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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08.13.12 // GeekGirlCon Thanks You

GeekGirlCon ‘12 is a wrap, and the exhaustion is setting in. But we want to be sure to take a few moments to say thank you.

Darth Makenna stole the show at GeekGirlCon ’12

Thank you to the incredible panelists and guests, who helped us discuss incredibly important topics; geek out about comics, video games, science, technology, and pop culture; and discover how we could jumpstart our futures.

Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors for helping us expand and grow. Without your support, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you to the amazing professionals who spent time in our GeekGirlConnections room and gave advice to attendees on how to jumpstart their careers.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers, who worked hours upon hours to keep the convention running smoothly — always with a smile on their face. You were so professional, thoughtful, helpful, and sincere. Our GeekGirlCon Agents are the best!

Thank you to the families, who came out in droves. The Zelda Family, the Darth Vader Princess (Darth Makenna), the little Wonder Woman, the robot, and every other outfit that left us “ooo”-ing and “aww”-ing. These young children are truly our future, so thank you for encouraging them to ask questions, think critically, and believe in themselves.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to all of our attendees. You were willing to brave the traffic, you got up early to ensure you could attend every panel, you asked amazing questions, and you wanted to discuss uncomfortable yet important topics. More than 3,000 people walked through our convention doors each day.

If you were one of these 3,000+, you got to see the world premiere of Season 2 of Husbands, the webseries created by GeekGirlCon ‘12 guest Jane Espenson. Nobody else has seen this yet! You talked about sexism in geek culture in standing-room-only rooms. You connected with women from NASA, some who even had the opportunity to work on the project that successfully retrieved images from Mars. Mars, people!

She-Ra, Princess of Power!

You also sat on panels that addressed issues of diversity — in comics, pop culture, and the broader geek world. You got to hear from some of your favorite creators, leaders, activists, and entrepreneurs. And you got to enjoy our special events, including a nerdy comedy improv, a GeekGirlCONcert, a “Once More, With Feeling” sing-along, and a screening of Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines during our closing celebration.

On the gaming floor, you entered gaming tournaments and designed new games through the Mystery Box Game Design Challenge. You learned how to create a superhero mask. You learned how to play new games you hadn’t even heard of.

And, likely, you purchased a lot of adorable, beautiful, awesome stuff at our Exhibitor Hall. From math as art, to board games, to books, to socks, to jewelry, our exhibitors and artists offered a range of amazing accessories for geeks of any type.

You came in amazing cosplay, proudly representing your favorite characters. We had crossplay Avengers, a few different versions of Carmen Sandiego, and characters from Zelda, The X-Files, Buffy, The Hunger Games, Scooby Doo, and so much more.

Because of you, GeekGirlCon is gaining attention, from a CNN and Reuters article that quickly spread across the Internet, to local stories from KING 5, KIRO, KOMO, The Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Stranger, and so much more.

Because of you, we are continuing these conversations on social media, where you told us you left feeling inspired. You left feeling a part of a community, one where women support other women. You were excited to put together your own panels next year. And you were motivated to take action — whether big or small — to make an impact in the world.

Because of you, we will be able to make adjustments to ensure GeekGirlCon ‘13 is even better. Your feedback is incredibly important to us. So we encourage you to take the time to fill out our post-con survey, which you can find here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NPZCL5R. Tell us what programming and events you loved, and what you want to see more of next year.

Thank you, once again, for being a part of GeekGirlCon ‘12. For those who were unable to attend, thank you for being a part of our online conversations and for continuing to support GeekGirlCon.

Keep that fire — still burning from this weekend — alive. Don’t let it dwindle, as we’ll be back for GeekGirlCon ‘13 (date TBA). And please be sure to keep an eye on our website, as we will be hosting a number of special events in the greater Seattle area that you won’t want to miss.

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08.12.12 // Live Blog: Geek Girls in Popular Culture

Hey again! Shubz here and I’m back live blogging at Geek Girls in Popular Culture in room 301/302 with Cecil Castelluci, Sarah Kuhn, Sarah Watson, Stephanie Thorpe, and moderator Javier Grillo-Marxuach!

Questions
Why do you think that level of interest in science and mathematical persuits are less desirable in female characters?

Cecil Castellucci (CC): That character is usually designated as a sidekick.

Sarah Kuhn (SK): Is this female protagonist a good role model?

Sarah Watson (SW): I don’t think geekiness and sexiness is separate.

Is the role-model trope restricting characterization?
Stephanie Thorpe (ST): People don’t like feeling stupid in general. When someone comes across as smart, they may put on an air of condescending. We want women to be likeable, adorable, and cute. Smart tends to go with aloof a lot of the time.

Headless Heroine: Has all characteristics that can relate to a wide range of reader.

Nancy Drew as a headless heroine. Many authors have depicted her differently.

Are there any characters that you identify with?
ST: I’m influenced by the X-Files. Dana Scully was that lightening bolt – she’s a skeptic, she’s intelligent, and her scientific background. I want to see more strong characters like her.

SW: I loved the Goonies, Martha Plimpton.

CC: I loved Daria!

Thoughts on editing geek girls
ST: Depends. Sometimes they want more nerdy, sometimes they want less.

SW: I’m more of the middle man.

SK: Not a lot less nerdy notes [in scripts], but I did make notes like, “What does this mean?” Is it a reference?

CC: Made a love story about a Klingon and a Jedi. Writing a geeky character made it easy to have a demand for more geeky media and characters.

Lisabeth Salander
ST: She is a strong female lead. She’s not necessarily someone I look up to or want to be like, but I enjoy spending time reading about her.

Star Trek Characters
CC: It’s subjective. Uhura in classic Star Trek, not a nerd. Uhura in the recent film, language nerd.

Love stories with geek girls
CC: Amidala falls apart when love is threatened.

SW: Hermione is intelligent and a fighter despite her obstacles.

Changing genders in iconic characters
ST: (RE: Elementary’s Watson) If they’re doing it to add a romantic element, I’ll be disappointed.

SW: I’ve seen it and it’s fantastic. Lucy Liu brings a nurturing role to Watson.

SK: There’s a new interest piqued when you introduce new elements or changes.

CC: I’m excited!

Any socially unattractive female geek characters?
SW: In TV, everyone’s really attractive. Books offer you to create what they would look like.

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08.12.12 // Live Blog: Tech Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted

Hey everyone. We are in Room 204 for Tech Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted. Here is the description for this panel.

Tech Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted – RM204
As professional women in technology, many of us are in positions we never knew existed when we
started working. Bridging the gap can be difficult if you don’t know where to start or where to go. Panelists
include engineers and a database administrator from Twitter, a network engineer from Wikimedia, CEO
and founder at Interface Guru, and a technical project manager at Arizona State University.
Presented by Lisa Phillips, Dana Contreras, Henna Kermani, Leslie Carr, Cia Romano, Nicole Phillips

The room is packed!

Lisa Phillips is introducing the panel: let’s talk about the technology jobs you do not often hear about in the media. The women on the panel have about 40 years in combined experience. One thing that unites these women: they all love their jobs. Lisa’s handle is @lisaphillips on Twitter.

Dana (@danadanger): Working as a programmer at Twitter, working on the infrastructure (the behind-the-scenes stuff). “We are like the Postal Service for your tweets.” <– Cute! Dana doesn’t have any formal training for tech at all; she is entirely self taught.

Henna: Software engineer at Twitter in international engineering (things that make Twitter work in other languages. Henna is the only one at this table with a computer science degree.

Leslie: Works for Wikimedia, the foundation for Wikipedia. She has also worked for Craigslist and Google.

Nicole: Went to Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in design studies. After graduating, Nicole started working in sales and technical support at GoDaddy. Moved up the ladder over four years, and now works as a business analyst at Arizona State.

QUESTION: Why computer and technology jobs? Why should women work in technology?

Answers:

Leslie – I get to have pink hair, and nobody bats an eye when I interview. One of the great things about tech jobs is that you get a lot of flexibility to work from home, or work ANYWHERE. “I can work a few days from Europe if I’m on vacation.” (That sounds like magic!).

Dana – Because technology companies are always working on leading-edge stuff and people are trying to come up with new ways to think about things, that applies to business environments as well and how businesses treat employees. At Twitter, we have an open vacation policy (Susie’s note: I know Netflix does this as well).

Lisa – I have worked for a San Francisco-based company for many years (I think I heard 12 years), but have only had to work in San Francisco for two of those years. Women aren’t having to choose between children and their jobs.

Leslie – Because Wikimedia is a nonprofit, we don’t feel pressure to work insane hours. If I say I have to get something done, I get it done … but my boss never pressures me to work until midnight. “I keep fixing things, so fewer things go wrong. And then when something does go wrong, it is a challenge and I find it exciting.” <– I paraphrased, but great quote.

QUESTION: Where do you learn to do the coding / technology skills on your own?

Answers:

Lisa – In the U.S. right now, only a few states allow computer science to count toward your graduation requirements in high school.

Henna – I had done no coding until college. I have always been interested in computers, but I was always more of a book nerd. I was always interested in learning what was going on behind the scenes with computers, and that’s why I chose a computer science program. I felt like I was competing with boys who had been coding since they were 4. But I found that other boys in my classes felt that way also, as some of these boys hadn’t been coding since birth.

Lisa – A network of smart people is key. People who excel in tech are able to be okay being around people who are smarter than them. I started at an ISP (several on the panel has ISP backgrounds). There, I was given the opportunity to learn from my peers and took advantage of every opportunity. Take on projects you didn’t think you could take on. Be okay with making mistakes.

Nicole – A study found that women tend to be over-mentored. It is important to draw distinction between someone who is a mentor for you, and someone who is an advocate. A mentor is focused on giving you advice; an advocate is someone who is going to go to bat for you at a particular organization.

Leslie – Tech support is a great place to start. You get to talk to a lot of parts of your organization. This gives you the opportunity to ask people if you can learn about their jobs. You learn, and then those people no longer have to do X task. A great tip!

Another great tip from Lisa: Don’t worry about not having the qualifications that match the job skill postings 100 percent. You do not have to match the requirements exactly. Don’t be scared by that! Send your resume in for jobs if you really want to work for the company. Highlight where your experience matches their company and the job posting.

(2:00 p.m. – This blogger has to run, but hope everyone enjoys the rest of the panel)

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08.12.12 // Live(ish) Blog: Superhero/Villain Mask Making Workshop

What’s up, everyone? Shubz here with a plug for the Superhero/Villain Mask Making Workshop! Get your creativity on between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM! FYI, kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mask-Making Supplies

Here’s what I started with!

This is almost complete……

The finished product!

Me (Shubz) wearing the mask in action. Note the intensity of that power kick!

Well, that was fun! Find me to check out the mask or even better, you can make your own! :D

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08.11.12 // Live Blog: Buffy, the Making of a Slayer

Almost every geek girl I run into loves Buffy. I know I do. That’s why I’m so excited for this 4:00 pm. panel: Buffy: The Making of a Slayer. Stay tuned to this blog for updates from the panel, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for live tweets from other panels.

Here’s the description for this afternoon’s panel.

Buffy: The Making of a Slayer – RM303
becker&mayer! produces extraordinary books for a worldwide roster of clients, on such geeky topics asStar TrekTransformers, Star Wars, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer! Join editor Kjersti Egerdahl and designer Katie Benezra, together with Nancy Holder, The New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. They will discuss the new becker&mayer! book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer, containing new interviews and photos. Kjersti and Katie will also talk about b&m!’s many other “geek-friendly” projects.
Presented by Nancy Holder, Kjersti Egerdahl, Katie Benezra, Amelia Riedler

Nancy Holder, Kjersti Egerdahl, and Amelia Riedler are introducing us to the book, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer. Why are we releasing this book now? Holy smokes, people — it’s the 15-year anniversary for the airing of the show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which first started running in 1997.

Amelia Riedler: Confession, I was not first a Buffy fan. I was a David Boreanaz fan first. It started with Bones, and then Angel, and then I fell in love with Buffy. Amelia is known as the resident “geek girl” at becker&mayer!, and she originally proposed the idea of doing a Buffy book.

From Amelia: Once we had the book idea approved, we needed to find an author. I started doing research, and Nancy’s name came up over and over and over. We are so grateful that she was as excited as we were to do the book. It was so amazing to have FOX on board, also.

Nancy’s Buffy experience: My co-author and I found out about Buffy coming on air, and we were incredibly excited. We loved the “Buffy talk,” now referred to as “Slayer speak.” Nancy and her co-author started writing analysis and other stuff about Buffy, and then she was offered to write the first companion guide for the show. She got to go on set!

“We got to talk to Joss a lot, and that was very, very cool.” – Nancy Holder

Nancy has been writing about Buffy for 15 years. (Dream job)

The Buffy book originally sold to the UK. Amazon now offering it in the U.S.

Nancy: “I had to …. HAD TO … watch all episodes of Buffy.” (That was sarcasm, of course.) Nancy had a hard time visualizing the book at first, but becker&mayer! were fantastic to work with.

The panelists are now showing some previews of the book. They are showing some of the sketches originally done by artists for Buffy. Awww … they are talking about some of the photos they couldn’t include in the book. Apparently, FOX had a contract with most of the main actors where they couldn’t publish ANY of the behind-the-scenes photos of these cast members. Bummer!

So many great props are included in this book! Sketches of the demons from Hush, the demon the gives Buffy the ability to hear people’s thoughts, the Mayor, the dresses from the first Halloween episode, and so much more!

Check your swag bag, attendees! You can get $5 off the Buffy book.  Also, Nancy has a new teen novel coming out, On Fire, about the “Teen Wolf” TV show. Other Nancy books: Vanquished and Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback. 

becker&mayer!’s most expensive book? Star Wars: The BlueprintsThe book includes blueprints that have — literally — never been seen by the public before. becker&mayer! also produced Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the FilmIt. looks. awesome.

Coming out soon: Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection. So many Star Wars  figurines. There is a surprise at the end of the book (action figures will be involved). Nobody knew — not Hasbro, who made them, or Lucas Films — how many action figures were out there. So the author had to research. The answer? Just under 2,400.

Coming out this fall: H.P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries, The Master of Cosmic Horror.

Alright, this blogger has to head out. Hope you are enjoying the convention, our tweets, and our blogging!

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08.11.12 // Live Blog: Expressing Your Creativity Through Audio

Hey again! Shubz here, still kickin it in Room 202 live blogging at Expressing Your Creativity Through Audio with Julie Hoverson, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, and Rhys Torres-Miller!

Note: They’re speaking to this from the audio drama perspective, but it can be applied to other genres of podcasting.

Learn to do the tech work yourself.

It is time-consuming. If you want to get it right and share your creativity, take your time, and invest your time.

You can podcast inexpensively. You need (at least) a laptop and a mic.

Find your audience. It will be slow unless you want to pay for advertising. Keep in mind, that paid advertising doesn’t not guarantee more listeners and fans.

Network with other podcasts. Offer to do a review of their show. Be a part of the community.

Voice acting:
Reliability: Don’t over-commit. Commit to what you realistically can do.
Find out how much work you ACTUALLY need to do to complete it.
No one goes into voice acting because you love to entertain.

Music
Check out Kevin MacLeod’s Incompetech

Be sure to note artists’ creative commons notice.

Sound effects
Sample Swap is a free sound sample library.

If it is something you love, you find the time to do it.

Resources
Internet Archive: archive.org
WordPress: wordpress.com
Incompetech: incompeteh.com
Sample Swap: sampleswap.org
Audion Drama Talk: audiodramatalk.com

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