Ignite #37 Preview: Summer Pop Songs, 1595 to Present

Every summer has that song. You know the one. You hear it playing in coffee shops, on the radio, at sunset BBQs. Then next summer, it’s a new song.

You have to wonder though – when was the first Summer pop hit? How far back do these earworms go? And even though each song is very different, what do they all have in common?

Michael Hamm, composer and musician, gives us a multi-layered tour of the last 400 or so years of pop music.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering

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.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

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!

Scott Berkun – How to write well, instantly, every time

Scott Berkun teaches us some of the techniques he uses to write well. In the background is a timelapse video of him writing an essay – from start to finish!

Scott Berkun is the best selling author of The Myths of Innovation, Making Things Happen and Confessions of a Public Speaker. His work as a writer and public speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at Scott Berkun.

See Scott in action or read his popular blog on his main site: http://www.scottberkun.com