An Evening with Kari Byron

Former MythBusters host Kari Byron in conversation with Veronica Belmont.

Kari Byron takes the stereotypes and stigma around being a woman on television and in science and - quite literally - blows them up. She is proof that you don't need to wear a lab coat - or, be a guy - to geek out on science. In turning her love of art, sculpture, and special effects into a career involving explosives and hard hats, she has catapulted herself into an unexpected role as the queen of scientific stunts. 

Crash Test Girl reminds us that science is for everyone, as long as you're willing to strap in, put on your safety goggles, hit a few walls, and learn from the results. Using a combination of methodical experimentation and unconventional creativity, you'll come to the most important conclusion of all: In life, sometimes you crash and burn, but you can always crash and learn. 


5:30 - 6:00 pm: Doors open -- networking with refreshments

6:00 - 7:00 pm: #ScribdChat with Kari Byron and Veronica Belmont 

7:00 - 7:30 pm: Networking and departure


Kari Byron is the most recognizable, honored, and beloved woman in science-based reality TV. On the Discovery Channel, she hosted MythBusters, the network's flagship show (and its biggest, longest-running hit, with millions of viewers per episode) from 2003 to 2016. On the Science Channel, Kari hosted Punkin Chunkin and Large Dangerous Rocket Ships, and produced, created, and hosted Head Rush. She also stars in the NatGeo series Positive Energy. Kari makes frequent appearances as a host, panelist, and speaker at prestigious events and at universities across the country. 


Veronica Belmont is a product manager and podcaster living in San Francisco. She hosts the Webby Award winning IRL: Online Life is Real Life for Mozilla, and Sword and Laser, the Hugo-nominated science fiction and fantasy book club and show. Follow all her exploits on Twitter, @veronica.


"Crash Test Girl is a journey into the incredible mind and incredible life of Kari Byron, arguably one of the smartest women in business. She is at once funny, profound, hilarious, and deep. This engaging and awesome book is the closest you'll get to a roadmap of how to be smart and savvy no matter what life throws at you. Strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride." -- Mayim Balik, star of Big Bang Theory and New York Times bestselling author of Girling Up

"Kari Byron smashes the stereotype of a scientist as a white male in a lab coat with a beaker. Her fascinating journey from 'starving artist' to 'accidental scientist celebrity' gripped me at every page. Want to get more young women interested in STEM? Have them read this book!" -- Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO, GoldieBlox

"Supremely entertaining and surprisingly candid, Crash Test Girl is one part autobiography, one part live-your-life instruction manual, presented with the unique badassery that's made Kari Byron a total rock star and one of my favorite people." -- Mike Senese, executive editor of Make Magazine