Bridge Building at Ignite Seattle

Ignite is going to be a great night of makers, geeks, scientists, and innovators hanging out at the Capitol Hill Arts Center in Seattle. The fun will start at 6:30 with a Make: Magazine sponsored bridge building competition. Using popsicle sticks and hot glue, each team will have 30 minutes to make a bridge. Then we’ll weigh them down until each one is destroyed. The team who has the bridge that holds the most weight will win prizes. Stick around after the competition for some interesting presentations! All ages welcome until 10pm and then it becomes a 21 and over event.

This contest will be very informal since teams will only have 1/2 hour to make their bridges. I’m looking at the bridge building competition website and I got the above photo from and I really like his style of finding how much weight a bridge will hold by putting the scale right on the bridge.   Feel free to bring your own LED’s, wire and batteries to make your bridge light up!

We’ll be providing the popsicle sticks and some hot glue guns, but if you’ve got your own glue gun, bring it. Also, bring along your own eye protection please.

This will be my first bridge building competition and I’ll need help to help load the weights and pass out supplies. If you can help, shoot me an email at

More About Ask Later

Ask Later is going to be one of the main events at Ignite Seattle. This is the open mic part of the evening. Anyone who wants will get 5 minutes on stage with 20 slides, but with no control over them. The slides will rotate through at a rate of 15 seconds. Your talk can be about anything, but remember your audience. This is inspired by Pecha Kucha.

So far we have 4 speakers: Buster McLeod (AKA Erik Benson), Scott Berkun, Shelly Farnham, and Beth Goza. If you want to join them, sign up in the comments.
If you want to see an example here’s Matt Webb (author of Mind Hacks) doing a Pecha Kucha-style presentation. Matt is the speaker. The bald guy next to him is changing the slides.

Announcing Ignite Seattle!

Come to Ignite, a short-form, almost-unconference event. Seattle needs the occasional gathering of the geek tribe to spark new ideas and keep the mojo fresh. Be a part of it!

What we have:
The date: Thursday, December 7th- Make Seattle starts at 6:30; Main event starts at 8
A bar to call our own for the night – LowerLevel
No cover
One stage, two rooms
Wifi throughout

What you provide:
Ideas that need bouncing around
Projects you can’t put down
Musings you need to set loose

There are two spaces, so everyone will have the opportunity to speak and do their own thing. We already have Make: Club, Ask Later (5 minute talks with no interuptions), and Werewolves planned, but that’s just the beginning. Sure you can just come to lurk, but wouldn’t it be more fun to take the stage?
This event is being organized by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar and Bre Pettis of Make:. We would love to hear your thoughts; this is a community event.