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Day 01

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!

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration Opens

This is where it all begins! Come pick up your materials, get registered, meet the gang, and put your mind in OPEN mode!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Pitch Circus

Your chance to climb into the shark tank!

True Venture founder John Burke will serve as the Ring Master juggling questions from invited investors and 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 winner!

The Lineup

1. Brian Bason, Bark
2. Frank Evers, Dox Studios
3. Elva Jiang, The Spiked Orchid
4. Tommy Linstroth, Green Badger
5. David Ropes, mobiPET

Update Presentation: Ian Nott, Aetho LLC

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Music & Mixing

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

Day 02

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 before embarking on the full day of sessions. Thanks to Enmarket for breakfast! Stop by the rest of the day to get a treat or break.

Welcome to the first full day of Geekend 2015!

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Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 6:00pm

ATDC Office Hours

Improve your idea! Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) staff is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs who coach entrepreneurs and companies on business models, product features, funding, and management.

Geekend Attendees can sign-up in advance (http://atdc.org/geekend-2015/) or at the conference to get a 15 minute coaching block at ATDC‘s office hours on Friday, October 16, from 10:15am to 6:00pm.

 

The Arena

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 11:15am

Success Metrics for Starting a Business

There are lots of cool ideas in the marketplace. Find out what factors can help make your idea most successful. Vasanthi Chandra shows us how to notice and harness factors from timing to teams.

The Forge

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 11:15am

Future of Video Tech

Join a trio of innovative video doers who will enlighten you on everything video, from mobile apps to first responders to wickedly smart gadgets. THEN you can press play.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:30pm

Starting & Pivoting

Hmm…how can I nail these two crucial startup phases? We’re glad you asked! Join this group of hands-on experts for insights into not just getting off the ground, but pivoting as you move forward.

The Forge

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:30pm

Technology & Education

This panel shares tips and techniques for integrating tech in the classroom as well as in your personal quest for life long learning. Join these fine educators as they ponder, debate, and raucously resolve such burning issues as: How can technology improve teaching & learning? How can it reduce the digital divide and mitigate barriers? Where does entrepreneurship education succeed? Where does it fail? Can apprenticeships bridge the gap? You get the drift.

 

Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Eatup Meetups

Grab your lunch and join this intimate, informal and relaxed meetup of sorts – Eatup Meetup! Chat it up while you munch with experts fielding questions and discussion.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

12:30pm - 1:30pm

LUNCH

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

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

The Magic of Mobile Product Development

We all know that “there’s an app for that,” but what goes into creating mobile products? This session will lift the curtain for a look at the design and development process for mobile products and help attendees think through balancing functionality and usability. Do you have an idea for an app? After this hour you’ll have better insights into the “magic” needed to make your concept workable for users and how to approach desired features.

The Forge

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Hacking Creative Innovation

Have you ever seen an innovative product or feature and thought “Why didn’t I think of that?” Relax! You’re as smart as the next guy! (You just need a nudge…) In this session you’ll craft an original feature and product concept using multiple design gaming techniques.

We’ll do some fun (not silly!) group to dream up really cool products! Right off the top of our heads! Even you!

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Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Why Intellectual Property Matters

You’ve got a great idea and you’re off to the races. Attend this crucial session to find out exactly how to protect that idea and what can happen if you don’t!

 

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The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Innovation and Healthcare

This session will explore their intersection of healthcare and technology and what it means for both fields going forward. This group stomps on the accelerator, bringing the future right to your face!

High-speed broadband is the key to innovation and entrepreneurship in the‎ Internet economy. In big cities and small towns alike, the Internet gives anyone with an idea the chance to succeed.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plays a key role in enabling digital opportunity by promoting investment in the nation’s next-generation broadband networks and by freeing up more spectrum for consumers’ use.  As a result, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has said that America’s Internet economy and entrepreneurial culture are ‘the envy of the world.’

Join Commissioner Pai as he discusses ways the FCC can continue to lead the world in online innovation.

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Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Exiting

You’ve got your first 100 customers, you’ve started, you’ve pivoted. Now what? It’s time to think about exiting! Join this one-man-money-machine as he talks about the dream…

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The Arena

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Growth Through Failure

How to grow when the mark keeps moving.

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The Forge

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Power of Storytelling

This session will share the key to unlocking the power of the story behind whatever it is you’re working on or promoting – whether a product, a craft, or an art form. Learn how to tell the best story possible in order to unleash success both personally and professionally.

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Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Happy Hour!

Join fellow Geekenders for drinks and mingling – dig into that good idea you heard, ask a follow up question, create community!

Must be 21+, Geekend attendees only.

Day 03

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!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

9:00am - 9:45am

Join Team Maven Makers

Lend a hand to Team Maven Makers for the Mattress Dash – Join the Maven Makers team to build and decorate a mattress to race in Sustainativity’s Mattress Dash.

Learn more about this wonderful community of makers in a collaborative workspace that cultivates a culture of creativity at mavenmakers.com/

Learn more about Sustainativity’s Mattress Dash (taking place on Geekend Weekend!) here:
http://www.sustainativity.org/events/

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

9:00am - 9:45am

Doors Open & Breakfast Available

Join us for some coffee before diving in to the last day of Geekend 2015! Thanks to Enmarket for breakfast.

By day, Jim Nickerson is the Director of Comms & PR for Dynamic Signal in San Francisco. By night, he sings Lower Bass with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the world’s first and largest LGBT chorus.  Hear and see Jim talk about the lessons learned while singing and performing, and how these experiences translate into his day job of teaching great Digital Marketing concepts and executing creative, award winning social media campaigns.

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The Forge

The Guild Hall

9:45am - 10:45am

From Curiosity to Action Plan

Curious about how a new idea would play out? Join this workshop for concrete takeaways to translate entrepreneurial curiosity into actionable plans.

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Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

10:00am - 11:00am

littleBits Workshop

littleBits is on a mission to “put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone.” At this workshop test out and try on these gender-neutral, age agnostic, and technical ability independent tools for creating.

This session, and the following Geekend Arcade, are free and open to the public.

We won’t be able to provide childcare for this workshop or the Geekend Arcade, but we welcome anyone who’s interested in learning! We think adults will get something out of each program as well!

So, if you’re bringing your child, please plan on staying with them, as we can’t be responsible for your kid.

 

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Miskatonic Labs

The Guild Hall

11:00am - 1:00pm

Geekend 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 littleBits workshop before it, are free and open to the public.

We won’t be able to provide childcare for the Geekend Arcade, or the preceding littleBits workshop, but we welcome anyone who’s interested in learning! We think adults will get something out of each program as well!

So, if you’re bringing your child, please plan on staying with them, as we can’t be responsible for your kid.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

11:00am - 12:00pm

Data as an Entrepreneurial Tool

Attend this session to learn how to wrangle some of the magic of big data for your endeavor.

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Have a great new tech idea? But don’t have the technical experience to implement? This session will inspire you to grow, learn, and manage to execute your idea.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

12:00pm - 1:30pm

LUNCH

We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch! Swing by the Geekend Arcade to be inspired by coding creativity!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Eatup Meetups

Grab your lunch and join this intimate, informal and relaxed meetup of sorts – Eatup Meetup! Chat it up while you munch with experts fielding questions and discussion.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Selfies & Success

It’s barely been two years since “selfie” was added to dictionaries. Are we on the brink of “selfie stick” being added as well? Join the dynamic duo who brought “The Stick” to America as they talk about the big year they’ve had, what’s coming next, and most importantly, how YOU can integrate selfie sticks in your marketing.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Innovating within an Industry

People have been building for all of human history. They’ve developed tools from rocks, to hammers and nail guns. Now, even on Savannah’s main streets, we can see the efforts to integrate even more complex technology in an industry as old as construction. Tourism, law, and everything in between are also working to seize new opportunities. How can you and your company embrace the advantages and minimize the downsides? Join Nathan Wood to discuss lessons learned from innovating in the construction industry to leverage technology for sourcing projects, financing, design, and working with partners.

 

 

The Forge

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

What's Beyond Email

A host of new communication methods have been sprouting up – how can businesses best leverage them for engagement and efficiency? Join this panel to examine some of the trends and consider options to pursue.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Social Media Analysis Bootcamp

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 rather than abstract principles!

The Forge

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

What's the Deal with Virtual Reality?

With this summer’s TIME cover, and Forbes’s recent headline that “The Future of Virtual Reality Might be Present,” VR is definitely having a moment. What does this moment mean for entrepreneurs and technologists going forward? The team from ATLvr will share their insights.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Closing Night After Party!

This is THE After Party of the conference so we hope you brought your dancing shoes! Join French Horn Rebellion (FHR), an indie-dance band from Milwaukee, WI/Brooklyn, NY.

It’s been said that “French Horn Rebellion is a collection of sounds and influences in its wide appeal to a variety of groups. FHR fans are brought together by hooky, fun energy and a positive outlook. As big beats attract partying girls and boys, alternative and indie vibes bring droves of hipsters to the party while the band’s quirky, and engaging musical elements attract band geeks and marching punks the world over!” Marching punks and band geeks united at last, we CANNOT wait!

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