Posts Tagged ‘Mongol Rally’

nerd nite 12: of (funda)mentals, data(vis), and Mongolian madness

UPDATE: The prezis from the talks are available here.

Our twelfth nerd nite is going to be a bit different!

Still happening at the Hotel Bristol, September 17th,and starting at 6pm, this one will be a little simpler, and shorter.

Update: details below! We’re only having two talks this time, as we expect the one on Mongolia to last for longer than 20 minutes 😛

Further update: We now have three speakers. This happens 😛

A triptych on knowledge: a talk that will raise your IQ and lower your certainty

Jonathan Todd (@billymoose)

Writer/Filmmaker Jonathan (Billy) Todd returns (after his well-received talk at nerd nite 5) with another playful wide-ranging examination of fundamental questions.

Expect something amusing, and filled with a highly organised scatology of awesomeness.

Jonathan (Billy) Todd is a writer, musician and filmmaker. No one knows (to this day!) if there is really a person beneath all the hair.


Data-Driven Storytelling (+/- Wild Hand Gestures)

 Keith Ng (@keith_ng)
Data Visualisation Nerdcenary Keith Ng will present a zoo of data-driven storytelling techniques, from simple static designs through to some bitchin’ multidimensional and hierarchically explorable interactive whatchamejigs. Only useful things will be discussed: No bullshit infographics, no data art.
He’ll flail his arms with as much wild abandon as Hans Rosling (+/- 50%), skim past Edward Tufte, and gush over Amanda Cox.
Having wandered the Earth for years as a hobo freelance journalist, Keith is now exploring the Batman-model of journalism: Making money elsewhere so he can do whatever the hell he wants. Well, making money doing very nerdy things so he can do more nerdy things for free.By day (and night) he designs and builds data visualisations like these. Later at night till early in the morning, he does nerdy data journalism on public policy and economics in NZ.
He is also a volunteer medic with St John and would make a great addition to your post-apocalyptic band of survivors.

Surviving the Mongol Rally, or, how we lost our boundaries and gained our freedom

aimee whitcroft (@teh_aimee) and Dane Foster (@dene)

nerd nite founder/host aimee whitcroft and nerd nite tech wrangler Dane Foster will discuss the 2012 Mongol Rally, which they not only survived, but kicked arse at.

Featuring never-before-seen footage, photos, and more! Also, we’ll be taking your questions. Any of ’em (we no longer have any boundaries) 😛


As always, nerd nite is a FREE event, so bring everyone you know!