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Photographing The Unseeable – Adam Philipp

From Adam-

Too often we think there is no way to capture the beauty that is around us; especially at night. Or we limit ourselves to what can be captured in the visible spectrum. Adam presents how the unseeable can be captured and shares some of his experiences of sharing back these moments to the people he has photographed.

About Adam Phillip
By day Adam is the managing partner of ├ćON Law, a high tech intellectual property law firm. By night Adam seeks out vibrant people and interesting settings to photograph. You can find Adam’s daytime Twitter persona @mypatents

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How To Shake Hands – Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack

I’ve developed a great handshake, I teach it to my mentees and trainees, and I’ll use my 5 minutes to show how to angle your hand, clasp firmly without crushing the other person, keep a hand cruncher from breaking your bones, and make a great impression during interviews and meetings!

About Tarah
Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack is co-founder and CEO of Fizzmint, an end-to-end employee management company. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo and Lips), architected systems at Silent Circle, and holds two agile development certifications through the Scrum Alliance. She founded Red Queen Technologies, LLC, and co-founded and is co-chair of Hack The People, a mentorship project focused on underprivileged people in technology. She acquired her startup funds by cleaning out poker rooms in the Northwest and Las Vegas. Reach her at @tarah.

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The Best Hobby You’re Missing Out On – Katherine Hanson

For your typical American, anime is maybe some children’s franchises and one or a few very famous movies and porn. But really, it has something for literally everyone and their cat. In five minutes, illustrating examples from all demographics, I will do my very best to make you cry at all the time you have spent not watching anime, because its variety is that fascinating, its highs are that good, and even some of its crap is that fun.

About Katherine
Katherine Hanson is the Assistant Program Manager for an app called BooksILove and a lifelong nerd who blogs at Yuri no Boke. Read her tweets @yuriboke

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Building Better Humans – Torri Judith Brown

From Torri –

Building Better Humans is a campaign to increase scientific ingenuity in our young generation. Science isn’t seen as important to our young people as it did hundreds of years ago, and with our students going for easier-to-get jobs based on their education, the amount of innovation has decreased dramatically. We can fix this problem by teaching science from an informative as well as entertaining perspective.

About Torri Brown in her own words
I am 15 years old, and a total nerd! Learning about different scientific and technological advances is definitely my calling, and I love to talk to people about the things that I love. Continue reading Building Better Humans – Torri Judith Brown

Hacking Rembrandt – Bill Ritchie

From Bill-

Rembrandt would have been just another painter if he hadn’t hacked the new technologies of the day and become a bad ass printmaker. Bill Ritchie hacked toys and farming that taught him that things are not always what they appear to be. Amsterdam of the 17th Century and Seattle today are a lot alike as we benefit from the childish curiosity of the innovator, the survivor, and solver of problems.

Farm raised, free-ranging Bill Ritchie hacked his boyhood skills to be an art professor, etcher, press designer and author. Writing “Rembrandt’s Ghost in the New Machine” inspired him to start up Seattle Printmakers Center -a concept for a new city asset. Continue reading Hacking Rembrandt – Bill Ritchie

Why Parasitic Wasps are AWESOME – Steven Chau

From Steven:

Parasitic Wasps are amazing at what they do. They hunting down their prey, then using various mechanisms to control their hosts, including mind-control. Groovy.

About Steven
Steven Chau is a software developer who spends his time across many interests such as crossfit, Liddy Hop, and enjoying whiskey. His most recent challenges include planning a creative retreat and racing in Ski to Sea. You can find Steven on Twitter @whereisciao

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Mixing Business and Pleasure – Martina Welke

When best friends Britta and Martina decided to start a business everyone from their grandmas to the grocery store clerk warned them against going into business with a friend. Four years later, they’ve collected some hilarious stories and a little bit of wisdom – best of all, they’re still best friends!

About Martina
Martina Welke is the cofounder & CEO of Zealyst, an enterprise platform that utilizes data analysis and games to build stronger corporate communities. She’s also a board member of Seattle Women in Technology. You can find her on Twitter @martinawelke.

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