GeekGirlCon ’13 Info Page

Saturday Programming

Note: Details on programs listed below may change before GeekGirlCon ’12, so check back here or the Info Booth at the con for the most up-to-date program information. In addition to this website, follow us on Twitter at (@GeekGirlCon) or find us on Facebook page ( for the latest and greatest GeekGirlCon ’12 updates. We’ll see you there!

Programs below are as of Friday, 8/10. Sessions with an asterisk (*) will be Live-Tweeted.  View Saturday’s Programming Grid here.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Moffat’s Women: Companions, Travelers, Gender Roles and TARDISES in Doctor WhoRM204

Steven Moffat has offered viewers some of the most complex storytelling and controversial gender issues in the Whoniverse. This panel discusses the female characters he created, both now and under Russell T. Davies. Topics include: transgender issues implied by Time Lords being able to regenerative capability, the representation of LGBT characters and lifestyles, and if in fact “The Doctor’s Wife” (aka, Sexy, the TARDIS) is really a “wife” at all.

Presented by: Teresa Jusino, Natalie Reed, Miley Yamamoto, and Alan Kistler


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Steampunk Sewing: From Newbie Basics to Expert Techniques – RM202

Love the steampunk look, but don’t know how to pull an outfit together? Learn start-to-finish techniques that prepare you for translating your concept into reality. Learn about sewing resources and local classes, how you can find and implement vintage sewing patterns, improving your Thrift-Fu, and making last minute repairs and kluges. This workshop covers costuming for all body types.

Presented by: DodiRose Zooropa, Jade Cheung, Melinda Rose, Jamie McManamon, Ericka M. Johnson


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

EA and PopCap ask “What do You Bring to the Table?” – RM205

What exactly is diversity in the geek world and how can it make better games? EA and PopCap Games invite you to meet the heart and soul of their team and learn how your life and professional experiences are exactly what they are looking for! You will want to be a part of this groundbreaking conversation around inclusion. Join the next generation of innovation.

Presented by Ginger Maseda, Kelsey Wesley


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM *

Capes and Canes: Abilities and Disability in Superhero Comics – RM301/302

The behavior and treatment of superhuman heroes and villains can shed light on our own culture’s beliefs and values regarding ability and disability. This open-ended discussion explores the juxtaposition and intersection of superpowers and disabilities. Topics include visible and invisible disabilities, superpowers that are themselves disabling, and the loss of superpowers as a metaphor for disability. What do the superhero comics tropes show us about expectations of health, ability, and those with permanent disabilities and chronic conditions?

Presented by Greg Rucka, Jen Van Meter, Jill Pantozzi, Katelyn Bruhn, Teal Sherer


10:30 AM – 1:20 AM

Let’s Get Critical: Fans, Creators, and Social Justice – RM303   

As fans and creators interested in gender equality and social justice, there are times when our political views seem to interfere with media engagement and media creation. Actions like acknowledging one’s privilege or discovering the systemic misogynist/racist/ableist structures prevalent in our favorite shows, movies, comic books, and video games can be a source of tension. This panel will address the complexities of engaging with media through the lens of social justice, both as fans and as creators.

Presented by Anita Sarkeesian, Alejandra Espino, Suzanne Scott


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

How to Do Your Own Kickstarter – RM202

What’s your dream? Kickstarter projects and Indiegogo’s are growing more prevalent in the culture of self-starter businesses. Hear this experienced panel talk about the pros and cons of using the crowd-funding system to make your dreams a reality and the differences between the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms.

Presented by Samantha Mathis, Caytlin Vilbrandt, Tristan J. Tarwater


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Making Science Fun (with NASA)! – RM204

The Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach at NASA wants kids to be more engaged in science. This group of experienced NASA staff will give you tips from their educational programs to improve interest and science literacy in children of all backgrounds. And you will have the opportunity to ask them about what might work in your school or community.

Presented by Martha Wawro, Wendy Van Norden, Dawn Myers, Holly Csiga, Alice Enevoldsen


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Geeky Technology in Women’s Health – RM205

Medical technology is advancing rapidly with our increasing reliance on personal handheld devices. Managing your medical data is easier than ever. Technology can assist in communication with health practitioners, increasing one’s wellness, and helping with special needs throughout a woman’s life. Check out several gadgets that track information for women and learn how to use them in your daily life. Enhance your health and well-being through tech!

Presented by Cheryl Lynn Rudd, Renee Bouvion, Regina McMenomy, Gavin Spomer, Creagh Miller


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Here is Your Cape. You are a Superhero. Now Act Like One. – RM301/302

Is there a voice inside telling you that you can’t achieve your goals? When superheroes have those same thoughts, they only have to reach for their stash of tools for help. Maya Bisineer will show you how to gather your own tools so you can succeed in your life. You will learn why you should reach for the stars and how you can make it big in a man’s world.

Presented by Maya Bisineer


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM *

Gail Simone and the Batgirl of San Diego: Batgirls, One Year Later – RM303

Last summer, comic book geeks were abuzz about two women. One was the writer on DC’s reboot of Batgirl, where Barbara Gordon would leave behind her wheelchair and don the cape and cowl. The second donned the cape and cowl herself while asking pointed questions about the lack of female representation in comics. Join Gail Simone and “The Batgirl of San Diego” as they discuss the state of comics today.

Presented by Gail Simone, Kyrax2


12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Donna Barr & Roberta Gregory – RM101 GeekGirlConnections

Donna Barr has been working in the field of drawn books (comics, etc.) since 1986. She is excited to mentor one or more people in learning to interact with other artists and publishers in the new publishing world. Roberta Gregory has extensive experience in this area as well. Both Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory do everything they can to promote upcoming artists, and have the support and admiration of our peers, who are some of our biggest fans. They are honest, hard-working, and tell it like it is. They definitely have the chops and have been around. Take advantage of this opportunity to talk to these amazing professionals!

Presented by Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Expressing Your Creativity Through Audio – RM202

Say it loud! Say it proud! Whether you are a writer, actor, musician, or just have something to say, the rise of the iPod culture has made audio a booming new frontier. Hear about the nuts and bolts of starting your own podcast, what’s out there in podcasting today, and how to set yourself apart to create your own niche.

Presented by Julie Hoverson, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Rhys Torres-Miller


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM *

From Jedi Princess to Sith Witch: An Exploration of Female Characters in Star WarsRM204

Padmé Amidala and Leia Organa are icons in discussions about female characters in science fiction. Panelists will delve into the representations of females in the Expanded Universe and the recurring theme of the Jedi Princess. As a counterbalance, the Sith witches transcend the stereotypical caricatures often found in fairy tales and the “ordinary” female characters such as bounty hunters, intelligence agents, smugglers, and fighter pilots that capture our imagination without mystical powers.
Presented by Tricia Barr, Ashley Eckstein, Joanne Perrault, Linda Hansen-Raj, Joao Stinson


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Tug of War: The Story of Science and Engineering Finding a Happy Medium – RM205

Robotic space exploration missions, like the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, make trade-offs between science and engineering. The scientist’s goal is to maximize science return and the engineer’s goal is to keep the spacecraft safe. Both approaches must forge a good working relationship to achieve success. An engineer and a scientist from Cassini will review examples of how working together results in fantastic discoveries about our universe.

Presented by Kim Steadman, Trina L. Ray


12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

Chicks Dig ComicsRM301/302

Chicks Dig Comics is the latest anthology from Mad Norwegian Press, who brought you Hugo-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and Whedonistas. Once again, award-winning female writers, artists, and fans come together to celebrate the comic culture and creators, and to examine the characters and series that they love. You can participate in an open discussion about comics, community, fandom, and representations of women in media.

Presented by Rachel Edidin, Jen Van Meter, Jill Pantozzi, Sheena McNeil, Erica McGillivray, Sarah Kuhn


12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Girls Leading the Robot Uprising: FIRST Robotics – RM303

See robots on parade! More than 290,000 students around the world participate in a FIRST Robotics program. This isn’t your ordinary classroom work; it involves things that geeks love: LEGO, costumes, innovation, and big ideas—and, of course, robots! Meet a panel of young women in high school who discovered their passion for science and technology by participating in FIRST programs. Learn how you can start or mentor a robotics team in your area.

Presented by Tara Biggs, Cathy Swider


1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Super Style: 70 Years of Comic Book Fashion – RM204

Comic book heroines bend steel, travel time and space, and wield the forces of nature. Powerful females do everything that male heroes do. But, these women work their wonders in skirts and high heels. Why do Superman and Batman charge into battle fully dressed while Wonder Woman wears a skimpy swimsuit? This presentation examines comic book fashions and explores the importance placed on superheroines’ visual appeal in comics, fashion, and other media.

Presented by Mike Madrid


1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Art as Business Online – RM205

Learn helpful tips on running an online art or craft business. Panelists discuss selling on popular market places like Etsy, finding your audience, using social media for promotion, connecting with your customer, and the pros and cons of creative commons. Find out the reality of protecting your designs online and some basic rules of running a small business.

Presented by Amy Davis Roth, Cloe Latchkey


1:30 PM – 2:20 PM *

“Go Make Me A Sandwich”: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Online and Fan Spaces – RM301/302

How many times have you read “get back in the kitchen” or “go make me a sandwich” in comments on a YouTube video starring or made by women? Or have you experienced the frustrations of simply being female on Xbox LIVE? Panelists discuss obstacles to women’s participation in online spaces, illustrate places of resistance, and provide tips to combat and improve gender dynamics online.

Presented by Anita Sarkeesian, Maile Martinez, Lila Kitaeff, Regina Buenaobra, Grace (gtz), Colette Vogele


1:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Customizing My Little Ponies: Tips, Tricks, and a Basic How To – RM202


Sheena McNeil will teach you how to customize your own My Little Pony. Learn the ins and outs of modding ponies from Hasbro-replicas to Original Characters or any creature you can dream up. You will find out how to identify a “bait” pony, prep it for customizing, and recognize the differences in generations of ponies (to avoid using a rare and expensive pony). Customizing ponies is a fun activity for parents and kids to do together.

Presented by Sheena McNeil


2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

So Your Daughter Wants to Work in STEM? – RM101 GeekGirlConnections

Researchers found that in the United States, two-thirds of young children (boys and girls alike) said they like science. The numbers began to diverge in middle school and became more obvious in high school, where “many girls who take advanced science courses in middle school do not continue to study science in high school.” Part of GeekGirlCon’s mission is to have girls be inspired and encouraged and see role models of successful geek women, but it also helps to have practical advice from someone who has been there, done that and lived to tell the tale. This Q&A session (and some roundtable discussion) with professional women, who have been successful in the geek world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (and yes some of us even work for NASA), will be educational, encouraging, and inspiring.

Presented by Kim Steadman, Trina L. Ray


2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Gender and Race in the 74th Hunger Games – RM303

Although the Hunger Games trilogy takes place in what looks like a future North America, the nation of Panem is distinctive from the contemporary United States, Canada, and Mexico. Social and cultural conventions clearly shifted over the centuries between our own time and Katniss Everdeen’s or have they? Explore how the world of the Hunger Games presents race, culture, and ethnicity and how that treatment mirrors the way they are represented in media today.

Presented by Erin Lovejoy-Guron, V. Arrow


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Sporty Geek: How Roller Derby and Quidditch Are Changing the Game for Women – RM204

Roller Derby and Quidditch don’t seem to have much in common on the surface. But they share something very important. They are both thriving, grassroots sporting efforts that provide a new range of athletic opportunities for women. Geek girls are kicking butt on skates and brooms! Explore the intersections of geek and jock culture with two sports that challenge convention and have the power to change women’s lives.

Presented by Sara Weisenbach, Chelsea Hougan, Tammy Oler


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

A Family that Games Together… – RM205

Gaming has moved way beyond checkers and Candy Land. Geeky games like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The
Gathering have a place in family learning and fun. There will be active gaming tutorials and a Q&A session for all of your
questions about making games accessible to kids. Learn from James Stowe, the creator of Sidekick Quests (a web comic and kid-friendly gaming system), and the Sturgeon family how they use tabletop and RPGs to enhance family life. This session is geared for families and to keep all those little gamers in audience occupied.

Presented by Cadence Sturgeon, Gawen Sturgeon, James Stowe, Mary Sturgeon


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Spotlight on Corrinne Yu – RM301/302

Corrine Yu, the acclaimed game programmer and game designer, talks about her life in the gaming industry with Seattle public radio producer, Jamala Henderson. Kotaku named Yu as one of the 10 most influential women in gaming in the past decade. Yu is a founding member of Microsoft’s Direct3D Advisory Board, continues to review the designs of new iterations of Direct3D, and now works on the Halo franchise.

Presented by Corrinne Yu, Jamala Henderson


3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Get Your Game On: Shop Talk with the Ladies of BioWare – RM303

The “Designing Women of BioWare” were thrilled and honored to be part of GeekGirlCon ‘11. They are back this year for more chatting and interaction! Female developers from across BioWare will answer your questions about developing games, how to get a job in game development, and whatever else you’d like to know about.

Presented by Mary Kirby, Raylene Deck, Sarah Hayward, Karin Weekes, Melanie Fleming; Moderated by Jessica Merizan


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Geekquality Presents: Navigating Geekdom as an Outsider – RM204

If you aren’t a straight, cis, able-bodied, aged 18-35 white male, it is often very difficult to access geekdom and media. How do marginalized geeks cope in an atmosphere that so many find unwelcoming, threatening, and exhausting? Panelists seek to help you keep fighting the good fight while maintaining your mental and emotional health through community building and setting boundaries.

Presented by Tanya, Rick G, Lois Payne, Elyse, Alice Marie


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Geeks Raising Geeks – RM205

What do you do when your daughter would rather play Barbie™ than Dungeons & Dragons? At what age is Assassin’s Creed an acceptable video game? How do you deal when raising a kid who just doesn’t fit in? Join us for a panel filled with discussion, Q&A, and laughs. Panelists discuss all the joys, trials, and tribulations of being a geeky parent and raising geeky (or not!) kids.

Presented by Sharon Feliciano, Jenn Fujikawa, Kyrax2, Kelly Knox, Cathe Post, Tristan J. Tarwater


3:30 PM – 4:50 PM *

Jane Espenson and Husbands—A Comedy for the Marriage Equality Age – RM301/302

Husbands is a web show in the tradition of Mad About You and I Love Lucy. It’s a funny and affirming look at the lives of a newlywed couple. The show has been getting rave reviews, like the one from The New Yorker (totes cool!). In the second season, Husbands is making news as life imitating art imitating life. The producers and cast will talk about making the show, its political implications, and exciting future prospects.

Presented by Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon


4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

Using UX to Make Websites Sexy – RM202


Six local user experience (UX) experts share with you the basics of creating great UX on your website. You will get hands-on experience with card sorting, wireframing, and creating personas. We will have three interactive stations using the website for Ada’s Technical Books as an example.

Presented by Sarah Davies, Meredith Slota, Natalie Johnson, Serene Careaga, Anna Leung, and Alyson Le’au


4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

Buffy: The Making of a SlayerRM303

becker&mayer! produces extraordinary books for a worldwide roster of clients, on such geeky topics as Star Trek, Transformers, Star Wars, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer! Join editor Kjersti Egerdahl and designer Katie Benezra, together with Nancy Holder, The New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. They will discuss the new becker&mayer! book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer, containing new interviews and photos. Kjersti and Katie will also talk about b&m!’s many other “geek-friendly” projects.

Presented by Nancy Holder, Kjersti Egerdahl, Katie Benezra, Amelia Riedler


4:30 PM – 5:20 PM

Crossplay for GeekGirls – RM204


Crossplay is for geeks of all interests, fandoms, and cosplay levels. These experienced panelists have tips for everyone, from those just starting out to seasoned veterans, on transforming you into a character of a different gender. Learn to choose the right character, make body enhancements, alter your costume, and be convincing in the role. There will be time at the end of the panel for one-on-one help. Audience participation is encouraged!

Presented by Amanda Lemoncelli, Kirsten Deam, Carlos Pardo, Sam Faris, Curt White


4:30 PM – 5:20 PM

Misogyny Online – RM205

Women who speak out online are often the targets of very nasty misogyny. Harmful, threatening, and degrading comments are all too common when a woman posts opinions in social media outlets or even on their own blogs. This panel will discuss how it happens, why it happens, and how to deal with it. An essential panel for women who have or want a strong Internet presence.

Presented by Jennifer McCreight, Amanda Marcotte, Desiree Schell, Heina Dadabhoy, Sophie Hirschfeld, Rebecca Watson, Amy Davis Roth


5:00 PM – 5:50 PM

Self-Driving Cars – RM202


Belle’s back! Join last year’s special guest, Belle Holder, and make your very own track for a self-driving car! At the workshop you will learn how the cars “see” the lines you draw and follow them to the finish. She is an accomplished scientist, writer, and artist and has shown at the 2011 San Francisco Maker Faire, been a contestant on American Inventor, and competed in the San Diego City Science Fair. This workshop is perfect for kids of all ages.

Presented by Belle Holder


5:00 PM – 6:20 PM

Once More, with Feeling Sing-Along – RM301/302

Special Event

Hosts Clinton McClung, SIFF Programmer and founder of the popular “Once More with Feeling” event, and Jennifer K. Stuller, GeekGirlCon Programming Director & Author, lead you in a sing-along of the ground-breaking musical episode.  Goody bags with interactive props will be available for a small fee*, Buffy-Oke and trivia will comprise the pre-show and costumes are encouraged. Watch out for bunnies and singing demons! , “Once More with Feeling.

*Supplies are limited; available for purchase to the first 140 participants.


5:00 PM – 6:50 PM *

Masquerade – RM303

It’s your time to shine in all your geek finery at the GeekGirlCon ‘12 Masquerade. Competition is open to everyone— all ages, experience levels, and fandoms. Entrants will vie for Best Individual Costume, Best Group, and Best Child’s Costume. There will also be a new, non-competitive Kids’ Cosplay event from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. —  bring your costumed young ones to the Masquerade for a chance to show off their nerdiness and get a prize!

Check your registration info, online, or the Con Info Booth for GeekGirlCon cosplay guidelines, a detailed schedule of the masquerade fun, and the age ranges for the Kids’ Cosplay.


5:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Can Geek Girls be Sexually Liberated? – RM204

Ages 18+ (Show ID at the door)

The stigma attached to geek culture is often one of sexual frustration and naïveté. Geek girls, particularly, are portrayed as innocent and childish. That, combined with the image of the dry and serious academic avoiding sexual topics, is a double whammy to navigating human sexuality as a geek or nerd! Topics include: defining objectification, dealing with sexual issues in geek culture and academia, and talking about previously unexplored topics.

Presented by Sophie Hirschfeld


5:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Women in Westeros: Is Game of Thrones Sexist? — RM205

The world of the HBO series Game of Thrones, and the George R.R. Martin book series, is a dangerous (and, given the frequent lack of clothes, chilly) one for women. Westeros itself is clearly sexist—but are the show and books? What’s the line between glorification of sexual violence and critique? How do the books’ and show’s treatment of other socially
disadvantaged groups, like the disabled and gender nonconformists, compare?

Presented by Leah Wilson, Brent Hartinger, Caroline Spector


7:30 PM – 8:20 PM

NERDprov – RM303

Get your nerd on with the amazing improv group NERDprov! From comic books to video games, Star Wars to Star Trek, RPGs to MMORPGs, NERDprov takes your nerdiest suggestions and brings them to new comedic life! You shout out suggestions. They make you laugh. It’s that easy.


8:30 PM – 10:20 PM

GeekGirlCONcert ’12 – RM301/302

This year, the GeekGirlCONcert brings you fabulous duo The Doubleclicks and filk specialists Vixy and Tony. The Doubleclicks are two sisters from Portland who sing and beatbox their way into your nerdy heart with hits like “This Fantasy World” and “Will They or Won’t They.” Vixy and Tony are well-versed in the world of sci-fi, fantasy, and folk song style. Check them out live and hear their Pegasus Award-winning song, “Emerald Green” and the ever-popular, “Mal’s Song.


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