Call For Speaker Proposals!

Our next Ignite event is coming up fast – and speaker submissions are OPEN.

You do not need to be a professional public speaker to submit to Ignite. In fact, more than half of our speakers have never given a talk in front of an audience before!

Submitting a talk is easy. Click on the big red Submit button on the top of the screen (or submit a talk here!). All you need is a title, a description, and a bit of contact info – no need to have the whole talk planned out already!

In fact, our emcee Scott Berkun is a professional speaker as his “day job,” and he invites all selected speakers to a speaker coaching session.

If you’ve never given a talk in front of an audience before, this is a great way to learn some good strategies for preparing, practicing, and performing. If you’re already comfortable up on stage, this is a great way to learn some specific tips around giving great Ignite talks!

So what are you waiting for? What would you say if you had 5 minutes on stage? Tell us today!

Submissions close August 23rd, and the next event is October 4th.

 

Videos & Recap: Ignite Seattle #36

Wow! That was a good one.

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another sold-out show at the Egyptian Theater. Once again Seattle’s most awesome, energetic, and playful crowd suppported a line-up of some of our city’s most creative and interesting citizens.

Check out our Facebook page for photo booth pics, a video of the whole event, and other posts about the show.

And please share your opinion of your Ignite Seattle 36 experience in this brief survey.

All of the videos from last night are now live (thanks to Bootstrapper studios)! You can watch the talks on this Ignite 36 playlist.

And here are links directly to each of last night’s talks. Please take a minute to share your favorites on your preferred interwebs platform.

  1. How I Dumped Denial, Sally Fox
  2. Why We All Still Talk Like Pirates, Monica Houston
  3. How Slack Saved My Life, Rob Eickmann
  4. Silicon Valley Desperately Needs a Sense of Humor, Coco Krumme
  5. The Seattle Superman, Jonathan Belle
  6. Getting Naked for Feminism, Katrina Hamilton
  7. Breaking the Ramadan Fast Live on Stage, Kholood Alabdullatif
  8. How a Punching Bag Saved My Life: Parenting Tips from a Group Home Kid, Phoenix Cavalier
  9. How to Woo a Seattle WOC, Marie Bolla
  10. Ignite Survey Says . . . , Nicole Steinbok
  11. Pooing in Public, Jason Preston
  12. Mystery Ignite (improvised Ignite talk), Kinzie Shaw

Thanks again! We look forward to seeing you at Ignite Seattle #37 in October. Exact date and time are still being determined, so be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop.

Not Your Father’s Lumberjacks – Seth Zuckerman

Seth Zuckerman used to think that logging always involved two guys and a chainsaw. But like the Super-Axe-Hacker in The Lorax, he learned modern lumberjacks fell trees quicker and more efficiently than the loggers of yore. The latest models are computerized wood manufacturing operations on wheels, which travel through the forest turning trees into precisely optimized piles of logs.

Since the early 90s, the number of people killed in logging accidents in the United States has decreased by half. And the amount of logging has decreased by just over 20%.

How To Mouse With Your Toes: Throw Your Mouse On The Floor, Not Out The Window – Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson understands that life is digital in 2018, but our bodies are still flesh and blood. So how do you stay employed when working with a computer hurts? How do you stay connected to friends, family and news of the world? Back in 2000, moving a computer mouse with her hands became painful. So she turned to her toes! She teaches us how to make mousing look magical while actually speeding up your computer work!

If you can steal a soccer ball from a kid, you can mouse with your toes!

Swinging On The Lamp Posts Designing For Play In The Modern City – Colin MacDonald

Colin MacDonald never looked a public the same after he took up parkour. He believes we can design spaces that enable and encourage climbing, jumping, and balancing – without losing functionality or getting ourselves sued. Making a space play-able is all about creating adjacency and connections between objects, while using graphics and visuals to invite people to try something new.

Play that is defined and anticipated lacks this element of let’s call it “cheerful transgression” that the best play possesses. I want moments of play, of physical exploration, to leap out at you and grab five minutes of your day, like a partner pulling you onto the dance floor.

I Love Profanity! The Surprisingly Difficult Decision To Remove One Word From My Book – Jeremy Kayes

Jeremy Kayes believes that profanity is the capsicum of language! It’s not appropriate for every meal, but could you imagine food without spice? Curse words tell us so much about our selves and our culture. His adventure with profanity began when he had to decide if a certain word belonged in his graphic novel.

When we combine our views of sex and each other, we discover words like these. How afflicted are we with our sexuality that we have an insult for someone that enjoys it?

So whey do we use these slurs? Because they are weapons. Weapons are tools to do harm. We reach for them when we feel weak and scared.

Qualifying Your WA Initiative For Under $500,000 – Gabe Meyer

The Washington State initiative process allows anyone with an idea to make a law. And Gabe Meyer  helped qualify two statewide initiatives: I-735 to get money out of politics and I-940 for police accountability. In this talk, Meyer shares what’s needed to qualify for less than $500,000. Direct democracy in action!

So I want to tell you that initiatives are such an opportunity in this state. We can have people power; it’s direct democracy. And those three to five years are a lot faster than things they’ve been working on in Olympia for a long time. And you can do it–you can be involved.