I wrote a cool post on Geekadelphia about a very fun contest sponsored by Foursquare.
Tying in to a recent initiative by the White House to promote tourism through the hashtag #visitUS (yah, for realsies), Foursquare is asking people to make city-specific lists of 20-30 awesome spots, load them up with quality tips and photos and then submit them for review. The best three lists (and the ones with the most followers) will be made into city badges. I made two lists and submitted them, and from the looks of it, we might be the front-runners in this contest.
Badge of Brotherly Love: places to go shopping, grab a meal, watching a flick and learn some history, in Center City, South Philly, Manayunk and beyond.
Geekadelphia badge: 30 of the geekiest spots in the city, like a place to buy toy robots or a 200-year-old museum with the first-ever mounted dinosaur skeleton.
Why should you care? Why does this matter? Well, from first glance, it might seem like a silly contest for a silly reason. But even though I live in New Jersey now, I love Philadelphia so hard in the face (and still sleep there about 3-4 days a week) and have spent quite a bit of time writing about the city and all the great people, projects and ideas that sprouted here — hence the Geekadelphia list of my favorite nerdy, innovative spots. The local and state tourism branches have already expressed how cool this could be to attract people to the area and have been helping promote the idea online the past few days. Awesome!
Anywhoo, please feel free to check them out, promote to friends and give a follow. I promise you will enjoy them, or you’ll get a money back guarantee*.
*these lists cost nothing to follow, so you will instead get a high five or equivalent.
But no one was recognizing the folks in the ‘geek’ scene; comic illustrators, indie game developers, local social media marketers, new blogs, podcasts and vodcasts. And these are the sort of folks who I write about every day on Geekadelphia. They’re the folks who do the work that brings unconventional notoriety to our city, making Philly known for indie game dev, a vibrant art scene, a brilliant tech community and so on. In my eyes, they are doing the work that matters.~ The Philadelphia Geek Awards Are Tonight: What They Are, Why They Exist, & What I Learned Making Them Happen