Selecting talks from the list of speaker submissions was challenging once again, with so many great ideas submitted by so many fantastic people! Thank you, thank you, and thank YOU to folks who submitted talks. Below is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #37 on Oct 4th.
But first buy your tickets for Ignite #37 now. Why?
- Ignite Seattle sells out. Don’t miss out.
- The early bird ticket price of $10 is available for a limited time (regular price is $15)
- The speaker list is amazing.
Ignite #37 Speakers (order to be determined):
- De-Mystifying the Instant Pot – Sumit Basu
- Summer Pop Songs, 1595 to Present – Michael Hamm
- A Survival Guide for Black Millennial Single Mothers Striving to Slay – Sydney Swonigan
- What Military Peacekeeping Taught Me About Humility – Urs Koenig
- Translating Earth’s Historical Record – How The Chemistry of Microscopic Shells Tells Us About Our Past, And Our Future – Elisa Bonnin
- Exploring the 8th Continent – Cindy Wu
- So, You’re Black in Tech? – Rovina Broomfield
- Me Too: What it Takes To Come Forward – Sarah Schacht
- How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering – Beth Jusino
- Juliet Wasn’t Dumb & We Need to Stop Assuming She Was – Emma Broback
- Physician, Speak Thyself: Storytelling As Healing In Healthcare – Sam Blackman
- Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My! – Dana Manalang
Most people think there are seven continents: Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Europe, Australia, and North and South America.
Cindy Wu is not most people. As a board member of the National Speleological Society, she’s become very familiar with a secret, 8th continent.
Where is the 8th continent? If you’ve ever met Cindy (or looked up the word “speleological”), you might have a pretty good idea. Still, we’re not going to be the one to spoil the secret.
Join us on October 4th as Cindy tells the story of her first visit to this isolated place, gives us a taste for what it’s like to be there (“you kind of get a feeling for what it felt like to stand on the moon for the first time”), and explains how you can safely visit too.
We’ve all had days where we want to just throw in the towel, grab a backpack, and disappear into the woods. But then we think about camping every night. And rain. And where do we find food? And what was the trick to keeping bears away again?
Well, if you want the long-term hiking experience without the pain and suffering, Beth Jusino has a hot tip for you. Check out the Camino de Santiago, a network of ancient trails through Western Europe.
She’ll tell you how to get away from it all for weeks (or months?), while still eating good food, sleeping in a bed, and living on just a few dollars a day.
Most Ignite Seattle attendees are aware that Earth’s climate is warming (we hope) but speaker Elisa Bonnin wants to know the grim details. What will our future look like? To answer that question, Elissa, a graduate student in Chemical Oceanography, looks to the past.
Earth’s climate has changed drastically before… humans just weren’t around to see it. What were? A type of tiny, primitive creatures called Foraminifera. In her talk, Elisa will explain how we can use the shells they left behind (as tiny as four human hairs stuck together!) to learn more about the future we all face.
When Sumit Basu was a child, his mother would get out a weird metal pot, clamp it together, and tell the kids to keep away in case it explodes. Then she’d cook food in it.
Much later in life, Sumit decided to revisit pressure cookers, but as a scientist, he had new questions: What can you cook in it? How does the pressure help it cook quickly? And why does the food taste so good?
And, really, who hasn’t had these questions? We’re excited for Sumit to unravel the mysteries of the Instant Pot on-stage at Ignite Seattle #36.
We’re excited to announce partnerships with two new organizations which will help us make Ignite Seattle better than ever this year!
We’re excited to announce our headlining sponsor for the 2018-19 Ignite Seattle season, WeWork!
WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. We transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. We believe that CEOs can help each other, offices can use the comforts of home, and we can all look forward to Monday if we find real meaning in what we do.
Even more exciting, WeWork is offering the Ignite audience one free week of coworking at their newest Seattle location, 1411 4th Ave. This offer is exclusive for the Ignite community! Learn more and get your free week.
The World is Fun
We’re also partnering with Seattle nonprofit The World is Fun to help us build a volunteer program and to allow us to accept tax-deductible contributions. This partnership means we’ll finally be able to get started on a lot of long-running ideas we’ve had for making the show more fun.
You might remember TWIF from founder Amy Faulkner’s talk at Ignite #34, where she described her mission to get Seattleites involved in their community through unique events and partnerships with more than 140 local nonprofits.
When asked why she was excited to work more closely with Ignite, Amy said “The World is Fun is a perfect partner for Ignite Seattle: We both share the goals of teaching Seattleites how unique, passionate, and connected they really are in an approachable and fun format.”
Ignite is thrilled to have the support of these two organizations, and this year’s shows will be better than ever!
Update: thank you to everyone who joined us for this sold-out workshop! We’ll be running another soon; you can sign up for notifications here.
Ignite Seattle thrives on diverse ideas and challenging stories. We think everyone should give public speaking a shot, and we’re hosting a workshop to help you do that!
Join us to learn:
- How to tell better stories at work or in life (and do it fast!),
- The 6 most common mistakes speakers make and how to avoid them
- The science behind fears about speaking and how to manage them
- How to get a talk proposal accepted at events like Ignite Seattle, TEDx, etc.
- Plus a few volunteers who bring 60 seconds of a talk they have will get an expert critique
You don’t need to have a talk idea or submit to Ignite to attend.
Your coach will be professional speaker and Ignite Seattle emcee Scott Berkun. In addition to giving 20 to 30 lectures and keynotes each year, he wrote the bestselling guide to public speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker.
- Date: August 7, 2018; 7-9pm
- Location: Idea Lab at Fluke Hall, University of Washington
- Cost: $5. SOLD OUT.