Clark Creative Communications: Geekend 2014

Posted on December 16, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Blog post on Clark Creative Communications’ Blog.

We recently attended Savannah’s Geekend, a creative and entrepreneurial organization. It’s basically a place where your brain becomes so full of ideas and possibilities that it could explode. It also causes your heart to overflow with passion and purpose. It consists of hundreds of people all teeming with the same feelings, engaging with others to pursue new challenges, making opportunities happen and pushing boundaries to the edge. Long story short, we became “Geekenders.”

Here are several things we enjoyed throughout the weekend…

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Roundup: Kodestars Arcade at Geekend

Posted on December 12, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Blog post on the KodeStars blog.

The Kodestars Arcade at Geekend was a huge success and we are still reeling from all of the positive feedback and interest we are receiving from others that want to create and host their own arcades. Geekend is an annual interactive conference in Savannah that hosted an arcade to showcase video games built by 4th-8th grade students in the communityt. The Geekend organizers created a branded online arcade on the KODESTARS website and then set up a physical arcade at the conference center with two rooms full of computers – all of which were opened to the online arcade.

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Innovation Conference Exposes Kids to Great Thinkers

Posted on December 8, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Blog post on Tech & Learning.

Geekend, an annual innovation conference taking place in Savannah, GA, hosted Professor Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms), and Mark Hatch (CEO TechShop) among others, and the topics covered revolved around innovation, entrepreneurship, the Maker Movement, and more.

Local middle and high school students contributed to the conference by submitting video games they had programmed set up in an arcade at the conference venue, and many high school students also volunteered in the organization of the conference.

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Kishi Bashi at Geekend

Posted on November 22, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Blog post on hissing lawns by Bill Dawers.

Kishi Bashi played on the final night of Geekend, an annual conference presented each year here in Savannah by The Creative Coast. The weekend is about geeky stuff, and this year there was also good music for attendees booked by MusicFile Productions.

Kishi Bashi and Tall Tall Trees performed in the Creators’ Foundry on Boundary Street just west of downtown. The long, narrow industrial space had recently been home to SCAD’s sculpture department; some of us remember when kayak maker Charlie Reeves created amazing things there.

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Video Game Design Gets Kids Into Coding

Posted on November 21, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Article on GPB by Emily Jones.

Many in the tech world say if today’s kids want to succeed in the job market of the future, they’ll need the skills to design and build their own programs and mobile apps. In other words: they need to know how to code. But how do you get kids interested in the complicated and often frustrating task of coding? One group in Savannah thinks they have the answer.

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Savannah startup gets surprise seed funding at tech conference

Posted on November 19, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Article on Savannah Morning News by Julia Ritchey.

A Savannah-area tech startup has secured $100,000 in seed funding after a made-for-TV moment at The Creative Coast’s tech and interactive design conference last weekend.

Ian Nott, the 23-year-old co-founder of Aetho, pitched his company in front of an audience of potential investors on Nov. 14 during an evening session of the sixth annual Geekend. Friday’s event, dubbed “Pitch Circus,” mirrored the ABC series “Shark Tank,” in which entrepreneurs pitch their companies and field tough questions and comments from experienced investors.

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BEA WRAY: Savannah’s Geekend ignites imagination and impact

Posted on November 18, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Column on Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray.

Have you ever had your brain so full of ideas and possibilities that you literally felt you couldn’t fit in one more wisdom nugget?

Have you ever had your heart so full of passion and purpose you thought you would explode?

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One Spark at Geekend in Savannah

Posted on November 17, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

A blog post on the One Spark blog by Meredith O’Malley Johnson.

Elton Rivas, our co-founder and CEO, and I had the pleasure to rep One Spark at the Geekend conference in Savannah, Georgia this past weekend, and we had a blast! One Spark was a sponsor of this great event, and we went there seeking talented Creators that had great Projects that would be perfect to launch at One Spark – and we recruited over 20! We’re excited to see what the Savannah creative community brings to One Spark in April.

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Why One Spark is at Geekend

Posted on November 14, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Guest blog post by Elton Rivas, One Spark Co-Founder & CEO

Hey Geekenders!

Our family at One Spark is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Geekend, organized by our friends at the Creative Coast. This is our first time attending and, from what we’ve seen so far, the combination of entrepreneurs, innovators, makers, investors, CEOs, and, of course, geeks (a wonderful term of endearment!) makes this a great destination event.

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Return of Geekend spotlights startup growth in Savannah

Posted on November 13, 2014 By Katheriin Liibert

Article on Do Savannah by Janay Kingsberry.

There’s no shortage of creativity in Savannah, thanks to a network of small businesses, notable universities and impressive art, all backlit by a city draped in historic beauty.

Its unique Southern charm has lured millions of tourists each year and with the return of Geekend from Nov. 13–15, it will also attract the brightest leaders in the tech and design industry ready to share business insight and eager to see what our city has to offer.

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