What is Geekend?

Geekend is a two-day conference where Savannah’s hackers, hustlers, designers and makers converge. It has been held annually since 2009 and showcases the best and brightest innovators from tech, education, design, engineering and business in Savannah and beyond.

Our Mission

To establish Savannah as a hub for innovation, tech and creative industries in an effort to improve the Savannah online brand and raise awareness among the global tech community about what Savannah has to offer.  To engage attendees in the local innovation economy through providing exposure to emerging technologies, success stories, and new thoughts and ideas.  

Have any questions… Check the FAQs or shoot us an email at geekend@thecreativecoast.org.

Conference Code of Conduct

We like to keep it simple. Be nice! After all, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. (For these purposes, let’s assume flies are really cool.) For full details about our code of conduct please read our policy.


Geekend Executive Team

Geekend would not be possible without the ongoing effort of volunteers from Savannah’s tech and innovation community. Meet the 2018 team — and don’t be afraid to say hello when you see them at Geekend!

Ryan Egan

Director of Business Development @ Layerframe Studios

A remote founder of New York-based Layerframe Studios, Egan oversees a team of strategists, planners and analysts who understand human behavior in the digital age. Armed with these consumer insights, the team collaborates with brands to find the right currency and motivation to help them thrive.

Blake Ellis

Serial Entrepreneur and Technologist

Entrepreneur and start-up addict based in Savannah, Georgia. Over the last decade I have been involved with a number of SaaS-based software ventures, primarily in the eCommerce space. I am actively involved with the local business community, and I’m always consulting or coding web-apps as well as spinning up cloud infrastructures.

Malcolm Howard

CTO @ ProjectMQ

Malcolm Howard is the Co-Founder and CTO for ProjectMQ, an online indie game discovery service and social community.  He’s responsible for leading ProjectMQ’s software development, systems design, and project management.  In his spare time, Howard tinkers with Arduino circuits, leads the local Savannah Game Maker meetup, and builds costumes for his next convention.

Aleshia Howell

Co-Founder & CEO @ Codebase

Formerly Director of Admissions at Mobile Makers Academy in Chicago and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Howell is passionate about the unschooling movement and developing new models of higher education. She is co-founder of Codebase, Savannah’s premiere iOS development house and training lab; and co-hosts Make It Mobile, a mobile technology and development meetup group, and Spark in the Park, a TechSAV meetup for those new to Savannah’s tech community.

Yvonne Jouffrault

Founder & CPO @ Tour Buddy Apps, Tech Community Activist

Yvonne is a user experience junkie and head of product for Tour Buddy apps and co-founder of Flye – building software products to improve the global visitor experience.  She is a co-conspirator behind TechSAV, an online community for the tech ecosystem in Savannah and a founding member of Teach the Future, an annual fellowship to help educators bring innovation into the classroom.  When she isn’t working or chauffeuring her kids, she enjoys trolling Savannah’s diverse coffee shops and conspiring to change the world.

José Mallabo

Co-founder & CEO @ Vireo Labs, Savannah Catalyst @ ATDC

Mallabo leads Vireo Labs, a company that develops career path discovery and education planning tools. The company also developed C’reer, which is designed to make career and college exploration accessible to everyone. He now leads corporate strategy, product development, UX/UI design, fundraising, channel sales/marketing, partnership development, and he manages the board of advisors.

Coco Papy

Community Manager @ The Creative Coast

Murem Sharpe

Principal @ StrategyRx, CMO @ Micro C Imaging

Murem provides professional services to innovators in medicine and healthcare. She works closely with the founders to position their tech ventures for high growth, productive partnerships and attractive exits. She has had a successful career as an executive at Fortune 500 corporations and as a tech startup founder.

Laurie Zipperer

Freelance iOS Developer @ Laurie Zipperer Mobile

A recent graduate of both the Georgia Tech Coding Bootcamp and Codebase’s iOS Training Lab, Laurie Zipperer changed her career path in 2017 from the world of business and marketing to software development. She is on the leadership team of TechSAV, a community organization dedicated to educating the public about tech, building skills within the developer community and connecting the two groups for collaboration.