Light: A Benefit for the Darfur Wall

Ignite Alum and a founder of the Darfur Wall Jonah Burke alerted me to an upcoming benefit in Seattle. Here are the details:

A Benefit for Darfur

This March, DJ Darek Mazzone, DJ Rhythma, and special guest DJ Starterkit will be dropping the hottest global beats to help stop the cold-blooded crisis in Darfur.  Join us for this night of unchecked revelry.  All proceeds benefit The Darfur Wall.

The Baltic Room
Saturday, March 3
10:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP (optional):


Sponsor: Thank-You Laughing Squid


Scott Beale of Laughing Squid has offered to sponsor Ignite! You’ve probably seen some of his amazing photos if you have checked out our Flickr Group.

Scott happened to be in Seattle for the last Ignite. He found the event on Upcoming and came by on a lark. Scott won’t be with us physically this time, but he will be with us in both spirit and sticker (make sure you get one!). Thanks Scott and Laughing Squid!

Laughing Squid, run by primary tentacle Scott Beale, focuses on art,culture and technology from San Francisco and beyond.

Egg Breaking!

Update: I’ll be testing firing contraptions this week, wait to build your egg drop safety container until after Friday so that you can see the firing contraption in the podcast. Rules may change at that time to accomadate something like a giant crossbow!67397804 D7271E40Cd

On February 13th, Brady and I will be hosting Ignite Seattle, a Maker/Geek event here in Seattle. We’re going to be having an egg drop. You make an egg-safety device that is smaller than an 18″ x 18″ x 18″ cube and less than 3 pounds. You bring it to the event at 6:30 PM at the CHAC upper level on February 13th and we’ll put it in a giant slingshot and smash it against the wall. If you’ve done an egg drop event and have any advice for me, drop me a note in the comments!

You can make your own egg safety container on your own time or since you can come and work on your design as early as 4:30 if you want. I’ll have popsicle sticks, hot glue, and newspaper there for you to make your own. If you have any other ideas for supplies to have there, drop me a note in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. No matter what, all building stops at 7:30 so that we can put the eggs into a giant sling shot made of a lot of surgical tubing and fire them at a (plastic protected) brick wall. No metal or glass allowed since we don’t want to break the place.

Did you do an egg drop in school or have a brilliant idea for an egg cushioning device? If so, you can help out by uploading a picture of your cushioning strategy or drawing a diagram and upload it to the MAKE: flickr pool. I’ll be putting some of these pictures in the Weekend Project podcast this weekend which will be all about egg drops and I may even try and use one of the uploaded strategies.

What is an Egg Drop? – Link

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


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.

Sponsor: Thank-You Lockergnome (again)!


Lockergnome is once again sponsoring Ignite! Thanks Chris and Ponzi!

To inform, empower, and entertain – Lockergnome is here as a resource for people who are curious about the world of technology around them. Novices and experts are welcome to explore our ever-growing list of resources. Our contributors are full of passion. We will do our best to keep you informed on a daily basis. We will share your feedback, suggestions, and stories with the rest of our community whenever and wherever possible. If you seek knowledge, if you seek professional growth, if you seek information that’s presented in a personal voice… you’re home with Lockergnome.

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!

Enlighten us, but make it quick!