Stories From GeekGirlCon to Make Your Day

Previously on GeekGirlCon:

On May 3, GeekGirlCon will team up with The Seattle Foundation for an online fundraising extravaganza! Anything donated to our organization [obligatory click here to donate] will be matched from a pool of stretch funds. If you’re an information enthusiast, we made it easy for you, click here to read more. Or keep on keepin’ on by continuing to read this post.

So you know what your dollars will support, we’re here to share some stories from folks who’ve attended GeekGirlCon’s annual convention. Get ready: they may pull at your heartstrings.

Ashli Blow
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Help GiveBIG to GeekGirlCon!

Did you know that not only does GeekGirlCon put on a fantastic con every October, but that we also organize weekly inclusive gaming events, march in Seattle’s Pride parade, and celebrate women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms at a variety of events throughout the year?

To keep our momentum, we’re teaming up with the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG program. Why? Let’s break it down real quick.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

March Geek About Town!

Here comes the sun! As the weather warms up, head out to these amazing events around the city! Check out our first GeekGirlCon fundraiser event of the year on March 23!

 

Sunday, March 6: The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

18:30–21:00, Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104

Tickets: VIP advance $25, day of $30, general admission advance $15, day of $20

This show is 21+

The only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, is back! Please join us for an evening of dazzling dancing, tantric teasing, and all around prismatic sexy magic with some of the hottest Burlesque performers this side of the Mississippi! There will be so many shades and flavors of chocolate, caramel, mocha, lemon meringue, and red velvet dripping from the Theatre Off Jackson stage that you are guaranteed to leave with a tooth ache.
Tuesday, March 8: Neumos Presents: Harry Potter Trivia (Early Edition)

5:30pm for 6:00pm start, 8:30pm for 9:00pm start

Tickets $5.59 including fees

Harry Potter Trivia

Due to high demand, we’re pleased to announce two back-to-back trivia events in one night!

Tickets must be purchased for each event.

Harry Potter Happy Hour!
Join us in Moe Bar at 3pm before the official trivia for magical concoctions and discounted drinks.

Earn a raffle ticket for every drink purchased to win super cool Harry Potter themed prizes.

 

Tuesday, March 8: International Women’s Day Seattle

5:30pm-8:00pm, WeWork – Holyoke Building – 17 Spring Street, Seattle, WA 98104

#PLEDGEFORPARITY SEATTLE

Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and commit to taking action to accelerate gender parity.

Join us on International Women’s Day for an evening of discussion, inspiration and celebration with a special panel of guest speakers.

A suggested donation of $10 includes light appetizers, a glass of wine and donation to participating non-profits.

 

Friday, March 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee.

 

Tuesday, March 15: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm – 10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity!

Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

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Saturday, March 19: 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Film Festival

12:00pm – 5:00pm, Cinerama Theatre, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Tickets $20 ($15 EMP and SIFF members)

EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the eleventh annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on March 19, 2016.

The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinematic arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.

Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Ten short films will screen in the first session followed by nine short films in the second session, with an intermission in between. An awards ceremony will follow the second session.

 

Sunday, March 20: The Felt-A-Thon

9am – 9pm, Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230, 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98134

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.

 

Monday, March 21 – Sunday, April 17: First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

The Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, Level 8 Gallery, Seattle, WA

Free

The Seattle Public Library invites the public to come face-to-face with the First Folio at the downtown Seattle Central Library March 21 through April 17, 2016. Considered one of the most important books ever published, the First Folio is the first and most comprehensive collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Without it, 18 of those plays would likely have been lost to time, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

 

Tuesday, March 22: Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand?

7:30pm, Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle

Free; registration required

Seattle has a reputation as a progressive city, but when it comes to matters of race and justice how progressive is it? How do we view the activist voices of Black Lives Matter? As the Seattle Police Department operates under a Justice Department Consent Decree, is there progress being made in building trust with communities of color? What kind of leadership do we need to break down the barriers of institutional racism? This discussion will tackle these and other questions with a prominent panel of local speakers and the audience. Confirmed panel members include: Nikkita Oliver, lawyer, poet, and Seattle Black Lives Matter activist; Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez; Marcus Green, executive director of the South Seattle Emerald; and Mayor Ed Murray. KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the conversation. It will be live streamed and taped for broadcast.

Drinks with Geeks

Wednesday, March 23: Drinks With Geeks (A Fundraiser to Support GeekGirlCon)

5:30pm – 10:00pm, Peddler Brewery 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA

We have a question for you! Want to support GeekGirlCon by drinking a pint and eating a grilled cheese sandwich? If your answer is yes (and why wouldn’t it be?), we would love to see you at Peddler Brewing Company for our first fundraiser of 2016!

On March 23rd, we host our first fundraiser of 2016! We will raffle off great prizes while you enjoy tasty beers on tap.  And $1 of each pint sold will go to GeekGirlCon.

The fantastic Cheese Wizards food truck will be there and will donate 10% of their profit to GeekGirlCon. Check out their delicious menu here.

So if you like beer or grilled cheese, or just like GeekGirlCon, spend time with us in Ballard on March 23rd! Staff members and board members will be on hand to happily answer questions about our fantastic organization. We welcome the opportunity to meet our community and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 29: Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: How to Succeed as a Woman In Tech

7:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall, Doors open 6:30pm

Tickets $5

The Puget Sound is being driven by the tech industry—a field typically dominated by men. If you’re a woman in the tech world, or are looking to join it, what’s the best way to succeed? Women in Tech is one expert’s answer. Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (CEO of Fizzmint) will share stories of success from her book, tips on overcoming the boys’ club mentality, field-specific career skills, and easily achievable steps to coming out on top. She’ll be joined in conversation by successful female tech professionals who contributed to the book for a discussion of how they got to where they are and what it’s really like to be a “woman in tech.” Panelists include: Kamilah Taylor (software engineer at LinkedIn), Angie Chang (VP of Hackbright Academy, founder of Women 2.0), Brianna Wu (Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat), and Kristin Toth Smith (former CEO of Code Fellows). The conversation will be moderated by Stephen (Stepto) Toulouse, Microsoft/Xbox veteran and currently Director of Hacker Success at HackerOne.

JC Lau
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Treasure Trapped – Get Your Loot!

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.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Looking for a Bit of Shiny…

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!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

DIY Science ’15: Return of the Zone!

Do you go gaga for close-ups of Pluto?

Do you quibble over the lack of dino feathers on Jurassic World?

Have you bemused your parents trying to explain that Spock is “the hunky one” in Star Trek? OK, maybe that’s just me.

In short, do you love science?

Well, strap on your lab goggles and pull up a laser because the DIY Science Zone is back for GeekGirlCon ‘15!

Winter Downs
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The Unicorn Files: A Geek Girl Photo Book

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.

Image credit goes to Tammy Vince Cruz

Image credit: Tammy Vince Cruz

The Unicorn Files: Debunking the Myth of the Female Geek is a collection of photos of women in their “natural habitat”, surrounded by their passions and obsessions. Terra and her partner, photographer Nate Watters, have put this project together—and they’re running a Kickstarter to get funding for it!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Get Involved with GeekGirlCon!

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.

Once August 1 rolls around, the prices increase. We’d hate for you to miss out, so go buy your passes right now.

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 at Registration of GeekGirlCon '14

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

Sarah Grant
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June 2015 Geek About Town!

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.”

 

Monday, June 1:  Graz, Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine!), Death*Star, and Lex Lingo
10:00 pm
Tim’s Tavern on 105th
602 N 105th St, Seattle, Washington 98133

21+ | $5 Donation | 10pm
10:15 – Lex Lingo
10:50 – Death*Star
11:25 – Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine)
12:00 – Graz

READY TO GET ROWDY?! Head down to Tim’s Tavern for an electro/hip hop show the likes of which you’ll never see again Get your jam on!

Sarah Grant
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