LOVERS of geek and popular culture will have the opportunity to celebrate and interact with each other at the Con.ect convention this weekend.Con.ect 2016 will be taking place on July 30 and 31 at the NMMU Vodacom Indoor Sports Centre.Con.ect is a Port Elizabeth-based Non-Profit Company (NPC) that hosts this yearly convention with the aim of creating a space in which like-minded people can gather with one another and share their passions, and to create a space where these genres can grow to a degree that will allow Port Elizabeth to become a focal point of popular culture within the country.Con.ect was created in 2014 by Jessi Ochse and Kayleigh Moss from Resonance Cosplay in Port Elizabeth in order to test the waters. The response was greater than expected and so Con.ect was re-launched at a larger venue in 2015 in order to cater to the many pop culture fans who wished to attend the convention. Con.ect is run exclusively by volunteers, who are primarily students and professionals. They are drawn together by their passion for popular culture and gaming. No other conventions of this nature have been hosted in Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape, which makes it unique.Con.ect 2015 attracted vendors from across South Africa and approximately 700 entry tickets were sold over the course of the convention. This event saw a 500% increase in attendance from 2014. At least 1000 people are expected to attend this year. For more info go to http://con-ect.co.za.