10.8.11 // Welcome to GeekGirlCon 2011!
As we open the doors for the first-ever GeekGirlCon, we signify October 8, 2011 as a landmark day for geeks. Created by geeky women for geeky women, GeekGirlCon strives to serve a diverse spectrum of geeks and nerds. You may be a Trek fanatic; an amazing fx artist; a Linux coder; a scientist, mad or otherwise; a hardcore gamer; a fanfic writer; a LARPer; a genre reader; or a casual fan of something geeky. All self-identified geeks are welcome here to honor and celebrate the contributions and interests of women geeks—regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, alien species, number of twitter followers, or other identifier heaped upon us by society.
So come on in and let yourself bask in the geekiness. Learn something new and meet someone new. GeekGirlCon, the event, may happen just once a year, but we’re creating a network and community to support us the rest of the year. As Sarah Conner says, “There is no fate, but what we make.” We can change the landscape for geek girls, and it starts now. By adding your unique geekery, you have helped make this dream a reality.
Enjoy your time here now and watch for exciting news about the 2012 con and all our other events happening throughout the year!
Live Long and Prosper,
When: October 8 & 9, 2011 — Saturday 9:30am-10pm and Sunday 9:30am-7pm
Where: Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and EMP Museum, Seattle, WA
Price: Passes are $45 for 2-day and $35 for a single day at door. Cash ONLY.
10.5.11 // GeekGirlCONcert
Buy tickets online here: http://www.brownpaperticke
Kick off your GeekGirlCon weekend at the GeekGirlCONcert starring nerd-chanteuse Marian Call! Also on the bill are the Seattle ukulele prodigy, Molly Lewis, and nerd-folk singers from Portland, The Doubleclicks. Plus special performances by a few GeekGirlCon ladies.
So join us at The Great Hall at Green Lake (7220 Woodlawn Avenue NE in Seattle) on Friday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $15 at the door or $10 with student ID or proof of purchase of a GeekGirlCon pass. 88% of general admission tickets will be seated, first come, first serve. Otherwise, standing room ONLY. If you need special assistance and/or a reserved chair, please contact Kelly specialevents@geekgirlcon.
$25 for VIP tickets. This show is all ages, but VIP tickets are for 21 and older only. VIP tickets guarantee seating close to stage and access to VIP area with a wine and beer cash bar. VIP is SOLD OUT!
GeekGirlCon passes, student ID’s, and ID’s will be checked at the door.
Marian Call marked her place in the geek pantheon when she released the Firefly and Battlestar Galactica themed cd Got to Fly for geek purveyors Quantum Mechanix. Marian will also be at GeekGirlCon on October 8th and 9th. Stay tuned to geekgirlcon.com for details.
Molly Lewis plays the ukulele and sings, and then she posts videos of herself playing the ukulele and singing to YouTube. Her songs about Stephen Fry and Abe Lincoln are instant classics.
The Doubleclicks are two sisters, Aubrey and Angela, who sing and beatbox their way to nerd fame. Their new EP Blatant Pandering has songs about D&D, superpowers, Jurassic Park, Cthulu, and cosplay–all things Geek Girls love.
Don’t rely on mp3s and the youtubes, here’s your opportunity to see these performers live and in-person at the GeekGirlCONcert!
Direct link to this post: www.geekgirlcon.com/geekgirlconcert
GeekGirlCon’s Mystery Box Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for you to learn from the top industry pros and have a little fun while doing it. This workshop is aimed at ages 12-19 and college students interested in game design, but the workshop is open to everyone (male or female!). To register, email Gaming Coordinator, Lani Blazier at email@example.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.
Space is limited (only 16 seats available). Register now to secure your spot! Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th. Purchase of a pass to GeekGirlCon is required for participation.
Here’s how it works:
- You and your design team get a box of mystery game parts.
- An industry mentor shows your team the ropes to create game concepts, prototypes, and design.
- Creativity abounds.
- Your team’s game goes on display in the game room for a popular vote to choose a winner.
- Return to the Game Room on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to find out if you won and collect your prize.
Baxter has been in the Games and Digital Media industry for more than 12 years in a variety of roles including: executive, producer, and creative director. He is currently VP of Product & Creative and co-founder at Vivity Labs, a Vancouver-based developer of mobile, web, and social games. Baxter is also the President and Founder of Gnosis Games, an independent games studio that developed multiple #1 games. At Threewave Software, he led the Casual Games division and was also producer of multiple titles for the Xbox360 and PS3, working closely with top clients including: Disney, EA, MTV/Viacom, RealArcade, Shockwave, and Big Fish Games.
Chung received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics (Applied Analysis), and Dance from Penn State University in 2006 before achieving a Masters of Entertainment Technology from the ETC at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She has designed games for 2K Marin, 343 Industries (Microsoft Studios) and is currently a game designer at Bungie Studios.
Kalman has been a gamer since she first played Dark Castle on her family Macintosh Plus. A regular player of music and fighting games, she grew up playing anything she could get her hands on. As a young adult, she was able to learn lots about software development through the lens of a tester. Later on, she lef the testing effort for the Unity game engine. For the past year, she has been an independent game designer/programmer based out of Seattle working on the original music puzzle game “Sen” as a director at Studio Organik.
Pearson is a Video Game Designer who has worked on the Metroid Prime Series as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns. He is currently hard at work on Halo 4 at 343 industries.
Don’t miss this opportunity! To register, email Gaming Coordinator, Lani Blazier at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.
GeekGirlCon adds television writer and producer Jane Espenson as a special guest. Espenson will appear at GeekGirlCon on Saturday, October 8th at the EMP Museum’s Oral History Live!, GeekGirlCon’s “Whenodnistas” panel, and to greet fans at the convention. Espenson has worked on such renowned programs a Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, The O.C., Dollhouse, Game of Thrones, and Torchwood: Miracle Day. She currently writes for ABC’s Once Upon a Time and is a co-writer and the producer of the original web-series, Husbands. She is also a co-creator of Syfy’s Warehouse 13.
Espenson joins curator of Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition, Brooks Peck, for an intimate 90-minute interview at 1:00 PM at EMP Museum’s JBL Theater. Tickets are required for this event and available for $10.00 through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/192821). GeekGirlCon pass holders can receive a code for 50% off discounted tickets to this event by emailing email@example.com. Visit empmuseum.org for more information on the museum’s Oral History Live! program.
Espenson, who did a special interview with the book’s editors for Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them, will also appear at GeekGirlCon’s “Whendonistas” panel on October 8th at 5:30 PM at the EMP Museum’s JBL Theater. In addition to Espenson, the panelists include Whedonistas contributors Nancy Holder (October Rain, The Watchers Guide), Teresa Jusino (Tor.com), and Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics). Hear these women talk about their essays, examine Whedon’s work, and read excerpts from the book. A pass to GeekGirlCon is required for entry.
Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa where she watched too much television, and at age 13, she attempted to write an episode of M*A*S*H. She studied linguistics at UC Berkeley. While still in graduate school, Espenson submitted spec episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, thereby wedging her tiny foot into the last open door of show business.
09.19.11 // Whedonesque Burlesque: Seattle Edition
***GeekGirlCon is giving away 50 free general admission tickets to Whedonesque Burlesque (Saturday, October 8th at EMP Museum Level 3 — doors at 8:30 PM and show at 9:00 PM) starting at 9:30 AM at the Information Booth in the lobby. One ticket per person. It’s to your advantage to get your GeekGirlCon pass, and then head directly to the information booth. Urge your friends to do the same–remember one ticket per person. The Information Booth will punch your pass to indicate your free general admission. This punch will hold your admission until 8:50 PM. GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers will be counting the number of punched badges at the door. At 8:51 PM according to our watches/cell phones, the reminder of the 50 free general admissions will be given to the standby line. Be on time! Show starts promptly at 9:00 PM.***
Close out the first day of GeekGirlCon with the Whedonesque Burlesque: Seattle Edition. Jo Jo Stiletto Events and a Whedon-inspired cast of performers are returning to thrill you with performances based on Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Angel, and Dollhouse. Expect lots of sexiness, silliness, and a hint of sadness as this cast aims to misbehave! Whedonesque Burlesque has been instantly popular, selling out their recent performances. Don’t miss this chance to see them and support GeekGirlCon!
Show is 18+. Doors at 8:30 PM. Show starts promptly at 9:00 PM on Saturday, October 8th at EMP Museum Level 3. Tickets are VIP $35, General Admission $25. VIP tickets are best seats in the house and closest to the stage. Standing room only balcony seats may be released at a later date
As a free GeekGirlCon 2011 exclusive, we are giving away 50 general admission tickets to GeekGirlCon attendees. These tickets will be located at the GeekGirlCon information booth in the lobby and are first come, first serve. When they’re gone, they’re gone.
Please note that no food or beverage services will be provided during the show. No photography allowed. Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Cast: HOST Rebecca M. Davis, Billy Corazon, Electric Fanny, EmpeROAR Fabulous, Legs Montana, Lexi Luthor, Mae Kim Beg, Mercury Troy, Miss Elaine Yes, Miss Little Piza Paradise, Rachel Jackson and Paul Velasquez, Raven Mad, Rip Curl, Sister Piston, The Norse Goddess, Whisper De Corvo. Special Guests: Amanda Potter and Susan MacIntyre, Capt. Vanadium Silver, Jake Groshong.
Direct link to this post: www.geekgirlcon.com/whedonesqueburlesque
09.16.11 // GeekGirlCon Masquerade!
Instructions for Participants:
Come to Level 3 5:30 PM
Register your entry (name and costume)
Wait for your category to be called
Rock that costume
Hear the crowd cheer
Doors open at 5:30 PM, show starts at 6:00 PM
Direct link to sign up for the masquerade: http://www.geekgirlcon.com/con/masquerade
Link for Cosplay & Weapons Rules/Guidelines: http://www.geekgirlcon.com/con/registrationandweaponprocedures/
09.13.11 // Act Nerdy With Me!
NERDProv, a special team from Unexpected Productions, has performed at Emerald City Comicon, PAX, and TheaterSports. Don’t miss this chance to see a bunch of quick thinking geeks and nerds ham it up over sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, tech, cartoons, and Joss Whedon.
With less than 30 days to go, here are tips which may help with your planning. These guidelines for Registration and Cosplay procedures ensure a fun and safer place for all attendees!
09.5.11 // GeekGirlCon needs your help for 2012!
We are currently seeking a venue for next year’s convention. That’s right, GeekGirlCon 2012.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to use the Northwest Rooms again (where 2011 is happening) due to the space being annexed by local Seattle radio station KEXP.
Our staff has been busy seeking a space, but we’d sure appreciate suggestions that you may have. Those hidden, cool places in the city we love. We know you love GeekGirlCon just as much as we do and that many of you live in Seattle and just might know a really great venue for 2012.
Our requirements for a venue:
1) Located in Seattle. Sorry, Sea-Tac, Bellevue, and Everett, but we’re looking in the Seattle zip codes only.
2) Holds 1,500-2,000 people.
3) Has multiple rooms of different sizes. We require at least three rooms for programming, one to two rooms for gaming, and a vendor/exhibitor room.
Thank you so much for your suggestions.
08.24.11 // Save the Date! For the GeekGirlCONcert.
Friday, October 7th, GeekGirlCon presents the GeekGirlCONcert featuring Marian Call, Molly Lewis, and the Doubleclicks at the Great Hall in Seattle’s Green Lake area. Join us for a night of music and fun to kick off our first annual convention and celebrate these wonderfully geeky musicians.
Information about ticketing, show times, and more is coming soon. So save the date and come jam with us on the Friday before GeekGirlCon.