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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

Profile of a Geekender: Joe Nehila

Posted on July 27, 2016 By Gregory Yanez

Geekend is a positive economic driver for our area, and it has the potential to help put Savannah, as well as Hilton Head, Bluffton, Ridgeland, and Hardeeville, on the map in a way that can attract real, sustainable, growth. We’re all part of the Savannah Metro area so the more we pull together on initiatives such as Geekend, the more everyone benefits.

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Geekend Celebrates Global Geekdom

Posted on May 17, 2016 By Gregory Yanez

In Quebec there’s the geekbecois, in South Africa there’s GeekFest, in Savannah there’s Geekend. Geeks have truly gone global. To get between all the groups of geeks there’s even Geeks on a Plane, organized by 500 Startups. What’s happening here? Does it matter if you don’t consider yourself a geek?

Miriam-Webster’s defines a geek as (1) a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people and (2) a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity.

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I hacked creative innovation at Geekend

Posted on November 2, 2015 By Coco

“When I’ll be on the plane back to San Francisco, I’m going to tell everyone – Savannah’s really got it going on!” Ben Sykes one of the Geekend speakers was thrilled at his workshop after he raised the question “Who has a real breakthrough idea from the audience?” So many people had… and I was so proud!

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How was Geekend?

Posted on November 2, 2015 By Coco

In short, Geekend was great! Our speakers were a pleasure to work with and brought great insights to the table. Our attendees were engaged and asked smart questions. Our sponsors not only partnered with us behind the scenes, they participated throughout the event as well. Our volunteers were energetic and attentive to the many tasks needed to create a good flow.

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Geek… Count Me In

Posted on November 2, 2015 By Coco

Being a serial entrepreneur, I always seek out opportunities that can sharpen me and my endeavors. The 2015 Geekend Conference presented by The Creative Coast, held October 15th – 17th has exposed my inner “Geek”!

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