What To Do On Saturday At #GGC18
As I write this—sitting in my hotel room just hours away from the official start of the convention—I am thrilled, excited, and relieved. Another year of hard work and we’re finally ready to share it with all of you. My outfit is spread out, my bag is packed, and I’m ready to commence a weekend of geeky fun as we celebrate the importance of diversity and inclusivity in this community.
Brought together by our love of fandom, popular culture, STEM, fashion, gaming, comics, and just about anything that we can possibly geek out about, GeekGirlCon gives us the ability to express what we love and share those passions with our friends and peers. Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or this is your first year, we welcome you and we are honored that you’ll be apart of this journey alongside us.
This year’s content lineup includes a plethora of panels, events, workshops, and meetups for you to learn something new or explore an old favorite (with some added spooky happenings for Halloween!)
So without further ado, here are but a few things you can looking forward to during the first day of GeekGirlCon 2018.
10am to 11am in Garnet
A roster of experienced cosplayers will instruct you on how to make any costume for under $100 in less than 7 days. No costume is unattainable. With a mix of suggested costumes from internet polls and ideas from the audience, the goal is for everyone to gain crafty, affordable methods of costuming.
Featuring Jay Justice and Emily Finke.
25 Years of MYST & MYST Fandom
11:30am to 12:30pm Samus
Since its release in 1993, MYST has had a dedicated following, built a complex world and lore, and Cyan has continued to push expectations of what is possible in video games. Join us as we reminisce on the joys, sorrows, and mayhem of the D’niverse, and ponder the future of Cyan and their fans.
Featuring Eleri Hamilton, Rand Miller, and Melinda Rose.
Feminist Frequency Radio Live!
1:30pm to 2:30pm in Storm
FemFreq Radio is a podcast tackling feminism & pop culture from the folks that ruined your favorite video games! Anita, Ebony, and Caro deliver funny, irreverent, take-no-prisoners opinions on the good, bad, and ugliest media that pop culture has to offer.
Featuring Ebony Aster, Anita Sarkeesian, and Carolyn Petit.
Fantastic Librarians and Where to Find Them
4pm to 5pm in Uhura
This panel will introduce con-goers to the world of library and information science. We’ll discuss how our geeky backgrounds have led us to become bad-ass book jockeys and history nerds, how librarians can help you attain your peak geek level, and how you too can become a master of information.
Featuring Amanda Demeter, Billie Boyd, Nicole Gustavsen, and Tess Wilder.
A Conversation with Magic: The Gathering Arena Devs
7:30pm to 8:30pm in Chell
Learn what it’s like to work on digital game development with some of the Producers, Software Development Engineers, and Artists working on the new Magic: The Gathering Arena game!
Featuring Emily Hanson, Sonya Wolfram, Alfreda Smith, Jackie Curley, and Danielle Olson.
Let’s Play Destiny with the Women of Bungie
12:00pm to 12:45pm on the Let’s Play Stage
Join game developers from Bungie as they play Destiny 2. Learn more about their creative process, what they love about the game, and about how Bungie works to foster diversity in games with their three pillars of inclusion.
Play an RPG hosted by Lysa Chen!
1pm to 2pm & 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Rey
Freelance writer for D&D 5th Edition, Community Manager for D&D Adventures League, and host of Behold Her (a monthly podcast highlighting women in Table Top RPGs), Lysa is an experienced GM with a quirky sense of humor and strong sense of voice. Lysa will be running 2 special RPGs on Saturday at 1pm & 2:30pm. Sign up early at the Gaming Info Table to reserve your spot. All experience levels welcome!
12 to 4 in Rey
It’s time to split the party and unleash some mayhem! Do you like Dungeons & Dragons? Do you like card games? Do you like playing Dungeons & Dragons card games before they’re released? You are in luck! In this an action-packed, easy-to-learn, family-friendly not-yet-released new D&D card game, you take on the role of one of four brave, quirky adventurers battling it out in a dungeon full of treasure!
Late Night Nostalgia Mystery Tournament
7:30pm to 9:30pm in Rey
Anything can happen in this flashback to the old-school games of our childhood. While the games are a mystery, the fun is guaranteed! With Hal-loween around the corner, we’ve got some spooky mystery games up our sleeves this year! Who will take home this year’s most coveted gaming trophy? Space is limited, sign up early to secure your spot!
Saber Guild Presents
5:30pm to 6pm in Garnet
Jet City Saber Guild brings this interactive Star Wars show for the whole family. With an emphasis on empowered female characters and a female, LGBT & ally leadership team – JCSG promotes an inclusive galaxy. They are presenting a choreographed interactive Star Wars stage show for all ages.
7pm to 8:30pm in Garnet
In partnership with Espionage Cosmetics: Join us for the GeekGirlCon Fashion Show on Saturday night! Celebrate the power of geek fashion as a diverse group of geeks walk the runway in outfits created by six companies. Learn about what inspires these designers, steps that the industry needs to take to be truly inclusive, and more. You won’t want to miss this night of fashionable fun!
Allyship in Fandom
1:30pm to 2:30pm in America
Learn from experts where racism, white privilege, and anti-Blackness show up in fandom communities; begin to create an accountable fandom community outside the lens of white supremacy; and apply this knowledge to impact your online and IRL fandom circles to make your fandom spaces safer for marginalized communities. Ages 12+
With Leslie Mac and TaLynn Kel.
Mystery Box Game Design Challenge
5:30pm to 7pm in America
Participants will work in teams with table-top-industry experts to create a game using only a box of mystery items. At the end, the games will be judged on a set of predetermined criteria, and the winners will receive prizes! Ages 12+
With Alyssa Jones-Comtois and Alyssa Askew.
First Time Fan & Friendship Meetup
10am to 11am in Ana Bray
First time at GeekGirlCon? Or are you a returning attendee who wants to make some new friends? Kick off the con with this informal and fun meetup!
Black Panther Meetup
11:30am to 12:30pm in Ana Bray
Wakanda forever! Join other fans of Black Panther at this epic meetup.
Meet & Geek: A Networking Event for Mavens-in-the-Making
2:30pm to 4pm in Ana Bray
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 sessions at the “Mentor Cafe” in the Connections area on the 4th floor!
…and so much more!
These are but a few of the amazing events that you’ll come across at GeekGirlCon 2018. This year has one of our best lineups of content yet, and we are beyond thrilled to share it with you.
Make sure to check out our schedule for additional programing and use the hashtag #GGC18 throughout the weekend to share your experiences. We’ll see you soon!