One of our highlights from Ignite #36 earlier this year was Maryam Hosseini’s inspiring talk about her Iranian heritage.
She’s also 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.”
Next month, In partnership with famed local chef Tom Douglas, they’re doing a dinner fundraiser on Thursday, November 1st at the Palace Ballroom, with the proceeds going to SISCAs programs and local events.
If you haven’t seen it, watch this wonderful talk. And then see about having a tasty dinner that supports a good cause.
Ignite Seattle and The Evergrey have been friends for a loooong time. We are so excited to make it “Facebook” official: The Evergrey is now Ignite Seattle’s Media partner.
What is The Evergrey? The essential resource for Seattle’s curious locals. From spotlighting our quirkiest communities to finding ways to address our city’s biggest challenges, they’re all about bringing the city together and helping you live like you live here. They produce a morning newsletter. It’s basically a cheat sheet for the city that day: the news you should know, the events you should check out, and the memes that will make your mornings better.
Sign up for The Evergrey <- it is like an email version of Ignite Seattle, you will love it. We do.
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.
If you love pets and want to travel the world, consider house-sitting! Silvana Clark and her husband are “house-sitting hermit crabs.” They’ve lived for free in a chalet, a manor house, a Swiss barn, plus homes in Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. No paying mortgage, internet, utilities or even for toilet paper!
Dude would only relieve himself after a one-hour walk. But we lived 20 minutes from downtown London with him! So we take him for a long walk, and then head off to see a London show, which was great.
We are now accepting talks for Ignite Seattle 21, which will be held in August, exact date and location tbd. The submission deadline isn’t until mid-June, so there’s plenty of time to think up a talk and post it.
From time to time we like to collaborate with other Ignites and help with promotion and sharing talks. In July, O’Reilly is running their Open Source Convention in Portland Oregon, with an Ignite on the first night to kick things off.
O’Reilly is looking for submissions to speak at the Ignite event. If your talk is accepted, you’ll get a free pass to the conference on Tuesday (the day after Ignite), and a 50% discount if you wish to attend the rest of the conference.
This is a great opportunity to do a more technical talk that wouldn’t be suited for the usual Ignite Seattle crowd. Talk submissions are due by May 2nd. Follow the link to submit your talk idea.
Our good friend from Ignite Denver, John Wilker, is bringing the 360|intersect gathering to Seattle’s Triple door on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th.
360|intersect is focused on the intersection of creativity and technology. Speakers are technologists from around the world, talking about the things they do away from the keyboard, that make them awesome at the things they do at the keyboard.
You can see the schedule and great topics at http://360intersect.com/schedule
John’s given us a special 20% off discount code for anyone who’d like to attend – Just use the code “SeattleLocals” for a 20% discount.
Ignite Seattle 20 is another double feature at Town Hall Seattle – Your $5 admission gets you into Ignite and a reading by psychotherapist and author Gary Greenberg.
Gary will kick off Town Hall’s May 16 double feature at 6 pm (one $5 ticket gets you into see him and Ignite!) with an entertaining expose of the new, fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the DSM — the American Psychiatric Association’s compendium of mental illnesses “Bible.”
Since its debut in 1952, the DSM has been frequently revised and, with each revision, so has the “official” view on which psychological problems constitute mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was classified as a mental illness until 1973, and Asperger’s gained recognition in 1994 only to see its status challenged nearly 20 years later.
Each revision created controversy, but the DSM-5, the newest iteration, has shaken psychiatry to its foundations. The APA has taken fire from all corners — and now from Greenberg — for extending the reach of psychiatry into daily life by encouraging doctors to diagnose more illnesses and prescribe more therapies — often medications whose efficacy is unknown and whose side effects are severe.
Get tickets over on the Town Hall Seattle event page.
We like to start every Ignite off with a game or a challenge – something to get attendees up out of their seats and interacting a little bit. Tonight we’re playing a variation of the party game “Telephone”.
We’ll start by handing out small notepads and markers. On the front page of the notepad will be a drawing. Your first step will be to guess what that drawing is. Write that at the bottom of the drawing. Then you’ll flip to the next page and copy the drawing (to the best of your ability). After about 30 seconds, you’ll hand your drawing on to
the next person. They will try to guess your drawing and copy it, etc. Once everyone is done, we’ll leave all the notebooks out front so people can come down and look at them.
Doors for Ignite open at 6:30, and we’ll start the game in the main hall around 7:00. Head upstairs, grab a seat and join us.
ThingOut is back for round two, and we are doubling the activities! It’s the same day as the next (outdoor) Ignite: Sunday, August 19th. Last year we had an awesome time looking at a tweeting race car, mind controlled robotics, a ducted fan bike and tons of other stuff. This year we’re also adding an electronics swap meet – bring that oscilloscope that you never got around to repairing, or maybe come looking for a new project to sink your teeth into.
If you have a project to show off, then please head over to the ThingOut page to sign up. If you’re just coming for the swap meet, you don’t have to sign up. But we expect table space to be limited, so those who sign up will get first dibs.