January 14: Un-bear-able Technology

World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
Monday, January 14, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue

a brown california bear in a kitchen sitting in front of a laptopWhat’s the Hulla-Baloo About Bears?

Stacey Schmeidel spent six weeks this summer volunteering for the National Park Service at Katmai National Park, Alaska — one of the world’s best places to see bears in the wild. She’ll talk about what bears can teach us about motherhood, workplace behavior, resilience, and body image, among other things.

Stacey Schmeidel has a long career as a college public relations professional — but when she grows up, she wants to be a National Park Service ranger. In addition to volunteering with the National Park Service (at Katmai, Yosemite and the Springfield Armory), she also leads hikes for the Wilbraham Hiking Club and serves as a volunteer camera operator for the explore.org, the world’s largest collection of nature Web cams.

Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Little-Known Ways Everyday Tech is Compromising Our Privacy and Security

We’ve all heard how our mobile apps are spying on us, but this isn’t about that. What you may not know is that our phones, cars, fitness trackers, and even our houses are all conspiring against us in secret, and anyone with some modest technical knowledge a few spare dollars can watch us more closely than we ever suspected.

Michael Barnard is a long time supporter, first time presenter, for Nerd Nite. He is a Systems and Applications Manager at Mount Holyoke College with around 20 years of experience in systems administration and development.

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