2014 Conference

Six Questions with Chris Hardwick


How much “funny” should colleges and universities be trying to deliver to their audiences?

On a scale of Ned Flanders to Krusty I’d say Barney Gumble.

You’re so many people’s favorite nerd. Who is yours?

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Or John Hodgman.

In your self help book “The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)” you argue that video games have value. Are higher education institutions tuned in enough to video games and gamiFIcation?

It’s been a while since I’ve been at a “higher education institution” but I would hope that they see the benefit in gamifying at least some of the education process. Video games just happen to be a language through which we communicate now. I’m not saying that Ivy League schools are going to teach Physics GTA-style but if we’re going to play video games ANYWAY why not sneak some knowledge nuggets in there? Maybe Minecraft with Math.

Who is the interview you most want on the podcast but haven’t landed yet?


You’ve worn so many different hats from MTV gameshow host to entrepreneur in your life. And these days you’re seemingly in 37 places at once. How do you assess your own priorities and keep everything straight? Any tips for the overworked web folks at this conference?

Color-coded calendaring is a must. Also understand your “task optimization zone,” in other words, how long, on average, it takes you to get the best work out of yourself in what timeframe. Give yourself breaks throughout the day, get done whatever you can get done and don’t be too hard on yourself.

What technological challenge would you like to see the Internet tackle next?

Compassion! I would like to see the Internet evolve in such a way that reminds people that they’re communicating with other human beings and to treat them as such. Also no more wires anywhere.

What should I have on my next burrito?

Steak. Cheese. Black beans. A light brushing of guacamole and really hot sauce for dipping.

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