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!”

GiveBIG Today!

Today is the day!

GiveBig is an annual day of giving in Seattle. Hosted this year by 501 Commons, GiveBig supports local nonprofit organizations. GeekGirlCon is participating again this year to help raise funds for the 2019 convention on November 16 & 17.

We wouldn’t be able to host the convention each year without your support. We are a community, and we are all extremely passionate about GeekGirlCon’s mission to create a welcoming, safe environment for people of all backgrounds, colors, sexualities, and genders. Everyone should be able to tell their story, and we want to hear yours.

By donating to GeekGirlCon, you are supporting this mission. You are enabling us to create that space, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our community.

You can follow along on social media and return to this post for live updates. We’ll also be livestreaming every hour throughout the day starting at 8 a.m. PST on Facebook.

Current Total From 30 Donors: $14,203 of $10,000 Goal

last updated May 9 at 9:30 a.m.

To learn more about GeekGirlCon, take a look at our mission statement and read some staffer testimonials.

Thank you for Giving BIG and showing continued support for GeekGirlCon!


Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for live updates throughout the day. You can give your gift online today. If you are interested in becoming anindividual or corporate sponsor for GeekGirlCon, check out our sponsor benefits and reach out to us at sponsorship@geekgirlcon.com.

Indigo Boock
“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!”

Why We Give to GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon 2018 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Sayed Alamy. More info at geekgirlcon.com

We are officially less than one week away from GiveBIG! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8th, or schedule your gift ahead of time here!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, GiveBIG is an annual day of giving, hosted by 501 commons, that benefits local nonprofits like GeekGirlCon. The support generated by GiveBIG helps us at GeekGirlCon create the most inclusive, accessible convention possible, bringing you (our incredible supporters and community members!) more exceptional panelists, exhibitors, featured contributors, workshops, meetups, and so much more each year.

For all of us at GeekGirlCon, this kind of support is personal. As volunteers, we each have our own unique story of why we give and what GeekGirlCon means to us. Read on to hear our stories, and be sure to add your own. This GiveBIG, let us know what the GeekGirlCon community means to you and share your support for our mission.

Alyssa Jones | Director of Interactive Programming

I support GeekGirlCon because…

It’s important to support ALL WOMEN!

Geeks come in every shape, color, orientation, ability, and gender identity

There aren’t enough safe spaces for marginalized geek

And cause it’s a DAMN FUN WEEKEND

Kalyna Durbak | Copywriter

I support GeekGirlCon because I wish such an organization existed when I was younger. GeekGirlCon sends a message to the world that everyone of ALL ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, races, creeds, religions, familial statuses, physical and mental abilities, alien species, earth species, education levels, science specializations, fandoms, etc., deserve a safe place to be a geekno minimal “Geek Cred” required!

Allison Borngesser | Senior Designer

Because it’s important to hold space for geeks of marginalized spaces, so they can find community, share their stories and feel seen and heard. Watching all our attendees having a good time, learning, and interacting is the most rewarding feeling when putting in volunteer time and working behind the scenes. 

Bonnie Barcellos | Human Resources Manager

I was not encouraged to enjoy geeky things as a child because I was a girl. My parents are amazing, loving people but they held strong views of what girls should do/like and what boys should do/like. I have a memory of my dad and brothers watching a movie – I popped in the room, was told I wouldn’t like it because it was a boys’ movie, and so I left. That movie was Star Wars. Luckily I rebelled as a teen and inhaled fantasy & sci-books, discovered the amazingness of Star Wars and so many other films, and never looked back. GGC celebrates inclusivity and the love of all things geek in such a wonderful way. We provide a safe space for people to unabashedly be who they are, learn new things, and meet awesome people with similar interests. 

I also love our focus on STEM careers for women. Again, that wasn’t an option provided to me. I’m happy in my current career – but if I had gotten more exposure/encouragement in math and science, I would have pursued a career as an economist. I want to provide information and opportunities to women that I didn’t have. GGC does that so well, and it’s an important part of our mission.

Teal Christensen | Copywriter

Something I believe in very strongly is that while virtual spaces can be wildly important, especially to folks of marginalized identities, huge and important parts of our lives still have to happen irl. In order for that reality to be safe and accessible and equitable, we have to do the work to hold space for ourselves and our communities in the physical world. That’s what I think of as the work of GeekGirlCon, and that’s why I support it.

Thank you for supporting GeekGirlCon during GiveBIG, and adding your story to our community of supporters!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Support GGC at The Gauntlet: Cirque!

Distinguished blog readers, children of all ages — ENGAGE is proud to present The Gauntlet 2019! Gather round Mox Boarding House Bellevue on May 19th to marvel as Team GeekGirlCon dazzles the audience with their extraordinary gaming skills!

This year’s Gauntlet poster. The logo features two stylized black and white circus actors on a red background, with the words “The Gauntlet Cirque! May 19th 2019 Mox Bellevue” in the center. Image from: https://thegauntlet2019.causevox.com/

The Gauntlet is an invitation-only 8+ hour tournament, consisting of tabletop games from a variety of genres, plus trivia. This year, 16 teams will compete for the shiny Gauntlet trophy.

Our team is excited to play games and raise funds to benefit El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races), which serves as a voice for the Latinx and immigrant communities in Seattle and King County. Since 1972, El Centro de la Raza has built unity across racial and economic sectors, empowered the most vulnerable and marginalized populations and strives to provide justice to all peoples. From education and youth-focused programs to community building and development, they offer services to aid the Seattle community and beyond throughout all stages of life.

If you can’t make it to the event itself, consider making a donation to our team! Your donations will benefit El Centro de la Raza in their efforts to bring after school programming for low-income middle school children. Giving through our donation page will also unlock power-ups to aid our team in the Gauntlet. We’d love to win that shiny Gauntlet trophy!

The Gauntlet Tournament’s trophy, which features a metal gauntlet (fist up) on a pedestal. The base has the phrase “The Gauntlet: A call to engage” inscribed, as well as three previous winners and the year they won (Team Paizo, 2014; Team Removed From Play, 2018; Team Wizards of the Coast, 2016). Image from https://thegauntlet2019.causevox.com/

What: The Gauntlet: Cirque!
Where: Mox Boarding House (Google Maps | Twitch Stream)
When: Sunday, May 19th beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Click to donate to our team. Alternatively, you can donate through an individual team member by clicking on their names in the list below.

Captain: Kristine Hassell (Director of Outreach)
5th year participating in The Gauntlet

Player: Alyssa Askew (Manager of Gaming)
1st year participating in the Gauntlet

Player: Reynide Dubreus (Survey and Data Analyst)
1st year participating in the Gauntlet

Player: Julia Kallweit (Assistant Manager of Gaming)
1st year participating in the Gauntlet

We hope you’ll cheer us on at the Gauntlet, and donate to this worthy cause.

Edited to include team member’s names and individual donation pages.

Kalyna Durbak
“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!”

Give to #GivingTuesday, For Science!

Image description: a young attendee colors in with crayons at the Science Zone at GeekGirlCon.

After a week of feasting, hanging out with family, fighting lines at stores, and shopping online, Giving Tuesday is upon us!

#GivingTuesday is a movement–it even has its own hashtag–that’s set right in the middle of all your holiday shopping as a day to give back to nonprofit organizations so that we can keep doing things that you love. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GeekGirlCon is entirely volunteer-powered and rely on donations to fulfil our mission to support, empower, and celebrate women and girls in all areas of geekdom.

Donate for her.
Image description: a young attendee in a Wonder Woman costume does a science experiment with beads and cups at the DIY Science Zone.

Today from 5am PST, PayPal and Facebook are partnering to match 100% of donations made for Giving Tuesday, up to a total of $7 million. This means that every dollar that you donate to GeekGirlCon today will be matched so that your donation will go twice as far. Since donation matching will continue until the $7m runs out, the earlier you donate in the day, the better!

Our focus this year is on raising funds for our famed DIY Science Zone! What better way to foster a love of science in the next generation of geeks than to do all the science with them? Funding the DIYSciZone allows us to invite more scientists, do bigger experiments, and grow the Zone, all for the love of science!

Image description: A young attendee pets a  spotted spider in the DIY Science Zone.

Click here to donate on Facebook today. Or, you can even go further and make your own GeekGirlCon fundraiser! Your generosity will not only go directly to helping us put on the convention, but it will also give us the following powerups, to name a few:

  • Year-round activities, such as our Board Game Nights at Wayward Coffeehouse.
  • Outreach in the Greater Seattle Area, such as Atomic Comicon or the PAX Diversity Lounge.
  • Programming, such as featured contributors, speakers, and workshops at the convention.

Regardless of how you contribute, your donation will make an impact, and we truly appreciate the strength, kindness, and generosity of our community. We truly wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

<3 GeekGirlCon

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

The DIY Science Zone Needs Your Support!

One of the many aspects of GeekGirlCon that sets it apart from other conventions is its commitment to welcoming geeks of all ages. We don’t just tolerate our kid attendees, we design the weekend with their interests in mind. Whether that means keeping our 18+ programming scheduled in the evenings or setting up a kids-only cosplay contest, we’re serious about keeping our evolution reactive to the needs of even the littlest con-goers.

In terms of kids programming, the now-classic GeekGirlCon event we’re proudest of is our DIY Science Zone. This year will mark the Zone’s eighth iteration, with each con bringing bigger and better additions. Part of the reason we’re able to keeping growing and changing when it comes to this special-ist of events is because we’ve got a community that shares our values and knows that accessible science education needs funding.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Trivia at Mox Boarding House on September 9!

Calling all geeks (AKA every person reading this post)! Join GeekGirlCon Sunday, September 9 for an afternoon of trivia fun at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue!

If you’re unfamiliar with Mox Boarding House, here’s what you need to know:

  • Mox is a gathering place for gamers and geeks of ALL AGES.
  • However, they also serve beer and wine and other food-type goodies.
  • The Bellevue location is at 13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005.
  • It’s a really cool space, and coming to our event would be the perfect opportunity to check it out!

If that all sounds good, here’s what you need to know about our trivia night:

  • It’s on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • To participate, there’s a $7 per-person ticket price. 
  • We’re capping teams at 6 people. Feel free to either come with a team or on your own. There will be tons of folks to join up with once you’re there.
  • While trivia will be the main event, we’ll also have other activities going on.
  • We’ll be selling passes to GeekGirlCon ’18!
  • We’ll be nerding out in Mox’s big tournament room, and there will be servers around to take food and drink orders (there’s a full restaurant!).

Finally, know that by coming out, you’ll be supporting GeekGirlCon or, as I like to call it, your favorite geeky org and the best weekend of the year!

 

[Image Description: Ron Swanson grinning. The caption reads, “The Moment You Realise It’s Trivia Night.”] Source: Amino

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Thank You for Giving to GeekGirlCon!

Source: GGC Flickr. Description: Three cosplayers at the GGC17 Kickoff Party all look off together towards the top right corner of the photo.

Thank you for supporting GeekGirlCon during our third year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program! With your help, we raised $14,846 from 41 donors!

As a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, GGC relies on the support of this community to continue to exist and grow. We can’t thank you enough for helping us both maintain and develop spaces where geeky girls, women, non-binary people, and their supporters are safe to be who they are, enjoy what they love, and celebrate women who have done and are doing great things.

Source: GGC Flickr. Description: A group of adults and children gather around a table of science supplies at the GGC17 DIY Science Zone.

Source: GGC Flickr. Description: A group of adults and children gather around a table of science supplies at the GGC17 DIY Science Zone.

Because of your support, we will be able to continue adding more programming, gaming, vendors, artists, year-round events, and community engagement to the GeekGirlCon lineup in the coming year. Your passion for the GGC mission makes everything we do possible, and we are so honored to have you partner with us as we continue to build this community.

We can’t wait to show you the ways that your donations will make a difference both at the con this October 27-28 and throughout the year. Thank you for believing in us!

Source: Giphy. Description: a gif montage of Annie and Troy from Community high-fiving each other.

Source: Giphy. Description: a gif montage of Annie and Troy from Community high-fiving each other.

 

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

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