What are the Philly Geek Awards?
The Philadelphia Geek Awards are an awards ceremony honoring outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community, hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences and Geekadelphia. It’s a black tie, red carpet event. Think the Oscars, but a lot sillier and a lot more fun.
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, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and variety of subject matter experts in film, technology, 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 or person based in Philadelphia?
- Is it a tangible thing that has happened in the time since the last awards? (should we give this a date b/c we choose nominees by May/June the previous year?)
- Is it Geeky? (a passion project, for example)
- Is it for the good of the city/world or simply for profit? More points for do-gooders, clearly.
- How much acclaim does it already have> In other words, will we be contributing noise or will we highlight them to bring attention to the person or project?
- If we can answer yes to all of the above 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 have the most of these elements when pitted next to each other in the same category.
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