Noel Frame: How I Weaseled My Way Into the Hearts of 31,273 People

If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s like to run for political office, Noel Frame offers a five-minute glimpse into the life, and a few great tips on running your own campaign.

“In this talk I will break down the scary, overwhelming, black box that is running for office, by walking the audience through a handful of easy steps. 1) Pick a community, 2) Get involved, 3) Make sure “people in the know” know who you are, 4) Be ready to capture opportunity, 5) Go for it!”

Noel Frame ran for State Representative in District 36 in 2012. She is currently a Directory at Progressive Majority of Washington.

Husayn Raza: The Force is Strong in Islam

What are the odds that Star Wars and Islam have much in common? Never quote me the odds.

“As an avid Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember and a Muslim, I’ve found some formidable similarities between the two. So much so, that I believe Islam, as it truly is– sans the media spin on it, can be perfectly explained by the Star Wars ethos.”

Husayn Raza is the Interactive Art Director at Publicis Seattle.

Arcadiy Kantor: Change ALL the Passwords Without Pain, Misery and Suffering

When someone says “change all your passwords,” do you do it? Did you laugh after reading that sentence? Arcadiy tells us why this is sooooo hard, and what we might be able to do about it.

“When vast swaths of the internet have their security breached, like in the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone shouts: “Change all your passwords!” And then, because it’s a colossal pain in the butt, no one actually does. What if it wasn’t a pain in the butt, though?”

Arcadiy Kantor is a Progam Manager at Microsoft. He writes about identity and technology.

Dylan Wilbanks: Your Diet Will Fail (and why mine eventually will)

Diets always fail. Always. Definitely. At Ignite 24, Dylan Wilbanks told us all about why.

“Over 16 months Dylan Wilbanks lost over 125 lbs with caloric restriction, heavy exercise, and being slightly insane. But the statistics say he won’t be able to keep it off. He’ll explain why, and how he’s trying to fight it.”

Dylan Wilbanks is a user experience designer and public speaker based in Seattle. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, Webvisions, and Ignite Seattle.

Jennifer Whetham: A Story About Syphilis

Where does syphilis come from? There’s more than one answer to this question. At Ignite 24, Jennifer Whetham gave a more brainy, linguistic one than you probably saw coming.

“Two questions you may not have thought to ask: What is the origin of the word “syphilis”? When was the word first used? This talk begins in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Jennifer Locke Whetham is a Shakespeare scholar, hip hop theorist, and self-proclaimed intellectual pervert. She has over ten years experience teaching literature at the college level, where she indulges her obsession with conceptions of sexuality, gender, love, and words.

Jan Gray: Take the Initiative, please!

Washington state’s initiative process could use a few advocates — you. Jan Gray laid out the issues at Ignite 24.

“You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you commit to serving on their board of directors.”

Jan Gray is a two career baby boomer with 20 years in broadcast marketing and 20 more in not-for-profit leadership and consulting. She is a co-founder of the non-partisan, not-for-profit group Responsible Choices which is currently raising funds to produce Washington State’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review.

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