Spotlight on GeekGirlConnections ’15
We’re excited to announce the return of the GeekGirlConnections room to our annual Convention!
It exists to create a space for excellent community leaders, producers, and organizations to share their experience and work with our amazing community members. The focus this year is on organizations that have made particularly impressive strides in diversity.
GeekGirlConnections will be located on the first floor, right next to the pick-up area for tickets, so come by and get your con started right!
Here’s a sampling of what to expect when you visit the Connections room!
ACLU: “ACLU of Washington takes on major law reform through litigation and legislative action. We provide assistance and advocacy for individuals and community groups. We lobby on scores of bills in the state legislature and local councils. We offer speakers, pamphlets and education materials to schools and community groups throughout the state.”
FIRST Robotics Team 2930, Sonic Squirrels: See robot demos and maybe even drive a robot! Hear about all the engaging FIRST Robotics programs for ages 6-18, and find a team near you, or start one of your own!
General Assembly: “At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.”
Girl Scouts of Western Washington: “Girl Scouts of Western Washington empowers every girl—regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or geographic location—to make the world a better place! As part of our mission, we are committed to serving girls who face sometimes overwhelming obstacles. We offer financial assistance, as well as several community outreach initiatives to reach girls who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts.”
The King County Library: “The mission of the King County Library System is to provide free, open, and equal access to ideas and information to all members of the community.”
The Living Computer Museum: “The Living Computer Museum, located in Seattle, Washington, is dedicated to preserving and displaying working examples of those computers that tell the story of our journey away from computing as a difficult and expensive undertaking toward the universal access to information technology we enjoy today. Although we have many stories associated with the history of our systems, we believe that the best way for people to fully understand computing systems is by experiencing them. Hardware alone cannot illustrate what it was like to use these machines. Software, information, and human interaction complete the experience. We celebrate the achievements of early computer engineers by preserving and maintaining running machines and original software, and making them available to everyone.”
OrcaCon: OrcaCon is a games and geek convention, focusing on analog games. This includes: board and card games, role-playing games, and miniature games. OrcaCon is focused on creating a safe and welcoming space for promoting the tabletop games hobby, supporting diversity in tabletop games, and building a community of both novice and experienced game players.
The Seattle Attic Community Workshop: “The Seattle Attic Community Workshop is a space for all women, cis and trans*, where we make our world into a place that fits us better. Our art brings us joy; our hacking improves our tools; our crafts make our physical world beautiful and functional. Some of us work in the space between art, craft, and technology. Others hone and share skills they have practiced for decades, from knitting and spinning yarn to hacking hardware and software to building and repairing machines. Through all of this, we connect with and encourage each other. By sharing space, equipment, knowledge, and skills, we do more together than we can apart.”
Trans Lifeline: An organization devoted to “providing culturally competent services to Trans and gender nonconforming people in crisis; We work with stakeholders within and without the Trans community to end the plague of Trans suicide; We empower Trans people to help other Trans people in the darkest moments of their lives.”
University of Washington Information School: “The University of Washington Information School is a community engaged with the study of information and its use by people and organizations. Our degree programs include a PhD in Information Science, Master of Science in Information Management, Master of Library and Information Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics.”
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship & NASA Space Grant: “The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program supports low- and middle- income students pursue eligible, high-demand majors and health care through financial support, support services. Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium is comprised of more than 20 institutions within the state of Washington to enhance higher education opportunities for students seeking to pursue careers in STEM; to enrich and improve STEM education ; and to provide public outreach for NASA missions, and thereby strengthen the future work of NASA and our nation.”