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Pumping Station: One Grand Opening (Geek Prom)

Pumping Station: One NFP

Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM (CDT)

Pumping Station: One Grand Opening (Geek Prom)

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A Night of Pseudoformal Peer Bonding!

Geeks, nerds, dorks -- chances are, you didn't attend your high school prom. During college, you were so focused on your engineering/math/science degree that other humans barely registered within your domain space. This is your chance to rectify your oversight without yielding to irrational forces of social pressure, and perhaps enrich your symbolic-semantic internodal linkages, as well! (okay, that was actually gibberish) Come to the Geek Prom.

There will be music, dancing, and some sort of contest based on physical appearance, but we promise that it won't be excruciating or embarassing! Local tinkerers will bring their latest DIY and hacked gadgets -- stuff that you WISH you had made for your High School Science Fair. To attend this fundraiser (see Meta) follow this simple instruction set:

Obtain advance entry clearance for $15/couple or $10/single.

» Prior to GEEK PROM (but not too prior) enhance your physical appearance with
    a. hygiene
    b. cosmetic adjustment
    c. optimized exolayer assembly

» Open Format:
    a. Dancing to Music (live bands and DJ's)
    b. Contests (outfits and exhibits (see contest rules))
    c. Imbibe (liquids)
    d. Witness / Interact (art, games)
    e. Improvise (variable)
    f. Communicate (oral/aural)
» This happening will be adjourned at 2 am, and requires remaining participants to anti-swarm.

Contest Rules

There are two contests, a Exolayer Pairing contest, and a Science Fair contest, each with a distinct set of rules:

–Exolayer Pairing Contest
To enter, get photographed and enter your information at the photography stand. Vote via approval voting at any point up to midnight using an available terminal or your own web-enabled device. Each entry must consist of two humans, and each pair can only enter once. However, a single human can pair with any number of other humans for additional entries, so long as each combination is unique. Voters are asked to vote based on criteria provided in the voting form. Any outfit is allowable, but you should also be able to dance in it.

–Science Fair Contest
This contest requires that you contact the organizers (info [at] pumpingstationone [dot] org) ahead of time so we can take a look at your display. Your exhibit should be interactive, fun, and self-explanatory (we don't require you to stand by it all night, unless you want to). If it's artwork, there should be something geeky/nerdy/science-y about its topic, creation, or significance. Bring your exhibit to the Co-Prosperity Sphere on Thursday June 4th between 6 and 10 pm for early set-up. Anything interactive should be demoed successfully.


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The GEEK PROM is a fundraiser for Pumping Station: One, a non-for-profit hackerspace in Chicago. The proceeds for this event go towards machine tools and supplies, so that PSOne may host classes, workshops, and other events for the community-at-large, and provide an environment where makers, modders, and hackers of hardware/software projects can unleash their creative madness.

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When & Where

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Pumping Station: One NFP

Pumping Station: One, NFP is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Our mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture.

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