IT's Geek Week
Every year in the first week of May we celebrate Geek Week!
Welcome to geek Week
Walk into any office and you'll see everyone from front line employees to directors, decorating their desks and cubicles with a representation of fandoms and pop culture items that they enjoy. Geek Week was created as a bridging tool, that tapped into those pop culture themes, to open communication and bring people on the team together. The IT industry would not be what it is today if not for the innovations and creative ideas that spring from the Fiction created. Computers, cell phones, the internet all existed in fiction before they did in the real world, those stories inspired people to make what they read about in books or saw in movies real. The things we celebreate during Geek Week are the foundations of the technology we work with every day.
The origin story
An annual event that kicks off every year the first week of May, it was born in Ingram Micro's Solution Design and Services department in 2013. Originally a week-long event with various pop culture themes in SDAS it grew to a campus wide event in their Buffalo office to a global event celebrated at Ingram offices in the US, Costa Rica and the Philippines.
Training sessions and team building events are the core of Geek Week. In the tech industry there are constant changes and advancements. Keeping employees trained on all the new information can be tedious at times. Overlaying pop culture fandoms on top of the training we were delivering made them fun, new and drove participation. SDAS agents were excited to attend a training on cyber security when they found out it was being delivered via Scooby and the Mystery Inc gang.
Team building events include trivia nights where your Geek Week knowledge is tested. Bracket style competitions where the company voted on things like favorite super-hero movie or overall favorite television show. After hours gaming events of board games and videos games brought people from all over the company together for battles of Mario Kart or intense battles of Risk.
Gamification and friendly competition of our daily metrics are also a part of Geek Week. Contests like Tech-Mania, where contact center agents would aim to create great customer experiences and hitting all of their daily metric goals. Geek Tank where Ingram employees would use Sales Gym techniques to pitch a team of Geeks their best sales pitch on their latest idea. Even in house escape rooms were created at Ingram where participants have had to escape magic schools, super hero headquarters or ancient tombs using sponsoring vendor tech knowledge, company knowledge and puzzle solving skills.
The IT Industry and Geek Week
Geek Week and the IT industry go together like Kirk and Spock, it just works. Everyone involved in the Tech Industry loves gadgets and latest advances, a lot of that spawned due to Science Fiction and fans getting involved with tech trying to make fantasy a reality. In fact if it wasn't for Star Trek we wouldn't have tech like cell phones, automatic doors, tablets and more.
Themes and Events
Geek Week is celebrated the first week of May due to the number of Pop Culture historical items that take place this week. Holidays, birthdays, and the kick off of summer block busters all hitting at this same times made it easy to celebrate so many fandoms inclusive to all. Daily themes based on these dates influence our training sessions and events for Geek Week.
The Month of May is filled with fun official holidays like those listed below and always kicks off the big summer blockbuster movie season in theaters. You'll also find that it is Free Comic Book Day the first Saturday in May at your local comic shop. May 9th is Goku Day, May 21st is Talk Like Yoda Day and 25th is Geek Pride Day.
Officially: Batman Day
1999 Sponge Bob
2009 X-Men Origins Wolverine
2015 Avengers Age of Ultron
Officially: The Battle of Hogwarts Day
The Rock (movies and WWE)
Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
2003 X-Men 2
2008 Iron Man (Birth of the MCU)
2014 Amazing Spiderman (Garfield)
2018 Cobra Kai
Officially: Paranormal Day
Dule Hill (Psyche, West Wing)
1996 The Craft
2002 Spider-Man (McGuire)
2011 The Amazing World of Gumball
2013 Iron Man 3
Officially: Star Wars Day
May the 4th Be With you
Will Arnett (Lego Batman)
2007 Spider-Man 3 (McGuire)
2012 The Avengers
2021 Star Wars the Bad Batch
Officially: Star Wars Day - Revenge of the Fifth
Officially: Cartoonist Day
Henry Cavil (Superman, The Witcher)
Lance Henrikson (Aliens)
1977 The Love Boat
2006 Mission Impossible 3
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Officially: Space Day Day
George Clooney (Batman)
2016 Captain America Civil War
2022 Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
Free Comic Book Day
Alexander Ludwig (Vikings)
1997 The Fifth Element
1999 The Mummy
2010 Iron Man 2
How can you celebrate IT's Geek Week?
Look for updates on Linkedin
Go to Ingram Micro's Linkedin page to see Geek Week updates on events, training videos, articles and more in the month of May. Follow #ITsGeekWeek there and on other social media platforms.
Geek Week The Training and Quizes
Create training for your buisness with a fun Geek Week twist.
Geek Week The Dress Code
Assign different days during Geek Week to wear various colors to represent your fandom
Geek Week The Events & Activities
You can host trivia nights, board game nights or even virtual escape rooms.
Geek Week The Menu
Share fun recipes and more because being a foodie or a coffee nut is fandom as well
Geek Week The Podcast
You can listen to the IT's Geek Week Podcast
Geek Week The Gallery
Use Geek Week to bring in your community engagement teams and show how fandoms are supportive to various groups.