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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How I Became Seattle’s Premiere Kaleidescopist – Katarina Countiss

From Katarina’s pitch:

Last summer, I quit my job as a multimedia designer to go on a quest of creativity. My art was experimental before and it got a lot weirder. Kaleidescopy is a genre of art that allows for anything to be beautiful. It also has the power to transform beauty into terror (on occasion).

You can find Katarina Countiss on Twitter @katcountiss and learn more about her at katarinacountiss.com.

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Experimental Ignite: 5 Talks That Will Astonish You

What happens if you get 16 amazing people to talk about their passions, but gave them only 5 minutes and automatically advanced their slides every 15 seconds?

  1. Would speakers find this format fun to do?
  2. Would this format be interesting to watch?
  3. Would this experiment be an unmitigated disaster?

Experimentation has been core to Ignite since those first hypotheses were posed. In the past 9 years and 26 prior events, we’ve seen Ignite talks that have expanded our minds and have pushed the boundaries of what an Ignite talk can be. In preparation for next week’s Ignite, here a few of our favorite Ignite talks that had experimentation driving their theme.

Experimental Ignite Talks

Sol Villarreal asked, “Can one person improvise a short presentation inside someone else’s presentation?”

Noah Illinsky & Teresa Valdez Klein asked, “Can you get married in 5 minutes?”

Dave McClure answered a question that’s important to many of us, “How to measure experiments (aka startups)”

Hacking The Format

Two talks that were not experiments per se, experimented heavily with the how an Ignite talk could be presented.

In our first foray into live music, Karen Cheng showed us “How to Solve a Song.”

And finally, at our first outdoor Ignite (an experiment unto itself), Bev Sobelmen tells us how to run away and join the circus while performing on a trapeze.

Ignite 27: Experimentation is next week, May 20th and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are available online now. We expect another sell out crowd, so get your tickets today!

Think Like an Artist – Bryan Ohno

Do you want to know the secret of how artist think creatively? Why they do what they do and their ability to go to parts of their brain and body where most of us will never go?

About Bryan

Bryan Ohno is a Seattle art gallerist who features up and coming contemporary artist from the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim. His art career started in late 1980’s in Tokyo then worked with glass artist Dale Chihuly before opening his gallery in 1996, presently located in the International District, J-town neighborhood. You can find Bryan on Twitter @BryanOhno

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Speakers for Ignite Seattle 27

Our first themed Ignite event (Experimentation!) will be on May 20th 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we sold out last time). Doors open at 7pm, 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 nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks. We received more than 50 submissions but due to the laws of space and time we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you know how to transcend space and time we’d love to have you speak about it).

Here is the spectacular list of amazing presenters:

(The order of speakers for the evening is still TBD, but you really should come for the whole thing and get far more than your $5 worth):

  • What If You Say Yes To Everything For 30 Days? – Jen Kellum Nausin
  • If You Draw A Comic You May Save The World – Jeremy Kayes
  • Save The Planet: Eat A Bug – Virginia Emery
  • Recipes For Trouble – Jessica Hagy
  • Naked In Public – Peter Toms
  • How To Make A Teenager Talk To You – Linda Breneman
  • Operation Honest Day’s Work – Norman Bell
  • Gravity’s Shameless Affinity For One Wheeled Things – Anna Fusaro
  • Lessons In Building A Universal Translator – Tanvi Surti
  • Why You Should Run Away From Home – Phil Cook
  • Traveling Alone: And So Can You – Danna Klein
  • Own Time Or Die Trying – Ahsan Kabir
  • Tone Deaf Diplomacy – Matthew Lee Johnston
  • Why Everyone Needs More D – Julia Heitz
  • What Coming To America Taught Me About Worry – Kevin Obbayi

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.


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