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.

 

Naked Safety (or How to Secure a Parade With Simple Psychology) – Shawn Murphy

Large events like parades, conventions, and conferences often require large private security forces to maintain order and security. In a post 9/11 world, we’re told that this is required for our safety. It’s possible to control large crowds, effectively and safely, by applying modern psychology instead of barricades.

The Fremont Solstice Parade draws tens of thousands of spectators, but the parade is secured with fewer than 25, unpaid, volunteers with no security background and less than 20 minutes of training.

Security is often a boring subject, but keeping the Fremont Solstice Parade secure, safe, and (barely) a good show are the essence of hacking and good geekery — it’s also surprisingly funny.

Letterpress Revival – Glenn Fleishman

Letterpress printing was a dying art in the 1980s and nearly dead in the 1990s. Technology has revived it. You can now design on a computer, print out a plastic plate, and use 500-year-old technology that reconnects you to the mess and smell of ink, paper, binding, and industrial-age machines. Letterpress is messy, each print is unique, and it’s the antidote and complement to the perfection-with-abstraction of the Web, ebooks, and the rest. People crave real connection that the screen doesn’t provide. Letterpress puts you right up to the metal and pushes.

About Glenn

Glenn Fleishman is a technology journalist that writes about where technology crosses with people’s lives, as well as exhaustive technology explanations. You can find him every week under the initials G.F. at the Economist’s Babbage blog; at TidBITS, a Mac publication for which he’s an editor and programs the backend; and at Macworld, where he’s a senior contributor. He’s also a freelance columnist for The Seattle Times, and contributes regularly to Ars Technica.

Hacking Parents and other Authority Figures – Gwen Rowe

At the age of 9, Gwen is ready to share her favorite ways to beguile parents and others in charge. It is much easier to convince grand parents to do what you want. A simple please with a cute look goes a long ways But the real big challenge comes in when you need to convince parents or other adults not already enamored with you to do what you want. This talk is full of techniques explained by a kid that can be used to charm and convince nearly anyone.

Ignite Seattle 15 – Outdoors and All Ages!

The next Ignite is going to be OUTDOORS on SATURDAY, August 20th at the Fremont Outdoor Movies space. We intend for this to be a family friendly event and we’ll be looking for under 18 speakers. This is our first ever outdoor event. Please come out in droves and make it our best one yet.

Submit your talk ideas now!