I may be alone in this (though I highly suspect I am not), but one of my favorite parts of attending a convention isn’t even the event itself—it’s the anticipation that builds for months and months beforehand. And, for something as near and dear to my heart as GeekGirlCon, something I know I can count on making time and plans for every year regardless of whatever else is going on in my life, I like to extend the duration of that anticipation period for as long as possible. I like to start preparations for the following year basically as soon as I emotionally recover from the con weekend.
Procuring passes as soon as possible is just one of my pre-con rituals, and I’ve found that it comes with a lot of logistical perks as well. This is no different with GeekGirlCon. Currently, two-day passes for GeekGirlCon ‘17 are 35 dollars and one-day passes are 20 dollars. (I realize I’m biased, but typing this out right now, I can’t help but marvel at what a steal that is.) However, on May 1—that is, 12:01 a.m. on May 1—that is all about to (slightly) change. Our first price increase will leave two-day passes at 45 dollars each and one-day passes at 30 dollars each. Kid passes (ages 6-12) will remain 10 dollars each throughout the increases, and littles (ages 0-5) can attend for free! GeekGirlCon is a family event, people! That is my point. Please bring your kids and your friends’ kids. They are the future and deserve to have things like GeekGirlCon in their lives.
On Saturday, more than 130 GeekGirlCon staff, volunteers, friends, family, and fans joined together at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs to geek the night away in celebration of our new Executive Director Michele Carrico Domingo.
Guests began the evening with time to explore the museum, meet new geeks, and enjoy delicious refreshments from Swift and Savory food truck, beverages, and water provided by Essentia Water.
It was my first time at the museum and I was blown away by the enthralling exhibits and aesthetic beauty to be found in every corner. On just one floor I met a robot that was able to complete two independent activities simultaneously with more precision and skill than I ever could, enjoyed beautiful interactive digital art, and got to experience a fully immersive self-driving car simulation.
GeekGirlCon has been entirely volunteer-run since its inception in 2011. This past October, year-round volunteer staffers and convention-weekend volunteer Agents worked together to host 11,145 attendees over a too-short and just-drizzly-enough weekend for an intense celebration of geekdom, diversity, and community. In order to sustain this caliber of success and growth, GeekGirlCon is seeking candidates for the newly salaried Executive Director position.
The Executive Director, in short, works to manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of GeekGirlCon, meanwhile ensuring a strict adherence to the organization’s mission. Additionally, the Executive Director functions as a liaison between the organization’s Board and staff. A more comprehensive list of responsibilities can be found here.
For this position, GeekGirlCon is looking for candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline!) and have strong management, leadership, and collaboration skills. As our current Executive Director, Danielle Gahl, puts it, “We are in a building year. We are looking for someone with a passion for infrastructure and the ability to drive a diverse team with a unifying vision. We’re looking for someone with the ability to think about both the minute particulars and the broad brushstrokes, the creative and the analytical: a professional driver who also inspires community.”
For me, a very important part of pre-con preparation is an intense highlighter-and-spreadsheet-infused session of planning exactly which (and how many) events I will attend over the course of the weekend. My excitement doesn’t really set in fully until this point. But once I’ve given myself permission to spend an evening poring over panel descriptions and desperately fantasizing about somehow acquiring a Time-Turner, there’s no going back.
This is a visual representation of my con-prep process. Source: Giphy
Hotel Max Classic King Room. Image Source: Hotel Max
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Sunday morning at GeekGirlCon ‘15 brought us one of my favorite panels of the Con. Jessica Udischas of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl, Jenn Popkin of Gender Justice League, and Alyson McManus of Trans Lifeline teamed up for a retrospective and analysis of trans representation in genre media. (They gave the caveat that all three are able-bodied white trans women, so they only speak for a small portion of trans experience.)
Trans people are more in the spotlight than ever before, and trans representation is growing, but also changing. As Udischas pointed out, more doesn’t necessarily mean better. She gave the example of older representations such as Agent Denise Bryson in Twin Peaks. The language now seems dated, and the character was played by a cis man (David Duchovny), but in some ways the representation was more respectful than some more recent depictions.