I’m pretty sure there are a few “geeks” out there who stumble upon this blog every once in a while. Well, I hope so because, let’s face it, geeks are cool. Talking about cool, check out the super geeky cool stuff coming to the Mill Avenue District. They will be combining science, technology and drinking / brewing BEER. How’s that for getting the attention of the city’s finest geeks? Yes, you can enter the homebrew contest! You can also participate in the cool stuff mentioned below.
Here is today’s press release from our friends at the City of Tempe. Stay tuned. We’ll have more info and details in the near future.
Beta test now for fun at Arizona SciTech Festival activities in Tempe
Tempe is known for its technology companies, the research at Arizona State University and many other colleges and, of course, if there’s one thing Tempe knows, it’s how to throw a party.
In partnership with the Downtown Tempe Community, LaunchSpot and Tempe Maker Bench, Tempe will host Geeks Night Out – the Science of Fun on Feb. 16. We’ll blend science, technology and all the elements of a great party to celebrate the Arizona SciTech Festival.
While the party doesn’t happen for a couple months, some people may want to begin preparing for the event now. There are opportunities to gain funding for business concepts, a homebrew contest, businesses can participate in the event, and people everywhere might want to start working on their costumes for the Brainiac Walk.
The City of Tempe is proud to be part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a six-week event beginning in January 2012. This effort of more than 200 organizations spanning industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, is aimed at giving Arizonans of all ages hands on experiences with science, technology and show how innovation can improve our state, our country and our world.
Cities throughout Arizona have signed on to host a series of hands-on activities and workshops, conversations and debates, exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours to engage the community in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
“Tempe is known for its innovative spirit, which comes from smart residents, our businesses and workforce and the strength of research from our colleges and universities,” Councilmember Onnie Shekerjian said. “This is a great opportunity for Tempe to honor those people who improve our world in a very fun way.”
Everything takes place on Feb. 16 from 5-10 p.m. in or outside of MADCAP Theaters on Mill Avenue and Seventh Street. Here’s what people might want to start working on now to be prepared to have fun in February:
· Get Your Pitch Ready – LaunchSpot Innovators’ Area
Are you an amateur inventor with a great product or concept? Tempe’s incubator will bring venture capitalists, attorneys and business consultants to MADCAP Theater. You’ll have a short time to pitch your idea with the possibility of gaining funding and business assistance. We’ll have a college and an adult division. Sign up opportunities and rules will be announced in January
· Get Your Booth Ready – Outdoor Expo
Science, medical and technology organizations that would like to show what they can do and how the science behind their products and services work can contact us to set up tables outside MADCAP. Call 480 Kris Baxter-Ging at 480 858-2059 for details
· Get Your Costume Ready – Brainac Walk
Dress up like your favorite genius, science project gone wrong, zombie or mad scientist and walk down the sidewalks of Mill Avenue proudly. Harkins Theatres is sponsoring a costume contest at 7:30 p.m. with a great prize for the most creative getup
· Get Your Brew Ready – Tempe Home Brew Contest
The alchemy of alcohol requires a great deal of chemistry and a little time. Some of Tempe’s best brewmasters will judge amateur beer for prizes from Dave’s Electric, Four Peaks and other Tempe establishments. Those over 21 will be able to purchase professionally brewed products at MADCAP
Geeks Night Out is still a couple months away. We’ll be adding more details about the festival as we go. For the most recent information, regularly visit http://www.tempe.gov/business/scitechfest/. For information about the statewide event, go to http://www.azscitechfest.org/azscitechfest