03.24.13 // GeekGirlCon Presents: Cocktail Connections

Cocktail Connection

GeekGirlCon is hosting our very first Cocktail Connections! Come out to connect and engage with other geeky professionals, and enjoy Lunchbox Laboratory’s infamous cocktails as well. Professionals of all flavors and persuasions are welcome, whether you are a gamer, a scientist, a writer, a pop culture fanatic, or any other kind of geek. Mark your calendars and bring your business cards! Here are the details:

When:
April 11, 6pm-8pm

Where:
Lunchbox Laboratory (upstairs in the game room)
1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA (map)

What:
Networking and Socializing!

Extra:
There will be prizes! Get yourself some GeekGirlCon swag!

Charge:
Free! Don’t worry; food and drinks are available for purchase.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there. Bring a friend and make some new ones as well!

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03.23.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13 Hotels

We’ve got more exciting news for those of you planning to travel to GeekGirlCon ‘13! If you need a place to stay, GeekGirlCon is delighted to partner with two hotels very near The Washington State Conference Center. Either hotel is a great place to set up your home base for the weekend; we all know that riding the bus in full Darth Vader cosplay can be a little awkward.

Here are the details:

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

Reservations Line: 800-225-5466
Reserve Online

 

Queen Studio at Homewood Suites

What you get:

 

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

 


W Hotel LobbyW Hotel
1112 Fourth Avenue (map)
Seattle, WA 98101

Reservations: 206-264-6000
Reserve Online

 

W Hotel RoomWhat you get:
$159.00 per night (+ tax) for single or double room*

 

NOTE: Reserve your room at either Homewood Suites or W Hotel before September 27, 2013 to get group rates and benefits!

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03.14.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13 Programming Submissions

geekgirlconAre you a professional in a geeky industry? An astrophysicist or mathematician? Do you run your own geeky business? Can we learn from you about the history of women in gaming? Do you have a unique perspective to share about being a woman in the sciences, horror, comics, television, film, robotics, costuming, or stunt industries? Are you an artist or illustrator? A pop culture “herstorian” or cultural critic?

GeekGirlCon will feature informative and entertaining programming on topics ranging from geek lifestyle issues to the sciences to popular culture. We are seeking engaging and thought-provoking proposals from professionals for panels and presentations on topics such as, but not limited to:


Feel free to propose something we didn’t think of! Previous con programming is available for perusing programming sessions we’ve accepted in the past.

To be considered for acceptance, proposal submissions must reflect the mission of the convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female geek – and should make an effort towards inclusivity.

We are interested in presentations, screenings, readings, workshops, mentoring sessions, and roundtable discussions from women and men in geeky professions. There must be an understanding that these topics be addressed with a women-centric and woman-positive focus and with attention to issues of diversity.

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 a commitment to this as well.

Submissions are open until 11:59pm PST on May 15th. Past participation in programming is not a guarantee of acceptance for 2013. We are looking to diversify our programming from previous years, so be innovative!

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

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02.25.13 // Join us at Emerald City Comicon

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Are you headed to Emerald City Comicon this weekend?

Stop by Raygun Lounge on Friday, March 1, for Excelsior!, a party organized by GeekGirlCon and NW Gay Geeks.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, Raygun Lounge is a full-service tabletop game lounge where you can geek out and relax with friends. We are thrilled to partner with them to host this event!

What can you expect at this party? Game demos, beer and wine, groovy tunes from DJ PBear, and free mead for the hobbits among us! Please note that the event is for those age 21 and over.

We’ll be joined by some special guests, including Tony Akins, artist for DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, and Chris Lange of the Capitol Hillbillies webcomic. We’ll also raffle off some amazing prizes, with all proceeds benefiting the Lambert House for homeless gay youth.

Please be sure to give Gamma Ray Games, Raygun Lounge, and the Comics Dungeon a big shout-out for sponsoring this event. Because of them, and you, it’s going to be epic.

We hope to see you on Friday!

QUICK REFERENCE DETAILS

What: Emerald City Comicon party hosted by NW Gay Geeks and GeekGirlCon
When: Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:00 P.M. – close
Where: Raygun Lounge
Cost: Free
Age: 21+ event
Website: Check out all the details on our Facebook event page

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01.31.13 // GeekGirlConnections: Creating a Resume

Hi everyone!

Our Manager of GeekGirlConnections, Terra Olsen, has some fantastic tips in store for the geek on a mission to network and take advantage of a new career! Take a gander at her advice.

Writing a resume, be it your first or your twentieth, can be a daunting task. I have compiled my favorite tips for resume building in the hopes of make it more manageable.

1.) Style Properly
* Use an easy to read font.
* Use a proper format. Chronological formats are popular (experience first, then your education and skills), but it also works well to use a customized format (where you address the job to which you are applying at the top).

2.) Know your Audience
* When building a resume, it is extremely important to know your audience. For example, if you’re applying to a graphic design firm, then it’s appropriate to build a creative resume that stands out. On the other hand, if you’re applying to an engineering firm, then it’s appropriate to have a straightforward and clean resume.
* Try to put only relevant experience on the resume. There is no need to list every single job you’ve ever had. If you’re new to the working world, list the jobs you’ve had, but be sure to make them as relevant as possible for the position to which you’re applying. (more…)

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12.3.12 // Teens Celebrate Art with GeekGirlCon and SAM

Teens 13 to 18:  Join GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Art Museum for an evening celebrating the accomplishments of women in the arts this Friday, December 7 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hear live music, watch dance and spoken word performances, play instruments, learn and perform choreography, and create your own works of art at workshops inspired by the new exhibitions Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Elles: SAM—Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists. Free admission for teens 13-18 (and accompanying adults).

Elles: Pompidou features works of art created by over 75 women artists between 1907 and 2007.

Elles: SAM features works by an additional 30 female artists, including special loans and works from SAM’s permanent collections.

There will be something for visitors of every age at this community celebration! Stop by the GeekGirlCon booth in the South Hall to play a round of “Ten Things I Know About You,” a game about famous female geeks and geekery. Spin the wheel for a topic and then name everything you can think of about it in the next 30 seconds. Surprise yourself with how much you know and maybe even win a prize!

 

Quick Reference Details and Free Ticket Instructions

What: Activities and performances for teens centered around new exhibitions of women in the arts.

When: Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Seattle Art Museum (SAM)  1300 1st Avenue between University and Union Streets

Cost: Free for teens (and accompanying adults)

Website: https://www.seattleartmuseum.org/calendar/eventDetail.asp?eventID=24528&month=11&day=7&year=2012&sxID=&WHEN=

Both exhibitions will be on view at SAM downtown from October 11, 2012 until January 13, 2013. Additional works by women artists will be on display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and SAM Gallery Art Sales & Rental.

 

 

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11.27.12 // GeekGirlCon ‘13 Dates Announced – Buy your passes today!

Welcome to GeekGirlCon ‘13!

The staff is busy planning and plotting for the best con event yet. We are happy to announce that GeekGirlCon ‘13 will take place on:

October 19 and 20, 2013 at
The Conference Center in Downtown Seattle

Buy your passes today!

How about passes, discounts, AND fantastic perks? Become an Individual Sponsor of GeekGirlCon. Get the goods, and do good — keep our con running!

Forms for Programming, Volunteers, and Exhibitor and Artist Alley will be arriving on the site after the new year; please check back with us for more soon.

Want to be part of the action? Check out our open positions and apply now.

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11.14.12 // Help Make GeekGirlCon Happen!

We are a diverse group celebrating geeky women and girls. Here are some of our staff members at the 2012 GeekGirlCon.

Would you like to help create geeky events to connect with other geeks? What about being a part of the team that puts together awesome GeekGirlCon programming? Do you love creating compelling graphics and designs? Or do you want to flex your social media skills? Are you an accountant with a heart of gold (or a nuclear power source)? Check out GeekGirlCon open staff positions!

After a fantastic GeekGirlCon ‘12 and a little recovery time for our all-volunteer staff, we are kicking things back into gear here at GeekGirlCon. We are already working on plans for GeekGirlCon ‘13 (exciting announcement coming soon!) as well as some great events in the next few months (more announcements coming soon!).

We have also done some restructuring and updating of many of our staff roles, and we have newly opened up some great opportunities to join our staff and help celebrate geeky women and girls. All of our positions are opened up to existing staff and the general public at the same time.

GeekGirlCon is a 100% volunteer teamwe are a diverse group, from tech geeks and wordsmiths to Doctor Who fans and those who play too much Zelda on the weekends. Check out our staff page or some of the Geeks of the Month we’ve profiled on our blog. GeekGirlCon welcomes and encourages people of all geekdoms, genders, orientations, ages, races, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and skill levels to apply.

Find out if you are a fit for one of our open GeekGirlCon staff positions!

Why Join the GeekGirlCon Staff?

GeekGirlCon staffers get to help make fun geeky events come together, celebrate the contributions of women and girls, work to make the geeky community more welcoming and open, connect with fellow geeks of all stripes, and have a lot of fun doing it. Being on GeekGirlCon staff is a great way to develop your skills, learn new ones, make connections with professionals in a variety of industries, geek out with fellow fans, and find new geeky worlds to explore. Whether you are hoping to gain new friends, new skills, or just expand your geekiness, we need your help to make GeekGirlCon happen!

What to Know Before You Apply

Every staff position is critical to our success; along with all of the fun, we work really hard to make GeekGirlCon happen. Being on GeekGirlCon staff generally requires 5-15 hours a week of dedication, including attendance at our biweekly staff meetings (weekday evening in Seattle), events, and of course our annual convention. In addition, because in-person communication and attendance at meeting and events is critical to our success, candidates should live in the Greater Seattle area.

Help make GeekGirlCon happen!

Are There Other Ways to Be Involved?

If the time commitment is too much, you are outside Greater Seattle, or there isn’t a fit with our open positions, we will definitely have opportunities for you to be involved in future. Keep an eye out for our volunteer signups or a chance to be part of our street team. In addition, we love to see you at our events throughout the year, so look for lots of great opportunities to meet up, hang out, play games, make crafts, watch TV/movies, and much more. Oh, if you’d like to help make those things happen, check out the special events manager staff positions on our open staff positions page

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08.23.12 // GeekGirlCon Statement

On our blog, GeekGirlCon embedded a YouTube video from one of our panelists that was meant to describe, from her own view, what it means to be a “geek girl.”

Unfortunately, we did not clearly hear the beginning of the video, which made a remark that excluded transgendered people from the conversation. Once members of our community raised their concerns, we re-watched the video and removed it from our blog as it did not reflect our mission statement.

GeekGirlCon was created because we wanted to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive place for all geeks. We still live by this creed every day. All ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, sexual preferences, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, races, creeds, religions, familial statuses, etc., are welcome. Our core beliefs also state that both “geek” and “female” are self-identified.

We think it is incredibly important to have a dialogue about people who are misrepresented, under-represented, or not represented at all in geek culture. We both attempt to be proactive and rely on our community to bring these conversations to our attention. To those who watched the video, we are deeply sorry about the pain inflicted from these remarks. Thank you for raising your concerns.

If you’d like to contact us to continue this conversation, please feel free to comment or email us at info@geekgirlcon.com.

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08.13.12 // Central Cinema and GeekGirlCon Invite You to TV Dinner

TV Dinner Night at Central Cinema August 30 2012

Attention Whovians and friends! Central Cinema and GeekGirlCon are bringing the Doctor back again for a TV Dinner night you simply can’t miss. Whether you are a dedicated fan of the Time Lord and his show or totally new to Who, join us at the Central Cinema on Thursday, August 30th at 8:00 p.m. for some fabulous British sci-fi and a nice meal.

You wouldn’t want to pass up dinner and a show!

We will be enjoying the classic Doctor Who episode, “City of Death” starring  the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and written by David Agnew.

For some added awesomeness there will also be an intermission show, a Doctor Who-inspired cabaret burlesque act by returning performers, Behind the Blue Door!

 

Details and cheat codes:

• Date: Thursday, August 30th

• Where: Central Cinema (1411 21st AVE, Seattle)

• Time: 8:00 PM (2 hours)

• Who: All ages (BUT there will be a burlesque act performed during intermission. Please plan accordingly!)

• Cost: $5 (goes toward your food voucher)

 

TV Dinner at the Central Cinema located in Seattle’s Central District at 21st Avenue and East Union Street. If you’ve never been to a TV Dinner before, here’s how it works: you pay just $5.00 and it gets you a TV Dinner food voucher to secure your seat. Then order up some snacks* and cash in your voucher with your waiter against your tab. Easy!

*Temporally-altered chicken not guaranteed to be on the menu.

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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