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Geek Week 2018

What is Geek Week? Geek Week is an nationally recognized annual week of events celebrating all things “geeky” at Rutgers University. From tabletop and video gaming, to music, cosplay, academic panels based on gender and ethnic diversity, and more. By focusing on the students and their passions, Geek Week seeks to make meaningful differences in students lives by providing opportunities for them to find community, be accepted, and gain exposure to non-familiar topics and experiences in geek culture.

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Trivia Night: One Quiz To Rule Them All!
Monday, February 26
Location: Busch Student Center, Cove
Time: 8PM

Come out and enjoy an awesome night of geeky trivia! We’ll have questions covering the wide breadth of geekdom, everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones, tabletop gaming to internet culture. Bring your friends and compete as a team (up to four members) or come to meet some fellow geeks! The top three teams will win fun prizes and there will be free food for all!

1st Place: RU Express for $25 and Geek Week Prize packs for each team member

2nd Place: RU Express for $10 and Geek Week Prize packs for each team member

3rd Place: Geek Week Prize packs for each team member

To pre-register your team and reserve your spot, click here from your scarletmail account.

Virtual Reality Showcase
Tuesday, February 27
Location: Busch Student Center, MPR
Time: 10AM-4PM

Join CDW-G, our event sponsor, for an in-depth look at the latest virtual reality technology. This event is open to the public and free of charge. There will be VR demos that you can try yourself, Makerspace 3D printing and human scanning demos, giveaways, free food, presentations by key companies in the VR industry, and a chance to meet representatives from Microsoft, CDW, Cisco, Intel, HP, and HTC. The event runs from 10AM until 4PM and you are encouraged to attend for as little or as much as your schedule allows.


  • 10 a.m. Demo Hall Opens
  • 10:30 a.m Opening Remarks: Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph., Sr. VP for Research and Economic Development, Rutgers New Brunswick
  • 11 a.m. Faculty Speaker Dr. Grigore Burdea: The Research and Future of VR in Medical Rehabilitation
  • 11:30 a.m. Intel: Developing for VR: The Challenges and Future of Building VR Applications
  • 12 p.m. Buffet Lunch and Presentation from Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing
  • 12:30 p.m. Makerspace/GRID/DoCS: VR Resources at Rutgers and How Students Can Get Involved
  • 1 p.m. HTC: The Status of VR/AR in Industry
  • 1:30 p.m. HP: The Status of VR/AR in Higher Education
  • 2 p.m. Faculty Speaker Dr. Patrick Shafto, Rutgers Newark: Modified Reality: Harnessing Science to Change Perception
  • 2:30 p.m. Faculty Speaker Dr. Paul Weber, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education VR Health Applications – Current and Future
  • 3 p.m. CDW Closing Remarks: Marisa Dourlain, Product Manager, Emerging Technology and Visual Solutions
  • 4 p.m. Demo Hall Closes

Our Speakers:

  • Intel – Brent E. Insko, PhD: Architect, Intel’s VR Center of Excellence
  • HP – Gus Schmedlen: Vice President of Worldwide Education at HP
  • HTC – Tanner Thayer, VR Evangelist, Developer, and Enthusiast
  • Dr. Patrick Shafto – Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers – Newark
  • Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph. – Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers New Brunswick

Triwizard Tournament
Tuesday, February 27
Location: Busch Student Center, MPR
Time: 8PM-10PM

Join Muggle Mayhem in the Busch Student Center MPR for a Triwizard Tournament! You will represent one of three famous Wizarding schools and win points in activities like Quidditch Pong, Wizard’s Chess, a broomstick obstacle course, and many more.

Let the Games Begin!
Wednesday, February 28
Location: Carr Library, Livingston Campus
Time: 10AM

Please join us at Carr Library for our board game extravaganza during Geek Week 2018. Have a blast with your friends playing Trivial Pursuit, Who Wants to Be a Millionare?, Star Trek: The Game, and many more.

An Unorthodox Review of Chemistry 162
Wednesday, February 28
Location: Library of Science & Medicine, Science Libraries- Rutgers University
165 Bevier Rd, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Time: 3PM-5PM

Come watch some spectacular chemistry experiments in honor of Geek Week at the Library of Science and Medicine. Bob Porcja from the Chemistry Department will present his unorthodox review of Chemistry 162, creating elephant toothpaste, making fog, and igniting balloons. Enjoy free coffee, cookies, and candy while you watch the show!

Dinner, Dialogue and Debate!
Wednesday, February 28
Location: College Avenue Student Center, MPR
Time: 7PM

We know you like to spend hours talking about your favorite geeky subject and we know you like free, delicious food! Come out to our Geek Week dinner with table hosts who are excited to get the conversation rolling around topics such as Competitive Gaming/Esports, Orphan Black: Join the Clone Club!, Legomania, STEM, astrology, comic books, and so much more. We’ll also have tables where you can engage in friendly debate around topics such as Marvel vs. DC and Is Disney Ruining Star Wars? Simply show up, select your table, and start talking. Attendees will have the chance to win fun raffle prizes too.

Geek Week at the Honors College
Thursday, March 1
Location: 5 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
Time: 7PM

Mr. Stark is calling all Avengers to assemble in the Honors College for a very special Marvel themed evening filled with food and activities, including trivia and mask making! Learn about the Marvel Universe from Rutgers’ own: Dr. Charles Keeton will discuss cosmology, Dr. Trip McCrossin will talk about the philosophical implications of evil, and Dr. Matthew Sumpter will speak on the heroes, villains, and violence. The evening will come to a close with a screening of “Spider-man: Homecoming.” Everything is free of charge and all are welcome. Mr. Stark hopes to see you there!

Blade Runner Movie Night
Thursday, March 1
Location: Library of Science and Medicine
Time: 8PM

Join the Library of Science and Medicine during Geek week for a showing of the 1982 science fiction cult classic Blade Runner. The movie is free and popcorn is free! This film, set in postmodern Los Angeles in 2019, presents a futuristic dark look at bioengineered synthetic beings called Replicants, It is hard to tell who is human and who is not! This film has a great all start cast including Harrison Ford, Darryl Hannah, Edward James Almos, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young.

Night of the Living Finale Party, Part VII
Friday, March 2
Location: College Avenue Student Center, Main Lounge and MPR
Time: 8PM-11PM

As always, we try to pack as much nerdy awesomeness as possible into one single night. Amazing musical guests Super Thrash Brothers, karaoke, game and book swaps, a cosplay contest with awesome prizes, gaming tournaments, tarot card readings, button making, tons of free food and so much more. Also, if you attend events earlier in the week, this is the event where you can claim your free Geek Week t-shirt! Don’t miss it! If your geeky group is interested in participating, please message us at to reserve a space for your activities!


Stay connected with Geek Week on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account for meeting updates about upcoming events.

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126 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 848-932-7213