Ignite Seattle 2018 Holiday Buyer’s Guide

Struggling to find a gift for the Ignite Seattle fan (or soon to be fan)?  Maybe you’d like to support the speakers you’ve seen this year?  You’re in luck!  Many of this year’s speakers have the perfect gift to put a little bit of Ignite cheer under the tree and remind you of the amazing talks we had in 2018.

ROPOS and the Underwater Volcano

Want to get your kids (or nieces and nephews) excited about undersea exploration?  Check out Dana Manalang’s talk, Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My! and consider picking up her book, ROPOS And The Underwater Volcano. –$14

Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide

Know someone who is new to Seattle or looking to spend a little more time exploring our amazing parks?  Linnea Westerlind wrote the book on it!  Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide has details on 100 parks, is organized by neighborhood with illustrated maps and full color photos. –$15

Walking to the End of the World

We traveled afar with Beth Jusino’s talk to Northern Spain where she spent 79 days walking over 1000 miles on her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. If you know someone who wants to get away from it all while breaking in those new hiking boots, Beth’s memoir of her journey Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago. –$14

For many of us, the holidays means giving tech support to those who need it the most: our families.  Zac Cohn’s talk showed us how not to be the least secure gazelle by using the same password over and over again.  The (somewhat ironically named) password manager 1Password is what he (and I) recommend for creating and managing passwords.  They have apps for Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS to keep your passwords secure and in sync.  1Password is $36 a year for individuals and $60 for families of 5 or fewer.

Donate to SISCA

Earlier this year, Maryam Hosseini showed us how one guy can make you less racist She’s an active member of SISCA , a group that works here in Seattle to “reverse hostility between the United States and Iranian governments by developing people-to-people relationships.”  You can support SISCA by becoming a member for only $5 a year.

Videos and Photos from Ignite Seattle 30

Ignite Seattle 30 was an amazing event and if you weren’t there, we’ve got you covered: all the amazing talks are now on youtube. If you were there like me, and it all just crashed over you like ocean waves, you might have forgotten some of the great stories we shared. Here’s your chance to go re-live the event.

Thanks once again to Bootstrapper Studios  and Punch Drunk for their excellent video work at the event. You can see the full playlist of all 16 talks here.

Here are a handful of photos taken at Ignite, but you can view all the photos from Ignite Seattle 30 in our Flickr Pool here. Thanks to Morgen Schuler Photography for taking photos with me once again.

Fes Naqvi

Amanda Saab - Ignite Seattle 30

Remington Purnell

Katie Chase - Ignite Seattle 30

Tammarrian Rogers

Submit a talk to Ignite Seattle 30

Want to speak at the next Ignite?  While you can always get an extension for doing your taxes, we’re firm with our submission deadline of this Friday, April 15th.

Ignite Seattle 30 will be held Thursday, May 26th 2016 at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle, but without your submissions, we’d just be staring at our navels.  And as interesting as that sounds, I’m sure you’ve got something more interesting to tell the 900+ people who show up to our sold out events.

SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE

We’d love to have YOU on the Ignite stage.

Own Time or Die Trying – Ahsan Kabir

From Ahasan:

“So much to do, so little time. And really, we don’t use that time as well as we could. Ahsan discusses some of what he’s learned about planning his time in his quest to finish things.”

About Ahsan

Ahsan Kabir makes software, mostly. He obsesses about what makes for good experiences in software, ice and everything else. He posts occasionally at aephemera.com and you can find him on Twitter @aephemera.

Save the planet- eat a bug! – Virginia Emery

From Virginia:

“Why would you want to eat insects?

1) Curiosity- Insects are delicious!

2) Bulldozers move faster than biologists- and insects are a more environmentally friendly protein than other meats we eat!

3) Progress only happens when we challenge our preconceptions. Step out of your comfort zone- why not eat a bug?!”

About Virginia

Virginia Emery is an insect entrepreneur working to build the edible insect industry and change the way Americans think about protein.

Traveling Alone: And So Can You – Danna Klein

From Danna:

I learned to drive stick during a thunderstorm on a dirt road in rural Brazil. I discussed the future of the Castro regime while drinking rum on the back porch rocking chairs of the home of a Cuban couple who took me in like family for two weeks. I probably would not have had any of these experiences if I wasn’t traveling alone, allowing myself to be open to people and places in a way that brought companionship precludes.

About Danna
Danna Klein uses spreadsheets to keep track of almost everything. Her current obsessions are national parks, Michelin starred restaurants, Cascade hiking, and complaining about the people who moved to Seattle after her. She works at Mixpo, an ad tech startup, as a product marketer.

Operation Honest Day’s Work – Norman Bell

Earlier this year Norman decided to work on his work ethic and started an experiment he called Operation: Honest Day’s Work. Over the course of 80 days, Norman made some surprising discoveries that have helped him engage at work, and improve his work ethic, productivity and peace of mind. He’s excited to share his findings with you.

About Norman

Norman Bell is an award-winning public speaker, performer, presentation coach, and expert communicator who has used his communication skills to help Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and AT&T, as well as PBS travel show host Rick Steves. As an actor, he played opposite Academy Award-winner Christian Bale in “The Machinist” and wrote, co-produced and starred in the popular solo show, “SUBPRIME!” As a speaker coach, Norman has worked with social entrepreneurs competing in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch.