Nerd Nite Orlando to Host “Tees & Ties Party” for Orlando Tech Week

nno_oct-2017_bannerORLANDO, FL — Nerd Nite Orlando is set to join the 4th annual Orlando Tech Week on Thursday, October 12th. The evening’s program will be combined with the “Tees and Ties Party”.

Held at The Exchange Building in the historic Church Street District, the monthly Nerd Nite event will feature giveaways, a special tech segment, and the traditional three guest speakers who will discuss everything from food, screenwriting, and the “The Great American Eclipse”.

Attendees are encouraged to wear a nerdy t-shirt or tie. Awards will be given out at the end of the evening for the best in the following categories: Retro, Humor, Space, Local Love, and Crowd Pleasing t-shirt or tie.

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Orlando Tech Week is a week-long showcase of the technology, creativity, and entrepreneurial hustle powering the future of Orlando. The Tees & Ties Party is one of Orlando Tech Week’s signature annual events. Click here for more info.

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“Nerd Nite Orlando: Tees + Ties Party for Orlando Tech Week”

Hosted by Ida Eskamani & Ricardo Williams
Guest speakers: Tiffany Gentry, Gabriela Murza, & Emilee Speck

WHERE: Church Street Exchange, 101 S Garland Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017, Doors open at 6pm. Program begins at 7pm.
COST: $20 (ticket includes 2 drinks)
FOOD & CASH BAR WILL BE ON-SITE
DRESS CODE: Nerdy t-shirt OR tie **

PRESENTATION #1: “Skinny Genes Aren’t for Everyone: Why Most Diets Set You Up to Fail” by Gabriela Murza

Gabriela Murza is an Extension Agent with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It may sound fancy, but it just means that she is an “extension” of UF, providing educational programs and services to community residents of Osceola County. While there is an Extension office in every county in Florida, there is only one Gabi. She received her graduate degree in Health Education, and has turned that passion into a career with UF. Her area of expertise is nutrition, wellness, and food safety, and she teaches any and all topics related to these areas to anyone who will listen.

PRESENTATION #2: “Storytelling 101; The Hero’s Journey and The Disney Princess.” By Tiffany Gentry

Orlando native Tiffany Gentry is an editor, producer, and production assistant for WUCF TV, our Central Florida PBS Station…and yes she did work behind the scenes on Nerd Night Spotlight! As a graduate of The University of Central Florida in Radio and TV Broadcasting, Tiffany has always been a passionate media consumer. When she is not working, she often spends her time consuming and studying all kinds of media trends and history including film, TV, and even theme park entertainment. Her presentation will explore an interesting and important trend in one of Disney’s biggest brands outside of Mickey Mouse.

PRESENTATION #3 “Our High Solar Drive: The untold (as seen on TV) story of two women’s 50 hour experience for two minutes of totality” by Emilee Speck

Emilee Speck is a digital journalist for the Orlando CBS station, WKMG and ClickOrlando.com, who covers space, planetary science and Central Florida breaking news. Before joining WKMG Emilee was a web editor and space blogger for the Orlando Sentinel. She has been known to explain SpaceX booster landings with staplers and other office items around the newsroom.

**Prizes for best t-shirt and tie will be given out at the end of the evening.

Ricardo Talks New Apps And More on “Smarketing News” w/ Bess Auer

This morning, Ricardo was on the air at 91.5 FM WPRK for Bess Auer’s new show, “Smarketing News” to talk about cool new apps, Central Florida parks, infrastructure, Juice Bike Share, the origins of Nerd Nite, why the event is so important, and so much more.

Click here to listen to the Nerd Nite portion of the interview.
Click here to watch the entire interview inside the studio on Facebook live.

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Nerd Nite Orlando LVI: Skinny Genes, Storytelling 101, and the High Solar Drive on Oct. 12th

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Join us on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Geek Easy for another 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.

Guest speakers: Tiffany Gentry, Gabriela Murza, & Emilee Speck

Hosted by Ida Eskamani & Ricardo Williams
For any questions, contact Ricardo at ricardo.williams@nerdnite.com

WHERE: The Geek Easy, 114 S Semoran Blvd #6, Winter Park, FL 32792
WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017 Doors open at 6pm. Program starts at 7pm

Nerd Nite Orlando LVI: Skinny Genes, Storytelling 101, and the High Solar Drive

PRESENTATION #1: “Skinny Genes Aren’t for Everyone: Why Most Diets Set You Up to Fail” by Gabriela Murza

Gabriela Murza is an Extension Agent with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It may sound fancy, but it just means that she is an “extension” of UF, providing educational programs and services to community residents of Osceola County. While there is an Extension office in every county in Florida, there is only one Gabi. She received her graduate degree in Health Education, and has turned that passion into a career with UF. Her area of expertise is nutrition, wellness, and food safety, and she teaches any and all topics related to these areas to anyone who will listen.

PRESENTATION #2: “Storytelling 101; The Hero’s Journey and The Disney Princess.” By Tiffany Gentry

Orlando native Tiffany Gentry is an editor, producer, and production assistant for WUCF TV, our Central Florida PBS Station…and yes she did work behind the scenes on Nerd Night Spotlight! As a graduate of The University of Central Florida in Radio and TV Broadcasting, Tiffany has always been a passionate media consumer. When she is not working, she often spends her time consuming and studying all kinds of media trends and history including film, TV, and even theme park entertainment. Her presentation will explore an interesting and important trend in one of Disney’s biggest brands outside of Mickey Mouse.

PRESENTATION #3: “Our High Solar Drive: The untold (as seen on TV) story of two women’s 50 hour experience for two minutes of totality” by Emilee Speck

Emilee Speck is a digital journalist for the Orlando CBS station, WKMG and ClickOrlando.com, who covers space, planetary science and Central Florida breaking news. Before joining WKMG Emilee was a web editor and space blogger for the Orlando Sentinel. She has been known to explain SpaceX booster landings with staplers and other office items around the newsroom.

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!”


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Contact:
Ricardo Williams
Host, Nerd Nite Orlando
813–464–1712
ricardo.williams@nerdnite.com

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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Ricardo Williams Talks Importance of Libraries in OCLS Promo Video

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From Orange County Library System:
In celebration of National Library Card Sign Up Month, we talked to our local friends about what the library means to them and why libraries matter to our communities. Ricardo Williams, host and organizer of Nerd Nite Orlando, tells us about his favorite library resources as well as his take on why the library is an important part of our community.

Watch here: https://youtu.be/6980hqJgNyE

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The 7th Annual FLBlogCon Set For Sept. 23rd

The seventh annual Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference (FLBlogCon). Full description will be forthcoming. See more details at FLBlogCon.com.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flblogcon-2017-tickets-33775982874

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Movie Night at Macbeth Studio on Sept. 1st w/ Nerd Nite Host

“We were very happy to get such a positive response following the premiere showing of our new film, “Age & Popularity” at the Enzian Theater. We’ll be hosting our second showing at Macbeth Studio on Friday, September 1st at 5:30pm as part of a double feature with our previous film, “Alexander Rises”

Join Morgan and I, as we eat, drink, watch, and discuss these two short films. This event is FREE.”

-Ricardo

Click to RSVP
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The film, “Alexander Rises” is a personal journey in how all people are really lonely and an exploration in what they do to find solace.
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The film, “Age & Popularity” is a short story in how people are really distracted and an exploration in idolization.
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Indie Galactic Space Jam to Host Special Kids Event on Sept. 9th

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Nat Geo & Nerd Nite Are Back For Comic-Con 2017

For the 4th year in a row, NatGeo teams up with Nerd Nite for a FREE special SDCC edition. This Nite takes the audience on an intergalactic journey through Earth and to Mars to celebrate the second season of NatGeo’s Mars and its upcoming new series, One Strange Rock. Mars vs. Earth – a classic battle! Find us on Saturday July 22, 2017 from 7-11pm at the rooftop terrace and pool at Hotel Solamar at 435 Sixth Avenue in the Gaslamp District. The Nite will feature three funny-yet-smart presentations by JPL’s Bobak Ferdowsi (‘The Mohawk Guy’) and Mallory Lefland, former NASA astronaut Jerry M. Linenger, and Aaron Sagers (Editor-at-Large of Blastr.com). And as always, there will be FREE FOOD and DRINKS!

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Local Love Night to benefit CFCH on July 20th

Please join Local Love Orlando and Macbeth Studio on Thursday, July 20th at The Abbey in downtown Orlando for the second Local Love Night of 2017. This fun social and socially-aware event is to raise funds and awareness for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. There’s a recommended donation of $20-$30 at the door, all proceeds of which go directly to CFCH. Food and drink are included with your donation. Also, you get your own photo in front of this amazing backdrop, which will be live-posted that night.

EVENT DETAILS: http://www.facebook.com/events/1028585107278902/

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What is Nerd Nite???

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.

Nerd Nite operates in over a hundred cities around the world, including Tokyo, Seattle, London, Los Angeles, Des Moines, Austin, and many more. Nerd Nite launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013 with founding organizers Valerie Cepero, Josh Manning, and Ricardo Williams.

Nerd Nite Orlando is now organized and hosted by Ida Eskamani and Ricardo Williams.

If you have questions or concerns, email Ricardo [at] ricardo.williams@nerdnite.com

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