Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

The next Nerd Nite:

Thursday, November 10

at Busby’s East
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.



PRESENTATION #1: 3D Printing For Good: Assistive Devices And Beyond
by Mara Hitner

The media has hyped up desktop 3D printers to be capable of doing ANYTHING! Then why so many plastic Yoda heads and TARDIS models? Let’s talk about how 3D printers are really being used, right now, by schools and businesses, to make the world a better place. Stories of 3D-printed assistive devices, models for the visually impaired, and even usage on the International Space Station will leave you inspired and full of wonder for what the future of 3D printing holds for generations to come.

Mara Hitner is the Director of Business Development at MatterHackers, the largest online 3D printing retailer. With a physical showroom in Orange County, MatterHackers provides unbiased guidance and recommendations to help schools, businesses, and individuals get started (or stay current) with 3D printing. Recently Mara launched a global 3D printing design challenge called Within Reach, which yielded over 200 new assistive device designs (by both adults and students under 18) available online — right now — for free. Mara previously worked in L.A.’s AdTech world for many years, and on weekends she can be spotted as the frontwoman for local ’80s and ’90s cover bands.

PRESENTATION #2: Levitating the Hyperloop
by Casey Handmer

Hyperloop is building networked, on demand, point to point, high speed transportation for people and cargo. Why do we have to levitate to travel at airline speeds for the cost of a bus ticket? The levitation mechanism mediates relative movement between the stationary track and the moving vehicle without friction. This talk will explore how Hyperloop One is exploiting metamaterials and the latest manufacturing concepts to push maglev tech further than ever before.

Dr. Casey Handmer is the levitation engineer at Hyperloop One, an L.A.-based start up bringing speedy transportation to the masses. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, he studied optics at the University of Sydney and relativistic astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology. In his spare time he loves to fly his friends to interesting places, climb mountains, and write about crewed Mars exploration technology.

PRESENTATION #3: Connecting L.A.: How Wildlife Gets Around in the Urban Jungle
by Jason Goldman

Los Angeles is a strange place. It’s got some of the busiest, loudest highways in the world alongside some truly wild landscapes. We’re the only large city in America that makes a home for big cats. L.A. is situated in the middle of one of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots. Learn how animals use this unique, mosaic urban-wild landscape to survive — and afterwards, take a selfie with the most famous mountain lion in the world, Griffith Park-dweller P-22 (a cardboard cutout of one at least).

bio: Dr. Jason G. Goldman is a freelance science journalist covering animal behavior, wildlife biology, conservation, and ecology. He has written for Scientific American, Los Angeles Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the BBC, io9, and elsewhere, and he contributes to Scientific American’s “60 Second Science” podcast. He edited the book “Science Blogging: The Essential Guide” and is a founding member of The Nerd Brigade.



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