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

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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…

Nerd HQ 2013 - Conversations for a Cause Panels - Round 2 - The Nerd Machine - SDCC - Petco Park
Stay tuned and keep following our Twitter and Facebook for more #NerdHQ updates!

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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!

Verizon - Super Hero Summer Sweeps - Nerd HQ - Zachary Levi - Website - Entry Page - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC


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!

Nerd HQ Conversations for a Cause Sneak Peek!

The Nerd Machine!Tickets Go On Sale Friday, July 6 at 9am PDT.
[Postponed (though some tickets have been sold) due to REBUILDING of The Nerd Machine!]

THURSDAY

9:30am – Expendables 2
Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture.
11:00am – Psych with Dule Hill, James Roday, Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze 12:00pm – Chuck
 
2:30pm – Seth Green & Robot Chicken

FRIDAY

10:00am – Stan Lee 12:00pm – Man with the Iron Fists followed by a signing 3:00pm – The Rise of the Guardians with Guillermo Del Toro and Friends
 
4:30pm – Nathan Fillion 5:30pm – Assassin’s Creed 3

SATURDAY

10:00am – NTSF: SD SUV 12:00pm – Tomb Raider 3:00pm – Joss Whedon
 
4:30pm- Damon Lindelof 5:45pm- Grimm
with signing earlier in the day (11am)

SUNDAY

3:00pm – Jared Padalecki 4:30pm– Zac Levi with signing to follow

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The Nerd Machine is Now Accepting Applications for Volunteers!

The Nerd Machine is looking for a few good people! Applications are currently being accepted by completing their Nerd Army Enlistment Application.They are looking for “proud enthusiastic Nerds, at least 21 years of age, who are willing to work hard and play hard. If you’re up to the challenge, then complete the following application form and remit it to volunteers@thenerdmachine.com with the Subject line ‘Nerd Army Enlistment’ no later than June 1st.”

The Nerd Machine Headquarters (NHQ) will run concurrently with Comic-Con 2012 and will be “a place where fans can come and celebrate all things Nerd with a variety of fun activities and events.” Events will run from Thursday, July 12th through Sunday, July 15th. This will surely be something not to be missed during Comic-Con!

Nerd HQ Exclusives from Comic-Con are Now Available Online

The Nerd Machine has posted their NerdHQ Exclusives that were available at San Diego Comic-Con. Don’t wait too long as I’m sure supplies are limited. This will probably be your last chance to grab any gear that you missed!