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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!
Sessions from Friday, November 9:
Sessions from Saturday, November 10:
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.
Make sure to check out our Geekend Flickr page for photos of awesome stuff like The Soda Shop’s letterpress machine, our extremely good-looking attendees and speakers, and more. Instagram is where you’ll find awesome pics from our Instagram Savannah tour! We’ve also made audio recordings of all this year’s sessions. Stay tuned for more info on where to listen in!
Last but not least, we’d like to give a huge thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, speakers, volunteers and Red Bull fueled attendees for making it out to the conference.
The Twitteratti sum it up the final day best:
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.
We closed out the night with margaritas, chips and salsa and some awesome discounts at our afterparty with Savannah TweetUp at Taco Abajo. The Wave Slaves showed up to put on a super fun show as well!
These tweets and quotes sum up the two days of awesome events:
Opening Night HootUp — Thursday, November 8:
Day 2 — Friday, November 9:
Our friends at Savannah TweetUp have hooked us up with these sweet deals:
We’ll also be hearing some sweet live jams from Savannah’s very own, The Wave Slaves.
Special thanks go to Savannah TweetUp co-founders Jillian Rowe and Erik Shultz for helping to organize Friday night’s event. The duo is looking forward to socializing with fellow geeks in the low country this weekend!]]>
As a Geekend attendee, you’ll be able to seamlessly share event check-ins and photos straight to Facebook by scanning the Buzz Band sticker on the back of your badge. Once you register you’ll also be automatically entered to win two free tickets to Geekend 2013, plus a hotel stay.
Participation is easy. To register, enter the 14-digit number on your RFID sticker at http://geekend.buzzband.me/geek/reg or scan your sticker at our Buzz Band registration station at the SCAD Museum of Art. If you aren’t already logged in, enter your Facebook login information, click “Go to App” and then select “Allow.”
Once you’re done, you’ll be able to scan your badge at various Buzz Band stations to check in, share photos and more! It’s good to be a geek!]]>
We wanted to offer up an easy way for attendees to see Savannah while also getting the most out of our schedule of sessions and networking events, so we created our Instagram Savannah tour!
We’re partnering up with Old Savannah Tours to offer this private tour of historic downtown Savannah to members of the Geekend tribe. We’ll meet up at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday to snap shots of the most picturesque places in town at a discount of $18 from the original $25 price tag. Just visit our Eventbrite page and select the Instagram Savannah option to register and then hop on the trolley awaiting us at the SCAD Museum of Art when it’s time!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so get ready to start making statements! Your Instagram followers will thank you!]]>
This year we’ve unleashed our Geekbot friends into the intergalactic wild. Anyone can download, print and assemble one of these little guys (as well as Geekend avatars and wallpapers) for fun or photo ops! Share your creations with us on Facebook or Twitter and who knows what goodness may come your way.
The team at BFG took some notes from Red Bull’s Stratos project and created this stop-motion video of our Geekbot exploring the outer limits of space. After all, this year’s Geekend is going to be out of this world! Hope you enjoy.
Geekend Geekbot in Space from Geekend on Vimeo.]]>
This year we’re partnering with MOO to offer all Geekend attendees 50 free premium business cards that can be personalized for the 2012 conference! One set of cards can include up to 50 different photos. Also, a QR code can direct smartphones to your website or online portfolio.
So start brainstorming creative ideas for your cards — you never know how they might pay off! Once you have the ideal concept to showcase your inner geek, head on over to MOO’s Geekend page before October 29 (November 1 with a rush fee) to send in your design. You’ll be able to pick up your creations at Geekend on November 9-10.
See you there!
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.
This year at Geekend we’ll be hearing about all this and more from our keynote speaker Kevin Curry, Program Director with Code for America! In his “Hacking As A Civic Duty” talk, we’ll hear about his experiences working with the Code for America Brigade, a community engagement program, along with insight that illuminates the positive things that the hacker community can achieve.
We hope you’ll leave ready to leverage your many talents for the greater good. Prepare to be inspired!]]>
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.
Here comes the best part: We’re excited to announce that Charles Adler of Kickstarter will be joining us to keynote Geekend 2012!
Gather your questions and get ready to hear about how dreams are made into reality. We’ll also take a look at the cultural shifts of funding from a small number of wealthy families in the Renaissance to today’s culture where everyone can contribute. If you’ve got big ideas of your own, prepare to be inspired!
The cherry on top? There’s still time to snag a great deal to this year’s event. Early Bird ticket sales end August 31st. For $95, you’ll receive full access to the 2012 event and Geekend swag (while it lasts). This keynote and ticket deal are not to be missed!]]>