Nerd Nite London - October 2019

  • 23 reviews
  • Backyard Comedy Club


  • Date Night, Something A Little Different and Classes
  • Tickets from £5.00 - £7.50
  • Bethnal Green
  • Over 18
  • Wed, 16th Oct 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along. This October we'll discover how to engage everyone in
economics, why coal hole covers are beautiful and what's underneath Chicago. Be there and be square

Address: the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL
Details: Wednesday, May 15
Tickets: Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50. 

Doors open at 7pm, event starts: 7.30pm
Bar opens at 5pm.

Building a citizens' economy: engaging the public on complex and controversial policy

Engaging the public on technocratic issues, such as data, artificial intelligence and economic policy faces two challenges; one, how best to ensure we understand informed public perspectives? two, how best to ensure public values influence practical outcomes and change? This talk provides examples about how most effectively to create a citizens' economy.

Reema is a Head of Public Engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society. She is an experienced policy professional who has led various citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy.

The Beauty of Victorian Coal-Hole Covers

Coal-hole covers are a remnant of a gone-by era when a great amount of detail went into the design of the most utilitarian street furniture objects like access covers. Often overlooked under our feet, these decorative cast iron circular manhole covers offer a fascinating glimpse into the past and come in many different designs. Some are very common, while others are extremely rare. This talk will present a unique photographic survey of all the coal-hole cover designs in one London district conducted by a local history fanatic in Stoke Newington.  

Amir is a weekend Stoke Newington historian who researches the area's past as a serious hobby and shares his work online at He previously presented in a Nerd Nite his survey and analysis of the businesses that traded along Stoke Newington Church Street since 1847.

The raising of Chicago

The fascinating story of a pioneer who lifted an entire city on jackscrews, in order to make it less filthy. How we got from the poop-covered streets of the past to the squeaky clean urban environment of today, and how the secret "second city" that exists beneath your feet was first conceived.

Mike Dioletis is a former mechanical engineering student from Athens who left to pursue his passion in media. He currently writes and hosts a science show on Greek YouTube called "What the fact?". A happy college dropout if I ever saw one.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds.
More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook or visiting For more information about the Shine Trust visit




Ticket Event time Cost
Early Nerd
Early nerd (limited availability)
19:00 - 22:00 £6.00
General admission
General admission
19:00 - 22:00 £7.50
Disability discount 19:00 - 22:30 £5.00



231, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL


Bethnal Green

Nearest Station

Bethnal Green (Tube)


Nerd Nite London
Regular events during which several folk give 15-20 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. With beer. Be there & be square.


Backyard Comedy Club

Backyard Comedy Club

The Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green is a great night out with some of the top comics from around the world!  The club's Thursday night show features upcoming comedians and usually one or two special guests who are kept secret until the evening of the show, while it's Friday and Saturday shows…

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