Talk Nerdy To Me – Nerd Nite Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s newest event aims to bring together two of the greatest things about growing up: feeling comfortable in your own skin and the ability to legally enjoy an after-work drink, in moderation. Nerd Nite is a growing global phenomenon that brings together self-proclaimed nerds in a relaxed bar setting where they can share interesting informational nerdy presentations.

3D Printing Example at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor

Photo by ashlieforchione

I had the opportunity to get involved in Nerd Nite Ann Arbor in its early stages. My sister, a developer/nerd, and some of her friends made it their mission to organize the first ever Nerd Nite in Ann Arbor. I went at first to support her; while they had invited nerds they knew, the ‘Bosses’ (Nerd Nite organizers) weren’t sure how many people would actually show. One invited nerd even digitally muttered their uncertainty about the event – there would be girls there, and alcohol. How nerdy could it be?

How very nerdy, indeed. At least 20 people had to be turned away at the door – all the extra standing room only spots were taken well before the first presentation on Nanotechnology. Though some nerds waited in another area of the bar, hoping to catch a glimpse of the next two presentations on 3D Printing (see above photo) and Data Visualization, it was to no avail. No one even left the presentation area for fear of losing their spot.

At the end of the first night, I knew Nerd Night Ann Arbor would be bigger than my sister ever hoped. So, I did what any good sister-nerd with digital marketing know-how would do. I offered to help manage their social media outreach, and get my digital-nerd on. See, while digital and social marketing is a job field I’m pursuing, it is also a passion of mine. Something to get ‘nerdy’ about, as any good-fitting job should be. The facebook page and twitter are already exploding. I’m geeked to see what we can do for the next event this February.

If this post has got you feeling nerdy, geeked out, or put you in touch with your inner poindexter, check out Nerd Nite Ann Arbor or just talk nerdy to me.

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Ashlie is a passionate strategist, innovative mind and designer learning all she can from the team at Ingenex during her internship here. Ashlie graduated with a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University in 2011. While attending Michigan State, Ashlie took the New Media Driver's License course taught by Derek Mehraban and co-sponsored by Ingenex Digital Marketing and Google where she discovered a passion for digital and social marketing. Ashlie is looking forward to integrating her knowledge of cohesive branding with content strategy, SEO, SEM, and the other components of digital strategy to create complete marketing plans. Ashlie also eats candy in pairs of two by its color, plays lacrosse and is almost always singing. Get to know her a little better: LinkedIn - Twitter -!/amforchione Facebook

2 thoughts on “Talk Nerdy To Me – Nerd Nite Ann Arbor

  1. Ok so where is the nerd nite page link. And when did you all get so nerdy. I know Ive always been a scifi and fantasy geek glad to see some good rubbed off on you all

  2. Links to Nerd Nite (main) and Nerd Nite Ann Arbor as well as their social properties (Facebook & Twitter) are connected as hyperlinks to the text that describes them. The un-selected link appears grey on the screen, sorry for the confusion!

    And we’re all nerds!!

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