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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.

Speaker

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