06.15.11 // Searching for an EPIC UX Designer

Are you an epic UX designer? Do you think fondly of the things that Nathan Smith has brought to the world? Do you rock so incredibly hard that Gene Simmons calls you for help with lyrics? Do you get your $(document).ready({ window.alert(‘jQuery On’); }); at the drop of a hat? Are you/do you like & support Geeks, Girls and Cons?

If you answered yes to the above, then GeekGirlCon needs you! We are quickly approaching our first annual convention, and we are looking to further improve our online presence. As a GeekGirlCon Web Designer you will help us fancy up our online presence, including but NOT limited to our website.

Some buzz words you might know:
jQuery, HTML, Photoshop, PHP, EVA Unit 00, Javascript, GLaDOS

Some things you can show us:
Design examples, work you have done, pictures of your puppy (using the hipster filter)

Why you want to volunteer:
GeekGirlCon. Really that is all you need to know. We are debuting our first annual convention on October 8th-9th in Seattle, Washington to celebrate the wonderful and diverse works, worlds and lifes of female geekdom. There is a lot of work left to do in order to get there and we are looking to add to our already-epic-awesome staff.

Email your resume and any portfolio samples to graphics@geekgirlcon.com, subject line “UX designer to the rescue!” Local candidates preferred, but we also can’t argue with a crazy-awesome resume and portfolio. GeekGirlCon is 100% comprised of volunteers, and we hope you have 5-10 hours minimum a week to volunteer too!

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06.15.11 // Programming Update

We wanted to thank everyone for their programming proposal submissions for the inaugural GeekGirlCon. We received over 100 great ideas – and that’s on top of content we were already planning!

Unfortunately, there is just not enough time or space to accommodate every workshop, presentation, panel, reading, or screening. The final program will feature niche sessions that will appeal to the curiosity of a general audience. Throughout the summer, and leading up to the convention in the summer, we will continue to highlight some of the fun we have in store for you!

In the meantime, we are notifying accepted programming participants, and will continue to do so throughout the end of June. If you have been contacted by us with an invitation you must confirm your intention to attend no later than June 30th. If you do not contact us by the deadline, your reserved spot in the program will be given to another submission. If you do not intend to present at the con, the sooner you let us know, the sooner we can accept a different submission.

We are making every effort to notify those who proposed panels we couldn’t fit into our schedule this year – with an invitation to submit again in 2012 – but if you don’t hear from us by July 15th please assume we had to decline your proposal.

Either way, our entire team looks forward to seeing you in October!

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06.10.11 // Nancy Drew Blogging Carnival

GeekGirlCon and Her Interactive present a Nancy Drew Blogging Carnival

Thank you to all of those who participated in our blogging carnival! We really enjoyed reading these entries and sharing in your love of Nancy Drew.

Geek of the Week: Megan Gaiser, Her Interactive President & CSCO By Jennifer K. Stuller – Geek Girl on the Street

Nancy and Me By Suzanne – a fragment of memory

Nancy Drew By Bianca Bickford – A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived

Nancy Drew: I fell in deeper every clue By Jennifer Rowe – Fat and Not Afraid

GeekGirlCon Nancy Drew CakeMixed Sugar

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06.2.11 // Help GeekGirlCon Build a Guild!

Help Geek Girl Con Build A Guild

Whether paladin, mage, hunter, or just a n00b, you can help GeekGirlCon choose a faction, a rockin’ name, and a stylin’ tabard for our new WoW Guild!

Will the GeekGirlCon guild go Alliance or Horde? Cast your vote on our Facebook Poll here.

GUILD NAME AND TABARD SUBMISSIONS:

Visit the GeekGirlCon Facebook page to suggest a GUILD NAME and create a GUILD TABARD.

To suggest a GUILD NAME: Simply post your suggestion on the wall for this event following the guidelines below.

 
*While this is GeekGirlCon’s Guild, males and male characters are welcome. We want everyone to feel included in the guild’s name.

**The winning faction will be announced on Thursday, June 16th for anyone wanting to submit faction-specific guild names.

To submit a TABARD DESIGN, visit the in-game tabard designer (near the guild master in any major city) and play with the tabard designs until you create the most awesome tabard design ever! (You can also use IGN’s tabard designer outside of WoW.) Send a screenshot of your awesome design to facebook@geekgirlcon before 11:59pm PST on Thursday, June 30th and we will create an album of tabards. (Pics will be added to the album as they come in, so give your design time rack up the “Likes.”)

VOTING: To vote, “Like” your favorite name submissions on the event wall and your favorite tabard submissions in the tabard album. Voting closes June 30th at 11:59 PST, so be sure to give you submission a chance and post early. One submission from the top 3 “like-getters” of both contests will be selected by GeekGirlCon staff as the official guild name and tabard. The winner of each contest will receive a GeekGirlCon Button Pack and, of course, bragging rights.

The winning guild name and tabard will be announced on Friday, July 15th.

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06.2.11 // GeekGirlCon Walks for a Brighter Future of Women in STEM Careers

IGNITE's Brighter Future Walk 2011

On Sunday June 5, GeekGirlCon is walking with IGNITE to raise awareness of women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and reverse the stereotype of technology as a competitive, solitary, masculine career choice which is keeping girls away from STEM.

Our Geek Girl network has been shrinking when it comes to women seeking careers in STEM! According to IGNITE, an organization focused inspiring young women to pursue the science and tech fields, women represent only 15% of the industry today. That is a big decrease from the 1980 when women were 35% of those fields. GeekGirlCon wants to reverse this trend and you can help us.

Register to walk with us on June 5 or sponsor our staff and volunteers who will lace up their trainers and don warm-ups for a cause we vehemently support. Visit IGNITE for more information and donate. Support GeekGirlCon walkers: Arwen Morton, Amanda McGall, Kelly Clark, Jen Stuller, Anna Daniell, Erica McGillivray, and Adrienne Fox. Please feel free to join us at the registration table at 1pm.

IGNITE states, “When you join this Walk, you are taking a stand for a brighter future, where women participate equally with men and have a say in how technology can improve the lives of people everywhere around the globe.” GeekGirlCon totally agrees.

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05.24.11 // Rock out with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern

Rock out with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern

GeekGirlCon wants to rock ’n’ roll all night and do geeky stuff every day! Party with GeekGirlCon at the Sunset Tavern on Thursday, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. as we host three awesomely geeky bands: Jonny Nero Action Hero, Press Start to Rock, and Death*Star.

Gain entry with $7 at the door or $6 with a canned food donation. The Sunset Tavern is located 5433 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle’s the Ballard neighborhood and now serves dinner from 5-9 p.m. Canned food donations will go to the Ballard Food Bank.

GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers will be on hand to sell con passes and other GeekGirlCon merchandise. You can pick up prints by our GeekGirlCon Design Team and support our Tsunami Relief Art Sale.

Show is 21+
Music at 9:30 p.m.

Direct link: http://geekgirlcon.com/nerdrock

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05.24.11 // GeekGirlCon Book Club

GeekGirlCon Book Club

We are excited to present an interactive experience for our staff and friends to discuss books written by the GeekGirlCon special guests. We can’t think of a better way to prepare for the con than read these works before meeting our guests in October. Thanks for being a part of GeekGirlCon forums!

How the GeekGirlCon Book Club Works:

GeekGirlCon will announce a book on the bookclub forum (announcement will be on a Thursday about two weeks before the discussion).

You will have two weeks to get a copy of the book and start on the reading.

That month’s host will post a new thread for discussion with some questions and thoughts to get the dialogue going.

Awesome discussion and insights ensue.

Discussion thread will remain open for about a month.

The thread will be closed on the last Thursday of the month and a summary of discussion will be posted there and on the GeekGirlCon Blog. This summary will include the host’s thoughts as well as interesting ideas generated those posting in the forum.

Help support GeekGirlCon and use our Amazon affiliate link if purchasing books from Amazon.

May: Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds by Gail Simone, led by Julia Santo
June: Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them by edited by Lynn Thomas and Deborah Stanish, led by Jennifer K. Stuller
July: Hopeless Savages by Jen Van Meter, led by Erica McGillivray
August: Girls Against Girls by Bonnie Burton, led by Arwen Morton
September: Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka, led by Lani Blazier

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05.24.11 // Blog your love of Nancy Drew with GeekGirlCon and Her Interactive

GeekGirlCon and Her Interactive present a Nancy Drew Blogging Carnival

Seattle, WA- May 2011- Tell us about your first Nancy Drew! Was it a tattered hand-me-down paperback, or a well-worn library book, or maybe a brand-spanking new hardcover received on a special occasion? Or, just maybe, you saved weeks of allowance for a trip to the bookstore. For many of us at GeekGirlCon, Nancy Drew holds a very special place in our hearts and is a formative force in creating our girl-power mindset. GeekGirlCon, a convention celebrating geeky women, and Her Interactive, the developer and publisher of Nancy Drew games, honor Nancy Drew with a blogging carnival this spring. Pay your respect to the classic girl detective and blog about her with us.

It’s easy! GeekGirlCon asks you to write an article, a story, a song, or create fan-art about Nancy Drew during the month of May. Please keep it PG-13. On June 10th, post your creation to your blog. Make sure to send a link to your post to GeekGirlCon’s Online Media Manager, Stephanie Wooten at onlinemedia@geekgirlcon.com. GeekGirlCon will blog about the carnival including a list of links we received from participants.

To have your link included in the GeekGirlCon blog post, you must remember to send your link to onlinemedia@geekgirlcon.com by 8 p.m. PST on June 10, 2011. Please note, GeekGirlCon reserves the right to exclude any content deemed inappropriate from the final list of contributors posted on GeekGirlCon.com.

Among the bloggers will be GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers celebrating our favorite teen sleuth. GeekGirlCon and Her Interactive believe that Nancy Drew is not a girl of the past, but one of the future. The legacy of Nancy Drew lives on as we introduce Nancy Drew books to our daughters, nieces, and family friends. And now, thanks to Her Interactive, we can give interactive games.

Her Interactive recently launched its first Nancy Drew app, Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries: Shadow Ranch, which is available on the App Store for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Part game and part story, this interactive gamebook app lets players decide how the story unfolds as they play games and solve mysteries, both big and small. In Shadow Ranch, everyone’s favorite teen detective is off on a new sleuthing adventure, complete with all the twists and turns readers – and game players – have come to love in a Nancy Drew mystery. But in this app adventure, both reading and game play are critical to solving the mystery. And, there’s more than one way to solve this mystery.

“With our new Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries apps, we’re melding the elements of a great mystery novel with the interactive experience of a video game to introduce a story-based gamebook,” says Megan Gaiser, CEO of Her Interactive. “You’re no longer just reading a Nancy Drew mystery; you’re fully engaged and influencing how the mystery unfolds as you play the story.”

Girls are often not a priority for the game industry. With so many titles actively made for or are targeted to boys and men, it is not surprising that adolescent and teen girls are an untapped market. But Her Interactive is leveling the playing field. The award-winning Nancy Drew game series created and produced by Her Interactive provides characters, story lines, and games designed to appeal directly to teen girls.

About GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See GeekGirlCon.com for more details and our list of special guests.

Find GeekGirlCon on Twitter @GeekGirlCon or Facebook.

About HerInteractive

Her Interactive is the leading mystery-maker and pioneer of fun and inspiring interactive mystery adventures played by females, young and old. The company, with 23 awards to its name, designs, develops and publishes high-quality, mystery adventure games and is the world leader in the mystery gaming category. Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew games have sold more than 8 million units with each game surpassing sales of the prior. This success, in part, is buoyed by the ever-increasing numbers of girls and women becoming avid game players. Nancy Drew players now include moms who have introduced their daughters to the girl detective, making her one of history’s longest-running iconic figures spanning generations. As the number-one PC mystery franchise, since 2004, the Nancy Drew series has outsold Harry Potter, Myst, and Tomb Raider.

More information about the company and the Nancy Drew games can be found at www.herinteractive.com. Find Her Interactive on Facebook or follow Her Interactive on Twitter @HerInteractive.

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Contact GeekGirlCon:
Kiri Callaghan
pr@geekgirlcon.com

Contact Her Interactive:
Jared M. Nieuwenhuis, 206.399.3406
jared@herinteractive.com

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05.21.11 // GeekGirlCon Sings! Tonight May 21st!

 

Join GeekGirlCon for a night of karaoke at AFK Tavern. GeekGirlCon will let the inner diva fly on Saturday, May 21st starting at 8:00 p.m. at AFK Tavern in Everett. Show up just to mingle or breakout that tune you’ve been signing in the shower all month! GeekGirlCon will hand out prizes for best performance and best cosplay.

Be on hand to try a few drink specials and enjoy the geeky food menu. GeekGirlCon staff recommends the Orc burger for non-veggie types. Support GeekGirlCon and our hosts AFK Tavern. AFK Tavern is just off I-5 at the 41st Street exit (1510 41st St, Everett). All ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany geeks under 18 at all times. No one under 21 permitted on premises after 11:00 p.m.

Thank you!
Special Events Director | GeekGirlCon

 

 

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05.18.11 // GeekGirlCon Art Sale Supports Japanese Red Cross

Check out the Full Press Release.

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