Third Annual Nerd HQ Shatters Records, Raises $215,000 for Operation Smile

Nerd HQ - 2013 - Operation Smile - Conversations for a Cause - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park - HeaderThis Year’s Sponsors Included
Intel & ASUS, The FIAT Brand and Perfect World Entertainment


Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine returned to Comic-Con this year bringing with them Nerd HQ. This annual event, now in its third year, provided fans with a home base during the international comic book and entertainment festival. Guests experienced cutting edge technology with hardware provided by Intel & ASUS; gaming showcases including action-packed Neverwinter gameplay; a sneak peak at the all-new, electric FIAT 500e and several exclusive parties including the festival favorite, Levi’s annual Nerd Party.

Zachary Levi - The Nerd Machine - ShieldAlso back by popular demand was the very popular philanthropic panel series “Conversation for a Cause.” Guest who purchased tickets to these intimate panels of about 250 people enjoyed asking questions of their favorite entertainers in an un-moderated forum. This year’s panels included some of the most talked about films, television shows and celebrities including Riddick, “Cast from 300: Rise of an Empire,” Dr. WhoThe Maze Runner, Haven, I, Frankenstein, Orphan Black, PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock, Psych, “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests” and individual panels with Evangeline Lilly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi.

With the addition several new fundraising efforts, such as photo opportunities with celebrities including Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, David Giuntoli, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Levi, an exclusive auction on eBay that featured one-of-a-kind artwork from Elevendy, a huge screening of fan-favorite Serenity on Petco Park‘s field, and a generous $10,000 donation from event sponsor Intel & ASUS, the event generated a record breaking $215,000 for Operation Smile or as Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi put it, 895 smiles.

ABOUT ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC(tm). ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

ABOUT FIAT BRAND
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. The model’s unquestionable popularity is the result of the Fiat 500’s great ability to deliver unmatched personalization options with advanced solutions in terms of quality, engine and passenger comfort. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named “Best Buy” in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a “Top Safety Pick” by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand with the arrival of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio and the Fiat 500 Turbo. In 2013, the FIAT brand will launch the Fiat 500e, a full-electric version of the Fiat 500, and the Fiat 500L, a new five-passenger model that will expand FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.

ABOUT FIAT 500E
Designing city-friendly, environmentally responsible and fun-to-drive small cars is what the FIAT brand and its “Simply More” belief stand for. The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e electrifies the next chapter of the brand’s legacy by embodying the FIAT brand’s simple, purposeful and fun-to-drive values – through iconic style, engaging dynamics and an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design.

The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e arrives at FIAT Studios in California during the second quarter of 2013.

ABOUT INTEL
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published a number of popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly acclaimed MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd., Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com.

ABOUT OPERATION SMILE
Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns. To build long-term self-sufficiency in developing countries, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their own local communities, donates medical equipment and supplies, and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide Comprehensive Care Centers.

ABOUT THE NERD MACHINE
The Nerd Machine is a multimedia company dedicated in bringing its global clientele the best of apparel, accessories, software, hardware, music, and both long and short form video content. We not only put a premium on customer satisfaction and input but also collaboration, as we believe that some of the very best ideas may come out of the very community we serve. Our goal is to nurture an environment where community interaction thrives, creating the best and most forward thinking products available on the market. And, philosophically speaking, spearheading a “mission of redefinition” that changes the global perception of what a nerd is, and thereby allow everyone to celebrate the nerd in themselves. The question is: What are you nerdy about?

VIVA LA NERDOLUTION

via The Nerd Machine

Nerd HQ 2013: Conversations for a Cause Panels On Sale TODAY!

Nerd HQ - 2013 - Conversations for a Cause - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park - HeaderWell today is the day! The Nerd Machine‘s Nerd HQ 2013: Conversations for a Cause panels go on sale TODAY at Noon! Good luck to everyone attempting to get a ticket!


Hey Nerds, here are the Conversations for a Cause panels that will be on sale tomorrow, July 11, 2013 at 12pm PDT.

Where is it:? Petco Park.
How much are tickets? $22 each.
How many seats? 250 seats.
How many tickets can I buy? 2 tickets per panel per order. You can order multiple panels at once (for example Psych, Sherlock, Haven).
Multiple orders are allowed.
Proceeds goes to @OperationSmile

You can purchase Conversations for a Cause tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com.

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And here is a peek at a few of the other panels we will have for sale later on…

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Stay tuned and keep following our Twitter and Facebook for more #NerdHQ updates!

via The Nerd Machine

TEEN WOLF Returns to Comic-Con for the Fourth Year as Part of MTV GEEKEND!

Teen Wolf - Petco Park - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - HeaderMTV Geekend Also Includes First-Ever MTV2 Party in the Park in San Diego on Thursday, July 18 and One-Hour Guy Code Honors Special Airing on MTV and MTV2 Sunday, July 21

MTV News’ Josh Horowitz and MTV Geek’s Steven Smith to Live Stream Exclusive News and Interviews with Fan Favorite Celebrities All Weekend

MTV will be geeking out from Comic-Con International in San Diego all weekend long, beginning on Thursday, July 18 with the highly-anticipated return of a Teen Wolf panel featuring all five series regulars and new cast members who play the twin Alpha werewolves, Max and Charlie Carver. Additionally, the network, along with MTV2MTV News and MTV Geek will be on the ground at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, for the first-ever MTV2 Party in the Park. Open to all Comic-Con badge holders, the July 18 event celebrating the die-hard fans in attendance at Comic-Con will feature live music performances, free food and drinks and the taping of Guy Code Honors, a one-hour special starring the casts of Teen Wolf and MTV2’s Guy Code that premieres Sunday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV2.

The complete schedule for MTV Geekend on-air programming will include the following:

  • Guy Code - LogoGuy Code Honors (Airs Sunday, July 21, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT): The cast of MTV2’s hit show Guy Code geeks out for one special night, saluting the best movies and TV shows that wowed the inner sci-fi, thriller and fantasy fans in all of us this past year, while looking ahead to the titles destined for greatness in the year to come. Filmed from San Diego during the MTV2 Party in the Park, the hour-long special will feature performances, celebrity appearances and advance looks at major upcoming films, all while Guy Code cast favorites Jon Gabrus, Jordan Carlos, Damien Lemon and Chris Distafano break down which movies, shows, actors, heroes and heroines rocked the hardest.
  • MTV’s Comic-Con Live! (Thursday July 18 through Sunday, July 21): MTV News’ Josh and MTV Geek’s Steven will anchor MTV’s live streaming coverage of Comic-Con all weekend long, delivering hourly exclusive reveals of fans’ favorite shows and most-anticipated movies. MTV’s Comic-Con Live will feature interviews with the biggest names in movies, TV, comics and video games, while including comprehensive reports from the panels, the floor, the press rooms and the streets. The coverage starts on Thursday July 18 and leads into Guy Code Honors on Sunday night. Be sure to keep it locked to Comic-Con.MTV.com for the schedule and updates.

The complete schedule for on-the-ground events during MTV Geekend at Comic-Con will include the following:

  • Teen Wolf - Cast Photo - MTVTeen Wolf Comic-Con Panel (Thursday, July 18): Teen Wolf cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman, Max Carver, Charlie Carver and Executive Producer Jeff Davis are taking Comic-Con by storm again, and giving fans an exclusive first-look at an all-new trailer, along with the latest scoop from season three during the Q&A session. Jarett Wieselman, Editorial Director of ET Online, will moderate the panel.  The panel location and exact time will be announced at a later date. Teen Wolf airs Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
  • Petco Park - Grass - LogoMTV2 Party in the Park (Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. PT): The first-ever MTV2 Party in the Park will celebrate the fans at Comic-Con, paying tribute to them and honoring them with access to the hottest live musical performances, along with free food and drinks.  It all takes place Thursday, July 18 at Petco Park from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PT. Performers will be announced at a later date. To request press passes to the MTV2 Party in the Park, please e-mail jake.urbanski@mtvstaff.com.
  • MTV Presents: Creator Pitch LIVE! (Friday, July 19): Join MTV Comics Executive Editor Tom Akel for the 2nd annual MTV Presents: Creator Pitch LIVE!, a live pitch competition between three of the top creators in the business. Last year’s winner David Petersen (Mouse Guard) will be back to defend his crown against two new challengers. Creators are presented with a topic just a few weeks out from the convention and then develop original pitches that the fans vote on to determine the winner!
  • The Gloom - Tony Lee - Dan Boultwood - Manor Club Production - Carson Kane - MTV Comics - Arcana StudiosMTV Comics Premieres Graphic Novel The Gloom: The first graphic novel from MTV Comics premieres at Comic-Con! From acclaimed writer Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Starship Troopers), and artist Dan Boultwood via Arcana Studios, comes the adventures of The Gloom! In 1940s Manhattan the vigilante The Gloom is America’s last line of defense against the Nazis, classic pulp heroism, and common sense!  Tony Lee will be signing copies of The Gloom at Arcana’s booth #2415.

MTV will host a Teen Wolf press room at Comic-Con on Friday, July 19.  For inclusion consideration, please contact Rayna Schwartz, Katie Magnotta and Lameka Lucas; contact details are below and exact details will be announced shortly.  For more information, visit MTVPress.com

Teen Wolf was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, Criminal Minds) who also serves as executive producer.  Additional executive producers include Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction), Marty Adelstein (Prison Break), René Echevarria (Medium, Castle), Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley.  The pilot was written by Jeff Davis and Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman and directed by Russell Mulcahy.  The Teen Wolf series is based on a Screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman.  Justin Levy is the MTV executives in charge of production.  The series is a co-production with, and distributed by, MGM, in association with Lost Marbles Productions, Inc., First Cause, Inc. and DiGa.

About MTV
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to http://www.mtvpress.com.

About MTV2
Available in approximately 80 million homes MTV2 is man’s best friend. Since its launch in 1996, the network has reflected the subversive interests and behaviors of young men with a compelling and diverse programming line-up inspired by ordinary guys who do extraordinary things.  MTV2 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com or follow us on Twitter @MTVPress.

via MTV Press Release

Win a Pass to Nerd HQ from the Verizon “Super Hero Summer” Sweepstakes!

Verizon - Super Hero Summer Sweeps - Nerd HQ - Zachary Levi - Website - Entry Page - SDCC - Comic-Con 2013 - HeaderThis is the first sweepstakes to win a trip to NerdHQ! It is sponsored by Verizon and you can enter once every day until July 8th! Good luck! Let us know if you win!


You could win a trip to San Diego! Enter the Super Hero Summer Sweeps for a chance to win access to all events at Nerd HQ during the biggest comic book weekend of the year. From July 18-21, you and a friend can:

  • See the real MK 42 armor from Marvel’s Iron Man 3
  • Mingle with celebs at a private party at Petco Park on July 20th
  • Get $1,000 in spending money (gift cards for winner & guest?)
  • A Nerd Machine prize pack (consisting of various items)
  • A food and beverage credit of $50 per day to be used at Nerd HQ events
  • A photo opportunity with Zac Levi
  • Attend one Nerd HQ panel every day
  • Access the VIP lounge during the private party

The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $11,400.00

Fill out the form at the link provided below to enter! You can submit once every day through July 8th, 2013!

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on 6/10/13 and ends at 6:00 p.m. ET on 7/8/13. Open only to legal residents of the forty-eight contiguous United States and D.C. who are age 21 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. For full rules and eligibility requirements click here. Sponsored by Verizon Services Corp.

In order to enter the Sweepstakes, visit www.verizonsweeps6.com or www.verizon.com/im3 during the Entry Period, enter your name, address and telephone number, email and date of birth and follow the on-screen instructions. Normal time rates, if any, charged by the entrant’s Internet service provider will apply. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person and per e-mail address per day, regardless of which Website at which the entrant enters.

On or about July 9, 2013, one (1) potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received.

For the names of the winners, available after July 9, 2013, or a copy of these Official Rules, send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to: Verizon “Super Hero Summer” Sweepstakes, c/o Erwin Penland, 125 E. Broad St., Greenville, SC 29601. Please indicate “Rules Request” and/or “Winners List Request.”

Verizon Services Corp., One Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Nerd HQ 2013 Volunteer Recruitment Has Just Opened!

Nerd Machine HQ Comic-Con 2012 SDCC HeaderThe Nerd Machine has just announced their volunteer recruitment for Nerd HQ 2013. You must be 21 or older to volunteer, but if you do I’m sure you’ll have a great time and have lots of opportunities to meet new people! The Nerdolution begins Thursday, July 18 and runs through Sunday, July 21.

Here is the link to their volunteer application for the Nerd Army! Good luck and have fun!

Charity Auction for a 4-Night Stay at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront During Comic-Con 2012

JDRF is having a charity auction on Charitybuzz to raise funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and has an item someone may find useful during Comic-Con 2012. It is a 4-night stay at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront! Currently there is one bid at $350 on this item and it ends on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:28:00 PM EDT. Estimated retail value is $1,300. (There are also other items that you can bid on.) Good luck to any and all bidders. The auction details follows.

Get ready for the 43rd annual Comic-Con on the bayfront in beautiful downtown San Diego. The largest Comic Convention in the Americas is a Mecca for comic book enthusiasts, science fiction/ fantasy fans, and pop-culture devotees. Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and exciting evening events.

If you know you will be attending Comic-Con and want to get a hotel room in a prime location; here’s your chance! Right now you have the opportunity to secure a four-night stay at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront from July 11-14, 2012. The Hilton Bayfront is just south of the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is held.

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is located at 1 Park Boulevard near Harbor Drive, across the street from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. It can be reached from both Harbor Drive and the waterfront walkway along the park behind the Convention Center. Score the best diggs in town!

Terms: Does not include tickets to Comic-Con and does not have to be redeemed for that period. Reservations are required 14 days in advance. The original gift certificate must be present at check-in. Cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Travel is not included. Expires 1 year from the close of auction.

Shipping and Handling The minimum shipping, handling and applicable insurance for this item is $14.95. Additional shipping charges may apply based upon the location of the winner. Hard copies of tickets, travel certificates and merchandise are shipped via FedEx or professional shipping service. Detailed redemption information for non-tangible items will be emailed to the winning bidder.

Donated by: San Diego Hilton Bayfront

The proceeds for this item benefit JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
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Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF‘s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
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Visit website: http://www.jdrf.org

closes: Tue, 8 May 2012 2:28:00 PM EDT