What does Elvis have to do with the future. A lot, it turns out. Take a look inside the head of futurist Richard Yonck in this five-minute Ignite talk.

“Our future rarely turns out exactly the way we expect it to, either personally or on a global level. But there are strategies we can use in the face of inevitable and unexpected change.”

As a Foresight Analyst, I routinely explore the ways our world will change in the coming decades and how we might use this knowledge to create positive outcomes. I write for a range of publications including The Futurist Magazine, World Future Review, Wired, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

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A wonderful, concise, and helpful four step process to reaching no higher than 41st in Rock Band rankings. Yes, Rock Band the video game. And incidentally, life too. Daniel Lee at Ignite 24:

“Every 4 years, we have the privilege of watching the best athletes in the world compete on the grandest stage. To be 41st best in the world at snowboarding or hockey is one thing. To be in the 41st ranked Rock Band in the world? That’s a different story…”

Daniel Lee is a Data Ops Program Manager at Porch.com

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What do ancient curses and fairy tales have to do with everyday life? Are there actually lessons to be learned? Here’s what Abigail thinks.

“Once upon a time a girl moved to the big city because she liked the music scene that had been popular there almost 20 years before and because she figured it was as good a place as any to learn how to be a grown up. Sometimes the absurdity of ancient adventures is just the thing we all need to remind us that life does not move in straight lines.”

Abigail Anderson is a singer-songwriter. You can check out more about her at foxandphoenixrecords.com

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Send ‘em in, folks: After a nice summer break (with some lovely Seattle weather, we might add), submissions are open for the next Ignite Oct. 7 at Town Hall Seattle.

To submit your talk, fill out the form here. It’s nothing too fancy, but if you’ve never submitted a talk before, we recommend you check out organizer Scott Berkun’s guide to building a great Ignite talk. We get a LOT of submissions. Make sure yours stands out!

Here’s a little bit on what Ignite is all about from the folks at Ignite Phoenix:

And here’s a fun piece from KUOW on our May event.

See you in October!

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If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s like to run for political office, Noel Frame offers a five-minute glimpse into the life, and a few great tips on running your own campaign.

“In this talk I will break down the scary, overwhelming, black box that is running for office, by walking the audience through a handful of easy steps. 1) Pick a community, 2) Get involved, 3) Make sure “people in the know” know who you are, 4) Be ready to capture opportunity, 5) Go for it!”

Noel Frame ran for State Representative in District 36 in 2012. She is currently a Directory at Progressive Majority of Washington.

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What are the odds that Star Wars and Islam have much in common? Never quote me the odds.

“As an avid Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember and a Muslim, I’ve found some formidable similarities between the two. So much so, that I believe Islam, as it truly is– sans the media spin on it, can be perfectly explained by the Star Wars ethos.”

Husayn Raza is the Interactive Art Director at Publicis Seattle.

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Arcadiy Kantor: Change ALL the Passwords Without Pain, Misery and Suffering

July 17, 2014

When someone says “change all your passwords,” do you do it? Did you laugh after reading that sentence? Arcadiy tells us why this is sooooo hard, and what we might be able to do about it. “When vast swaths of the internet have their security breached, like in the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone shouts: “Change […]

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Noah Iliinsky and Teresa Valdez-Klein: The 5-minute wedding!

July 15, 2014

The crowd at Ignite 24 thought they were going to hear “A Geek’s Guide to Wedding Planning.” Instead, they all attended the lightning fast surprise wedding of Teresa and Noah, who met at an Ignite years ago. Congratulations, guys! Noah thinks about data visualization and user experience. And bicycles. Teresa sings — really well — […]

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Dylan Wilbanks: You Diet Will Fail (and why mine eventually will)

July 10, 2014

Diets always fail. Always. Definitely. At Ignite 24, Dylan Wilbanks told us all about why. “Over 16 months Dylan Wilbanks lost over 125 lbs with caloric restriction, heavy exercise, and being slightly insane. But the statistics say he won’t be able to keep it off. He’ll explain why, and how he’s trying to fight it.” […]

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Jennifer Whetham: A Story About Syphilis

July 8, 2014

Where does syphilis come from? There’s more than one answer to this question. At Ignite 24, Jennifer Whetham gave a more brainy, linguistic one than you probably saw coming. “Two questions you may not have thought to ask: What is the origin of the word “syphilis”? When was the word first used? This talk begins […]

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Jan Gray: Take the Initiative, please!

July 3, 2014

Washington state’s initiative process could use a few advocates — you. Jan Gray laid out the issues at Ignite 24. “You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you […]

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Karen Anderson: What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined That Nonprofit Board

July 1, 2014

Nonprofit boards are amazing, efficient organizations that do nothing that serve their mission. Or not. At Ignite 24, Karen Anderson tells the real story. “You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to […]

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Kristin Leong: Nightclub bartending & middle school teaching: A Venn diagram

June 26, 2014

What do middle schoolers and bar patrons have in common? More than you think. At Ignite 24, Kristin Leong shared what she found where two very different professions meet. “Surprisingly, there is overlap between nightclub and classroom professional life. This talk aims to clarify some of that overlap with the speed of a bartender and […]

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Seijen Takamura: Can bicycles be lonely?

June 24, 2014

Some people collect pictures of pets or landscapes. Seijen Takamura collects pictures of forgotten bicycles. At Ignite 24, he explains what they’ve taught him: “We have all walked past a Lonely Bicycle in our lifetime: A bike that is securely locked to a rack, fence, or pole… yet is missing wheels, saddles, handlebars, or more. […]

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Kathryn Downie: Why My Face is Bright Red

June 19, 2014

You know you’ve conquered stage fright when you give an Ignite talk. At Ignite 24, Kathryn Downie explains how she made it happen. “Stage fright sucks, but hopefully this talk will make it suck a little bit less. Like many people, Kathryn Downie tends to turn into a splotchy, shaky mess when she is in […]

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David Hulton: Hacker camps!

June 17, 2014

What happens when you take geeks outdoors? David Hulton shared the history of hacker camps at Ignite 24. “This talk covers the brief history of Hacker Camps, why the community they create is so special and unique compared to other tech conferences, and share a little bit about the US hacker camp, ToorCamp, that happens […]

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