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Nerd Nite Seattle: Great Scott!

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We’re creeping it real this month with a spooktacular speaker and freaky film sneak peek. In addition to the usual nerdery, anyone wearing a Halloween costume will be admitted free entry!

Gisella Bustillos is an independent filmmaker who has written, produced and directed non-fiction films. Her recent documentary, ‘A Brief History of Time Travel’, takes you on a journey through the evolution of time travel, from its origins and influence in science fiction to the exciting technological possibilities. Gisella will talk about the process behind making the documentary, as well as the insights she gained from interviews ranging from esteemed researchers to Bill Nye.

Watch the preview for ‘A Brief History of Time Travel’ here:
https://www.timetraveldoc.com/

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Tuesday, October 16th
Doors @ 6:30 / Talks @ 7:30
High Dive / 513 N 36th Street
$5-$10 suggested donation / No one turned away for lack of funds
21+
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

This is an entirely volunteer-run event. All proceeds go towards the #NerdNiteSeattleFund.

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

Winner of Nerd Nite Seattle Fund #2 Announced!

We are excited to announce that Beth Kenkel is the winner of the second #NerdNiteSeattleFund!

Beth’s work has already gone viral: She is a molecular biologist at the University of Washington’s Department of Laboratory Medicine-Virology, as well as a science communicator writing for the nonprofit plasmid repository Addgene.

Currently, Beth is working on two projects: a clinical trial for a new herpes virus drug and a project engineering a pair of molecular scissors that can cut HIV out of a patient’s DNA.

Beth will use the #NerdNiteSeattleFund to support her ongoing science communication efforts. She is committed to encouraging the inner scientist of all patrons, regardless of background or abilities, because science needs unlikely scientists! By going into our community, she hopes to make science and scientists more approachable, encourage an interest in science, and provide a non-stereotypical role model for other unlikely scientists. We are looking forward to her talk in the upcoming months!

Read her Addgene blog here: http://blog.addgene.org/author/beth-kenkel

Nerd Nite Seattle [80]: Lightning Round

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Join us for a special September edition of Nerd Nite Seattle where several of our illustrious alumni will return to give us some quick updates on what they have been up to since they last spoke! We’ll have 4-5 quick talks along with nerdy happy hour specials! Come hang out with your friends and relax
with refreshing beverages and a variety of nerdy topics! We’ll also be announcing the second winner of the #NerdNiteSeattleFund đź‘“

High Dive
Tuesday, September 18th
Doors @ 6:30 / talks @ 7:30
$5-$10 suggested donation / 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.

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 [79]: Bird is the Word

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Whether you’re already an avian enthusiast or want to know more about our feathered friends, everyone will have something to squawk about at this month’s Nerd Nite!

Sarah Rogers: Finding Your ‘Something to Look At’

Sarah will talk about why she watches birds, where the desire to fill out the bird-dex has taken her around the world, how looking at birds has shaped her life and opened her eyes, and why you should find your “Something To Look At,” too. You’ll also learn the basics of bird watching and how you can get started here in Seattle.

Sarah Rogers is trained as a geologist and works as a science and environmental educator. When she’s not doing bird counts or plotting her Big Year, she just loves being outside, walking around, looking at birds, and bouldering.

Special guests TBA

High Dive
Tuesday, August 21
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. Apply here by August 31! http://bit.ly/appNNSF02

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 [78]: School’s Out with I-Labs

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Kids might be on summer vacation, but the learning never stops at #NerdNiteSeattle! Join us for a special collaboration with the University of Washington‘s I-LABS and hear about the latest research on closing the gender gap in STEM education.
 
Marley Jarvis and Amelia Bachleda: Tackling the gender gap in math, science, and technology starts with kids
 
Gender biases can affect how well you do on a math test, the way that teachers interact with children, and limit girls’ aspirations for careers in science and technology. However, closing the gender gap starts well before kids enter grade school. In this talk, we’ll chat about recent research on what we can do to combat gender bias in math, science, and technology fields, starting with young children.
 
Speaker Bios:
Marley Jarvis and Amelia Bachleda are Outreach and Education Specialists at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. I-LABS is an interdisciplinary research center focused on early learning and the brain. Marley led a former life of chasing plankton as a marine scientist before turning full time to her fascination with how people learn throughout their lives at Pacific Science Center, and now I-LABS. Amelia loves to learn about how things work, particularly the brain, and works to make accessing that information easier for everyone.
 
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High Dive
Tuesday, July 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
 
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 [77]: Hot Topics

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Join us this June for a nerdy breakdown of two timely and important topics! Shannon Horst will discuss the theories and practical strategies behind facilitating difficult conversations, and Amy Joy Yanicak will discuss the science and history behind the opiate epidemic in the United States.
Shannon Horst: “Communication and Contention: Understanding How to Have Difficult Conversations”
Amy Joy Yanicak: “Poppies to Popping Pills: The long road that led us to the opiate epidemic and where we go from here”
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High Dive
Tuesday, June 19
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 [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.

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