Support Hands-On Geekery: Back the DIY Science Zone

Although November may still feel far off, GeekGirlCon ’19 is fast approaching. Help us get ready by supporting one of the coolest and most unique pieces of GGC programming: the DIY Science Zone!

For those who haven’t experienced it, the DIY Science Zone is a place were geeks of all ages can get hands-on and do experiments one-on-one or in small groups under the guidance of top scientists. Your donations will help us stock enough supplies and bring in enough field experts to ensure that everyone who wants to participate is able to join in the geeky fun.

We want to make this year our greatest yet, and we need your help. So, strap on your safety goggles, pull up your neoprene gloves, and let’s make some science happen!

Bill Nye, wearing safety goggles, throws his hands out dramatically while a light flashes off-screen and a caption appears that reads “Science!!!” Source: Giphy.

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Pride Month & the Anxious Asexual

When I came out to my mom, I did so in a Mexican restaurant. I figured picking a public place to tell my Evangelical Christian mother that I was queer would 1) keep the conversation from getting two heated and 2) prevent her from just leaving the room.

Description: a guy sitting down at a table and saying confidently, “I’m ready.” Source: GIPHY

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Programming Submissions Close 5/31!

Do you have an idea for a panel, performance, event, or workshop for GeekGirlCon’19? Are you interested in being a panelist, moderator, or tabletop game host? If so, now’s the time to get cracking on your form, because submissions close on Friday, May 31st at 11:59pm PST!

Description: a gif of a cat frantically scratching at a laptop as if it’s typing. Source: Giphy.

Whether you’ve never tabled a panel before or taking center stage is old hat for you, if you’ve got an idea or want to be part of the programming, we would love your input. We can’t wait to read what you’ve got!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

GiveBIG to Support GeekGirlCon

We’re less than 24 hours away from GiveBIG, Seattle’s annual day of giving! Hosted by 501 Commons, GivBIG is an online fundraising marathon that supports local nonprofits, including GeekGirlCon.

Two girls wearing headphones play a video game while seated at a table at GeekGirlCon. Source: GGC Flickr.
Two girls wearing headphones play a video game while seated at a table at GeekGirlCon. Source: GGC Flickr.

You’ll have all day tomorrow, May 8, to give live, and we’ll be streaming updates throughout the day to record our milestones and stories about GGC. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can also schedule your tax-deductible gifts today.

Why support GeekGirlCon? Built on the belief that everyone deserves a safe space to be their true selves, GGC is a labor of love from start to finish. Our 100% volunteer staff works hard year-round to pull off both our annual con and other events throughout the year, and we rely on your support to create these opportunities for underrepresented groups to come together and celebrate the things they love.

So, schedule your donation early, if that’s your jam, and check back in tomorrow to see how we’re doing and hear more about the things our staff and community love about GGC.

Thank you for helping us build something great.

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Love a Deal? Save on Your GGC’19 Hotel Room

Description: a photo of the Olive 8 tower where the Hyatt is located. Source: Wikipedia.

Attending GeekGirlCon’19 from out of town? You’re going to need somewhere to stay, and you can’t get much closer than the Hyatt at Olive 8!

This year, we’re partnering with the Hyatt to offer reservations for the full con weekend (November 14 through 18) for just $149 a night. The Hyatt is right down the street from the Conference Center where GGC’19 will take place, close enough that you can pop back over in case you forgot something or need to charge your phone for a bit in the middle of the day. Make your reservations now!

Description: a map showing the route between the Hyatt and the Conference Center, which is 0.1 miles in a straight line. Source: Google Maps.

Looking for more to do while you’re in town? Check out the Hyatt’s list of sights, attractions, wineries, breweries, and sports stadiums that call Seattle home to start planning your geeky adventure in style.

We’ll see you in just a few short months!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Three Television Portrayals of Women

I’ve been dealing with a persistent case of burnout over the past couple of months. Although it’s been frustrating from relational and productivity standpoints, staying home and hiding from the world has left me with a lot of good tv-watching time. I’ve been checking out new shows and catching up on old ones, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the portrayals of women in several of them. Here’s a snapshot.

Nadia Vulvokov from Russian Doll

Nadia, standing in a bathroom, adjusts her shirt before swaggering toward the door. Source: Giphy.

Caitlin Foskey
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Celebrating the Season of Love

To those of you who celebrate it, happy belated Valentine’s Day! To those who don’t, happy Discounted Chocolate Day, one of my favorite days of the year!

Description: A man appearing to wash his face with chocolate from a chocolate fountain. Source: Giphy.

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Panel Recap: Enter LAIKA: Behind the Scenes

LAIKA Studios Logo. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Description: A short video explaining some of the art and science that goes into LAIKA films. Source: LAIKA Studios’ YouTube channel.

Veronica Hernandez, Senior Roto/Paint Artist at LAIKA and the host of the Enter LAIKA: Behind the Scenes panel, kicked off her introduction to LAIKA with the clip above. “We’re all super geeks,” she explained when it ended. “At LAIKA, being weird is a superpower. We get to come together and make these amazing films.”

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Do It for the Geeks: The GGC Holiday Wish List

While the next GeekGirlCon is almost a full year away (November 16 and 17, 2019!), we’re already getting the ball rolling, and we’d love your help! We’ve compiled an Amazon Wish List of items that will help us make the con a success. If you’d like to support our mission, please take a look and consider donating an item or two to the cause.

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last “hand” is a dog paw.

Each item on the wish list is labeled with the area of the con it will help support, so you can contribute directly to the experiences that have had an impact on you.

Love our panels and featured contributors? Consider donating a Southwest Airlines gift card to help us bring in more panelists from more places around the country.

Appreciate our accessibility efforts? You may want to donate a pack of writing pads to support that mission.

Consider our cosplay contests the highlight of GeekGirlCon? Our wish list is full items we’d love to offer as fabulous prizes for contest winners. (Pro tip: if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the geeks in your life, I’d highly recommend scrolling through our list.)

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa's elves wrapping a present.

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa’s elves wrapping a present.

Whatever you love about GeekGirlCon, our Amazon Wish List is a great, inexpensive way to have a tangible impact on next year’s con. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the upcoming year!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Thank You for Coming to GGC’18!

Well, friends, GeekGirlCon’18 has officially drawn to a close. On behalf of the GGC staff, I want to say thank you so, so much to all of you who joined us this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, supported, and otherwise contributed to making 2018 our best year yet. Thank you for believing in our mission, for finding value in the celebration of geeky girls and women, and for being passionate about the things you love and sharing that passion with us.

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

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