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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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 all your passwords!” And then, because it’s a colossal pain in the butt, no one actually does. What if it wasn’t a pain in the butt, though?”

Arcadiy Kantor is a Progam Manager at Microsoft. He writes about identity and technology.

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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 — and is also known as songwriter Tae Phoenix.

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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.”

Dylan Wilbanks is a user experience designer and public speaker based in Seattle. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, Webvisions, and Ignite Seattle.

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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 in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Jennifer Locke Whetham is a Shakespeare scholar, hip hop theorist, and self-proclaimed intellectual pervert. She has over ten years experience teaching literature at the college level, where she indulges her obsession with conceptions of sexuality, gender, love, and words.

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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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Ignite 24 Videos Are Up!

June 16, 2014

Weddings? Norwegian trolls? Lonely bicycles? Ignite 24 had it all… and now you can too! The videos have been posted on our Youtube account, and you can check out the entire playlist for a view of all the talks. The next Ignite is Tuesday, October 7th. See you at Town Hall!  

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How to make slides Ignite Friendly (automated)

May 18, 2014

One of the requirements for speaking at Ignite is your slides must automatically advance. It’s wise to practice many times before doing an Ignite talk, and this post shows you how to set up your slides for this purpose. For Powerpoint Mac/Windows: Select all your slides. You can do this by clicking the first thumbnail […]

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Speaker Lineup for Ignite 24 (5/22) + Tickets On Sale

May 13, 2014

Ignite Seattle is back with out 24th show on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall. Buy tickets now ($5) to reserve your place. Doors open at 7pm (as does the bar) and talks start at 8pm. This is our list of speakers, though not necessarily in the order they are speaking (we choose the order using […]

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50% Discount to 360|intersect on Creativity + Technology at the Triple Door April 28-29

April 19, 2014

Our good friend from Ignite Denver, John Wilker, is bringing the 360|intersect gathering to Seattle’s Triple door again Monday April 28th through Tuesday April 29th. 360|intersect is focused on the intersection of creativity and technology. Speakers are technologists from around the world, talking about the things they do away from the keyboard, that make them […]

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