Story of the Year isn’t just a rock band, it’s a category that spotlights a popular geek story.

Whether it’s a huge event or a scientific breakthrough, Story of the Year honors a local headline that became a bigger story, drawing attention to Philadelphia’s thriving geek community.

The Nominees

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<h2>N3rd Street</h2>
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N3rd Street


When Old City’s tech business corridor was officially renamed N3RD Street by the City of Philadelphia, the neighborhood celebrated. Places like Indy Hall, SEER Interactive, Impact Hub, Jarv.us, WebLinc, and the nearby Philly Game Forge were thrilled to be recognized in the historic name change.

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<h2>Opening of Paine's Park</h2>
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Opening of Paine's Park


Paine’s Park has been talked about since 2002, but finally— with much community support, including the Kickstarter campaign— the physical park and a community to tie current and future skate parks together came into being. Skaters geeks have a new place to call their own.

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<h2>The Philadelphia Science Festival Rube Goldberg Machine</h2>
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The Philadelphia Science Festival Rube Goldberg Machine


A Guinness Book of World Records attempt to create the largest Rube Goldberg machine, this awesome event took place during the Philadelphia Science Festival and took the media by storm. While the machine didn’t quite make it, the story thrilled and delighted geeks throughout Philadelphia.

Previous Winners

PONG on the Cira Cetner

PONG on the Cira Cetner

The story of PONG being played on the Cira Center swept national news, bringing the project and the city of Philadelphia into the media spotlight in a fun, exciting way.

From Polygon to MTV, PC Mag to the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal to NPR, Frank Lee’s hacked building made headlines everywhere.