Schedule

Day 01: Thursday, November 13th

Welcome to the annual conference of the Geek Tribe! We hope you are as excited about getting your geek-on as we are and we can't wait to meet each and every one of you!

Kick Geekend 2014 off right! Get to know the venue hosting Geekend for the next few days, grab a drink, listen to some funky tunes, pick up your awesome badge, and meet some fellow Geekenders to grab some grub with in Downtown Savannah! Our team will be ready and available to make fantastic food and attraction recommendations.

 

Day 02: Friday, November 14th

Get ready to rumble! It's the first day of sessions and workshops. So come ready to learn, share and meet some seriously cool geeks. Don't worry, there'll be coffee! We promise.

Pick up your badge and join fellow Geekenders for some morning java by our dear friends at PERC Coffee before embarking on the full day of session goodness.

Welcome to the start of Geekend 2014! We are very excited to hear from our first Keynote of the conference!

Brian wanted to turn a doodle into a physical toy, so he used internet resources and personal initiative to bring his idea to fruition. Now his idea has wings! Join creative genius Brian Maddox as he introduces the steps, tools and materials involved in transforming a doodle into a marketable product.

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Why does a user’s experience matter? Can we find a deeper meaning in designing for others? Can design help us achieve business goals? Finally! Design is getting some respect in tech, so join UX expert Cliff Seal as he proffers answers to these questions and shows us how to capitalize on design!

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We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch!

Building a startup is hard. Building a community is hard. So why not pile on the headaches? Let’s build our own startup community! Join intrepid guest speakers Grace Belangia and Eric Parker as they host a conversation on economic architecture, startups, and community building. We’ll pry into hackerspaces, makerspaces, and co-working spaces, and then apply their value to real world situations.

You’ve built an app. Great! Now it’s successful and you’ve outgrown Heroku. Your users are starting to complain about performance and your site may have even gone down a couple of times. What do you do? How do you go about scaling an application from 10 users to 10 million? What tools do you use to find your problem spots, and how do you attack them?

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An audience-participation event unlike any other! It’s Iron Chef meets The Apprentice. Join Noble Mouse’s design and strategy crew as they lead audience teams in helping a local company with a realistic but fictional marketing challenge.

The next great revolution is underway! Cities and entire regions are being transformed by bold ideas and the need for infrastructure investment. Energy, transportation, housing, waste, water and the built environment – along with technologies like the Internet of Things, Big Data, and ubiquitous sensors – are converging to become the new urban foundation.

Everybody knows programming skills are a ticket to job security. So what’s up with our education system and why isn’t it meeting the needs of the job market? This panel will confab on the big issues of code education.

For the past three years www.WhatIfGreenville.com has been the locus for collecting good ideas for Greenville, SC. The data collected has helped make future-changing decisions for this forward-thinking city. Find out how to get citizens involved, how to manage expectations and how to make conversations useful.

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Face it, we love making things. We love making things so much we spend the majority of our days doing just that (and probably the majority of our nights and weekends too!). But what if we lose focus on what really (really really) matters to us? What are we making of our relationships? Our marriages?

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Sometimes “making” seems one of those things that you might like to do someday. What if making was a part of how you addressed everything you did? What if it informed how you made decisions and what you valued? This workshop will show you how it can.

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4:00pm - 6:30pm

Free Time to Explore!

We want to make sure you have time to explore this wonderful city we call home and check out all the other amazing things happening. There’s time to find a great place to enjoy a nice dinner or grab a quick bite so you can wander the streets or check out a CAT Bike from Ellis Square for some pedal powered exploration. The great thing about Savannah is that there is always plenty of interesting stuff going on. This year, several amazing events and programs are happening during the Geekend weekend: there’s the Savannah Food & Wine Festival so you can indulge, the Children’s Book Festival to get your kids to geek out about books, and the Annual Telfair Art Fair for anyone who appreciates all forms of art. So why not bring the WHOLE family? We’ve already invited ours!

Here’s a unique keynote experience: get pitched by 4 to 6 entrepreneurs (teams or individuals) then vote on the winner! Our very own Shark Tank! But we’re friendlier so we call it Pitch Circus.

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8:30pm - 11:00pm

After Party & Savannah TweetUp

Our final destination of the day will be the After Party! Join us for some drinks and more chances to mix and mingle with attendees, presenters, sponsors, and organizers! Awesome entertainment provided by Music File Productions. Must be 21+

Day 03: Saturday, November 15th

Geeks go hard! Never mind the after party on Friday, it's another full day of interesting topics and inspiring ideas. We know you're going to need a little more coffee than usual. We're ready!

Pick up your badge and join fellow Geekenders for some morning java by our dear friends at PERC Coffee before embarking on the full day of session goodness.

Hip-hop Theory is about both the creation and reception of Hip-hop. This talk is about the many ways that the foundations of Hip-hop appropriation – allusions and creative language use, as well as hacking technology – inform the new millennium, how an understanding of Hip-hop culture is also an understanding of 21st century culture.

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Find out what investors are looking for and how to showcase your business’ tip top financial shape. Not quite in tip top financial shape yet? No problem! Our star panelists will share tips on how to get there, as well as what to show investors when you’re in the midst of raising capital.

We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch!

Everyone, particularly entrepreneurs and zealous techies, agrees the issue of work-life balance is a complex one, but few have any real answers. How, exactly, do you discover and prioritize what is really important in your life? Grab a chair as BrightWhistle’s co-founder and CEO Greg Foster shows us how to take advantage of the intersections between life and work.

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The idea was simple: Get kids to build video games and let them show them off to the world at Geekend!!

The practicalities were a bit more complicated, but not by much. Thanks to the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs and AT&T, we’re setting up an arcade at Geekend that will be open to the public where the kids who’ve built games get to show them off, get feedback and praise and feel the thrill of building something that people actually use (seriously, it’s an amazing feeling).

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Free Time Round 2!

We want to make sure you have time to explore this wonderful city we call home and check out all the other amazing things happening. There’s time to find a great place to enjoy a nice dinner or grab a quick bite so you can wander the streets or check out a CAT Bike from Ellis Square for some pedal powered exploration. The great thing about Savannah is that there is always plenty of interesting stuff going on. This year, several amazing events and programs are happening during the Geekend weekend: there’s the Savannah Food & Wine Festival so you can indulge, the Children’s Book Festival to get your kids to geek out about books, and the Annual Telfair Art Fair for anyone who appreciates all forms of art. So why not bring the WHOLE family? We’ve already invited ours!

Is this really the end? We look forward to seeing everyone pack the conference center for our final presenter of Geekend 2014!

This is THE After Party of the conference so we hope you brought your dancing shoes! Live entertainment provided by Music File Productions. The community of Savannah is invited to purchase tickets for this great closing show. So in case you haven’t meet enough new people while at Geekend, there will be a whole new group of fun, creative people to meet! We look forward to closing out this great conference with YOU!

Day 04: Sunday, November 16th

In case you aren't completely worn out from all the amazing presentations, workshops, and after parties, we invite you to join us on a leisurely community bike ride through Downtown Savannah with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign!

Join us and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign as we take a leisurely tour around downtown Savannah the best way possible… via BICYCLE!

RSVP required if you need to us to help you rent a bike. Helmets are encouraged.

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