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Day 01: Thursday, October 15th

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 Guild Hall

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration Opens

This is where it all begins! Come pick up your materials, get registered and prepare to get geeky.

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!

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The Guild Hall

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Music & Mixing

You’ve made it to Geekend! Get to know your fellow attendees over drinks and music.

Day 02: Friday, October 16th

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.

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Driving Creativity

Who’s line is it anyway but for design! A refresher on the role innovation games serve and then a bunch of fun group exercises coming up with a really cool products off the top of our head.

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The Guild Hall

8:30am - 1:30pm

Registration Open

Pick up your badge and join fellow Geekenders for some morning java before embarking on the full day of sessions.

The Guild Hall

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Remarks

Welcome to the first full day of Geekend 2015!

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The Guild Hall

10:15am - 11:15am

Video Applications

Join a trio of innovative video doers who will enlighten and inform before you can press play.

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:30pm

Technology & Education

This panel of educators shares tips and techniques for integrating tech in the classroom and in your life long learning.

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:30pm

Starting & Pivoting

How to nail these two crucial startup phases? We’re glad you asked. Join this group of experts for insights into not just getting off the ground, but pivoting as you move forward.

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 Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

How to Make an App for That

Ever wondered how to make an app? This team will walk you through the needed steps to move your idea from your head to the world.

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 session to find out why your intellectual property matters even as you seek customers and support.

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The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Innovation and Healthcare

Healthcare and technology are both rapidly changing fields. When they’re combined they’re even further accelerated. This session will explore their intersection and what it means for both fields going forward.

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Storytelling

What’s the best story you’ve ever heard? Something likely comes to mind quickly. Learn how to tell your best story and why it’s important at this session.

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The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Selfies & Success

It’s only been since 2013 since “selfie” was added to dictionaries. Are we on the brink of “selfie stick” being added as well? Join this dynamic duo to talk about the big year they’ve had with Selfie on a Stick, how you can integrate selfie sticks in your marketing, and what’s coming next.

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Growth Through Failure

How to grow when the mark keeps moving.

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The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Exiting

You’ve got your first 100 customers, you’ve started, you’ve pivoted, and now it’s time to think about exiting.

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The Guild Hall

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Appy 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: Saturday, October 17th

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 Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

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 Guild Hall

9:00am - 9:45am

Doors open

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

The Guild Hall

9:45am - 10:45am

From Curiosity to Action Plan

Curious about how a new idea would play out? Join this session to find steps to move from curiosity to action plan.

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By day, Jim Nickerson is the Lead Instructor for Digital Marketing at General Assembly 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 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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The Guild Hall

11:00am - 12:00pm

Have a Technical Idea? Not a Techie? Not a Problem?

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.

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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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 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 Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

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 Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

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.

 

 

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The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

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.

The Guild Hall

8:00pm - 12:00am

Closing Night After Party!

This is THE After Party of the conference so we hope you brought your dancing shoes! We will have live music to keep you entertained into the night.

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