200 Years. 200 Stories. Story
173: “Geek Awards
Geeks—and proud of it—enter the Academy for the inaugural Philadelphia Geek Awards.
Where in Philadelphia could you find outstanding achievers in “geek culture journalism,” “local comic art,” “ludicrous displays last night,” and “geek-themed noms and beverages” all in one place? At the Philadelphia Geek Awards, of course! Approximately 400 self-proclaimed geeks attended the inaugural Philadelphia Geek Awards at the Academy in August 2011. The brainchild of geekadelphia.com’s technophile founders, Eric Smith and Tim Quirino, and co-organized by the Academy’s Adult Programs Coordinator Jill Sybesma, the black tie event honored outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s geek community.
The evening was complete with a red carpet, a cocktail reception against the backdrop of the Academy’s exhibits, and an awards ceremony attended by some of the region’s well-known names in the tech community as well as some up-and-coming stars. Stand-up comedian and graphic designer Doogie Horner was the night’s Master of Ceremonies. Nominees traveled from as far away as North Carolina to attend. Winners ranged from popular Philly Tech Week (Best New Annual Local Event) and Philadelphia Science Festival (Outstanding Achievement in Appealing to Geeks in Arts and Culture) to the more obscure Tap DJ (Outstanding Achievement in Locally Developed iOS Applications) and Cadence Wrist Watch Co. (Outstanding Achievement in Fashion and Lifestyle). In addition to the publicized awards chosen by votes and a Geekadelphia panel, two lucky attendees left with decidedly un-stereotypical geek titles—Prom King and Queen—the surprise awards given to the evening’s best-dressed geeks.
Mark your calendars now for the second annual Geek Awards at the Academy, scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012!