Category Archives: Speakers

Return to Krypton: What I gained when I lost my super powers – Candace Faber

From Candace’s pitch:

When I was a kid, I discovered I had a superpower–something I could do better than everyone around me. It got me scholarships for college, launched me into my dream career as a diplomat, and gave me my place in society. I felt like a superhero everywhere I went–from Afghanistan to Russia to Washington, DC–until I moved back to Seattle last year.

About Candace
Candace Farber runs a social enterprise called Whoa Strategies and also serves as a Director of Realize Impact. Follow her on Twitter @candacefaber.

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Fact check EVERYTHING – Jason Rantz

From Jason’s pitch:

A motto of my talk show is to fact check everything, in order to become a better consumer of news. I’ll go over how the media cherry picks data to fuel a specific narrative they want consumers to believe. I’ll use examples that challenge our ideological beliefs to show the audience how they’re being manipulated by the media.

About Jason
Jason Rantz is host of the Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio weeknights 7-10pm. You can find his tweets @jasonrantz

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In which flying robots bring us stuff – Matt Shobe

From Matt’s pitch:

You’ve probably heard plenty of fear and loathing about drones – especially anything to do with government, law enforcement, and foreign policy.

I’ve got a different take. Amazing things are starting to take shape with a host of human-scale flying robots. I’d like to introduce you to what farmers, surfers, realtors, brides-to-be, and a host of other everyday people are already realizing: “the internet of things” sometimes requires propellers – and incredible patience.

About Matt
Matt Shobe is a serial entrepreneur who most recently co-founded Spare5. You can find him on his personal blog, MatthewShobe.com and on Twitter @shobe.

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Why Working at Microsoft Was Making Me Mentally Ill & How Bodybuilding Saved Me – Anushka Rehn

From Anushka’s pitch –

Bodybuilder … Narcissist, freak, muscle head, steroid use? I guarantee you; it’s not exactly what you think!

Bodybuilding is a little scientific, a little obsessive, a little self-hate, a little dedication and a little madness. From the inside, my cushy job seemed perfect, 80K- straight out of college, full benefits, I helped plan the last Bill Gates BBQ, I had a fancy car, but I was still utterly empty…

About Anushka
Anushka tweets at @Anushkasmind and you can find her on the web at Mind-Set.com.

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IGNITE IS TONIGHT!: Here are our 16 speakers for Ignite 25

And we’re back! Ignite Seattle 25 is just a few weeks away on Tuesday, October 7 at Seattle Town Hall. The fun starts at 8 p.m., but doors open early so you can get a drink and chat it up. Thanks to everyone who submitted! Here are our 16 speakers:

  • Fact check EVERYTHING – Jason Rantz
  • Embracing the passion behind great works of interactive art – Meghan Trainor
  • Radical honesty – Why all my cards are on the table – Benjamin Caudill
  • Fixing politics – Nick Rubin
  • Stuck making a decision? Get help from a radioactive banana! – Elizabeth Grigg
  • Everyone is a fraud so just roll with it – Hanna Brooks Olsen
  • In which flying robots bring us stuff – Matt Shobe
  • Kitty Kafe – McRae Naayers
  • Trust your gut: how microbiology is influencing parenting – David McAndrew
  • Why working at Microsoft was making me mentally ill & how bodybuilding saved me  – Anushka Rehn
  • What it feels like to be hit in the face with a shovel – Randy Scott
  • Trial by fire – George Perantatos
  • Move over baseball, esports are here: or, why I shaved my beard – Jason Preston
  • Armageddon’s alternate ending: Bruce Willis’ character becomes a trillionaire  – Caitlin O’Keefe
  • Return to Planet Krypton: What I gained when I lost my superpowers – Candace Faber
  • Friendship science: How to enter a conversation – Camille Shea

Tickets are $5 – get them now and spread the word! See you then ~

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?)

How to prepare to speak at Ignite Seattle

We know the speakers are the stars. As organizers we do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare and make sure they have what they need to do a great job.

As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a coaching session that all speakers are encouraged to attend. We talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and answer any questions folks have. It’s informal, it’s fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also let speakers do a dry run and get feedback from me and other organizers. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting people and it’s a chance to meet the folks you’ll be sharing the stage with.

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Here’s the slide deck I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.

But many other folks have written advice on preparing for Ignite. There is no right way to prepare of course and the ends are far more important than the means.
We tell speakers that since they’re speaking about something they know well and are passionate about, they could probably spend time thinking carefully about  4 or 5 stories or messages and simply practice and present that, without any slides, and do fine. We strongly recommend people develop their ideas, points and stories before they make a single slide. What you say and how you say it is by far the most important thing.

Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite: