A long time ago (1998) in a galaxy far, far away (Albany, New York), one brave man decided to stand up to stereotypes, bullies and enemies of calculus and pocket protectors everywhere to declare Geek Pride Day an annual tradition at a local bar. He didn’t even need a lightsaber.
But the story of geek pride doesn’t begin there. In fact, the very first organized celebration of geekdom dates back to May 25, 1977 – the day that the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, was released.
Fast-forward to 2008, and Geek Pride Day began appearing on select calendars and websites in North America. By 2009, Geek Pride Day was a full-blown international phenomenon, as it was celebrated across the globe in Canada, Hungary, Israel, Romania and many other countries.
Clearly, taking pride in your geekiness is a time-honored tradition. At Modis, we’re celebrating by bringing back a tradition of our own – our annual Geekstakes giveaway contest.
We’ve partnered with John Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo and LockerGnome’s Chris Pirillo to make Geekstakes 2013 the biggest – and geekiest – contest ever. The two were so excited to help us, that they even created this kick-off video to celebrate.
Between May 24 and June 27, we’ll be giving away a prize a day. Here’s a list of all the awesome geek gear you could win:
- A Mophie powerstation
- A geek hoodie
- A Boogie Board Rip eWriter
- A Kindle Paperwhite
- A Nest learning thermostat
- A BERG Little Printer
- An AR Drone remote-controlled quadricopter
- A Sonos PLAY 3 with bridge
- A Samsung Galaxy Camera
Check out pictures of all of the prizes on our Pinterest board now.
Like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we’re saving the best for last. Our grand prize fuses LEGOS with lightsabers and is both the grandest and geekiest prize of all – a LEGO Star Wars Death Star set valued at $400.
Best of all, you just need to enter once to be qualified to win every weekday, so you won’t need to take a break from studying up on Valyrian, practicing your Jedi mind tricks or taking apart and putting together your new supercomputer for the seventh time this week (these are just guesses, of course).
Happy Geek Pride Day and good luck in Geekstakes 2013!