Second Annual G3 Expo

While it’s nearly been a month since the 2nd Annual G3 Expo, and I thought I’d share a little recap of how it went.

The G3 (Graphics, Gadgets, and Games) Expo is an event that I organize at Pittsburg State University. This event is open to the public and is all about sharing the love of graphics, gadgets, and games.

Anime Dumpling: Second Annual G3 Expo
G3 Expo attendees signing in

As always it takes a full year to make this event happen, from booking the venue, scheduling speakers, setting up workshops and recruiting exhibitors. Of course, all my hard work is usually paid off, with a successful event.

Cosplay Fun

This year’s event was comic book themed and I couldn’t resist doing some cosplay. I dressed up as Agent Carter. I actually already had the red hat and by chance found a blue suit on sale. Unfortunately, I was so busy the day of the event I didn’t really get a chance to take any good photos of me in my costume.

Anime Dumpling: Second Annual G3 Expo
Opening session with me dressed as Agent Carter

Doubled Attendees

Speaking about being busy, this year our event doubled in attendees. We went from 100 attendees to just about 200 this year. Wow! I have to say thanks to all our student volunteers without whom it would be impossible to coordinate such an event. Also, big thanks to Katie Sauter, one of our GIT students who took all these amazing photos.

Anime Dumpling: Second Annual G3 Expo
Shot of attendees at on of our many speaker sessions

Full Workshops

This year we added to the schedule, including not only guest lectures but several hands-on workshops. The workshops were very popular, especially the photography workshops and the game development workshop.

Anime Dumpling: Second Annual G3 Expo
3D Workshop taught by Chris Burris


Interviews and Entertainment

Before and during the event I got interviewed by several media outlets including, KZRG 102.9 news radio, KKOW 96.9 country radio and The Morning Sun (local paper). I even appeared on the local news that night in my costume (see below).

This year we also added to the entertainment with a live band that played during lunch.

Anime Dumpling: Second Annual G3 Expo
Local band Among The Lost, performing at the G3 Expo

Overall the entire event was very successful and am already planning for next year’s event set for Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Akram Taghavi-Burris

Akram Taghavi-Burris is an award winning designer, an educator with over 15 years of experience in graphic arts and web design. Akram has an M.Ed. with an emphasis on Design Education and has been awarded several prestigious awards for her work such as the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Award and, the Davinci Fellows Award for innovation in teaching. Currently, Akram teaches Computer Simulation and Gaming (Video Game Design) at the University of Tulsa. to life.

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