2014 BAHFest West Keynote from Matt Inman (@Oatmeal)

2016 Presenters

  • Jacob Falkovich
  • Russel Neches
  • Karen Donohue
  • Matthew DuPont
  • Adam Becker
  • Leanne Friedrich

3rd Annual BAHFest West

BAHFest is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Our brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course.

BAHFest West 2016 took place on Friday, October 28th at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. BAHFest West returns in 2017, details coming soon.

Judges and Speakers

Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill

Keynote

Kyle Hill is a science writer and communicator based in Los Angeles, California. His nerdy work has been published in WIRED, Popular Science, Slate, The Boston Globe, Nautilus, io9, Scientific American, and BuzzFeed. He has appeared as an expert on Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and Huffington Post Live, held writing positions at Nature Education and Discover Magazine, and has worked as a TV science correspondent for Al Jazeera America. In 2013, he was named one of the 20 science communicators to follow by WIRED magazine. His goal as a science communicator is to use pop culture to teach science in a fun and digestible way. Kyle is currently the Science Editor of Nerdist Industries.
Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Judge

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out now.

Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute’s Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization’s 2011 Twenty Most-Watched To Date list. She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies’ Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let’s be honest, she was the sole entrant.

Louis Evans

Louis Evans

Judge

Louis Evans is the 2015 BAHFest West Champion. His winning talk, Prostrate Sleep Posture as a Protective Adaptation Against Chronic Progressive Axial Gravitational Spinal Compression Among Hominids, has inspired a new generation of humans to sleep lying down.