Our first Ignite of 2015 is TONIGHT at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance. Doors open at 7, with cash bar and a fun social game (you don’t have to play but you probably will despite what you think as you read this). Talks start at 8pm, with an intermission.
Our usual fantastic MC Monica Guzman will be out of town doing super cool journalistic things. Filling in will be Scott Berkun, former-fill in host from Ignite 17 and a multi-Ignite-Seattle-veteran.
NOTE: We are expecting a larger crowd than normal, so we’d advise you to get there a little earlier to get a good seat.
Here is our stellar roster of amazing speakers
- How To Shake Hands, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack
- Eating Goat Testicles and Other Feminist Activities, Morgan Beach
- Hacking Rembrandt, Bill Ritchie
- How I Became a Kaleidescopist, Katarina Countiss
- Building Better Humans, Torri Brown
- Being the Bigger Person, Cassie Wallender
- How to Write About Your #!@$#%# Family, Scott Berkun
- Improv, Public Speaking, and You, Sol Villarreal
- Think Like An Artist, Bryan Ohno
- The Best Hobby You’re Missing Out On, Katherine Hanson
- Why Parasitic Wasps are AWESOME, Steven Chau
- The Adventures of Founding a Business with Your Best Friend, Martina Welke
- Hacking Gentrification, K. Wyking Garrett
- Photographing the Unseen, Adam Philipp
Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.
From Jason’s pitch
“Five nerds from China just made more money in three hours than you’re going to make in your life. In front of 20 million people (that’s more than watched any World Series game in 2013). Doing something you probably think is stupid: playing a video game.
I wake up at 5 a.m. four days a week to play Counter-Strike in front of a digital audience. Here’s why eSports aren’t the next big thing, but the NOW big thing. “
During the day, Jason Preston organizes the Dent conference and is also an organizer of Ignite Seattle. You can follow Jason on Twitter @jasonp and watch him playing Counter-Strike on Twitch.
From Hanna’s pitch:
I can count on one hand the number of jobs I’ve been hired to do wherein I was actually qualified, including cocktail waitress and janitor. But I need all of my digits to tally the jobs and gigs I’ve gotten based sheerly on pluck and youthful optimism.
From Elizabeth’s pitch:
Relying on data to make your decision for you? That’s for WIMPS. Hiding behind your data is a ROOKIE MOVE that gets you NOWHERE. That’s because data is either misinterpreted or WRONG in the first place. FINE FINE, you say, that’s all well and good, but these decisions won’t make themselves! What do we do? Do we have to go with our GUT? Is there a MIDDLE GROUND?? TELL US WHAT TO DO!
From McRae’s pitch:
A Cat Cafe is a place to buy yummy drinks and pay for time in a room of carefully selected cats. There is a huge boom of cat cafes in the world right now! The USA has yet to open a single one but three are trying in California while there is also 1 in Denver. Lets beat them all!
McRae Naayers is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University and is currently busy planning the opening of Kitty Kafe in the U District. You can find out more about the Kitty Kafe at their site Seattle Kitty Kafe and on their Facebook page here.
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.