Ignite Presentations Are Now Available

All 25 of the Ask Later presentations from Ignite are now available in a handy Zip file.

We hadn’t made any plans to distribute the presentations until someone in the crowd asked for them. Jeff Barr of Amazon WebServices quickly offered to sponsor an S3 account to help us out. Thanks Jeff and AWS!

Download the zip file from S3.

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Next Ignite: 2/13 at the CHAC

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Ignite Crowd Photo from PDGibson

Bre and I have plotted with the owners of the CHAC to schedule another Ignite! We know that we need more space. We know that we need to keep the energy alive. We know that we need to top the last event. We know that we need to keep the bar nearby. We’re going to do all of those things and more…

The next Ignite is scheduled for… February 13th upstairs at the CHAC. The upstairs is huge and will be freshly renovated. It has high ceilings with lots of room for things to fly though the air.

Admission will be free. The format will be the same. The top-secret Make event will begin at 6:30 and go til 8:00. The Ask Later talks will begin at 8:30 and continue for three rounds with frequent breaks.

Start thinking now if you want to do an Ask Later talk. I’ll do a call for submissions in January.

We’ll give you one hint for Bre’s Make event: You’ll have to figure out how to save your chickens before they hatch.

Brady & Bre

PS – RSVP at Upcoming if you like

Coverage of Ignite Seattle

Thanks again to everyone who came to Ignite. We know from the door at the bar that over 200 people had come through by then; we also know that there were a ton of people who were never counted. Our estimates put the total number of people between 250 and 300. Wow!

Thanks to the people who have blogged about the event. Here are the posts that I was able to find via incoming traffic and Technorati.

I hope that Matt and Buzz can make it next time. If you’ve also blogged about us please let me know and I will add a link to your post.

Ignite Seattle Was an Amazing Success!

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Dan McComb of Biznik presenting at Ignite; Photo by Bre Pettis

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for coming!
Ignite Seattle ended just a couple of hours ago. It was an amazing experience. Over 200 people saw 13 popsicle-bridges being made and 25 speakers each give 5 minute talks. The speakers had 20 slides with 15 seconds a slide. See Laughing Squid and the Ignite Flickr Pool for photos. The speakers and crowd were great. We will be posting their slides and videos in the next week. Most of the talks were tech-oriented. Here were some of the new sites that appeared tonight (some of them were publicly revealed for the first time tonight):

300002.gifThe Darfur Wall – Jonah Burke left Microsoft to found the The Darfur Wall with his father and brother a couple of weeks ago. If you’re not aware Darfur is in a crisis. The Burkes have created a novel website for collecting money. There are 400,000 subdued numbers on the site; each time a dollar is donated a new number is lit. All of the monies go to Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and others. In just 21days, they have raised $5052 from 445 donors. Buying a number is fast and easy; consider it. (Blog)

Biznik – Biznik is a social-network that is devoted to radical self-promotion and helping its members start businesses. They are event-focused. The membership is centered around Seattle right now, but that will change in 2007 with an upcoming release. (Blog)

Reality All Starz – Where people do crazy things with their lives… and earn points. This is another Seattle-based social-network that hasn’t broken its geographic bounds. On the site you can issue challenges such as: Arm Wrestle Someone, Ask out a girl, or Go to Burning Man. People can then upload text, video, or photographic evidence of their having completed the challenge and the community decides how many points they should get for it. You can invite people to the site by issuing them a challenge (I still have to upload a video of my first sky-dive if I am going to earn 50 points this month). For a fun exercise check out the existing All Starz and issue them a challenge. It’s interesting to note that both Biznik and Reality All Starz are built using Ruby on Rails. (Blog)

Ontela – Dan Shapiro, the founder, spent the majority of his talk discussing the process of getting a startup going (the big take-away: it has to be a full time commitment, don’t expect your after-work project to morph into a company on it’s own). Luckily, I’ve seen this product before. They have built an incredibly simple way to pull photos from almost any phone and send them where you (the consumer) would like without having to lift a finger. This could be your home computer, Flickr, or any number of services that accept photos (MTurk for text analysis anyone?). When it is released, this software will finally make the camera on your phone useful.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next Ignite in February. Thanks to Ontela, Amazon Web Services, Seattlest and Lockergnome for sponsoring!

3, 2, 1, Ignition!

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Seattle geeks packed the house to build bridges out of popsicle sticks and hot glue at Seattle’s geek event, ignite. 13 teams basked in the glory of success or had their dreams crushed into tiny shards of wood as they stepped on their bridges and found out if their bridge would hold their weight. While the winners won the latest magazine, an amazing amount of applause was given to teams whose bridges were crushed. Hurray for destruction!

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Props go out to the team that used 998 of the 1000 popsicle sticks allotted and managed to hold 5 people on their bridge. They brought an iron that they plugged in and turned upside down to heat up a makeshift aluminum foil pot of hot glue. Props also go out to the family that made the artistic bridge that managed to hold the 4 year old member of the team!

After the last bridge had survived crushed into the ground, Ask Later began. Moderated by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar, the audience was enthralled as the superstars of local start-upscreative innovators, scientists, hackers, puzzle-makers, and regular folks doing cool things managed to dump their brains into five minute power-point presentations.

Thanks to all the Make: and Craft: peeps who came out to have a great time, I look forward to seeing you all again at the next ignite in February. [My photoset] [Scott Beale’s Photoset]

Enlighten us, but make it quick!