Geekend 2018 delivers inspiration

Posted on February 20, 2018 By Aleshia

It’s the morning of Friday, February 2. The Guild Hall is standing room-only, the buzzing crowd sipping specialty PERC coffee from paper cups. This is it. The beginning of another year at Geekend.

A jock jam announces the arrival of Jesse Cole, owner of the Savannah Bananas baseball team and author of Find Your Yellow Tux and Business Done Differently. Clad in a yellow tuxedo complete with top hat, he sprints down the center aisle, leaps onto the stage and launches into his story of revolutionizing baseball in Savannah.

This is what Geekend is all about.

Attendees at Savannah’s 8th Geekend conference on February 2-3, 2018 enjoyed a two-day program of movers and shakers building products, companies and experiences.

The annual showcase for tech and innovation brought back old favorites, like Friday evening’s Pitch Circus, where six local founders competed for cash and in-kind prizes, and offered new perspectives with sessions on emotional intelligence, video game development, and emerging technologies like machine learning and cryptocurrency.

Missed the action? Check out the event feed on Twitter, the Geekend Facebook page and YouTube channel, which will continue to be updated with additional content in the coming weeks.

Bite-sized tidbits for data lovers:

453 attendees

63 presenters

25 sessions

35 sponsors

## games featured in the Indie Game Arcade

2 crowd favorite winners at ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards

6 startup founders pitched at Pitch Circus

$5,500 in cash awarded to the Pitch Circus winner, Green Badger

4 AR/VR projects on display

10 local kids got an introduction to coding (with a waiting list of 32)

57 mentions in the media

14.6 million reached through media

3,308 Facebook likes

3,215 Twitter followers

Infinite possibilities for the future of our community

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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FourBridges Capital Advisors: Takeaways from a Weekend at Geekend

Posted on December 22, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

Article on FourBridges Capital Advisors blog.

Geekend in Savannah, GA, is a premier tech and creative conference for maverick entrepreneurs. For an investment banker, it’s an opportunity to be among the region’s most forward-thinking business owners and entrepreneurs. Managing Director Ralph Montgomery spoke at the event on November 15, 2014.

At FourBridges, our mission is to help Southeastern business owners gain access to the capital they need to grow. Access to capital is particularly important in the start-up environment, of course. Though our firm focuses on the middle market, we never forget that every middle market business was once a startup – so it is important for us to be plugged into this environment.

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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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BEA WRAY: Savannah’s Geekend ignites imagination and impact

Posted on November 18, 2014 By Yvonne Jouffrault

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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Geekend 2012 Presentations & Podcasts

Posted on November 12, 2012 By Yvonne Jouffrault

We can’t believe Geekend 2012 is already over! Many thanks to all the awesome attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers who made every session and activity possible. The Geekend Crew salutes you!

We know that with so much going on throughout the weekend it wasn’t easy making it to every session and event. To help you catch up, we’ll be updating this page with links to presentation notes and audio recordings of each session. Take a look or listen at your leisure and make sure to check back here for more goodies as they come in!

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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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