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January 22, 2013

Sacramento's Elite Geeks Let Their Freak Flags Fly!

Posted by Alex L

Yelp elite nerds were out in full force last Saturday for a massively memorable “Yelp Freaks & Geeks” Elite event at Hacker Lab. Our guests are apparently dweebs at heart, as most had little trouble dressing up (or down) to fit the role. With a seemingly endless supply of beer, wine, tequila and pizza, this was one geek party the jocks only wish they were invited to!

The whole shebang took place at Hacker Lab, a self-described "tech-hacking and knowledge sharing space" where entrepreneurs can rent offices and proudly show off their nerdy colors. The spacious setting was highlighted by an expert lighting scheme from Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, a whiteboard wall for guest graffiti, and a large wall screen and lounge chairs where elites could play any number of throwback Atari games from Pitfall to Pong!

Like any horribly good office party, it all comes down to the booze. Kona Brewing Co. donated a generous supply of Kona Longboard Lager, Firerock Pale Ale, Big Wave Golden Ale, and their Aloha Series, which Ida H describes as “truly unique and distinctly different, all hand crafted, based in Hawaii, and all with the proud distinction of remaining environmentally friendly.” Donovan H’s “personal favorite” libation came from Tanteo Tequila, who featured their organic, jalapeno-infused tequilas. “It was a perfect mix with the fruit punch they were offering.” And let’s not forget the winos, who all had their fill of Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Mondavi.


After snorting over the chemical composition of their libations, our resident freaks turned to the plethora of pizza pies from Uncle Vito’s Slice of NY. “I came to the event with a semi-full stomach yet still found myself snatching up a slice of pizza every time I went for a Kona refill,” admits Cindy S. “The pizza and beer complimented each other well. I liked the pizza, so it's more than likely I'll stop in and try some of Uncle Vito's other selections soon!”

The night capped off with a contest for best nerd costume of the night measured by audience applause. Winner Jackie F took home a $50 gift certificate to The Melting Pot courtesy of Yelp’s partnership with Dine Downtown. Second place winner Richard W scored Sacramento Kings tickets, and third place winner Joe K received a Yelp beer pint glass. By far the highlight of our awards ceremony was the 2012 Yelper of the Year award for beloved elite Ida H! She received over 60 votes out of close to 300 and won a $50 gift certificate to The Firehouse Restaurant, also courtesy of Dine Downtown!

A special nerd nod to Sylvester Vang for documenting the event in some amazing photos now on Flickr, and to Eric and Gina of Hacker Lab for allowing us to use their space.

Read the reviews to find out what our elites thought! 

Until next time geeks, 
Alex L
Yelp Sacramento Community Manager


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