Posts Tagged ‘Nerd Nite KW’

Nerd Nite KW Episode 12 – March 20 – one year anniverary!

That’s right friends! It has been a whole year of Nerd Nite being in Kitchener Waterloo! Let’s celebrate with two super awesome presentations, trivia, and memories!

Wednesday March 20, 2013

8pm Rum Runner Pub downtown Kitchener

Andrew Rader (newly crowned winner of Discovery Channel’s Canada’s Greatest Know It All !!) will be talking about why our future in space won’t be Star Trek… but that’s ok. Andrew is a spacecraft engineer (, a frequent presenter at Nerd Nites around the world, and friend to all.

Ben Criger (Institute for Quantum Computing and Robocop fan to the extreme) will be telling us why we either love Total Recall and/or why we should love it. Some of you may believe that a new version of Total Recall was made, but Nerd Nite takes place in happy land where there is only ONE Total Recall movie starring Arnold Schwarzenerder.

Then the most fun trivia ever with possibly better prizes! (but really, what’s better than Kinder Surprises?).


Nerd Nite Episode 11 Feb. 27!!!

Episode 11 is here!

Wednesday Feb. 27 starting at 7:30pm (ish)

Join your super awesome nerd friends and fearless nerd leaders as we learn, drink, and be merry!

Talk one: ‘Science or Fiction’, adapted from a popular podcast, tests your knowledge of science news and your ability to think critically and judge whether something is likely to be actual science or just a masquerade.
Cory Albrecht is “just” a computer geek interested in how science and critical thinking influences how we view the world and helps us evaluate all the claims thrown at us from every direction.

Talk two is given by your Nerd Nite co-host: Mechanical Engineering masters program graduate, community artist, and Waterloo region nerd culture icon Ryan Consell. Ryan will be talking about and giving a live demonstration on yo yos. Feel free to bring your own for some instruction!

Followed by Eric’s friendly neighbourhood trivia and the worst prizes possible!

Nerd Nite Episode 8

It’s that time again! NERD NITE EPISODE 8 IS UPON US Wednesday November 21 at the Rum Runner Pub in Kitchener!

7:30pm start!!!

Join us for a double whammy of physics presentations then everything you need to know about the Platypus.

Topic: A blending of relativity and quantum behavior from a geographer’s perspective.
Speaker: Alexander “Sandy” Hunter has a degree Environmental Studies in Geography and is an active citizen scientist.

Topic: What the LHC can tell us about neutron stars and the early universe.
Speaker: Nikolay Hristov is an upper year undergraduate physics major who did a research project on quark gluon plasma, the stuff that probably makes up the cores of neutron stars and the early universe, and an important project for the LHC at CERN and the RHIC in Brookhaven.

Topic: The Platypus – friend, foe or wtf?
Speaker: Your friendly neighbourhood Nerd Nite boss Charlotte Armstrong will again be jumping on stage to talk about yet another strange animal.

Just 25 questions AND THERE WILL BE A PRIZE!!!

Nerd Nite Episode 7 October 17, 2012!

Join your fellow nerds for a special halloween version of Nerd Nite at the Rum Runner Pub (1 King St. Kitchener)

7:30pm start

Learn about bats, the who’s, why’s, and wtf’s of bloodletting, and other scary stuff tba! 3 twenty-ish minute presentations and then social time so that you can get to know your fellow nerds better!

feel free to wear your costumes and spread the nerd word so that more people can enjoy the awesomeness!


donations will be accepted as honorarium for our awesome presenters.



Join us for a presentation and tour of the AWESOME Avatar exhibit at The Museum in Kitchener! Trust me, even if you didn’t like the movie, this exhibit will really impress you and there are super cool interactive parts as well. This isn’t just about the story, it is also about the making of the movie and the science behind it.

6:30pm at The Museum 10 King St. Kitchener

We will be getting a special discounted price (because we are cool like that) to view the exhibit so make sure you say you are with Nerd Nite at the front desk:
$12.50 to see the Avatar exhibit
$17.75 to see both the Avatar exhibit and the treasures of China exhibit

Kitchener is so lucky to have such a cool exhibit and this is thanks to our awesome friends at The Museum!!!
Michael Mercy of the Armchair Directors will give a presentation discussing the movie at 6:30pm and then we will tour the exhibit.Drinks are available at the bistro before the presentation and after everyone has gone through the exhibit, we can head back to the bistro or to the Rum Runner for some social Friday night fun!!!

August 8: Nerd Nite KW Episode 5 THE NERD STRIKES BACK!

That’s right nerd friends! After a wonderful summer of Nerd Speed dating, movie nights, and a great field trip to the UW observatory…we are back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Join us on Wednesday August 8 at 7:30pm at the Rum Runner pub downtown Kitchener for 3 great presentations followed by some trivia and socializing!

Why I Love Bees – An Alternate Reality Game Primer presented by Geoff May

In 2004, an advanced Artificial Intelligence from the year 2552 became stranded in our antiquated 21st century internet. This helpless complex code had to re-organize itself, and during that process befriended a large community of sympathizers, who successfully sent her back to whence she came, in an emotional farewell. …But what does that have to do with bees? Come and find out how this awesome trending form of entertainment – ARGs – has grown over a decade, and what it’s all about!  Geoff May runs and, news and resources for creators and players alike, and has been known through the ARG scene since 2004, thanks to the Halo 2 ARG “I Love Bees”.
Adventures of Joe Canada!

Joe Canada is an adventurer, writer, and ideas man who hosts a local current events show. Armed only with existing technology, he has set out to examine the viability of electrifying all transportation in the Windsor – Quebec City corridor, home to half of Canada’s population. Tonight he will be sharing his results, and discussing the best possible options to escort us beyond the Age of Oil, and into a solid-state transportation system.

The Rovers of Mars – Charlotte Armstrong

That’s right, your loyal host is presenting again. Charlotte has recently been designated as the Regional Coordinator for the Planetary Society in addition to her hobby of coordinating events that celebrate and inspire a love of science. Charlotte will talk about the Mars Rover family history and the adventures of the Mars Science Lab: Curiosity.

Trivia and socializing to follow!

September calendars will be available. There is a whole bunch of awesome happening in September!!!

Be there and be square!

NERD NITE EPISODE 3 May 29, 2012

Tuesday May 29, 2012
7:30pm at the Rum Runner Pub downtown Kitchener


Robbie Henderson is a PhD candidate that the University of Waterloo Astronomy department and he is the coordinator of the Gustav Bakos Observatory. Robbie will be telling us about the biggest astronomical event of our lifetime: the Venus Transit happening on June 5th along with details of the lecture and event happening at the University of Waterloo from 5pm until sundown (yes Nerd Nite will be there to represent!). We will have solar viewers available for purchase by our Nerd Nite audience. Use responsibly people! Remember, the sun seeks to destroy us all! 🙂

Dr. Shohini Ghose, Director of the Women in Science Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University and world renown physicist will be doing a mind blowing presentation on QUANTUM CHAOS!!! (insert echo)
Based on a true story, for the first time ever on screen, watch the chaotic dance of cold atoms!
This movie is rated R for explicit quantum content. No atoms were harmed during the making of this film….wait, actually they were.
A Shohini Ghose production: physicist and self-proclaimed nerd (but after this presentation, she will be an internationally proclaimed nerd overlord!)

Alex Bencz is a Mechatronics Engineer but when Alex isn’t making robots do his bidding, he is an avid nature enthusiast and will be enlightening us about the fascinating life of SNAILS. Yes, if you thought you knew everything about these creatures, think again. Not only are they adorable, they are much more interesting than you think. Warning: this presentation may contain snail pornographic images. Any snails in attendance must be +18 years old and show id.

There is much more to Batman than most people know…and Jenn Emes will be here to educate us about the Dark Knight with some cool and interesting facts only the hard care Batfans know.
Jenn has a Degree in Philosophy and Classical Civilizations – specializing in argumentation and critical thinking and is a sci-fi and gamer geek but most importantly, she celebrates her lifelong obsession with Batman every day, as everyone should.

The latest Nerd Nite magazine will be available as well as Nerd Nite KW June calendars showing nerd events for the next month in Kitchener and Waterloo.