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Nerd Nite Seattle [76]: On your mark, get (head)set, go!

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We’re thrilled to have the first winner of the #NerdNiteSeattleFund present at this month’s event! Scott Bennett will give a presentation about the concepts and processes behind his project “WORLD ONE,” a virtual reality art experience. We will have a VR headset available so that attendees can explore the massive, abstract paintscapes that Scott created using the virtual reality painting program Tilt Brush (tiltbrush.com) and the 3D game engine Unity 3D (unity3d.com)

Scott Bennett (aka Scobot) creates immersive and interactive art in virtual reality. Combining years of professional experience in painting, sculpture, and video art with game engine technology, his work allows viewers to explore and experience abstract compositions through virtual reality hardware. The Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) licensed his work for display and he is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington’s UW CoMotion Labs where he creates virtual reality artwork alongside AR/VR startups.

www.scobot.com
scobot2k12@gmail.com
Instagram: @scobot1
Twitter: @scobot1
FB: facebook.com/scobot.art

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High Dive
Tuesday, May 15
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

This is an entirely volunteer-run event. All proceeds go towards the #NerdNiteSeattleFund (second application cycle launching soon!).

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safer and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. All proceeds benefit the Nerd Nite Seattle Fund.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [75]: Trash Talk and Green, Clean Machines

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This month’s Nerd Nite speakers will litter-ally spark your interest in the science of recycling and clean energy technologies! Seattle Public Utilities‘ Jeff Neuner and Becca Fong will talk about Fremont’s City Of Seattle North Transfer Station, and Spark Northwest‘s Daniel Poppe will discuss how organizations like his are leading the green energy revolution in the PNW.

Nerd Nite Seattle is a monthly series where nerds and non-nerds alike can connect over fascinating talks, delicious drinks, and engaging conversation. If you’ve never been to Nerd Nite before and are feeling shy, message us and we’ll make sure to introduce ourselves at the event!

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Jeff Neuner and Becca Fong: “Talking Trash: A pictorial history of garbage in Seattle and current city waste generation statistics”

Jeff Neuner is the Seattle Public Utilities Program Manager for Solid Waste Facilities, Transfer Stations and Landfill Closure. Mr. Neuner has been with the City of Seattle for over 27 years and worked in the Solid Waste industry since 1985. He has worked on active and closed landfills, managed transfer stations, Household Hazardous Waste Facilities and most recently the
implementation of the Seattle Solid Waste Facilities Master Plan. He is also the Disaster Debris Manager for the City of Seattle in the event of an emergency event that generates debris over a
wide area.
 
Becca Fong works on finding new and engaging ways to reach out to the residential customers of Seattle to increase their waste diversion. Her work at Seattle Public Utilities is focused on solid waste outreach, planning and communications. She has developed and implemented media campaigns, community education programs, and outreach programs on food & yard waste composting and recycling for both nonprofit and government agencies. She has B.S. degree in Biology: Ecology and Conservation from the University of Washington.

 

Daniel Poppe : Sparking the Clean Energy Revolution

At a time of increasing global insecurity, it has never been more important to secure our region’s energy future. The shift to clean energy may prove to be the most impactful technological transition of the 21st century and the Pacific Northwest is ready to lead the way.

Spark Northwest is a Seattle-based nonprofit that creates clean energy communities across the region. Whether working with rural farmers to deliver energy efficiency workshops, designing a community solar program for a municipal utility, or helping a local neighborhood chart a clean energy plan, Spark Northwest activates communities to work collectively towards a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come.

Daniel Poppe, Spark Northwest’s Development Director, joins us to talk about clean energy in the PNW and how organizations like his are leading the charge in the clean energy revolution.

Daniel Poppe is the Development Director at Spark Northwest and is an MPA candidate at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Before joining Spark Northwest, Daniel worked in salmon and steelhead recovery with the Seattle-based nonprofit Long Live the Kings. Daniel received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in China.

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High Dive
Tuesday, April 17
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safer and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. All proceeds benefit the Nerd Nite Seattle Fund.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [74]: Ga(y)me On!

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Are you a diehard Dungeon Master, mad for Mage, or an Earthdawn enthusiast? Then don’t miss this extra special collaboration with Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique! They will be hosting a panel featuring local Game Masters who will discuss running inclusive games that are queer, trans and non-binary friendly. Bring your favorite tabletop RPG to happy hour and extra cash for Outsider’s pop-up shop.

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High Dive
Tuesday, March 20
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safer and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. All proceeds benefit the Nerd Nite Seattle Fund.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [73]: Tech Support

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You’ve heard about the #MeToo movement and increasing concerns about the impact of large technology companies on our communities, but what can you do about it? Join us this month to learn about how tech workers are organizing in Seattle and beyond with Austin Valeske, a member of Seattle Tech Solidarity and Tech Workers Coalition.

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The neveragain.tech pledge was posted online in December of 2016, and within two days it had been signed by more than 1300 technology workers. To date, over 2800 technology workers have pledged to never again allow the technology we create to be used to target or harm anyone.

But how do we follow through on that pledge? How do we use our collective power for good? The creators of the pledge saw that, in the past, technology companies have been complicit in atrocities, so what do we need to do to stop that from happening again? In this talk, I’ll discuss the history of worker organizing, what that looks like today in the tech industry, and why it’s necessary if we’re going to stop sexual harassment in our workplaces, keep our companies ethical, and help reduce the negative impacts our companies have in our communities.

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Austin is a software engineer at Socrata, where he’s exploring his passion for helping governments use data to provide better services more effectively. He works to organize tech workers because software is a tool we can use to help build a society that’s better for everyone instead of one that leaves people behind, but only if realize our collective power. He’s also passionate about helping men learn what healthy masculinity looks like, and on the side he climbs, ballroom dances, and reads way too much about land use policy.

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High Dive
Tuesday, February 20
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

All proceeds benefit the Nerd Nite Seattle Fund. Apply here: http://bit.ly/appNNSF

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safer and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [72]: Let’s Get (Food) Wasted!

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Did you know that those moldy leftovers in the back of your fridge could be turned into renewable energy? Nothing is going bad at this month’s Nerd Nite! Our special guest is Impact Bioenergy, a company that develops products and solutions that reduce the environmental impact of food waste.

Srirup Kumar: Just Digest It!
Food “waste” to usable renewables: clean fuel and organic fertilizer

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High Dive
Tuesday, January 16
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10/ 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

All proceeds benefit the Nerd Nite Seattle Fund. Apply here: http://bit.ly/appNNSF

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safer and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle Fund

We are VERY EXCITED to announce the launch of the The Nerd Nite Seattle Fund (NNSF)!

The Nerd Nite Seattle Fund (NNSF) gives $250 on a quarterly basis to a person whose work expands our nerdy horizons in creative and curious ways. Winners must commit to presenting their work at a Nerd Nite Seattle event within six months of receiving funding. Anyone who is 21+ years of age and lives in the Seattle area is eligible!

The application deadline is February 28, 11:59PM, and the winner will be announced at Nerd Nite Seattle on March 20.

Apply here

Nerd Nite Seattle is volunteer-run and NNSF is directly supported by our event proceeds. If you are interested in sponsoring NNSF, email us at bosses@nerdniteseattle.com or message us on Facebook.

Nerd Nite Seattle [71]: Hoth-y Holidays

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Join the Resistance for some extra special nerdery! In addition to a very special TBA speaker, we will be having trivia, games, and other Star Wars specials. Come in an ugly holiday sweater or Star Wars gear for $1 off entry! Whether you’re new to the galaxy or the Grand Master, we’ll have something for everyone to enjoy.

Our speaker is Krunal Desai, a life-long Star Wars nerd who’ll talk about the technology and science of the Star Wars universe — the good, bad, stupid, potentially realistic, and just plain weird. Don’t worry — it will be spoiler-free for those who haven’t seen the latest film!

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High Dive
Tuesday, December 19
Doors @ 6:30 / unlocking mysteries of the force @ 7:30
$5 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

Nerd Nite Seattle is committed to being a safe and accessible space for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [70]: Sense-ational Cyborgs

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, learn about the science behind Diabetes and your somatosensory system with Margaret Urfer and Kali Esancy!
 
Kali Esancy: Super Skin Senses! A Tour of Your Somatosensory System
If asked to name your five senses, you’d probably list sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. But your skin—the body’s largest sensory organ—senses so much more than just “touch”. In this talk, we’ll go on a tour of your somatosensory neurons, the super awesome (and kind of strange) cells that allow you to experience sensations like pressure, temperature, itch, and pain. What are they like? How do they work? Who do they talk to? What makes them different from neurons in your brain? Come join us as we explore these and other questions about your super somatosensory system!
Kali Esancy is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington whose thesis project entails trying to figure out the specific differences between certain types of itch-coding and pain-coding neurons in zebrafish and mice. When she isn’t experimenting in dark microscope rooms, analyzing mountains of data, or wrangling fish larvae, she enjoys crafting, baking, board games, neuroscience outreach, contra dancing, music, frolicking outdoors, and attending Nerd Nite talks.
 
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Margaret Urfer: Life as a Cyborg: Getting By with Diabetes”
Everyone eats food, drinks water, and performs other necessary tasks as part of their daily maintenance. Some people also have to manually inject/pump a vital hormone, carefully balancing the dosage against food intake, exercise level, and other factors just to maintain operating order. Diabetes is a topic at the edge of public consciousness, but is often misunderstood. (Spoiler: There are 2 “types”, and they’re very different) Come learn what, exactly, Type 1 Diabetes is, how it affects 1.25 million Americans, and what you can learn from it.
 
Margaret S. Urfer has been a Type 1 Diabetic for 17 years, codes, dances, knits, games, runs, but ironically does not ride the waves.
 
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High Dive
Tuesday, November 21
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar
Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [69]: Spooky Scores and Creepy Costumes

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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year, so wear a costume and GET IN FOR FREE!

Semih Tareen: Horror Film Music

It is the most wonderful time of the year, for horror fans! October would not be complete without the thrill of horror films. In turn, these films would not feel complete without the spine-tingling hair-raising music specifically composed for them. Join us as film composer Semih Tareen breaks down the process of scoring music for horror films.

About the speaker: Semih Tareen is an award winning film composer who works with filmmaker clients locally and internationally. His latest film score, DEAD WEST, is currently streaming on Netflix, while his own film YELLOW was recently released by Arrow Video. Tareen also serves as the moderator for horror film music panels at the horror convention, Crypticon.

Richard Albritton: Quick Costuming using Maker Tech!
Description: Halloween is only two weeks away! Don’t have a costume? Want to add some flair? No need to rush from Amazon — with the tools available to everyone in their homes or local makerspaces, one can create props and accessories for their costumes with ease!

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High Dive
Tuesday, October 17th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar
Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

Nerd Nite Seattle [68]: Taking Care of Business

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Wear your best power suit to September’s Nerd Nite! We’ll be networking our way to the top with our inimitable speakers: David Pierre-Louis and Agra Monagan.
David Pierre-Louis: Aide Interdependency
A solution to putting the people we want to help at the forefront of our work. Leading from a support role. Hear from David Pierre-Louis about his evolution from LUCID Lounge owner to executive director and founder of Kay Tita, a sustainable community resource organization that cultivates partnerships, raises capital, and facilitates impact investing opportunities in Port-Au-Prince.
David Pierre-­Louis is focusing his skills and leadership in cultivating community action and advocating for social change throughout the country of Haiti. He is in the the process of building Kay Tita, a multi­level community resource space that will house the country’s first Impact Hub in Port­-au-­Prince: a centre for local entrepreneurial citizens to create a more sustainable future for themselves.
For the past two years, he Co­-organized Port­-Au-­Prince Startup Week, which focused on empowering the local community through various events in various areas­ ranging from Youth Involvement, Health, Education,Technology, Energy, Urban Design, Investment, Mentorship, Art, Community and Tourism.
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Agra Monagan: Networking for Nerds
Oh, the dreaded professional mingling event. This could be a workplace all hands meeting, a departmental party, a training, a recruiting event, or an industry meeting. Afterwards you know that useful people were in attendance, but you wonder what you got out of it. Come learn how to set a goal, prepare for, and make the best use of free-form networking opportunities.
Agra Monagan is a Program Manager for a large Seattle-based company. She has attended many networking events in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle as her career and life took her to various cities. She enjoys dancing, running, lifting weights, and socializing.
**FAQs**
High Dive
Tuesday, September 19th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 / 21+ / No one turned away for lack of funds
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar
Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.
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