The 2nd annual convention of GeekGirlsCon, the geek girls community that celebrates and honors the legacy of all women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women is slated to get underway on 11 August, 2012 at Seattle, WA. A two-day affair, GeekGirlCon has its origins from a panel called “Geek Girls Exist” at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con which turned out to be one of the most popular events at the SDCC.
The community that coalesced there celebrating the ‘geek girls’, put their might to form an organisation with a purpose and celebrate it with an event of their own, and launched the first GeekGirlCon on October 8, 2011 in Seattle. It attracted, according to the GGC team, over “4,000 people who celebrated the female geek, including 400 attendees under 10 years old. The convention showcased 70+ hours of programming supported by 50 volunteers and 30 staff members (also 100% volunteers).”
Taking off from the previous year’s event format, this year it hopes to be bigger and better, with popular names in the gaming, Comics and Pop Culture like Anita Sarkeesian (FeministFrequency.com), Gail Simone ( DC Comics), Renae De Liz , Ashley Eckstein, Corrinne Yu taking part in the convention. According to the GGC organising team, here is why anyone can be a part of the celebration, “No “geek cred” is required to be part of GeekGirlCon, whether staff member, volunteer, fan, or convention guest. That means you don’t have to be able to quote every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation or have your l33t speak down to join us. We strive for a diverse community of geeks. Anyone who self identifies as “geek” and supports the achievements of women in geek culture can and should be a part of GeekGirlCon. ”
So if you are in Seattle for the weekend, GeekGirlCon, which expects over 7,000 attendees across Saturday and Sunday from throughout the United States and from as far away as Australia, would be a great place to be in.