Throwback Thursday: Yes, I’m Having an Identity Crisis (2016)

Sarah Novotny‘s amazing Ignite Seattle talk on her identity crisis is a wake-up call to people on the treadmill of life making decision based on society’s expectations of who they are. Sarah reminds you that you are not your wallet, you are not your shape, and you are not your accomplishments. Then who are you? Watch Sarah’s talk to hear her story and to help discover yourself.

Bonus round:
We were reminded of Sarah’s openness in her Ignite talk, when we saw her rocking the Google Cloud Next ’17 – Day 3 Keynote last week talking about Open Source innovations. Great job Sarah!

And you can watch Sarah’s first Ignite talk here: Living the OG (Original Geek) Lifestyle  It even includes the why behind this crazy thing we know and love… Ignite Seattle.

Videos/Recap from Ignite Seattle #32

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another spectacular show at Town Hall Seattle. We learned about our bodies, our spirits, our stuff and our wifi. Which talk was your favorite? Let us know and leave a comment.

Our sincerest hope is you had a great time and will spread the ideas of our speakers to your friends, coworkers and followers. And we hope you will join us for our next event. Mark your calendars: Ignite #33 is May 18th, 2017.

All of the videos from last night are now live (Thanks to Bootstrapper studios). You can watch individual talks or the entire show in one video.  Please take a minute to share your favorites on all the interwebs (use #ignitesea).

  1. Let’s Talk About Menstruation, Sara Gentzler
  2. A Gut Feeling: Microbiome and Mental Health, Hannah Thomasy
  3. Become a Wifi Ninja: Learn How to Fix Internets, Patrick McCanna
  4. Badass 3.0, Karen Johanson
  5. Being Uncomfortable Is The Only Way to Grow, Virginia Emery
  6. Storage Hacking (or how to hoard neatly 101), Beth FitzGibbon
  7. The Power of Wearing Your Pain, Bridget Foley
  8. How To Win A National Award, Stephanie Lucash
  9. Holy Shit – A New Way “To Go”, V Calvez
  10. How To Be Mad at Your Kids, Jenni Pertuset
  11. Obsession With Causality, Andrei Borodin
  12. It Takes a Village, Stephanie Carrillo
  13. A World For Every Classroom, John Krajewski
  14. Simulating The International ComMUNity, River O’Connor
  15. No, I Don’t Know Where To Buy Weed, Farris Holliday
  16. Why We Stopped Eating The Nasty Shit, Andrew Ho

Hope to see you at Ignite #33 on May 18th, 2017. You can volunteer to help or read about how to submit your own talk right now.

Ten great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #32, This Thursday

This Thursday (2/23) at 8:00pm is Ignite Seattle #32 – we’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the largest open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’ve sold out many shows in a row, as we consistently deliver a fun, challenging, fast paced evening of ideas, opinions and stories for your pleasure.

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one to come check out.

Here are ten reasons to come to Ignite 30:

  1. We are in Town Hall Seattle’s Great Hall, celebrating their 100th year. It’s one of the best venues for live events in our town (and their cash bar opens at 7pm)
  2. Hate fighting with coffee shop wifi? Patrick McCanna will teach you all you need to know.
  3. Have too much stuff and not enough space? Beth FitzGibbon will train you in storage hacking.
  4. Trying to predict the future? Andrei Borodin will explore his (and our) obsession with causality.
  5. Want to grow? Get Uncomfortable! Virginia Emery will explain how and why.
  6. Do your kids make you angry? Get mad the right way, as Jenni Pertuset will teach us.
  7. Do you have, and/or like, female body parts? Well Lets Talk About Menstruation! says Sara Gentzler.
  8. The photobooth will be back – take pictures of friends old and new.
  9. Beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood – our recommendations.
  10. Plus ten more talks on a wide array of challenging, fun and entertaining subjects.

You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend of awesome a day early? We think you deserve it.

Go here to buy tickets ($5).  Doors open at 7:00pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 8:00pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

Throwback Thursday: Make Art Not Content (Scotto Moore – 2007)

In his classic Seattle Ignite talk Make Art Not Content Scotto Moore will  entertain you and educate you on internet art including what incents graffiti artists to create their masterpieces: the knowledge they have created a kickass piece of art.

Our Ignite Seattle 32 speakers are striving to create kickass Ignite talks that will enlighten you. Quickly.

Join us Thursday February 23 to be enlightened:
Buy your tickets now

It is fun, fast, and free (well almost.. Tickets are $5).
We do sell out. What are you waiting for?

Help Wanted: Ignite Seattle Marketing/ Media Champion (P/T)

Here at Ignite Seattle a small team of volunteer organizers works behind the scenes to make everything happen. Thanks to you, our fans, our events have become so popular now that we’re looking to grow our team. Here’s what we are looking for:

Marketing/Media Champion (P/T)

Ignite Seattle needs someone who can lead the way for our kind of storytelling on the interwebs. You will use your proven social media talents to transform our nascent marketing efforts before, during and after our events into a glorious wave of tweets, posts and shares, spreading the ideas of our speakers far and wide. Perks include working with a high fun / high trust team, your fill of good bourbon and wine and the joy of using your talents for the altruistic goodness of the Seattle creative community.

Minimum time commitment: a couple of hours a week between events, 5-10 hours a week, or more, leading up to and during the event (3 to 4 times a year).

The role: you’d lead our social media and other marketing efforts. This includes working with other organizers to define strategy and also leading the work to implement tactics. We all support each other, but we’d look to you as our marketing expert.

Rewards: none of us organizers are paid – this role is something you should do because you like Ignite Seattle, you love doing pr/marketing for cool projects, and you want to volunteer to be part of an important community (of ideas). You will meet many interesting and amazing people, as they (our speakers and audience) are the stars of each event – Ignite Seattle might be one of the most rewarding things you contribute to regularly. You’ll know much more about your city and what great things are happening.

How we work: We are mostly virtual (Slack), with monthly in person meetings related to the events and our speakers. We are all volunteers and happily wear many hats. You will get your hands dirty often as we are a small, lean team.

How To Apply: 

  1. Study the marketing/media efforts Ignite Seattle already has. What two things would you improve first and how? (You won’t hurt out feelings)
  2. Give us a brief rundown on your past marketing/media experience (link to resume or LinkedIn is fine)
  3. Email the above to pr@scottberkun.com

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Enlighten us, but make it quick!