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ProjectMQ Indie Game Arcade Now Accepting Submissions

Posted on December 9, 2017 By Aleshia

The ProjectMQ Indie Game Arcade is now accepting submissions for Geekend’s annual conference on February 2nd-3rd, 2018. Game submissions are due January 5, 2018

The Indie Game Arcade is a showcase of high-quality, independent video games created by local and regional developers at Savannah’s annual tech and innovation conference. Because the Indie Game Arcade is a community-oriented event that seeks to foster curiosity and innovation across disciplines, we value games that are engaging for a diverse audience.

The Indie Game Arcade is sponsored by Project MQ, a discovery platform for indie video games, and will be hosted by 8-Bit Donuts. The event is open to the public.

Selected applicants will be contacted following the submission deadline with next steps.

Apply Here

Geekend 2018 announces schedule of events and topics

Posted on December 8, 2017 By Aleshia

Topic highlights include the business of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the art of the user experience.

Geekend, Savannah’s annual tech and innovation conference, has announced its schedule of events for 2018.

The conference, which will be Feb. 2-3 (tickets available here), allows makers, hustlers, hackers, and designers to collaborate, share ideas and forge new partnerships.

Among the conference highlights and panelists are:

    • Max Howell, Making Homebrew: Howell shares his experiences building the Homebrew package manager and its unexpected, explosive success. Homebrew is free and open source. In 2013, it had the most contributors of any project on GitHub. It continues to be used by developers all over the world.
    • Kevin Dewalt and Kevin Lawver, AI & Machine Learning Demystified: Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to radically redefine how we solve problems and deliver products. These dual presenters — Dewalt is founder of Prolego and Lawver is chief technology officer of Planted — will discuss how they are using machine learning to solve everyday issues in business.
    • Alyssa Greenman, Christopher Via, and Olivia Rado, The Art of User Experience: At the core of the user experience is how a person feels when interfacing with a system. It’s not something that’s given much thought unless the process is broken and it is not easy to use a particular product. This panel of user experience experts will discuss projects ranging from video games to mobile apps to B2B sites and share their methodologies in designing human-centered experiences and products.

“This conference is jam packed with interesting topics and panel discussions led by people who have had significant impact in their respective industries and sectors,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase and one of the Geekend organizers. “Attendees will learn a lot and gain deep insight and knowledge on how these topics are already shaping how we think about technology and the possibilities these innovations bring.”

The full schedule will continue to be updated as Geekend approaches.

Geekend Pitch Circus Now Accepting Applications

Posted on November 28, 2017 By Aleshia

Pitch Circus is Savannah’s premier startup pitch event and features the brightest
entrepreneurs from the most fundable technology startups in the region.

The event will be hosted by ATDC, Georgia’s technology incubator, on Friday,
February 2, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Startup founders and CEOs will pitch to judges in front of angel
investors and conference attendees from the region. Judges, prize money and in-kind
services from our sponsors will be announced soon.

Each company will be given 6 minutes to present and will answer questions from our
judges immediately after.

ATDC entrepreneurs in residence and startup catalysts will provide the companies
pitching with pitch preparation and coaching in mid-January.

Those interested to participate in Pitch Circus should submit an application on or before January 4, 2018. Selected entrants will be contacted with next steps.

Apply Here

Devin O’Bryan to be Geekend 2018 Keynote Speaker

Posted on November 21, 2017 By Aleshia

An expert cultivator of workplace talent, O’Bryan will discuss how emotional health can foster innovation and creativity.

Geekend, the annual conference that draws the brightest and most innovative minds in technology to Savannah, Ga., announced that Devin O’Bryan, design advocate and facilitator of IBM’s Strategic Talent Program, is a keynote speaker.

Geekend 2018, scheduled for Feb. 2-3 (tickets available here), brings makers, hustlers, hackers, and designers together with other entrepreneurial innovators in the technology and creative spaces — to foster new partnerships, pursue networking opportunities, and kick start the launch of new ideas.

O’Bryan is a designer-educator and currently serves IBM’s Strategic Talent Program as design advocate and facilitator. His past four years have been filled with guiding and co-creating within IBM Corporate HR and IBM Design’s global education efforts with programs like IBM Design Bootcamp Experiences, IBM Designweek events, and building the immersive and award-winning, Maelstrom internship program.

As part of his keynote address, titled “Open for Business: How Emotional Intelligence spurs innovation and creativity within teams,” O’Bryan will detail what it takes to create and sustain an emotionally healthy dynamic that fosters innovation and drives outcomes entrepreneurs and their teams.

He also will share his experiences and lessons learned through Maelstrom as it grew to become the prime IBM’s premier software design experience.

“Dylan’s success in building the IBM Maelstrom program embodies what Geekend is all about: people building products, experiences and companies,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase and one of the Geekend organizers. “His keynote will be an inspiration to everyone who is passionate about building something new.”

In addition to O’Bryan’s keynote, Geekend 2018 will feature a number of speakers who will be leading various breakout panels and sessions that will explore several themes including:

    • Building experiences using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
    • Building immersive video game experiences
    • Building and scaling consumer brands
    • Marketing automation and eCommerce tools
    • Angel investments
    • Founder success stories

These featured speakers hail from Savannah and across the nation, and represent leading designers, technologists, CEOs, and other cutting-edge thought leaders. Geekend attendees will also be able to participate in several interactive experiences, including an AR/VR exhibit, a Pitch Circus, and video game arcade to showcase games built by local developers.

AR/VR Showcase

Posted on November 14, 2017 By Aleshia

Geekend’s AR/VR Showcase, a public event in conjunction with Savannah’s 2-day tech and innovation conference, is dedicated to putting new and interesting tech into the hands — and minds — of a broad public audience. From the afternoon of Friday, February 2, through Saturday, February 3, Geekend’s doors will be open to those interested in experiencing different applications of AR and VR technologies firsthand.

Exhibiting in the showcase is an excellent way to reach a diverse population, receive feedback or test your user experience. Want in? Please fill out the form below. A member of the Geekend executive team will be in touch!

Geekend is back in 2018 with the latest in tech and innovation

Posted on October 23, 2017 By Aleshia

This Groundhog Day, get ready for (at least!) six more weeks of awesome. Geekend 2018 is slated for February 2 & 3, and attendees need not worry about seeing their shadows while they’re standing face-to-face with Savannah’s bright future.

Since 2009, Geekend has been a place where Savannah’s movers, makers, doers, thinkers and creators come together to be inspired, connect and collaborate. At the last event in January 2017, more than 400 participants explored the world from a new point of view with GulfStream’s demonstration of new AR and VR technologies; played locally created video games in the Indie Game Arcade; and watched hopeful startup founders take the hot seat at Pitch Circus, where they voted for the most promising business plans, inventions and video game concepts. Check out the full 2017 schedule.

Next year promises more of the same fun along with the presentations, panel discussions and hands-on workshops that make Geekend a staple in the local innovation economy.

Calling all speakers!

Geekend sets the stage for leading voices in emerging technology, innovation and creative fields to share their expertise with a diverse audience of enterprising change agents and makers of good trouble. Sound like your thing? Submit your speaker application on or before November 15, 2017.

For some inspiration, read up on last year’s roster of presenters, panelists, and workshop leaders.

$50 tickets? Yes, please!

To kick off the surprises and thrills of Geekend 2018 a little early, the first 50 general admission tickets are up for grabs at $50 a pop. If you’re a thrifty and shrewd attendee — and, of course, you are — you should snap yours up now. Once these tickets are gone, the price will increase to $99.

College students can snag their tickets for just $30 with valid student ID, and those who want to bump elbows with Geekend elite can purchase a VIP ticket for $325, which includes an invitation to the exclusive speaker dinner and other special treats.

Join the Geekend crew!

Geekend wouldn’t be possible without a crew that works hard to make it a success. Sign up to volunteer and experience Savannah’s tech and innovation showcase as an insider! If you commit to a 6-hour shift, you’ll receive a complimentary badge that will give you access to the rest of Geekend’s events and afterparties.

Sponsor Geekend like a boss.

Geekend is a nonprofit event and continues due to the generosity of its sponsors. There are lots of ways to help, from monetary contributions to in-kind donations of goods or services to sponsoring a meal or cocktail hour. Want to hop on the sponsorship train? Submit your contact details, and a member of the Geekend executive team will be in touch.

Public Geekend Exhibits

Posted on January 24, 2017 By Yvonne Jouffrault

We are all about bringing the next generation of technology to our community.  So we are excited to offer the following Geekend events and exhibits that will be open to the public on Saturday January 28th from 11:45 to 2 PM at The Guild Hall Campus.

 

Gulfstream Immersive Realities Technology Showcase

@ The Jolly Goblin  11:45 – 2 PM  (518 Martin Luther King Blvd, Savannah GA)

Come see several uses of Gulfstream’s Immersive Realities Technologies (that’s AR/VR for short!)

 

KODESTARS ARCADE

@ The Guild Hall Arena 11:45 – 2 PM  (615 Montgomery Street, Savannah GA)

This is THE showcase of kids creating not just consuming technology. Drop in to check out student coded video games, cast a vote for your favorite, and learn about the possibilities of coding.

This event, and the 3D modeling workshop before it, and the session with Chris Kelsey following it, are free and open to the public.  If you are bringing children, please plan on staying with them for the duration of the event.

 

3D Modeling with the Geekbot.

@ The Jolly Goblin 1 – 2 PM  (518 Martin Luther King Blvd, Savannah GA)

This free and open-to-the public session will teach students the basics of 3D modeling, starting with Geekend’s favorite 3D model, the Geekbot! After the session students will have a file they can take to a 3D printer to make their model come to life.  If you are bringing children, please plan on staying with them for the duration of the event.  Thanks to Shipt for the snacks.

 

Indie Game Arcade.

@ The Guild Hall Arena 11:30 – 2 PM  (615 Montgomery Street, Savannah GA)

Do you like to discover cool new video games?  Stop by our Indie game arcade and sample some video games that have been created by Savannah area video companies and developers. Vote for your favourite game and the winners will receive a special prize from Indie Game Sponsor – Project MQ.
You will also have a chance to sign up for Project MQ – an indie video game discovery platform that will launch shortly.

Guild Hall Campus Map

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50 Days to Geekend by Jennifer Bonnett

Posted on August 24, 2016 By Gregory Yanez

There is no other conference quite like Geekend. There is none that brings together quite the same quirky group of hackers, hustlers, designers, and makers for interesting panels, provocative keynotes, and hands-on workshops and activities.

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The Time is NOW

Posted on August 17, 2016 By Gregory Yanez

Geekend is truly a meeting of the minds and allows you the chance to exchange ideas with others who may not be doing what you do, but who can certainly add value to your business.

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NEW for 2016: Design Geekend’s T-Shirt!

Posted on August 9, 2016 By Gregory Yanez

Create The Official T-shirt of Geekend 2016!

Savannah’s an incredibly talented design city. Can you stand out from the crowd to design Geekend’s 2016 T-shirt?

Geekend brings makers, hustlers, hackers, and designers together -– along with other entrepreneurial innovators in the technology and creative spaces to foster new partnerships, create networking opportunities, and kick start the launch of new ideas. The Creative Coast organizes the conference, and a variety of local businesses and thought leaders support the endeavor.

Check out some previous t-shirts here!

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The official t-shirt will be worn by nearly 400 attendees and volunteers. Entrants will receive a discount code and finalists, and the winner, will receive a free ticket to Geekend! Geekend is October 14 and 15 in Savannah, GA.

Rules & Waiver

By entering a design, you agree to the rules below.

Submit as Many Designs as You Like!

  1. The top five T-shirt designs will be picked by a panel of judges. These top designs will then be posted for online voting. The ultimate winner will be determined through this online voting process.
  2. Once submitted, all designs become the property of Geekend, and the designer agrees to grant exclusive use to Geekend and its clothing retailer. You may retain it for your portfolio and use it for self promotion at your own discretion.
  3. The designer must submit his or her own original artwork only. Any non-original logos, photos, or images used in the design must be used only with the express, written permission of the source and also grant Geekend unlimited, free use of that logo, photo, or image.
  4. The designer agrees that the compensation for unlimited use of their T-shirt design by Geekend and their clothing retailer is limited to one ticket to Geekend

T-shirt Design Criteria:

  • All designs must include “2016” and one or more of the following words/phrases: “Geek” or “Geekend.” Designs may also include “Savannah”
  • Designs must be limited to ONE color. Half-tones (i.e. lighter versions) of the color are considered an additional color.
  • Designer may feel free to create someone in multiple colors for their own promotion, but t-shirts will be printed with a single color.
  • Designs must utilize some of the design elements here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/htv41sk640srtaq/AAB-8H9hnuaVk-OyN_s_x885a?dl=0

T-shirt Design Format:

  • SUBMISSION FORMAT:
    • Please email your design as a JPG file for purposes of initial judging and for posting the top designs for online voting.
  • WINNING FORMAT:
    • If your design wins, please be prepared to send your design in Vector format (.EPS, .AI, or .CDR file extensions). This means that the design must be created in either PhotoShop (.EPS), Adobe Illustrator (.AL), or Corel Draw (.CDR).
    • All Vectorized format must include any lettering traced for a fully vectorized final file for our screen printing partner
    • Geekend will NOT accept Word or Publisher files.
    • Winner must also submit a black-and-white version of their design, to provide flexibility in choosing the T-shirt background color.

Final Details:

  1. T-shirt designs must be submitted by September 5, 2016 to Geekend via email to geekend@thecreativecoast.org. Please use “2016 T-shirt Contest Design Submission” as your subject line.
  2. Geekend reserves the right to request minor revisions to a T-shirt design entry for re-submission.
  3. Geekend may also make revisions to adapt a T-shirt design for additional purposes, including but not limited to use on other clothing, retail items, web, print, or television production.
  4. Geekend reserves the right to reject any and all submissions.
  5. Geekend may pick additional T-shirt designs for use on additional promotional materials (i.e. clothing, retail items, web, or print pieces).

For More Information email geekend@thecreativecoast.org or, call 912.447.8457

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