Geek Girl Con; attendee observations
I only spend one afternoon at GGC, and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. The con feels like it’s on the smaller end of full-sized Cons (much larger than things in Libraries or Student Unions, smaller than things spread out over multiple hotels).
Tone: There’s a definite focus on creating safe place to people and voices who are often marginalized in other geek spaces, including clear harassment policies and panels full of professionals and experts without having the majority being white males, and that helped make it easy for me to find panels, events, and booths that were new and interesting for me.
There was also the kind of geeky stuff I enjoy at any con – costumes, a paint-and-take (well-run by Privateer), a dealer’s room, and so on. The dealer’s room had a few geek food booths, which is unusual and I enjoyed the variety.
Space: The convention are was well-lit, full without being overcrowded, and had numerous enarby parking structures, food places, and sitting spaces.
Security: There were polite, professional folks keeping an eye on badges, lines, events, and potential issues. It seemed both friendly and well monitored.
Staff: Friendly, knowledgeable, proactive, and easily located. Amongst the best Con staff I’ve ever interacted with.
I had a good time, and plan to go back next year!