Deadline 9/1: Last Chance To Submit for Ignite Seattle 25

Our next Ignite takes place at Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, October 7th!

We’re just about ready to close talk submissions, review, and select the speakers… so make sure to use our submit talk form before the end of the day on September 1st.

If you’re not sure what to submit, or how to increase your chances of being selected, you can check out this excellent talk from Ignite organizer Randy Stewart on how to pitch an ignite talk:

Richard Yonck: How I Stopped Worrying About the Future and Learned to Love the Robot Apocalypse

What does Elvis have to do with the future. A lot, it turns out. Take a look inside the head of futurist Richard Yonck in this five-minute Ignite talk.

“Our future rarely turns out exactly the way we expect it to, either personally or on a global level. But there are strategies we can use in the face of inevitable and unexpected change.”

As a Foresight Analyst, I routinely explore the ways our world will change in the coming decades and how we might use this knowledge to create positive outcomes. I write for a range of publications including The Futurist Magazine, World Future Review, Wired, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

Submit your talk ideas for the next Ignite Oct. 7!

Send ‘em in, folks: After a nice summer break (with some lovely Seattle weather, we might add), submissions are open for the next Ignite Oct. 7 at Town Hall Seattle.

But hurry: The deadline to submit talks is Labor Day, Sept. 1!

To submit your talk, fill out the form here. It’s nothing too fancy, but if you’ve never submitted a talk before, we recommend you check out organizer Scott Berkun’s guide to building a great Ignite talk. We get a LOT of submissions. Make sure yours stands out!

Here’s a little bit on what Ignite is all about from the folks at Ignite Phoenix:

And here’s a fun piece from KUOW on our May event.

See you in October!

Arcadiy Kantor: Change ALL the Passwords Without Pain, Misery and Suffering

When someone says “change all your passwords,” do you do it? Did you laugh after reading that sentence? Arcadiy tells us why this is sooooo hard, and what we might be able to do about it.

“When vast swaths of the internet have their security breached, like in the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone shouts: “Change all your passwords!” And then, because it’s a colossal pain in the butt, no one actually does. What if it wasn’t a pain in the butt, though?”

Arcadiy Kantor is a Progam Manager at Microsoft. He writes about identity and technology.

Dylan Wilbanks: You Diet Will Fail (and why mine eventually will)

Diets always fail. Always. Definitely. At Ignite 24, Dylan Wilbanks told us all about why.

“Over 16 months Dylan Wilbanks lost over 125 lbs with caloric restriction, heavy exercise, and being slightly insane. But the statistics say he won’t be able to keep it off. He’ll explain why, and how he’s trying to fight it.”

Dylan Wilbanks is a user experience designer and public speaker based in Seattle. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, Webvisions, and Ignite Seattle.

Jennifer Whetham: A Story About Syphilis

Where does syphilis come from? There’s more than one answer to this question. At Ignite 24, Jennifer Whetham gave a more brainy, linguistic one than you probably saw coming.

“Two questions you may not have thought to ask: What is the origin of the word “syphilis”? When was the word first used? This talk begins in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Jennifer Locke Whetham is a Shakespeare scholar, hip hop theorist, and self-proclaimed intellectual pervert. She has over ten years experience teaching literature at the college level, where she indulges her obsession with conceptions of sexuality, gender, love, and words.

Jan Gray: Take the Initiative, please!

Washington state’s initiative process could use a few advocates — you. Jan Gray laid out the issues at Ignite 24.

“You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you commit to serving on their board of directors.”

Jan Gray is a two career baby boomer with 20 years in broadcast marketing and 20 more in not-for-profit leadership and consulting. She is a co-founder of the non-partisan, not-for-profit group Responsible Choices which is currently raising funds to produce Washington State’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review.

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