Schedule

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time
Program
Location
10:00 AM
How to write a story using the hollywood method
Furiosa
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Workshop

Every great story follows the same plot structure. We’ll go over the concept of a beat sheet, created by famous screenwriter Blake Snyder, and see how this applies to the structure of many popular novels and movies. We’ll watch a short animated film and work together to identify it’s story beats. Then you’ll have time to apply these beats to the story brewing in your own head, setting you up to write a book or script that people will rave about. This workshop is suitable for all ages and skill levels.

The Journey to Xadia: A Chat with Paula Burrows
Garnet
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Paula Burrows

Do you like hanging out with fellow humans? Human fellows? Then you’ll love meeting Paula Burrows, voice of Rayla from Netflix’s hit animated series The Dragon Prince. Join us to hear her stories on breaking into acting, working with a talented cast and crew, and what it’s been like to meet fans of the show.

Bungie Game Devs – 1 Thing Today
Samus
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Bungie

Have you ever met someone whose current occupation is your dream job? This panel is meant to cut to the core of helpful advice for those who are in middle school to recent college grads and are interested in careers like the ones earned by our talented team at Bungie. Panelists with different positions and backgrounds will each discuss the one thing they’d recommend future game devs in their field should start trying today. What are the most important resources, tools, methods, skills, or experiences that you can immediately start tackling? Come to this panel to find out.

Infiinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
Mulan
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Sarah Gulde, Tristan J. Tarwater, Jamala Henderson, Grace Moore, Ebony Adams, Sharon Magliano Feliciano

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.” Gene Roddenberry had a vision that challenged social mores but couldn’t be fully realized in the 1960s. How has Star Trek evolved over the last fifty years, from TOS to Discovery? Has the representation of race, gender, orientation, ability, and neurodiversity matured? What would Gene think?

GMing as Activism
Uhura
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Rockette Fox, Stephan Pennington

While tabletop gaming is a great way to kick back, more players and game masters are asking whether difficult topics should be addressed and, if so, how? Can issues like harassment, bias, and oppression be respectfully explored? How do factors like physical space, player diversity, etc. impact tone and engagement? How do we as GMs create safe spaces where players can engage with these topics and still have fun? Join the discussion on GMing as a tool for inclusivity, understanding, and activism.

Crafters Meetup
Shuri
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

Get your glue guns and fabric scissors ready! Meet like-minded creators, share techniques, and be inspired at the crafters meetup.

10:30 AM
Let’s Play Battletech with the Mercenary Commanders of Harebrained Schemes
Rey
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming

Join local game developers from Harebrained Schemes as they play through the latest expansion of BATTLETECH, talk about their experiences developing this hugely successful title, and answer your questions about making video games and getting into the games industry.

Kid’s Lightsaber Choreo
America
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

Do you want to become a Jedi? Learn how to use the Force? Fight against a Sith Lord? Join Kamino Temple for our Force Experience Show! Watch as Jedi teach you about the force, show off lightsaber forms, spar against each other, and protect you from the forces of evil. Learn forms and get a chance to test your lightsaber skills against the Sith—we hope that you join us in learning the ways of the Force! 18 and under, kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Librarians Recommend: The Best New, Inclusive Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads
Korra
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Emily Calkins, Jackie Parker, Robin Bradford, Zola Mumford, Jessica Werner

Librarians from Pacific Northwest libraries recommend their favorite new diverse and inclusive science fiction and fantasy reads. Fill your to-read pile with titles by queer authors and authors of color—we’ll cover at least 30 titles, so there’s sure to be something for every reader!

GeekGirlScouts Discuss: Disney Princesses and Their Effect on Today’s Generation
Chell
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Kristina Petersen, Dylan Faaland, Ruby Weber, Kate Fredrickson, Angela Shannon

How are Disney movies changing to reflect our current, modern culture? GeekGirlScouts discuss!

11:00 AM
Sparkle*Kitty Tutorial and Tournament
Storm
Time:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
Gaming

Once upon a time, a group of powerful princesses were captured and locked away by the evil queen Sparkle*Kitty, who turned their magic spells into sweet, simple words! Luckily, these were no ordinary princesses, and they took matters into their own hands. Can you help the princesses create new spells and escape? Sign up in advance at the Tabletop Info Booth! As with all our tournaments, we’ll start off with a learning round to get everyone ready to win.

Meet and Greet with Paula Burrows
Signing Table
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
Signing Table
Type:
Meet and Greet
Speakers:
Paula Burrows

Meet Paula Burrows, voice of Rayla in The Dragon Prince! Paula Burrows is a Scottish-born, Canadian-raised actress based in Vancouver, B.C. A graduate of Studio 58 and Langara College Film Arts, Paula is over the moon to be playing Rayla in the animated show The Dragon Prince, and her Scottish mother is delighted that she is finally “talking properly.” Her recent credits include the conveniently named character Paula in The Dangers of Online Dating, Mrs Luckenbill in The Hunt, and Jessica Hartley in Unspeakable.

11:30 AM
Badass Women of Blizzard
Garnet
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Andrea Toyias, Mary Bourrie, Jennifer Owings, Dina Medeiros, Candace Thomas, Rachel Day

Join the “Badass Women of Blizzard” as they open up and recount the journeys that brought each of them to the jobs they now love at Blizzard Entertainment. Women from art, audio, design, engineering, production, talent and QA will share their stories from the frontlines: challenges they’ve overcome, successes they’ve celebrated, and how they managed everything throughout it all. Real talk. Honest convo. And tips and insights to assist everyone in finding their own inner “badass”.

Inclusive Princessing: Happily Ever After For All
Uhura
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Emilee (Our Shield Maiden), Mallory Cohen, Shannon Daly, Yeji Sakoda, Melissa Britt

Being a princess in the 21st century looks a lot different from the way it once did…and we’re glad! Join a panel of “Real Princesses,” aka the coolest cosplayers in all the land, who hold being a princess near and dear to their hearts. We’ll laugh a lot, sing a little, and show that getting your fairy tale ending really is entirely up to you!

Geek Elders Speak AGAIN!
Samus
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Jeanine Tullos Hennig, Maggie Nowakowska, Tish Wells, Lynn Kingsley, Amy (Falkowitz) Bradley, Rache

Women have always had a primary and undeniable role in fannish history. From fanzines cranked on mimeo, to hand-screened arts, to costumes made of salvage, to folksongs taped at cons on handheld recorders and VHS music videos. Fannish women have always laid claim to their creative power on their own terms, refusing to be yet another lost anecdote of women’s history! Come join us for another batch of stories, shared and told in the #ownvoices of Geek Elders.

Research & Data Science in Fandom
Chell
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Ruby Davis, Franzeska Dickson, Destination Toast, Flourish Klink, Elizabeth Minkel, John Frens

What does it really mean to “ship”? What are favorite fan tropes? What fandoms are most common on platforms like Archive of Our Own, Fanfiction.net, and Wattpad? How do comments impact fanfiction authors? Join Fansplaining, Destination Toast, Franzeska Dickson, and UW’s fanfiction data analytics group as we present fandom data to address these questions and more.

Stranger Things Meetup
Shuri
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

Don’t get stuck in the Upside Down! Join this meet up and help defeat the Demogorgon.

Disney Sing-Along
Mulan
Time:
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Performance

Do you feel like Disney is a Part of Your World? Many songs feel like a Tale As Old As Time, so Be Our Guest and see How Far We’ll Go in a Whole New World of an hour-long sing-along! Be Prepared to Let It Go, say Hakuna Mattata, or just Bonjour to fellow Disney fans in a fun-filled environment where if you’ve Got A Dream or just a Friend In Me (well, each other), you’ll hit Zero to Hero fast if you can Go the Distance. You don’t want to miss this Once Upon a Dream opportunity!

Mini Battle Bots: Reign Robotics
Furiosa
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Workshop

Build your own Mini Battle Bots using toothbrush heads, very small motors, and fun decorations! Reign Robotics Members will walk participants through the process of making these cute little robots functional. Participants will then have the opportunity to put their creations to work on an obstacle course, in a maze, or in a sumo-style ring.

12:00 PM
Adult’s Lightsaber Choreo
America
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

You’re never too old to begin your Jedi training—and the Force is calling YOU! Come and learn lightsaber combat choreography with the Jedi and Sith of Saber Guild’s Kamino Temple. We will provide a fully crafted lightsaber capable of movie-quality stage combat as we teach you the choreography skills we use in our performances. Participants must be 18+ or 13-17 with parent or guardian supervision.

Tabletop Live! Tanya Takes Her Friends to Hell—We Mean Avernus!
Rey
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming
Speakers:
Tanya DePass

Featured guest Tanya DePass leads a crew through a merry chase in Avernus. Will they survive? Come and find out!

Real Representation Matters: Examining Bi and Pan Sexuality in Media
Korra
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
JC Lau, Cookie Hiponia Everman, Kelly Snyder, Alex A.K.

This panel aims to examine media representations of bisexuality and pansexuality, which influence not only how other people perceive us, but also how we perceive ourselves. We will compare and contrast tired tropes with real representation, and talk about why that matters now more than ever.

1:00 PM
House of Ñ: The Art of Collaborative Comic Translation
Mulan
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Adriana Nodal-Tarafa, Karla Esparza Martínez, Valeria Téllez

Enter House of Ñ, a Mexican collective dedicated to translating and promoting quality translation of graphic narratives and literature. We’ll dive into how our process differs from mainstream comic translation approaches; our collaborative, collective comics translation approach; and walk the audience through our translation of the comic Bound By Law.

The Fluidity of Steven Universe
Uhura
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Nic Figley, Rockette Fox, ayom ament

Crystal Gems unite! The exploration of fluidity in Steven Universe reflects the many paths people take in life, considering the profound question: what does living your truth look like? Taking a look at varying gender identities, expressions of self, and how fluidity impacts the Crystal Gems’ world and ours, we’ll discuss and fan swoon over this glorious rise in representation. After all, it’s why we believe in STEVEN UNIVERSE!

The Science and Technology of Space Exploration
Garnet
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Trudy Kortes, Dajae Williams

Ever wonder how the Curiosity Rover got on Mars? Or how we can see such detailed images of Saturn’s rings? NASA veterans Trudy Kortes (Chief, Human Exploration & Space Operations Division) and Dajae Williams (Manufacturing Engineer) discuss just what it takes to explore our universe.

Meet a Game Industry Pro
Shuri
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

The Video Game industry isn’t just for game designers. Drop by the Meetup Cafe and chat with awesome Game Industry professionals spanning every career path in gaming. HR, engineering, sound, production, test, marketing… we have it all! Strike up a conversation and learn how your talents can lead to a career in games. Featuring professionals from Blizzard Entertainment, Xbox, and more!

Meet and Greet with Tanya DePass
Signing Table
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Signing Table
Type:
Meet and Greet
Speakers:
Tanya DePass

Meet Tanya DePass! Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s part of the Rivals of Waterdeep live play stream on twitch.tv/dnd, a partnered Twitch variety broadcaster; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality and other topics at conventions.

Outsider Comics Presents Fostering Inclusivity in Tabletop Gaming
Samus
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Jill Taplin, Alyx Wulf, Jessica Ross, Carlene Young, Fae Kells, Dana Fried

Outsider Comics specializes in one-shot roleplaying game events that are inclusive and instructive. We have a diverse collective of game masters, each with different methods for encouraging players to interact with their group in fun and positive ways. We realized through small instructive discussions that we all bring lots of experience with many games to the table and can constructively answer questions newer DMs may have.

1:30 PM
Queer and Geeky Educators Q&A
Furiosa
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Nichole Klocksiem, Luzviminda Uzuri "Ms. Lulu" Carpenter, Tamasha Emedi, Dr. Dana Waters, Lauren Pittis

Join a panel of educators, paraeducators, and administrators from differing backgrounds who are equally passionate about education and geek culture. Led by a lesbian teacher, this panel will be a question and answer session for other aspiring educators or students who are curious about how educators think.

Sleeping Queens Tutorial and Tournament
Storm
Time:
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
Gaming

The Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen, and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell. It is the players’ job to wake them up using strategy, quick thinking, and a little luck. A great game for con-goers young and old! Sign up in advance at the Tabletop Info Booth! As with all our tournaments, we’ll start off with a learning round to get everyone ready to win.

Cherry Rae plays HyperDot
Rey
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming
Speakers:
Cherry Rae

Cherry Thompson is an accessibility and inclusion consultant, streamer, and advocate working hard to make a difference in both the real world and the video-game world! Come hang out at the Let’s Play Stage and play HyperDot with Cherry!

The Making of a Hero-Princess
Chell
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Geanna Culbertson

Geanna Culbertson graduated college with the honors thesis Beauty & the Badass: The Origins of the Hero-Princess Archetype. Her passion for both hero and princess main characters sent her on a quest to understand the core pillars of the hero-princess as she wrote her fantasy fairytale series The Crisanta Knight. Following the children and younger siblings of fairytale characters who live in a magical world called “Book,” citizens train to be the next generation of main characters in stories. Discover Culbertson’s recipe for a hero-princess, learn about creating the realistic, strong, and sassy female main character in today’s world, and explore other topics like fairytale retellings, writing fantasy, love interest dynamics, and inspiring positive change through fiction. ***FREE Ebook gift card of BOOK ONE in the series for every panel attendee!

From Brain to Bookstore Shelf
Korra
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Hope Nicholson, Jen Vaughn

Have a great idea for a book? Have a completed project and wondering what comes next? Featured contributor Hope Nicholson, the owner of Bedside Press, demystifies the publishing process and guides you through the process of creating a comic, from concept to completion! This will be an in-depth guide on how to publish a comic or graphic novel from scratch.

Worldbuilding Through the Lens of Environmental Science: Build a Predator
America
Time:
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

We discover new and amazing worlds by observing nature. As a fantasy author, whether you’re building a single monster, or an entire fantasy world, that work always begins through considering relationships within the natural world. Making a fantasy animal can cascade organically into development of a world, and other creatures. In this workshop, we’ll build a fantasy predator by considering some of the physical needs and habitat questions that impact animals here in our world.

2:30 PM
Geek Hard Play Hard: Adults Need Geeky Events!
Samus
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Maddy Vonhoff

Play is no longer just for kids! While the stereotype remains that most geeks prefer to enjoy their favorite fandoms alone, over the last few years we are seeing the rise of the social geek. Comic conventions, quidditch, murder mysteries, parties, and other interactive geeky events are more popular than ever. These events add excitement and spontaneity into our everyday lives and allow attendees to be the hero of their own story. Join us for a panel on the importance of interactive geeky events.

Higher, Further, Faster: Why Captain Marvel Matters
Mulan
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Lauren Salter, Hannah Tyo, Brianne Hawes, Hudson Michaels, Megan Evans, Elizabeth Sweet

Captain Marvel became the first female-lead film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introduced as the slated leader of the MCU’s fourth phase of superheroes. The addition of Captain Marvel didn’t come without controversy, particularly from the male demographic. In this discussion, we’ll talk about why Carol Danvers is important to women and girls, why Captain Marvel matters in the future of the MCU and comic lore, and touch on the women who paved the way for her to rise.

Meet & Geek: A Networking Event for Mavens-in-the-Making
Shuri
Time:
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

Interested in breaking into a geeky career? Network with mentors and get career advice at this meetup hosted by Sonia Michaels and Alexandra Lucas. Bring your resume for review and any questions you may have for mentors in careers such as writing, game design, digital media, and comic book art. You can also sign up for one-on-one networking sessions at the “Mentor Cafe” in the Connections area on the 4th floor!

Meet and Greet with Geanna Culbertson
Signing Table
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Signing Table
Type:
Meet and Greet
Speakers:
Geanna Culbertson

Meet Geanna Culbertson! Geanna Culbertson is the award-winning fantasy author of The Crisanta Knight Series. Driven by Cinderella’s daughter—a heroine who is strong, smart, & bold—the series regularly teams up with schools, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts, & Read to a Child to inspire girls to activate their potential & pursue their passions. Culbertson is a USC alumna with degrees in Public Relations, Marketing, Cinematic Arts, & Critical Approaches to Leadership. Culbertson is also a black belt in karate & a manager at a digital marketing firm. She hopes to inspire the world with books that mix action-adventure, humor, and heart!

Stargazing Cylons and Cosmic Quidditch: The Real Astronomy of Made-Up Worlds
Uhura
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Emily Levesque

Astronomy has always been a powerful element of science fiction and fantasy. This literally-universal science can serve as everything from a source of linguistic inspiration and easter eggs (e.g. the stellar names in Harry Potter) to a fundamental anchor point of a creator’s world (e.g. the frankly-wacky planet orbits dictating the seasons in Game of Thrones). This presentation and Q&A will discuss the science and storytelling power of astronomy across a broad range of fandoms and highlight connections between these worlds and the adventures and discoveries of modern astronomy research.

Rising Stars: Q&A and Book Recs from Publishing’s Most Exciting Newcomers!
Garnet
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Jessie Gaupel, Hafsah Faizal, Aiden Thomas, Molly Brooks, Kira Jane Buxton

Are you a bookworm? Love to get lost in YA and OwnVoices? Then do we have a panel for you! GeekGirlCon is excited to bring authors Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame), Kira Jane Buxton (Hollow Kingdom), Molly Brooks (Sanity & Tallulah), and Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys) to the stage. Join us as we ask these fresh faces how they got their start, what their favorite books of the year are, and much more!

3:00 PM
Wellness for Geeks Who Sit by GeekGirlStrong
Furiosa
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Workshop

Are you a gamer, writer, cosplayer, artist, or simply a person who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk? This movement-based workshop is designed to help you fix those aches and pains that develop over time from being hunched over the latest armor build or beating the final boss. You will leave this workshop with a new set of skills in your health arsenal including mobility stretches, strength movements, and nutritional tips. Note: This is a seated movement workshop, tailored with various body types in mind. All movements can be modified depending on individual needs!

Feminist Frequency Radio!
Korra
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Ebony Adams, Anita Sarkeesian, Carolyn Petit

Join the killjoys of Feminist Frequency as they bring you a live recording of their weekly pop culture post-mortem, Feminist Frequency Radio! FFR is the podcast that aims to teach you how to be critical of the media you love. It’s going to be an entertaining, provocative, take-no-prisoners conversation about the latest films, games, and TV. Feminist Frequency Radio is there to help you dig deeper into the things you love. Warning: we may significantly enhance your media (and con-going) experience!

Creative and Chronic Life
Chell
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Symantha Reagor, Suzanne Skaar, Rockette Fox, Amanda Cherry, Grace Moore, Angie Jernejcic, Isabela Oliveira

Chronic illnesses can drain strength from not only the body but also from your source of creativity. In this panel, we’ll discuss how we manage our conditions to balance physical/mental health while living our best creative and chronic lives.

DIY Future! Writing and Performing Science Fiction OnStage
America
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

Do you wonder about the future? Have you thought about what it takes to make the world a better place? Have you ever found yourself thinking about the collapse of society? Do you think technology is making us weirder? Congratulations, this is the starter kit for becoming a science-fiction nerd! Whether you’re a huge fan of Star Trek or you’ve happened upon a couple of episodes of Dr. Who, there’s a lot to discover when you create your own science-fiction pieces.

Sneak Peak of Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem
Rey
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming

Join HeR Interactive as we play the all new mystery adventure title – Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem. Learn more about this highly anticipated game, managing an iconic brand, guiding the creative process, and what it’s like to work at this award-winning local game developer! Please join us as time is short—and Nancy must find the answers before the clock strikes midnight.

3:30 PM
Meet and Greet with Featured Authors: Hafsah Faizal, Kira Jane Buxton, Molly Brooks, Aiden Thomas
Signing Table
Time:
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location:
Signing Table
Type:
Meet and Greet
Speakers:
Hafsah Faizal, Kira Jane Buxton, Molly Brooks, Aiden Thomas

Meet Hafsah, Kira, Molly, and Aiden! Hafsah Faizal is the New York Times bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame. Kira Jane Buxton is the author of Hollow Kingdom. Molly Brooks is the author of Sanity & Tallulah and Sanity & Tallulah: Field Trip. Aiden Thomas is the author of upcoming Cemetary Boys and Lost in the Never Woods.

4:00 PM
Sushi Go! Tutorial and Tournament
Storm
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
Gaming

Do you like sushi? Do you like card games? If you answered yes to either, grab your sushi mats and join the inagural Sushi Go! tournament at GeekGirlCon. This game is easy to learn and fun to play, but we can’t guarantee you won’t be hungry afterward! As with all our tournaments, we’ll start off with a learning round to get everyone ready to win.

Building a Better Stream Community
Uhura
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Tanya DePass, Random Tuesday, Lysa Penrose

Often times Twitch, Mixer and other online spaces are treated as a wide open space where one needs to have a thick skin to prosper, and anything goes. It doesn’t have to be that way, and streamers from a variety of experience will discuss ways in which to have a better community in your streaming spaces.

Game Development is for Everyone: our stories, our roles
Samus
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
JC Lau, Elisa Mader, Aleasha Ford, Allie McNulty

What is it like to make video games? Join the women from Harebrained Schemes–the makers of BATTLETECH and the Shadowrun series–as they talk about how they entered the games industry, challenges they’ve faced and overcome, and how you can leverage your skills into a games job. From design to engineering, art to production, you’ll learn about the roles within a games studio, the future of the games industry, and how we can make games a better place to work for everyone.

The Doubleclicks Concert
Garnet
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Performance
Speakers:
The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks live in concert!

Fandom as Pedagogy: Geeking Up the High School and College Classroom
Mulan
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Tanya Cook, Katherine Anderson Howell, Lauren Karp

Beyond putting ‘dank memes’ in your PowerPoint slides or assigning The Hobbit as a literary text, how can, and why should, fan practices and geek pop culture be integrated into your pedagogy in more fundamental ways? From assignments that use fan fiction as a product to experiential learning, to video editing projects, learn how to better engage diverse learners and build community in the high school and college classroom. We’ll share specific examples of how to include fandom in your pedagogy!

4:30 PM
GeekGirlScouts Discuss: Females in Fandom
Chell
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Andy Munich, Raeden Norris, Grace Bell, Sierra McDonald, Kaela O'Leary

In this panel the GeekGirlScouts will discuss how women and girls from various fandoms impact their respective universes and how that impacts the public standards of beauty and character.

Improv for tabletop games
America
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to help encourage players and DMs to tap into their inner improv actor, and to be more prepared at the table for anything that gets thrown their way!

Let’s Play Rec Room with Gwynneth Leece
Rey
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming

We’re trying out VR on the Let’s Play stage for the first time ever! Rec Room is a virtual social club where you can create and play games with friends. Join Gwynneth Leece, an engineer from Rec Room, as we build something together using the awesome creation tools that Rec Room provides!

Marvel + DC Mashup Meetup
Shuri
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

Calling all caped crusaders and alter egos! Assemble to chat about your favorite comic book universes at this Marvel + DC Mashup meetup.

Wig Workshop with the Cosplay Repair Station
Furiosa
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Workshop

Join the staff of the Cosplay Repair Station for a hands-on workshop all about wigs. We’ll cover the basics of wearing, styling, and maintaining wigs—giving attendees an opportunity to try out various techniques on high-quality wigs. Whether you’ve been wearing wigs for years or have yet to even touch one, you’re sure to learn something!

Meet and Greet with Feminist Frequency
Signing Table
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Signing Table
Type:
Meet and Greet
Speakers:
Feminist Frequency

Meet the hosts of the Feminist Frequency Radio podcast! Feminist Frequency is a not-for-profit educational organization that analyzes modern media’s relationship to societal issues such as gender, race, and sexuality.

Luminous Beings Are We: Diversity and the Future of Star Wars
Korra
Time:
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Bianca Hernandez, Johnnie Jae, Kay Ahern, Caitlin Jacques, Bridget Dabel

An explorative and forward-looking panel on representation in Star Wars. Looking towards the future of the franchise and fandom, we reflect on what we’ve learned and experienced during the last four years of new Star Wars content and what we hope to see in the era following the Skywalker saga.

5:30 PM
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Rez Style: A Pop Cultural Lesson in Indigenous Survival and Resilience
Garnet
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Johnnie Jae

This is a creative discussion on the trauma, recovery, and resilience of Indigenous people from a pop cultural lens made popular by George A. Romero and The Walking Dead. It is an exploration of the way that Indigenous knowledge, science, weaponry, and values helped Indigenous communities survive in the aftermath of their own apocalyptic realities and how it has prepared them to survive anything—especially zombies!

Strong Female Lead: The Rise of Non-Traditional Female Lead Characters in Anime
Chell
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Emilie Waggoner

Do you like seeing some leading women kick some major butt in anime? Well, this panel is for you! Join us as we explore the rise of female lead characters in anime, and how identity and intersectionality are becoming more prominent in their character development. Is this reflective of the female fan base and how it is evolving? Can we apply female identity development to these characters? We sure can! Come learn about some strong female leads!

The Science of SciFi
Uhura
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Valerie Bentivegna, Daniela Huppenkothen, Kim Bott, Meredith Rawls, Jeanna Wheeler, Katherine Pratt, Dr. Jenn Huff

Could we bring dinosaurs back to life? Will we ever make contact with aliens? Will robots take over the world? In this panel, we will explore the links between scientific research and science fiction (SciFi). While keeping scientific concepts accessible, we will discuss the advances being made in fields portrayed in SciFi media. Researchers in robotics, astronomy, and genetics will discuss fiction and real research, and the lessons that each can learn from the other.

Sartorial Geek LIVE
Samus
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Jordan Ellis, Mallory Cohen

The Sartorial Geek is a podcast for the geek in all of us. We focus on pop culture, girl power, and cool stories told by cool people. We would love to do a live podcast at GeekGirlCon! Come for a conversation about young adult and LGBTQIA+ books with Mallory Cohen from WhatchYA Reading?

Positive and Problematic: The Portrayal of Women in Game of Thrones
Mulan
Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Nicole Tanner, Regina McMenomy, Demetria Spinrad, Isabela Oliveira, Andrew Buckley, Alisha A. Knaff

Game of Thrones has a slew of female characters, but the show created an interesting dichotomy when portraying women. Some weak characters became strong, some strong characters became weak, and some stayed consistent. In this panel we’ll explore where the show succeeded and where it failed, examining the show’s portrayal of women in terms of politics, sexuality, motherhood, relationships with men, and relationships with each other.

6:00 PM
Cosplay for figure drawing
America
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
America
Type:
Workshop

Join us for a figure drawing session with live models! Participants will draw several models cosplaying various characters in 1, 5, and 15 minute poses.

Let’s Make a Story Game!
Rey
Time:
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming

Join Emily Grace Buck as she designs a story game LIVE with the Let’s Play audience! We’ll answer your questions about getting started in game design as we make something together!

I Could Have Gotten in for Real: How The Good Place Reflects What We Know About Health
Korra
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Julie Tergliafera, Claire Woolsey, Martell Hesketh, Rosheen Birdie, Ophelia Vidal

Live a good life, rack up enough points, and you’ll get into heaven. That’s the main conceit of The Good Place. Yet we learn that it’s just not that simple; some people seem to have an easier time being “good” than others. And, as we know, health works in the same way; some people have an easier time being “healthy” than others. Come join five grad students from the University of Washington as they discuss equity, health, and (after)life outcomes.

Podcast/My Favorite Murderer Meetup
Shuri
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

It would be a crime to miss out on the Podcast & My Favorite Murderer meetup! Discuss the true crime comedy podcast with fellow fans and share your other geeky podcast faves!

Fashionable Fandom DIY! Learn to Knit and Crochet
Furiosa
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Furiosa
Type:
Workshop

Learn to knit and crochet by making a personalized striped scarf in your favorite fandom colors!

7:00 PM
SassyBlack Concert
Garnet
Time:
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:
Garnet
Type:
Performance
Speakers:
SassyBlack

SassyBlack live in concert!

BugLove
Uhura
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Uhura
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
The Bug Chicks

Join The Bug Chicks®, a group of entomologists who teach about the incredible world of insects and spiders, as they talk about using bugs to teach social & emotional learning. The animals (and how we interact with them) can teach us a lot about changing our perceptions of ourselves and others. Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker will bring their signature enthusiasm and bugdork-itude—along with live animals and cool microscopes.

Let’s Dance! Dance Central FreePlay
Rey
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
Rey
Type:
Gaming

Looking for something to do on Saturday night? Always wanted to step onto a stage at GeekGirlCon? We’ll be playing Dance Central late into the night on the Let’s Play stage, and you’re the star! Everyone is welcome to hang out, pick their favorite song, and dance off their extra con energy!

Transformative Racism: Race and Fandom
Mulan
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Mulan
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Rockette Fox, Symantha Reagor, Johnnie Jae

Fandom is a space where fans are able to express their admiration about the thing they are a fan of. This space has historically been and continues to be, in some cases, a place where racism persists. Let’s discuss the experience fans of color have had in fandoms, what can be done by other fans to fight against racism within the fandom spaces, and how social justice can be used as a tool.

D&D Monster Mash with Lysa Penrose
Samus
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Samus
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Jessica Ross, Lysa Penrose, Jen Vaughn, Kat Kruger, Hadeel al-Massari

Last year, DM Lysa Penrose ran a group of monsters through a masked mystery, and this year, the Paranormal Investigative Private Investigators are back (and looking to have another monstrously good time). Join this group of goblins, kobolds, dragonborns, and bugbears as they look for a new mystery to solve!

Doctor Who Meetup
Shuri
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Shuri
Type:
Meetup

Steer your TARDIS to the Doctor Who meetup room (it’s bigger on the inside) to meet fans of everyone’s favorite Time Lord…and don’t forget your sonic screwdriver!

7:30 PM
Late Night Nostalgia Mystery Tournament
Storm
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location:
Storm
Type:
Gaming

Anything can happen in this flashback to the old-school games of our childhoods. While the games are a mystery, the fun is guaranteed! Space is limited, so sign up early at the Tabletop Info Booth to secure your spot!

The Curious Case of Women and True Crime
Korra
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Korra
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Kristen Johnson, Demetria Spinrad, Emily Howard, Laurie Rockenbeck, Maddy Vonhoff

Murder mystery has been a popular genre for years–from Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie novels–but recently, true crime has surged into mainstream popularity. The rise of podcasts, shows, and documentaries like Serial, Making a Murderer, and My Favorite Murder highlight the increasing demand for the genre. This panel will discuss the rise of true crime as a popular genre, including what makes it so popular with women, and discuss where the genre can grow from here.

Being Other People: Online Roleplaying as Transformative Fandom
Chell
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Chell
Type:
Panel
Speakers:
Kris Pepper Hambrick, Alisha A. Knaff, M Downing

You’ve probably heard of fanfiction, LARPing, and tabletop games. But have you ever wanted to combine them into one hobby? Online roleplaying takes many forms, but at its heart it involves taking on the role of a beloved character to see how they react in different narratives. Part collaborative storytelling, part “tag, you’re it,” roleplaying takes fandom to another communal level and creates situations and stories that transcend individual imaginations. Learn the history and how-to in this panel.

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