Speaker Notes: Read This If You Want To Speak

After the Make Bridge-Building contest we are going to be holding the Ask Later talks. There’s been a lot of questions around the talks so I wanted to let people know how things will work.

Format: The Ask Later talks will *all* be 5 minutes long. They will all have 20 slides and each slide will be on the screen for 15 seconds. The presenter will not have control of their computer. That’s part of the fun. 🙂 We’re going to try to keep things tight, but we’ll allow a minute or two for questions after the talk.

Content: I consider these talks to be on the INFOtainment side of things. Informative, but due to the nature of the format they won’t be able to drive home deep topics. (but does anybody want that on a Thursday night at a bar?) Some of the known topics include: web projects, product demos, social computing research projects, home Asterisk hacks, Dorkbot, Make: projects, interesting uses of Amazon Webservices, and a new tech-art space in Seattle. I expect things to be geeky and tech-oriented, but I don’t think that people should shy away from other fare.

Current Speakers: Currently, there are about 18 speakers signed up; add yourself to the comments. Sign-ups will be available the night of the event (and I expect some people will even make their talks up at the event). I will list the speakers in a future post.

Timing: The talks will begin soon after 8:00 (after everyone has had time to get a drink), but no later thn 8:30. They will happen in 45 minute blocks. We’ll have 7 (maybe 8) talks in the first block and then take a 20 minute break. We’ll then start the second bock with ~7 more talks and then take another break. That wil be followed by a third block. If there is interest we will continue — the beauty of the LowerLevel is that there are two rooms (both with WiFi). If you don’t like the talks the other room has tables, the bar and probably Werewolf.

A/V: We will have a CHAC-hired A/V guy for the night. All of the slides will run from my machine (mac) which has Powerpoint. You can include audio, video, whatever on your slides. The slides will be advanced via the “Set Timings Feature”. I am going to try to have Keynote and PowerPoint 2003 for Windows (I just installed Parallels this week) available as well.

Logistics: I’ll need all slides before the session starts. Please entitle it with your name and include all necessary files. You can email them to me or we will use a thumbdrive for transfer during a break.

Physical Setup: The room is long and narrow. The stage is along one of the long walls with a large screen behind it. The talks will be projected onto the screen. The speaker will stand to the side of the screen. The laptop with the talks will be on stage on a table so that the speaker will be abe to see the screen. We will probably have to iterate on this setup through out the night. 🙂

If there are ay questions, leave them in the comments or contact me. This (and actually all of Ignite) is experimental and not set in stone. It’s a new format. It’s meant to be fun and informative. We’ll adapt it to our purposes and if something isn’t working it will be changed.

Update: I will be able to accept 3 types of presentation formats tomorrow night: PowerPoint For Mac, PowerPoint For Windows (2003), and Keynote.

Sponsor: Thank-You Amazon Web Services


Amazon Web Services (blog) make things like The Sheep Market, SmugMug, UnSpun, and NowNow possible. We’re happy to welcome them onboard as a sponsor. Thanks!

Here’s a little bit about what they will be presenting Ignite:

In the space of just 5 minutes, Amazon Web Services Evangelist Jeff Barr will review Amazon’s entire line of web services including the E-Commerce Service, the Simple Storage Service, the Elastic Compute Cloud, and the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The talk will include complete technical details and a myriad of customer success stories.

Prep for Werewolf


Werewolf is a very fun bluffing game. It has been a standard part of every tech conference I’ve been to in the past year and a half. We know people will want to play at Ignite.
It’s very similar to Mafia; it just has better branding. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about (or don’t understand the t-shirts) here’s a brief explanation of the game:

A game of Werewolf lasts about 30 minutes and is played through alternating day and night rounds. There are two teams: the Villagers and the Werewolves. At the beginning of the game people are secretly assigned roles via the Moderator. Except for the Moderator, every person is either on the Villager’s side or the Werewolve’s side. The werewolves hide their true nature and try to secretly kill the Villagers at “night”; the Villagers attempt to root out the Werewolves during the “day”. Once a player is dead they are out for the rest of the game. The game ends when either all of the Werewolves are dead or the number of Villagers equals the number of Werewolves. The Moderator’s job is to be neutral and keep the flow of the game going.

For a more complete description of the game (including a number of variants and roles I didn’t cover) check out Zarfhome’s page.

Sponsor: Thank-you Lockergnome


We are pleased to announce our first sponsor: Lockergnome!
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.

Ignite Seattle, the Radar Post

Radar and Make: are going to be hosting a free geek night in Seattle, on Thursday, December 7th. Ignite Seattle will be held at the LowerLevel in Capitol Hill.

The fun will start at 6:30 with a Make: Magazine sponsored bridge building competition led by Bre Pettis.  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. All ages welcome! Feel free to bring your own LED’s, wire and batteries to make your bridge light up!

The main event will start at 8PM with a series of short talks from local volunteers in the Stage Room. The talks are all going to be five minutes long, with 20 slides that change every 15 seconds. So far Scott Berkun, Shelly Farnham, Beth Goza, Danyel Fisher, Stuart Maxwell, Justin Martenstein, Rob Flickenger among others will be speaking. Brady Forrest will be MC’ing. Sign-up in advance to get an early spot (go to Ignite Seattle and leave a comment).

In addition to having full bar, the LowerLevel has WiFi. It also has a second room (the room with the bar) so that you can take a break from the planned activity to do your own thing. Currently Buster McLeod (AKA Erik Benson) plans to lead Werewolves in there.

The goal is to have a fun night of geekery and networking. Come prepared.

To recap:
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
See the Ignite Seattle Blog to learn more details or to sign-up
RSVP at Upcoming

As posted to Radar.

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 http://www.garrettsbridges.com/ 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 bre@makezine.com

Enlighten us, but make it quick!