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Aug. 28, 2017 12:55 pm

The Geek Awards were lit. Here’s proof

The seventh annual awards event celebrating Philly's technologists, scientists, mission leaders and creatives was Saturday night.

Marion Leary celebrates her Geek of the Year win.

(Photo by Julie Zeglen)

There’s something pretty incredible about the Philly Geek Awards.

It’s certainly the only event of its kind in Philadelphia, if not anywhere. It’s a testament to how dedicated Philly’s technology, science, impact and creative communities are — and how diverse.

Here’s what went down at the seventh annual event, coproduced by Geekadelphia, Technical.ly Philly and Generocity, this past Saturday.

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First, watch this incredible event trailer, made by local designer and animator Steven Rivera:

On Saturday night, the crowd’s cosplay game was strong.

“And make it double!”

Pokémon’s Team Rocket. (Photo by Julie Zeglen)

Some people came with crews, from the eventual Impact Org of the Year and Movement of the Year winners …

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… to Girl Develop It.

ROAR for Good cofounder Yasmine Mustafa faced her fears …

… as did NextFab Education Manager Lisa DellaPorta.

Even the food was on brand.

During the awards, Black and Brown Workers Collective led a protest chant.

Coded by Kids founder Sylvester Mobley dropped some sobering facts about diversity in STEM.

Geekadelphia Editor-in-Chief Mikey Ilagan pointed out the significance of the award’s biggest award.

At the end of the night, scientist Marion Leary celebrated her big win with a big gesture.

Until next year, Philly.

Shoutout to EvoXLabs founder Ather Sharif for his recap and welcome criticism here.

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Julie Zeglen

Julie Zeglen is the editor of Generocity. Previous to joining the Technically Media team, she served as managing editor of Star Community Newsweekly, a hyperlocal newspaper focused on Philadelphia’s River Wards. The Temple alumna lives in West Philly.

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