Perhaps the most coveted award in the Philly Geek Awards, Geek of the Year honors an outstanding geeky individual here in the City of Brotherly Love.

We’ve made a point to focus on passionate individuals that have made an impact in Philadelphia. Geeks that the city wouldn’t be the same without.

The Nominees

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<h2>Leslie Birch</h2>
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Leslie Birch


A mover, a shaker, an awesome hack maker, Leslie Birch creates incredible work in Philadelphia. Her wearable tech with a DIY approach, her Senti8 project with team members in 2014 International Space Apps Challenge “best use of hardware,”and ISS Orbit Skirt from 2013 show her commitment to wearable tech. She works hard to inspire young women in the region to get involved in tech, design and more. She can be often found teaching at The Hacktory and Hive 76.

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<h2>Jason Richardson</h2>
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Jason Richardson


In addition to being one of the hosts of the incredible podcast The Black Tribbles, Jason Richardson is a community builder and leader though his production company J1 Studios. He hosts J1-Con, one of the biggest anime conventions in Philadelphia, as well as the Cosplay Prom. And when he isn’t recording podcasts or hosting huge events, he’s a comic book artist.

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<h2>Chris Alfano</h2>
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Chris Alfano


A driving force in Philadelphia’s hacking scene, and a mentor organizer for countless hackathons in the city, Alfano is a major leader in the community. He serves as the Brigade Captain of Code for Code for Philly.

Previous Winners

Dan Ueda

Dan Ueda

Central High School

Dan is an incredible high school science teacher who has gone above and beyond to inspire his students to be just as geeky as him.

At Central High School, he brought his robotics team, The Robolancers, to a national competition for the very first time. And he volunteers to do all this robotics work in his free time.

Tristin Hightower

Geek Girl Dinners

Cofounder of Girl Geek Dinners, Tristan Hightower has done a lot for the geek community here in Philly. A constant encouraging voice in the women in tech community, she was featured as a panelist at the Philly Women in Tech Summit talking about breaking into the industry and giving back to the community. She is also the community manager for Burst Online Entertainment.