At GeekGirlCon, we’re all about idolizing the achievements of women and girls in geek culture. Whether we’re talking comics, gaming, science, or tech, our goal is to highlight the accomplishments of these women while actively enforcing a productive conversation about the obstacles and challenges that they face in the field.
GeekGirlConnections, one of the many stellar components of our convention, helps give women the ability to connect with professionals on their desired career path. In fields where women are often underrepresented, GeekGirlConnections aims to inspire and encourage women and girls to pursue their passions. Located on the 4th floor of the convention in our Exhibitor Hall, we’ll have teams of these professionals ready and waiting to build connections and chat about their organizations!
Two game developers presenting their work at GCon ’15. Photo courtesy of NPR.
GCon GConwas made into being after women were barred from attending an all-male gaming convention in Saudi Arabia that was held in 2011. Co-founders Tasneem Salim and Felwa al-Swailem joined forces and curated a group of large-scale gaming companies to back them in starting their own convention, specifically geared for young Saudi women that love games! Salim, who served as our own Corporate Sponsorship Manager at the beginning of 2016, explained in an interview with NPR that videogames aren’t only for play, but can be used to help learn or further their skills in languages such as English or Japanese. Not only do they encourage girls to not be afraid to express their love of gaming, but encourage them to pursue careers in technology.
Calling all Washington State attendees! Did you know that you can grab the latest issue of Ms. Marvel and score one of our passes in the same trip?
With less than one month until GeekGirlCon 2016, passes are now being sold in a handful of local comic book and game stores scattered about the Seattle area! In-store passes are sold at our early-bird pricing and will be available for purchase while supplies last. Historically, passes have totally sold out before the weekend of the convention, so don’t miss out on this stellar deal and make sure to grab yours before they’re all gone.
Here is a list of those stores, should you feel a sudden itch to go shopping:
The Millennium Falcon? A microscope, florence flask, and a broadsword? Someone wearing a cat-robot suit? Have you ever seen a t-shirt packed with so much awesome, that you almost doubted the mere existence of such a thing? I’m excited to share that we have that shirt, and it’s everything you’ve dreamt of.
Last week, we launched our first ever fundraising tee. The fabulously nerdy shirt features art by local Seattle artist and designer Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson). All proceeds will go towards helping us host a great convention, which is barely one month away. You can purchase the shirt in both straight cut and fitted sizes online right now.
Leading up to GeekGirlCon 2016 in October, we’ve slowly started giving you small glimpses into what we have planned for another great year. We’ve released our list of exhibitors, talked about upcoming panels on various fandoms and science, and recently launched our fundraiser for the DIY Science Zone. But it’s about time we talked about something a little more scandalous. Shall we?
GeekGirlCon is family friendly, but we have plenty in store for our adult attendees. GeekGirlCon After Dark is a series of panels that cover a wide range of darker and more racy themes in geek culture. From the science behind kink to the rise of sultry YA, our clever host of professionals and speakers will lead discussions on more mature topics.
It’s that time of the year again. We’re less than two months away from October, which means that we’re less than two months away from GeekGirlCon 2016. But do you know what that also means? We’re ready to launch our Fundraiser for the DIY Science Zone!
There is only one week left to apply to be a volunteer agent for GeekGirlCon 2016. Applications will promptly close on August 1st at 10 PM PST (next Monday), so make sure to get yours submitted soon!
Photo courtesy of GeekGirlCon via Flickr.
There are only two requirements to become one of our agents. You must available to work a minimum of 2 shifts that about about 4 to 5 hours each, and you need to be at least 16 years old. Most importantly, you’ll need to bring a ton of enthusiasm, because we’ll have plenty to do and see throughout the weekend. We’ll need help making sure that every activity and panel goes off without a hitch. Agents will spend time on both the convention floor and behind the scenes helping set up equipment, handing out passes, and so much more.
The first ever GeekGirlCon was held in the fall of 2011. During that weekend, I was in Florida adjusting to college life. Five years later, I’m now working out of Seattle, breaking into the gaming industry and working with GeekGirlCon as a Copywriter. Everyday I work with GeekGirlCon, I’m taken aback by how talented everyone on the team is. Everyone is extremely motivated about putting on a great con, and we’re all major geeks that are passionate about empowering and celebrating the achievements of women in geeky culture. We’re also all volunteers. Everyone involved, from year-round organizers to our agents, volunteer their time to put together a spectacular gathering that is now an annual event.
Photo courtesy of GeekGirlCon via Flickr.
This year, our 6th GeekGirlCon will be held at Conference Center at Washington State Convention Center October 8th and 9th. We’ve got a great lineup, including a recently announced collection of artists and exhibitors, historically brilliant panels, and plenty of fun activities to leave you breathless come Sunday evening.
Make sure to submit your application no later than August 1st by 10 PM PST, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Without a doubt, the Exhibitor Hall and Artist Alley are some of the most pivotal aspects of any convention. I mean, who doesn’t love a smidge of shopping in the midst of your nerdy ventures, right? Sheathe your cosplay swords because today, I am very excited to announce that we can finally share the list of our Exhibitors for GeekGirlCon 2016!
Heads up, we are still accepting Agent Applications for GeekGirlCon 2016 and will be until August 1st! Join us October 8th and 9th for some geeky fun at The Conference Center at the WSCC. We are looking for motivated and energetic volunteers that are at least 16 years old to come and help for one day (or more) during the weekend of the actual convention.
Were you super thrilled to sign up as a GeekGirlCon ‘16 volunteer, but afraid that you’d miss the July 1st deadline in the midst of all your fun summer activities? Never fear, we’ve extended that deadline until August 1st! You now have another month to head on over to our Agent Application page and let us know that you’re interested.
Photo courtesy of GeekGirlCon via Flickr.
We’re looking for enthusiastic geeks that are over 16 years of age to come volunteer with us during the weekend of the con (October 8th and 9th), for at least one day. Agents working behind-the-scenes and on the convention floor help answer attendee questions, set up equipment, monitor various games and activities, help make sure that everything runs smoothly and is fun for everyone!
GeekGirlCon is 100% powered by our volunteers (like myself!) Last year we had about 150 fabulous agents, and because the con grows bigger and bigger with each and every year, we need even more volunteers to join us in October. This year, we’ve been given access to an additional floor at the the Conference Center at Washington State Convention Center, so GeekGirlCon will be bigger than ever before!
Make sure to send over your Agent Application no later than August 1st, and we’ll see you there!
I have a hearty admiration for well-written female villains. Hearty, I say, because it is a severe, bountiful, and vigorous admiration, but also because they still seem to be few and far between. While female protagonists are progressively growing in rank, it’s sad to see the nurses from Silent Hill on more “Top Tens” than characters with actual dialogue. It’s not that we totally lack woman antagonists, but we do lack a variety that have believable backstories, relevant motives, and some good TLC from the good ol’ writers. There is a place for leotards and sultry walk cycles, but they still need to fit into some sort of justified environment and have at least a smidgen of narrative integrity.