What’s a Blerd and why should you care about them having a night out? A blerd is, quite simply, a black nerd, and the night out part is “a seven-city social summer series to showcase rising black innovators and to connect like minds across the nation over fun-filled networking events.”
The Chicago edition of this takes place Saturday at Thoughtworks, Aon Center, at 200 E. Randolph St. on the 25th floor from 7 p.m. ’til 10 p.m.
To again clarify, this is designed as a night of fostering community and encourage networking among Chicago’s minority startup ecosystems. The night will feature appearances from Inc. Well contributor and The Starter League CEO Neal Sales-Griffin, Jimmy Odom of WeDeliver and Julian Tillotson of Indirap.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as IFC’s comedy, film, and TV blogger, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City and an adjunct professor in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media. (He also co-runs a blog behind the DePaul class, DIY Game Dev.) He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.