More Ignite 4 Talks!

The talks keep rolling in. We’ve added three more.

  1. Shawn Murphy Hacking Chocolate
    Anybody can create interesting and new chocolates with some basic ingredients, imagination and a little technique.
  2. Deepak Singh Small medicine: Nanotechnology and biology
    The start of the art in the applications of nanotechnology to healthcare and medicine
  3. Derek Gaw uncluttring Amazon
    Amazon’s experience is often criticized for being too cluttered. I decided to see what I could do to clean it up.
  4. Elan Lee My Clothes Tell Secrets
    Examples of storytelling and entertainment embedded in the fabric of the clothes we wear.
  5. Brian Dorsey An embarrassment of riches – the story of Noonhat
    We live in amazing times. Individuals and small groups can build small things with big effects. Even working part time.
  6. Dave McClure Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR!
    A simple 5-step model for measuring startup success: 1) Acquisition 2) Activation 3) Retention 4) Referral 5) Revenue
  7. Rob Gruhl – How to buy a new car
    Get your next new car for the best price.

Half-Baked Dotcom at Ignite Seattle

We are trying something new this time around: Half-Baked Dotcom. HBD has become quite popular at various O’Reilly events. Itis going to be hosted by one of its creators, Dave McClure. He’s my Web 2.0 Expo co-chair and happens to be in town for Gnomedex. As he describes it:

Half-Baked Dot Com is a participatory exercise in entrepreneur improv conducted by five teams of startup addicts and judged by a crackpot panel of venture capitalists & D-list bloggers (or whomever shows up first). Faster than foreplay with jenna jameson, more creative than a VP explaining a quail hunt, and nearly as much suspense as a scheduled train wreck, Half-Baked is the latest Web 2.0 craze sweeping the unconference circuit. Show up early and bring your A-game if you want to participate, otherwise bring your camera to record the heinous crime to be perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience.

For those who want to participate the team selections will begin around 6:30. The presentations will begin around 7:30. The Ignite Talks will still begin at 8:30.

This is in place of the Make Contest that is normally hosted by Bre. He is unable to make it this time.

Submit Talks for Ignite Seattle on 8/8; Speak at Gnomedex!

The next Ignite Seattle is August 8th at the CHAC. At the last one we had over 350 people throw hundreds of paper airplanes at a hula-hoop and watch 16 great talks. Watch the videos (from Bryan Zug) to see some excellent speakers talk about things like The Science And Art Of Naming and Tamasheq Technology Living La Vie Nomad.  RSVP at Upcoming.

The evening will be a combination of a contest and Ignite talks. This time we are doing something special and we’re going to have a contest amongst the speakers. We’re also going to use voting to select four of the Ignite talks on the Main Stage. These four talks will get a chance to do their Ignite talks at Gnomedex, Chris Pirillo’s Seattle-based event. Submit your talk here.

Specifically, we are going to have 16 Ask Later talks. These talks will each be 5 minutes long with 20 slides and only 15 seconds a slide. Anyone who did not speak at the last Ignite is welcome to speak. We are going to use Mozes to select the Gnomedex talks.

Topics should fall in the realm of web 2.0 technology, entrepreneurship, life hacks, or something else that you think a room full of internet junkies will appreciate. Stories and lessons work better than product demos.

Talks submissions are due by July 30th (though it is better to get in earlier than later as I select them on a rolling basis). All talks will be selected by August 3rd.

Here are some of the selected talks:

  • Shawn Murphy Hacking Chocolate
    Anybody can create interesting and new chocolates with some basic ingredients, imagination and a little technique.
  • Deepak SinghSmall medicine: Nanotechnology and biology
    The start of the art in the applications of nanotechnology to healthcare and medicine
  • Elan Lee My Clothes Tell Secrets
    Examples of storytelling and entertainment embedded in the fabric of the clothes we wear.

Interactivity @ McLeods

Buster McLeod spoke at the first Ignite. In that talk he reference his then-about-to-open tech gallery, McLeods. As I am sure you know, it’s now open. This Friday they are going to have a sweet-sounding art opening. I’ll be there. I hope to see you. Info below.
Artists working with Technology
Technologists working with Art

Member Preview: Thursday, July 5, 6pm-12am
Opening Reception: Friday, July 6, 6pm-9pm

Interactivity explores the convergence of art and technology with an entire gallery full of electronic art that patrons are invited to play with. Featuring Magnetic Structure prints and Biomimetic Butterflies by The Barbarian Group, interactive textiles by Maggie Orth, a laser installation by Joel S. Kollin and mixed media work by Felix Livni, Interactivity opens with a reception on Friday, July 6, from 6-9pm. The exhibits will be on display until September 1. The Lounge features McLeod Residence’s ongoing installation of neon work by Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek and furniture by Gary Andolina and James Reinhardt.

Adobe’s AIR Bus Tour Does an Ignite

Adobe is doing a 10-city bus tour to promote their new RIA platform AIR. Adobe evangelist and Seattle local Ryan Stewart is going to throw Ignite the Web! when the bus rolls into Seattle on July 10th. The day will be all about AIR and the evening will be for their Ignite.
Sadly, neither Bre or I will be there; we’ll both be out of town. Ryan is an Ignite speaker and our on-site twitterer; he’ll do a great job. Mail him if you want to speak.

NetSquared Event at McLeods Residence

Tech non-profit NetSquared is coming to Seattle and has their first event is this coming Tuesday. Here’s some more info on the organization and the first meetup from their blog:

My colleague Sarah Schacht of Knowledge As Power and I are co-organizing the kickoff of Seattle’s first Net2 Tuesday. NetSquared is a Tech Soup venture to increase the adoption of Web 2.0 services by nonprofit organizations and others interested in creating a social benefit. The goal of NetTuesday is to create an ongoing peer-driven community event for the development of social software and real world applications in Seattle. This is the first Net2 Tuesday in Seattle, so we’re focusing the time mostly to talk to each other about what we’d like to get out of events like this. Please email your friends about this event. Everyone is welcome. When: Tuesday, June 5th Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: The McLeod Residence, 2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (2nd floor) Map Recurring: First Tuesdays of each month, exact details to be determined Agenda 6:30 – 7 pm – Socializing as people arrive 7 pm – Sarah on the challenges and solutions to effective communications tools between citizens and legislators – Jeff on his social news project 7:20 pm – Introductions and open discussion: What would you like to see in future NetTuesday’s? 8:00 pm – Socialize with other social software techies

Next Ignites: 6/9 & 8/9

We have two ignites coming up in Seattle. The first one will be Ignite at Seattle BizJam on 6/9. It’s going to be the opening event for the awesome conference aimed at local, independent business owners.

Then on 8/9 we will have our next Ignite Seattle. Save the date!

It will be held at the CHAC. It will open with an Ignite activity run by Bre Pettis starting at 6:30. The activity? A scavenger hunt… of sorts. It will be followed by some Ignite talks. A call for talks will be issued shortly.

Playing Cruel 2 B Kind? Read this.

**Quick Tip: If what you read below sounds fun, sign-up **
Dear Cruel 2 B Kind Assassins,

This email contains your 3 secret weapons, plus a few killer tips, for your
Saturday afternoon game.

Read this entire email carefully, or you’ll wind up dead faster than you can
say “There’s something’s rotten in the state of Seattle…”

The four most important things to do before the game

1) Learn the Booty Variant rules before you come. No one will explain the
game to you when you get there. Here are the rules:

2) Each and every player must bring a piece of booty to surrender!

3) If you haven’t printed your handy pocket-sized guide to benevolent
assassination, you can download it here and bring it to the game with you: . You may want to print
this email as well.

4) Call or SMS to 206.355.1091 when you arrive within game boundaries,
between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM tomorrow, to check-in. You can use any phone to
play, and don’t worry about the earlier email request to confirm your phone
via text message. Any phone you bring is fine. And if you are calling, and I
don’t pick up, you can always leave a voice mail message to check in, report
kills, or ask for live assistance.

The boundaries for your game are:

Cal Anderson Park & surroundings (Boundaries: North – Denny, South – Pike,
East – 12th, West –  Broadway)

You have 3 weapons to use in your Saturday afternoon game.

WEAPON A – Wish your targets a happy made-up holiday
WEAPON B – Notice something “intriguing” about your targets
WEAPON C – Mistake your targets for celebrities

You can use ANY of these weapons at any time. You can also be killed by any
of these weapons, at any time.

Killer Tip #1: After you check-in (text or call the live
puppet master at 206.355.1091 between 1:30 and 1:59 PM), there will be no
official announcement that the game has started. When your watch says 2:00
PM, start killing!

Killer Tip #2: Be stealthy in your attacks! If another team
spots you being cruel and kind, you’ll instantly become their target. Keep a
low profile to stay alive longer and to pull off sneak attacks!

If you catch a team off-guard and manage to attack them BEFORE they try to
attack you, ANY weapon you choose will effectively kill them.

However: If both teams start attacking simultaneously, you will apply a
rock-paper-scissors system to determine which weapon was the most deadly.


Write this on a scrap of paper or your hand before tomorrow’s game so you
don’t forget which weapons outranks another!

SAME WEAPONS used during the same encounter cancel each other out. You have
30 seconds to flee and cannot kill each other in this time. You can then
stalk and attack again, or move on to a different target.

Killer Tip #3: You (and your teammates) must be within 5
feet of your target(s) at the time of attack. If a team tries to attack you
from across the street or halfway down the block, you can refuse to

When you successfully kill a team, immediately text or call the puppet
master with the dead team’s name. Report your kill as soon as possible, to
maximize your point total! When you’ve collected your booty, join forces
with your victims and keep stalking your prey…

When you are killed, surrender your personal booty to any ONE player whose
attack impressed you most.

Killer Tip #4: Collected booty is worth big points at the
end of the game. So even if you get killed first, you can still be one of
the top players… IF you impress your future victims and convince them you
are worthy of their booty.

Killer Tip # 5: The game will end with a text message or
phone call from the puppet master. (You’ll get the secret location for the
assassins awards and debriefing.) Until the PM contacts you, there are still
alive assassins that need to be killed!

Remember: If you have any questions about how to play Cruel 2 B Kind, you
can reply to this email before Saturday. During the game, you can call the
live puppet master at 206.355.1091!

Good luck tomorrow. Be cruel! Be kind!

Thanks For Helping at Ignite 3

Bre and I would like to thank the following people for their help before, during and after Ignite 3.

Thanks to:

Matt May – He left the event to get us a projector; we would have been screwed without him.
Allegra Searle-LeBel – She ran a camera helped with video setup
Ryan Stewart – He was the live twitterer.
Paolo Tosolini – He ran a third video camera and edited the awesome behind the scenes video. Connie Savoie – She braved the onslaught of paper airplanes to hold up the hula-hoop.

Special thanks to:
Bryan Zug – He is the lead cameraman, a/v guy, and editor of the ignite videos.
Jesse Robbins – He is the speaker and presentation wrangler
Gabriel Williams – He made an admin form that none of you saw, but saved me a ton of time.

And thanks to everyone who came and has been supporting us.