If you are going to be in the Seattle area this weekend, check out Geek Girl Con. As one might assume, this is a Con for Geek Girls, and this is their second annual Con. Don’t dismiss this event as sewing lessons and pink Millennium Falcons. Actually there are sewing lessons, but do you know any of us that would really want a pink Millennium Falcon?
GGC is put on by a group of volunteers and “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.” Not only do they celebrate the female geek, but they don’t ask for geek cred at the door. They aren’t going to make you prove yourself or put up with catty bullshit that has cropped up in some geek circles lately. And just because they are Geek Girl Con, doesn’t mean that they are going to be burning effigys of males to symbolize throwing off the yolk of oppression or whatever. Or maybe they are, but it’s not on the programming list.
Speaking of the programming list, there is an array of panels over the two day event. Special guests include Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. If I were going, I’d be making sure I went to Expressing Your Creativity Through Audio, “Go Make Me A Sandwich”: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Online and Fan Spaces, Gender and Race in the 74th Hunger Games, and Tech Jobs You Never Knew You Wanted. The list of cool stuff happening goes on. I would probably be loathe to figure out which to go to and which to skip and also how to eat with so much cool stuff happening. Dammit I really wish I was going.
It’s a ton of awesomeness wrapped up in two days in the Pacific Northwest. While there are hopes of having other GGCs in other areas, right now they are just in Seattle. Last year I couldn’t go because they made the unfortunate mistake of putting the Con on my anniversary. This year they scheduled it while I have other plans. Seriously they need to consult my schedule for next year so that I can go.
Geek Girl Con is this weekend, August 11-12, 2012 at The Conference Center (most boring name for a conference center ever) in downtown Seattle, WA. If you would like more information on ticket prices, hotel, directions, or how to help out or maybe get involved for next year, visit their website at GeekGirlCon.com