Nerd Nite is coming to Orlando! Joining the ranks of more than 50 cities across the globe,
Orlando is now hosting an evening of fun-yet-informative talks across many disciplines – all
while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. Nerds and non-nerds alike gather
to meet, drink, and learn something new.
March 14th (Pi Day!) kicks off the first ever Orlando Nerd Nite and throughout the night we will
interact with a growing collective of cyborgs, take a flight powered by french fries, and end up
getting really high in outer space.
It’s like the Discovery Channel, with beer!
Presentation #1: "How To Survive the Robot Apocalypse: Cyborgs > Humans." by Lance R. Vick
Meet and have a discussion with an actual cyborg that has both near field communication (NFC)
radio and neodymium magnet surgical implants. Learn about his current capabilities, discussion
of other upgraded humans, as well as future upgrade plans and possibilities for biohacking.
When robots take over the world, we figure they will probably kill off the cyborgs last.
Becoming a cyborg means living longer! Resistance is futile!
Lance R. Vick is a software engineer, open source software advocate, entrepreneur, and
member of Orlando's FamiLAB hackerspace. Between building startups, and providing custom
technology solutions for many industry leading companies (including 3M, Amway Arena, Mayo
Clinic, Citigroup, and Atlantis Resorts) he has built experience in a variety of areas. A few of his
projects include a mobile web based showroom control system, a web based QR codeauthentication platform, a 360 degree projection gaming system, a markdown driven static
blogging library, and a musician scouting website for bands.
Presentation #2: "High Frying: Biofuel Is Not Just for Hippies Anymore." by Carol Sugars
What happens when you take a soviet era military jet and fuel it with cooking oil? The world's
first 100% biofuel-powered transcontinental jet flight! Biofuel isn't just for powering converted
Volkswagen Bus Vanagons anymore. In this talk, Carol will discuss the challenges and
excitement of piloting this historic flight and what it means for the future of "alternative"
Specializing in Avionics/Aerospace Systems Engineering Carol Sugars has been involved in
various design and development projects involving radar, communications, noise cancellation
technology and aviation fuels. With over 10,000 hours of flight time she has flown more than 50
different types of aircraft all over the world, from light single engine to four engine heavy jets,
and holds licenses for Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor
and Ground Instructor.
Presentation #3: "Growing Weed in Space: Can You Get Too High?" by Dr. Luke B. Roberson
With the ever-changing political atmosphere regarding controlled substances like marijuana,
are there any implications of growing “illegal” plants in international space? Would space weed
be the same as its terrestrial counterpart or would it result in an evolved, super drug? This talk
will take a practical and technically achievable look at answering these far out questions.
Luke B. Roberson, Ph.D. is a systems engineer for science payload development at NASA’s
Kennedy Space Center. He is responsible for designing, building, verifying, and validating
science experiments for deployment to the International Space Station (ISS). His two current
projects are focused on plant growth chambers with the role of integrating science and
engineering requirements to create a high fidelity experimental platform for research aboard
ISS. Previously Dr. Roberson served as a research scientist at KSC inventing and developing new
technologies for the space industry. In addition, Dr. Roberson is the President of Vaulted
Technologies, www.vaultedtechnologies.com, a startup company empowered to create
revolutionary inventions to change the world. Dr. Roberson has 3 issued patents, 10 pending
patents, over 20 published scientific articles, and co-authored a book.
Josh Manning, Orlando Nerd Boss
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