The Next Batch of Ignite Speakers

You’ve created your new killer app or your new business. How are you going to connect to your audience? The following talks may be a bit of a help.

  1. Heather Flanagan (PeopleGeekTV GearLive.com) – How Video Blogging Creates Cultural Innovation
  2. This should be a highly entertaining presentation about the potential of vlogging to create greater collective compassion and empathy as well as providing a laboratory for cultural innovations and experimentation. With a blog or vlog one has the ability to create and collaborate on a micro-culture with new paradigms and agreements. This can pave the way for positive changes in the macro-culture. This presentation should open bloggers and vloggers eyes about the power they have to innovate socially and be a little less Jerry Springery in their blogs. Even the mighty Robert Scoble can benefit from this discusion.

  3. Christopher Johnson (Phrasetrain The Name Inspector) – The Science (and Art) of Naming
  4. Many of you have faced, or will face, the challenge of naming a company, a blog, a product, or a service. In this talk The Name Inspector will give uncensored voice to his inner geek and present a lightning intro to the science (and art) of names, drawing heavily on linguistics, cognitive science, and his own experience as a namer and name analyst. He’ll talk about the mechanics of speech sound production, the symbolic properties of sounds, the structure of syllables, the poetics of names, the morphological types of names, the way words and their meanings are stored and accessed in memory, the conceptual principles of metaphor and metonymy at the root of word associations, and–using some prominent examples–not only what but HOW names mean.

  5. Chuck Pettis (BrandSolutions, Inc. Earth Sanctuary) – Differences Between Men & Women in Personal Life & Advertising
  6. Men and women aren’t just from Mars and Venus. We are from different galaxies! Learn about some of the key male-female differences based on recent brain research that can help you improve your personal relationships with the opposite sex and improve the effecitivness of your marketing and advertising.

The impact of video on the culture you live and work in, the sway of names, and power of gender – they all have my interest piqued.

Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking). The THIRD one will be held upstairs at the CHAC on Thursday, April 5th. 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.

Speakers for the Upcoming Ignite

Ignite is next week! There’s going to be a great line-up this time. I am going to start revealing the speakers over the next couple of days. Here is the first batch.

  1. Alex Hopmann (Launch21 LLC FastCarrot LLC) – Maximizing performance in aircraft engines
  2. Aircraft engines are basically the same as they were 60 years ago but pilots have recently rediscovered how to squeeze extra performance with advanced engine monitors and adjusting air/oxygen mixture. A five-minute talk on how engines actually work, how they compare to car engines and how knowing what’s actually happening can squeeze extra efficiency out of this system, with a bias towards non-pilots who care about knowing the details of how everything in the world works.

  3. Candace McNaughton, ND (Crescent Natural Health ) – Health Hacks
  4. Natural medicine quick fixes. Eight simple solves for common issues. Candace McNaughton is a naturopath who specializes in diabetes and practices in Capitol Hill.

  5. Bruce Leban (Google National Puzzlers’ League) – What I Learned in Prison
  6. Yes, I spent time in not one but two Massachusetts prisons and it was an educational experience in many ways. Find out why I went to prison and if I would do it again. Learn about the differences between “minimum” and “medium” security and how this applies to computer security. Learn what “good time,” “man trap” and “code 100” mean, why khaki pants were the required dress code, and other equally practical information. Don’t ask about the dogs.

As you can see it’s going to be eclectic night of life hacks, geekery and war stories.
Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking). The THIRD one will be held upstairs at the CHAC on Thursday, April 5th. 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.

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!