Category Archives: Seattle

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!

How to make slides Ignite Friendly (automated)

One of the requirements for speaking at Ignite is your slides must automatically advance. It’s wise to practice many times before doing an Ignite talk, and this post shows you how to set up your slides for this purpose.

For Powerpoint Mac/Windows:

  1. Select all your slides. You can do this by clicking the first thumbnail on the left hand side, scrolling to the bottom, then holding shift and clicking the last one (Or hitting Cntrl-A for Select All)
  2. In the ribbon/menu bar on top, go to “Transitions.”
  3. On the right hand side, you’ll see the “advance slide” section. Uncheck “On Mouse Click” and check the “After” box. Type “15.00” into the box next to “After.”
  4. Slightly further to the right, click on the “Apply To All Slides” button.
  5. Now start your slideshow from the beginning, wait 15 seconds, and presto!

Make sure you only have 20 slides (equivalent to 5:00 of presenting time). You don’t want to be rehearsing with more slides than are allowed.

[based on advice from Zac Cohn]

Speaker Lineup for Ignite 24 (5/22) + Tickets On Sale

Ignite Seattle is back with out 24th show on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall. Buy tickets now ($5) to reserve your place.

Doors open at 7pm (as does the bar) and talks start at 8pm. This is our list of speakers, though not necessarily in the order they are speaking (we choose the order using a just in time algorithm involving big data, tea leaves and stray cats). There will be, as always, a glorious intermission half way through the program for more drinking, snacking and chatting (or dancing if you are so inclined).

  • Change ALL the passwords (without pain, misery and suffering), Arcadiy Kantor
  • Your Diet Will Fail (And Why Mine Eventually Will)Dylan Wilbanks
  • Nightclub Bartending and Middle School Teaching: A Venn DiagramKristin Leong
  • The Force is Strong in IslamHusayn Raza
  • The 4 Step Guide to Becoming the 41st Best Rock Band in the WorldDaniel Lee
  • What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined that Nonprofit Board, Karen Anderson
  • Can bicycles be lonely?Seijen Takamura
  • Hacker Camps!, David Hulton
  • Why My Face is Bright RedKathryn Downie
  • Take the Initiative, please!Jan Gray
  • The Art of Epic Failure… or How a weird Norwegian folktale involving implied bestiality, trolls, and laundry taught me how to liveAbigail Anderson
  • A Story About Syphilis: More Than You Ever Wanted to KnowJennifer Whetham
  • A Geek’s Guide To Wedding PlanningNoah Iliinsky & Teresa Valdez Klein
  • Words vs. Ideas: What Comes First?Lindsey Engh
  • How I weaseled my way into the hearts of 31,273 peopleNoel Frame
  • How I Stopped Worrying About the Future and Learned to Love the Robot ApocalypseRichard Yonck

Get your tickets before they’re gone (there will be a live stream but you’d be a fool not to go to your own town hall for this. Get off your laptop and out of your house for once, eh?)

50% Discount to 360|intersect on Creativity + Technology at the Triple Door April 28-29

Our good friend from Ignite Denver, John Wilker, is bringing the 360|intersect gathering to Seattle’s Triple door again Monday April 28th through Tuesday April 29th.

360|intersect is focused on the intersection of creativity and technology. Speakers are technologists from around the world, talking about the things they do away from the keyboard, that make them awesome at the things they do at the keyboard.

You can see the schedule and great topics at http://360intersect.com/schedule

John’s given us a special 50% off discount code for friends of Ignite who’d like to attend – Just use the code “PacNW50″.

Submissions for Ignite Seattle 24 Due Tomorrow

We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 24. The event is Thursday May 22th 7:00pm and tickets are on sale now.

If you have an a story to tell, or a lesson you want to share, fill out the Submit a Talk form. Deadline is end of day Friday.

Town Hall is an amazing venue to speak in, and our crowd is likely to be the most fun and supportive audience you’ll ever get to present in front of. We’ll be choosing talks next week and announcing them soon after.