NerdHQ, presented by Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, will take up residence at the home of its new partner ‘The New Children’s Museum’ in downtown San Diego for their annual four-day event.

NerdHQ provides fans a free nerdy retreat during the annual pop culture convention while celebrating the city’s newest Cultural Family Hot Spot. This year is expected to be the biggest year yet with The New Children’s Museum’s creative venue offering NERD fans an amazing, inspiring space, with over 35,000 square feet spanning three floors.

This year’s guests can expect an expanded “Conversations for a Cause” panel series on the lower level, a range of fan-focused interactions on the main floor, and in partnership with headline sponsor AMD, the entire top floor will showcase exclusive hands-on game play with a number of this year’s biggest titles.

NerdHQ 2015 is honored to announce they’re joining forces with global media partner, IGN, to bring NerdHQ to all those fans that cannot make it to San Diego. IGN will be streaming all of the “Conversations for a Cause” panels on, the IGN YouTube channel, and the NerdHQ App.

Whether looking for a home base to relax or to meet friends for some fun, NerdHQ offers something for fans of all ages. The fan-favorite philanthropic panel series “Conversations for a Cause” takes place on the lower level in a dedicated 200-seat auditorium. These panels give fans an incredibly rare opportunity to connect with their favorite actors in an up-close, interactive experience. Previous panels have played host to some of the biggest names in pop culture including Joss Whedon, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Tatiana Maslany, Nathan Fillion, Sophie Turner, Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Jeff Bridges, Seth Green, Jared Padalecki, Katee Sackhoff, Guillermo Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Kellan Lutz, Dylan O’Brien and Norman Reedus, just to name a few. Tickets for panels are $22, and all proceeds raised through ticket sales go directly to non-profit Operation Smile whose mission is to help improve the health and lives of children across the world.

This year, NerdHQ is also making it easier for guests to be plugged in to all the fun and excitement by updating the NerdHQ App. Designed to give fans more access than ever before, the NerdHQ App, powered by IGN, will have a complete schedule of “Conversations for a Cause,” IGN managed Stage events, Parties, Maps and more. Also included within the app will be links to buy tickets for the panels and push notifications that will inform users of special events like the “Smiles for Smiles” photo opportunities and even a hash tag feed for all #NerdHQ posts. Once downloaded and registered at NerdHQ, guests will receive a collectible NerdHQ wristband and the Badge of the Nerdolution. Fans will also receive up-to-the-minute news and updates of happenings at NerdHQ. They will also be eligible for various exclusive incentives and prizes only available to registered visitors. Direct links to all of NerdHQ’s various sponsors, as well as one to the donation page for Operation Smile will also be available. The NerdHQ App can be downloaded for iOS and Android on June 12th, 2015.

Finally, what is NerdHQ without a dance party? Due to popular demand we’ve extended the NerdHQ Fan party to two evenings. Open Fan Parties will now occur on Thursday, July 9th and Saturday July 11th. All are welcome to this incredible night of dancing, fun and activities.

For the latest information on NerdHQ 2015 at The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego, click here.

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