Created by Philadelphia’s Jason Richardson, who took home the coveted Geek of the Year award last year, J1-Con is a convention founded to make conventions accessible, so that fans who come from lower income families aren’t left out the sometimes expensive convention scene.
Cosplay contests, live performances, informative panels, artist signings, and meet-and-greets, J1-Con continues to grow year after year, delivering on their goal to make cons affordable, and judgement free for those who come from all walks of life. And not just for attendees, but for artists who want to exhibit, offering up incredibly inexpensive tables to up-and-coming illustrators and comic artists. A convention made by geeks for geeks.
This year, J-1 announced additional expansion, bringing a music component to the always anticipated event. You can watch a recap video of last year’s con, here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YITuozNbnnk
The BlackStar Film Festival is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.
BlackStar highlights films that are often overlooked from emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.
This year, Lansie Sylvia’s new fundraising event Philly Give & Get brought in $6,000 for the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology. Auctioning off “dates” with talented individuals, Philly Give & Get creates an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in their respective fields while networking and meeting awesome new people. After the event, Lansie Sylvia was selected a 2013 Social Impact Fellow.
A monthly event held at Frankford Hall, Nerd Nite Philly brings in speakers from all over the city, talking on a wealth of topics: science, technology, you name it. Philly’s best and brightest hackers, scientists, artists and techies have found themselves speaking to large, eager crowds in the beer garden. This year, Nerd Nite featured some truly incredible guest speakers including Mr. T. expert Ben Leach, Suzanne Woods of Allagash Brewing Co., cheese artisan Madame Fromage, hacker Georgia Gurthrie and others.
The chiptune scene in Philadelphia continues to grow and is proud to be one of the biggest in the country. The team behind the amazing chiptune parties at Studio 34 and PhilaMOCA banded together to create the 8-static Festival, a three day celebration of 8-bit music and visuals in Philadelphia. Their Kickstarter campaign pulled in more than $11,000 and gifted the city with an amazing new music festival.
Every year the folks at Exhumed throw incredible 24-hour film festivals, bringing together the horror and film community for a full day of movie watching madness.
On May 31, a home in Philadelphia’s Mantua neighborhood was demolished. However, before the home was torn down, it was celebrated. People came out to toast the house, sing songs, and remember the home. A moving event that doubled as an art project by Steven and Billy Dufala (who Philadelphians might know from their group Man Man), the goal was to engage the community “through public memory and civic dialogue.”
With thousands of participants and millions of web visitors, Open Air Philadelphia brought together public art and mobile tech to create a fantastic, unique platform for the community to participate in. It illuminated the Philadelphia skyline for three weeks in the Fall, and participants could record and submit messages to share through the art program.
The app was downloaded over 7,000 times and over 17,000 people visited the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the project’s life, becoming the largest crowd-sourced public art project ever seen in Philadelphia.