Top 10 Ignite Seattle Talks of 2019

2019 was a fantastic year for Ignite Seattle! Here are a few highlights:

  • The event moved back into our old home at the beautifully renovated Town Hall Seattle.
  • We added new volunteers to the team.
  • We started a podcast.
  • We had our first open mic.
  • We had two new guest emcees.
  • We became a 501(c)(3) organization!

Thanks to the 35 amazing speakers who shared their stories on our stage and made 2019 an amazing year for Ignite Seattle. We had 226 talk submissions in 2019 and from that list we chose 35 of those speakers.

From that list, I give you our favorite talks of 2019:

I Like Your Shoes, Wanna Be Friends? – Nadine Khoury
Making friends later in life can be tough, especially when you’ve moved to a new place (and maybe doubly so if that place is Seattle). Nadine gives some great tips on making friends.

Saving the Planet With Your Fork – Mary Purdy
Mary is a licensed nutritionist and she gives great tips for eating better for the planet’s sake (and for your own). Spoiler: you don’t have to give up bacon.

Does This p-value Make My Lies Look Good? – Josh Jelin
Josh’s cleverly titled talk shows us how others lie with numbers and how you can too! NOTE: one of those statements is false.

I’m the Weirdo Who Left the Elevator Note – Sixta Morel
Sixta moved to Seattle from the Dominican Republic and found Seattleites a little, um, different than people in her home country. The Seattle freeze is real and Sixta shares how we can melt it a little more.

Cats, Rats, A.I., Oh My! – Ben Hamm
Ben’s talk was one of the most viewed talks in Ignite Seattle’s history. You’ll see why when he shows you how he built his smart cat door using off-the-shelf parts and a little cloud based machine learning know how.

A Transgender Band Walks Into A Rural Olympic Peninsula Bar… – Ginger Chien
I’m pretty sure that their wasn’t a dry eye in the room for Ginger’s talk about her journey to (what she thought would be) an unwelcoming place.

An Immigrant’s Battle – Salome Munyaka
What’s in a name? Kenyan-born Salome Munyaka’s light hearted talk details her challenges moving to the United States and teaches ways that you can make an immigrant’s life a little bit easier.

Convincing People: An Attorney’s Guide to Negotiation — Alexander Theoharis
Isn’t your way the best way? Alexander Theoharis outlines 3 methods of always getting your way (without the other side losing).

The Unbearable Lightness of Being… – Bruce Dawson
Do you ever get tired of going the same way to work every day? Ignite Seattle alum, Bruce Dawson got carried away answering that question by getting other people to do all the heavy lifting 😉

OCD is a Family Affair – Melissa Reaves
Melissa delivers an intense personal story about what it’s like living with OCD both as person who has it and parenting a child that is learning to manage it.

Dating Tips from a Former Dominatrix – Miss Kaila Yi
What do a dungeon and the dating world have in common? Veteran dominatrix, Miss Kaila Yi outlines what she’s learned from her career and how it applies to having more fulfilling relationships.

Whew… what a year 🙂

We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2020 and our next event is February 27th at Town Hall Seattle. Buy your tickets now.

Thursday Throwback: Networking, the RPG (2013)

Thursday Throwback: Networking, the RPG

Do you self-identify as an introvert? Does the thought of networking make you cringe? This week’s throwback Thursday is for you! Adam Phillips (the lawyer with the glowing badge) shares a helpful analogy in his 2013 talk, Networking: the RPG (Or Everything I Need to Know About Networking I Learned From Playing D&D).

Thursday Throwback: How to Get 5 Million People to Read Your Website (2010)

Matthew Inman gave an Ignite Seattle talk when his famous web comic (www.theoatmeal.com) was just a year old and already getting 5 Million unique users a month. Woah.

He explains how you can get millions of people to read your website, if that isn’t your jam his talk is still good for lots of laughs with a trip through memory lane of his early work. He will also explain why when he dies he wants to come back as a pig.

Thursday Throwback: Collecting Rubber Ducks and the Path to Mastery (2012)

Charlotte Lee is a rubber duck collector, Guinness World Record Holder, Professor at the University of Washington and an amazing Ignite speaker. In her laugh out loud funny talk she shares a path to mastery everyone can follow to become an expert.

Charlotte Lee you’re the one!
You make Ignite lots of fun!
Charlotte Lee we are awfully fond of you.

Throwback Thursday: How to Make a Viral Video (2013)

Forest Gibson gave a great Ignite talk on making viral videos. However the video of his talk got very little views… isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

Forest has been involved in some great viral videos:
We’re NASA and We Know It 2.8 M views
Surface vs iPad Leaked TV Ad #SurfaceVSiPad 2.3 M views
Cool Things to Find (Parody of “Dumb Ways to Die”) 5.8M views

So what happened? Although the video of his talk was posted shortly after Ignite, it remained unlisted for 4 years, so no one could see it! On behalf of Ignite Seattle: I am sorry Forest.

Ignite is a 100% volunteer organization and sometimes things happen or in this case don’t happen. If you want to make Ignite better we have small jobs, big jobs, easy jobs, and hard jobs waiting for you, sign up to lend a hand.

Now without any further ado watch and share Forest’s video.