The Philly Geek Awards are an annual ceremony hosted by Geekadelphia, Generocity, Technical.ly and the Free Library of Philadelphia honoring geeks in the greater Philadelphia region.

From local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to the arts & culture community, the awards highlight a bit of everything.

What are the Philly Geek Awards?

The Philly Geek Awards are an awards ceremony honoring outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community. It was founded by Geekadelphia in 2011 and in 2016 Technical.ly and Generocity joined. This year’s awards will be taking place at the Free Library of Philadelphia. It’s a black tie, red carpet event.

Who Oversees the Awards?

We have a planning committee that designs and develops the entire event and a selection committee that chooses the nominees and winners. The selection committee is comprised of representatives from Geekadelphia, Generocity, Technical.ly, the Free Library of Philadelphia and a variety of subject matter experts in film, technology, social impact, journalism, and more.

How are Nominees Chosen?

We encourage public submission of nominees on the Geek Awards website. This plays a huge role in discovering awesome projects and people we didn’t know about, or in some cases, didn’t know enough about.

A few key criteria for selection:

  • Is the person or project based in the Philadelphia region?
  • Is it a tangible thing that has happened in the time since the last awards?
  • Is it geeky? A passion project?
  • Is it for the good of the city/world? What kind of impact does it have?
  • How much acclaim does it already have?
  • If we can answer yes to the relevant questions above then it qualifies as a nominee. We keep the three nominees that most exemplify these criteria per category.

Winners are simply the ones the selection committee deems to have the most of these elements when pitted next to each other in the same category. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Philly Geek Awards.