Another great year of the Grace Hopper Conference, including the Career Fair. GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests.
Top Companies for Women Technologists evaluated 63 companies this year, accounting for more than 574,000 technologists across a variety of fields. Within the participating companies, women held 22.95% of technical roles. This 1.2% increase from 2016 represents a relatively small change, but corresponds to thousands of new jobs for women technologists.
2017 Leadership Index
The Leadership Index lists the companies whose representation of women technologists is above the mean. The winner will then be announced on the main stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando October 4, 2017. Companies are listed alphabetically; this list is not a ranking.
Allstate Insurance Company
Bank of America
The New York Times
Career Fair Expo
Over 200 companies participated and they all brought their A game, starting with their booths, swag, and of course recruiters.
Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
What booth were you most impressed with? What would you have liked to see?
During March Madness, whenever you send an Emoji basketball to a friend in Facebook messenger you can tap on the basketball and play simple free throw game. I just tried it with a high score of 10. Your score is shared with whoever is in the conversation and you can continue to play against each other.
A lot of people have been creating their end of the year “Best of 2015” lists and I wanted to aggregate them so you could go through them quickly. I have linked to the stories linked or listed below and tried to embed a couple of videos for easy viewing on my site.
This includes the Best of 2015 lists from across different media outlets:
Here at the magazine, we have the good fortune to produce and publish a wide range of photographs: From images of the refugee crisis to mischievous interpretations of “lost” recipes, it’s always something new.
This year, to pick our favorites, we spread out tearsheets of our most memorable photos on a big table, then made one lightning-quick round of cuts and selections — led by Kathy Ryan, the director of photography.
Here are the 20 articles you and your fellow HBR readers spent the most time reading in 2015. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a particularly good list this year. And as usual, it reveals a lot about what managers around the world are thinking and worrying about right now. A lot of us are feeling trapped in a work culture that’s unhealthy and unproductive. We’re working too many hours. We’re distracted. We’re sick of terrible meetings, and networking, and the annual ritual of ineffective performance reviews.
A FEW trends emerge from the list of The Economist‘s ten most-read articles of 2015. The theme of inequality remains top of mind for our readers; articles about Asian-Americans, working-class males and inherited privilege all found their way into the top four. Many articles in this list are amongst our longer offerings, suggesting that readers set aside time to read them rather than snacking on the go. And most of the pieces below are leaders, which tells us that our readers want to know not only what happened but what can be done about it. The top piece, however, is an exception to all these trends: a fascinating science report about a new breed of animal called the coywolf.
Over a century of interbreeding between America’s wild coyotes, wolves and dogs has created a new species: the coywolf. The genetic mix means the animal has the size and strength of a wolf and the social nature of a dog. The new breed is spreading across America at an astonishing pace—even into big cities.
Boys once spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now the balance has tilted the other way: one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up. Now it is not women who are suffering, but unskilled men.
Privilege in America is increasingly passed from parent to child. The clever and successful are marrying each other more than ever before, an “assortative mating” process thought to have increased inequality by 25%. The best solution is to help clever kids who failed to pick posh parents—and the moment to start is in early childhood.
Asian-Americans are under-represented in top jobs despite being better educated than white Americans. This “bamboo ceiling” applies in businesses as well as Congress, where just 2.4% of lawmakers are Asian-American. Widely held perceptions of unfair treatment are pushing many into politics, and the minority is becoming more politically assertive.
“Curvology”, a book by David Bainbridge released in February, discussed why men’s and women’s bodies differ more than is necessary simply to bear children. Mr Bainbridge says it makes evolutionary sense for women to plump up as they prepare to reproduce. It is this biology—not just brainwashing by the tabloid newspapers that splash images of curvy women—that shapes humanity’s appreciation of the undulations of the female form.
Pornography accounts for more than a tenth of all internet searches, and its availability has sparked a moral panic. Teenagers are seeing debauched acts at a younger age; porn has become their main source of sexual education. Parents and governments wish to stem the tide of smut with porn-blockers. A better approach would be to take a long, hard look at what is out there—and start to talk about it.
America’s largest single ethnic group, German-Americans, are barely visible in public life. Companies (Pfizer, Boeing) and politicians (John Boehner, Rand Paul) play down their German roots, while private citizens have have grown rich and assimilated without political help. German-Americans are so well integrated that they barely noticed when Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited in February.
In February, when eastern Ukraine was in flames, The Economist discussed how the West could best tackle Vladimir Putin’s incendiary foreign policy. Mr Putin had a grip on the Kremlin, a new toy in Crimea, a weakened neighbour in Ukraine and a divided opposition in Europe and America. The critical point was and remains Ukraine: it should be a lesson in the rewards of leaning West, not its perils.
Donald Trump rose to the top of the polls for the Republican nomination in the summer, despite saying things that would have torpedoed any normal campaign. His secret sauce has two spices: a genius for self-promotion and supporters who view his boorishness as a sign of authenticity. The Economist advised Republicans to listen carefully to Mr Trump, and vote for someone else.
In June, TheEconomist said that the fight against financial chaos and deflation was won. However, having moved on from one recession, the world is not ready for the next. Rarely have so many large economies been so ill-equipped to manage a slowdown. The best way for fragile economies to get back to normal is to allow the recovery to gather strength first.
Google Search Trends of 2015
Explore the year’s biggest moments and the questions they inspire
Nearly 20 of the most popular stories on NPR’s website in 2015 were viewed a million times or more. Many were also widely shared and discussed on Facebook and elsewhere — and now, they give us a way to look back on what at times seemed like a uniquely unpredictable year.
4. Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free
Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR’s new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.
– by Lulu Miller, Jan. 9
7. How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?
A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file. – by Jacob Ganz and Tyler Fisher, June 2
16. Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son
Bill Jones is thought to have been the first single man to adopt a child in California, back in the 1960s. His son has since died, but despite the loss, Jones says he never regrets adopting his child. – StoryCorps, Feb. 20
18. That Little Syrian Boy: Here’s Who He Was
A photo of a drowned Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach sparked anguish and outrage over the handling of the world’s migration crisis. – by Hannah Bloch, Sept. 3
19. Review: Mac Miller, ‘GO:OD AM’
The Pittsburgh rapper makes his major label debut and presents himself as a more balanced artist and human being. – by Timmhotep Aku, Sept. 14
21. Paris Attacks: What We Know On Saturday
As France copes with shocking violence, the death toll from Friday night’s attacks is not yet final, and details are beginning to emerge about the attackers. – by Christopher Dean Hopkins and Bill Chappell, Nov. 14
26. 5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton
She started out as a Republican and hasn’t driven a car since 1996. Here’s what you may not know or just may not remember about the former secretary of state and first lady. – by Tamara Keith, April 11
30. Review: Cast Recording, ‘Hamilton’
Don’t call Hamilton unlikely: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lauded musical about the life of the Founding Father is Broadway crafted by an artist who knows rap to be our cultural lingua franca. – by Frannie Kelley, Sept. 21
Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and create something awesome. If you’re just getting started on your coding journey, here are ten tips and resources to set you off on the right foot.
As if Gmail wasn’t powerful enough, you can find all sorts of goodies and extra features in Gmail Labs. The list is pretty massive, so we’ve narrowed down our 10 favorite labs to help increase your email productivity.
Hiring managers make the difficult decision of who the best candidate is for the job based not just on the specific job requirements but also basic“soft skills” every worker should have, like communication and teamwork. Here are the top 10 additional job skills everyone needs.
Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.
Many of us are stuck behind our desk and computer all day long, which makes the hardware we use quite important. Let’s give some more thought to our monitors, with these ten tips for getting the most out of those screens.
The garage is often a neglected, messy space. With a little organization and a few handy projects, though, we can get much more use out of our garages and also modernize them. Here are our top 10 garage upgrade ideas.
Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.
It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.
Life is full of awkward and uncomfortable moments. We can’t avoid them altogether, but we can handle them with grace. Here are ten situations we all might struggle with and how to relieve the discomfort.
Email is the technology tool everyone relies on and yet perhaps also hates(it’s the cockroach of the internet!). Love it or hate it, we could probably all stand to improve our email skills, from managing our inboxes to sending more elegant email messages. Here are ten of the top mistakes we make with our email.
Check out The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2015 here:
A glance at Slate’s top stories of 2015 offers a veritable Rosetta stone of our readership. History is represented here in several forms: from a mesmerizing interactive that recounted 315 years of slavery to a single momentous paragraph that launched a new era of progress. Millions clicked curiously on a piece about a deadly Chinese trend, and the many more tried our sex history calculator.
TED the Year of Ideas: 2015
Check out the aggregation of TED Videos from 2015 here:
I get overwhelmed when I think about my GHC experiences so I am going to continue to think about the content of this blog post. For now, here are all the notes to the sessions and the livestreams of the incredible speakers!
Session Wiki Notes
Volunteer note takers and speakers from the sessions are in the process of updating the wiki with notes from the sessions they attended or spoke at.
Remember the note takers are volunteers and you can deep dive into the schedule to find the sessions you’re most interested in reading about…I recommend dedicating some time to just browse too!
The speakers are uploading their slides to Dropbox here.
Watch the Keynotes and Panel Discussions
Clara Shih (CEO and founder of Hearsay Social), Blake Irving (CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy) and Megan Smith (Chief Technology Officer, United States of America) will discuss changing the culture of tech through transformation at the individual, company and industry level. A Q&A will follow their individual presentations. #GHC15
Clara Shih Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/clara-shih/
Blake Irving Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/blake-irving/
Megan Smith Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/megan-smith/
Hilary Mason, Founder of Fast Forward Labs, kickstarts GHC 2015 with a rousing talk on inspiring women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winner of the Technical Leadership ABIE Award, which recognizes a woman who inspires the community through outstanding technological contributions. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Nora Denzel, Vice Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, will discuss Lean In and other issues that are top for women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners the Social Impact ABIE Award. #GHC15 #ABIEwinners
Sheryl Sandberg Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/sheryl-sandberg/
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, delivers the Thursday morning keynote and will be joined in conversation by journalist Moira Forbes. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the Grace Hopper Celebration Change Agent ABIE Awards. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner
Moira Forbes Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/moira-forbes/
Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a technical keynote. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the A. Richard Newton Education ABIE Award and the Denise Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, #GHC15 #ABIEwinner
Grace Murray HopperMy dear friend Randy Bear of Concerned Citizen blog helped me find all this incredible information about Admiral Grace Hopper, the namesake for the Women in Computing conference on Houston, TX this year.
What didn’t we find? Leave comments below. As I get more time I’ll include special stories including from Randy who have met the woman who inspires us all!
· Her former husband, Vincent Foster Hopper, died in 1945 during World War II.
o They were married from 1930 but got divorced in 1945.
o She had never been married again and has chosen to keep her married last name.
· When working on the Mark I in 1944, she wrote the first users manual for a computer, a 500-page manual on the operations of Mark I
· While working on the Mark I, she coined the term “bug” describing a computer malfunction
· During her work on UNIVAC, she invented the first computer compiler, translating written instructions to machine code.
o It was during this time when she was able to develop her compiler which was then called the A compiler. The first version was called A-0.
o A few years later in 1952, she was able to come up with an operational compiler, however she said that nobody believed it and that she was told that computers were only limited to doing arithmetic.
o Two years later, she was named Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation’s director for automatic programming, and it was her department which released the first programming languages which were compiler based. These included ARITH-MATIC, FLOW-MATIC, and MATH-MATIC.
o In 1959, CODASYL or the Conference on Data Systems Languages brought together different computer experts for a 2-day conference. Hopper had been the committee’s technical consultant, and she along with her previous employees helped define COBOL.
· In 1967, Hopper was called back to active duty with the US Navy, and assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff as Director, Navy Programming Languages Group.
· The Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC, was named after her.
· When she was seven, she had a great urge to discover how alarm clocks worked and was able to dismantle seven alarm clocks before her mother discovered what she was up to. After that incident, she was then limited to studying just one clock.
· She tried to enter Vassar College when she was 16 but got rejected because her grades in Latin weren’t satisfactory. She was, however, accepted the following year.
· Hopper always had a first love for the Navy:
o While Grace Hopper wanted to be transferred to the regular Navy posts, her request was denied because she was already 38 then. She did, however, remain to serve as part of the Navy Reserve.
o Until 1949, Grace Hopper was part of the Harvard Computation Lab.
o She even turned down Vassar’s offer of a full professorship post, and instead chose to work as a researcher under Navy contract for Harvard.
o At the time of her retirement, she was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy (79 years, eight months and five days).
o Coincidently, she was aboard the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy (188 years, nine months and 23 days). (USS Constitution)
· Apart from being known as “Amazing Grace,” another nickname she earned was “Grandma COBOL” because of her great work on COBOL’s development.
· She was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991 by Pres. George W. Bush —becoming the first female individual recipient of the honor.
· At the age of 85, she died in Arlington, Virginia, on January 1, 1992. She was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.
· A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
· If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
· Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.
· There’s something you learn in your first boot-camp, or training camp: If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep — you don’t know when you’ll get any more.
· I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.
· I’ve received many honors and I’m grateful for them; but I’ve already received the highest award I’ll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.
· Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
· Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, “We’ve always done it this way.” I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
· A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.
In the spirit of getting ready for Alamo City Comic Con check out these pictures from Hotlanta where Dragon Con is going on right now!
1987 marked the beginning of Dragon Con. John Bunnell, David Cody, Robert Dennis, Mike Helba, Pat Henry, and Ed Kramer formed the original Dragon Con Board of Directors and most remain an integral part of the convention today.
UPDATED: 9/9/2015 – I am so excited to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the 2015 Alamo City Comic Con. I had a ton of great entries. Take a second to subscribe to receive notifications for future giveaways by entering your email in the box.
The winner of the two tickets to 2015 Alamo City Comic Con is…Kelli B!! If the tickets are not picked up I will try to announce an alternative winner!
After having an incredible time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con (check out the details from last year, costumes, pictures!!), I am very excited to share information about the 2015 ACCC event! You’ll get a chance to meet amazing comic book stars and legends like:
Ticket Sales: KISSROCKS for $5 discount! (Online through Sept. 4 @ Midnight)
*You can chance purchasing tickets in-person.
3-Day Badge – $75.00
One Day Pass – $30-40
Kids Pass (Ages 3-10) – $15 good for the entire event!
NEW to 2015 ACCC
Lots of great things like a new area just for kids called Kidz Planet. We am have exhibits and activities scheduled from the Witte Museum, SA Zoo, SA Public Library, and more kid friendly vendors in this area.
ACCC Mobile App
Search in the app store (Apple or Android!) for “Guidebook” and download the app. Once downloaded you can search within the app for “Alamo City Comic Con” to keep track of your schedule, find out room locations, check out the vendors, and everything else you’d like to do. Click on the image below for a moving gif description.
Over the past couple of weeks I have had hours and hours of road trip miles to download hundreds top iTunes chart apps (out of boredom) across multiple categories and these are the apps that stood out to me. Most of these are free, a couple a paid apps but well worth it (to me.) What did I miss? I’d love to hear back from you on some stand out favorites!
Life’s most important numbers available at a glance by Numerous, Inc
So this app was created by two people who love visualizing the data. Of course we are surrounded by numbers every day but there is so much for us to consume that it can definitely be overwhelming. After downloading this app you’re prompted to add little widgets/tiles on the customizable screen. You can create custom countdowns (I created a countdown until my daughter leaves for college — not because I want her to leave but because I don’t want to take for granted how little time I have left with her!)
Part of the beauty of Numerous is seeing numbers in context you might not normally. Its one thing to be able to see what the temp inside your house, according to your Nest is. But put that temp next to how hot it is outside and you have additional value!
Here are the some of the tiles I have customized:
Counter until my daughter leaves for college
Number of steps taken each day
Temperature of my house next to the temperature of the weather outside my house
Distance i currently am from my house in San Antonio (so you always know how far from home you are)
Connect to external apps like Google Analytics, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Countdown until the new Star Wars Episode 7 movie
Some things to remember:
Landscape mode shows graphs of the numbers over time
Swipe left to see update privacy settings, customize labels/pictures
Use the “+” sign to add tiles to your screen, hold down to move to a new screen, very similar to the iPhone layout
For those that have heard me talk about IFTTT know how much I love it! Check out details here. Basically, “If THIS happens, DO THIS.” Fully customizable it allows you to connect hundreds of sites to hundreds of other sites. (For example, whenever I post a picture to Instagram, a tweet is also published with the actual picture, not just a link to the instagram post.)
DO Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad.
DO Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.
Basically it is saving you multiple clicks by customizing a button in an app to do what you wou
I have been going CRAZY for this app. You can see it highlighted best in my Arcade Last Lunch post. Basically the paid app allows you to create a watercolor version of your image, instantly! Make sure that you scroll through the settings. The numbers 1-10 allow you to customize how detailed the water color is. I have mostly been setting the images to 10 so that I can keep specific details of the pictures. Some people who want to create a more impressionistic view of the image might consider a less focused view.
Steps tracker & Life coach by Withings by Withings
I quickly have gotten tired of Apple’s Health Tracker app not providing any value. This free app allows you to historically look at your health (on load it will pull a past weeks worth of tracking information and keep track of health from that point on) so you can scroll for weeks and weeks through data. You can see how much you walked by day or week in detail, calorie intake/outtake. You can create walking goals (10,000 is recommended by the WHO) and it will show you in context to how many steps would equate to your goal. It let’s you know what percentage of your goal was met.
It also has nice plugins for other wearable device information as you start to track your blood pressure and other applications.
What I liked about this application was that not only am I able to track how I am doing on Twitter but how other accounts that I care about (or compete with) are doing. You can see the number of followers lost and gained as well as many other valuable details.
EVERYONE needs to immediately stop what they’re doing and downloadGoogle Photos and upload ALL of your photos to the cloud (unlimited space if you let them optimize photo size.)
I have been using it for TWO days (and I work in IT) and I am amazed with what they have done.
Once your photos are uploaded they start to make “creations” for you including:
– movies that are stitched together movie clips and photos that you have taken, set to music that you can change (did a movie montage for my friend’s wedding, Jaden’s week at violin camp, memorial day service at Fort Sam…)
– photo collages
– panoramic photos stitched together from pictures
– animated GIFs of images that are similar
– “stories” of pictures that are small albums of pictures taken on the same day, location information, automatically grouped for you
>>> Search by (automatically grouped for you):
– people’s faces
– categories created by on your pictures (mine included “food”, “baby shower”, ducks, art museum, restaurants, concerts, dancing)
>>> Create your own!
– everything listed above you can also do manually by selecting the pictures/videos and telling it to make a movie, animation, story, etc.
It’s amazing, every hour or so it sends me a notification of more memories it has made!
I really push myself to be empathetic and consider multiples sides. I am frequently accused of justifying too much for people. But when I saw the headlines in my Facebook newsfeed about “Barbie’s I Can Be a Computer Engineer” book, I braced myself though for the worse and I was rewarded.
The book was first highlighted by The Daily Dot here and it is the anti-women in tech, empowering girls in STEM, or even encouraging girls to be independent. Even if Barbie couldn’t fix the computer, it would have been better if:
They showed her at least trying
Her girl friend (instead of boy friends) fixed the computer
She had her guy friends help her debug her actual program that she coded…not design that she was sending to a guy to code…
I majored in Computer Science and love #WomenInTech. If you want to know how you can set up girls in STEM for success check out my post about online programs for girls like Made with Code and how girls can be successful in math!
Download the new Facebook app called, “Rooms” from the Apple AppStore.
Rooms is an app that lets you create places for whatever you’re into. Pick a topic, create a room and customize its look and feel. Share invites anywhere online or off. You can use whatever nickname you want in each room you’re in.
To enter a room, you’ll need an invite. You can find invites in the Recommended Rooms room, which shows up on your home screen automatically after you download and open Rooms. You can also search the web, explore social networks or ask friends. People share invites the same way they share photos (ex: on social media, in text messages or emails, printed out on paper). Once you have an invite, you can enter a room.
There are two ways to enter a room:
Take a screenshot of the room invite on your phone and open the Rooms app. The room will be automatically added to your home screen.
Open the Rooms app and tap Use Invite at the bottom-right corner of the home screen. Take a photo of an invite or chose one from your Camera Roll.
Join Women in Tech Facebook Room
Now that you have downloaded Facebook Room’s join the room I created for “Women in Tech”! It’s for anyone interested in tech, supporting women in tech, and getting kids interested in STEM.
My daughter (Boba Fett), my husband (Darth Vadar), and I (Jedi) LOVED our time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con held at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. During the first year (2013), ACCC brought in 35,000 cosplayers, geeks, and SciFi lovers.
What to Expect
First time to a Comic Con? I have been to a couple but its definitely a new experience! This year almost 75,000 attended over the three day conference! That means there’s a LOT of people. However, it didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.
Panels, seminars, workshops with comic professionals (writers, publishers, artists, and celebrities) – listen and learn!
Costume contests (kids and adults)
Meet and Greets with A-list Comic celebrities
For Sale – select posters and get signatures from the artists, buy lightsabers ($25-$2,500!), toys, collectibles.
Don’t forget to dress up! Although you can attend the conference in your day to day clothes, you won’t feel out of place if you go all out for your costumes! You’ll get a taste of celebrity status, the better the costume, the more times you’ll be stopped for photo ops of conference attendees. Anyone can enter the costume contests and a lot of this costumes are hand-made creations, honoring the characters that inspired.
All Tickets Gain Entry to San Antonio Comic Con Wizard World Convention. Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance. Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets). These prices do not include the 30% off discount: SA30
As the mother of a daughter who had a “May the Fourth Be With You” themed birthday party and was Boba Fett for Halloween, I am very excited to announce the opportunity to win one of twenty 3-day passes to San Antonio’s Wizard World Comic Con, coming August 1st through the 3rd.
Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at San Antonio Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. San Antonio Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! This is Texas’ best new Comic Con! San Antonio Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!
Details about the 3 day line up found here. Here are three of MANY programs that we’re definitely going to check out.
BOLDY GOING: WILLIAM SHATNER
WONDER WOMEN OF THE 21st CENTURY: FEMALE PROTAGONISTS
All Tickets Gain Entry to San Antonio Comic Con Wizard World Convention. Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance. Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets). These prices do not include the 30% off discount: SA30
Here are all the ways you can enter for your chance to win a 3-day pass to San Antonio’s Comic Con, valued at $75 each ticket. Remember that each ticket will also include the admission for two children. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 29 at noon CST. Winner will be sent the codes via email so be sure to include your email address when you leave your comment.
Each action counts as a new entry, do them all multiple times to increase your chances of winning. Thanks for leaving a comment either letting me know where you entered or a comment for each entry. 🙂 I will already try to gather all the entries myself but it will help me to make sure I catch them all. 🙂
Leave a comment on this post about what characters you geek out on the most.
ibitz™ by GeoPalz® is a wireless pedometer. The new ibitz Kid and Adult Wireless Pedometers, are physical activity based devices and apps that wirelessly syncs to your iOS Bluetooth 4.0® (BLE) phone or tablet and allows adults and children their own unique experience with personalized apps. The ibitz Unity for adults tracks steps, distance, weight (added manually), height, overall physical activity, even BMI, and allows them to incorporate their family and friends. Now you are able to form groups and post your progress on social media.
My daughter who is 11 and I used our together and LOVED it! It definitely forced us in an easy way to pay attention to our activity (or sometimes inactivity) so we could improve!
GeoPalz ibitz wireless pedometer for adults and kids
The ibitz for kids wireless pedometer syncs to a rewards platform app. Parents can set goals and rewards such as play time, screen time, or an adventure with a parent. Now you are able to earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin™.
The ibitz by GeoPalz wireless pedometers make investing in a healthy future completely effortless, fun, intelligent, and affordable.
· available in 7 kid-friendly colors
· free iOS app* syncs device wirelessly
· syncs via Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE)
· tracks activity
· set goals and rewards
· durable clip for hip and shoe
· stores 30 days of activity
· earn parent directed rewards
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I am so proud of the Star Wars Birthday Party I just finished throwing. I’m exhausted, and for a brief moment I considered putting this post off and writing it eventually (or getting to it two years later…) but today is May 4th and there’s literally no better day to write a blog post about Star Wars birthday parties than today.
Eventually I will go back and make individual how-to posts on how I did everything inspired by Star Wars and Pinterest…and I’ll make the cute photo collages of the party for easy consumption but after a marathon of crafting craziness, here’s some pictures from my daughter’s 11th year old “May the Fourth be with You” party. (I will also soon write the blog post about San Antonio Laser Tag and their amazing laser tag guns that we rented for the party.)
Star Wars Birthday Party Pictures
Here are some of the pictures from the party. I will go into detail about them in future posts but here’s the quick and dirty.
Made with a linoleum cutter from Michael craft store like the poker pumpkin I made here.
Bubble wands from the dollar store with strategically placed duct tape.
80% off Star Wars goodie bag items from Target, Michaels, and the Dollar Store.
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