One of the hardest things about GeekGirlCon is that point on Sunday night when you realize that the con is coming to its inevitable conclusion. It’s such a bittersweet moment, but it’s also a good time to reflect on the cultural phenomenon that is GeekGirlCon.
Cosplayers and attendees at GeekGirlcon’s kickoff party play trivia based on their fandom of choice.
More than 12,000 people are expected to celebrate a weekend dedicated to empowering women, girls, and non-binary geeks to pursue their passions—whether they love science and technology, comics, literature, gaming, or anything else.
And tonight, we surrounded ourselves with the soft glow of retro machines and sounds of modern robotics at the Living Computer Museum to kick things off for GeekGirlCon 2017.
We’re here! Well, not quite, but with just a few days left until #GGC17, I’m in full-on excited freakout mode, and I hope you are too. We’ve got our schedules, our apps, and we’re ready to have an amazing Con weekend.
If only we could be this calm and collected going into the Con
Over the past few weeks we’ve been giving you a preview of the amazing panels we have coming up, divided into all the themes we geeks are most passionate about. We’ve covered Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusivity, GGC After Dark, Pop Culture, Fandom, and Gaming. But as if all of that wasn’t enough to get you completely psyched for this weekend, let me introduce you to a group of panels that I am personally counting down the hours for: the STEM panels!
The original computers
Did you know that the first computers weren’t wires or blinking lights, but women? From the first computer program to sending men to the moon, women were technological leaders. So why is it so hard to find safe work environments and equal salaries for women in technology? Moderated by Asia al-Massari, the panel From Note G to NASA: Women in Coding and Programming invites you to join self-described lady-coders, Amanda End, Allison Borngesser, and Amy Wibowo, to discover what being a coder is all about!
Bugs are awesome, especially this adorable and efficient ladybug
Whether you’re squeamish around creepy crawlies or a full-on bug fanatic, the panel Different Isn’t Bad: What Bugs Can Teach Us About Being Brave will open your eyes to all the unexpected and amazing things that bugs can teach us. Meet The Bug Chicks, Kristie Riddick and Jessica Honaker, entomologists using bugs to talk about social issues like prejudice, racism, sexism, and feelings of isolation, while simultaneously teaching about insects, spiders, and their relatives. They make videos and talk with young people all over the world, inspiring bravery and open-mindedness. You’re sure to find your inner bugdork here!
Footage of me on my way to the Droid-building panel
Last but certainly not least, the panel Droid Building 101: Make Your Own Astromech!, moderated by Christine Cato, will discuss the methods used by members of the BB-8 Builders Club and Astromech builders club to create their own BB-8 and Astromech droids. The panel will include a brief history of the two clubs, the materials they used to make their droids, and a peek into how to make your own!
I, for one, am extremely ready to learn more about all things coders, bugs, and droids. I hope to see you at these incredible panels, as well as all the others we have scheduled this weekend!
This year our theme is Geeky Anniversaries! 2017 is a big year in geekdom—Harry Potter is turning 20, Sailor Moon is turning 25, and Star Wars is turning 40. To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a contest to determine which of the three is the ultimate fandom. Guests can pick their favorite fandom and complete activities to earn points for their team. Read about how to earn points here.
Saturday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1: GeekGirlCon
Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning — Washington State Convention Center
At our two-day convention on September 30 and October 1, 2017, GeekGirlCon sets up an inclusive environment in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; gameplay and game design; and beyond. If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon—or perhaps you’re still reveling from last year’s fun and curious about what’s to come—click here to read what you can expect.
It’s official. There’s exactly one week left until #GGC17! I don’t know about you, but I can barely contain my excitement. I’m so excited, in fact, that when I’m not busy working on final touches for the con with the rest of the GeekGirlCon staff, I’ve distracted myself with one of my geeky hobbies of choice: gaming.
Who doesn’t love Overwatch? As a Mercy main, I was giddy to find out that Lucie Pohl was going to be one of our Featured Contributors. In the panel Can’t Nerf This! Diversity in Overwatch, we’ll discuss Blizzard’s revolutionary cast of characters, and how Overwatch has taken historic leaps in introducing more diversity and inclusion to gaming.
Felicia Day in Supernatural
Over the last few years, esports have taken off and more and more women are wanting to get involved–and nothing’s stopping you from joining in! Women in Esports: How to Get Involved in Competitive Gaming will explore how to get involved. Panelists Morgan Romine, Lilian Chen, and Emily Sun will talk about finding or creating new opportunities in Competitive Gaming, whether competing, hosting, or commentating, and much more.
These are but a few of the panels in our amazing lineup. Make sure to check out our full schedule, and we’ll see you next week!
Who: All ages are welcome! The party will also feature a 21+ area with a cash-only bar.
Admission: Your GeekGirlCon ‘17 pass gets you in for free. If you registered and paid online, you can pick up your pass at the party. If you don’t have a pass, you can still join us for $10 at the door.
Details: This year our theme is Geeky Anniversaries! 2017 is a big year in geekdom—Harry Potter is turning 20, Sailor Moon is turning 25, and Star Wars is turning 40. To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a contest to determine which of the three is the ultimate fandom. Guests can pick their favorite fandom and complete activities to earn points for their team. At 9:00p.m. we’ll tally up the points, and at 9:30 we’ll announce the winning fandom and give one randomly selected member of that team an awesome prize!
Ways to Earn Points: Start planning now to give your fandom an edge. You can earn points by:
Writing your name! Write your name on a piece of paper and add it to your team’s jar at the kickoff party to earn ONE POINT.
Dressing up! Wear a suit, gown, team-pride shirt, or cosplay to earn ONE POINT. If you cosplay a character from your team’s fandom, you will earn a SECOND POINT.
Tweeting! Tweet a team picture with your fandom’s hashtag (#TeamHermione, #TeamMoon, or #TeamRey) and #GGC17 to earn ONE POINT.
Playing Rock Band! Play a Rock Band song at the party to earn ONE POINT.
Knowing trivia! Each fandom team will get a trivia sheet full of questions about their fandom. Each correct answer is worth ONE POINT, plus answering all of the questions correctly is worth an additional FIVE POINTS.
Come out, support your fandom, and begin #GGC17 with a bang! We’ll see you there!
I don’t know about you, but with just a little over a week to go until the Con, I’m currently in full strategic planning mode, obsessively highlighting my copy of the panel schedule and inevitably overscheduling myself in the hopes of catching all of the amazing panels we have lined up.
That moment when you realize you’ve scheduled yourself to see two (or three…or four…) panels at the same time
In the leadup to #GGC17, we’ve been highlighting the incredible panels you’ll have the opportunity to see, including ones centered around Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusivity, GGC After Dark, and Pop Culture! I couldn’t be more excited about each of those topics, but today I’m here to introduce you to a group of panels that are especially near and dear to my heart: the ones Focusing on Fandom. As geeks, we are basically Olympic medal-ers in fandom, so let me give you a sneak peek at some of the panels that will let you revel in the joy, excitement, and possibility of fandom.
Ever wondered which fandoms and tropes are most popular in fanfic? Are you curious how comments affect an author’s writing skills, or how fans navigate the sexual content in fanworks? Join a panel of fandom analysts, moderated by Ruby Davis, for By the Numbers: The World of Fandom Statistics. This group of amazing analysts will present their findings on these topics (and more!), showcase data visualizations, explain their methods, and answer questions.
A representation of my feelings after Sense8 was cancelled
I personally had a day of mourning when I heard that Netflix had cancelled Sense8, and am eagerly awaiting next year’s two-hour finale special, which will hopefully give us heartbroken fans some much-needed closure. Sense8 has become a global phenomenon, earning itself an extremely diverse and loyal fanbase in only two short seasons. The panel I Am Also a We – A Sense8 Panel, moderated by Meagan Malone, will discuss the show’s successes and shortcomings, with panelists sharing their hopes for the upcoming special.
Me, deep into a binge-watching session of “Sailor Moon”
This year is the 25th anniversary of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, so it’s only fitting that the panel Humans of the Moon Kingdom: 25 Years of Sailor Moon, moderated by Misu Russell, will celebrate the impact that Naoko Takeuchi’s epic manga has had on countless fans around the world. Come discuss the ways you’ve been affected by a cute young girl in a Sailor Suit!
I love games, and I think that one of my favorite places at GeekGirlCon is on the Gaming Floor. It’s a big, open space and lends itself to all sorts of game-related content, be it board games to check out, a walk-up RPG area, console games, and more! Here are some of the cool things that will be happening in games over GeekGirlCon weekend:
GeekGirlCon After Dark is a collection of panels that cover more mature content. Aimed at older audiences, these panels will discuss everything from the representation of women in Horror, to sex—real and fictional. Please note that all of these panels are 18+, and we will be checking attendees’ IDs at the door.
Yuri and Victor from Yuri!!! On ice.
Yaoi is one of the most popular subgenres of anime and manga, both in Japan and Western media—most notably among female fans. History of Yaoi: A Fangirls Not-so-Secret Shame will discuss the history of the genre while juxtaposing it’s popularity against the LGBT+ community’s fight for equality in Japan.
Sex is weird. I know that, you know that, Planned Parenthood knows that—and they’re ready to answer any questions you may have about the act. Sex Ed Super Friends! Presented by Planned Parenthood is a panel comprised of “sex nerds” that are ready to take on whatever questions Google hasn’t solved for you. Whether you’d prefer to submit questions anonymously or are comfortable starting a discussion, all questions are welcome and all questions are important.
Chun Woo-hee in the horror film The Wailing.
Horror is my favorite genre as a writer, and every year it grows in popularity amongst female creators and fans. Women in Horror will discuss the history of how women have been presented in the genre and look at its growing appeal. How has this vocal demographic changed the industry from the inside, and where is the genre going?
GeekGirlCon After Dark brings more scandalous content to #GGC17. From continued Sex Education to horror and the popularity of Yaoi, After Dark panels ignite more mature discussions for older audiences.
Stay tuned for even more Panel Highlights in the coming days before the convention, and we’ll see you September 30 and October 1!
Last year, we launched our first ever fundraiser tee, and I’m excited to share that we’ve just launched our second fundraiser tee to benefit all things GeekGirlCon 2017!
…and let me say, it’s the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen.
This year’s tee was created by California artist Celia Sutton, and not only is it absolutely adorable, it also shows some serious GeekGirlCon pride. The shirt reads “Support Your Local Geek Girls”–and sports a seriously cute pink-haired protagonist. Whether or not she looks like a smart scientist, or a peppy little witch, anyone can see something magical in this shirt.
The tee is available in both straight cut and fitted sizes. As of my writing this post, we have sold 27 of our goal of 50, and have raised $250.
There are still 15 days left, so make sure to grab yours now! After the fundraiser is over, we won’t be getting them again.
Artist Celia Sutton is a monster kid based in Los Angeles. She works as an artist assistant and screen prints in her studio garage. Celia enjoys foam fabricating props and costumes. In her free time she reads horror comics and pets dogs.