Nerd Night Wellington

Monday, 16th September 2013 at 6pm - 9pm

Location: Hotel Bristol Cuba St Wellington

This event is in the past.

Wow, this nerd nite looks to be especially incredible (not that they
ever aren’t, of course!).

It’ll be taking place at the Hotel Bristol, from 6pm onwards*. On
September 16th.

And now for the lineup: as always, this may not be the actual order on
the night :)


Way of the Ninja: a Nerd’s hack to personality types

Linc Gasking (@DownLinc<>

Personality archetypes are thousands of years old. Many different
tests are available, with results which are highly variable and
therefore typically discounted by nerds.
This talk explains how to hack personality typing into these four
ancient categories, renamed soldiers, shamans, pirates and ninjas. You
will learn practical skills about reverse engineering these types
based on external cues such as clothing and cars; and what it all

About the speaker: In April 1999, Linc Gasking was the first person in
line at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, where he camped out for six
weeks to see Star Wars: Episode One.
He is a co-founder of and Free Range Farm, a
Wellington-based startup network.


Trapdoors into the Periodic Table

Nicola Gaston (@nicgaston<>

Our relationship with stuff around us – even the stuff we are made
of – has undergone some pretty profound changes over the course of
human history. Funnily enough though, we are still seeking to
manipulate matter into tools that are fit for purpose in the world we
live in; these days, this often means worrying about the construction
of materials atom by atom.

This talk will provide some examples of computational materials design
with particular emphasis on what changes when we are working at the
nanoscale. As we drill right down to the atomic scale, we will explore
some of the patterns in the periodic table that have left permanent
marks on human society. And like any relationship, this goes both

Nicola Gaston is a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute,
based at Victoria University of Wellington. Her favourite element is
gallium. At least for now.


Get Off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s Innovation Economy

Shaun Hendy (@hendysh<>

Kiwis work harder but earn less than almost any other people in the
developed world. Why is this? What are Kiwis doing wrong? In this
talk, Professor Shaun Hendy argues that our poor economic performance
can be explained by our struggle to innovate. On a per capita basis,
OECD countries on average produce four times as many patents as New
Zealand. Why is this? What determines a country’s capacity for

By showing how economic geography influences productivity and rates of
innovation, Hendy and Callaghan argue that if New Zealand is to grow
its economy more rapidly it must build nationwide communities of
innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses. It must get off the grass
and diversify its economy beyond the primary sector. Can New Zealand
learn to innovate like a city of four million people? Can New Zealand
become a place where talent wants to live? Can we learn to live off
knowledge rather than nature?

Shaun is winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Science Media
Communication prize, co-author with the late Sir Paul Callaghan of the
book Get Off the Grass
, and Principal Investigator and also Theme Leader (previously Deputy
Director) with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and
Nanotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington.


As always, nerd nite is a FREE event, so bring everyone you know! Want
a poster to pin up at your school, office, etc? Go to


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