08.22.14 // Looking for Performers at GeekGirlCon ’14

The Double Clicks and Marian Call performing together at GeekGirlCONcert '13

The Doubleclicks and Marian Call performing together at GeekGirlCONcert ’13

GeekGirlCon will take place on the weekend of October 10 and 11, 2014 at the the Conference Center at the WSCC in downtown Seattle. Our special night time events, such as our annual GeekGirlCONcert on Saturday, and our Closing Celebration on Sunday, always bring the best of music and comedy to you. In recent years, these stellar lineups of geeky entertainment have normally sold out and been one of the most popular attractions of the con. Past GeekGirlCon  performers have included Marian Call, The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, and Unwoman.

This year we want YOU to be a part of it! GeekGirlCon is looking for musicians, stand-up comedians, performers, improvisation actors, slam poets, and entertainers of all kinds to take part in our GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration Sunday night, and potentially other events throughout the con.

We are looking to diversify our performances and musical genres from previous years, so don’t be afraid to apply, even if it is not something we have seen or heard at GeekGirlCon before. We’re especially looking for talent that reflects and appreciates the mission of our convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female geek. Not a performer but know someone who is? Please pass along this form to them!

Do you have to be a woman to apply?

No, although woman performers are highly encouraged! GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. All performers must reflect this commitment as well.

Do performers get discounted badges?

All performers are eligible for a discounted weekend pass!

Submissions are open until 11:59PM PST on Friday, August 29.

Please fill out the form here to indicate your interest. All questions and suggestions can be directed to maddy@geekgirlcon.com. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch shortly!

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08.20.14 // GeekGirlCon ’14 – Exhibitor Guide, Part 1!

When I went to Star Trek conventions many years ago, they called it the “dealers room”. At Emerald City Comicon, they call them “exhibitors”. GeekGirlCon calls them “exhibitors” as well…and there are some AMAZING exhibitors coming, y’all! I don’t have room to tell you all of them here…but I’ve spotlighted a few for you, our dear GeekGirlCon devotees.

The first one to catch my eye is a vendor I’ve seen before called cutebricks. They make “up-cycled LEGO jewelry”, and I have been drooling over them since my first sighting. (Don’t worry, it was figurative drool–no cleanup necessary!)

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Cascade Rainbow earrings, a dark blue chrome heart, and a Battlestar Galactica Viper!

Photo credit: cutebricks on Etsy

 

The next vendor on my list–and one I’m saving up to buy something from as soon as GeekGirlCon ‘14 opens on Day 1–is Unicorn Empire. They make screenprinted t-shirts from various fandoms (Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Captain America to name a few!), pillows, paper dolls, and this exquisite clock that I have absolutely no real reason to own, but desperately want!

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Photo credit: Unicorn Empire

 

Do you have a magic wand? Do you need one? Of course you do! If you can’t get to London, Diagon Alley, and Olivander’s Wand Emporium, you can just come talk to the friendly keeper of the Hungarian Wand Shop. They have a selection of wands ready-made in various woods, and with different types of cores, depending on the type of magic you are most likely to be performing. And don’t worry–if they don’t have a wand on hand that responds to you (as a good wand should), they take special orders. You can have any kind of wand you want!

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Photo credit: The Hungarian Wand Shop

 

LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) was featured in an episode of Supernatural last year–and those of us who watched that episode (with guest star Felicia Day!) kind of geeked out about it. We saw knights, queens, faeries, and all sorts of other medieval people and creatures. Sinister Metalworks has everything you need to outfit yourself and all of your friends for your next LARP session. From metal crowns of all different kids to custom-made body armor, their work will help keep you safe from swords, axes, and magic spells of all strengths!

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Wyvern chestplate, Moon crown, triskelion bracelet

Photo credit: Sinister Metalworks

 

Butterfly Frillies has Steampunk costuming supplies–from outer garments to under garments and everything in between. A friend of mine is looking for a custom-made, over-bust corset, and I have sent her the website information; this is the kind of thing they do! They have a selection of ready-made apparel and jewelry, as well. The fabrics are amazing, and the craftsmanship is beautiful.

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Photo credit: Butterfly Frillies

 

LuvCherie Jewelry has what you’re looking for in the “elegant geek fandom and nerd whimsy” category. Necklaces, charms, earrings, rings, and many more pieces will grace their booth in the vendors room. Here are a few examples that I can’t wait to see in person:

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Photo credit: LuvCherie

 

I’ve spent some time looking at FiveLeafClover’s Etsy shop, GeekStar Costuming, and I’ve got to say: I need glowing cat ears, if only to make my own cat jealous!

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Photo credit: GeekStar Costuming

 

And I’ve been jealous of other people with these earrings as well:

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Photo credit: GeekStar Costuming

Looking back at this partial list of exhibitors for upcoming GeekGirlCon ‘14, I realize that I could be in some trouble: there are a lot of items I want to buy from these peeps. And this is only some of them. Here’s the whole list!! I may need a loan…

 

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08.1.14 // DIY Science Zone Fundraiser

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Photo source: Laodamaren Tumblr

Last year, we introduced the DIY Science Zone to bring real-live science to con attendees young and old, and we need your help bringing it back at GeekGirlCon ‘14!

What is the DIY Science Zone?

The zone is a hands-on, weekend-long extravaganza that makes science accessible to everyone, whether or not they have their own lab goggles at home. It’s open to all ages, and all levels of experience–and all equipment is provided.

At GeekGirlCon ‘13, more than 350 people participated in experiments ranging from making their own neurons, to crime-scene fingerprinting, to dancing raisins.

This year we’ll mix it up a bit with invisible ink, DNA extraction, dice roll science, slime-making, Cartesian drivers, making light, laser rules, pocket solar systems, and many more!

Last year's DIY Science Zone
Photo source: GeekGirlCon flickr

Who’s involved?

Once again, we’ll have a line-up of science professionals from a range of different disciplines, many of them returning from last year:

 

Where do the funds go?

In order to make this drop-in science fun once again available to everyone, we need to raise $6000 to provide travel support for our science superstars to get to the con, as well as for equipment, materials, and prizes.

As if the knowledge that you’re donating to a great cause is not enough, our zone workers will be performing “Acts of Whimsy” at fundraising milestones:

Do your part to help make this happen by donating to GeekGirlCon via PayPal!

By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.31.14 // Extended Early Bird Pricing and Official Hotels

Extended Early Bird Pricing

If you’ve been waiting to figure out where you’re staying and haven’t yet grabbed your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘14, now’s the time to do it; we’ve decided to extend our Early Bird deadline for one week UNTIL AUGUST 8, 2014. Last year’s con sold out before the doors opened, and we’re expecting to repeat that, so don’t risk missing your chance!

Buy your passes online at Brown Paper Tickets for these knock-down prices:

After the Early Bird Pricing ends, prices for all Adult passes will increase:

 

Photo by Liz Henry.

Photo by Liz Henry.

Hotels

Getting ready for a con can be busy and challenging, what with planning which panels you want to attend, and all that last-minute costume making. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with two hotels in Downtown Seattle, very close to The Washington State Conference Center. Get your reservations sorted out, so you can concentrate on the important stuff, like making sure your steampunk bustle doesn’t get squashed in transit.

Use our online reservation links, or mention GeekGirlCon while booking over the phone, to get our special rates.

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Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave (corner of 6th Ave and Pike Street) (map)
Seattle, WA 98101

Reservations line: 800-325-3535
Reserve Online

What you get:

ADA Accessible Rooms are available upon request.

 

Double Room. Courtesy of Sheraton.

Double Room. Courtesy of Sheraton.

 

Interior. Courtesy of Sheraton.

Interior. Courtesy of Sheraton.

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Homewood Suites
1011 Pike Street (corner of Seattle Convention Center and Pike Street) (map)
Seattle, WA 98101

Reservations Line: 800-225-5466
Reserve Online

What you get:

To request an ADA Accessible Room, please make a note in the “Additional Comments” field.

Queen Studio at Homewood Suites

Queen Studio at Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites

By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.24.14 // Want over 11,000 eyes to see your business? Ads for GeekGirlCon ‘14 are the way to go!

Reach nearly 6,000 people with ads at GeekGirlCon ‘14. Choices abound! Do you love the feel of a program guide? Want to see your business in print? Ads are available for the programming guide in both color and black and white, anywhere from an eighth page to a full page, and ranging from $40 to $300. (Order by August 15, 2014.) Is the digital world your world? Digital display ads are the way to go! You can buy up to 10 ad placements (40 ad placements x 2x/hour display) for $50 each. (Order by September 19, 2014.)

Crowds at GeekGirlCon '14. Photo by Tyler Pruitt and used under Creative Commons license.

Crowds at GeekGirlCon ’13. Photo by Tyler Pruitt and used under Creative Commons license.

Why would you want to advertise to the GeekGirlCon community? Our first GeekGirlCon in October of 2011 sold out in our small venue at the Seattle Center, seeing over 2,000 attendees in two days. At our second GeekGirlCon in 2012, we welcomed close to 4,000 attendees over two days in August at The Conference Center, a larger venue centrally located in downtown Seattle. Our third annual convention sold out (again!) with 4,700 attendees over the two days of GeekGirlCon in October of 2013, maintaining steady but sustainable growth in the spacious venue of The Conference Center. This year, GeekGirlCon ‘14 expects continued growth.

Find out more information! (pdf)

Purchase an ad today! (webform)

 

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07.21.14 // Writers and Writing at GeekGirlCon ‘14

If there’s one thing nerds love, it’s stories: reading them, watching them, playing them, and for many of us, writing them. At GeekGirlCon ‘14, we have so many writing-related panels that you will need a Time-Turner to attend them all!

Have you ever wondered what geekdom would be like if it weren’t dominated by male heroic-journey sagas? B.J. “Lex” Priester of Fangirl Blog takes us on “The Heroine’s Journey: Moving Beyond Campbell’s Monomyth,” exploring how female-focused sci-fi and fantasy such as The Hunger Games, The Legend of Korra, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Disney’s Frozen differ from the established archetypes, and what that means for the stories they tell.

Kill your darlings! No, not literally; you must have been reading too many classic sci-fi short stories. Instead, join a professional editor and learn “Editing 101 for Writers,” skills that every writer needs whether they are writing for publication or for personal pleasure.

For the YA lover, we have two dedicated programming events. There’s the “Fierce Reads Young Adult Author Panel,” featuring four science fiction and fantasy authors talking about getting their work published. There’s also “Diversity in YA,” which will tackle the dearth of protagonists of colour, and LGBT protagonists (among others) in young adult fiction. For writers–and readers–who want to see more diversity, what are the current issues, and what can we do about it?

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Photo source: malindalo.com

If your kid is an aspiring writer, or a natural storyteller, you might be interested in “Imaginary Worlds (for Kids).” Author and spoken word artist Danika Dinsmore leads an interactive story time for families, which is sure to inspire young imaginations!

As we’ve mentioned lately on the GeekGirlCon blog, fanfic is going mainstream. No longer the dirty little secret that you stay up indulging after everyone else has gone to bed, it’s now cool to share fanfic recommendations–gasp!–in public, to own up to being an author, even to get work published. But where does the law stand on this? Commercial publishers’ and authors’ stances range from, “I’m flattered when people play in my worlds,” through, “Do it, but I’ll avoid looking at it,” all the way to, “Cease and Desist.” Our panel “Fan Fiction: Sharing, Creating, and the Law” explores the nuances of copyright law for fanfic authors.

In this context, slash fic has its own specific problems. Now that it’s being acknowledged in the works that inspire it, how much of that acknowledgement is genuine recognition, and how much is exploitation, tokenism designed to hush the calls for diversity and meaningful representation? “21st Century Boys: Slash in the Mainstream” delves into these questions.

Finally, in “If You Can Write, You Can Make Games,” discover how easy it is to make interactive fiction using free, open-source programs you can find online. Take your existing writing skills and expand them into a whole new medium.

There’s something for every writer, storyteller, and daydreamer at GeekGirlCon ‘14–we’ll see you there!

 By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Jess Downs

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07.14.14 // Call for Connections Programming for GeekGirlCon ‘14

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Last year, GeekGirlCon added a new department called Connections focused on leadership development, mentorship, and connecting women with professionals in their desired career fields. The Connections program was such a hit (read more from last year here and here), we’re bringing it back for GeekGirlCon ‘14.

In addition to featuring a Connections Room at the convention—where attendees can interact with companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations—we plan to dedicate a programming room for Connections-specific panels, networking sessions, and workshops. This Connections Programming Room will allow for more intimate conversations with attendees and panelists. And we need your help to make this happen!

Connections Programming at GeekGirlCon ‘14

We are looking for professionals in geeky industries, the arts, and academia, as well as female entrepreneurs. We hope to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, and encourage women professionally. We are seeking engaging proposals from professionals for panels on topics such as, but not limited to:

 

Feel free to propose something we didn’t think of!

To be considered for acceptance, proposal submissions must reflect the mission of the convention: to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female professional. GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. Proposals must reflect a commitment to this as well.

Please note: this call for Connections programming is specifically focused on career and leadership development panels. Our broader programming submission deadline has passed.

Submissions are open until 11:59pm PT on July 25.

If you are interested in proposing a panel or presentation please fill out this form.

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07.7.14 // Brace Yourself – July 31 Is Coming

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is coming up very soon–October 11 and 12, 2014! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, just do it here. We sold out before we opened our doors for GeekGirlCon ‘13, and we’re anticipating another awesome sell-out show. Don’t wait!

Our Early Bird Pricing ENDS JULY 31, 2014! “Screaming deal” prices through July 31 are:

2-Day Adult passes: $35

1-Day Adult passes: $20

1-Day Kids 6-12 passes: $10

Kids 0-5: Free!

 

After the Early Bird Pricing ends, prices for all Adult passes will increase:

2-Day Adult passes: $45

1-Day Adult passes: $30

Kids’ passes will not increase.

There will be a very limited number of passes for sale in local shops; those will remain at the Early Bird pricing until they’re gone. We’ll update you with locations when we have them!

 

Did you hear? The Volunteer Application for GeekGirlCon ‘14 is LIVE and waiting for you!

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is an entirely volunteer-run organization. We have an awesome staff, but we can’t do what we do without our fabulous army of volunteers every year. If you’ve attended GeekGirlCon in the past, our “Agents” are the people in charge of seating in panel rooms, wrangling lines, setting up and tearing down the convention, directing traffic, and being the best people around. When you are accepted as a volunteer, you’ll get an official, exclusive GeekGirlCon Agent t-shirt in exchange for working parts of the convention. Go to the Volunteer Application today and sign up–and don’t delay: the application deadline is July 31. No applications will be accepted after this time.

You have no idea how excited we are to see you all at the Washington State Conference Center on October 11 and 12. Buy your tickets, sign up to volunteer, and we’ll see you there soon!

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04.15.14 // Propose Your Presentation or Panel for GeekGirlCon 2014

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Today begins our official Programming Call for Submissions for GeekGirlCon 2014! If you are interested in proposing a panel or presentation please fill out the submission form.

GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. Proposals must reflect this commitment as well.

Proposals will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on May 31, 2014. We are looking to diversify our programming from previous years, so be innovative! Accepted panels will receive discounted passes for themselves and any additional panelists for the entire weekend.

More details here.

 

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03.24.14 // It’s That Time of Year Again!

Time to think about GeekGirlCon ‘14 programming! In a few short weeks, our programming call will go out and submissions will be open for our community to submit panels and workshops to be run at GeekGirlCon ‘14. The call remains open only two months, so if you want to see something at GeekGirlCon ‘14, now is the time to think about it.

How does GeekGirlCon get its programming? From our community! That’s you! The vast majority of our programming is submitted by our community and all of it is driven by you. That means our awesome panels that we had at GeekGirlCon ‘11, ‘12, and ‘13 were all submitted by folks like you.

Is there something you’d love to see at GeekGirlCon ‘14? Are you an expert on it? (Or can you assemble an A-Team? We love it when a plan comes together!) Then submit it!

What kind of programming is GeekGirlCon looking for? GeekGirlCon programming reflects our community. If it is of geeky interest to you, then submit it. Past programming has run the gamut of fandoms, from Buffy to Dr. Who, Star Trek and Star Wars, Harry Potter, My Little Pony, Modern Comics and Indie Comics, Steampunk, Video Gaming, Board Gaming, Role Playing, Literature, Science, all the way to geek culture in general. These fandoms and culture were discussed from a myriad of angles, such as parenting, crafts, academic discussions, working in the fields, etiquette, cosplay, equality and social justice, race, disability, and sexual orientation intersecting with our fandoms.

We’d love to see old favorites and new fandoms, and discussions from all sorts of angles on them and geek culture.

It must be in line with our mission:
GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

What do you need when you submit your programming? To help answer this, we have a handy checklist:

How can I have a better chance of being selected? We are looking for a wide range of topics and presenters. Panels that include diversity in gender, sexuality, race, body type, socioeconomic status, experience, and other areas of diversity are key to supporting our mission. We have a deep commitment to intersectionality and actively encourage and welcome diverse voices.  We are looking to sustain last year’s level of programming, which means we are not able to accept every programming submission we receive. However, do NOT let this discourage you. We love to receive a lot of programming submissions to make GeekGirlCon ‘14 as spectacular as our previous conventions.

YOUR panel will pack our conference room! Photo credit: HayCutter

Do you get a discount on your pass if your submission is accepted? Yes! We are happy to be able to offer two tiers of discounts on a weekend pass, including a substantial one. We would never want the cost of our con to be a barrier to presenting, and we are happy to work with anyone that has financial need as well as offer a choose-your-own level of discount. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization; the proceeds of the passes go directly into the convention. We want you to enjoy the convention before and after your presentation.

How does programming for GeekGirlConnections or the DIY Science Zone work? These are program tracks run by GeekGirlCon staff. Please contact the GeekGirlConnections Manager or the DIY Science Zone Manager with questions.

What about programming for the GeekGirlCONcert or other special events? There will be a separate submission call for any musicians, performers, and entertainers who wish to be considered for a spot for our special nighttime events.

Start planning your submission now! Watch our Newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, and website for the call to open and submit through the form. We look forward to your exciting, informative, challenging, and celebratory proposals for programming at GeekGirlCon ‘14!

 

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