GeekGirlCon Recap

Hi Lovely!!

I recently attended GeekGirlCon for my very first time. I knew people that had gone in the previous years but I somehow always managed to miss it! Well, this year I decided early on that I wanted to go. I applied for press passes a few months ago and then found out about a month ago that I was accepted! Let me tell you, I was so excited!! Knowing that organizations appreciate my work so much that they want me to cover their events makes me so happy. Okay, let me get on with the recap!!

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Fletch and I arrived shortly after 10am to find a HUGE line of people waiting to get their passes. Since we were press we were able to skip the line and go straight in. The press line ended up taking a while and we missed the first panel I wanted to see. We decided to check out the exhibits to kill time before the next panel we wanted to see, Women in Pixar, and to wait for Kelsey from Fangirl Crafter, who was meeting up with us to enjoy the con.emp

I was surprised at the amount of exhibitors. There were a ton of booths!! I met a lot of really amazing artists and I even got to see the wonderful Amy of LoveCherie Jewelry (I know her from Instagram so it was nice to meet IRL). I ended up buying some beautiful prints and a few super-cute buttons, which is pretty typical for me.

We took a short break from shopping to attend the Pixar panel. I’m so glad we decided to check this one out because it was really good! It was really cool to hear how the different paths that each member of the panel took to wind up at Pixar. For me, a huge Pixar fan, I loved learning more about the people behind some of my favorite movies. They shared their struggles, their accomplishments, and lots of tips to those seeking a career in animation. The panel was definitely a highlight of the convention for me.

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After the panel we headed back to the exhibitor area to finish looking at the booths. After we saw all that we could see we decided it was time for a much needed food break. Kelsey and I ate delicious crepes while Fletch enjoyed a burrito. After eating we decided that it was time to call it a day and head home.

Overall I’d say that I really enjoyed GeekGirlCon and look forward to seeing how it grows and changes. Fletch and I had a nice conversation about GGC and how it differs from other events in the area. Seattle has PAX, a gaming convention, and Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), a comic book convention that is becoming more and more pop-culture focused. I’d say that GeekGirlCon is similar to ECCC but I like that the panels and discussions happening at the event are women-centered. The mission of GGC is as follows:

“GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.”

That is pretty cool, right? They even have a list of values that specifically say that anyone is welcome and that it’s a safe place (and other stuff you can read here). I’m glad that the organizers of GGC are creating a place for women to connect and share their passions. So, if you live in the Seattle area then you need to go next year.

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The Perfect Holiday Gift Guide For My Fellow Geeks and Nerds!

Hello Lovelies,

Being a nerd/geek (I still don’t understand the difference) myself I felt compelled to share some of my favorite finds for the geek or nerd in your life. So here goes!!

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1. Ewok Hooded Tank
Have a Star Wars fan that you  need to shop for? Well, Her Universe has a HUGE selection of adorable clothes for the Star Wards lover. My personal favorite is this Ewok hooded tank. I mean, how cute is that?!

2. Power Link Tassel MicroUSB
This tassel is so cool! Want to keep stylish but always need a cord to charge your electronics? Well, here you do!! This super fashion forward tassel clips on to your bag and has two hidden cables for charging ease. How awesome is that?!

3. Labyrinth Worm Plush
So this is mostly for me. I LOVE the movie Labyrinth and have always dreamed of having a plush of my favorite character, that adorable worm!! Unfortunately they are currently sold out BUT you can enter your email and get notified when they have more.

4. Power Plus charger in vanilla
More tech goodness can be found in this adorable charger! On the go and need a quick zap of battery life? BAM! This adorable little guy has the ability to charge your phone up to five times!

5. Doctor Who flying Tardis
Know a Whovian that has all of the typical stuff? Well then maybe it is time for a remote controlled Tardis! I mean seriously, how cool is that?!

6. Key Lightning Cable
Like the idea of the tassel but worried your friend won’t remember to put it on their purse? Well, maybe this keychain is a better option! The cords are hidden at the keyring. No more complaining about a dead phone!

7. Polar Pen
This pen is seriously cool! It is a pen and stylus all in one. The coolest part? It is made out of magnets! WHAAT? I know! Crazy right? I love creative and practical tech products and the office supply nerd part of me just loves this thing!! I actually received one to test out by the company and LOVE it!! It is so cool!!

8. Shark With Frickin’ Laser Pointer
Who doesn’t love Austin Powers? Well, if you know a big fan then this may be the perfect gift. A shark with a frickin’ laser pointer on its head!! I totally want one for work.

9. USB Turntable
Have that friend that loves vinyl for has a lack of space? Well, this just might be the perfect gift for them! It is portable, adorable, and converts their albums into MP3s! How awesome is that? Plus, it comes in a ton of colors!

10. Monocle Speaker in mint
It was totally the color that attracted me to this little guy. How cute is it? This is a really fun portable speaker. Perfect for the fashion forward, tech savvy individual.

11. The Power Wallet
Now this is cool! This super cute wallet hides a battery! Have a friend or family member taking a trip soon and wants to stay stylish? BAM. This guy is perfect!  Help make sure they are prepared to share all of those awesome photos on Instagram without the fear of a dead battery.

That is my gift guide! I hope you enjoyed it!! If you have any suggestions then please share them in the comments!

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