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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03.17.14 // To all beings of the planet Earth and beyond:

GeekGirlCon ‘14 is October 11 and 12, 2014, at The Conference Center in Downtown Seattle!

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Buy your passes NOW!

Adult 2-Day Pass: $35 (early bird pricing!)

Adult 1-Day Pass: $20

Kids 6-12 1-Day Pass: $10

Kids 0-5: FREE

Remember, we sold out BEFORE THE DOORS OPENED for GeekGirlCon ‘13! Go get your tickets before they’re all gone again.

Want to be a vendor for GeekGirlCon ‘14? Who wouldn’t want to be? Find out how to submit your exhibitor application!

Panelists! Our application for GeekGirlCon ‘14 panelists/performers will be live in March. Subscribe to our newsletter and our email updates to get the news as soon as it is out, and start thinking about what you have to sing, make, or talk about.

How do we run this awesome convention every year? Through donations from people like YOU. If you have the means and want to donate $50 or more, please consider an individual sponsorship. You’ll feel amazing for supporting GeekGirlCon directly, and you’ll get perks for the convention through some of our corporate sponsors!

If you work for or run a company that shares the GeekGirlCon mission, please check out our Community Business Partner page. For information on becoming a Community Business Partner, please email individual.sponsor@geekgirlcon.com.

Remember those awesome blue-shirted Agents all over the Convention Center for GeekGirlCon ‘13? You can be one, too! Subscribe to the Volunteer Mailing List to get direct information on applications for GeekGirlCon ‘14 volunteer opportunities.

Last, but certainly not least, GeekGirlCon is looking for a few good peeps for year-round volunteer opportunities. Join the staff of GeekGirlCon, and start one of the most fulfilling paths you’ll ever take. Check our staff job page frequently, as we are in the midst of posting new opportunities for someone just like you!

We can’t wait to see you all in October, or sooner at one of our year-round events!

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03.10.14 // Science Strikes Back: the DIY Science Zone Returns to GeekGirlCon ‘14

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From the mists of time and far reaches of space (aka the GeekGirlCon ‘12 Gaming Floor), there arose questions destined to change the future for all GeekGirlCon attendees:

What if GeekGirlCon had a lab space? One where people could do fast, fun experiments with scientists? Where nerdy, geeky scientists could share knowledge, neural networks, and goo with anyone that attended GeekGirlCon ‘13?

@tereshkova2001 welcomes visitors to the zone!

This simple “what if” became the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science Zone, making its smashing debut last year. Hundreds of kids and adults explored anthropology, biology, chemistry, and physics in the DIY Science Zone. It was a fantastic success! The question had an answer!

But then a new question arose from the slightly more recent mists of time and the somewhat closer reaches of space:

What about GeekGirlCon ‘14? Would the DIY Science Zone return to delight our attendees?

We are excited to announce the return of the DIY Science Zone to GeekGirlCon ‘14!

“The zone will have something for everybody – adults, kids, expert experimenters, or complete novices,” said Dr. Raychelle Burks, DIY Science Zone Program Manager.

It will be packed with over a dozen scientists from all over the country and across disciplines, lots of experiments, including brand new ones and crowd favorites from last year, and oodles of SCIENCE!

Extracting DNA from strawberries with @lalsox!

Extracting DNA from strawberries with @lalsox!

Get your hands dirty with science — buy your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘14 now!

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03.4.14 // GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema Present The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls at Central Cinema

On March 12, join Central Cinema and GeekGirlCon in Townsville for a TV Dinner featuring sugar, spice, and everything nice . . . with just a dash of Chemical X. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup fight our villains in two of our favorite episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, while you enjoy a tasty dinner. Our villains could be Mojo Jojo or Him or the Ganggreen Gang or one of the many giant monsters that visit Townsville. Come to Central Cinema to see!

Details:

Contact specialevents@geekgirlcon.com with questions or for more information on this event. To find out more about the Central Cinema, visit http://www.central-cinema.com/.

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01.12.14 // GeekGirlCon & Central Cinema Present: Wargames

BBC and Central Cinema Present Wargames January 30

 

Have you ever portrayed the bad guy in a computer game and then accidentally almost started World War III? Well, Matthew Broderick has, as David Lightman in WarGames. Before he was everyone’s favorite teenage rebel in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off–where he played a disgruntled high school student hacking into the school computers to change the number of sick days he had taken–Broderick played a disgruntled high school student hacking into the school computers to change the poor grade he had just received. Ever wonder if Ferris learned a thing or two from David?

In WarGames, with his friend Jennifer Mack (played by The Breakfast Club’s Ally Sheedy), David accidentally hacks into a game that isn’t a game…and you’ll have to watch the movie to see how it ends!

Join GeekGirlCon at Central Cinema for the screening of this awesome scifi thriller!

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This is not a TV Dinner, but as always, food and drink may be purchased to help support our favorite movie theater.

WarGames is PG for language.

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10.24.13 // GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema Present…

GGC and Central Cinema Presents

Get ready to level up! GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema are joining forces for an evening filled with high kicks and karate chops. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is showing on Central Cinema’s silver screen on November 20, 2013, at both 7:00 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.

Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film combines the worlds of video games and comic books with plenty of ka-pow. Watch wannabe-rockstar Scott Pilgrim on his quest to defeat not just one, but seven evil ex-boyfriends of his crush, Ramona Flowers. As if that task wasn’t tough enough, roadblocks along the way include bitter bandmates, a bloodthirsty old flame, and maybe even his own past mistakes. He’s going to need all the 1-ups he can get. Geeky greats Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jason Schwartzman deliver knock-out performances worthy of the original book series.

GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema events often become sold-out affairs, so make like a video game character and catch ‘em while you can! Swords and swear words fly in the flick, so please keep in mind its PG-13 rating if you have any young geeks in your family.

Deets that can’t be beat:

 

For those of us without jetpacks, the #2 bus drops off around the corner from the theatre at 20th & Union. The #48 is also an easy option, stopping at 23rd and Union just two blocks away.

Bi-furiously hungry before the show? No need to flip; food and drink are available for purchase right inside Central Cinema. Bust out your best neon-colored ‘do and get into battle mode for this evening of epic epicness!

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10.22.13 // Announcing GeekGirlCon ’14!

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Photo by Danny Ngan

So you’ve finally showered, caught up on sleep, and found places to display all the swag you picked up at GeekGirlCon ‘13. That means it’s time to get ready for GeekGirlCon ‘14!

That’s right—passes are on sale now for next year’s big event on October 11 and 12, 2014. Join us as we infiltrate and celebrate at the same bat-girl place as this year, the Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center. Buyers beware: this year’s convention sold out (!!!), so act fast and buy your passes now! Take advantage of our early-bird prices of $35 for a two-day pass, or $20 for a one-day pass. Passes for kids ages 5 to 12 are only $10 for the weekend, while children under 5 are free! Check out Brown Paper Tickets for your pass to paradise!

Want to contribute your mind and muscles to GeekGirlCon ‘14 as a volunteer? Sign up to receive information on when the official application comes out. Each year’s awesomeness would simply not happen without our amazing Agents!

Is there something specific you’d love to see or experience at next year’s Con? Have a suggestion for making it go smoother? Just want to love on us for a minute? Take the GeekGirlCon ‘13 survey to make your voice heard.

Written by AJ Dent, Copy Writer

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10.21.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13 Wrap-Up!

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photo by Danny Ngan

Dear GeekGirlCon Community,

What an amazing weekend! While we must part ways for the time being, we had such a good time at our third annual convention. Thank you to all those who participated by attending, presenting panels and workshops, volunteering, through Facebook and Twitter, and reading our blog posts. We sold out online prior to doors open and of physical passes at the door and in stores during the convention. All weekend we trended at the top of the local Seattle Twitter!

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photo by Sayed Alamy

We enjoyed your cosplay and the Costume Contest was made fantastic through your contributions!  Choosing the top contestants was a difficult decision, but it came down to the Snow White for True-To-Form, Best Group included the Hook characters, and Nariko received the Best Use of Materials. And those of you who went out of the box for the cosplay were a marvelous addition, such as Gears of War Kitty, who was selected as Best Individual Cosplay. The children really stole the show! I saw Darth McKenna roving the floor this year and being the star of many photos. As always, we are appreciative of the 501st Legion attending for attendees’ photographs.

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

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photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

Our gaming floor and DIY Science Zone were both huge hits! The DIY Science Zone had so many cool things to do for kids of all ages. We hope you were able to discuss acids and bases or make your own slime or complete any of the other of the activities in the Zone that attendees said MUST RETURN!

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

 The GeekGirlConnections room enjoyed a lot of visitors, the Artist Alley was constantly doing business, and the Exhibitors Hall flowed with people. The Gaming floor was hopping!

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

 

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

In case anybody thinks those of us stuck in the Agents room to man the internets and provide behind-the-scenes support don’t have any fun, never fear! We are privy to such statements as “There’s someone stuck in a Dalek!? Do we need a giraffe?!” Our Reaction Team was attired in giraffe ears. They were there to help you have a safe con. If you didn’t notice them or need them, that was great, but if you did feel their presence, thank you for using the resource we provided. If you needed a place to decompress for a bit, the Introvert Alley was the place for you, and many took advantage of this room.

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photo by Sayed Alamy

To support you during the con, the staff drank gallons upon gallons of coffee and consumed pounds upon pounds of kale.

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photo by Sayed Alamy

If I say so myself (I’m in Marketing not in Programming, so I should be absolved of self-interest), all of our panels were super unique and wonderful. Attendees expressed excitement about our panels. The time flew by and so many could have easily gone on another hour! It ranged from the very academic ‘The Study of Fandom’ to the fun ‘Craft Wars’. Rob Salkowitz appeared on a panel ‘Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces’ which got a lot of chatter. #1ReasonWhy panel also made trending in Seattle. I was “simultaneously heartbroken and radically inspired by these stories” said @suizilla. Keep your eye on the blog in the coming months to learn more about panels presented at GeekGirlCon ‘13.

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Danny Ngan

photo by Danny Ngan

Not only did we have the awesomeness of four opportunities to gather with geeks on Friday night, we had our annual GeekGirlCONcert with Unwoman, Bri Pruett, and Marian Call. The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis set up ninja concerts on the first floor of the conference center on Sunday. The activity continued on Sunday with Unwoman and a number of other musicians.

photo by Sayed Alamy

photo by Sayed Alamy

photo by Sayed Alamy

photo by Sayed Alamy

 

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photo by Sayed Alamy

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

photo by Ryan Roehrich

Did you get to attend the Spotlight on Karen Prell and Red Fraggle? The photo op with them on the 2nd floor on Sunday was a fan favorite. Laughs and ‘awws’ were heard all around the floor.

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Sunday evening closed out with the Ladies of the 80s Sing-A-Long. Clinton McClung, a program programmer who plans film and event screenings for SIFF Cinema and has worked with GeekGirlCon events in the past, planned an hour long We Got the Beat event for us! We started out strong with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper. Eleven songs later, a dance party started in the room to Dee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart, and the last song played was Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler.

Our closing celebration was simple – Jennifer K. Stuller, Director of Programming and Events, introduced our Executive Director, Amanda Powter, who spoke briefly, thanking our community for your support. Then, the Double Clicks played Nothing to Prove.

photo by Adrienne Roehrich

photo by Adrienne Roehrich

We are thrilled you enjoyed our convention. We will have another one next year.

Please share your experience at GeekGirlCon ‘13. Use #GGC13 on Twitter and Instagram, on Facebook tag photos with GeekGirlCon, and peruse our flickr group to post your photos and share your thoughts and experiences here in the comments section.

What were your favorite parts of our convention? What did you like, and what can we improve? Don’t forget to complete the post-con survey because we want to hear from you!

Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services

 

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10.20.13 // Highway to the Science Zone

By GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Erin Doherty

When my fellow copy writers and I decided that I—as a non-sciency person*—would be the one to cover the DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ‘13, I had no idea how much fun I would have. I figured I’d check out a few of the experiments, talk to a few scientists and a few participants, and be done in less than an hour.

Two hours later, I’d made liquids change color with the power of my breath, I created some Gak-like goo using common household items, and I got up close and personal with the DNA of some strawberries, to name just a few of the experiments I conducted with the guidance and encouragement from the friendly scientists on hand.

KLE_5988First up was the goo, with Raychelle Burks, aka Dr. Rubidium, aka the driving force behind the DIY Science Zone! Joining me for the sliminess were two awesome girls, friends Dana and Chloe. Their enthusiasm was contagious as we poured substances like Borax, food coloring, and glue into plastic baggies and squished and squished and squished. Eventually, the familiar substance began forming and we were able to take it out of the baggie and play with it. It had the sort of wet, squishy texture of Gak, but way less stinky. Dr. Burks did a great job explaining the science behind the substance’s properties, but I was having too much fun to take notes. Oops!

I said good-bye to my science buddies and moved on to making craters with Dr. Matthew Francis. I used rubber balls, marbles, and cake-sized tins full of cocoa powder to create mini-craters. When meteorites crash into the cocoa earth, and create craters, they leave behind traces that help us work backward and recreate geological history. But the coolest part was when he showed off a tiny piece of the famous meteor that crashed down in Russia last winter.

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I couldn’t resist stopping at the table promising a CSI-like experience. Professional chemist Chemjobber led me through the process that uses the molecule ninhydrin to reveal fingerprints. Fingerprints are colorless, and ninhydrin (suspended in acetone) is colorless, but when you heat it up (we used a clothing iron), it speeds up a chemical reaction that results in the fingerprints turning a purplish color. I had an “a-ha” moment when he started explaining that ninhydrin’s molecular structure is similar to that of indigo dye: I’d never before thought about how molecular structure plays a big part in color!

Next up, Dr. Charity Lovitt (who teaches chemistry at Seattle University) helped me remember some of that long-forgotten high school science: acids and bases. Basically (she punned), red cabbage juice is a base and the CO2 in your breath (or club soda) acts as an acid. We started with a pale purple cabbage juice (science is stinky!), which I blew into using a straw. After a minute or so, the color changed noticeably to a darker purple. A few squirts of lemon juice —citric acid—rendered the liquid suddenly pink! Getting back to basics (okay, that pun was mine), we added baking soda to the mixture and ended up with a blue-green concoction. If memory serves, she said that what we were doing was adding and subtracting hydrogen ions, which resulted in all these color changes. Again: molecules and color in close relationship.

Moving on, I met Dr. Stephen Granade—a physicist by trade, he was helping out today in the field of genetics. Two delightful co-experimenters joined me this time: Moire and her mom Holly. We covered some basics of genetics (DNA makes up genes which make up chromosomes), and he used an analogy that captured my mind: if DNA are letters, then genes are a sentence. And alleles are the different kind of sentences you can have.

To illustrate, we tested one gene (out of over 20,000 that humans have) by placing small paper strips on our tongues for a few seconds. Immediately, Moire and Holly (related biologically) made noises of disgust and spit out the paper. They said it kind of tasted like earwax, bitter and icky. I was puzzled because I didn’t taste anything whatsoever. It turns out that the strips were loaded with phenylthiocarbaminde (PTC). Being able to taste PTC is a dominant trait, which explains why mother and daughter both picked up the taste. Because I could not taste it, that means both my birth father and my birth mother also could not taste it. As an adoptee, I tend to find things like genetics especially fascinating—I had no idea when I woke up this morning that I would be making a discovery about my biological family!

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Finally, I landed at the strawberry table. Lali DeRosier, member of the rad Curly Hair Mafia and high school biology teacher, came all the way from Florida to show GeekGirlCon attendees how to extract DNA from strawberries. First, we smashed the strawberries inside a baggie to help the wall around the DNA come down. Next we added detergent to get rid of the membrane. Why detergent? Well, membranes are made of lipids. Lipids are oil and grease. And what does detergent do? Cuts through oil and grease! Bam! We then poured the extraction into a test tube and added alcohol. And suddenly, there was DNA. Cloudy, stringy DNA, visible to the naked eye. We were able to pull strands of it out of the test tube using a small stick. I was totally fascinated by this process, and DeRosier was an excellent teacher, encouraging my tablemates and I to think about what we already knew and apply it to what we were doing.

I can honestly say that this was the unexpected highlight of my first GeekGirlCon, and I hope it becomes a regular fixture for years to come. More than one adult I talked to said that they wished something like this had existed when they were younger but were so glad to have it now to encourage kids’ (especially girls) interest in science. The opportunity to get hands-on and to meet actual scientists of all genders and ethnicities and disciplines was more than just educational—it was inspiring and heartwarming.

All the scientists were so friendly and down-to-earth; any fears I had about being intimidated by the science were completely quelled as we chatted. They all talked about the importance of introducing folks to science, and, as Dr. Granade said, taking science down off the pedestal and making it accessible to everyone. If the consistently packed DIY Science Zone and the laughs and looks of wonder of the participants of all ages are any indication, they succeeded and then some. They’ll still be going strong until mid-afternoon on Sunday, the last day of GeekGirlCon, so while you’re checking out all the merch options on Level 3, stop in at the Zone!

*Please note that any scientific errors here are my own and feel free to correct me in the comments if needed!

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