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.