Geekend 2018 delivers inspiration

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