Call for Speakers at Ignite III (4/5)

Ignite Seattle

The most inventive egg-protector at Ignite; Photo by Bre

The third Ignite Seattle is around the corner and it is time for you to submit your Ask Later proposal to the next Ignite Seattle! 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 please fill out all of the fields in our spartan, but highly functional submission form. Submissions will be open until Wednesday, March 28th. We have room for 14 speakers. I expect there will be more than that proposed. Slides will be due by Monday April 2nd. We are changing the format slightly for this round. There will be two blocks of 7 talk each with a longer break in between. The first block will begin at 8:30 and end by 9:15. The second block will begin at 9:45 and end by 10:30. We wanted to give people more opportunity to socialize with each other. We will also be using the room much more effectively so there will be more seats and floorspace. Another change is that we are going to experiment with themes (one for each set).

How will selections be made?

They will be based on content (will it appeal to geeks? is it about a life hack, entrepreneurship, tech ) and what else is in the program. 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. The suggested themes will help you come up with that sort of talk; don’t pitch your product share something you learned while making it.

You are not restricted to the themes. Talks of all sorts will be accepted, but if you are looking for the proper way to frame your talk, think about one of them.

There will be no repeat speakers from the previous Ignite.

Looking for inspiration?  Watch the videos from last time. Thanks and please submit a talk! 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 Thursday, April 5th. The Make Event 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.

We were lucky to have them

We were lucky to have Hillel Cooperman (pictured) of Jackson Fish Market join us at Ignite Deux. He agreed to join the lineup the night before the event (thanks Hillel!) and gave an amazing presentation entitled “Life is Short: How to Make Every Meal an Opportunity for a Memorable Experience”. Hillel’s talk was based on his food blog Tasting Menu, one of the top food blogs in Seattle. A video of his talk and his slides will be available soon (at the same time as everyone else’s).

Here is a second update on the speaker list for Ignite Deux. Marc Hedlund of Wesabe and Radar was originally scheduled to speak at Ignite. He was not able to make it. He told me this well in advance and I just never made an announcement on the blog (sorry!). We hope that he will be able to make it to a future Ignite. (someone asked about this in the comments and I realized that I hadn’t made this announcement — sorry for the bait-n-switch.)
Update: I have removed this photo of Hillel Cooperman. I hadn’t checked the rights on the photo before posting (sloppy of me) and the photographer has asked that I remove it (well within his rights!) as he has them marked for non-commercial use only all-rights reserved. Sorry Michal!

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.

Talks: Content Sharing, Data Processing, Helping Kids, Going Small, and Transhuman Morality

Announcing these talks is fun; we’ve got a wonderful range this time. Don’t worry there’s more to come — and don’t forget that the deadline for submissions is Wednesday. Here are the speakers and their talks’ titles:

  1. Sarah Davies (Freedom For IP) – Share and share alike: GPL, Creative Commons, and the future of digital freedom
    • Abstract: Patent and copyright systems were created in times when production was expensive. Incentive was needed for creators to bring their products to market. A dangerous trend has emerged since that time. As the cost of production has gone down, the incentive to create has gone up. This has created a culture in which large corporations are locking up culture and innovation, in which people buy portfolios of patents for the sole purpose of litigating against anyone who tries to bring them to market. The GPL and Creative Commons have been devised to mitigate the damage that this trend is causing to our society, and we must decide as a society how they should be crafted.
  2. Barry Brumitt (Google) – MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters [Brady: Powerful tech. Learn more ahead of time.]
  3. Lars Liden (Teachtown) – Utilizing Web Technology to Help Children with Autism
    • Abstract: Autism, a severe brain disorder that begins in early childhood, has grown from a relatively rare condition to one that affects one in 166 births. Treatment usually consists of hands-on time with a team of clinicians, teachers and therapy assistants using printed materials such as flashcards and time consuming generation of reports created by hand. Furthermore, coordination of therapy is usually done through physically passing binders of information back and forth between team members. This talk will demonstrate how a web enabled treatment system can connect members of a child’s team, making sure everyone on the team is up to date on their latest progress, and automatically tracking and sharing data and notes between team members. This allows for a substantially more effective treatment program. Among other novel approaches, the concept of e-mail is flipped on it’s head, so instead of team members mailing each other individually, authored notes are attached to the child and given context (such as which lesson they relate to). The talk will also touch on the use of artificial intelligence for tailoring the curriculum for individual students.
  4. Mike Arcuri (Ontela) – Escaping the Empire: how to leave a big company
  5. Leo Dirac (Rhapsody) – Transhuman technology trends and their implications for a theory of morality

The first two sets of announced talks included

Identity, Pitches, Bouncing, Analyzing AJAX, and Rich Internet Applications

and

Applied Privacy, Power, Neuroscience, Custom Bags, and World Travel

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.

Talks: Identity, Pitches, Bouncing, Analyzing AJAX, and Rich Internet Applications

Those are the next five topics selected for the next Ignite (2/13). I am still selecting talks, but we now have a total of 10 talks.

  1. Scott Kveton (JanRain) – OpenID
  2. Hans Omli (Shoestring Ventures)- The Art of the Elevator Pitch – how to pitch your tech startup in 30 seconds or less
  3. Heater Ralph – Art or science? A multi-person pogo stick
  4. Marcelo Calbucci (Sampa) – Dr. Watson for AJAX
  5. 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

The rest of the talks will revealed next week!

Speaker Schedule for Ask Later

The Ask Later talks are going to begin after the Bridge Building Contest. Here is the schedule for the speakers. I expect each round to last about an hour (including a break).

First Round:
Brady Forrest (O’Reilly Radar) – Introduction & Welcome
Shelly Farnham (Farnham Research)- Dorkbot Seattle
Jeff Barr (Amazon Web Services) – Uses of Amazon Web Services
Beth Goza (Microsoft) – Second Life
Buster Mcleod (Robot Coop)- McLeod’s
Ario Speedwagon (Real Arcade) – Mortality and User Experience
Dan Shapiro (Ontela) – Founding and Fundraising
Brian Aker (MySQL) – Asterisk @ Home – Adventures in VOIP

Second Round:
Bre Pettis (Make:)- Make: Project Disasters
Bruce Leban – Puzzles
Scott Berkun (Independent) – Innovation
Jordan Shwartz (Microsoft; Creator of Pixie Hunt and SLAM) – Make Your Own SMS Service
Kathleen Dollard (GenDotNet) – Of Progress, Canaries and Workflow
Peter Brown (Independent) – Secret Project
Rob Flickenger (Hacker Friendly)- Lightning fast publishing
Stuart Maxwell – 19 Pings: Stuff That’s On My Radar

Third Round:
Beth Kolko (UW) – Info Tech in the Developing World
Chris Johnson (Phrase Train) – Phrase Train
Danyel Fisher (MSR)
Dan McComb (Biznik) – Biznik: Radical Self-Promotion
3ric Johanson (Shmoo)
Rob Dolin (KCD) – King County Democrats use of Social Networking Software
Jesse RobbinsBRC Credit Union
Jonah Burke – The Darfur Wall
Scott “The Closer” Ruthfield (Amazon) – Replacing Something That Sucks (Corporate Style)

This post will be revised as we get more speakers or some drop out. Speakers, don’t forget to send me your presentations! For now I am not going to sign up anymore talks – there will be other Ignites in the future. 🙂

Sponsor: Thank-You Ontela

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Dan Shapiro, CEO and founder of Ontela, has agreed to both sponsor and speak at Ignite. The following blurb about his Pioneer Square-based company explains them quite well. Thanks Dan and Ontela!

Ontela is a venture-backed startup that makes it ridiculously easy to get pictures from your camera phone to your PC. We just raised a bunch of money so we could hire smart, creative people JUST LIKE YOU — see our web site for job openings!

I’ve seen their product; it really is easy to use.

Speaker Notes: Read This If You Want To Speak

After the Make Bridge-Building contest we are going to be holding the Ask Later talks. There’s been a lot of questions around the talks so I wanted to let people know how things will work.

Format: The Ask Later talks will *all* be 5 minutes long. They will all have 20 slides and each slide will be on the screen for 15 seconds. The presenter will not have control of their computer. That’s part of the fun. 🙂 We’re going to try to keep things tight, but we’ll allow a minute or two for questions after the talk.

Content: I consider these talks to be on the INFOtainment side of things. Informative, but due to the nature of the format they won’t be able to drive home deep topics. (but does anybody want that on a Thursday night at a bar?) Some of the known topics include: web projects, product demos, social computing research projects, home Asterisk hacks, Dorkbot, Make: projects, interesting uses of Amazon Webservices, and a new tech-art space in Seattle. I expect things to be geeky and tech-oriented, but I don’t think that people should shy away from other fare.

Current Speakers: Currently, there are about 18 speakers signed up; add yourself to the comments. Sign-ups will be available the night of the event (and I expect some people will even make their talks up at the event). I will list the speakers in a future post.

Timing: The talks will begin soon after 8:00 (after everyone has had time to get a drink), but no later thn 8:30. They will happen in 45 minute blocks. We’ll have 7 (maybe 8) talks in the first block and then take a 20 minute break. We’ll then start the second bock with ~7 more talks and then take another break. That wil be followed by a third block. If there is interest we will continue — the beauty of the LowerLevel is that there are two rooms (both with WiFi). If you don’t like the talks the other room has tables, the bar and probably Werewolf.

A/V: We will have a CHAC-hired A/V guy for the night. All of the slides will run from my machine (mac) which has Powerpoint. You can include audio, video, whatever on your slides. The slides will be advanced via the “Set Timings Feature”. I am going to try to have Keynote and PowerPoint 2003 for Windows (I just installed Parallels this week) available as well.

Logistics: I’ll need all slides before the session starts. Please entitle it with your name and include all necessary files. You can email them to me or we will use a thumbdrive for transfer during a break.

Physical Setup: The room is long and narrow. The stage is along one of the long walls with a large screen behind it. The talks will be projected onto the screen. The speaker will stand to the side of the screen. The laptop with the talks will be on stage on a table so that the speaker will be abe to see the screen. We will probably have to iterate on this setup through out the night. 🙂

If there are ay questions, leave them in the comments or contact me. This (and actually all of Ignite) is experimental and not set in stone. It’s a new format. It’s meant to be fun and informative. We’ll adapt it to our purposes and if something isn’t working it will be changed.

Update: I will be able to accept 3 types of presentation formats tomorrow night: PowerPoint For Mac, PowerPoint For Windows (2003), and Keynote.

Sponsor: Thank-You Amazon Web Services

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Amazon Web Services (blog) make things like The Sheep Market, SmugMug, UnSpun, and NowNow possible. We’re happy to welcome them onboard as a sponsor. Thanks!

Here’s a little bit about what they will be presenting Ignite:

In the space of just 5 minutes, Amazon Web Services Evangelist Jeff Barr will review Amazon’s entire line of web services including the E-Commerce Service, the Simple Storage Service, the Elastic Compute Cloud, and the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The talk will include complete technical details and a myriad of customer success stories.