Central Florida Slug Club Hosts Book Drive for Community

AccioBooks has started! This year Central Florida Slug Club is working with Impower, a mental health and child well-being non-profit organization in Central Florida. Donate your books at any Central Florida Slug Club or Tampa Bay’s Portkey to Magic meetup in April and May, or keep an eye on our CF Slug Club SPEW page for a list of donation locations. If your business, organization, or event is interested in hosting a donation box, please reach out to at cfslugclub at gmail.com.

Books will be collected from April 1st to May 30th.


The Slug Club will also be attending Nerd Nite on Thursday, April 9th at the Geek Easy, so bring in your new or used books to donate!

Orlando Tech to Host 2nd Annual Tech Takeover


Orlando Tech Week is a community-driven week of meetups, speakers, demos, parties, and more showcasing Orlando’s burgeoning startup and tech community!

OTW Signature Events:
Tech Tours Tuesday, April 14th http://sched.co/2IRk
Starter Studio Demo Day Tuesday, April 14th http://sched.co/2IRQ
Orlando Tech Meetup Wednesday, April 15th http://sched.co/2IRo
Techie 5K Thursday, April 16th http://sched.co/2LTN
T’s and Tie’s Friday, April 17th http://sched.co/2IRe
BarCamp Orlando Saturday, April 18th http://sched.co/2IRf

Official Event Hashtag: #OTW15

On Social Media:

Full details at: http://week.orlandotech.org/#schedule

Monday, April 13

8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
9:00am: Unity Game Design Workshop
9:00am: Closing the Infrastructure Gap for Nonprofits
9:00am: Why Bruce Willis should have thought twice about blowing up that asteroid. (LIMITED)
12:00pm: Lunch & Learn: Working with Tech (LIMITED)
2:00pm: The Iron Yard Presents: Just Enough!
5:00pm: Orlando Tech Job Pitch

Tuesday, April 14

7:45am: Tech Tours (LIMITED)
8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
9:00am: Orlando Open Coffee Club
12:00pm: Verizon Presents: Internet of Things Workshop
2:00pm: The Iron Yard Presents: Just Enough!
6:00pm: Starter Studio Demo Day (LIMITED)

Wednesday, April 15

8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
9:00am: Prototyping for Non Designers
10:00am: Funding Innovation & Growth (LIMITED)
12:00pm: The Iron Yard Presents: Just Enough!
5:30pm: Orlando Tech Meetup (LIMITED)
9:00pm: Indienomicon: Gaming on Walls

Thursday, April 16

8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
9:00am: Third Thursday Orlando Free Coworking Day
12:00pm: NASA Presents: Funds for Small Business Technology Development
7:00pm: Techie 5K – Orlando Tech @ Corporate 5K
8:00pm: Bloggers, Starters, and Tech – Oh My! Building Relationships with Influencers

Friday, April 17

8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
12:00pm: Lean Startup Meetup – Tristan Kromer Workshop (LIMITED)
7:00pm: T’s & Tie’s Party (LIMITED)

Saturday, April 18

8:00am: Orlando Tech Lounge
9:30am: BarCamp Orlando
12:00pm: Tech Sassy Girlz Code Hackathon (LIMITED)

(LIMITED) = Limited Seats available

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/383307488523841/

IndieNomicon Celebrates 2-Years of Game Demoing


On Friday, April 3rd, IndieNomicon (Orlando’s premier showcase of Indie Games) recently celebrated its 2-year anniversary.

Click here to view all the photographs from the Indiversary party: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.649613165144105.1073741852.350851321686959&type=1







OrlandoiX Hosts Kickoff Party for Fall Event

OrlandoiX is Orlando’s International Digital Festival. Held October 2-6, 2015, the festival is a five-day series of conferences and exhibitions showcasing advancements in interactive media, digital arts, and entertainment technology. OrlandoiX serves as a catalyst for digital innovation and creativity in Orlando and beyond and builds connections between worldwide digital industry leaders. Over 80,000 creative technologists from across the world are expected to attend more than 200 events hosted in Downtown Orlando and the I-Drive convention district.

On April 2nd, a kickoff party was held at the Church Street Exchange building to begin the six month countdown to the first ever OrlandoiX.

Photographs by Ricardo Williams

Click here to view more photos from the kickoff party: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.648170348621720.1073741851.350851321686959&type=1







Orlando Sentinel Reports on Nerd Nite Orlando’s 2-Years

Tod Caviness, of the Orlando Sentinel, hangs out with Ricardo Williams and talks about the 2-year anniversary Pi Day Celebration.

Watch the interview here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/bars-and-clubs/os-wingman-nerd-nites-2-year-anniversary-pi-celebration-20150312-premiumvideo.html


Watch on Hulu here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/766210

Orlando Water Hole Podcast about Nerd Nite

Orlando Water Hole is an internet talk show recognizing the people in Central Florida who make Orlando a vibrant place to live, work and play. We share the stories of small business owners, artists, independent media creators, volunteers, non-profit leaders and community activists – among others.

On episode 51, Ben Reed speaks with Nerd Nite Orlando Host Ricardo Williams about how Nerd Nite got started, what vexiphilia means, how Nerd Nite can help you on a date, tips for giving a great Nerd Nite Presentation, and more.

Listen to the podcast here: http://orlandowaterhole.com/ep-51-ricardo-williams-host-nerd-nite-orlando/


Radio Interview on 91.5 FM WPRK with Orlando Nerd Bosses (11-10-14)

Josh Manning and Ricardo Williams stopped by the WPRK station to talk about the space-themed Nerd Nite event happening on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Airing on 91.5 FM WPRK Winter Park, Florida(www.wprk.org/)

Hosted by Sarah Peerani and Sarah Elbadri for “ReThinking the City”

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/nerd-nite-orlando/interview-on-wprk-11-10-14


Ricardo Williams discusses Nerd Nite Orlando [VIDEO]

In this short clip, Orlando Nerd Boss Ricardo Williams talks about what Nerd Nite means to him.



Beth Phillips to Represent Nerd Nite Orlando at Future is Here Festival


We would like to officially announce that Beth Phillips will be traveling to Washington DC in May to represent Orlando at the Nerd Nite Global Fest in the third annual Future is Here Festival, presented by Smithsonian Magazine.

Her talk, “Robot Intimacy: The Inevitable Leap to Love and Sex with Robots” will be presented during a weekend of exploration into science, technology, culture and the arts, all gathered around the exciting and elastic theme of “the future.” Congratulations to Beth

Click here to get a complete list of the speaker schedule for the event: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-2015-180954528/


Nerd Nite Celebrated 2 Years in Orlando on 3.14.15

On the 2-year anniversary of the first Nerd Nite in Orlando, I hosted a special event at the Church Street Exchange building to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The day featured 6 presentations, Pi Day trivia, a dry t-shirt contest, interactive game setups by IndieNomicon and Cherry Pie Games, a Pie Baking Contest judged by Bungalower, and prizes by our sponsor, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Thank you to the speakers (Chris Castro, Amy & Nathan Selikoff, Bobby Wesley, Max Jackson, Beth Phillips, and Nick Paul) who delivered incredibly nerdy talks; and congratulations to Barbara Madvin, Lisa Melegari, and Kristine Thomas for winning our Pie Contest.

I’d also like to thank representatives from IDEAS For Us, Fleet Farming, and The Hive for joining us to share how they are helping to advance Orlando; and Thomas “Thor” Thorspecken and Amanda Wegmann who donated original art as items for the silent auction.

Lastly, a special thank you to the Church Street District for giving us a warm welcome to the ‪#‎DTO‬ neighborhood and offering all the ‪#‎PiDay‬ attendees $10 off the door entry for the Downtown Brew.

Join us on April 9th as we return to the second Thursday of every month at a new location… The Geek Easy!

RSVP to the April Nerd Nite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/352683394918428/

-Ricardo Williams
Nerd Nite Orlando







Click here to view more photos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.641148725990549.1073741850.350851321686959&type=1