GeeKon is a week-long celebration of all things geeky in Denton. The name is a combination of two separate things. First, it is hoped that, eventually, this will grow into a convention of sorts for the Denton community (truly be Geek Kon). Secondly, we hope to allow participants a chance to get their “geek on” by offering a diverse array of programs and events that are interesting, fun, and allow our students to grow as individuals by practicing or developing new skills and habits. GeeKon was started in the fall 2012 semester by several departments on campus and is continuing to grow as we move forward by including more of the campus community, several off campus businesses, TWU, and the city of Denton itself.
The idea of being a geek is something that is ingrained into the mindset of many of our students. Culturally, it is becoming more acceptable to be interested in some things that have stereotypically been considered “geeky,” but a lot of college students struggle with that part of their identity. The more we offer events that celebrate students for who they are, the more we can help them transition from who they were to who they are going to be for the rest of their lives.
Whereas least year we kept the events small collaborations between Housing, UPC, Student Activities, and a handful of other faculty/staff members on campus, this year we are hoping to make it much bigger. We have already started talking to a few departments and colleges on campus to help and are reaching out to local businesses. In addition to that, there are currently three big, new pieces in play for GeeKon 2014: