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LAST NERD NITE … of 2018


Join us on Thursday, December 13th as we return to Stardust Video & Coffee for the LAST NERD NITE OF 2018.

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes on a fascinating subject. Presentations are followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Max Jackson
David Yarde

Hosted by Ricardo Williams

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. We only accept donations.
Click here to sign up.

“You Were Lost In The Storm: What Fortnite Tells Us About Attention, Addiction, and Climate Change” by Max Jackson

Max Jackson is the Lead Data Analyst at Hesperos, a company that grows miniature human organs on computer chips and and uses them to help replace animal testing.

Outside of that he helps build awesome web apps at Code Hangar and gets commercial brain sensors to do fun things they’ve never done before.

“7 Things Batman Taught Me About the Meaning of Life” by David Yarde

David Yarde is the co-founder and creative director at Sevenality. A brand strategy and design firm focused on building better communities by building better brands. With over 16 years experience in the tech space and secretly being Batman, David aims to inspire those around him to aim always upward and create more good in the process.

Your Brain on Too Many Super Hero Movies [VIDEO]

“Your Brain on Too Many Super Hero Movies | Computational Neuroscience of Art, Heroism, and Madness” by Max Jackson


Have you ever gotten so carried away by a story that you really felt like you were a character in that story? How does that happen? Is that dangerous? What does that tell us about the human mind?

In this talk we’ll be taking a look at the human brain to answer those questions and more, starting from the brain’s basic components and building our way up through the mind, touching on perception and attention and hallucination and imagination as we explore what it means to be human and how we can harness the power of the art we love to become who we want to be.

The presenter, Max Jackson, is the Lead Data Analyst at Hesperos, a Body-On-A-Chip company. He works to build new brains on computer chips to help fix our old brains when they break. He also builds apps with Code Hangar, a full stack web-app company that builds delightful apps for disruptive startups. The presentation was part of a special Nerd Nite event held in St. Petersburg, Florida. The teams from Nerd Nite Orlando and Miami organized the event.

Click here to watch the video.

Ricardo Williams Discusses Maker Faire on Channel 6 WKMG [VIDEO]

Ricardo Williams talks about his Iron Man suit on display at Maker Faire this weekend.


Who’s Going to Save the Planet? [VIDEO]


PODCAST: Ricardo Talks to Mimi Chan on Culture Chat [Listen on iTunes]


Thank you to Mimi Chan for inviting me on her podcast, Culture Chat. Mimi is an exceptional martial arts instructor and performer. She’s literally the real-life Mulan. Not kidding.

I always appreciate a candid conversation and I absolutely loved talking to her on a variety of issues like education, poverty, transportation, and “being the first”, among other things.


Click here to listen to the latest episode of Culture Chat on iTunes.

BREAKING: Nerd Nite’s “Books For Babies” is on Channel 6 News [VIDEO]


When I learned that these beautiful babies needed plenty of new books I immediately decided that I would solve that problem but I had no idea that so many people would join me. Thank you all so much for your contributions because of you this little initiative was a complete success.


Click here to watch Channel 6 video interview.

Nerd Nite is Attending the Rockefeller University’s SciOut18 in New York City


From bringing Nerd Nite to the Orlando Public Library to organizing a book drive for a local day care center to hosting Florida Blog Con, September was a pretty busy month for us to say the least.

As you can expect we have no intention of slowing down. Our monthly events will continue and we have plenty of special programming for the remainder of the year. This week, we’ll be traveling to New York City for the Rockefeller University’s #SciOut18 and discuss creative, exciting ways to increase meaningful science outreach. We’ll be back just in time for our two local events this month. Sign up below.

Nerd Nite Orlando: This is REALLY Important
Nerd Nite: Movie Nite

Nerd Nite is Bringing Back MOVIE NITE !!!


On the next third Thursday (Oct. 18th), we’ll be screening two short films.

“I’m Here” by Spike Jonze & “Alexander Rises” by Ricardo Williams

This event is absolutely FREE, but registration is required. We have limited spots in the theater so click here to reserve your spot ASAP.

Ricardo Williams is the New Host of FL Blog Con !!!


A message from our friends at FL Blog Con:

We’ve been organizing the Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference aka #FLBlogCon for eight years now, so we know how blogging has changed. We’re so excited to be presenting a line up of speakers to meet your 2018 needs! (2018 is the Year of the Creator after all!)

This year’s conference will be placing a special emphasis on creating killer content of all types — plus we’ll continue to showcase all the best practices of the many social media platforms you use to get your content out there to be seen!

So join us Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Full Sail University for the 8th annual FLBlogCon presented by Ford and Your Southern Ford Dealers. (Pssst! We’ll be celebrating YOU!)

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Ricardo Williams will be joining FL Blog Con as host of this year’s event. For a discount, use the promo code: NerdNiteBlog18

Click here to get tickets

Nerd Nite Returns on Oct. 11th With “Really Important” Event


Join us on Thursday, October 11th as we return to Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park for an evening of thinking and drinking. This is REALLY important.

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations– all while the audience drinks along in a casual atmosphere. Speakers present for 15-20 minutes each on a fascinating subject, often in an uncanny and unconventional way. Following each presentation is a brief Q&A with the audience.

Scottie Campbell
Cassandra Wilcox

Hosted by Ricardo Williams

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. We only accept donations.
Click here to sign up.

PRESENTATION #1: “The Future is Blue (Collar): What the Software Industry Can Teach Us About Meeting Growing Job Demands” by Cassandra Wilcox

This presentation will touch on the growing job demands and why your 4-year degree is worth even less than you think.

Cassandra Wilcox is a JavaScript developer and CEO at Code Hangar, a software development company that helps startups design, build, and launch amazing apps ASAP. She shares her passion for software development with the community as founder of the Orlando Lady Developers Group, and Founding Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It Orlando. She loves music, plays the banjo, and recently developed an addiction to the video game Fortnite.

PRESENTATION #2: “An Incomplete History of Queer America” by Scottie Campbell

The presentation will touch on 10 moments in LGBTQ+ American history that every person in the audience should know. The audience will learn a bit about the steps taken toward gay rights (which are our shared rights, really), and the precariousness of those rights.

Scottie Campbell is a founding partner of the production company Thomas M. Bunting Projects, LLC. He has actively supported Central Florida’s LGBT+ community for more than 20 years through charity work, activism, and freelance writing for Watermark. Campbell has enjoyed a long career marketing for such companies as Blue Man Group, Orlando Science Center, and Ivanhoe Village Main Street. He holds a BA in theatre from Rollins College. Campbell makes his home in in downtown Orlando with his partner, Brendan O’Connor, and their rescue dog, Bernie Taupin.

  • DECEMBER 13TH Last Nerd Nite of the year— come see us for some thinking and drinking
What is Nerd Nite???

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes on a fascinating subject. Presentations are followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Nerd Nite operates in over a hundred cities around the world and launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Nerd Nite is a great way to connect with an engaged audience. Contact Ricardo, for 2018 Q3 sponsorship details and special event opportunities.

If you are interested in being a speaker at a Nerd Nite Orlando event, please be so kind as to fill out this form.

Dates for Nerd Nite in 2018
January 11, 2018
February 8, 2018
March 8, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 10, 2018
June 14, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 9, 2018
September 13, 2018
October 11, 2018
November 8, 2018
December 13, 2018
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