The Nominees for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards

By | on July 8, 2013 | 18 Comments

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s nominees for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards!

Presented by us and our good friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Philly Geek Awards honor and celebrate our city’s vibrant geek culture. It’s our way of giving back. Because seriously, we love you.

The black-tie, red-carpet event will take place at the Academy this year on Saturday, August 17th. Doors will open at 6:30pm (cocktail hour!) and the ceremony kicks off at 8pm. We’ll announce ticket prices soon, and you’ll be able to get your tickets on Monday, July 29th. So mark your calendars, and make sure you visit

This year’s after party will take place at North Bowl, and we’ll have some more details about that soon. Expect good times, drink specials, and more.

The 2013 nominees are listed below and on the official Philadelphia Geek Awards website. See you at the ceremony in August! 



Scientist of the Year honors a local scientist working on amazing projects that benefit the scientific world and give back to Philadelphia’s innovative community.

  • Dr. Pat McGovern

  • Kimberlee Sue Moran

  • Jordan Miller



Story of the Year isn’t just a rock band; it’s a category that spotlights a popular geek story. Whether it’s a huge event or a scientific breakthrough, Story of the Year honors a local headline that became a bigger story, drawing attention to Philadelphia’s thriving geek community.

  • DuckDuckGo

  • PONG on the Cira Centre

  • 3-D-Printed Organs



A category that celebrates local development, Mobile App of the Year spotlights a mobile project, be it on iOS, Android or other native platforms. In addition to being useful and innovative, the Mobile App of the Year brings attention to Philly’s growing mobile development community.

  • Michael Kiley’s Empty Air

  • BizVizz

  • Philly 311



Startup of the Year honors a new local business doing exciting things in Philly while making waves across the country.

  • Pagevamp

  • Autism Expressed

  • Artisan



Hacker of the Year honors someone working on unique, innovative projects in the Philadelphia region.

  • Dr. Frank Lee

  • Chris Alfano

  • ISS Base Station Team



Visual Artist of the Year honors a local geek creating fantastic, unique art that draws attention from the local community.

  • Sean Martorana

  • Austin Seraphin

  • Hawk Krall



Philadelphia’s game development scene is one fantastic scene to be a part of. Video games, board games, card games, tabletop games—there’s a little bit of everything in the world of Philly gaming. Whether it drew in a ton of attention through reviews or awards, or just had a unique concept or engrossing story behind the process, Indie Game of the Year honors a locally created title worthy of praise and attention.

  • Velociraptor! Cannibalism!

  • Perfection (Greg Lobanov)

  • Pixel Lincoln (Island Officials)


We’ve seen a lot of great movies come out of Philadelphia. The Sixth Sense. Rocky. Silver Linings Playbook. 12 Monkeys. The list goes on. Feature Length Indie Film of the Year acknowledges the underdogs, awarding an extraordinary indie film shot in Philadelphia.

  • This Time Tomorrow

  • The Backyard Philly Project

  • Detonator



Plenty of successful viral projects come out of Philadelphia. Last year’s award-winning viral project was the Philadelphia Opera Company’s series of videos, which brought beautiful music to unexpected places. The year before, we honored Nick Murphy’s Indie God of War and Zelda, ’87 videos, faux commercials that brought laughter to hundreds of thousands of gamer geeks. Whether it’s through music or comedy, alerting people to a cause or created just because, Viral Project of the Year recognizes amazing projects that spread across the Internet like a virus.

  • We Are Never Ever Gonna Win With Andy

  • Dialogue Tree

  • Intern Abuser



Web Project of the Year recognizes amazing projects that beautifully combine design and technology in order to inspire and awe us.

  • Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation

  • Axis Philly

  • Hacking the Gender Gap



Comic Creator of the Year spotlights the publishers, writers and artists involved in creating the beautiful works all of us geeks love to read, whether on the web or in print.

  • Jared Axelrod

  • Andrew Goletz

  • Christine Larsen



As anyone involved in working with social media can tell you, it’s more than just tweets, Facebook updates and posts on Tumblr. Through social media, anyone from a single individual to an agency can inform and inspire. Social Media Campaign of the Year acknowledges the hard work behind these campaigns, whether they’re driving attention through blogs, hashtags or shared images.

  • #GunCrisis

  • Neighborhoods: Guest Instagram Project

  • Philly Love Notes



Unconferences, TEDx talks, festivals, fundraisers, exhibits, hackathon. Philly is a fantastic city with a string of amazing geeky events all year long. Event of the Year honors an outstanding event that has pulled in not only a lot of attendees, but also a lot of attention to the city, often doing a lot of good for the community. Previous years’ winners have included Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival.

  • Nerd Nite Philly

  • Philly Give & Get

  • Open Air Philadelphia



Perhaps the most coveted award in the Philadelphia Geek Awards, Geek of the Year honors an outstanding geeky individual in Philadelphia. We’ve made a point to focus on passionate individuals who have made an impact here, without whom the city wouldn’t be the same.

  • Matthew Akana

  • Dr. Frank Lee

  • Dan Ueda


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18 Responses to “The Nominees for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards”

  1. July 8, 2013

    Tim Quirino

    I love this time of year.

  2. July 8, 2013

    Marcello De Feo

    Best of luck to everyone! These are some terrific nominees.

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