Fandom! Fandom is what brings us together—today, at GeekGirlCon this October, or any other day of our lives. Fandom is the community that surrounds that which excites us, be it a movie, a book, a TV show, or sometimes even a carpet design. This year, at GeekGirlCon, it’ll bring even more of us together for some fantastic panels.
One of the many things that makes GeekGirlCon so unique is that our organization is made up of 100% volunteers. From the Agents at our convention to our Directors, everyone who puts on the event for 8,500+ attendees does it for the mission:
To celebrate and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.
It is a lofty and expansive (and slightly wordy) goal, but it is the commonality that brings a variety of geeks to GeekGirlCon. We possess a unique combination of skills, personalities, life experiences, fandoms, and Titratathon wins between us. It makes the whole experience dynamic for attendees year after year because we are never the same GeekGirlCon.
At GeekGirlCon ‘15, we had over 150 volunteers spread across three floors, helping run panels, direct con-goers, hook up A/V equipment, and coach games of all sorts and sizes. This year, with four floors and all the extra people, space, panels, and fun that go with that expansion, we need even more volunteers.
With GeekGirlCon’s expansion to the fourth floor this year, there’s going to be more attendees, excitement, and chances for connections! Apply today to have your organization be one of the lucky few showcased in the GeekGirlConnections room!
GeekGirlConnections is a unique area in our con that creates a space for community leaders, producers, and organizations to connect with con-goers. Since GeekGirlCon values helping provide opportunities to women and members of every minority group, we’re excited to be able to put together a group of like-minded organizations looking for some new faces.
GeekGirlCon ‘16 is just four short months away, and that means we’re ramping things up behind the scenes. One important part of the con puzzle each year is our GeekGirlCon agents—members of our army of volunteers who do a range of amazing, important tasks at the con. Volunteer as an agent for GeekGirlCon ’16!
From answering questions to shepherding lines, from setting up A/V equipment to working as ASL interpreters, GeekGirlCon agents help make sure the con not only runs smoothly but also is a fantastic time for everyone involved.
I live for panels where I can walk away with a mile-long list of recommendations, and GeekGirlCon 15’s panel “Nah, Babe, It’s Just the Wind: Validating Women’s Fears in Horror” was one of the best of those I’ve been to in a while.
Ever been at a convention, sitting in on a panel, struck with the realization of “I could do this!”? Do your friends often have to, politely or not, ask you to stop lecturing them about your latest passion? Is your Tumblr carefully curated and focused on a specific fandom or interest? Or, hey, do you just want to push yourself and try out public speaking?
The first panel you attend at a convention can easily set the tone for the whole time, so I was thrilled that this last year at GeekGirlCon ’15 I was lucky enough to have my schedule set up so that my first panel was “We’re Not NPCs: It’s a (Straight, White, Cisgendered) Man’s World.” This panel has gone through lots of iterations at several different conventions; I’m pretty sure I’ve attended panels of the same name at different PAXs as well as previous GeekGirlCons. Each year, though, as the media circus continues but doesn’t quite evolve, it’s always a great way not only to see where things can improve but also to get some great recommendations.