Join us for GiveBIG 2017!

Written by Jenn Schooley, GeekGirlCon Individual Sponsorship Manager

We’re excited to participate for a second year in Seattle’s GiveBIG and now, more than ever, we need your help!

Just what is GiveBIG?

GiveBIG, sponsored by the Seattle Foundation, is an online fundraising event designed to help Seattle area nonprofits create momentum and excitement about community philanthropy. Now in its seventh year, the program has helped participating nonprofits raise more than $75 million.

How does it work?

This 24-hour giving marathon takes place on May 10 from 12:00am to 11:59pm. Starting now, donors can pre-schedule gifts to their favorite participating nonprofits (including GeekGirlCon). Gifts won’t be charged until the morning of May 10, but it’s a great way to get your donations scheduled in advance without having to worry about it later!

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Women Love Pi: Training Young Women in Computer Technology Through Raspberry Pi

By Samantha Lee Donaldson, a guest writer for GeekGirlCon

In 1992, only 21% of individuals coming from families with annual incomes of $25,000 or less qualified for admission to a four-year university, and only . 8% were minority graduates. Unfortunately, the numbers have not changed nearly enough in the last decade. However, with a significant increase in female college enrollment since the 1970s and the rise of women in technology, the ability to teach skills to students from low-income neighborhoods then can be utilized to help them succeed in life on a much larger scale is extremely enticing.

Therefore, when Eben Upton and a group of his colleagues at the University of Cambridge decided to create a cheap and efficient computer that could be used to show children the power of code and computer technology, the game was changed forever. Thus, the Raspberry Pi was born.

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Programming and Code For Low-Income Schools: It’s A Piece of Pi!

By Samantha Lee Donaldson, a guest writer for GeekGirlCon

For many students across the globe coming from low-income households, trade school courses are their life, from the first day of kindergarten to their last day of high school. The skills gap remains a global problem even now. Instead, if these students were given the ability to learn more than the basics which allow them to only receive low-wage professions, they could reverse this trend and help create an economy that reflects a growing parity in no time.

Just as doctors must take the Hippocratic oath, educators are asked to take the educator’s oath. This oath says, “I promise to seek and support policies that promote quality in teaching and learning and to provide all engaged in education the opportunity to achieve excellence.” Despite this, children who come from low-income households are often neglected and the low-income schools they attend are seldom given the amenities necessary to train these children to change the world and their lives, even though studies suggest that the key to power in the workplace is education, especially for women. Therefore, when these children are provided with sub-par education, they are ultimately set up for failure from the start and not given the tools necessary to achieve their goals in life.

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How American Television is Changing for the Better

Written by Chelsea Hinkofer

American television has seen some recent changes from a casting and technical stance. These are not changes we should heed with warning, but rather welcome.

Lately, women of color have been attaining more lead character roles, directing opportunities, and writing positions. Some prime examples of women of color as main characters that are killing it are shows like The Get Down (Herizen Guardiola is mixed race), Jane the Virgin (Gina Rodriguez is Latina), and American Crime (Regina King is African-American). These shows portray women of color as real people, not some stereotype. They show the struggles they go through and give a realistic view of the world where not everyone is white and looks and dresses a certain way.

There are more shows taking the leap and casting women of color in main roles (such as Fresh Off the Boat, Empire and Blackish), but what this might mean is that America is finally changing its stance on white people being in charge. However, this does not seem to be the case when it comes to directing, writing, and producing.

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We’ll Tumblr For Ya– And We’ll Live-Tweet, Too

Written by Laurel McJannet, Social Media Manager

With so many panels to attend and games to play and exhibitors to see, there comes the painful realization that you can’t do it all.

We’d like to help lessen that pain. We’re going to live-blog and live-tweet some panels so you can follow along real-time or review at your leisure at the end of the day (when you visit our super cool Social Media Dashboard!)

Below is a list of panels we plan to cover during the con, along with Twitter handles and hashtags. Just search for the hashtag on Twitter or follow our Tumblr to check out our live blogging coverage.

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Amazing Tales from Girls Make Games Camp!

Written by guest contributor Sharon Feliciano

“I think Kitty’s summer is kicking everyone else’s summers butt!” this statement on my Facebook page accompanied a picture of my nine year old daughter proudly standing by the door to a conference room at PopCap Games’ corporate offices.  Kitty was getting ready to start her second week of Girls Make Games, a game design camp. Our friends and family followed along enthusiastically on social media as I posted daily updates of her camp adventures.

Girls Make Games is a three week camp that was held in July at 24 locations around the world. During the camp the participants learned about different career options in the gaming industry, met people working in the field, and toured game studios. In the three weeks they attended camp they also wrote, designed and developed a playable game.

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#DIYSciFilm returns with The Avengers!

Written by DIY Science Zone’s Event Coodinator Torrey Stenmark

 

The movie-watching scientists of the DIY Science Zone are back! In advance of the release of Captain America: Civil War, we’re bringing you our breakdown of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Curious about the science behind Tony Stark’s arc reactor (somewhat plausible), the Tesseract (less so), or the helicarrier (um, no)? Please join us on Twitter at #DIYSciFilm next week! We’ll start the film at 6:00 PDT and share comments, criticism, and general merriment.

Previous #DIYSciFilm events have included Real Genius and The Mysterious Affair at Styles, now storified for all propserity!

Specifics:
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (available for digital rental from Amazon, or purchase wherever DVDs and Blu-rays are sold.)
  • Start time: April 28, at 6:00 PDT/8:00 CDT/ 9:00 EDT
  • Follow and use hashtag #DIYSciFilm on Twitter
See you there! Excelsior!

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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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GeekGirlCon ’15 Annual Costume Contest!

Saturday, October 10 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Room 301/302

It’s your time to shine in all your geek finery at the GeekGirlCon ‘15 Costume Contest hosted by Devious Cosplay!

Tiffany – aka Devious Cosplay – has been actively cosplaying for 2 years. Before she discovered cosplay, she couldn’t even make a pillow. Her mom has been her mentor and taught her how to sew. She is 33, works full time, and has 2 children, so having a hobby that allows her to be creative and escape from the daily routine of adulthood is amazingly fun and liberating. She loves instantly having something in common with so many people. She hopes to continue to improve and make many more friends over the years. Her geek loves are video games, anything Joss Whedon, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and comic books.

The Costume Contest is open to everyone – all ages, experience levels, and fandoms. Entrants will vie for Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume, and Best Child’s Costume.

There will also be a new non-competitive Junior Cosplay event from 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm – bring your costumed young ones to the Costume Contest for a chance to show off their nerdiness.

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