Geek Generation – Lauren Bricker @brickware

Don’t call Lauren Bricker a teacher, she’s more of a “Geek Generator.” For the last two years she’s been teaching computer science at a local private high school. It’s incredibly interesting, rewarding, and yes, a lot of work.

Lauren talks about her experiences teaching CS to high school kids and tells us how we can help generate more geeks.

About Lauren Bricker

Lauren Bricker - Ignite Seattle 7Lauren Bricker teaches AP Computer Science to high school students (10-12th grade) and has a software consultancy, Brickware. You can find her on on Twitter @brickware.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Counterfactuals – Daniel Westreich

When looking at data regarding Web site user behavior or in Daniel Westreich’s case, epidemiology, we have to be remember that correlation does not imply causation. That is, just because two events were observed close together in time, it is false to assume that one caused the other. Causal inference is hard.

With great examples, Daniel Westreich presents counterfactuals, causation and correlation at a pragmatic, hands-on level.

About Daniel Westreich

Daniel Westreich - Ignite Seattle 7Former Microsoft developer, Daniel Westreich is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he leads the Causal Inference Research Group.

Life’s Too Short To Eat Bad Food – Vanessa Fox

Between working long hours, working on geek side projects (and at least in my case, raising kids), putting together a dinner party seems like a lot of work.

Coming from someone who spends more time on the road than in her house, search engine optimization expert, Vanessa Fox gives us her tips on throwing a successful, yet simple dinner party for foodies.

About Vanessa Fox

Vanessa Fox - Ignite Seattle 7When Vanessa isn’t talking about food, you can find her working on SEO projects at Nine By Blue. You can find Vanessa Fox on her blog, on Twitter @vanessafox or hosting Office Hours on Webmaster Radio.

Creating Communal Creative Space – Willow Brugh

The experience of building a maker space from scratch is certainly a project, Willow Brugh talks about her experience in doing so, what advice others have shared with her, and what spaces like this (Hackerbot, Saturday House are already available in Seattle.

About Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh - Ignite Seattle 7You can find Willow on her blog, on Twitter @willowbl00. You can find more information about Jigsaw Renaissance at, the hacker space mentioned in Willow’s talk.

I Wish I Was Taller – Elan Lee

Software and hardware developers spend a lot of time combing through the flaws and defects that their products have. But what about their own flaws and defects? Is it as simple as filing a bug?

Elan Lee had always wanted to be taller. Here’s his story of the attempts to fix his bug.

About Elan Lee

Elan Lee - Ignite Gnomedex 2009Game designer and storyteller, Elan Lee has made a career keeping people entertained. He is a founder of Fourth Wall Studios, where he currently serves as Chief Designer. When he’s not creating Alternate Reality Games, you can find him on Twitter at @elanlee

Elan gave the talk “Life – if you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong” at Ignite Seattle 4.

Lies to Ignore – Jessica Hagy

With her familiar charts, graphs, diagrams and deadpan humor, Jessica Hagy indexes Ignite Seattle.

About Jessica Hagy

A recent transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Jessica Hagy writes (and draws) the popular blog, Indexed. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the BBC Magazine and has won numerous awards. A collection of Indexed was published last year.

You can find Jessica on Twitter @jessicahagy.

Addiction! Staying afloat in the stream – Mónica Guzmán

Glued to email, your RSS reader or Twitter? Has your hand grown by 133 grams — the approximate weight of an iPhone? The Web is a stream, and it’s easy to drown. Mónica Guzmán returns to the Ignite stage to offer tips, tricks and cautionary tales to guide you through the perils of an always connected lifestyle.

About Mónica Guzmán

Mónica Guzmán - Ignite Seattle 7Mónica Guzmán is a reporter for the Seattle PI‘s Big Blog You can find her on Twitter @moniguzman or organizing the next Big Blog meetup, which is this Wednesday, November 11th from 5:30 – 7 pm at Cupcake Royale in Ballard.

Mónica gave the “how to be a better news commenter” talk at Ignite Seattle 5 and Ignite Gnomedex.