GeekGirlCon Blog

“Our march forward does not end here”

A look at the Womxn’s March in Seattle.

This past weekend, we saw an inspiring day of solidarity when millions of people united internationally in a march toward social equity and justice.

In Seattle, the headquarters of GeekGirlCon, more than 200,000 people peacefully walked a 3.6-mile route from Judkins Park to the Seattle Center on Saturday.

Ashli Blow
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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
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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
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Featured contributors: Pixar creators and engineers at GeekGirlCon

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers.

Did Inside Out and Up melt your heart? Laugh endlessly during Monsters University and Finding Dory? Just have an overall appreciation and love for Pixar?

If you answered “yes” to one or all of those questions: prepare to be delighted by this fleet of featured contributors speaking and hanging out during GeekGirlCon.

Ashli Blow
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Score hotel deals during GeekGirlCon weekend

Hotel Max Classic King Room. Image Source: Hotel Max

Hotel Max Classic King Room. Image Source: Hotel Max

Out of town and attending GeekGirlCon? We’re excited about having you in Seattle at our convention. If you need a place to stay close to the convention center, we have some deals for you — and the best ways to make reservations.

Hotel Max

  • 620 Stewart Street
  • Click here for hotel details.
  • GeekGirlCon Room Rate: $169
  • Includes complimentary WiFi. Valet parking extra (approx $45, no self parking option).

To make reservations: click here.

The Inn at the Washington Athletic Club

  • 1325 Sixth Avenue
  • Click here for hotel details.
  • GeekGirlCon Room Rate: $199
  • includes complimentary WiFi. On-site self or valet parking extra (approx $35/37).
  • To make reservations:
  • Email innreservations@wac.net  or call 800. 275.3775

*Make sure to request the GeekGirlCon group block in order to receive the discounted rate. Do not book online.

Ashli Blow
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GeekGirlCon ’15 Panel Recap: From Doom Patrol to Sense8

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Panelists Jenn Popkin, Jessica Udischas, and Alyson McManus
Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

Sunday morning at GeekGirlCon ‘15 brought us one of my favorite panels of the Con. Jessica Udischas of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl, Jenn Popkin of Gender Justice League, and Alyson McManus of Trans Lifeline teamed up for a retrospective and analysis of trans representation in genre media. (They gave the caveat that all three are able-bodied white trans women, so they only speak for a small portion of trans experience.)

Trans people are more in the spotlight than ever before, and trans representation is growing, but also changing. As Udischas pointed out, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. She gave the example of older representations such as Agent Denise Bryson in Twin Peaks. The language now seems dated, and the character was played by a cis man (David Duchovny), but in some ways the representation was more respectful than some more recent depictions.

Winter Downs
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Social Media Contest: Promote our Panels

Are you excited for another year of amazing GeekGirlCon panels? We know you are–and we are, too! This year, we’re offering you the chance to help us find great content in exchange for the chance to win a free GeekGirlCon ‘16 2-day pass and t-shirt. All you have to do is share our call for submissions on your social media, and you will be entered to win!

This contest will run from Thursday, March 17 to Thursday, March 31.

Winners for week one will be drawn on Friday, March 25, and winners for week two will be drawn on Friday, April 1. (No jokes, we promise!)

Contest rules:

Meagan Malone
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GeekGirlCon 2016: More Space for Every Geek, Everybody

Written by GeekGirlCon Social Media Manager Laurel McJannet

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We have exciting news!

This year, we are adding the 4th floor trade show area at the Washington State Conference Center.

All this glorious space means you can look forward to:

  •     Seeing Artist’s Alley, Exhibitors, and GeekGirlConnections all on the same “giant” floor.
  •     A new concession area/café.
  •     Lots of space for exploring without running into long queue lines.
  •     Additional space for authors and game vendors to sell their wares.
  •     More exhibitors and artists than ever before.
  •     Two more giant rooms for panels added to our regular room set-up.
  •     A DIY Science Zone  that’s doubled in size.

The timing of this makes it all the more appropriate to also announce this year’s Con theme… Ready?

 

Every Geek, Everybody.

 

We’re working on ways for everyone to participate and have fun with this year’s theme, so stay tuned to our social media and our blog for details.

What are you most looking forward to in our new 4th floor space? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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