Event: Nerd Nite Hong Kong: Edition #5
Date: 28th August 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mezcalito; 27/F, 18 On Lan St, Central.
Entry Fee: Free! Thanks to the support provided by the venue! You just got to buy your own drinks!

Speaker 1: Ms. Keisha Siriboe
Topic: Combining Social Good and Enterprise to improve Early Literacy Practices in Hong Kong
Quick Nerdisms: A supportive learning environment and an early start are crucial in shaping children’s literacy skills during early childhood (ages 0-5 years), however, for parents who do not speak English and/or cannot afford private tutoring, there are few mechanisms in place to help them provide an English language learning environment for their children. Stories of Us is a social enterprise that empowers parents to engage confidently in enjoyable early literacy activities. Keisha will share her experiences and the lessons she has learned as the Founder of Stories of Us, winner of the 2017 University of Hong Kong Dreamcatcher competition for entrepreneurship. This talk will honestly explore the highs and lows of being a social entrepreneur in Hong Kong.
Nerd Cred: Keisha Siriboe is a doctoral candidate studying English Language Education at the University of Hong Kong. Her published research focuses on early childhood literacy, parent education, access, and equity. For her dissertation, she is studying how parents in Hong Kong establish English language literacy skills with their children during early childhood. Before beginning her Ph.D. program, Keisha was the first African-American to graduate from Beijing Normal University with a Masters degree in Comparative Education in 2014.
Globally minded and service oriented, Keisha founded Stories of Us, a Hong Kong based social enterprise promoting enjoyable parent-child early literacy activities for 21st-century skills development. Stories of Us received the 2017 Dreamcatcher Award for Entrepreneurship from the University of Hong Kong. Keisha believes firmly in servant leadership and applies that model to her current positions as Chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Graduate Student Council and representative for early career and doctoral students within the World Education Research Association (WERA)
Speaker 2: Mr. Vince Siu
Topic: Inspiring and Educating through Games
Quick Nerdisms: Learning through play, game-based education, experiential learning – all buzzwords that often surface in discussions about the future of education. “Gamification” solutions are popping up on the market, proclaiming to incentivize learning by creating “levels” for students to progress through and rewarding the completion of assignments. But do these solutions actually make learning fun? How do you design a memorable experience that puts fun first – and thus attract students to actually want to learn by themselves?
Press Start Hong Kong, a game design and education consultancy, is bringing a new interpretation of both topical knowledge and soft skills development – through analog games and immersive programs. Vince will share Press Start’s player-centric, fun-first game design approach to create experiences that inspire learners to self-driven exploration.
Nerd Cred: As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Press Start Hong Kong, Vince is primarily responsible for business strategy, partnership development, PR and marketing. He works with partners and clients to create and run games-centric programs and new game experiences, and thrives on finding unique intersections between games and education to unlock the true potential of play.
Vince has a professional background in consulting and financial services, as well as years of experience in curriculum development and teaching across different age groups. He is also on the executive committee of TEDxWanChai, one of Asia’s most established TEDx chapters, and enjoys performing with his band around Hong Kong.
Speaker 3: Mr. David Nazer
Topic: An Insider’s Guide to Diamonds
Quick Nerdisms: An informal presentation on the world of diamonds; where they are from, how they are cut and why they are so rare and expensive
Nerd Cred: David Nazer is the co-founder and managing director of Haywards, one of Asia’s leading bespoke jewellers. Originally from London, David has spent most of his adult life in Asia, with just over 13 years in Hong Kong