Two different but complementary initiatives launched this week in support of geek girls: Year of the Fangirl just launched on Ashley Eckstein’s HerUniverse.com and Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is now accepting applications and submissions for its 2013 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Game Design Competition.
Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and founder of Her Universe™, the groundbreaking sci-fi apparel line for fangirls, announced a very special year-long campaign to highlight and recognize one of the fastest growing and important segments of the sci-fi/fantasy/pop culture audience…women. Geek Girls, as they sometimes are affectionately known, can be found in every walk of life and beginning today, HerUniverse.com will shine the spotlight on a different fangirl every day showing their diversity, dreams and interests. Featured fangirls will be selected from submissions by way of fans and a team of 5 fangirl contributors, personally picked by Eckstein, who will be searching across the U.S. and the world for individual stories of every day female fans. Eckstein said:
From day one, it’s been very important to me to make Her Universe a positive and supportive community for fangirls. I’ve traveled the nation over the past 2 ½ years with Her Universe and I have been inspired by so many amazing women. There are several great outlets that highlight fangirl celebrities and pop culture news but I wanted to create a place where we will share the stories of everyday women who are proudly letting their geek flag fly! If she considers herself a fangirl, we want to hear her story!
The fangirl submissions will be reviewed by a team of five Geek Girls:
- Tricia Barr – a professional engineer, author, and founder of FANgirl Blog, which focuses on discussing Star Wars, strong female characters, and storytelling.
- Erin Kelahan – a longtime sci-fi/fantasy fangirl and passionate supporter of Her Universe and fangirls everywhere. Erin’s goal in life is to help as many people as possible find and embrace their inner geek.
- Amy Ratcliffe – a freelance writer, Star Wars enthusiast, twitter addict and all-around geek who enjoys most things sci-fi and fantasy. Amy has written about comics, cosplay, conventions, and other topics around the internet and in print.
- Victoria Schmidt – a veteran cosplayer “Scruffy Rebel,” and co-founder of the geek girl fashion and style blog, “Set To Stunning.” A geek fashion trendsetter who has spent her life devoted to a broad range of fandoms.
- Lillian Skye – a Star Wars fan since before she could hold a lightsaber, now a junior in high school, Lillian writes for a student run publication published weekly by the Tampa Bay Times and has her own blog for geek chic Star Wars fans called “Fangirls in the Force.”
Te fangirl form can be found on the Her Universe website (www.heruniverse.com) with questions to be filled out about the female fan to be profiled. Once completed, individuals can submit the form on the site, and attach a photo (optional). Each day, Eckstein and the Geek Girl volunteers, will spotlight a “fangirl of the day” on the Her Universe website and its social media platforms.
If video games are more her style, the SOE’s G.I.R.L. Scholarship might be of interest. Now in its sixth year, the G.I.R.L. Scholarship prides itself as being an active catalyst for inspiring women’s involvement in the video game industry, as well as for providing an open gateway for those pursuing careers in the field of creative and applied arts. SOE will award one winner of the 2013 G.I.R.L. Game Design Competition with a scholarship in the amount of $10,000 to be applied towards tuition and other educational expenses at the winner’s school of enrollment. Winners will also be given the opportunity to participate in a paid internship of up to 10 weeks at SOE’s headquarters in San Diego for hands-on experience working on one or more of the company’s games. Laura Naviaux, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, said:
At SOE, we believe that diversity is one of our keys to success and it is truly woven into the fabric of who we are as a company. We want to help make the games industry even that much more approachable and our goal with the G.I.R.L. Scholarship is to provide an easy way to usher even more women into the industry.
Submissions for the 2013 G.I.R.L. Game Design Competition will close on March 29, 2013. To apply, applicants must register with Scholarship America®, SOE’s scholarship administrator, and submit their application for evaluation, as directed here: https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/gamersinreallife/. For more information about G.I.R.L., please visit http://girl.soe.com. To follow G.I.R.L. on Twitter, go to https://twitter.com/SOE_GIRL or to join G.I.R.L. on Facebook, go to http://tinyurl.com/SOE-GIRL.
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