2017 Schedule

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Day 01: Friday, January 27th

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. 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! Today's sessions occur at The Guild Hall (615 Montgomery Street).

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

8:00am - 5:00pm

Geekend HQ

Start here to pick up your badge and join fellow Geekenders for some morning java (thanks PERC!) and breakfast (thanks Enmarket!) before embarking on the full day of sessions. Stop by the rest of the day to get a treat or break.

Think people are important? This session on human centered design and the business advantages of leading with design thinking will be right up your alley.

ATDC’s General Manager Jennifer Bonnett will offer some words of welcome and introduction.

 

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The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

10:00am - 5:00pm

The ATDC Room

Improve your idea! ATDC’s staff is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs who coach entrepreneurs and companies on business models, product features, funding, and management. Stop by to get a coaching block at ATDC’s office hours.

What if we no longer had to launch (and sometimes lose) delicate systems from the planet’s surface, but could build them in the sky? Made In Space was founded in 2010 with the goal of building the tools for an interplanetary reality. It develops space-based manufacturing technologies that harness the unique qualities of the space environment to unlock designs and materials that before were impossible.

Join Spencer to hear about how organizations can set themselves up to be creative and innovative across all functions in order to unlock world changing designs.

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The Arena

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 11:15am

Corporate Innovation

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. There’s something for everyone in this session and lots of learning for all.

Description: Innovative engineering requires cross-disciplinary collaboration.  But what does this really mean, and why it is more important today than ever before?  In a time of increasing specialization, intellectual and technical silos inhibit the spread of useful ideas and may threaten the development of impactful technology. There is tremendous potential for innovation, however, that is lurking at the intersections of traditional intellectual domains, from nuclear reactors to data science.  Furthermore, framing technical innovation in terms of our ability to identify and leverage cross-disciplinary ideas should impact the way we look at education, career development and knowledge sharing in the STEM fields.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:45pm

Getting Media Attention for your Startup

A helpful mention in the right place can propel your startup and connect you with customers. How can you get the attention that helps your positioning? Join for thoughts, tips, and tricks for getting the right kind of attention.

The Guild Hall

12:45pm - 1:30pm

LUNCH

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

Today’s lunch comes from our wonderful sponsor The Gaslight Group – check out b. matthew’s, The5spot, Blowin’ Smoke, or Abe’s on Lincoln while you’re in town!

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.

 

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Grow and Sell Your Business

The exit. The myth. The legend. How do you grow your business to be attractive to buyers? What do you look for in an exit or merger? These questions and more will be answered by this panel.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program

Did you know NASA has developed over a thousand patented space technologies that also have many uses right here on Earth?  Uses in robotics, environmental remediation, corrosion control, biotech, software, and many, many more.

Through its Technology Transfer Program, NASA makes these extraordinary technologies available to U.S. entrepreneurs, companies, universities and other government agencies so they can be repurposed for these uses.

There’s more Space in your life than you think!  Hundreds of NASA technologies have already been transferred to the U.S. public through this program throughout NASA’s history, and some of these technologies impact our everyday lives.

NASA invites you to learn more about this unique program and how your organization can take advantage of NASA’s latest patented technologies.

Would you like to do more with less? Of course you would. For your business it’s especially important to master this so you can scale. Join Ray for tips, tricks, and top picks on utilizing in-market triggers to increase your ROI and conversions.

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The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

The Maker Show

The Maker Show doesn’t just tell you but also shows you how products develop from idea to initial prototype, to a final product.  Join this panel of entrepreneurs, inventors and engineers to learn about the process of bringing a physical product to the market.

The tech industry has been and continues to bring incredible innovation to mainstream society. It has changed the way we view our news, listen to our music, collaborate with each other around the global and changed our basic lifestyle to include much of social media. But where the tech industry thrives, the lack of representation of women and underrepresented minorities has been evident. Why?

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

What Are Investors Looking For?

Is it the product? The concept? The person? The team? A magical combination of these factors? With millions of dollars of investments between them, this session will demystify what investors are looking for.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Pitch Circus

Your chance to climb into the shark tank!

Our expert panelists will serve as the Ring Masters, juggling questions for our companies and from you, the audience, as the entrepreneurs take turns presenting their latest and greatest. The teams and individuals presenting are hand-picked for the event so we know there will be no clowning around. You’ll be able to vote on the winners!

Round 1:  The top finishers from Global Game Jam will present their video games to the audience.  The audience will vote on the more viable game and award a prize to the winner.

Round 2:  Pitches from a few of Savananah’s hottest tech startups.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Happy Hour

You’ve made it to Geekend! Get to know your fellow attendees over cold drinks, hot music, and LOTS of fast talking.

Day 02: Saturday, January 28th

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! We promise! Today's sessions occur at The Guild Hall (615 Montgomery Street).

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

8:30am - 4:45pm

Geekend HQ & Registration

Join us for some PERC coffee and breakfast from Enmarket before diving in to the last day of Geekend!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

9:30am - 10:30am

AR/VR in the Real World

Pokemon Go’s summer success was a breakout hit for augmented reality. With the release of the Oculus Rift this year virtual reality is also coming to consumers. How should entrepreneurs and companies understand and plan for these emerging markets?  Hear from two movers and shakers that are building cuttinge edge technology in AR and VR.

User experience design is the special sauce that makes products intuitive and user-friendly. Its an art that incorporates the sciences of psychology, and anthropology mixed in with graphic design. Learn from these seasoned UI/UX professionals about the process of designing and building products that feel effortless.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

10:45am - 11:45am

What Makes for a Smart City?

It might be awhile before we join the Jetsons in Orbit City but smart cities are just around the corner (and, in some cases, here). Integrating IT with IOT (that’s Internet of Things) to help manage everything from streetlights to parking. This panel will share best practices and opportunities that come from building Smarter Cities. There will be an emphasis on funding and building a team to solve some real problems.

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

11:00am - 4:30pm

Indie Game Arcade

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.

 

The Guild Hall

11:45am - 1:00pm

LUNCH

We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch! Take it to go to check out the Geekend Arcade and what kids create not just consume!

Today’s lunch comes from our wonderful sponsor The Gaslight Group – check out b. matthew’s, The5spot, Blowin’ Smoke, or Abe’s on Lincoln while you’re in town!

Come see several uses of Gulfstream’s Immersive Realities Technologies (that’s AR/VR for short!) at this special part of the Geekend Arcade – it’s free and open to the public!

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

11:45am - 1:00pm

Kodestars Arcade

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.

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

3D Modeling with the Geekbot

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.

 

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Building an MVP and Scaling Lean

How do you know what your customers want? How do you deliver those features? AND easily validate their demand? This panel has been there and done that and will tell you all about it.  From the MVP (minium viable product) to building  sustainable business and revenue model a successful entrepreneur must constantly make decisions about how to allocate their precious resources – time and money.  Join these entrepreneurs as they talk about lessons they learned in launching their products and building companies.

Javascript Frameworks are all the rage these days.  It seems like there is always a newer, better framework and its dizzying to keep up with all of the updates.  Join this panel of experienced front end developers that will debate the pros and cons of Angular.JS, Node.JS, React.JS, Meteor as well as the merits of not using any of them.  Panel members will also answer questions from the audience on which framework might be the best fit for your projects.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Social Media Smackdown

Is your business’s social media presence serving you well? Put it in front of this panel of experts for live feedback. Learn from real examples not abstract principles! To get your endeavor picked for consideration, tweet in advance to our panel.

Did you ever wonder how much planning and creative energy goes into building video games?  What should the plot line be?  What are the rewards that will keep players coming back to play again?  What should the characters look like and how should they move?  How should the game sound and what types of music and sound effects should be included?
Join this panel of video game creators to learn more about how these decisions get made and what goes into creating successful video games.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Indie Game Awards Presentations

Grab a drink and join us for our awards presentation to the indie game developers that showcased their games in our Indie Game Arcade.  The game creators will each present to the crowd and answer questions about their game. Project MQ will present the people’s choice award.

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