Savannah Bananas Owner Jesse Cole Named Geekend 2018 Opening Keynote Speaker

Posted on January 11, 2018 By Aleshia

Cole will show technology innovators how they can create the “Ultimate Customer Experience.”

Geekend, the annual tech conference that draws the brightest and most creative minds to Savannah, Georgia, announced that Jesse Cole, owner of the Savannah Bananas summer collegiate baseball team, will serve as the event’s opening 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.

Cole’s Bananas have been featured nationally on CNN, ESPN, and MSNBC and have sold out 32 straight games. Cole is an in-demand speaker and has spoken all over the country. His first book, “Find Your Yellow Tux – How To Be Successful by Standing Out,” is slated for release in January 2018.

Cole’s keynote at Geekend will be on how to create the “Ultimate Customer Experience.” He will share the “Bananas Fans First, Entertain Always” mentality that is designed to create fans for life.

“I couldn’t be more excited to kick off this event,” Cole said. “The opportunity to connect with some of the most innovative and creative business minds and share ideas is what this conference is all about.

“I look forward to sharing our story of how we were able to design a unique fan experience to sell out every game and create a waitlist in the thousands. The lessons we’ve learned are endless and my goal with any presentation is to spark ideas and hopefully inspire attendees to think differently.”

Cole, who owns six yellow tuxedos, believes everyone has something that makes them stand out in business and in life. On his website,, Cole shares his secrets to success as well as tips from the best entrepreneurs in the world.

“Jesse has a compelling perspective as a team owner and can teach our attendees a lot about engaging and retaining customers for their technologies and creations,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase and one of the Geekend organizers. “He’s also an inspiring and motivational speaker who represents what Geekend is all about for tech entrepreneurs and that is bringing about creativity and ideation to life.”

Cole is also the host of the “Business Done Differently” podcast that is released every Monday and Thursday. The podcast shares stories from people who have gone from ordinary to extraordinary and found their greatness. Cole interviews authors, entrepreneurs, and business owners who have found a way to stand out in the world.

Return of Geekend spotlights startup growth in Savannah

Posted on November 13, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

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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Geekend: OhHeckYeah

Posted on November 12, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Article on Connect Savannah by Jim Morekis.

FOUNDER AND Director of OhHeckYeah, Brian Corrigan creates strategies rooted in culture. At this year’s Geekend, he serves a spearhead for the breakthrough OhHeckYeah Street Arcade, a demo of which will be on display at the event. He and OhHeckYeah partner Justin Gitlin give the closing keynote.

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BiS in brief: Geekend’s keynote speakers announced for finale

Posted on October 8, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

The creators of OhHeckYeah, Brian Corrigan and Justin Gitlin, will be the finale keynote speakers at Geekend 2014, scheduled for Nov. 13–15 in Savannah.

OhHeckYeah was an interactive, immersive urban gaming experience held in Denver in June. Using giant LED billboards as larger-than-life game screens, players interacted with the games using their bodies, with every foot shuffle and arm wave moving the characters on screen.

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Creative Coast announces keynote speaker for Geekend 2014

Posted on September 5, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Article on Business in Savannah by JULIA RITCHEY.

The founder of a San Francisco-based venture capital firm will be the keynote speaker at The Creative Coast’s Geekend conference this fall, the organization announced Thursday.

John Burke, founder and general partner of True Ventures, will host a “Pitch Circus” during the keynote session Friday, Nov. 14, giving a select number of entrepreneurs a chance to present their projects on stage in front of a group of guest venture capitalists.

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Recap: Day 3

Posted on November 12, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

The many sessions, demonstrations and activities during Day 3 were a great way to end this year’s Geekend! We kicked off Saturday’s lineup with a cup of joe and conversation during our morning registration hour at the SCAD Museum of Art. Many attendees took some down time to chat in the lounge area and courtyards, snag some free swag from The Soda Shop kids letterpress area and stop in for a photo op at our RDID-enabled photo booth room. The awesome guys from Buzz Band helped us set up the experience, which let participants scan their RFID-enabled badges to share photos straight to Facebook.

The day was filled with super thought-provoking sessions from folks representing thismoment, Rails Machine and more. A midday break gave everyone time to enjoy a delicious lunch at SCAD’s The Hive, check out the SCAD museum exhibitions and grab a few minutes with a new friend for a walk around town. After the final round of daytime talks, we headed over to the Coastal Georgia Center for the evening’s final event: a closing keynote on “Hacking As A Civic Duty” given by Kevin Curry from Code For America.

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Recap: Opening Night HootUp & Day 2

Posted on November 10, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Geekend 2012 is in full swing! Thanks to all who made it out for the sessions and events that have gone down so far.

We kicked things off with great company and cold beer at our HootUp at Moon River Brewery, Savannah’s only brew pub. After a few hours of mingling, we prepared for Friday’s lineup of spectacular sessions.

Friday brought a ton of learnings, from Neal Holman’s comedic keynote on the development of Archer to Charles Adler’s closing remarks on the importance of an information diet. Live demonstrations of The Soda Shop’s letterpress, augmented reality and RFID technologies were the experiential cherries on top! Attendees were also offered up a free tour of the SCAD campus in historical Savannah to get a better feel for what the school is all about.

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Announcing The Third Geekend Keynote — Kevin Curry of Code for America!

Posted on September 13, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Let’s face it. Hacking doesn’t have the best reputation in the media. PR stunts by hacker groups like Anonymous that make international news don’t necessarily help with this general outlook. But contrary to popular belief, hacking is actually a good thing.

Geeks that checked out last year’s Hackathon know that hacking isn’t about taking down popular websites and wreaking havoc on the Internet as much as possible. Hacking is all about working with what you have to achieve a certain goal, stitching together ideas until a final viable product is achieved. Hacking is a vital part of today’s culture.

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Kickstarter’s Charles Adler to Keynote Geekend!

Posted on August 28, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Many artists, designers, technologists, musicians, filmmakers and geeks share one thing in common: larger-than-life dreams. Whether aiming to create a top-rated iPhone app, launch a new comic book series or provide clean drinking water in third-world countries, these ambitious goals often come with large price tags.

Kickstarter is a website that helps fund creative projects across a range of disciplines by collecting small donations from fans online. The social aspect of the site also allows communities to thrive, keeping followers connected with each other and the cause. If you haven’t heard of the site, you’ll enjoy getting lost in the various popular projects they currently have posted.

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Neal Holman of “Archer” to Keynote Geekend — Grab Your Early Bird Tickets!

Posted on August 16, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Greetings, geeks!

We’re jazzed to start announcing this year’s big guns — our featured keynote speaker! Neal Holman, art director and producer at Floyd County Productions, will be in the house to describe the development process of the animated TV show “Archer.” Yes, for real.

Neal isn’t the only hairy-chested bombshell we’ve got up our sleeves. He will definitely be in good company. Check out our current lineup of daytime speakers and get the latest keynote announcements on the speaker section of our site!

Here’s the catch. To hear all about early trials of the “Archer” pilot episode, the evolution of that creative process through four seasons of awesomeness and general lessons learned from a thousand billion mistakes, you’ll need a ticket to this shin-dig.

Here’s where more great news comes in! We’re extending Early Bird ticket sales through the end of August. We want to make it super affordable for local and migratory geeks alike to attend this year’s conference in Savannah!

So grab your buddies, mosey on over to Eventbrite, lock down that awesome deal and get down with your bad self this November at Geekend!

Until then,

Geekend Crew

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