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Nerd Nite #29: Nerdxplorers

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Brace yourselves Nerd Niters, and prepare to get adventurous! At Nerd Nite 29 you will discover how to go from couch potato to ultramarathon runner with our first speaker Duco van Lanschot. Duco will share the five lessons he learnt from extreme sports and take us far away to Sahara Desert and Mont Blanc. Not far enough? The journey continues with our second speaker Natasja van Knippenberg who will take us to the the land of the morning calm, South Korea! Join us to explore korean culture, food, fashion and manners. Finally, it’s your time to shine during our annual Dry T-shirt Contest: wear your favourite nerdy T and admission will be free. Be there and be square!



Friday 25 November
Doors open at 20:00
First talk at 20:30

at CREA Muziekzaal
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
1018 WV Amsterdam

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5 lessons from Extreme Sports
by Duco van Lanschot

Most of us think about running like this: 10 K will Zoom in - Photo Duco van Lanschot - Blendle (HD)be okay, 10 Miles will take a while and a Marathon will be a bit too long. What if you have to run a marathon 5 times within 5 days? Are you already exhausted thinking about it? In 2015, Duco van Lanschot finished the Marathon des Sables, a 248km self-sufficient race through the Moroccan Sahara Desert. This race is ranked by Discovery Channel as The Toughest Foot Race on Earth. Last summer, he finished the TDS, a 119km nonstop race with +7250m elevation. He will tell us all about the lessons he learned from these challenging races. Curious to find out how he did it and why you can do it too? See you at Nerd Nite!

Bio: Duco van Lanschot (1988) ranked 45th in the Marathon des Sables 2015, a 248km self-sufficient race through the Moroccan Sahara Desert. Duco is currently Head of Benelux of Stripe, the “easiest way of accepting payments online”. Stripe, founded in 2010, handles billions of dollars every year for forward-thinking business around the world. Prior to working at Stripe, Duco worked as a comedian, consultant at McKinsey & Company and Head of International at Blendle, an iTunes-like system for journalism.



The Story of Kim & Kim: Quirks of modern-day South Korea
by Natasja van Knippenberg

What do you know about the land of the morning calm? The country with the fastest internet and the most dangerous border on earth has many secrets. Our speaker Natasja van Knippenberg will take us on a journey to South Korea where we will learn about this dynamic country through funny, shocking, and eyebrow-raising facts. Kimchi, Kpop, plastic surgery; all will be addressed in this short trip to the other side of the globe to a country where the fast first world lifestyle meets deeply rooted traditions. The country that went from a third world country to one of the most developed societies in 50 years’ time has many stories left to tell!

Bio: As a proper Korea-obsessed person, Natasja van Knippenberg works for the Korean company LG Electronics as a marketing coordinator. When she isn’t trying to coax people into buying Korean products, she is trying to get them to join her in celebrating the Korean culture through her foundation “Stichting Promotie Koreaanse Cultuur”. During the free time she has left, she enjoys a good game of Dungeons and Dragons, cosplay, and video games.


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