Why You Should GiveBIG!

A young child stands next to the GeekGirlCon Main Stage watching a music performance.
Image courtesy of GGC

Hi everyone! We are quickly coming upon one of GeekGirlCon’s biggest fundraisers of the year: GiveBIG, hosted by 501 Commons on May 5-6. We are so excited to be able to offer a con that promotes underrepresented communities in science, art, comics, and so much more, but we are only able to do so with the generous donations and support of our community.

So why should you support GeekGirlCon? GGC is an organization made up of a community of passionate people who come together to promote the belief that everyone deserves a safe space to express themselves. The 100% volunteer staff of GGC works year-round to bring the best possible programming, vendors, and activities to GGC for people of all genders, ethnicities, and sexualities to enjoy and to help spread the spirit of our labor of love throughout our community. If that sounds like a cool thing that you want to support, then you should GiveBIG! If you want to learn more, check out our Mission Statement.

Our mission is only possibly with your support, and every contribution counts (and is also tax deductible). You can even schedule your donation early if you just don’t want to wait. Be sure to check back in with us on May 5-6 to see how we are doing!

And from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support of GeekGrilCon. It truly means the world to us! 

A blue heart with the logo for GiveBIG, and a yellow banner that says “10 Years of Giving.” GiveBIG is powered by 501 Commons and will take place on May 5-6.

Rebecca Anglesey
“Rock On!”

Programming Submissions for GGC20 Extended to 5/14!

Hey, fellow procrastinators—do you have an idea for a panel, workshop, performance, or event that would be a great addition to GeekGirlCon 2020? Or are you interested in being a panelist, moderator, or tabletop game host at the con?

If so, good news: We’re extending our programming submission deadline to May 14, so there’s still time to get your application in!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

What Programming are You Submitting to GeekGirlCon ’20?

While most things in our lives are on hold at the moment, one thing that isn’t is our preparation for GeekGirlCon ‘20. Besides all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that our team is working on, we’re also at the point in the year when we’re accepting programming submissions from our community. Submissions close on April 30, so I’m here to ask what panels, workshops, and events y’all have in store for us this year?

If you’re interested in submitting but aren’t sure where to start, I’d suggest first checking out the page on our website and then head over to our Facebook group for past and future GeekGirlCon contributors. I’m pretty sure I recommend it every year, but it’s seriously the perfect place to brainstorm programming ideas, find co-panelists, or troubleshoot the application process. 

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

We’re still accepting programming submissions!

[Image description: a photo from the 2016 panel “Saving Sci-Fi & Fantasy: POC, Women, & LGBTQ Voices Saving the Genre.” In the foreground a large group of people sit and listen to 6 panelists, while looking at a screen. The screen reads “Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn.”]

As we posted on Wednesday, we are still planning on GeekGirlCon 2020 happening as scheduled. That means we are still looking for programming submissions! Here are the different types of forms we have for programming:

  • Panel Submission: To submit your own panel or presentation for consideration.
  • Panelist and/or Moderator Application: To be considered as a panelist or moderator on any panels needing additional participants.
  • Performance/Event Submission: To submit an idea for an event or performance (musical performance, variety show, networking event, game show, DJ, etc.).
  • Workshop Submission: To submit interactive/educational content (Paint ‘n Take, hands-on wig styling tutorial, learn-to-code hour, etc.).
  • Tabletop Game Host Application: To submit a game you/your company created for consideration for the Gaming Floor.

If you want to submit an idea for programming but need help brainstorming, think about what kind of programming you attended at last year’s GeekGirlCon. Don’t remember? The programs of GeekGirlCons past are always available on our website to download. The Copy team also wrote some sample pitches last May.

More importantly, think of the kind of programming that you wish GeekGirlCon had last year. What would make you excited to come to GeekGirlCon 2020? Chances are, there are others who would love your idea too. Read through our Mission and Values, and if your idea fits, send it in!

Find all of the details about programming submissions on our site. We will accept submissions to all forms until Thursday, April 30 at 11:59pm PST.

Most importantly—stay healthy, stay safe, and practice social distancing. We’re in this together.

Kalyna Durbak
“Rock On!”

We’re In This Together

To the GeekGirlCon Community,

The safety, security, and health of our attendees are of the utmost importance to GeekGirlCon. Beyond the scope of the convention, we want to make sure that you feel supported during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will take on each day as a community and communicate all updates should they arise. 

During this time of uncertainty, we recognize that late October feels like the distant future. However, we wanted to reach out and let you know that as of this time we are still planning on GeekGirlCon 2020 happening as scheduled. Passes are now available and we are actively accepting applications for exhibitors, sponsors, and programming content. We look forward to seeing you there!

In the interim, we are taking several precautions to ensure a safe and successful convention this fall and to support the community today:

  1. We are working closely with the Washington State Convention Center to ensure that we can count on a safe and hygienic convention. The Convention Center is committed to the standards set by the Center for Disease Control and have protocols in place for everyone’s protection.
  2. We understand that this is a difficult time for many of the contributors and attendees who are small independent businesses. We would like to work with you to help you promote your business during this downtime by highlighting and sharing your work with our community on social media. Let’s help one another continue to build community during the quarantine. 

Our staff is committed to monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will keep you informed if any changes are in order. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and the GeekGirlCon blog for live updates as we continue to watch and assess the situation.

Thank you to those who have already purchased tickets, submitted their applications, and committed to attending in 2020. Your support allows us to continue our mission during this time of uncertainty. As a grassroots, all-volunteer organization, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all geeks are supported, welcomed, and encouraged to pursue what they love.  

Stay healthy, stay safe, and practice social distancing. We’ll get through this together. 

Sincerely,
The GeekGirlCon Staff 

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Exhibitor Applications Are Now Open!

[Image description: a vendor smiles at a child who has stopped at their booth. The vendor is selling a variety of art prints. Photo by Sayed Alamy.]
[Image description: a vendor smiles at two people who have stopped to look at their booth in the GeekGirlCon Exhibitor Hall. Photo by Sayed Alamy.]

I think I can safely say that one of the highlights of many people’s experience at GeekGirlCon is the Exhibitor Hall.

It’s hard to resist! Where else can you find all of the artwork, books, games, clothing, pins, plushies, and stickers you could ever want from the most talented group of geeky creators around? It’s a magical place full of people forming connections over shared fandoms, finding just the right gift for their loved ones (or themselves!), and supporting incredible creators from across the region.

If you happen to be one of those incredible creators, you’re in luck – exhibitor applications are now officially open! We will be accepting submissions through Friday, May 15 at 11:59pm PST. (All applications submitted after May 15 will be automatically moved to the waitlist.)

Before you apply, here are a couple of useful resources to get you started:

Once you’ve reviewed that information, you’re ready to apply! Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at GeekGirlCon ’20. We can’t wait to see you (and your wonderful creations/items) there!

[Image description: two GeekGirlCon attendees in cosplay look at art prints in the Exhibitor Hall. Photo by Sayed Alamy.]

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Passes and Hotel for GeekGirlCon ’20—Available Now!

Happy Friday, everyone! I have two exciting bits of news for y’all:

Passes for GeekGirlCon ‘20 are on sale NOW!

  • Kids 0-5 years old: free weekend passes
  • Kids 6-12 years old: $15 weekend passes
  • Teens 13-17 years old: $30 weekend passes
  • Adults: $30 one-day passes OR $40 weekend passes
Me and you once we get our passes! [Image Description: Gif of two little kids wearing black cowboy hats. They’re showing off their red tickets and smiling.] Source: Giphy

This year, we’re partnering with the Paramount Hotel to offer group-rate rooms literally on the SAME BLOCK as the Conference Center. (Shout out to our excellent Operations team for making this magic happen!)

  • $175 per night
  • Available Friday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 3
  • This rate will expire, so wrangle your con-going companions and book now!
[Image Description: Screenshot of a Google map showing where both the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center are located.] Source: Google

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Now Accepting Programming Submissions for #GGC20!

A child and an adult examine items in the DIY Science Zone.

Have an idea for an awesome panel or interactive workshop that you’ve been mulling over? Want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with fellow con-goers? Have a game that you would like to demo on the gaming floor?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we want to hear from you! From now until Thursday, April 30 at 11:59pm PST we are accepting applications and submissions for:

We are currently accepting applications and submissions for:

Panel Submissions
Each year, our panels are wide-ranging, diverse, compelling, and unique. Have a topic you’d like to discuss? A perspective you just HAVE to share? We want to hear from you!

Panelist and/or Moderator Application
Apply to be considered as a panelist or moderator on any panels that need additional participants! Our team will work to match you with a panel that fits your interests.

Performance & Event Submissions
From musical performances to variety shows, game shows to DJ sets, we can’t wait to receive your submissions for performances and events.

Workshop Submissions
Workshops are some of the most interactive and educational elements of GeekGirlCon – and some of the most fun! Submit your idea for a hands-on presentation, class, or tutorial and share your know-how with all of us!

Tabletop Game Host Applications
Have you created (or are you in the process of creating) a game, either independently or with a studio? Submit your proposal to demo it on our gaming floor

A child plays a computer game while an adult leans over to watch. Photo by Torrin Maynard.

Psst! When submitting your programming proposal, be sure that it is:

Mission-aligned
Be sure to check out our mission and values before you submit to make sure that your programming submission aligns with our vision – to celebrate and honor the legacies of under-represented groups in science, technology, comics, arts, literature, game play, and game design. We do this by connecting geeks worldwide and creating an intersectional community that fosters the continued growth of women in geek culture. We’re looking for programming ideas that help us provide a safe space to spark conversations around social justice while encouraging unabashed geekiness.

Timely
We love to receive submissions that are relevant to what is happening today and that discuss timely issues in interesting new ways.

Relevant
When submitting your ideas, be sure to keep your audience in mind. What would GeekGirlCon attendees be interested in and excited about?

If you have any questions about submitting your programming idea, please reach out to us at programming@geekgirlcon.com.

Our GeekGirlCon team is busy creating our best convention yet, and we can’t wait for you to be part of it. Happy panel submission season!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Join us October 31 & November 1 for GeekGirlCon 2020 🎉

The time has come—are you ready for some exciting news?

The title probably gave it away, but mark your calendars and get ready to join us October 31 and November 1 for GeekGirlCon’s 10th Anniversary.

We’re in the thick of starting our early preparations for 2020, but stay tuned because the ’20 convention is bound to make some waves. We couldn’t have made it this far without the constant and immeasurable support of our community, and we’re absolutely thrilled to celebrate this milestone with all of you.

We’ll see you this fall for #GGC2020. 🎉

Indigo Boock
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