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 electronic/ambient/dance/experimental tunes by Ross Fish, 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 – Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop. He will kick off Geekend 2014 by shedding light on the impacts of the Maker Movement Revolution. Join Mark as he challenges everyone to join the Revolution as he shares compelling andsurprising stories of successes large and small.

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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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Join JoAnna Brunton and Bryan Mossing for this hands-on session as they pull back the curtain on 3D tech applications, and share what’s reality and what’s not when it comes to 3DP.

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

Grab your lunch and join this intimate, informal and relaxed meet-up of sorts – EatUp Meetup! Chat it up while you munch with Jacob Hodesh, co-founder of Geekend and current VP of Operations at People’s Liberty.

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 like something for some day, but not today. It can seem far off and low priority. But 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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Ampersand

8:30pm - 11:00pm

After Party: Sunbears!

Our final destination of the day will be the After Party at Ampersand! Join us for drinks and more chances to mix and mingle with attendees, presenters, sponsors, and organizers! Live psych-pop music from Sunbears!, coordinated by Music File Productions. Must be 21+, Geekend attendees only.

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.

So, you’re a visual designer and you have an idea for a killer mobile app. There’s just one problem: you don’t know how to code. Well, you’re in luck! In this workshop, everything you need to design a convincing mobile prototype is at your fingertips. Best of all, no coding is required!

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

Grab your lunch and join this intimate, informal and relaxed meet-up of sorts – EatUp Meetup! Chat it up while you munch with Rob Brunner, Senior Editor at Fast Company.

Grab your lunch and join this intimate, informal and relaxed meet-up of sorts – EatUp Meetup! Chat it up while you munch with John Biggs, East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.

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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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D3.js is a great way to marry data to the DOM. Everyone assumes that means creating charts and graphs, but don’t let yourself get boxed in. With a little bit of SVG sprinkled in, you can quickly and easily create all sorts of interesting data visualizations.

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Join Ray Owens as the explores the evolution of targeted marketing, and shares why every digital marketer should embrace data modeling in their marketing strategy.

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An interactive discussion covering the various types of intellectual property and how they can be leveraged to benefit innovators. Attendees will learn the basics of what to do (and what NOT to do) in order to protect their creations.

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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).

Submit your game or find more information about KodeStars here!

Stop reinventing the wheel. Consistent UI (user interface, in case you’re wondering) patterns can lead to a stronger and more efficient overall design that can be extended to all areas of your product, business and external marketing efforts. Chat with the expert in UI and learn how to conduct your own UI audit and what it can tell you about your current process and design strategy.

Conventional wisdom says we need to overcome our limitations to achieve our goals. What if there was a better way? Come listen in as Jacqui Chew shares her experiences from working with startups and TEDxPeachtree to show how embracing limitations can be a powerful strategy to achieve success.

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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!

Join Brian Corrigan of OhHeckYeah and Justin Gitlin of OhHeckYeah for this closing night keynote presentation to learn how to integrate play, tech and the built environment to produce connected, creative and vibrant communities.

This is THE After Party of the conference so we hope you brought your dancing shoes! We will have live music from the acclaimed folk rock performer Tall Tall Trees and the indie-pop sensation Kishi Bashi, who blends violin, electronics and stylistic influences from multiple cultures and pop-music eras to create a unique sound. Kishi Bashi’s music is well in line with everything Geekend stands for – using instruments, technology and artistic expression to create something that is modern, connected and insanely fun.

The community of Savannah is invited to purchase tickets for this great closing show. So in case you haven’t met 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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