The Nominees for the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards

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We’re thrilled to announce this year’s nominees for the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards!

Here we are, local geeks! The Philadelphia Geek Awards are back for year number five. Presented by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Philly Geek Awards are ready to show off some of the incredible talent here in our fine city.

I say it every year, but the Philadelphia Geek Awards are our way of giving back to the city we call home. It’s great to be a geek in Philly, and we’re ready to show you why.

This year’s black-tie, red-carpet event will take place at the Academy on Saturday, August 15th. Doors will open at 6:30pm (cocktail hour!) and the ceremony kicks off at 8pm. Tickets go on sale the morning of August 3rd, so mark your calendars, set your alarms and make sure you visit phillygeekawards.com to pick them up ASAP.

This year’s after party is someplace new! We’ll be heading to Lucha Cartel, for an evening of good times, drink specials, and more. Look for details on that shortly.

The 2015 nominees are listed below and in more detail on the official Philadelphia Geek Awards website. See you at the ceremony in August!   

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

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

  • The Monkey & the Elephant

  • Scholly

  • Billy Penn

 

IRL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

A number of the projects we honor at the awards happen to be digital, non-physical projects. Websites. Viral videos. Video games. Streaming media. The I.R.L. (In Real Life!) Project of the Year focuses on a project you can hold. Whether we’re talking about robots, architecture, or beer, this category celebrates the tangible object.

  • Nightscape

  • The White Mountains

  • Ikire Jones’ Africa 2081 AD

 

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

This category honors a local geek creating fantastic, powerful art that draws attention to the local community in a unique, geek-tastic way. Massive wheatpastes, beautiful murals, you name it… this category honors local artists.  

  • Caitlin T. McCormack

  • Cory J. Popp

  • Michael Norcross

 

SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR

This category honors scientists working to benefit the scientific world, focusing on local scientists that change the world outside of Philly, and give back to the city’s community.

  • Michelle Johnson

  • Penn’s “Twitter Predicts Heart Disease” Team

  • Peter Lloyd Jones

 

STREAMING PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Our city is home to several great podcasts/vodcasts, YouTubers and others who regularly tell their story to the world from their homebase in the City of Brotherly Love. This award honors these people and celebrates the creativity they put out on a weekly, monthly, or whenever basis.

  • Out of Town Films

  • Not Nearly Nerdy Enough

  • Book Fight!

 

COMIC CREATOR OF THE YEAR

Comic Creator of the Year spotlights the publishers, writers, and artists involved in comics. Whether it’s on the web or in print, we’re thrilled to honor the beautiful works of art all us geeks love to read.

  • Kelly Phillips & Claire Folkman

  • Ian Sampson

  • Locust Moon Press

 

GEEK OF THE YEAR

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.

  • Jon Geeting

  • Ather Sharif

  • Alexis Jeffcoat

 

 

STORY OF THE YEAR

Story of the Year honors a local headline that became a bigger story, drawing attention to Philadelphia’s thriving geek community.

  • Analog Watch Company’s Ant Farm Watch

  • Philadelphia’s First Renaissance Faire

  • GroundSwell

 

WEB PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Web Project of the Year recognizes amazing projects that beautifully combine design and technology. By combining technology and smart design, these projects move, inspire and awe us. From small, one-person operations to large companies doing great things, this category is here to recognize the work they’ve done.

  • Close to Good’s Lunar Sellout

  • TypeDrummer by Kyle Stetz

  • Open Data Philly’s Relaunch

 

EVENT OF THE YEAR

Unconferences, festivals, fundraisers, hackathons… Philly has amazing geeky events all year long. Event of the Year honors an event that’s pulled in not only a lot of attendees, but attention to the city, often times doing good for the community.

  • Blackstar Film Festival

  • J-1 Con

  • City Council Candidate Convention

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PROJECT OF THE YEAR

As anyone involved working with social media can tell you, there’s a lot more to a great project than posting links to things on Facebook. Through social media, one can inform, inspire, and change the world.

  • The Narrator: Philadelphia Police Department

  • FindMePhilly

  • @Mrs_Angemi: Nicole Angemi’s Autopsy Instagram

 

FEATURE LENGTH INDIE FILM OF THE YEAR

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 here in Philadelphia.

  • Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

  • I Am Santa Claus

  • Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

 

GAME OF THE YEAR

Philadelphia’s game development scene is one fantastic scene to be a part of. Whether we’re talking about video games, board games, card games, or tabletop games, if it’s been built in Philadelphia and is part of the world of gaming, we are thrilled to honor it.

  • Pretense

  • Soulfill

  • Clusterpuck99

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