This Weekend the Geeks of Color team is bringing the city together like never before with an event where Austinites and travelers can join intriguing discussions led by industry experts, artists can share their work, and art-lovers can discover pieces that inspire. For all those foodies out there searching for their favorite local cuisine in food truck fashion, there is no need to look further. This event was designed with your entertainment in mind, so even the marketplace has the variety you crave.
You already know we have to give the DJs some love as well. Each day will feature the hottest DJs who will keep that energy going throughout the day. The best food, music, art, and entertainment the city has to offer will be at The Meet Up Austin. Can’t wait to see you there! ITS FREE.
THE GEEKS OF COLOR MEET UP SCHEDULE
The Meet Up at SXSW 2018 takes place during the EDU weekend of SXSW 2018.
- FRIDAY March 9, 2018
- SATURDAY March 10, 2018
- SUNDAY March 11, 2018
Panel #1 : Who is GOC?
Time: 10:00-11:15 AM
The Geeks of Color team will host an icebreaker panel for those who might not know who we are. Brief discussion about our origin story and where we are now and what are plans are for the future. With a short Q&A short meet and greet before the importance of nerd communities for People of Color
Moderated by – Dorian Parks,Founder and EIC of Geeks of Color
Panelist– Okon Essien, Gabe Gonzalez, J’neia Stewart, Jordan Jones
Register for panel here.
Panel #2 : Importance of Nerd Communities for People of Color
Nerd communities have always existed and excluded people of color for years. Now is the time to take ownership of your nerdy behavior and shine like you were meant to.
Moderator: Jordan Jones
Dorian Parks, founder, Geeks of Color.
Yolanda Machado, Founder, Sassy MamainLA
Camille, ⅓ of Pretty Brown and Nerdy
Jazmine, ⅓ of Pretty Brown and Nerdy
Panel #3: Diversity in Comicbooks with Evan Narcisse
Moderator – Gabe Gonzalez
This panel will be an in depth talk with, Evan Narcisse, the current writer of the Rise of the Black Panther miniseries. The will discuss the importance of diversity in comicbooks and how we need more authentic voices writings the stories.
The GOC Meet up Happy Hour
Time: 6:00 -8:00pm
A Networking and meet up event with geeks of color team and other panelist. There will be food and drinks available to purchase. We will also be playing overwatch and other video games!
Panel #1: The Dorian Parks Show
Time: 10:00 – 11:15 Am
Founder and EIC of Geeks of Color, Dorian Parks will be taping the first episode of his podcast which will be about his journey, college, internships and content creation. Followed by a short Q&A. With a special announcement at the end of it.
Panel #2 :Women of Color Who Are Disrupting the Entertainment Industry!
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM
Moderater – J’neia Stewart.
This panel will talk about women who are using their platforms to disrupt change in the Entertainment Industry. We will discuss the challenges they’ve faced, what they think could be done better and advice for other women on how to make change.
Jamie Brodnax, founder, Blackgirlnerds
Yolanda, founder, SassymamainLA,
April Reign, Senior Director of Marketing, Fractured Atlas
Aniesia Williams, Director of Content, Barkleyus
Panel #3: Building your brand
Moderator– Okon Essien
This panel is for aspiring content creators who need advice on how to grow their platforms. There will be a short Q&A after the discussion.
Panelist: Dorian Parks, Evelyn from the internet, Matthew Cherry,
Register for all panels here.