“Town Hall” Fuels Debate and Discussion on the Future of Nerd Nite [PHOTOS]

My name is Ricardo Williams and for over the past 2 years, I have been organizing a little event called Nerd Nite here in Orlando, Florida. These days, I am in charge of every single aspect of the program, from all the backend work to hosting duties every month to plenty of specialty programming in-between. I absolutely love it. I tell people all the time that I’m glad to do all of it because “I’m Nerd Nite’s biggest fan”.

Being in the position that I’m in can very easily make Nerd Nite Orlando turn into “the Ricardo Williams Show” and that is exactly what I DON’T want. Nerd Nite was not created to serve the needs and desire of one, but many. So in an effort to create more work for myself, I started a new meetup within the Nerd Nite umbrella called “Town Hall”.

At Town Hall, nerds can hangout and have more of an intimate discussion; as well as present ideas, voice their opinions, and ask questions of the the Nerd Nite team.

I held the pilot event on Monday, June 29th at the Effin Amazing office and I am incredibly proud of the results. At the meetup, I announced upcoming programming from Nerd Nite, discussed other applications and programming via Nerd Nite, held an open discussion on what kind of topics should be presented at future Nerd Nites, and the evening finished off with the group voting on a Nerd Nite talk to watch from a different city. (Everyone in the group also submitted anonymous notecards about what they would like to enjoy at Nerd Nite in the future as well as what they do not like about Nerd Nite.)

The discussion (and debate) was incredibly useful feedback for me as an organizer because my goal is to make the best events possible and thanks to the support of so many of Orlando’s most passionate nerds I can continue to do that.


Nerd Nite will return on Thursday, July 9th at the Geek Easy with an all-female lineup of speakers. RSVP here:

Nerd Nite Orlando Introduces “Town Hall” Event for June 29th


Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere.

This monthly event exists to show the surrounding community that learning is fun, particularly when you’re drinking amongst friends and like-minded people.

Town Hall is a new meetup from Nerd Nite where nerds can hangout and have more of an intimate discussion; as well as present ideas, voice their opinions, and ask questions of the the Nerd Nite team.

Discussion Agenda
* Upcoming programming from Nerd Nite
* Other applications via Nerd Nite
* What kind of topics should be presented at future Nerd Nites
* Pick a Nerd Nite talk to watch from another city

The first Town Hall from Nerd Nite Orlando will be on Monday, June 29th, 7:30pm at Effin Amazing (1016 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32805)

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613776255566272/

Nerd Nite Launches New Podcast on CBS’ Play It Network

nerdnite-1400x1400-vs4We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in nearly 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths, while having a few or a few too many. The Nerd Nite Podcast brings the live experience of our in-person events for your aural pleasure, so feel free to have a drink or two while listening – just as long as you aren’t driving and are of age!

Episode 1 – The Cold War Comic Book Massacre with George Pasles

The inaugural episode of the Nerd Nite podcasts features George Pasles talking about The Cold War Comic Book Massacre! A presidential hopeful looking for a spotlight… A sex-obsessed psychiatrist looking for a scapegoat… An amphetamine-addled comic book publisher just trying to stay awake… WHO will survive and WHAT will be left of them? Grandstanding senators, shoddy scientific research, vengeful zombies, ambiguously gay superheroes, and catastrophic censorship collide in the unbelievable but absolutely true story of the strange birth, gruesome death, and terrifying afterlife of horror comic books of the 1950s.

Click here to listen and/or download this episode: http://www1.play.it/audio/nerd-nite/

Play It Podcast is CBS Local Digital Media Podcast Network

Spoken word is one of the most compelling forms of entertainment. That’s why play.it was created. We’re a brand new podcast network bringing together programming from CBS RADIO personalities like Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton, Carson Daly, and Kevin & Bean. You’ll also find content from leading news, sports and media brands including 60 MINUTES, Deadspin and Foursquare.


Orlando Bike Tours to Mix Burgers and Bikes this Weekend


The 3rd Saturday of the month is upon us and which means Orlando Bike Tours is back for another fun ride to learn about the hidden gems of Central Florida. This bike tour’s theme is food and will be centered around burgers. The begins at 10:30am this Saturday, June 20th at Graffiti Junktion Thornton Park and then off to Artisan’s Table & Hideaway Bar for 5-mile sampler of Orlando’s best reviewed burgers!

Ticket Information:
– Bring Your Own Bike: $30
– Share-a-Bike: $35 (20 Orlando Bike Share bikes available)
– Day Of: $40

Click here to purchase your ticket for this weekend: https://squareup.com/market/orlando-bike-tours/burger-bites

Your ticket includes:
– 3 sliders, fries a drink
– 1/4 burger, fries and a drink at the 2 other locations
– Gratuity for all 3 locations

It’s going to be warm so please bring water to drink throughout the ride.

Watch the clip of Founder Sarah Peerani discussing Orlando Bike Tours: https://youtu.be/_o152jkFeDc

Lauren Gibaldi Hosts Release of ‘The Night We Said Yes’ [PHOTOS]

Local author Lauren Gibaldi held a party for the release of her first book, The Night We Said Yes. The event, held at Orange County Alafaya Branch Library on June 16, featured a Q&A session, book sale, and signing provided by Bookmark It… and cake!

Purchase a copy of the book online: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062302229/the-night-we-said-yes









Body//Talk to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary on June 20th


“Its time to celebrate a very special birthday, Orlando.” … reads the Facebook event for Body//Talk’s upcoming 2-year anniversary party.

Supported by 3 important themes: party, movement, and culture, Body//Talk has been at the forefront of Orlando’s independent nightlife scene. This Saturday they plan to celebrate their 2-year anniversary at the Milk District Pavillion with some very special guests: JUDE (West Palm Beach), Hypoluxo (New York), DJ Spreadsheets (Uncle Tony’s Donut Shoppe), along with residents VSN QST and GRÜVV.

Doors at 10:00pm
$7 entry | $5 if you dress surreal
18 to dance | 21 to drink

Click here to RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/840606382667404/

First Nerdy Speed Dating at the Geek Easy Set For June 20th


Nerd Nite cities from across the world have hosted Nerdy Speed Dating for a decade. The event has boasted many successful matchmaking and fostered a long list of committed relationships, engagements, and marriages (and even a few wee ones).

Two successful Nerdy Speed Dating events were previously hosted here in Orlando and we are very happy to begin a relationship with this event at The Geek Easy.

Each speed dating session will be 3-minutes long and attendees will have the opportunity for multiple sessions.


Click here to reserve your spot: http://www.ticketbase.com/events/nerdy-speed-dating-v3

Nerd Nite Orlando Sets “Ladies Nite” for July 9th


Join us for our 29th consecutive Nerd Nite in Orlando as we celebrate and learn about the achievements of women by an all-female lineup of speakers.

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 15-20 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way. Following each presentation is a brief Q&A with the audience.

Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!


When: Thursday, July 9th, 7:00pm
Where: The Geek Easy (behind “A Comic Shop”)
114 S Semoran Blvd #6
Winter Park, FL 32792

Nerd Nite shirts will be on-sale for $15

“Pregnancy is Weird” by Tairi Perez

Description: Making the case for evolving the human species towards laying eggs rather than giving live birth. The reasons why, the benefits, and why the drawbacks are worth it.

Bio: Tairi grew up in Miami and lived in South Africa for several years in her early 20’s before moving to our city beautiful. She works in higher education, and is the MC and on the board for OrlandoSOUP, as well as a writer for TheOrlandoan.com. She regularly volunteers for local nonprofits, as her passion is to do her part for lovely Orlando. With a background in event and program management, she has absolutely no formal education in evolution or anything related to pregnancy or babies. Tairi lives with her husband and corgi, and is due to give birth to a unicorn in six weeks.

“All Caps Makes Me Feel Powerful” by Kelly Romano

Description: From the NBA to the first lady, Kelly talks about her journey from the exciting and exhausting life of working in professional sports, to becoming the first and only woman ever hired at Maven Creative. 19 years of design experience, Kelly illustrates that no matter what your size or gender, she is can be fierce.

Bio: Kelly Romano is a coffee-fueled creative professional who is passionate about helping clients elevate their brands. After spending five years as Creative Director for the Orlando Magic, Kelly left the NBA franchise 4 months ago to join Maven Creative as Director of Account Services. Although you might not be familiar with Kelly’s behind-the-scenes work for clients, you can always see her photos on Instagram. She showcases the awesomeness of her son and spotlights all the new restaurants she finds. Please feel free to hit her up if you’re looking for a dining recommendation anywhere in Central Florida.

“The Maiming of Botany” by Emily Dovydaitis

Description: The field of botany has been permanently wounded with common misnomers, so get ready to arm yourself with a little lesson in Botany 101. Prepare to put to rest one of the greatest hot button issues ever known: is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Ponder the thought, what’s really a nut? Am I a nut? Watch in awe as the world unravels around you upon discovering bananas do not actually grow on trees. Wield yourself with some added knowledge and get ready to impress that cute guy or gal working in the produce section of Whole Foods.

Bio: After spending a month climbing glaciers, getting volcanic sand in her eyes, and hanging out with puffins on the edge of cliffs, Emily Dovydaitis is back and ready to rumble for her second Nerd Nite Talk. She’s currently studying biology and cultural anthropology, so ask her about her undergraduate thesis on public infrastructure and medicinal plant usage in Nepal. Recognize the last name? You might know her as that woman on the news who put 250,000 plastic water bottles in the UCF Reflecting Pond!

RSVP here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/362569213942412/


If you have any questions about Nerd Nite Orlando or are interested in being a future presenter, email Ricardo [at]

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Click below for photographs of the previous Nerd Nite.


Nerd Nite Orlando XXVIII [PHOTO RECAP]













Click here to see a full album of photographs of Nerd Nite Orlando XXVIII on June 11th: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.676797722425649.1073741856.350851321686959&type=3

Local Author Plans Book Release Party

Local author Lauren Gibaldi is set to release her first book, The Night We Said Yes. Come celebrate the release of the book at the Orange County Alafaya Branch Library. There will be a Q&A session, book sale, and signing provided by Bookmark It… and cake!

When: Tuesday, June 16, 7:00pm

Where: Orange County Library System Alafaya Branch
12000 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32826

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446083929017557/

Purchase a copy of the book online: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062302229/the-night-we-said-yes