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Ida Eskamani Announced As New Co-Boss of Nerd Nite Orlando

For Immediate Release (September 15, 2017)

ORLANDO, FL — Activist and organizer Ida Eskamani is announced as the new Co-Boss of Nerd Nite Orlando.

Nerd Nite, a monthly event that features educational and entertaining presentations in a casual atmosphere, operates in over a hundred cities around the world, including Tokyo, Seattle, New York City, London, Fort Lauderdale, Des Moines and Austin.

Nerd Nite launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013 by founding organizers Valerie Cepero, Josh Manning, and Ricardo Williams. 21764115_10212417867096623_283112847_o For the past two years, Williams has solely organized and hosted Nerd Nite Orlando. Eskamani, who nerds out about astronomy, music and nature, will work side by side with Williams to organize monthly events as well as special programming and share hosting duties on certain evenings.

The announcement was made on Thursday, September 14th at “Nerd Nite Orlando LV: Neural Networks, Autonomous Vehicles, & The Procrastination Paradox” where Eskamani took the stage at the end of the evening to emphasize big plans for 2018 including a Nerd Nite Prom and how they’re going to “triple everything in size and Nerd Nite this whole damn town!”


Ricardo Williams
Host, Nerd Nite Orlando

Ida Eskamani is a first generation Iranian-American and a native of Orlando, Florida. She earned dual degrees in Political Science and Sociology and has served on top political campaigns, advocacy organizations, and institutions including the Obama White House, Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election campaign, and Equality Florida. Following the tragedy at Pulse, Ms. Eskamani launched the Pulse Victims Fund, raising $10 million dollars for Pulse families and survivors and played a key role in victim service and advocacy efforts following the tragedy, with a focus on intersectionality and empowerment. She has organized large-scale demonstrations in support of the black lives matter movement, LGBTQ+ equality, common sense gun safety measures, and in resistance to Trump’s travel ban. Ms. Eskamani earned her Masters in Public Administration from UCF in 2016, and currently serves as Chief of Staff to Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, as well as on the Board of Directors of Organize Florida, a community-based, nonprofit member organization of low and moderate income people dedicated to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice. She also serves on Equality Florida’s Greater Orlando Steering Committee.

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Nerd Nite Orlando XXVIII [PHOTO RECAP]













Click here to see a full album of photographs of Nerd Nite Orlando XXVIII on June 11th:

Nerd Nite Holds First Event at the Geek Easy [PHOTOS]

On Thursday, April 9th, Nerd Nite Orlando held its first event at the Geek Easy (a nerd-themed speakeasy hidden behind a comic book store).

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The next Nerd Nite is on Thursday, May 14th. RSVP on Facebook here:

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(

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

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Ricardo Williams discusses Nerd Nite Orlando [VIDEO]

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

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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:


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!

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-Ricardo Williams
Nerd Nite Orlando







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Nerd Nite Orlando XXVI (at the Geek Easy!)


Join us for our 26th consecutive Nerd Nite in Orlando at the Geek Easy!

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!


Thursday, April 9th
Talks: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: The Geek Easy (behind A Comic Shop)
114 S Semoran Blvd Suite 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792


FIRST TALK: “Who Are We Anyway?: Using MMORPG’s As A Lens for Understanding Our Reality.” by Daniel Kaufmann

Talk Description:
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games are one of the quickest growing forms of entertainment since the turn-of-the-century. Much of the media and countless healthcare professionals have spent years trying to understand the exact way in which a player becomes immersed in these interactive virtual worlds which range from Azeroth, Middle Earth, a galaxy far far away, and many, many more. Certain concepts in the field of psychology have been used to reach a better understanding of the person, all the way from understanding the nuance of in game roles, virtual communities, and even ways we project ourselves into the game when we create avatars. This talk will provide the audience with insight into how the positive experience of the game can result in greater understanding of concepts such as personality theory, motivation to play, and the context of what happens when we play games in an online capacity.

Speaker Bio: Daniel Kaufmann is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, and is pursuing his PhD at Barry University. He is currently preparing to conduct his dissertation research on the topic of personality theory and motivational connections involved in the play of MMO games, and really hopes to finish before Episode VII comes out.

SECOND TALK: “Next Gen Interactive Theater: Merging Video Games, Architecture, and Theater” by Sarah Elger

Talk Description: What’s next in interactive theater and video games? Why is interactive theater important? What would happen if we took the idea of gaming into reality and challenged the players in a more real world situation? Sarah is creating an experience which will take interactive theater to the next level that will Beta test with Orlando Fringe in May. She’s created this type of experience by studying architecture, especially the works of Archigram, video games, namely the game play of World of Warcraft, and endless theatrical elements. How do you design a real world experience that empowers players to push themselves and engage in the designed world around them?

Speaker Bio: Sarah is an Associate Attraction Designer with Universal Creative with a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and BA in Sculpture from Bard College. She has always been interested in pushing the arts into a new realm, into something innovative and inspiring. After working on numerous plays, seeing how architecture can influence a user, and playing endless World of Warcraft, Sarah wanted to create an experience that pushed people to think and take the audience out of their seats and into the action of a production. She wants the audience to feel like they are the stars of their own play and get to make decisions that affect their play.

THIRD TALK: “How Not To Die On This Fucking Rock: Using Ecologically Inspired Sustainable Systems To Allow Extraterrestrial Human Habitation.” by Griffin Lunn

Talk Description: Being a single planet species is for chumps. However, Space is a cruel bitch and Mars WILL CUT YOU. Our local regenerable life support systems expert Griffin Lunn will break down the strategies on how to live outside our comfy little biosphere and in HOSTILE TERRITORY. With biomimicry hybrid physical/chemical life support systems and In-Situ Reutilization techniques we should be able to tame these inhospitable shitholes. And once we do hopefully we won’t trash it like we did with our last place (the Earth and/or your first apartment; pick whatever one makes the most sense).

Speaker Bio: Griffin is a Sustainable Systems Engineer at Kennedy Space Center, working on the Engineering Services Contract. He currently works on thermofluid analysis for ground support systems on the Space Launch System, but also maintains a sustainable systems lab that works primarily on bioreactor design/operation and nutrient recovery for closed-loop Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS). Somehow Florida Tech awarded him a couple degrees in chemical engineering and Biotechnology. Griffin enjoys (when outside government property when they somehow let him leave/escape) beverage formulation and waking up in strange new places, and usually in that order.


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What is Nerd Nite???

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining and educational presentations, hosted by Ricardo Williams. Speakers present for 15 minutes, 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 2019 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.

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