The next Nerdnite is fast approaching — Monday March 28, 8pm at the Middlesex Lounge. In this edition, our talks will feature what I like to think of as “the lighter side of nerdery” — sports and video games. As always, DJ Claude Money will be on hand to spin nerd-appropriate tunes.
#1: “The Sexy Social Science of NBA Basketball: Insights into Economics, Sociology, and Psychology from Professional Hoops”
by Adam Waytz
Adam is currently a post-doctoral fellow in psychology and neuroscience at Harvard University and will begin an assistant professor position in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in Summer, 2011. He is also a founding member of the Free Darko writing collective and co-author of two books on NBA basketball, “Free Darko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac” and “Free Darko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History.”
#2 “Break it Down: Prototyping Dance Central”
by Matt Boch
As a lead designer at the videogame design company Harmonix, Matt guides the direction of some of Harmonix’s premier titles. Matt began at Harmonix 4 years ago. In his first position, as creative hardware designer, Matt helped develop the look and feel of Rock Band’s iconic set of instruments. Matt transitioned to the game design world when Harmonix began work on Dance Central, where he was able to utilize his love for both music and dance. In his spare time, Matt is the lead singer for the Main Drag, is a VJ and video artist and makes video game remixes through his music project, AniGif.
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Monday March 28, 8pm
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge