The Orlando Toy and Comic Con, held on Saturday June 6th, is a comic book convention located in Orlando, Florida at the beautiful International Palms Resort Convention Center.
On Friday June 5th, a group of amazing Orlandoans came together to put on an event called Local Love Orlando.
It started with an idea by the good folks at CT Social to raise awareness about the Rethink Homelessness campaign by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
The hand-painted map was designed and created by Hillery Brooks, Morgan Walker, Drew Powers, and Melissa Spilman. The underlying official neighborhood research was done by Nathan Selikoff. Photos were taken by Mike Spectacle and Jim Hobart. The design celebrates the unique personality of each downtown Orlando neighborhood and the people who live there.
Canvs generously donated their co-working space for the event. Farm-Haus, Rogue Pub, Chef Bob Aungst and Jillycakes each served complementary food to all. Nerd Nite Orlando, Orlando Bike Share, Orlando Conductor Crawl, Orlando Bike Tours, and Local Notebooks each donated items for a giveaway (to be announced soon!)
Behind the scenes photos by Ricardo Williams
Check out the full album of local leaders with the Orlando map: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152948679718030.1073741939.215374798029&type=1
Information courtesy of the Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College:
The planets Venus and Jupiter will be less than a half-degree apart in the evening sky — less than the width of the full moon!
Join the planetarium as we observe the two brightest planets at their closest approach in many years. In addition, both the moon and the planet Saturn will be prominently visible in the sky, making for an absolutely fantastic observing night!
Like all planetarium observing events, the Conjunction Observing Party is free and open to the public. Telescopes will be set up along the eastern sidewalk surrounding the pond in the center of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
When: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College
100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773
On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Ricardo Williams demoed the new Nerd Nite Speed Dating application for iPhone at the Orlando Tech meetup and announced that Nerdy Speed Dating will now be a monthly event hosted by Nerd Nite Orlando every third Saturday starting on June 20th. The Speed Dating app makes the matchmaking process quick and simple.
From May 14-17, 2015, Nerd Nite cities from around the globe reunited with Smithsonian Magazine for the Future Is Here Festival in Washington DC. The event, which doubles as the annual Nerd Nite Global Fest, featured a weekend of demonstrations, film screenings, and programming from prominent and emerging scientists in various fields presenting on this year’s theme: “The Future of You”.
Photographs by Ricardo Williams
Click here to see plenty of more photographs from the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.666796540092434.1073741855.350851321686959&type=1
On Saturday, May 16th, Ricardo Williams, host of Nerd Nite Orlando, participated in the Hendo Hoverboard demonstration at the Future is Here Festival in the Ronald Reagan Building (Washington DC).
Hendo founders, Jill and Greg Henderson introduce the device.
Join us at the Geek Easy for the 28th 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 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!
EVENT IS FREE!
When: Thursday, June 11th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
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
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!
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Click below for photographs of the previous Nerd Nite.
The photo by former Nerd Nite speaker and astrophotographer Derek Demeter is entitled “Milky Way-By-The-Sea”. It was taken at Canaveral National Seashore, just south of New Smyrna Beach or less than an hour from downtown Orlando. The photo will be featured at the SNAP! “You are Here” photography show starting on Thursday, May 21st at City Arts Factory.
Founder Sarah Peerani discusses Orlando Bike Tours. The program’s mission is to highlight Orlando’s cultural identity with guided tours through the City Beautiful every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
For more information, visit: http://orlandobiketours.org/
Anyone attending Nerd Nite on May 14th will get a free ticket to the Orlando Toy & Comic Convention on June 6th (admission is typically $10 in advance or $15 at the door).
The convention will consist primary of comics and related collectables with approximately 150 tables and 70 dealers. There will be several well known artists including Chad Thomas, Shane Davis, and Tyler Kirkham doing meet and greets, autographs, and commissions. As well as additional local artists, a Gaming Tournament and Costume Contest.
UPDATE: If you weren’t able to attend Nerd Nite and still would like a FREE ticket to the Orlando Toy & Comic Con, contact Ricardo at and we’ll make sure you get one!
Click here for more information: http://orlandotoyandcomiccon.com/
When: June 6, 2015
Where: International Palms Resort
6515 International Drive,