Ignite 3: Ask Later Schedule

Here is the schedule for the Ask Later talks. The First Round begins at 8:30; the second one begins at 9:45. We’ll be at the CHAC.
First Round

  1. Bruce Leban (Google, National Puzzlers’ League) – What I Learned in Prison
  2. Yes, I spent time in not one but two Massachusetts prisons and it was an educational experience in many ways. Find out why I went to prison and if I would do it again. Learn about the differences between “minimum” and “medium” security and how this applies to computer security. Learn what “good time,” “man trap” and “code 100” mean, why khaki pants were the required dress code, and other equally practical information. Don’t ask about the dogs.

  3. Alex Hopmann (Launch21 LLC, FastCarrot LLC) – Maximizing performance in aircraft engines
  4. Aircraft engines are basically the same as they were 60 years ago but pilots have recently rediscovered how to squeeze extra performance with advanced engine monitors and adjusting air/oxygen mixture. A five-minute talk on how engines actually work, how they compare to car engines and how knowing what’s actually happening can squeeze extra efficiency out of this system, with a bias towards non-pilots who care about knowing the details of how everything in the world works.

  5. Jordan Schwartz (Hive-Mind Backyard Beekeeping) – Beekeeping and the Hive Mind
  6. Beekeeping can be a simple, sweet and rewarding hobby. Learn how to set up a hive in your backyard, free yourself from the iron grip of International Honey Cartel and get a glimpse into the amazing social structure of these clever insects. Bonus: Hear early reports on Colony Collapse Disorder and impending demise of civilization as we know it!

  7. Karen Anderson (Writer Way, Biznik) – Workplace Survival Tips
  8. I’m a graying geek with many years of tech workplace experience, most recently six years at Apple’s .Mac Internet Services and the iTunes Music Store. Workplace Survival Tips is quirky look at what’s over-rated, what’s under-rated and what’s absolutely essential in the workplace environment. Slides will cover the topics listed below. My presentation experience includes commentary for KUOW-FM. For a sense of my communication style, take a look at my blog, Writer Way. Teamwork Money Apologies Office Friendships Office Romances The “In” Crowd Indignation Martinis, Mojitos and Single Malts Making the Rounds Training Evil People Phone, SMS and Email Skills Humor Sweat Management Books The Impact of Visuals “Being Yourself”

  9. Brian McConnell (Worldwide Lexicon, Radio Handi) – Worldwide Lexicon – Participatory Translation For The Web
  10. The Worldwide Lexicon enables website and blog authors to translate their sites through a combination of automated and human translation. The service, which is in internal testing, and will go to public beta shortly, works as follows: It monitors a site’s RSS feed for new works If possible, it obtains a rough machine translation to several target languages It creates a wiki page for each translation in progress The publisher directs readers to the wikis to participate in refining translations or starting translations to additional languages.

  11. Candace McNaughton, ND (Crescent Natural Health, ) – Health Hacks
  12. Natural medicine quick fixes. Eight simple solves for common issues. Candace McNaughton is a naturopath who specializes in diabetes and practices in Capitol Hill.

  13. Carl Coryell-Martin(Cassettes2Cds) – Tamasheq Technology: Living La Vie Nomad
  14. What kinds of technology do you find 4 days of driving from the nearest paved road? In the winter of 2005, I spent a month living and traveling with members of an extended Tamasheq family in the deserts of central Mali, West Africa. This will be a quick tour of the tools and systems from sat phones to forges to food preservation practiced by one tribe of modern African nomads. 

  15. Scott BerkunAttention and Sex
  16. What things in your life demand undivided attention? Whatever they are, I claim they define your life more than anything else you do. Your obituary will not list the hours you fought off boring meetings or ignored your friends by reading forgettable blurbs about forgettable things on your cell phone. This talk explores how the wise and happy throughout history have avoided situations that divided their attention.

Second Round

  1. Keith Schorsch (PeerWisdom, ex-Amazon) – Making Sweet Lemonade
  2. How do find the idea that you are passionate about? How do you integrate your life and work experiences, both good and bad? I’ll share how my experiences at Amazon, McCaw, and with some personal health issues inspired the idea for our new venture, PeerWisdom, a social network for health.

  3. Shelly Farnham (Waggle Labs, ) – Why Social Tagging Really Matters (to me): Semantic Overlays on Social Networks
  4. Social tagging has revolutioned how we organize and retrieve online resources in systems such as Delicio.us, Flickr, and BlueDot. Yet, they have been incorporated into social networking systems in only rudimentary forms. I will talk about the potential for social tags to provide a semantic overlay to social networks, and illustrate how we used them to develop a social map of Seattle Mind Camp, and are incorporating them into our Pathable project.

  5. Christopher Johnson (Phrasetrain, The Name Inspector) – The Science (and Art) of Naming
  6. Many of you have faced, or will face, the challenge of naming a company, a blog, a product, or a service. In this talk The Name Inspector will give uncensored voice to his inner geek and present a lightning intro to the science (and art) of names, drawing heavily on linguistics, cognitive science, and his own experience as a namer and name analyst. He’ll talk about the mechanics of speech sound production, the symbolic properties of sounds, the structure of syllables, the poetics of names, the morphological types of names, the way words and their meanings are stored and accessed in memory, the conceptual principles of metaphor and metonymy at the root of word associations, and–using some prominent examples–not only what but HOW names mean.

  7. Coe Roberts (Real Networks, ) – No-Frills Getting Things Done
  8. Getting Things Done is a powerful system that you can use to run your whole life. But what if you don’t want to run your whole life? What if you just want to make sure some things don’t fall through the cracks? Here’s an easy-to-implement, low-overhead suggestion.

  9. Thomas Schmitz (SEOcritique.com, ) – Become a Marketing Piranha
  10. Think about the piranha. You know, that monstrous tiny little fish. By itself its just small and ugly. It might nip at you, but you can easily get away. As a school, piranhas are fierce and can take down large prey. You wouldn’t want to be a caribou in a pack of hungry piranhas. If you set aside the horror movie connotation there is a lesson here. By working together the piranhas get the caribou and there is enough food for each fish. The piranhas are the sellers in your market or the members of your network. The caribou is the market, the buyers and the prospects. It’s a big Amazon river out there, but by working together it’s your school of fish that is enjoying the meal. I especially like this analogy because when you look at a school of feeding piranhas you will see that there is also competition within the pack. It’s not uncommon for individual fish to get pecked and cut-up a little. Still, there is enough caribou or market share for every fish to get a meal. Also related with concepts to be included, What Dr. Doolittle Can Teach About Marketing and Networking.  

  11. Chris Heuer (Social Media Club) – Different Strokes for Different Folks – It’s a multi-channel world out there and everyone chooses for themselves, despite how much you prefer being digital. Of all the channels for communication, the most important is interpersonal and face to face. When we can meet each other with civility, as humans, it is harder to hate and easier to collaborate.
  12. Mark Novak (Microsoft, University of Washington) – Security Guarantees
  13. The topic is “security guarantees” – a way for the uninitiated to dissect security of systems (including software systems) and demand more secure solutions. I will use my 5 minutes to illustrate the concept by breaking security of OpenID – twice! – using nothing but common sense and a little bit of common knowledge.

  14. Eric NevalaIT at Marine Headquarters, Al Anbar Province, Iraq
  15. * As a local US Marine Reservist who recently completed a second tour of duty in Iraq, I maintained servers, software systems, databases, built web applications, and tested cutting edge technology in an unstable environment. * In my presentation are a series of photographs and antecdotes about some of the cool stuff that I worked on * The future of IT in the Marine Corps and the practical concept of mobile, virtualized server rooms with no downtime (And if I have time, some info about the centralized reconstruction management website application I developed for western Iraq)

Ignite Deux: The Speaker Schedule

We have twenty-one awesome talks and speakers for you this time. The talks range in subject matter from tech to community to art to business and then back to tech with a little law and science thrown in. Each series of talks will begin at the bottom of the hour. Since the talks (should) last only 35 minutes (five x seven = thirty-five) there will be plenty of time for networking and socializing.Each talk is 20 slides long and each slide is on for only 15 seconds. If a topic bores you, go get a drink! Chances are it will be done by the time you get back.

First Set of Talks (8:30 PM)

  1. Brady Forrest (O’Reilly Radar, Ignite!) – Greetings & Salutations
  2. Matthew Maclaurin – (Microsoft Research) – Programming for Fun/Children/Hobbyists/Hackers
  3. Elisabeth Freeman (Author in the Head First Series, Works at Disney Internet Group) -The Science Behind the Head First Books: or how to write a technical book that doesn’t put your readers to sleep
  4. Scott Kveton (JanRain) – OpenID
  5. Avi Geiger – “Power Consumption of Home Computers and Incandescent Lightbulbs” (Brady’s note – trust me this is going to be an eye-opening talk)
  6. Ryan Stewart (ZDNet’s Universal Desktop; Threecast) – The Rich Internet Application Space: Everything from where AJAX fits to Apollo to WPF to the Flash Platform
  7. Nancy White (Full Circle Associates) – What the Bleep is a Community Technology Steward?

Second Set of Talks (9:30 PM)

  1. Hans Omli (Shoestring Ventures)- Elevator Pitches and Parallel Entrepreneurship
  2. Sarah Davies (Freedom For IP) – Share and share alike: GPL, Creative Commons, and the future of digital freedom
  3. Lars Liden (Teachtown) – Utilizing Web Technology to Help Children with Autism
  4. Kurt Brockett (Identity Mine) – A Look at Windows Presentation Foundation
  5. Marcelo Calbucci (Sampa) – Dr. Watson for AJAX
  6. Lee Lefever (The World Is Not Flat) – Adventures from a Year of Multimedia Travel Blogging: A few inspiring stories from a year of travel blogging across 29 countries that produced 500+ blog posts, 24 original videos and 14,000 photos.
  7. Barry Brumitt (Google) – MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters

Third Set of Talks (10:30 PM)

  1. Ellie Lum (R.E.Load Bags) – “How R.E.Load Makes Their Bags”
  2. Leo Dirac (Rhapsody) – Transhuman technology trends and their implications for a theory of morality
  3. Deepak Singh (business|bytes|genes|molecules) – An Open Scientific Future
  4. Mike Arcuri (Ontela) – Escaping the Empire: how to leave a big company
  5. Heater Ralph – Art or science? A multi-person pogo stick
  6. Jordan Mitchell (CEO, OthersOnline) – Distributed Social Networking and a New Metaphor for Search
  7. Corprew Reed (American Society for Information Science & Technology) – What the heck is the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIS&T?

Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking). The next one will be held upstairs at the CHAC on Tuesday, February 13th. The Make Contest (Egg Slam) will begin at 6:30; the Ask Later talks will begin at 8:30. Videos and photos from the previous Ignite are available. Admission is free.

Call for Speakers at Ignite Deux on February 13th

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Shelly Farnham at Ignite; Photo by PD Gibson

It is time for you to submit your Ask Later proposal to the next Ignite! What do you want to tell Seattle in 5 minutes? You get 20 slides for 15 seconds a slide and you can’t control it. If you’re unsure of how it works watch a couple of videos from last time.
To submit a talk email us at:

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Please include the topic and any affiliations in your email. Submissions will be open until Wednesday, February 7th. We have room for 21 speakers. I expect there will be more than that proposed. Slides will be due by Sunday the 11th.

How will selections be made? They will be based on content (will it appeal to geeks?) and what else is in the program. There will be no repeat speakers from the first Ignite. One tip: we found that the best, most popular talks were not straight product demos, but instead focused on personal experiences that could easily be applied to other people’s own project and lives.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the previous speaker list and watch the videos from last time.

Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking). The next one will be held upstairs at the CHAC on Tuesday, February 13th. The Make Contest will begin at 6:30; the Ask Later talks will begin at 8:30. Videos and photos from the previous Ignite are available. Admission is free.

Note: Speakers will be chosen and announced a rolling basis, but the final speakers will not be chosen until the 7th – meaning you have a definite advantage if you submit early!

Next Ignite: 2/13 at the CHAC

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Ignite Crowd Photo from PDGibson

Bre and I have plotted with the owners of the CHAC to schedule another Ignite! We know that we need more space. We know that we need to keep the energy alive. We know that we need to top the last event. We know that we need to keep the bar nearby. We’re going to do all of those things and more…

The next Ignite is scheduled for… February 13th upstairs at the CHAC. The upstairs is huge and will be freshly renovated. It has high ceilings with lots of room for things to fly though the air.

Admission will be free. The format will be the same. The top-secret Make event will begin at 6:30 and go til 8:00. The Ask Later talks will begin at 8:30 and continue for three rounds with frequent breaks.

Start thinking now if you want to do an Ask Later talk. I’ll do a call for submissions in January.

We’ll give you one hint for Bre’s Make event: You’ll have to figure out how to save your chickens before they hatch.

Brady & Bre

PS – RSVP at Upcoming if you like

Coverage of Ignite Seattle

Thanks again to everyone who came to Ignite. We know from the door at the bar that over 200 people had come through by then; we also know that there were a ton of people who were never counted. Our estimates put the total number of people between 250 and 300. Wow!

Thanks to the people who have blogged about the event. Here are the posts that I was able to find via incoming traffic and Technorati.

I hope that Matt and Buzz can make it next time. If you’ve also blogged about us please let me know and I will add a link to your post.