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Dan Shapiro, CEO and founder of Ontela, has agreed to both sponsor and speak at Ignite. The following blurb about his Pioneer Square-based company explains them quite well. Thanks Dan and Ontela!
Ontela is a venture-backed startup that makes it ridiculously easy to get pictures from your camera phone to your PC. We just raised a bunch of money so we could hire smart, creative people JUST LIKE YOU — see our web site for job openings!
I’ve seen their product; it really is easy to use.
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.
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.
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.
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