NNB 53: Chocolate, Rhinos, Programming

Who needs the World Cup when you’ve got Nerd Nite Brighton? We have passion, excitement and superb human beings – without the crushing misery of a penalty shoot out. This month we have our usual diverse range of evidence based entertainment with some top quality speakers sharing their knowledge of rhinos, chocolate and programming.

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start.

£4 Regular Nerds
£3 Unemployed/NUS/65+ Nerds
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Our speakers this month:

Jen Lindsey-Clark: The art, science and magic of chocolate

From a bean to a button, how can you make it do the conga and why is it not a good idea to send the Queen her head in a box. Jen Lindsey-Clark, Chief Chocolatician and creator of edible silliness such as the ‘Cumberbunny’ and a ten foot long ‘orient express’ chocolate train will share her nerdish passion for chocolate.

After a 10 year career as a pastry chef and wedding cake maker, Jen focused her attentions completely on chocolate and its endless possibilities as a medium for art and choccy props.

Jen has a chocolate workshop by the river Adur in Shoreham and when she’s not pushing the echelons of chocolate sculpture, Jen runs workshops and parties for chocoholics of all ages. She also shares her chocolate skills with students at Seaford College and visits other schools to open a window into her wonderful world of chocolate and the importance of that old saying ‘ a little of what you like does you good’. … and yes there will be samples.

Dr Kate Howland – Programming Tools for Non-Programmers

Kate Howland is a Lecturer in Interaction Design at University of Sussex, where she teaches on human-computer interaction, game design and cognitive science modules in the Department of Informatics. Her research examines how non-technical users can be more involved in the design and development of novel technologies. She most often works with user groups that face greater barriers to taking an active role in technology design, including children and older people. In this talk she will discuss the design of novice and end-user programming environments, highlighting the barriers to getting started with programming, and some of the approaches used by interface designers to tackle these. She’ll also talk about her research on the use of natural language in programming environments, including her latest project on voice-user interfaces in smart homes.

Mxolisi Sibanda- Rhinos! Rhinos! Rhinos!

Mx is Regional Manager for East Africa at WWF-UK. His role involves managing a portfolio of projects that we invest into in East Africa that include black rhinos, forest, marine and freshwater resources conservation in Kenya and Tanzania. He is an ecologist by training with degrees from Cambridge University, Wits University in South Africa and the University of Zimbabwe.

Hosted by Dr Partha Das

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