Wizards of the Coast team to help raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Andy will also be running a game of Dungeons and Dragons as a Dungeon Master, so you can see him switch hats and roles throughout the marathon!

JC Lau
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You can help in making GeekGirlCon a sustainable organization

A GeekGirlCon volunteer at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington during Con in October 2015. Photo by Danny Ngan

A GeekGirlCon volunteer at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington during Con in October 2015. Photo by Danny Ngan

We love the geeky things we do.

It’s why GeekGirlCon is powered by a 100% passionate, volunteer-run organization (and 501c3 nonprofit) dedicated to putting on a fantastic con that celebrates women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms. Take a look in this infographic at what we had going on last year!

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

From Iron to Amazonian: Individual Sponsorship opportunities available

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Did you know you can be a sponsor of GeekGirlCon for as little as $5 a month? And that sponsors get sweet benefits?

Join GeekGirlCon as we continue to build a fun and welcoming community that helps women, girls, and their supporters understand and promote the role of women in geek culture!

From Iron to Amazonian, check out the individual sponsor tier below to see if one is right for you. Click here to become a sponsor.

Individual Sponsor Benefits

Click here to donate for individual sponsorships. If you’re interested in corporate sponsorships, please contact our sponsorship team at sponsorship@geekgirlcon.com.

 

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

It’s Gauntlet Time!

For a third year, four intrepid members of the GeekGirlCon staff will be battling it out this Sunday, May 15th at Mox Boarding House for the Gauntlet!

What IS the Gauntlet, you ask?

The winning team also wins a literal gauntlet! Image source: Kristine Hassell

The winning team also gets a literal gauntlet! Image source: Kristine Hassell

The Gauntlet is an invitational charity tabletop game tournament that includes local industry professionals from across all gaming genres. It’s also a marathon, and not a sprint: teams of four play games for nine hours! In addition to being able to play well, each team gets “power ups” throughout the games, which are special abilities to help boost their chance at winning. But, they don’t come cheap! Power ups are based on each team’s fundraising capabilities. The higher-ranked a team is based on its fundraising abilities, the more power ups they get! All fundraising efforts benefit a local charity. Last year, the teams raised an incredible $93,000, and GeekGirlCon also came fourth out of twenty teams! Information about the previous years’ event can be found on our blog here and here.

 

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This year’s theme is Odyssey, and the charity of choice is YouthCare, a Seattle-area non-profit that works with homeless youth, to help them get off the streets and preparing for life. During the day, Mox will also be hosting other activities, such as face painting, a donation drive and a twitch livestream!

“We’ve been practicing the games as much as we’re able to make the org proud,” says Kristine Hassell, who, along with Hosanna Tolman, Kathryn Storm and Mikey Brant will be flying the GeekGirlCon flag high this weekend. But, that’s not all. In addition to preparing for the games, Team GeekGirlCon has been planning a group cosplay which they will reveal on Sunday!

So, if you’re free this weekend, head to Mox Boarding House and cheer on Team GeekGirlCon! You can also donate for the team’s power up ranking here.

 

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

Thank you for giving BIG!

Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors!

As a 100% volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, these dollars are crucial and we can’t wait to give back to all our supporters at GeekGirlCon’16 on October 9th and 10th!

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Celebrate GiveBIG with us!

[Extraordinary update: Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors! Read more about it in this blog post!]

From Wednesday:

Happy GiveBIG, part two!

GeekGirlCon currently has 79 ‪#‎GiveBIG‬ donors so far. That’s almost 30 more than our original goal!

If we can make it to 100 donors our Board of Directors will donate an additional $500. Will you accept the challenge? Every donation counts, and helps GeekGirlCon ‪#‎GiveBACK‬ more to you!

On Tuesday, GiveBIG’s website had some technical issues with donations. So the Seattle Foundation says it is extending GiveBIG through midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4.

A quick recap of GiveBIG:

  • GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event with the goal to invest $20 million in community nonprofits.
  • In addition to the money we raise today, we get an additional percentage of funds from the Seattle Foundation.
  • With the extra funds, you can help GeekGirlCon (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization), incelebrating every geek and promoting women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms at a variety of events throughout the year and at our annual Con.
  • You can donate here until midnight.

Our goal is 50 donations. Be one of our fabulous 50 donors and #GiveBIG!

We celebrated at Wayward Coffeehouse on Tuesday to track live results.

We will not be at Wayward on Wednesday, but the party continues online! Mention us on Twitter at @GeekGirlCon using the hashtag #GiveBig. You can see some of our tweets throughout the day, in the box below.

GeekGirlCon is 100% volunteer-run. With this additional funding, we can add even more diverse guests and options to our programming, promoting the role of women in geek culture.

Exhibit A

We hope you join us in this adventure! Questions? Tweet us @GeekGirlCon or email us at info@geekgirlcon.com.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Why I’m GivingBIG to GeekGirlCon

Written by GeekGirlCon Board President Jennifer Stuller. Cross-posted with permission from the author from her blog.

 

One of my most treasured GeekGirlCon memories involves puppets. Okay, several of my favorite GeekGirlCon experiences involve puppets (looking at you, Puppet Joss Whedonyou handsy bastard), but this one in particular involves the spectacular Red Fraggle and her handler, the extraordinarily talented & singularly kind Karen Prell.

Karen had attended our inaugural con in 2011 for a sing-along screening of Labyrinth at the EMP. We’d held a sock-puppet making workshop earlier in the day, led by our Design Team, and she pointed out some key moments for puppet participation. (Seeing happy geek women & girls singing and smiling and waving sock puppets they made themselves packing the JBL theater was SQUEE.)

In 2013, celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock were taking place, and GeekGirlCon was presented with an opportunity to get in on the joy. The Jim Henson Company agreed to loan us Red – but she needed to be flown out with a handler and put up in a hotel. Red was certainly not a diva, and the expense was less than I’d predicted, but more than our entire programming budget.

The Executive Director and I decided it was something too special to not make happen.

So we did.

Jennifer K. Stuller
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon Kids and Philanthropy

 

“Mom, why do you have to help GeekGirlCon raise money?”

This question was asked by my nine year old daughter as I shepherded her out the door on the way to GeekGirlCon’s first ever fundraiser last month.

“Well, GeekGirlCon is a non-profit – that means no one person benefits from any money we make. We have to take all the money that people give us and put it back to work. When we want to do more, we need to raise more. That’s why we are having this fundraiser.”

I hadn’t intended for the fundraiser to be a teaching moment, but her questions made me realize that teaching our kids about why we give was an important discussion to have. Philanthropy,  whether it be financial or through volunteerism, is important to my husband and me, so it makes sense that we would teach those values to our kids as well.  But where to begin?

Sharon Feliciano
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