Guide to GeekGirlCon ’22

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GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacies of underrepresented 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 and other underrepresented groups in geek culture. GeekGirlCon provides a safe space to spark conversations around social justice while encouraging unabashed geekiness.


GeekGirlCon acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the occupied, unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, and Swinomish. Acknowledgment is a small gesture that becomes more meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed actions. GeekGirlCon pledges to open all public events and gatherings with a statement acknowledging the traditional Indigenous stewardship of the lands on which we gather. We pledge to move beyond words into initiatives and programs that fully embody a sustained commitment to Indigenous rights and equity. There are 29 federally recognized tribes throughout Washington. In addition to recognizing the sovereignty of these nations, GeekGirlCon would also like to recognize the Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook people. Despite their traditional and continuing presence in this region, these nations are still not recognized by the United States government. (More information at Duwamish: duwamishtribe.org, Wanapum: wanapum.org, Chinook: chinooknation.org).


DAY-OF BASICS

Location

Arch at 800 Pike Street

800 Pike St

Seattle, WA 98101

(This is the new name for the space formerly known as Washington State Conference Center in Seattle—the same venue GeekGirlCon has always used!

Getting There

Parking information!

Public transportation information!

DOORS OPEN AT 9 AM!

Badges

Skip the line and pick up your badge early on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the convention center! We’ll be just inside the main doors. 

If you’re picking up your badge on Saturday, doors open at 9 a.m. and check-in is on the first floor.

You must keep your badge visible at all times during the con. 

Vaccines and Masks are Required

Everyone who comes into GeekGirlCon ‘22 is required to be fully vaccinated. Vaccine status will be confirmed at the front doors before you get in line for check-in. 

Everyone is required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose whenever they’re inside the convention center unless they’re in a designated eating area.

Further information about COVID safety at GeekGirlCon ‘22 can be found on our website here.

Safety Stuff

Please take a minute to look through our Code of Conduct. This includes our Harassment Policy and Cosplay Policy (weapon and prop stuff). It also includes information on how to report harassment during the event. 

If you need any help during the con, head to the Info Booth or flag down a Reaction Team volunteer. Reaction Team folks will be wearing blue Agent t-shirts and Wonder Woman crowns.

The EMT office is located next door to the Info Booth (Level 1) across from Introvert Alley. 

Don’t take photos of people without their consent! This, of course, includes cosplayers. If you don’t want your photo taken, you can pick up a “Do Not Photograph” sticker from the Registration or Info Booth.

GeekGirlCon is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property. Additionally, GeekGirlCon is not responsible for injuries sustained over the course of the convention.

We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the convention if they violate these policies. Have fun, be safe, and be respectful.

Accessibility

GeekGirlCon will reserve Accessibility and Interpreting seating areas in every presentation space. Attendees who decide to not sit in the Accessibility seating areas are welcome to ask Agents to make their desired area accessible for them and any mobility devices. Attendees with disabilities may request early entrance into panels, events, and activities to allow ease of entrance and additional seating variety. The Expo Hall will open at 9:30 a.m. for those with Accessibility stickers on their badges. If you would like to utilize early entrance or Accessible and Interpreting seating areas, please request either an Accessible or Interpreting sticker from the Registration Desk or Info Booth (Level 1).

More information about accessibility stuff at GeekGirlCon ‘22 can be found here. During the event, accessibility information can also be found at the Info Booth (Level 1). You can also ask for assistance or information from staff and volunteers, who will be wearing blue Agent t-shirts during the event. 

Schedule (Panels, Workshops, and Other Events)

Here’s the schedule! Printed copies of the schedule will also be available at the Registration and Info Booths. 

Floor Maps

Here’s where you can find floor maps of the space. The schedule tells you the name of the room the event is in, so use that information to cross-reference here to figure out which level it is on (e.g. the room Kamala is on Level 1). These will also show you where bathrooms (including all-genders ones) and other important spots are located throughout the convention center. 

Data & WI-FI

Reliable cell-phone and Wi-Fi service is not guaranteed at the convention center, so it is highly recommended that you set a time and place to meet back up with friends and family before you scatter throughout the venue. You can also take screenshots of the schedule and other parts of this guide to reference in case the webpages won’t load!

Engage with Us Online Using #BackAtGGC22

Lots of GeekGirlCon’s community-building happens online during the event. To share your cosplay, photos, and live-posts with the larger GeekGirlCon family, be sure to tag them with #BackAtGGC22!

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’22 passes are on sale!

In case you missed it, attendee passes are now on sale! Please don’t miss our COVID-19 policies this year – they’re a crucial part of us being able to safely host a convention at all!

Scholarship passes are now also available for those in financial need.

New this year:

You asked and we listened, we’re pleased to introduce a discounted teen pass to GGC ’22!

We’ve also added new supporter/donor tiers this year for those of you interested in helping GeekGirlCon survive past the pandemic years. As always, we couldn’t do this without you all!

Constance
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’22 IS COMING! AND IN-PERSON!

GEEKGIRLCON ’22 IS COMING

Like so much of the world, GeekGirlCon has been functioning on a skeleton crew for the past couple of years. In that time, despite all of tragedy surrounding us in so many different ways, we manageing to put on two whole epic digital events: GeekGirlCONLINE ’20 and GeekGirlCONLINE ’21. The backlog of that digital programming can always be found on our Youtube channel for whenever you’re hankering for some geeky content.

Though we’re unbelievably proud of our team and community for coming through and making in happen safely online, we’re beyond excited to announce that GeekGirlCon will be back and in-person on November 5, 2022 as a one-day event. You heard that right: GeekGirlCon ’22 will be a real-life IN-PERSON, ONE-DAY event on November 5, 2022 in Seattle. 

Attendee passes are not yet on sale (please stay tuned!), but you can still apply to exhibit, submit a panel or workshop, or volunteer to be an agent! We need everyone if we’re going to give GeekGirlcon the comeback it so deserves, so please submit your ideas.

COVID-19 PROTECTIONS

We take protecting our community and staff seriously. To help us gather in-person safely, attendees of GeekGirlCon ’22 will be required to submit proof of vaccination and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth during the event. To help us protect each other, we highly encourage our community members to further:

  • Have your badge mailed (instead of picking up in-person the day of)
  • Leave 6 feet of space between yourself and those outside of your party
  • Take a rapid test the day of the convention if one is available
  • Stay home if you feel sick!

We will definitely keep y’all posted as we further work out what meeting in person this year will mean, so please keep an eye here and on our social channels.

GEEKGIRLCON NEEDS YOU!

Lastly, we wanted to point out that we have a bunch of open positions on our year-round staff. The pandemic has been tough on us all, and GeekGirlCon’s staff is much smaller than it has been previous years. We need you to help us make GeekGirlCon ’22 possible! In particular, we’re seeking a Volunteer Manager, Registration Manager, Exhibitor Services Manager, and Cosplay Contest Coordinator. Please email us if you’re interested in those roles or any of the roles listed here.

SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER!

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

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