We missed you nerds so we are creating virtual Nerd Nites just for you! Thinking and Drinking at Home!
Nerd Nite is a monthly event during which several folks give fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. (It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer!) Now from the comfort of your own home!
Your Digital ID and Security Steps by Oscar Orellana A presentation on my “digital ID”? What is that? Just like your social security number, which keeps track of who you are, the online world creates a bunch of ID’s that keep track of who you are. From your favorite drink at Starbucks (the tall, skinny, splash of soy, caramel, double espresso), your raging Netflix binges, and even what you do on your free time, there is an ID with your name attached to it. We’ll go over these items and the steps you can take to protect yourself a bit.
Bio: Oscar is an Information Technology enthusiast (aka Nerd to keep things simple) with a 10 year background in Service Desk, IT Management, Security, and Infrastructure. Currently working as a Sr. Infrastructure Engineer, leading the development of Azure, security controls, and day to day operations of the business infrastructure. Pretty much the person making sure you’re able to login to your computer every morning, not allowing you to stream ESPN/Novelas during office hours, and shooing away princes that want you to write a blank check to them so you can get paid out later.
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Pop Culture Nostalgia and Pop Culture Nostalgia and the Dangerous Obsession With a Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away by Ricardo Williams
Think about every single character or franchise that you have grown to love; there’s a good chance they’re all owned and/or distributed by the Walt Disney Company. Sure it’s cool that we’ll get to see the Fantastic Four and the X-Men on the big screen with the Avengers (someday) and yes, it’s great that Star Wars has creative and financial freedom on Disney+ to produce an incredible live action series like the Mandalorian– but the concentration of power under one powerful entity is traditionally not a good thing (just look at the stories of the previously mentioned properties for reference). In this talk, we’ll navigate the public’s dangerous obsession with pop culture and how Hollywood is laughing all the way to the bank from our unhealthy addiction.
Bio: Ricardo Williams is a program director, event organizer, digital influencer, and filmmaker. Since studying communications at Pace University in New York City, he’s appeared in commercials and independent films, composed soundtracks and produced albums, organized educational programming, and advised on political campaigns. He’s also guest lectured on film theory and video production at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Since 2013, Ricardo has organized and hosted Nerd Nite Orlando.
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Vote-By-Mail Myth Busting: Separating the Fact from the Fiction by Monica Skoko Rodriguez
Join the President of the League of Women Voters to learn about why all of us who are eligible to vote should sign up for Vote By Mail before the August primaries and learn more about using your voice to catalyze change in government.
Bio: Monica Skoko Rodriguez is the President of the League of Women Voters, the Director of the County’s Commission for Women, a nurse, organizer, and advocate. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health, is a public policy nerd, and upholds the millennial plant mom stereotype.
We joined forces with Nerd Nites across North America – from NYC to LA – to bring you a pandemic edition of your favorite educational drinking event. If you missed it, don’t worry! You can still watch it online! Enjoy!
Nerds love museums and learning and drinking and Nerd Nite… so we combined them all into the most nerdalicious series of events in Miami in 2019!!!! The Nerd Nite bosses are taking YOU on a tour of Miami’s greatest museums!! Join us and some of our favorite nerdy speakers for:
The 2019 Nerd Nite Miami Museum Tour.
April 24: HistoryMiami
May 15: Philip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science)
June 6: Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
July 18: World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM)
August 21: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
*Our regularly scheduled Nerd Nites at Gramps Bar will also continue on the 2nd Thursday of each month (yep! 2 Nerd nites per month from April to August)
Nerd Nite at PAMM
(featuring some badass lady nerds!)
February 1, 2018, 7:00pm
Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
1) “Florida’s Deadliest Hurricane (It’s Not Andrew)” by Ta-Shana Taylor
The Hurricane of 1928 is the hurricane that had Lake Okeechobee breach it’s dikes, flooding the surrounding towns. It’s the 2nd deadliest hurricane in American history. Ta-Shana Taylor discussed the storm and the impacts to the local communities.
Bio: Ta-Shana Taylor is a lecturer with the University of Miami’s Department of Geological Science where her most popular course is Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs Reality. She also volunteers for a national nonprofit organization called Outdoor Afro where she leads trips here in South Florida that celebrate and inspire black leadership in nature. Ta-Shana has recently been awarded Outdoor Afro Leader of the Year for 2018.
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2) “Nature Knows Best” by Danni Washington
Why create something from scratch when you can steal the next great idea from nature? Danni Washington highlighted a few examples of brilliant inventions that were inspired by nature! She dove into the whimsical world of biomimicry and we discovered that some of nature’s best-kept secrets could be right in your own backyard.
Bio: Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about our oceans and science communications. She co-founded the Big Blue & You, has served as a science filmmaker with Untamed Science, and currently, hosts Xploration Nature Knows Best, which is a STEM educational TV show which features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design syndicated nationwide on FOX, HULU and Amazon Prime. A graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Marine Science & Biology — she is also a scuba diver, proud curly girl and overall lover of the outdoors.
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3) “Florida Man” by Sara Yousuf
A criminal justice nerd walked us through the insane and irrational rules of Florida’s penal system. Did you know that in Florida it’s more serious to attend a cockfight than to commit your second DUI? Did you know that in Florida your driver’s license will be suspended for failing to pay child support (thereby making it harder to pay child support)? Did you know that in Florida it’s more serious to steal copper wire from a house than to commit rape? OMG WTF.
Bio: Sara Yousuf, Esq. is a board-certified criminal defense attorney who has represented Miami’s indigent accused for 12 years. She chairs Engage Miami, a nonprofit that involves young people in local politics. Sara co-founded Emerge Miami, a grassroots community group that makes Miami better through progressive social events, Sara also co-founded Sweat Records, Miami’s premiere independent record store. Sara can beat you at Scrabble and has a lifelong love of origami.