Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My! – Dana Manalang – Ignite Seattle 37

Let’s play a game called “Ocean or Land.” Which one covers more of the Earth’s surface? Where are there more volcanos? Where is there more plant life?

Dana Manalang usually plays this game with elementary school students, but the Ignite audience did a bang-up job answering those questions. While many know the answers, there are many questions about the ocean that no one knows the answer to.

Learn more about these questions, and how to get kids, and adults, excited about the ocean, in Dana’s talk, “Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My!”

How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering – Beth Jusino – Ignite Seattle 37

Many people in Seattle love the outdoors, but who likes eating cold food out of cans, pooing in the woods, or the general idea of wandering around where hungry grizzly bears live?

That’s where Beth Jusino, author of Camino Times Two, has a secret for you: The Camino de Santiago. A series of pilgrimage trails through Western Europe. She walked for a thousand miles and over two mountain ranges, and still got to sleep in warm beds and have delicious meals – all for less than a night out in Capitol Hill.

Do you want to learn the secrets of the Camino de Santiago? Then Jusino’s talk is perfect for you.

photo by: Brady Harvey

De-Mystifying the Instant Pot – Sumit Basu – Ignite Seattle 37

The Instant Pot, Amazon’s top-selling product, is a cultural phenomenon and Sumit Basu is here to explain why.

Sumit guides us through what you can and can’t do with the Instant Pot, how to use it, and even how to clean it with humor, hand-drawn slides, and even a catchy musical number.

Me Too: What it Takes To Come Forward – Sarah Schacht – Ignite Seattle 37

When Sarah submitted her talk proposal, she never thought she’d be giving it on the eve of the Kavanaugh hearings. One year after the Weinstein story broke, Sarah takes the Ignite stage to talk about her experience with the #MeToo movement.

This talk isn’t about her story though – it’s about what it takes to come forward. In it, she refutes some common misconceptions and discusses support structures, personal safety, and legal considerations.

Ignite #37 Preview: Juliet Wasn’t Dumb, Stop Assuming She Was

We don’t need to explain which Juliet Emma Broback is talking about. She’s here to shed some light on some common misconceptions about Juliet’s intelligence.

Sure, she makes her decisions quickly – but since when is decisiveness a character fault? Juliet isn’t dumb – she’s a woman with a plan. And in 5 minutes, Emma will walk you through how Romeo’s intellectual equal asserts her agency to get what she wants.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: So, You’re Black in Tech?

Rovina Broomfield knows a thing or two about working in tech. She also knows a thing or two about people making assumptions.

So when she found herself at a networking brunch, listening to people describing black techies as though they were mysterious and exceptional, she may not have been surprised. But she was upset. (Upset enough to submit a talk about her feelings to Ignite!)

Rovina will be joining us at Ignite #37 to tell Ignite what being black in tech really means about her and her peers. So, the next time you meet someone else who’s black and in tech, you better understand their identity.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: Summer Pop Songs, 1595 to Present

Every summer has that song. You know the one. You hear it playing in coffee shops, on the radio, at sunset BBQs. Then next summer, it’s a new song.

You have to wonder though – when was the first Summer pop hit? How far back do these earworms go? And even though each song is very different, what do they all have in common?

Michael Hamm, composer and musician, gives us a multi-layered tour of the last 400 or so years of pop music.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: Exploring the 8th Continent

Most people think there are seven continents: Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Europe, Australia, and North and South America.

Cindy Wu is not most people. As a board member of the National Speleological Society, she’s become very familiar with a secret, 8th continent.

Where is the 8th continent? If you’ve ever met Cindy (or looked up the word “speleological”), you might have a pretty good idea. Still, we’re not going to be the one to spoil the secret.

Join us on October 4th as Cindy tells the story of her first visit to this isolated place, gives us a taste for what it’s like to be there (“you kind of get a feeling for what it felt like to stand on the moon for the first time”), and explains how you can safely visit too.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering

We’ve all had days where we want to just throw in the towel, grab a backpack, and disappear into the woods. But then we think about camping every night. And rain. And where do we find food? And what was the trick to keeping bears away again?

Well, if you want the long-term hiking experience without the pain and suffering, Beth Jusino has a hot tip for you. Check out the Camino de Santiago, a network of ancient trails through Western Europe.

She’ll tell you how to get away from it all for weeks (or months?), while still eating good food, sleeping in a bed, and living on just a few dollars a day.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.

Ignite #37 Preview: Translating Earth’s Historical Record

Most Ignite Seattle attendees are aware that Earth’s climate is warming (we hope) but speaker Elisa Bonnin wants to know the grim details. What will our future look like? To answer that question, Elissa, a graduate student in Chemical Oceanography, looks to the past.

Earth’s climate has changed drastically before… humans just weren’t around to see it. What were? A type of tiny, primitive creatures called Foraminifera. In her talk, Elisa will explain how we can use the shells they left behind (as tiny as four human hairs stuck together!) to learn more about the future we all face.

This is part of a series previewing the talks we’ll be hosting at Ignite Seattle #37. Interested? Get your tickets, but make it quick: Ignite Seattle sells out.