Join us for the 20th consecutive Nerd Nite in Orlando!

Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for 20-25 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.Following the presentations is a brief Q&A with the audience.

It’s like the Discovery Channel – with beer! Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!

Thursday, October 9th
Talks 7:00 – 9:00pm
Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Rd. Winter Park, FL 32803.



Alluring Illusions: Magic Is Fake and That’s OK” by Nick Paul

The popular perception of a magician is usually Criss Angel or David Blaine, and Nick Paul wants to tell you why that’s wrong. Magic is meant to be seen as engaging well rehearsed entertainment, not some creepy guy trying to gross you out. Deeply rooted in the science of perception, there is certainly more to “magic” than meets the eye – but that is by design. 

Nick Paul has been performing professionally as a magician for over 13 years. He can be seen regularly at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk as well as various corporate events, colleges and theaters all over the US. In 2004 he was given the award for “Least Athletic” from his high school gym class Team Sports for Boys.

Auto-Self-Destruct: Living With Autoimmune Diseases” by Emma Krygowski

What is life like when your body’s own immune system is the enemy? Who gets these diseases? Why? Can they be treated? How do they affect people? And what do Storm Troopers have to do with any of this? Join us for a talk about the ins-and-outs of humanity’s most complicated subset of disease, knowledge culled in part from Emma’s own experiences!

Emma Krygowski was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of twelve. After years of dealing with doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgeries, and loads of drugs, she’s pretty well versed in the subject. Aside from being knowledgeable about diseases, Emma also is a Business Analyst with an IT firm, an artist, a comic book fanatic, bookworm, and generally nerdy girl. She was also one of the winners of our first ever Nerdy Speed Dating event!

Cosplay : The Art of Dressing Up” by Elizabeth Ling

Costumes are not just for holidays, movies and the stage, they are also the basis of an artistic hobby that celebrates Fandom by turning the 2-D into 3-D. Where can you meet others with a flair for Cosplay? What does it entail, exactly? Why would a grown man with a magnificent beard want to dress up as a female superhero in a mini skirt? Come learn the who, what, why, where, and how of Cosplay!

Elizabeth Ling grew up in the Midwest and started Cosplaying in 2007 at the insistence of a friend. Since that time she’s happily invested time and money into becoming “one of those nerds wearing a costume” (a hobby that has also helped her make friends from all over the country). She also has a love of role play, reading, and visual media to help her cosplay wish list continue growing. Liz and Emma are best friends in real life!


By audience approval, the Top 3 Nerdy Costumes will win gift certificates to The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop!