Every year in Atlanta, on Labor Day weekend, geeks, dweebs and poindexters journey to a mecca full of cosplay, anime celebrities and full-grown adults that still believe in fairies. Like a massive bug zapper crafted from the remnants of a Joss Whedon fan fiction novel, DragonCon attracts about 50,000 geeky gamers and nerd culture specialists from around the region to partake in the fantasy, horror and RPG-inspired festivities.
But when DragonCon is on, there’s no hope for small businesses that rely on nerd superbrains to handle day-to-day IT operations. As the Chattanooga Bystander reports, “Many Chattanooga businesses have found themselves in the middle of a collective technical support crisis this weekend, with the temporary mass exodus of nerds from the city.”
There’s a lot of power in being a nerd, and not just fantasy magic powers granted by a DragonCon wizard. These folks can alter the trajectory of a business with a few clicks of a button. And when a company’s IT network shuts down, it may as well be Armageddon because without the IT team, half the office wouldn’t know where to find the computer’s power button.
Still, it seems that it wouldn’t be too much to ask a DragonCon attendee to help with an IT problem, even if it requires that person to step away from a conversation with a 300-pound man dressed as Xena: Warrior Princess.
On the other hand, it’s important to let the nerds have their fun. After all, they have to make up for all the lost time they spent in high school playing Dungeons & Dragons and acting out the plot to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wait, did I say high school? I meant last weekend.