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Geekend video game, AR/VR tech showcases open to the public

Posted on January 24, 2018 By Aleshia

Geekend will stop at nothing to bring the next generation of technology to our community.  We’re excited to offer the following events and exhibits, free and open to the public, on Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3 on the Guild Hall Campus.

INDIE GAME ARCADE

@ 8-Bit Donuts
518 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah GA
Friday, Feb 2: 8am-5pm
Saturday, Feb 3: 12:45-5pm

Move over, Pac-Man! Geekend’s Indie Game Arcade features high-quality and critically-acclaimed video games created right here in the Southeast by talented independent game developers. Play them all, vote for your favorite and stick around for the ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards at 5pm to see who comes out on top!

AR/VR SHOWCASE

@ Jolly Goblin Games
518 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah GA
Saturday, Feb 3: 12:30-5pm

Back by popular demand, the Geekend AR/VR Showcase is where you can test drive cutting edge augmented and virtual reality experiences that span a variety of disciplines and technologies.

HOUR OF CODE

@ Jolly Goblin Games
518 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah GA
Saturday, Feb 3: 1-2pm

With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skillset. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code.

This Hour of Code workshop is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Ages 6+, free and open to the public.  Advance registration strongly recommended, as space is limited. Parents should plan to accompany young children.

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PROJECTMQ INDIE GAME AWARDS

@ The Guild Hall Arena
615 Montgomery Street, Savannah GA
Saturday, Feb 3: 5pm

Modern gaming isn’t just about the tech. It’s about telling stories, communicating points of view, and breaking barriers. It’s about creating new ways to interact with our world and one another. It’s about the lifelong process of learning and discovery.

Join us for the ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards, where we’ll celebrate the indie games from the Geekend Indie Game Arcade and the talented local and regional developers who made them. ProjectMQ’s Malcolm Howard will present the People’s Choice Award, and attendees will have a chance to win games, merchandise, and even a Nintendo Switch, sponsored by Savannah-based Avant Games.

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.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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.

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We’re building Geekend together! Huge THANKS to our amazing sponsors

Posted on July 28, 2015 By Coco

There’s still more than two months to go – but over 200 people are already committed to Geekend 2015! Geekend exists to connect and empower the entrepreneurial and tech sectors – their members and all those that what to learn, grow, and create.

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The Creative Coast to team with The Guild Hall

Posted on April 22, 2015 By Coco

Article from Business in Savannah.

The Creative Coast is teaming up with The Guild Hall to present Geekend, their annual interactive design and coding conference this fall (Oct. 15-17).

Geekend brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, designers, coders and other creative types to discuss and celebrate cutting-edge developments. The three-day event includes content-driven presentations, interactive workshops and panel discussions intended to spark conversations and encourage networking.

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The Geekend 2014 Highlights video is here!

Posted on April 7, 2015 By Coco

Did you miss last year’s geekiest event? Now you have a chance to catch up on what happened at Geekend 2014!

Did you attend? We’ve highlighted the most amazing moments for you! Refresh your memory and have some fun watching it here.

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Clark Creative Communications: Geekend 2014

Posted on December 16, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

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 Yvonne Jouffrault

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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Video Game Design Gets Kids Into Coding

Posted on November 21, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

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 Yvonne Jouffrault

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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