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Speakers for Ignite Seattle #32

Our 32nd Ignite event, and part of our 10th anniversary year, takes place on Thursday  February 23rd, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).

Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun (optional) social interactive game (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).

Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission halfway through for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

Here are the brilliant speakers we are thrilled to bring to our stage:

  • It Takes a Village, Stephanie Carrillo
  • Become a Wifi Ninja: Learn How to Fix Internets, Patrick McCanna
  • Storage Hacking (or how to hoard neatly 101), Beth FitzGibbon
  • Holy Shit – A New Way “To Go”, V Calvez
  • A World For Every Classroom, John Krajewski
  • The Power of Wearing Your Pain, Bridget Foley
  • A Gut Feeling: Microbiome and Mental Health, Hannah Thomasy
  • No, I Don’t Know Where To Buy Weed, Farris Holliday
  • Obsession With Causality, Andrei Borodin
  • Being Uncomfortable Is The Only Way to Grow, Virginia Emery
  • How To Win A National Award, Stephanie Lucash
  • Why We Stopped Eating The Nasty Shit, Andrew Ho
  • Simulating The International ComMUNity, River O’Connor
  • Badass 3.0, Karen Johanson
  • Lets Talk About Menstruation, Sara Gentzler
  • How To Be Mad at Your Kids, Jenni Pertuset
  • (Speaking order TBD so don’t presume this is it)

Looks like a great night, yes? Get your tickets here. 

Get Your Friend to Submit an Ignite Talk by Friday!

Our next Ignite Seattle event is on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Do you know someone with a great idea, interesting project, or fascinating story you want others to hear about?

Get them to submit a talk idea by Friday, January 13th!

The Ignite audience LOVES  to engage with a wide variety of topics — for instance, here’s a talk from 2010: Mandy Sorensen on “Fleas, Worms, and Other Parasites.”

Share Your Project or Side Hustle From the Ignite Stage!

Our next Ignite Seattle event is on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Do you have a great idea or fascinating story you want to share with your city? This is a unique chance to share something important, funny, or geeky with Seattle…and the world.

Submit your own talk idea by Friday, January 13th!

To inspire you, here’s a talk from 2013: James Davenport,  sharing his side project in a talk called, “Mapping the United States of Starbucks.”

Speakers for Ignite Seattle #30

Our 30th Ignite event is Thursday, May 26th, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).

Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun (optional) social interactive game (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).

Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission halfway through for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

We received more than 55 talk submissions. Many were excellent. But since we are restricted by the laws of physics we had to pick just 16 speakers for this event (If you have supernatural powers beyond the laws of please volunteer: we can use you).

Here is the glorious list of amazing speakers:

Looks like a great night, yes? Get your tickets here. 

Tickets on Sale for Ignite Seattle #29

Our 29th Ignite event is Thursday, February 18th, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).

Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun social interactive game-like-thing (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).

Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

For Ignite Seattle #29, we received more than 55 submissions. Since we are restricted by the laws of physics we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you have supernatural powers please volunteer: we can use you).

Here is the delightful roster of magnificent speakers for the evening:

(Speaking order TBD. Stay for the whole night – you’ll get far more than your $5 worth):

  • Yes, I’m having an identity crisis – Sarah Novotny
  • Why I’m bringing Robots to Prison – Lindsey Wilson
  • How to Talk to Your Teenage Son about Sex – Hillel Cooperman*
  • The Data Is In: How To Improve Your Neighborhood – Shelly Farnham*
  • Choosing Our President: How To Caucus in Our State – Jon Culver
  • Molecular Machines and Designer Drugs – Franziska Seeger
  • De-Isolation: Overcoming Social Anxiety – Bill Bernat
  • How To Catch an Idea and Make It Yours – Mark Teppo
  • There’s So Much Bullshit Around Coffee – Jacob Fleisher
  • The Taboo of Death Talk – Dani Buckley
  • How the Super Loop Saved Me – Tamara Clammer
  • Make Law, Not Sugared Water – Dan Lear
  • How To Catch Mackerel In Norway – Judy Oldfield
  • 12 Things I learned about Teams By Coaching Little League – David Betz
  • By Their Surplus You Will Know Them – Peter Adelsheim
  • How I Went From Blogger To Pro Food Writer in 10 Short Years – Naomi Tomky

* = Ignite Seattle Alumni

Looks like a fantastic evening, yes? Get tickets here. 

Own Time or Die Trying – Ahsan Kabir

From Ahasan:

“So much to do, so little time. And really, we don’t use that time as well as we could. Ahsan discusses some of what he’s learned about planning his time in his quest to finish things.”

About Ahsan

Ahsan Kabir makes software, mostly. He obsesses about what makes for good experiences in software, ice and everything else. He posts occasionally at aephemera.com and you can find him on Twitter @aephemera.

Save the planet- eat a bug! – Virginia Emery

From Virginia:

“Why would you want to eat insects?

1) Curiosity- Insects are delicious!

2) Bulldozers move faster than biologists- and insects are a more environmentally friendly protein than other meats we eat!

3) Progress only happens when we challenge our preconceptions. Step out of your comfort zone- why not eat a bug?!”

About Virginia

Virginia Emery is an insect entrepreneur working to build the edible insect industry and change the way Americans think about protein.