San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
GeekiWood brings together the art and magic of Hollywood storytelling with today’s science and advanced technologies. Artists use computers to draw and paint; scientists prove their theories with color and movement. Never has it been more critical for people to understand and feel comfortable with computers and the advances of technology. What better ways to learn than making art, seeing how your favorite TV shows and movies are made, and having fun? Geekiwood, the only festival of its kind, blends the magic of Hollywood with the reality of our scientific world.
GeekiWood organizers are mounting a series of interactive classes, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations to highlight some of the following elements which are used in making the TV shows and movies we love: Holograms, computer animation, virtual and augmented reality, stereoscopic animation, criminal investigation science, the technology of the space crafts used in Star Wars movies, and why zombies are zombies.
A General Admission Ticket ($8 Early Bird registration thru Sunday November 8th at midnight or $10 at the door) grants you access to Keynote Presentations, Workshops, Lectures, Lunch, Geeki Girl T-Shirt and FIU Expo.
Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, “The Zombie Autopsies”
IT'S ABOUT TIME - "They call him Dr. Z. And while his impressive credentials as an educator and psychiatrist is enough to draw an enthusiastic crowd to his lectures, it’s his life-long fascination with zombies and how he has transformed his horror-movie obsession into a powerful, STEM-teaching machine, that filled the auditorium at NSTA 2014 with over one thousand curious science teachers eager to hear him speak. We were among his eager listeners that day. He did not disappoint!"
HUFF POST - "The zombie movie therefore offers an ideal opportunity to explore the depiction of pathophysiology in popular culture. This must have some appeal; no one can deny the popularity of zombie stories currently, and increasingly medical explanations make up a key part of the storytelling."
CNN -- "An airborne virus is rapidly turning people into zombies. Two-thirds of humanity has been wiped out. Scientists desperately look for a cure, even as their own brains deteriorate and the disease robs them of what we consider life".
"Relax, it's only fiction -- at least, for now. This apocalyptic scenario frames the new novel "The Zombie Autopsies" by Dr. Steven Schlozman, a child psychiatrist who holds positions at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Program in Child Psychiatry".
Alexis "LEXI" Rachel Lehrman, Love Lexi Fund - Susan G. Komen
Founder of "Art Can Heal" project, Ms. Lehrman recruited famous artists, like Romero Britto and Ferdie Pacheco, who graciously volunteered their time and talent to paint with her. “Every year, I create posters from the artwork, including my own, and sell them with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity. At one Komen event, we calculated we sold ten $1 posters per minute for 5 hours straight at the Team Love Lexi tent".
"When I came up with my Love Lexi Fund slogan, “Be Creative, Be Inspiring, Be Caring,” my mom asked, “why don’t you say “Be Inspired”? But I would never ask someone to be inspired by me. I want to challenge everyone else to be an inspiration". Love Lexi
Workshops and Lectures
Microsoft - "Music Maker"
In this exciting workshop you will have 16 virtual pads with a loop feature plus 30 pre-programmed sets for music genres such as Hip Hop, Trap and Techno - even jazz. Each pad features a drum, melody, or bass loop that you can combine in which any creative way you want.
Microsoft - "Computer Movie Making"
Create home movies and slide shows on your computer, complete with professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, music, and even narration. And when you're ready, you can use Windows Movie Maker to publish your movie and share it with your friends and family.
Miami-Dade Police Depart - “CSI Finger Prints: Brush & Power Gets The Bad Guys”
Learn how the police solve the "who done it" mystery by taking Fingerprints, just like you see it all the top police TV programs. You will dust for prints and experience the thrill of seeing nothing become something.
Miami-Dade Police Department - “CSI: DNA Gets The Bad Guys”
You have seen it done on popular TV shows...Now learn how the real scientists at one of the world's foremost crime labs use science to fight crime and to keep us all safe.
Midtown Video - "Green Screen Technology: How To Be Anywhere Anytime"
Learn how movies are made using technology and the TriCaster to go on Virtual Location Sets to enhance the movie’s production by creating unique environments a camera and green screen technology.
Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue - "Fire & Rescue: Helicopter Pilot"
Kalynn Cresse, Miami’s first female fire rescue helicopter pilot, talks about the real job of saving lives and the fabulous storytelling that brought her work up onto the screen in the animated film by Disney.
United States Coast Guard Pilots; "From SWABS To Pilots"
You see military flight schools in lots of movies. But what is it really like going to school as an Academy Cadet or in Flight School. Learn the really story from two woman what have graduated, have been commissioned and are flying as co-pilots here at Air Station Miami.
FIU, International Forensic Research Institute; "Dogs, DNA, & Discovery"
Dr. DeEtta Mills, PhD, Director of Forensic DNA Profiling Facility at FIU, will discuss the newest uses of DNA including using dogs to do the 'nose-on' investigations.
In this workshop you will work on real life cases to learn what true forensic science really is.
Stocker AstroScience Center: "Star Trek"
When & Where
Geeki Girls, Inc. More info at www.geekigirl.org
Geeki Girl (g3) is an organization of college students, professional and retired women and men dedicated to educating middle school girls in science, technology, engineering, and math through art – S.T.E.A.M.
“…Art and technology share the fundamental characteristic of innovation, as well as a synergy at the forefront of cultural innovation…” - Pittsburgh Technology Council. A Geeki Girl is a female of any age who is excited about learning, having fun and being around other smart girls. It isn’t just for schoolgirls: I’m 62, but I have a passion for learning new technologies. And, men are always welcome at our events. Our mission is twofold:
- Bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) into middle schools, to be able to excite young girls about all the possibilities these career fields offer women.
- Have places, virtual and actual, where women and men can come together, have fun and celebrate the joy of learning.