Updates

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.

SIGN UP NOW!

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.

Six technology startups selected to present at Geekend’s Pitch Circus in Savannah

Posted on January 23, 2018 By Aleshia

Pitch Circus winner to receive $5,500 in prize money.

Six technology startup companies will be vying for $5,500 in prize money plus in kind services as contestants in the Geekend 2018 Pitch Circus.

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the state of Georgia’s technology incubator, is sponsoring the Pitch Circus and has selected the six startups that will present to judges and angel investors at Geekend, which is Feb. 2- 3 in Savannah (tickets available here).

Geekend is an annual conference that brings the most innovative technology leaders and creators to Savannah. Other sponsors for this year’s event include the City of Savannah, the Foram Group, Mallabo Communications, and HunterMaclean.

ATDC, which runs its ATDC @ Savannah educational curriculum in the city, is sponsoring the Pitch Circus, which takes place on Feb. 2. The Pitch Circus is a curated event aimed at highlighting Georgia’s best and most fundable startups and having those founders pitch to investors.

The six startups selected are:

  • Corstrata: Providing healthcare payers, providers, and patients access to scarce wound care clinicians through telemedicine and mobile health technology in order to heal wounds faster and at a lower cost.
  • Green Badger: Its collaborative, cloud-based solutions help streamline and automate the $150 billion green building construction market.
  • Kugobi: Kugobi provides online personalized learning for students so they can maximize their learning potential.
  • Project MQ: This social media app serves indie game studios and fans by curating the best indie games from around the world.
  • Skyraider Aeronautics: Utilizing the latest technology in unmanned aerial systems and agriculture, the company helps farmers identify stress in their crops resulting in higher yields.
  • McFinney: The company uses a patented process to convert carbon feedstocks found in waste material into fuel.

“We had a strong and impressive roster of candidates and had to make the difficult decision of selecting six from more than 30 applications from entrepreneurs here in Savannah and nearby in Beaufort, S.C. and from as far away as Athens and Atlanta, and even Houston,” said José Mallabo, ATDC’s startup catalyst in Savannah.

The industry sectors represented included healthcare, drones, education and medical technologies, gaming, and commerce, he said.

Cindy Hill, host of the Savannah and statewide broadcasts of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” on Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio, will emcee the Pitch Circus. The Pitch Circus will be live streamed via Facebook Live on the ATDC Facebook page. The Pitch Circus launches at 5 p.m. and runs through 6:30 p.m.

The judging panel is comprised of:

  • Susan Catron, executive editor of the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com.
  • Cres Ferell, partner, BIP Capital.
  • Greg Kolovich, co-founder and chief medical officer of Micro C Imaging.
  • Jonathan Lambright, professor of engineering technology at Savannah State University.
  • David Nelems, CEO of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation.
  • Kelly Shaver, professor of entrepreneurial studies at the College of Charleston.

Immediately after the final company pitches, we’ll Mary-Cathryn Kolb, founder and CEO of brrr° will have a can’t-be-missed fireside chat with the Pitch Circus emcee.

Geekend Unveils Geekend Scholars Program

Posted on January 10, 2018 By Aleshia

Geekend, Savannah’s annual tech and innovation showcase, is offering scholarships to underrepresented groups in the tech and innovation community through the Geekend Scholars program. Individuals who wish to attend Geekend 2018 and are members of underrepresented groups are eligible to apply. Geekend is a two-day conference where Savannah’s hackers, hustlers, designers and makers converge. It has been held annually since 2009 and showcases the best and brightest innovators from tech, education, design, engineering and business in Savannah and beyond.

The goal of Geekend Scholars is to encourage more inclusivity in the local community by incentivizing attendance by people who would not normally attend. The program offers the opportunity to meet leaders in the local innovation community. Minorities, women, people with disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A free ticket for admission to Geekend 2018
  • Direct contact with a Guide who can help you integrate into the conference
  • An invitation to a welcome event to meet fellow Scholars and the Guides the night before the conference
  • An invitation to the #TechSAV slack channel where you can interact with local professionals
  • A chance to learn about industry innovations and the opportunity to interact with thought leaders from all over the world

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 13 years old or older, and must belong to a group that is underrepresented in the technology industry. This includes Black, LatinX, women, people with disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ community.
  • Participants must attend Geekend Scholars Meeting

“Inclusion and diversity are very important to me as it relates to the tech community,” says Patrick Bentley, lead for the Diversity and Inclusion initiative for Geekend. “Having some type of inclusion program is vital to exposing more people to tech and innovation. Being able to interact with folks in the tech community was vital for my own development.Without key introductions and interactions, I doubt that I would be a software developer today.”

A limited number of tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Apply Here

ProjectMQ Indie Game Arcade Now Accepting Submissions

Posted on December 9, 2017 By Aleshia

The ProjectMQ Indie Game Arcade is now accepting submissions for Geekend’s annual conference on February 2nd-3rd, 2018. Game submissions are due January 5, 2018

The Indie Game Arcade is a showcase of high-quality, independent video games created by local and regional developers at Savannah’s annual tech and innovation conference. Because the Indie Game Arcade is a community-oriented event that seeks to foster curiosity and innovation across disciplines, we value games that are engaging for a diverse audience.

The Indie Game Arcade is sponsored by Project MQ, a discovery platform for indie video games, and will be hosted by 8-Bit Donuts. The event is open to the public.

Selected applicants will be contacted following the submission deadline with next steps.

Apply Here

Geekend 2018 announces schedule of events and topics

Posted on December 8, 2017 By Aleshia

Topic highlights include the business of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the art of the user experience.

Geekend, Savannah’s annual tech and innovation conference, has announced its schedule of events for 2018.

The conference, which will be Feb. 2-3 (tickets available here), allows makers, hustlers, hackers, and designers to collaborate, share ideas and forge new partnerships.

Among the conference highlights and panelists are:

    • Max Howell, Making Homebrew: Howell shares his experiences building the Homebrew package manager and its unexpected, explosive success. Homebrew is free and open source. In 2013, it had the most contributors of any project on GitHub. It continues to be used by developers all over the world.
    • Kevin Dewalt and Kevin Lawver, AI & Machine Learning Demystified: Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to radically redefine how we solve problems and deliver products. These dual presenters — Dewalt is founder of Prolego and Lawver is chief technology officer of Planted — will discuss how they are using machine learning to solve everyday issues in business.
    • Alyssa Greenman, Christopher Via, and Olivia Rado, The Art of User Experience: At the core of the user experience is how a person feels when interfacing with a system. It’s not something that’s given much thought unless the process is broken and it is not easy to use a particular product. This panel of user experience experts will discuss projects ranging from video games to mobile apps to B2B sites and share their methodologies in designing human-centered experiences and products.

“This conference is jam packed with interesting topics and panel discussions led by people who have had significant impact in their respective industries and sectors,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase and one of the Geekend organizers. “Attendees will learn a lot and gain deep insight and knowledge on how these topics are already shaping how we think about technology and the possibilities these innovations bring.”

The full schedule will continue to be updated as Geekend approaches.

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.

Devin O’Bryan to be Geekend 2018 Keynote Speaker

Posted on November 21, 2017 By Aleshia

An expert cultivator of workplace talent, O’Bryan will discuss how emotional health can foster innovation and creativity.

Geekend, the annual conference that draws the brightest and most innovative minds in technology to Savannah, Ga., announced that Devin O’Bryan, design advocate and facilitator of IBM’s Strategic Talent Program, is a 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.

O’Bryan is a designer-educator and currently serves IBM’s Strategic Talent Program as design advocate and facilitator. His past four years have been filled with guiding and co-creating within IBM Corporate HR and IBM Design’s global education efforts with programs like IBM Design Bootcamp Experiences, IBM Designweek events, and building the immersive and award-winning, Maelstrom internship program.

As part of his keynote address, titled “Open for Business: How Emotional Intelligence spurs innovation and creativity within teams,” O’Bryan will detail what it takes to create and sustain an emotionally healthy dynamic that fosters innovation and drives outcomes entrepreneurs and their teams.

He also will share his experiences and lessons learned through Maelstrom as it grew to become the prime IBM’s premier software design experience.

“Dylan’s success in building the IBM Maelstrom program embodies what Geekend is all about: people building products, experiences and companies,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase and one of the Geekend organizers. “His keynote will be an inspiration to everyone who is passionate about building something new.”

In addition to O’Bryan’s keynote, Geekend 2018 will feature a number of speakers who will be leading various breakout panels and sessions that will explore several themes including:

    • Building experiences using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
    • Building immersive video game experiences
    • Building and scaling consumer brands
    • Marketing automation and eCommerce tools
    • Angel investments
    • Founder success stories

These featured speakers hail from Savannah and across the nation, and represent leading designers, technologists, CEOs, and other cutting-edge thought leaders. Geekend attendees will also be able to participate in several interactive experiences, including an AR/VR exhibit, a Pitch Circus, and video game arcade to showcase games built by local developers.

AR/VR Showcase

Posted on November 14, 2017 By Aleshia

Geekend’s AR/VR Showcase, a public event in conjunction with Savannah’s 2-day tech and innovation conference, is dedicated to putting new and interesting tech into the hands — and minds — of a broad public audience. From the afternoon of Friday, February 2, through Saturday, February 3, Geekend’s doors will be open to those interested in experiencing different applications of AR and VR technologies firsthand.

Exhibiting in the showcase is an excellent way to reach a diverse population, receive feedback or test your user experience. Want in? Please fill out the form below. A member of the Geekend executive team will be in touch!

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.

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