GeekGirlCon! – Day 1

Emily Birch 08.11.2012 1

Today was Day 1 of Seattle’s second annual GeekGirlCon. This con, as the title would suggest, focuses on the Geek Girl! Despite it being geared towards girls, guys were also in attendance to appreciate the female influence on geek culture. Unlike the hectic feel of some Cons – especially on Day 1, today had a great relaxed-yet-fun feel.

Fitting with the mission of the Con, Saturday’s events were of interest to geeks of varied shades: Steampunk sewing, Robotics, and Geeky parenting.

Seminars were held on topics such as selling art online, Buffy (The Making of a Slayer), as well as more serious topics such as Misogyny Online, and Geeky Gadgets in Women’s Health.

I am disappointed to report that I missed the panel discussion Mofatt’s Women: Companions, Travelers, Gender Roles, and TARDISes in Doctor Who. Maybe not – I do want to continue loving the show. Somethings can be over thought.

Costuming at the Con the first day was fantastic! Kids in costume stole the show, and there were tiny Doctors (most were Eleven, often complete with fez), Jedi girls, an adorable Princess Darth, and more. As for the adults, TARDISes and Browncoats were most common. Superheroes – some recognizable, some not – were in full force. And how can I forget, Rosie the Riveter!

New this year, the Con hosted GeekGirlConnections, an area for attendees to meet and have questions answered by professionals in their field of interest. The event is intended to offer career planning, networking with professionals, and the chance to meet “awesome geeky employers.” These employers were both local and national, but none can top the most popular geeky employer right now – NASA!

Tomorrow I hope to catch a few seminars (Learn to Solder! is catching my eye at the moment), survey the merch booths, and meet some more awesomesauce people!

If you aren’t at GeekGirlCon, you can still follow live by following @GeekGirlCon or checking in here for a roundup of Day 2!