3 Easy Steps to Create Star Trek's Utopian Future at NYC Nerd Nite

Nerd Nite NYC

Last Friday was the 6th season premiere of New York City's Nerd Nite at the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO Brooklyn.

The evening included cool talks by Manish Engineer ($300 Million For a Painting of 2 Guys Playing Cards?) and Rachel Spurrier (Purity Balls: Father-Daughter Dance Meets Abstinence Rally). We were also joined by world renowned harpist Mia Theodoratus and DJ Soul Korea. There was even a dry t-shirt contest.

I had so much fun presenting my talk (3 Easy Steps to Create Star Trek's Utopian Future). My favorite part was hearing from a woman who spoke to me after and said, "I wish I could go back in time and tell the 12-year-old version of me that nights like this will exist in the future - it would have made me feel a lot less weird about being a Trekkie and much more cool." That's the greatest part of Nerd Nite - it's a celebration of everything that makes being a geek so cool.  

Thanks to a generous friend, my talk is now up on YouTube. Check it out if you couldn't make it to the real thing.

For more on the psychology of first contact, read the article that inspired this talk. Be sure to visit a future Nerd Nite in your local area for more cool nerdy talks.