From the monthly archives:

February 2007

A little retroactive blogging. Published October 20, 2009


Join our mailing list! Jordan Schwartz, a speaker at our first Ignite (he gave the great talk on SMS services), pointed out that our mailing list is hidden on the site.  I’ll change that soon, but for now here’s a link to the sign-up page.

Bre and I use it to announce Ignite events & news. There’s no spam and almost no traffic.


We were lucky to have Hillel Cooperman (pictured) of Jackson Fish Market join us at Ignite Deux. He agreed to join the lineup the night before the event (thanks Hillel!) and gave an amazing presentation entitled “Life is Short: How to Make Every Meal an Opportunity for a Memorable Experience”. Hillel’s talk was based on his food blog Tasting Menu, one of the top food blogs in Seattle. A video of his talk and his slides will be available soon (at the same time as everyone else’s).

Here is a second update on the speaker list for Ignite Deux. Marc Hedlund of Wesabe and Radar was originally scheduled to speak at Ignite. He was not able to make it. He told me this well in advance and I just never made an announcement on the blog (sorry!). We hope that he will be able to make it to a future Ignite. (someone asked about this in the comments and I realized that I hadn’t made this announcement — sorry for the bait-n-switch.)
Update: I have removed this photo of Hillel Cooperman. I hadn’t checked the rights on the photo before posting (sloppy of me) and the photographer has asked that I remove it (well within his rights!) as he has them marked for non-commercial use only all-rights reserved. Sorry Michal!


Wow.. Again! Thank-you!

by brady on February 14, 2007

in igniteseattle,Seattle

Leo Dirac talking about hte future of the world

We packed over 400 people into the CHAC last night to watch 32 Egg Slams and 22 talks. 20 eggs were broken and 436 slides were shown. Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, slammed, sponsored, and/or spoke.

The videos and presentations will be available for download shortly. In the meantime upload your photos to our Flickr Group.

We heard your feedback and we will have more room next time. We also have some ideas for how we can tighten up the program. If you have any feedback put it in the comments.


I just wanted to layout the night’s schedule again and make sure everyone knows the details:

5:00 – The space opens. There is WiFi, food (at Crave), and drink in the building. (We may ask you for help with set-up)
6:30Egg Slam begins!

8:30 – The Ask Later talks begin (See the schedule)

9:30 – Second Round of Ask Later talks

10:30 – Third Round of Ask Later talks.

And to re-iterate some things:

  • Ignite is free.
  • People under the age of eighteen are welcome until 10:00 PM.
  • We are upstairs at the CHAC (a newly remodeled space). The space has room for ~400 people (we have no idea how many will be coming).
  • There is a bar available.
  • Bre and I can’t wait!



Seattle Podcasters at Ignite!

by brady on February 13, 2007

in Seattle

That’s right the Seattle Podcasting Network will be out in force at Ignite tonight. Make sure to say “Hi”:

Once again this month, the Seattle Podcasters’ Meetup ventures out of the friendly confines of Pyramid Alehouse and into the friendly confines of the CHAC, the Capitol Hill Arts Center. We’re taking the opportunity to attend one of the coolest new events in Seattle, and we’re giving our members a chance to get hands-on with the podcasting gear, and up close and personal with the local Geekerati.

Ignite Seattle is a series of geek events hosted by O’Reilly Radar’s Brady Forrest and Make magazine’s Bre Pettis (a Seattle Podcasting Meetup-er). The premiere Ignite event back in December was a blast. Over 200 people packed into the lower level of CHAC to build popsicle-stick bridges and watch a PowerPoint presentation format called Ask Later. Now, if the idea of watching a PowerPoint slide show doesn’t excite you, consider that each speaker has only 5 minutes to present 20 slides, and the slides are automatically timed to advance every 15 seconds. 24 different speakers will present their ideas over the course of an evening, so you’re sure to find one or two topics that will really catch your attention. (Check out the video archives from the first Ignite Seattle here.)

For those of you who’ve been thinking about trying out podcasting — as well as those of you with established podcasts who want a chance to create a podcast that wouldn’t be appropriate for your regular site — we invite you to come out and help contribute to SPN’s “podcast coverage” of what is sure to be a terrific event. Bring your own audio gear or borrow some of ours and conduct roving interviews onsite — to be edited and posted to the SPN podcast and blog later in the week. There is no experience necessary and this will be a great way to get your feet wet in podcasting.

Click on over to our meetup page and RSVP. Hope to see you there!


Sponsor: Thank-You Google!

February 13, 2007

With the help of Chris DiBona and Barry Brumitt (speaker) I am pleased to announce that Google is also sponsoring Ignite tonight. As I’ve mentioned on Radar, I use Google for search, mail, and docs (formerly Writely). Using those products certainly made producing Ignite a lot simpler. Thanks Google! Here’s some more on what Barry […]

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Ignite Deux: The Speaker Schedule

February 9, 2007

We have twenty-one awesome talks and speakers for you this time. The talks range in subject matter from tech to community to art to business and then back to tech with a little law and science thrown in. Each series of talks will begin at the bottom of the hour. Since the talks (should) last […]

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Light: A Benefit for the Darfur Wall

February 9, 2007

Ignite Alum and a founder of the Darfur Wall Jonah Burke alerted me to an upcoming benefit in Seattle. Here are the details: LIGHT A Benefit for Darfur This March, DJ Darek Mazzone, DJ Rhythma, and special guest DJ Starterkit will be dropping the hottest global beats to help stop the cold-blooded crisis in Darfur.  […]

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Sponsor: Thank-You Laughing Squid

February 8, 2007

Scott Beale of Laughing Squid has offered to sponsor Ignite! You’ve probably seen some of his amazing photos if you have checked out our Flickr Group. Scott happened to be in Seattle for the last Ignite. He found the event on Upcoming and came by on a lark. Scott won’t be with us physically this […]

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Egg Breaking!

February 5, 2007

Update: I’ll be testing firing contraptions this week, wait to build your egg drop safety container until after Friday so that you can see the firing contraption in the podcast. Rules may change at that time to accomadate something like a giant crossbow! On February 13th, Brady and I will be hosting Ignite Seattle, a […]

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Talks: Content Sharing, Data Processing, Helping Kids, Going Small, and Transhuman Morality

February 3, 2007

Announcing these talks is fun; we’ve got a wonderful range this time. Don’t worry there’s more to come — and don’t forget that the deadline for submissions is Wednesday. Here are the speakers and their talks’ titles: Sarah Davies (Freedom For IP) – Share and share alike: GPL, Creative Commons, and the future of digital […]

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Sponsor: Thank-You Lockergnome (again)!

February 2, 2007

Lockergnome is once again sponsoring Ignite! Thanks Chris and Ponzi! 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 […]

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Sponsor: Thank-You Ontela (again!)

February 2, 2007

Ontela is sponsoring us again! CEO Dan Shapiro won’t joining us, but Mike Arcuri will be joining us. Thanks Mike, 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, […]

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Talks: Identity, Pitches, Bouncing, Analyzing AJAX, and Rich Internet Applications

February 2, 2007

Those are the next five topics selected for the next Ignite (2/13). I am still selecting talks, but we now have a total of 10 talks. Scott Kveton (JanRain) – OpenID Hans Omli (Shoestring Ventures)- The Art of the Elevator Pitch – how to pitch your tech startup in 30 seconds or less Heater Ralph […]

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