Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Star Trek
convention ... the geeks are out again.
Last year's Sexiest Geek Alive contest was covered by such esteemed
media outlets as People magazine, Good Morning America, the BBC, Montel
Williams, Salon.com and PRWeek. This year, the contest has gone up a
notch, taking the beauty (of the 'inner' variety, we're guessing)
contests to 19 regional outlets, beginning on April 17 in Indianapolis
and culminating with the Sexiest Geek finals, planned for June 21 in San
So far this year, 12,000 international geek guy and girl applicants have
completed the online form with such details as their height, weight and
favorite Star Trek captain.
Steven Phenix, contest founder and geek contact at tech firm Bite PR,
said there was a benefit to being a geek besides possessing a big,
pulsing, sexy brain: layoff imperviousness. 'Geeks are nearly immune
from a recession,' says Phenix, a self-proclaimed geek. 'When the
layoffs come, the pink slips always go to the pretty, well-dressed
people in marketing.'