There aren’t too many movies that make me want to buy the DVD as I’m leaving the theater, the closing credits music ringing in my ears. Pirates of the Caribbean? You bet. Serenity? Once I started breathing again after Joss killed [spoiler!]? Heck, yes!
The last time I wanted to buy the DVD on the way out was this past July when I saw Treasure Trapped on its tour of the US. (I wrote a rave review of the film for GeekGirlCon here!) It’s a documentary of epic proportions filmed in the United Kingdom and several European countries about Live Action Role Play (LARP) and the people who participate. It’s not like other LARP film I’ve seen; it’s smart, respectful, and completely engrossing. I don’t LARP myself, but as a writer and reader of fantasy and science fiction stories, LARP is fascinating to me.
I was at PAX a couple of weekends back, and I briefly walked the floor. Now, I know it’s a gaming convention, so I expected to find games of all kinds, which I did. I saw some comics, some books, some artwork…and then I got the heck out of there. I’m not a gamer, and the lack of light on the main show floor (other than flashing video games and monitors) was very disconcerting to me. I figured it out pretty quickly: PAX really IS pretty much about games.
Then again, Emerald City Comicon has a lot more than comics, but I didn’t have any money earlier this year…so I sort of hoped I’d find some shiny bits to carry away with me at PAX. After I paid for them, of course. While I am attracted to shiny things, I am not the kind of crow who lines her nest with STOLEN bits of shiny!
Thank goodness geek girls come in all shapes and sizes! After all, the world would be a truly boring and pretty awful place if we didn’t. GeekGirlCon celebrates the female geek in all her forms, and one of our longtime staff members Terra Clarke Olsen is putting together a project that celebrates all of us, just as we are, as a new way to tell our stories as geek girls.
It’s a very exciting time of year for everyone here at GeekGirlCon; as of Monday, June 22, it’s exactly 110 days until GeekGirlCon ‘15 on October 10 and 11! We’ll be seeing you at the Conference Center at the WSCC, plus an exciting evening of kickoff events on Friday, October 9–so mark your calendars now.
Agents and staff manning the GeekGirlCon ’15 Merch Booth
How can YOU get involved in GeekGirlCon?
Buy passes! They’re available now at Early Bird prices, which only last until July 31:
2 Day Pass: $35
Kids Pass* (6-12): $10
Kids Pass* (0-5): Free!!
1 Day Pass: $20
*All Kids Passes are 2-day passes, with accompanying adult pass.
Individual Sponsorships! As we are a non-profit organization made up completely of dedicated volunteers, a contribution in the form of an individual sponsorship is a great way to contribute to GeekGirlCon. We encourage you to become an Individual Sponsor of GeekGirlCon and take advantage of awesome benefits today! Some of our different levels of Individual Sponsorship include Silver, Gold, Platinum, Unobtanium, and Adamantium, ranging in amounts from $50 to over $500, and each of those levels comes with a set of unique gifts. It’s an amazing way to help support our mission.
Corporate Sponsorships! Many of our GeekGirlCon followers work for amazing companies around the United States and the world, and another way to help us meet our mission (for our yearly convention and beyond) is to get your company involved in non-profit giving as well. Levels for Corporate Sponsorship range from Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Unobtanium, ranging in amounts from $500 to $2500. Each of those levels also includes a set of gifts from GeekGirlCon, including passes, advertising, and possibly booth space at the convention (subject to amount of donation and available space).
Many companies do sponsorship matching, which means they will increase the amount of money an individual employee of theirs gives–sometimes dollar for dollar. This means that if you give GeekGirlCon $200, your company may match your donation with another $200. Contact your company’s Human Resources to find out about their level of possible participation; it’s a quick and easy way to boost your personal donations, and it’s tax deductible as well.
Agents–all volunteers!–at GeekGirlCon ’14
Volunteer! We’re done accepting applications for Exhibitors, Artists, and Performers for GeekGirlCon ‘15, but you can sign up to be added to the mailing list for our volunteers–we call you Agents, and we can’t put on the convention and events throughout the year without you.
We’re also looking for talented people to fill a few open positions for our dedicated, all-volunteer staff. It’s another way to meet amazing people and help spread the word for GeekGirlCon and its mission, both during and outside of the convention. Check out the open positions and their descriptions on our website, and see how you can join the team.
Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant
Looking for awesome stuff to do in June, fellow geeks? Here’s a great start for you!
Monday, June 1: Tech Sandbox Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98105
From the website: “Teams of undergraduate and graduate students compete to see who can create the best neural engineering demo. The Tech Sandbox is a UW class created by Lise Johnson, research fellow in neurological surgery and education manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
Students in the class hail from computer science, neuroscience, bioengineering, electrical engineering and more. Reception follows the competition.”
What is the Gauntlet? It’s a 10-hour competition among teams of 4 people each, and they play tabletop games from start to finish for the honor of hoisting the Gauntlet in victory! Part of each team’s strategy involves their fundraising amounts, and bonuses for gameplay called “powerups”. Think of these as cheats or special abilities that they get to use throughout the various games to help boost their chance at winning. Powerups are based on each team’s fundraising and are earned: one at $500, one at $1000, one at $1500, one at $2500, and then one every $2500 after that. As of April 21, Team GeekGirlCon has just one powerup, but we know more are coming!
2014 Team GeekGirlCon: Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Cynthia Rogers, Rose Minier Image source: Jex Ballard
The 20 participating teams are raising money for Hopelink, a community action agency that has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities since 1971. Hopelink has food banks, support services, family development, adult education, and employment training among their many amazing programs. They serve more than 60,000 people in King County every year.
ENGAGE, the charitable giving program within Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House, is running this contest for the second time, and this year they have doubled their space–allowing for 10 more teams to compete. GeekGirlCon is competing for the second time, with staffers Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Sylvia Monreal, and Rose Minier stepping up to take the challenge.
Newest team member Sylvia is excited to participate in her first Gauntlet this year. “In a big city like Seattle, it’s important for us to look after our neighbors whenever we can. I’m grateful that The Gauntlet will give me a way to use my hobbies in the service of others. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to showcase a positive, fun side of nerd culture – let’s use our powers for good!”
Exactly how will the money GeekGirlCon is raising for the Gauntlet be used by Hopelink? Here’s an example of what the dollars raised can do for needy people in King County:
$25 provides weekend food for FIVE school-aged children
$50 provides formula for a newborn child for a month
$100 provides hygiene products for FOUR people
$150 provides FIFTY meals for a family of FOUR
$250 provides financial education classes for a parent
Second-year teammate Jex had this to say about playing for the Gauntlet: “I’ve been involved in GeekGirlCon for 5 years now, and one of my absolute favorite memories was playing on Team GeekGirlCon in the first ever Gauntlet last year. I was shocked when our team was able to rise as the underdogs to take home 4th place! This year, I’m revved and ready to compete again at Moxtropolis! More importantly, I’m ready to hit the streets and raise some money for Hopelink! We’ve already surpassed the amount we earned last year, and I’m interested to see what kind of funds Team GeekGirlCon can bring in for this awesome cause.”
How can you contribute to GeekGirlCon’s Gauntlet team to help them earn more valuable powerups to aid them on game day? You can go to their team page on the Gauntlet website and donate any amount you want to–anonymously or not is completely up to you. To date, Kristine, Jex, Sylvia, and Rose have raised $730, which is 43% of the $1700 they’ve set as their goal! There are 24 days remaining for them to reach that goal and gain more powerups, and with the help of our strong, generous GeekGirlCon community, we KNOW they can do it.
There will also be spectator space available for the competition at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue; stop by for an hour, or stay from start to finish to support GeekGirlCon and the other teams competing for the Gauntlet! Go to the Gauntlet’s homepage for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!
Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant
Join host GeekGirlCon to welcome three fantastic musicians to our Benefit Concert at the White Rabbit in Fremont!
Jonny Nero Action Hero has performed for us before; he has been performing for fifteen years, and writing his own material for ten years.
Nursehella was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada; this will be the Canadian rapper’s first performance for GeekGirlCon.
Shubzilla, GeekGirlCon’s own Public Relations Content Producer, debuted at NerdcoreNow’s First Annual Vocalist/Producer Challenge.
Add these three talented performers together, and we get a smashing nerd concert. Proceeds go to benefit GeekGirlCon and our mission. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets; get online and buy yours now!
Join GeekGirlCon for a fun and geektastic evening of nerdlesque — combining the best of gaming nerdery and the new burlesque — and fundraiser for GeekGirlCon ‘12. JOYstick is put together by gamers for gamers, this celebration brings together the world of video games with the allure and fun of burlesque.
JOYstick! is a full-fledged dedication to the gaming world. The performers are gamers of all types, ready to take -1 (or more) to their armor in what will surely be an epic evening.
Details and cheat codes:
When: July 20th and 21st, 2012
Time: Doors open at 7:00 P.M., show starts at 8:00 P.M.
Where: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
Cost: General Admission $20 in advanced, $25 at the door,Click here to buy tickets!
JOYstick! will be hosted by Vanadium Silver and will showcase performances by: Whisper De Corvo, Fosse Jack, Miss Elaine Yes, Rachel Jackson with Paul Velasquez, Iva Handfull, Lady Laycock, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Lexi Luthor, Seraphina, Shubzilla, The Norse Goddess with Izzy Insidious, Bolt Action.
Questions? Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. No photography of performances allowed. Only our staff photographer is allowed to take pictures during the performance.
JOYstick! is a fundraiser supporting GeekGirlCon, which is dedicated to celebrating female involvement in all fields of science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design. GeekGirlCon ‘12 takes place August 11-12 at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle. Get your passes now!