Gauteng geeks – raise a mighty cheer. The huge zombie-loving, comic-reading, cosplay-wearing spring celebration of all things nerd that is GeekFest is returning again this year, and you need to be there. Really, you do. It’s the closest thing South Africa has to a ComicCon and frankly, if last year’s event was anything to go by, the atmosphere is amazing too.

The day long celebration of computer/board/video/RPG/LARP-type activities is organised by the Dark Carnival, and is scheduled slightly later than last year’s event – 29th November.There’s  change of venue too – it’s at the Ball & All Driving Range and Pub off of Malibongwe drive in Randburg.

Most of last year’s events return, including a geek quiz, beer garden, cosplay contest and tons of direct-from-the-dealer stores, but new this year is a RoboWar tournament, for hardware hackers who fancy their hands at building a remote control battlebot.

All the details are over on the GeekFest 2014 Facebook page. You have to go. No excuses. Of the three events that stood out last year –  GeekFest, the launch of DeeTwenty and rAge – this was absolutely our favourite.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.