GeekGirlCon Walks for a Brighter Future of Women in STEM Careers

IGNITE's Brighter Future Walk 2011

On Sunday June 5, GeekGirlCon is walking with IGNITE to raise awareness of women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and reverse the stereotype of technology as a competitive, solitary, masculine career choice which is keeping girls away from STEM.

Our Geek Girl network has been shrinking when it comes to women seeking careers in STEM! According to IGNITE, an organization focused inspiring young women to pursue the science and tech fields, women represent only 15% of the industry today. That is a big decrease from the 1980 when women were 35% of those fields. GeekGirlCon wants to reverse this trend and you can help us.

Register to walk with us on June 5 or sponsor our staff and volunteers who will lace up their trainers and don warm-ups for a cause we vehemently support. Visit IGNITE for more information and donate. Support GeekGirlCon walkers: Arwen Morton, Amanda McGall, Kelly Clark, Jen Stuller, Anna Daniell, Erica McGillivray, and Adrienne Fox. Please feel free to join us at the registration table at 1pm.

IGNITE states, “When you join this Walk, you are taking a stand for a brighter future, where women participate equally with men and have a say in how technology can improve the lives of people everywhere around the globe.” GeekGirlCon totally agrees.

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Rock out with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern

Rock out with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern

GeekGirlCon wants to rock ’n’ roll all night and do geeky stuff every day! Party with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern on Thursday, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. as we host three awesomely geeky bands: Jonny Nero Action Hero, Press Start to Rock, and Death*Star.

Gain entry with $7 at the door or $6 with a canned food donation. The Sunset Tavern is located 5433 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle’s the Ballard neighborhood and now serves dinner from 5-9 p.m. Canned food donations will go to the Ballard Food Bank.

GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers will be on hand to sell con passes and other GeekGirlCon merchandise. You can pick up prints by our GeekGirlCon Design Team and support our Tsunami Relief Art Sale.

Show is 21+
Music at 9:30 p.m.

Direct link: http://geekgirlcon.com/nerdrock

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Geeks Gather to Build a TARDIS for the Time Lord and Charity

GeekGirlCon enters Dr. Who Contest and Provides for Future Geek Generations
Seattle, WA, February 2011 – GeekGirlCon staff will be participating in BBC America’s Doctor Who TARDIS building contest and will be auctioning off their entry at their upcoming convention.
Starting February 22, construction of the TARDIS will begin at the home of Julia Santo, GeekGirlCon’s Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary.  Building will continue every Tuesday at 6:30pm until completion with a goal of finishing construction in just four weeks. “It doesn’t really matter if we win,” Jason Heilpern, GeekGirlCon’s Gaming Coordinator and Doctor Who enthusiast, says. “It’ll be a blast putting it together.” Anyone interested in helping out with this project can email Julia for directions at volunteer@geekgirlcon.com.
The TARDIS will be auctioned off at GeekGirlCon in October and the proceeds donated to special needs children’s charities. Along with the money raised for the TARDIS, GeekGirlCon would like to ask their followers to think of what made them a geek. Be it Star Trek, comics, math class, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, people are encouraged to purchase an item that represents that fandom.  These items will be placed inside the TARDIS and then also donated to charity, encouraging a new geek generation.

“GeekGirlCon strives to give back to the community and inspire geeks of future generations by sharing our passions while helping those in need,” says Erica McGillivray, President & Marketing Director of GeekGirlCon.  For more information please go to our Facebook event page.  Help us fill the TARDIS with geeky goodness!

All gift donations should be sent to:
GeekGirlCon
815 1st Avenue
#315
Seattle, WA 98104-1404

GeekGirlCon is a non-profit organization passionate about promoting women’s contributions to geek culture. We are having our first annual convention October 8 and 9, 2011 in Seattle at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. To find out more about GeekGirlCon visit http://www.geekgirlcon.com.

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Contact: Kiri Callaghan
GeekGirlCon Public Relations Manager
Email: pr@geekgirlcon.com

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Gaming Tourneys Lead the Way to Geek Convention

GeekGirlCon Hosts First in a Series of Fund-raising Game Tournaments

Portland, OR, January 30th, GeekGirlCon staff will be hosting a Munchkin Tournament to kick off a series of monthly gaming tournaments that will appear in cities leading to Seattle,WA and raise money for GeekGirlCon’s upcoming convention.

Jason Heilpern, GeekGirlCon’s Gaming Coordinator, has organized a Munchkin Tournament that will take place at noon at Guardian Games, 303 Southeast 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Complete with prizes and a Monty Python-themed flash mob to promote the tournament itself, “Rumor even has it the Men in Black from Steve Jackson Games will be on site to participate in the fun!” says Heilpern. Online pre-registration for the tournament is $10 and $15 at the door.

Apart from the tournament itself, GeekGirlCon will be participating in both pre- and post-tournament festivities. Staff has invited the public to join them at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, 511 Northwest Couch Street, Portland, Oregon, for a night of gaming and partying at 8pm on the 29th, and following the tournament itself on the 30th, at 5pm, everyone will be gathering at the Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard St, Portland, Oregon to celebrate. To find out more about this event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=179714922052039

GeekGirlCon is a non-profit organization passionate about promoting women’s contributions to geek culture. We are having our first annual convention October 8 and 9, 2011 in Seattle at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. To find out more about GeekGirlCon visit http://www.geekgirlcon.com.

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Contact: Kiri Callaghan
GeekGirlCon Public Relations Manager
Email: pr@geekgirlcon.com

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Recap of GeekGirlCon’s all-hands meeting on January 15th

Look no further!

First, we had a very exciting announcement: we have a venue and dates! GeekGirlCon will be taking place on October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Buy your passes now! We also announced the members of the GeekGirlCon Board of Directors.

There are several amazing guests lined up for the con: Bonnie Burton , Trina Robbins, Greg Rucka and Jen Van Meter.

Also, if you are interested in proposing a panel, learn how here.

There were reminders about the special events we have coming up:

We also learned about the other exciting games we can look forward to for the Path to GeekGirlCon, including Magic, LARPing and a scavenger hunt in February!

Our next all-hands meeting will take place 10am-1pm on February 19th at the Madison Park Starbucks (4000 E Madison Ave, Seattle). Hope to see you all there!

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PacMan Ornaments

GGC Fundraising Xmas ornaments 10pc PacMan set, 20 dollar CASH donation or highest bidder at our next meeting 12/11/10. Qtys limited.

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Planning Meetings and Fundraising, Oh My

Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, December 11th from 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Des Moines Library at 21620 11th Avenue S, Des Moines, WA 98198. We’d love to see you there.

We apologize for the last minute move, but our friends at the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle are currently closed due to smoke damage. We hope you can still make it.

Right now, we are busy fundraising in order to secure our venue for GeekGirlCon. Our Marketing Director Erica is attempting to raise $500 for GeekGirlCon her birthday. Read her letter and explanation of why she’s doing this. You can donate by clicking on the button below:


We need your support. 100% of funds go toward Geek Girl Con.

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Geek Girl Con Craft Day December 5th

Geek Girl Con Craft Day: December 5th

You’re invited to Geek Girl Con’s Craft Day, Sunday, December 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Summit at Madison, 1730 22nd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122.

Join us for a fun-filled crafting session hosted by the Design Team! We will be making Pac-Man holiday ornaments for Geek Girl Con fundraising efforts!

Note: There will be a $5 baking clay fee per person.

Please RSVP by December 3rd: graphics@geekgirlcon.com.

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