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GeekGirlCon 2011: The Monarchs

Thank you for being part of GeekGirlCon 2011!

The first-ever GeekGirlCon was a huge success! The con sold out on both Saturday and Sunday. We saw approximately 2,000 people come through the doors over two days to celebrate the contribution of women in geek culture. Attendees, panelists, guests, volunteers, vendors, artists, exhibitors, sponsors, media, parents, kids, and staff came together to create a safe place for everyone and anyone identifying themselves as geeks this past weekend. We should all be very proud of making this ambitious idea a reality.

If you haven’t done so already, please fill out the post-con survey. Your feedback is valuable to us and will make GeekGirlCon 2012 that much better.

GeekGirlCon staff will be taking some much needed time off. Please keep an eye on GeekGirlCon.com, Facebook, and Twitter for upcoming news and events.

GeekGirlCon 2011's Merch Table

Erin and Alicia greet GeekGirlCon attendees at our 2011 convention!

Upcoming November Events:

In November, we have some special screenings of essential geeky media in the works! So mark your calendars for A Geek Girls & Wonder Women TV Dinner at Central Cinema on Wednesday, 11/9 and a screening of the documentary Miss Representation at the new SIFF center co-hosted with SIFF and Reel Grrls on Wednesday, 11/30. Times and more info coming soon.

Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you all again in 2012. We know many of you are already asking at 2012, and as soon as we have the ink dry on a venue/date, we will let you know!

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Welcome to GeekGirlCon 2011!

GeekGirlCon welcomes you!

GeekGirlCon welcomes you!

As we open the doors for the first-ever GeekGirlCon, we signify October 8, 2011 as a landmark day for geeks. Created by geeky women for geeky women, GeekGirlCon strives to serve a diverse spectrum of geeks and nerds. You may be a Trek fanatic; an amazing fx artist; a Linux coder; a scientist, mad or otherwise; a hardcore gamer; a fanfic writer; a LARPer; a genre reader; or a casual fan of something geeky. All self-identified geeks are welcome here to honor and celebrate the contributions and interests of women geeks—regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, alien species, number of twitter followers, or other identifier heaped upon us by society.

So come on in and let yourself bask in the geekiness. Learn something new and meet someone new. GeekGirlCon, the event, may happen just once a year, but we’re creating a network and community to support us the rest of the year. As Sarah Conner says, “There is no fate, but what we make.” We can change the landscape for geek girls, and it starts now. By adding your unique geekery, you have helped make this dream a reality.

Enjoy your time here now and watch for exciting news about the 2012 con and all our other events happening throughout the year!

Live Long and Prosper,
Erica McGillivray
GeekGirlCon President

When: October 8 & 9, 2011 — Saturday 9:30am-10pm and Sunday 9:30am-7pm
Where: Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and EMP Museum, Seattle, WA
Price: Passes are $45 for 2-day and $35 for a single day at door. Cash ONLY.

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GeekGirlCon Masquerade!

Who is that masked woman? The only way to find out is to come to EMP Museum Level 3 at 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 8th for the GeekGirlCon Masquerade! Come decked out in your favorite cosplay or just sit back and watch the show. GeekGirlCon staff emcee the event that is sure to include fantastic costumes–and a very special chanteuse. The GeekGirlCon Masquerade is open to everyone and all cosplay and costumes, but keep in mind the younger folks in the audience.  No wardrobe malfunctions, please.  Win prizes for best individual costume, best group costume, an best child’s costume (for kids under 12).
Instructions for Participants:
Come to  Level 3  5:30 PM
Register your entry (name and costume)
Wait for your category to be called
Rock that costume
Hear the crowd cheer

Doors open at 5:30 PM, show starts at 6:00 PM

Direct link to this post: www.geekgirlcon.com/masquerade

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Save the Date! For the GeekGirlCONcert.

Friday, October 7th, GeekGirlCon presents the GeekGirlCONcert featuring Marian Call, Molly Lewis, and the Doubleclicks at the Great Hall in Seattle’s Green Lake area. Join us for a night of music and fun to kick off our first annual convention and celebrate these wonderfully geeky musicians.

Information about ticketing, show times, and more is coming soon. So save the date and come jam with us on the Friday before GeekGirlCon.

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Feature your business in GeekGirlCon Swag Bags!

Mew!

Sorry, no actual kittens will be accepted or appear in our swag bags. But this one is really cute.

GeekGirlCon is right around the corner, and we’ll be assembling our swag bags in September! Do you have promotional material you’d like to include? Promotional product must be received by September 26th, 2011. We’re anticipating roughly 1,100+ attendees, so please adjust quantities accordingly.

Promotional material can be sent to our address:

Attn: Swag Bags

815 1st Avenue #315.

Seattle, WA 98104-1404

GeekGirlCon reserves the right to refuse material that may be deemed inappropriate.

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Ad Deadline for Program Booklet now Extended!

Falcoooooooore!!!!

Never give up and good luck will find you.....if you put in an ad to GeekGirlCon's Program Booklet.

GeekGirlCon’s ad deadline for the Program Booklet has been extended!

Own a geeky business? GeekGirlCon’s Program Booklet is the perfect way to reach out to your target audience! Over 1,000+ sets of eyes will be viewing the program booklet at the convention itself, and will be a memorable keepsake for GeekGirlCon’s first year.

Download a .pdf with ad pricing and sizes here:

GeekGirlCon Program Booklet Ad Information

Ads are due no later than Sunday, August 14th at 5pm, PST. Please contact marketing@geekgirlcon.com for ad inquiries.

 

**GeekGirlCon’s 2011 Program Booklet will unfortunately not be leather-bound. Program booklet paper weight is to be determined.

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Official GeekGirlCon Hours and Pass Prices

Greetings GeekGirlCon fans,

Our convention is only 2 months away, and our staff is working overtime to make sure that GeekGirlCon’s inaugural convention will be an amazing experience for everyone. We have special guests, tons of programming, gaming, vendors, and much more.

For those of you waiting for our final programming announcements, hold onto your hats because they’re coming soon. I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing final plans for our convention. The fanawesome squee will be loud.

Our official con hours:

GeekGirlCon:
Saturday: 9:30am to 10pm
Sunday: 9:30am to 7pm

Please stay tuned in the next couple weeks for programming updates.

Finally, a friendly-reminder, GeekGirlCon passes go up in price August 1st. Right now, our passes are $35 for 2-days and $20 per single day. (Prices go up $10 after August 1st.) So save yourself a little cash — to spend in our vendor room, of course 😉 — and get your passes now. Additionally, we’re please to announce that several Seattle-area stores are also selling them.

Thanks for your support in making GeekGirlCon amazing,

Erica McGillivray
President and Marketing Director of GeekGirlCon

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GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention

April 29, 2011-Seattle, WA- GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that Carrie and Katie Goldman will join our growing list of guests at GeekGirlCon. You may remember reading about Katie in November 2010 and her experiences being bullied at school by first-grade boys because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. The boys repeatedly picked on Katie in the lunch room, telling her Star Wars was for boys only. GeekGirlCon feels for these young boys, who do not yet know that Geek Girls exist and that we are everywhere. GeekGirlCon applauds Katie’s courage in declaring her love of Star Wars and believes that the force is strong with this one!

Carrie Goldman, who shared her daughter’s bullying experience on her blog A Portrait of an Adoption, is a painter and writer. Carrie is writing her first book, The Littlest Jedi, an exploration of bullying prevention that will be published by Harper Collins. At GeekGirlCon, Carrie and Katie will offer their insights and experience with bullies at a geeky parenting panel. GeekGirlCon programming is still taking shape, so please check geekgirlcon.com regularly for up-to-date information.

In 2010, Carrie was eager to show Katie that other girls are Star Wars fans too. GeekGirlCon will have more Star Wars Geek Girls that you can count. Not only will our attendees show their love of Star Wars, but our special guests too.

Bonnie Burton, writer at The Official Star Wars Blog and author of many Star Wars arts and crafts books, is a confirmed guest at GeekGirlCon. Bonnie has built a name for herself as a renowned authority on Star Wars and Geek Girl culture. Her first book Girls Against Girls is a look at how girls are often so cruel to one and other and, most importantly, offers suggestions on how to break the cycle of cruelty in their own lives.

GeekGirlCon is a celebration of the female geek in Seattle on October 8-9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Look for more information soon about other programming ans special guests. Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter @geekgirlcon or liking our Facebook page: facebook.com/geekgirlcon.

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MORE INFORAMTION ON GEEKGIRLCON:
GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See GeekGirlCon.com for more details and our list of special guests.

MORE INFORMATION ON CARRIE GOLDMAN:
Carrie Goldman is the author of Portrait of an Adoption, (http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/), a blog that has drawn over 450,000 views just since November 15, 2010 and receives several thousand unique views per day. The blog is hosted by ChicagoNow, an online community owned by The Chicago Tribune. Goldman writes about issues related to adoption and parenting. She founded her own company, Artwork By Carrie, and entered the art show and gallery circuit. Through her award-winning oil paintings, Goldman expresses her emotions about the beauty, sadness and joy unexpectedly found in life. Goldman lives in Evanston with her husband and three young daughters, of whom Katie is the oldest.
Bonnie Burton is geek culture writer extraordinaire. She has done too much to list in one paragraph. Visit www.grrl.com for a comprehensive list of Bonnie’s geek credentials.

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