Nerd Nite Welcomes Theme Park Designer Nikkolas Smith for a Pop-Up Art Show on July 12th

Nerd Nite Orlando is set to host a pop-up art show for theme park designer, concept artist, and author/illustrator Nikkolas Smith at Purple, Rock, Scissors on Thursday, July 12th.


Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a Master of Architecture recipient from Hampton University, current Theme Park Designer & Concept artist at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Children’s Books Author/Illustrator. His first picture book “The Golden Girls of Rio” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He also creates activist art paintings and Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther, Southside With You, Dear White People, Stranger Fruit). Nikkolas also talks for conferences (TEDxWatts) and schools all over the country, and after hours leads in youth mentoring on Saturdays, with the kids of Compton & Watts, CA, giving lessons in digital painting and life skills for success. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Nerd Nite is Coming Downtown For the Summer


Join us on Thursday, June 14th for a special happy hour event at Purple, Rock, Scissors in downtown Orlando.

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.

WHERE: 189 S Orange Ave #2020, Orlando, FL 32801
WHEN: Thursday, June 14th

Happy hour begins at 5pm (Come on in anytime after 5, we’ll be playing games and drinking)
Program begins at 6:30pm.

This is a FREE event. We only accept donations.
Make a contribution here.

Guest speakers include:
Saffiyah Johnson
Michele G Moss
Brittany Vincente

Hosted by Ricardo Williams

PRESENTATION #1: “Why I Love IP!: How Childish Curiosity, An 80s Love Song, and An Unlikely Duet Turned Me Into an IP (Intellectual Property) Lawyer” by Michele G Moss

A discussion of copyright law as it relates to music. The audience will learn how copyright law determines authorship of songs; the difference between sound recordings and musical compositions and why copyright registration matters to artists, producers, and lyricists.

Michele Moss has been in practice for over 14 years and has extensive experience in civil trial and litigation in Florida state and Federal courts. Ms. Moss’s intellectual property litigation practice includes claims involving copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, claims of internet trespass, defamation and civil liability for online content. Ms. Moss’s computer and internet law practice includes the preparation of website terms of use, privacy policies, computer/internet usage policies, End User License Agreements (EULAs) and claims arising from data breach incidents.

PRESENTATION #2: “volunTELLing: the story behind your volunteers” by Saffiyah Johnson

The audience will learn the internal and external motivations of why people volunteer. The audience will also learn how organizations can develop and retain volunteers and how volunteers can master useful experiences at volunteer organizations.

Saffiyah “Saffy” Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of Florida. During her professional career, Ms. Johnson has worked with various populations in leadership roles and has also participated in a variety of organizations. Ms. Johnson is the current Chair of the Orange County Children’s Cabinet and the Chair for the NASW-FL Central Florida Unit.

PRESENTATION #3: “Going Beyond ‘Fun’: The Role of Human Motivation in Video Game Design” by Brittany Vincente

Why do players put hundreds of hours into some video games but not others? In this talk, we’ll explore the leading theory of human motivation, Self Determination Theory, and how its application in game design results in games that are not only enjoyable to play but sustain engagement over time.

Brittany has a background in social psychology research and is currently Research Manager at Immersyve, Inc., the world’s leading research and consulting firm on improving motivation and sustained engagement. With Immersyve for over four years, she has been the operational coordinator for hundreds of gaming studies in the mobile, console and PC space. As a gamer, she has eclectic taste in genres and has a current obsession with Marvel Contest of Champions and Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Join StarterStudio for DEMO DAY at the Dr. Phillips Center

At Demo Day, ten startups take the stage to pitch their business and show you why their startup will succeed. It is the culmination of three months of hard work inside Orlando’s first technical accelerator, StarterStudio. If you like watching Shark Tank or just enjoy looking for the next hot tech startup (to use, or to invest in) you won’t want to miss Demo Day. Join them on May 1st at 7PM for a night of networking and celebration of Orlando’s blossoming startup community.

WHEN: May 1, 2018 @ 7 PM
WHERE: Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

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Nerd Nite Returns on May 10th

Nerd Nite returns on May 10th

Join us on Thursday, May 10th for an evening of thinking and drinking.

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.

This is a FREE event. We only accept donations.
Make a contribution here:

We’ll also be giving out 2 free tickets to see BILL NYE!!

Guest speakers include:
Carlos Donze & Morgan Laco
Max Jackson
Felix Sosa

Hosted by Ricardo Williams

PRESENTATION #1: “How to help Grandma (or Grandpa) buy their first Bitcoin!” by Carlos Donze & Morgan Laco

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency. What is it and what does it mean for our future. Carlos Donze is a bit of a renaissance man, crypto enthusiast and video game nerd. He works as a community moderator and loves his dog, Lolo. Morgan Laco is a software engineer with a Master’s Degree in Financial Math and she loves Physics, the ancient game of Go and her cat, Neko.

PRESENTATION #2: “Your Brain on Too Many SuperHero Movies – The Computational Neuroscience of Art, Heroism, and Madness” by Max Jackson

Have you ever gotten so carried away by a story that you felt – and I mean 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.

Max Jackson is a bioengineer 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.

PRESENTATION #3: “Building Machines that Learn and Think Like People” by Felix Sosa

The field of intelligence research goes beyond the artificial. Researchers have been looking at the brain and how children learn for some time now to help understand how we can make machines smarter and now it’s starting to get real. I’ll talk about the research I do at MIT and Harvard on intelligence and how we work with people across institutions to uncover how humans learn in hopes of building smarter machines. The goal is to show everyone the incredible progress being made to uncover how the mind works.

Felix Sosa’s been around Orlando for about seven years. He just got his bachelor degree in Computer Science and is now on his way to continue his work at MIT and Harvard on computational cognitive science and artificial intelligence. He’s been a big A.I. and brain nerd for the last few years and has been actively trying to figure out how the human intelligence works, how it’s implemented in the brain, and how we can use these insights to build smarter machines.

Nerd Nite is Collaborating with Science Events Summit in St. Pete


The Science Events Summit is convening for the first time in 2018, but is a continuation of the International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC).

IPSEC has met six times since 2011, and brings together public science event organizers, evaluators, collaborators, and sponsors. This year’s event will take place the first week of June in Saint Petersburg, FL.

Nerd Nite is collaborating with Science Events Summit and will be producing a special event for the conference.

And we’ve got a discount for you!!

For 25% off your conference registration, use the Promotional Code: TheNerdAwakens

Go to Open Make Night at MakerFX Makerspace


Every Friday at 5:30pm, you can join makers at MakerFX Makerspace for free! See what they do, how they do it, and how you can become involved. Its fun, educational, and a great way to make some new creative friends.

MakerFX Makerspace
8600 Commodity Cir #158
Orlando, Florida

P.S. That’s where we make our buttons!


Christie Miga to Debut Outdoor Art Experience, “Luminosities” at Mead Gardens



Christie Miga has created an outdoor art experience to exhibit her newest series: Luminosities. Upon arrival, each attendee will walk along a winding boardwalk trail through Mead Botanical Garden’s wetlands. This calming, dimly lit walk will culminate in the butterfly garden where patrons will discover a grouping of illuminated paintings. After experiencing Luminosities, we request that all patrons add words about their experience in the reflection book. Please feel free to enjoy a few light refreshments and music while relaxing in this nighttime art gallery. Please join us on April 27th for an evening of art, music, and nature.

This series celebrates the transformative moments that awaken our connections to the natural world and allow us to find light within the darkness. Those unexpected, magical instances that deepen the understanding of ourselves and the peaceful feeling of being connected to something larger than any one individual. Christie’s own experiences of connection to nature came unexpectedly while on a solo night walk, which she has attempted to capture in this series. She has translated these feelings into fourteen new paintings which showcase wild, luminous, supernatural night skies set against the grounded and ghostly silhouettes of trees.

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Keep The Party Going at Kennedy Space Center on April 13th.


On Thursday, April 12th, Nerd Nite is back at the newly-renovated Geek Easy with a World Space Party. We’ll have 3 brand new space-themed presentations and a space costume contest. Details here:

But we’ve decided to keep the party going– on Friday, April 13th, we’ll be joining Yuri’s Night Space Coast for a special event at the Kennedy Space Center and we want you to join us! You can get your tickets at Nerd Nite attendees can get a discount using the code: NERDNITE10

Nerd Nite Orlando World Space Party on Thursday, April 12th:
Yuri’s Night Space Coast on Friday, April 13th:

Amy Selikoff to Debut One-Woman Show at Orlando Fringe

In a show titled “Somebody’s History”, Amy Selikoff will take the stage at the 2018 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Described as “a white woman’s journey to understand race in America.” The show is part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, crossing six centuries of history fraught with tragedy, trial, and tradition.


Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, crossing six centuries of history fraught with tragedy, trial, and tradition.


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