San Diego is simply one of the best places in the US to hold events due to its beautiful weather, abundance of attractions and perfect spaces to host any event you may want, and such is the case with the Peace and Justice building at the Universtity of San Diego hosting the Geek Girl Tech Con this last Saturday June 29th. While mainly hubed in the East coast for the last 6 years, GGTC decided it was time to come to the West coast armed with a great crew of sponsors, panelists, fun and plenty of material to pass on to its guests.
Leslie Fishlock, creator of Geek Girl Tech Con, realized that we all posess super abilities in the ability to teach, learn and pass on the legacy of knowledge.
Moving toward educating the public in the digital age with new tools, especially for the self-starter entrepreneur, GGTC included panels such as Crowdfunding, Sharkette Tanks, Social Media Panels and authorities in all of these fields and plenty of workshops in many aspects business and computer related.
As many startups or projects require financing, Crowdfunding has evolved to an entire project in itself, and panelist experts in the subject including Catt Fields White, Austin Green, Shelly Bowen, Dane Cardiel and Karl Kozak shared some of their insights on approaching the public to gather funds. One of the panel favorites was Karl Kozak, whom was able to surpass his crowdfunding goal to reach $315,000 for his Trakline Belts and mentioned having a good product and having a master plan as some of the most important things to take into consideration. Other imporant panel recommendations included daily posting /involvement, media reach, keeping your campaign realistic and a good international shipping system as steps toward success.
The Social Media panel included experts Lynette Young, Valerie Sparks, Bridget Ayers and Liz Philips who imparted guests with great techniques to start-up, link, tweet, get your product known and plenty of other tips and tricks in their know-how goodie bag of experience.
The Sharkette tanks pitched a project or business in a short 10 minute session, was a showcase for everyone on how to sell your idea to an investor.
While most conferences seem rather cold and impersonal, Geek Girl Tech Con successfully orchestrated an inviting and warm atmosphere. A woman’s touch that made the difference included opening a free lunch area to all of its guests and crew, as well as gift prizes at a raffle to conclude the event... truly refreshing and the personal connection which will surely keep this Conference growing wherever it may be.
You can find more information and check out the community at www.geekgirltechcon.com or follow on Twitter at #geekgirltechcon
Congratulations to Leslie, Geek Girl Tech Con and all of the participants on a successful event!