Panel Highlights – Geek Culture

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With GeekGirlCon only five weeks away* we’ve been giving you a sneak peek at some of our amazing content for this year. So far, we’ve shown you a sample of our amazing workshops and panels for literary geeks.

This week, we’re going to be highlighting a couple of panels that cover various aspects of geek culture. Now, we all know that geek culture is a HUGE area covering specific domains of geekdom (such as comics, gaming, TV, and so on), so we have loads of panels covering geek stuff generally, but this list of panel highlights is for all you culture vultures out there. Get excited!

JC Lau
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Meet GeekGirlCon ’18 Merch Artist Cassie Kelly

Each year, we recruit an artist who shares our values to work on our con-specific merch. This year, that artist is Cassie Kelly. Cassie is ridiculously talented, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for GeekGirlCon ‘18. In celebration of the big reveal, I asked Cassie a few questions about everything from process to faves.

If you’re interested in checking out more of Cassie’s work, I have the Instagram and web store for you!

Teal Christensen
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Panel Highlights: Literary Geeks

GeekGirlCon’18 is only a month and a half away! Our panel lineup is packed full of fantastic topics from wonderful, thoughtful, inspirational individuals, and I get to give you the first sneak peek of a few.

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Caitlin Foskey
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Trivia at Mox Boarding House on September 9!

Calling all geeks (AKA every person reading this post)! Join GeekGirlCon Sunday, September 9 for an afternoon of trivia fun at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue!

If you’re unfamiliar with Mox Boarding House, here’s what you need to know:

  • Mox is a gathering place for gamers and geeks of ALL AGES.
  • However, they also serve beer and wine and other food-type goodies.
  • The Bellevue location is at 13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005.
  • It’s a really cool space, and coming to our event would be the perfect opportunity to check it out!

If that all sounds good, here’s what you need to know about our trivia night:

  • It’s on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • To participate, there’s a $7 per-person ticket price. 
  • We’re capping teams at 6 people. Feel free to either come with a team or on your own. There will be tons of folks to join up with once you’re there.
  • While trivia will be the main event, we’ll also have other activities going on.
  • We’ll be selling passes to GeekGirlCon ’18!
  • We’ll be nerding out in Mox’s big tournament room, and there will be servers around to take food and drink orders (there’s a full restaurant!).

Finally, know that by coming out, you’ll be supporting GeekGirlCon or, as I like to call it, your favorite geeky org and the best weekend of the year!

 

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Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Agent Applications Close August 13!

We’re in late summer now, and you know what that means? The GeekGirlCon ‘18 countdown can officially begin! For the record, we’ve got 77 days to go.

Everyone has their favorite facet of con-going, whether it’s the panels or the mainstage events or the new friends or just being in a new city for a few days—there’s always something. For some people, it’s the opportunity to get more involved in the operations side of things that makes a con special.

If that’s somewhere near where you fall, I have a quick reminder for you: Applications to be an Agent (AKA the GeekGirlCon volunteers who work only during the con) are closing this upcoming Monday, August 13 at 10:00 p.m.

If you were already planning on volunteering, get those applications in! If you’re on the fence about it, let me give you a couple of details about what you’d be signing up for.

  • First of all, we need all Agents to be at least 16 years old.
  • This year, the con falls on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. We ask that Agents are available to take two shifts (4-5 hours each) over the course of the weekend. There are many different kinds of roles you’ll be choosing from!
  • As an Agent, you’ll be required to review some training materials and adhere to our Code of Conduct.
  • You’ll get a free pass to the con and access to our Agent Headquarters!
  • You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at con operations and get to know the other awesome folks working as volunteers.

When you’re ready, click through to the application here. And once again, the deadline is August 13. If you have questions about the application, feel free to email volunteer@geekgirlcon.com with them.

We’re excited to hear from you!

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Teal Christensen
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Press Pass Applications Now Open!

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Press and media geeks, applications are officially open for GeekGirlCon’18 Press Passes! Whether you’re an independent content creator (YouTuber, Twitch Streamer, blogger, etc.) or a large-media-outlet representative, if you support our mission of celebrating, honoring, and uniting women in STEM, media, arts, and every other geeky pursuit, we’d love to have you help us spread the GeekGirl word. GGC’18 is set to be our biggest year yet, and if you want special press access to all of the geeky fun, turn in your Press Pass request today!

Got questions? Send us an email at pressrelations@geekgirlcon.com!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

There’s Still Time To Volunteer At GeekGirlCon ’18!

As we move into the summer months, we get that much closer to GeekGirlCon ‘18. Our staff is busy organizing and planning a stellar weekend that we’ll get to share with you October 27 and 28—and there’s still time for you to help!

We are still accepting Agent applications for GeekGirlCon ‘18. Our Agents do a plethora of things at the convention, from tech and AV support to photography and ASL interpretation.

If you’re interested in working as an Agent over the weekend of the convention, there are a couple requirements that you have to meet:

  • You must be available to work for a minimum of two shifts that are 4-5 hours each between the two days of the convention.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.

…and, of course, you must bring a ton of enthusiasm!

Without our team of Agents that volunteer their time to help us host the convention each fall, there wouldn’t be a GeekGirlCon. Our Agents keep GeekGirlCon a well-oiled machine, and we couldn’t do it without them. The deadline to submit your New Agent Application form is August 15 at 10 p.m. PST. We won’t review applications until the deadline has passed, but stay tuned and get ready for the convention this fall!

Indigo Boock
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Get Your Agent Application in Now!

Source: GeekGirlCon Flickr. Description: Two agents help GeekGirlCon attendees get their badges and swag bags at GeekGirlCon’17.

Every year, volunteers from countries around the world come together to help us make GeekGirlCon a success. From setup to tear down, our Agents are there to make sure every aspect of the con is pulled off without a hitch, and we would love to have you on our team this year!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

GiveBIG this year and support GeekGirlCon!

Each year, local nonprofits receive a surge of support during the Seattle Foundation’s annual giving campaign, GiveBIG. GiveBIG invites individuals to support their favorite nonprofits with monetary donations. You can check out GeekGirlCon’s page here. This year, we’re able to provide matching funds thanks to former GeekGirlCon board president I-Wei Feng.

While this time of year is surely important to a lot of orgs, it’s also super important to us, as it’s when some of GeekGirlCon’s most supportive individual sponsors show up in full force. To give you a sense of some of the remarkable folks who really come through for GeekGirlCon during GiveBIG, I interviewed longtime supporter Stevie Lantalia Metke.

Teal Christensen
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We have Questions: Digital vs. Hardcopy Program Booklets?

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GeekGirlCon is half a year away, but:

  1. You can buy passes now at the discounted early bird rate; and
  2. Our staff are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that we make #GGC18 the biggest and best convention that we’ve ever organized!

One old reliable we’ve had for our convention has been our program booklet. In the past, our program books have been printed, hard copy guides with maps, lists of schedules, featured contributor biographies and all the nifty information you need to get the most out of your con weekend.

It looks something like this:

Image: A pair of hands holding the GeekGirlCon program book

Last year, in addition to our physical booklets we also had a digital program guide that was pretty popular. And this year, we’re thinking about focusing primarily on the digital program guide, which you would get in the form of an app. For those of you who like a tactile guide that you can hold and read, never fear! To accompany the digital program guide, we’ll also be designing a physical poster that you will receive at admission. Information included on the backside of this poster would be a streamlined version of our panel schedules, maps, highlighted panel information and events information. (We’re still in the process of designing the poster.)

Going digital has its pros and cons, and we’d like to pick your brains for your thoughts on whether you’d prefer a program book, or a digital app to get your information. There are environmental, practical, and technical considerations. But, ultimately, we want to do what’s best for our community–YOU.

Image: a GeekGirlCon attendee reads on a digital device

So, we’re hoping you can help us make that decision! What format would you like to see your programming information in? We’ve put together this survey in order to help us figure out whether or not you would be interested in seeing our program guide go primarily digital. We value your opinion.

Take our survey here!

Thank you in advance for your help! We look forward to receiving your feedback, and we’ll see you at #GGC18!

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

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