Nerd Nite Orlando #2: Breakdancing for Green Energy, Ingenuity in the Cradle of Life, and Preparing for Assteroids!
Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new. 3 speakers will present for 20-25 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.
It's like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!
MC Wreckshin (Nerdcore) www.mcwreckshin.com
“Breakdancing Our Way to Energy Independence: The Power of Human Movement” by Chris Castro
Every human movement is a transfer of clean energy that could power our needs around us everyday. Now imagine a paradigm shift in the way we create and use energy, where collective human movements becomes the source to electrify our lives, and transition us away from the energy that built our World, to the energy that will shape our future.
Chris is an emerging social eco-preneur with a passion for catalyzing the transition to the clean energy economy and advancing Sustainability around the World. During his studies at the University of Central Florida, he co-founded an environmental movement called IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions) — a network of chapters, youth leaders and green professionals across the nation and around the World, who are turning our ideas into solutions and actions that address local challenges. Chris and team went on to create IDEAS into a international nonprofit and continues to facilitate the growth and impacts of the movement world-wide. In addition, Chris presented at TEDxOrlando in 2012 and most recently was a keynote speaker and panelist at the 2013 International Economics Congress in Berlin.
“Ingenuity in the Cradle of Life: Ain’t the Africa You Thought You Knew” by Eryck Dzotsi
This talk will serve to debunk preconceived African myths while highlighting the incredible accomplishments of some of Africa’s finest minds and innovative thinkers. This adventure into African ingenuity will expose you to an exciting variety of the major catalysts to the African technological momentum and mobile revolution. The short trip will cover a lot of ground across a variety of topics including the “magical healing powers” of an herbal plant, waterless bathing, caching the Internet, and building new technology from scraps.
Eryck Dzotsi (@erycked) was born in Togo, Africa and left to attend the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Search Marketing Professional, Social Media Strategist, and author of “The Remote Worker’s Guide to Excellence.” He developed his affinity for search marketing and social media while working to build the a network of entertainment sites that forever changed the face of African music online. During this time also earned the nickname “Juicy” and the Juicy Search was born. Feel free to ask him about his alter ego the Organic Juicer!
“Preparation A: Our Relief Against Severe Assteroids” by Derek Demeter
Does your planet suffer from the chance of a severe asteroid or comet impact? Could this event potentially wipe most life on your planet, bring forth another major extinction event? Well we have the solution! Introducing Preparation A, a new revolutionary product brought to you by the many space agencies of planet Earth. Preparation A is your first line defense against these catastrophic events. Don’t let asteroids get you down, try Preparation A today!
Ever since Derek could remember, he has been looking to the stars. Derek Demeter began working at the Seminole State College Planetarium in 2003 while a Physics and Technical Education student. By 2007, Mr. Demeter was offered the position of planetarium director, and immediately began the process of writing and producing new shows, including a complete series of presentations that explore the astronomy and history of numerous cultures from around the world. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community. Derek also promotes science beyond the planetarium with his appearances at many other venues such as the Harmony Dark Sky Festival, Cafe Science of Orlando, local libraries, serving as Vice President of the Central Florida Astronomical Society, or simply setting up a telescope at local shopping centers to give the public a truly “out-of-this world” experience.