Nerd York City: A Geek's Guide to Gotham
by Adam Kuban, 04/09/2013
World Science Festival. Photo: World Science Festival/Greg Kessler
Festivals and Events
New York City hosts a number of festivals, events and conventions that draw brainy folk from around the country and the world. Here's a sampling.
•World Science Festival: At this annual festival—the goal of which is to better inform, inspire and engage the general public—science is illuminated through lectures, film screenings and other activities. It takes place this year May 29–June 2.
•PEN World Voices: During this weeklong annual event, noted authors from around the world gather in New York City and share their work, ideas and inspiration with each other and the general public.
•World Maker Faire New York: Maker Faire New York brings together do-it-yourselfers of all kinds and ages, allowing them to show off and share their ingenuity to and with an appreciative audience. It takes place annually at the New York Hall of Science over a weekend in fall—this year September 22–23.
•Internet Week New York: This weeklong festival celebrates Internet business and culture, attracting more than 45,000 techies each year, offering keynote speeches from industry leaders, panels, discussions, workshops, product demos and more. It takes place this year May 20–23.
•Secret Science Club: Part cocktail hour and lecture series, the monthly Secret Science Club at the Bell House in Brooklyn combines a talk from a noted research scientist, a signature cocktail whose theme relates to the lecturer's topic and a DJ spinning tunes—this is Brooklyn, after all.
•Brooklyn Book Festival: The largest free literary event in New York City occurs annually at venues in and around Downtown Brooklyn and attracts local, national and global literary icons and emerging authors participating in more than 100 panels and 50 "bookend" events—this year September 16–22.
•NYC FIRST Robotics Competition: Called a "varsity sport for the mind," this robotics challenge pits teams of 25 students each against one other in designing and building a robot to complete a set of tasks.