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Ignite Seattle 10 is next Monday! As part of our effort to get organized and make this the most awesome Ignite yet, here is a quick run down of some important details for attending.

  • Ignite Seattle 10 will be on Monday June 14th. Doors will open at 7:00, icebreaker/game starts at 7:30, talks start at 8:30. The bar will be open the entire time.
  • As usual, the event is at the King Cat Theatre, 2130 6th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98121.
  • 21 only. We know there are younger people who would like to attend, but the venue is just not set up for it.  We are looking at possibly doing an all ages Ignite, and we encourage you to let us know if you would like to help make that happen!
  • Admission is $5 at the door. Cash only (small unmarked bill greatly appreciated). The folks at the door are volunteers, so please be patient with them if they don’t count so well. Yes, you can use your credit card at the bar.

That’s it for now, we hope to see you there for another great Ignite night.

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Pre-Ignite Contest

by brady on April 23, 2009

in Seattle

Back when Ignite first lit up the Seattle scene, Bre Pettis used to run a pre-ignite contest just to get things warmed up. We are bringing back that tradition for the next Ignite, and everyone is invited to participate.

The game is simple, the rules are few, and it will be a contest of pure creativity and engineering prowess.  Your materials are 5 sheets of paper, a roll of tape, and a pair of scissors. Gather your team and start cutting, folding, rolling and taping until you have the tallest freestanding tower you can manage. When time is called, step away and cross your fingers!

There are only two rules:

  1. you can’t use anything other then the paper and tape provided
  2. your construction cannot be taped to the floor (or any other part of the theater for that matter)

Whichever team has the tallest structure standing when the Judges come around wins, and there will be prizes.

We will provide the tape and paper, just bring some friends and a pair of scissors (no running please). Contest will begin at 7:30  so you will have time to finish and clean up before the talks get started at 8:30.

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Just a reminder that we are throwing another Thingamajiggr party to celebrate the innovative tech community in the Pacific Northwest. It will combine great speakers, innovative technology, geek inspired art, VJs, DJs, bar, and creative technologists. The second Thingamajiggr is happening in Seattle the evening of June 13th, 7:30pm – 1am. It will be held at the 911 Media Arts Center in South Lake Union. All proceeds will go to benefit the 911 Media Arts Center. It will be co-hosted by Waggle Labs and O’Reilly Radar. Tickets can be purchased for $10 presale, 15$ at door, 21+ only. Details on the program are below.

We’ve just added a silk screening workshop so bring a shirt or jacket to decorate while you are there. It’ll be in the same room that you get your free LED Throwie.

Speakers

(8:00pm – 9:30pm):
After opening up with some Ignite talks we’ll hear from

john mendina uw

John Mendina – Do you drive while talking on a cell phone or read e-mail while talking on the phone? Come hear Dr. John Medina, author of “Brain Rules,” a developmental molecular biologist, explain why the brain can’t multitask. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. Visit www.brainrules.net, see Dr. Medina’s news coverage or watch his Tech Talk at Google.

dan savage

Dan Savage is a nationally syndicated sex advice columnist and author of several books. He’s taken the local weekly The Stranger to a national level, slogged his way onto the net, and has been blamed for destroying podcasting. Dan will be telling us where he thinks the publishing industry is going wrong.

Party

(9:30pm – 1:00pm):
Entertainment:


Workshops:
Join a workshop!

  • LED Throwies by the Dorkbot Overlords
  • Knitting 2.0: How “hi-tech meets hand-spun” is changing the face of this traditional craft, by Beth Goza. Learn more.
  • New: Silk Screening for the Masses – Bergen McMurray of Deviant:Design will be on-hand to guide you through the process.

Art:

  • OBViouS video sculpture, a five-artist show curated by 911 Media Arts Center Affiliate Curator Steven Vroom
  • Power Tool Races Installation and Conversation Piece by Hazardfactory
  • The Ionization Clock — where every passing second is another step into obsolescence — by Simon Winder

It’s a Seattle Tech Community Weekend!
Technophiles, this the weekend for you. Be sure to check out our friends, including:

Sponsored by Voyager Capital, Identity Mine, Pathable, and O’Reilly Radar.

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Ignite Seattle 5: The Schedule

by brady on February 17, 2008

in Seattle

We have 16 great talks for Ignite this Tuesday. They range from how to do better at your job to the game of Go to the elections. It’s going to be a great night. The talks start at 8, but doors open at 7. So come to the CHAC and have a beer with us before the show begins.

8:00PM – First Set of Talks

  1. Ellen KowalczykLiving with (and not killing) the entrepreneur in your life
    Creative ways on managing money, time, personal space and the emotional ups and downs of living with a startup junkie.
  2. Noah IliinskyGeneration of Complex Diagrams: How to Make Lasagna Instead of Spaghetti
    A system for creating good diagrams, starting with perception and cognition, and ending by advising key choice points.
  3. Jeff BarrHow to be a Technology Evangelist
    Jeff will talk about the theory and practice of technology evangelism – what it is and how it is done.
  4. Adam PhilippHow to Roll Your Own Patent Application
    Got an Idea? Is it new? Is it useful? Is it obvious? Yes, Yes, No! Patent it! Or at least get the provisional filed.
  5. Vj Vijai- Hacking the Technical Interview
    Use NLP, Hypnosis and other Jedi Mind tricks to land the exact job that you want
  6. Dick CarlsonBad Powerpoint! Bad! Bad! Do your Powerpoint presentations suck? Yes, they do. Admit it. Maybe we can fix it, just a little.
  7. Helen CookThe most beautiful game in the world
    The first half of this talk will teach you how to play the most beautiful game in the world: go.
  8. Sarah Schacht – Run the Government: A Primer for Online Citizens
    Web 2.0 has been around for a few years. US democracy-over 200. On/offline best practices & tools for citizen activism.
  9. Ramez NaamBottoms Up – Putting Employees, Information, and Customers In Charge of Business
    What if businesses were market democracies? Would they be more effective? More conscientious? How do we make it so?

BREAK

9:15PM – Second Set of Talks

  1. Alex Steffen – World Changing
  2. Monica Guzman – How to be an awesome news story commenter
    A few tips on how you can use news story comment boards to improve local journalism and help reporters help you.
  3. Ryan McMinnA pseudoscience guide to geek dating
    How the things you know and love like numbers, stats, charts & obsessive tendencies can actually help your dating life.
  4. todd sawickiHistory of Online Advertising
    From the 1st banner ad to where spam came from to the rise of the dreaded pop – its all explained so you’ll who to blame
  5. Justin MartensteinThe Six Hour Startup
    Is it possible to take a startup from idea to implementation in a Saturday afternoon?
  6. Josh KopelFun without function
    Creative adults love to play. At MakePhilly we are working on some simple rules that give them the excuse they need.
  7. Jordan Andersen – Opinion Systems
    Online debate, why our “Information Systems” are poor at organizing opinion, and some ideas achieving consensus on-line
  8. Matt MayAccessibility Helps You
    From curb cuts to phone trees, accessible tech makes our lives easier; Why to apply accessibility to the work we do.
  9. Heather Ralph – Hacking elections: Getting your favorite politicians elected (legally)
    I will describe some of the most effective ways to get people elected, from doorbelling to YouTube videos.

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Ignite Seattle Talks

by brady on February 11, 2008

in Seattle

Next Tuesday night at the CHAC we are going to have the next Ignite! Starting at 8PM we are going to hear from 16 speakers. There is one more day to submit talks. Here are the talks so far:

  1. Noah IliinskyGeneration of Complex Diagrams: How to Make Lasagna Instead of SpaghettiA system for creating good diagrams, starting with perception and cognition, and ending by advising key choice points.
  2. Ellen KowalczykLiving with (and not killing) the entrepreneur in your lifeCreative ways on managing money, time, personal space and the emotional ups and downs of living with a startup junkie.
  3. Sarah Schacht Run the Government: A Primer for Online Citizens Web 2.0 has been around for a few years. US democracy-over 200. On/offline best practices & tools for citizen activism.
  4. todd sawickiHistory of Online AdvertisingFrom the 1st banner ad to where spam came from to the rise of the dreaded pop – its all explained so you’ll who to blame
  5. Adam PhilippHow to Roll Your Own Patent ApplicationGot an Idea? Is it new? Is it useful? Is it obvious? Yes, Yes, No! Patent it! Or at least get the provisional filed.
  6. Vj Vijai- Hacking the Technical Interview Use NLP, Hypnosis and other Jedi Mind tricks to land the exact job that you want
  7. Jeff BarrHow to be a Technology EvangelistJeff will talk about the theory and practice of technology evangelism – what it is and how it is done.
  8. Ramez NaamBottoms Up – Putting Employees, Information, and Customers In Charge of Business What if businesses were market democracies? Would they be more effective? More conscientious? How do we make it so?
  9. Ryan McMinnA pseudoscience guide to geek datingHow the things you know and love like numbers, stats, charts & obsessive tendencies can actually help your dating life.
  10. Monica Guzman – How to be an awesome news story commenterA few tips on how you can use news story comment boards to improve local journalism and help reporters help you.
  11. Helen CookThe most beautiful game in the worldThe first half of this talk will teach you how to play the most beautiful game in the world: go.
  12. Justin MartensteinThe Six Hour StartupIs it possible to take a startup from idea to implementation in a Saturday afternoon?

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It’s been a really long time coming and I am thrilled to be able to announce the next Ignite Seattle is February 19th at the CHAC. W00t, it’s great to be back! At the last one we had over 350 people watch 15 great talks (all of which can be found online). Watch the videos (courtesy of Bryan Zug) to see some excellent talks like Shawn Murphy’s Hacking Chocolate, Elan Lee’s LIFE: If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong, and Dan Shapiro’s Ten valuable lessons you shouldn’t learn.

On the 19th we are going to have 16 Ask Later talks. These talks will each be 5 minutes long with 20 slides and only 15 seconds a slide. Anyone who did not speak at the last Ignite is welcome to speak. Topics should fall in the realm of web 2.0 technology, entrepreneurship, life hacks, or something else that you think a room full of internet junkies will appreciate. Stories and lessons work better than product demos. Submit your talk by 2/10 (talks are selected on a rolling basis; you’re more likely to get in if you beat the rush that comes at the end). RSVP at Upcoming.

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Come to Thingamajiggr!

October 10, 2007

You are cordially invited to Thingamajiggr, a unique event co-hosted by O’Reilly Radar and Waggle Labs celebrating Seattle’s tech scene with great people, innovative technology, and grooving DJs. More info below: Evening schedule: · 7:30, doors open · 8:00-9:30ish, Opening presentations John Kao, renown author and innovation expert, will kick off the evening with a [...]

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Ignite 4 Videos Posted

September 20, 2007

You can see all 15 of the Ignite 4 videos on YouTube. One of them, Rob Gruhl’s How To Buy a Car video, was recently featured on Lifehacker. (Thanks, Gina)

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Jordan’s Bees Get Harvested

September 20, 2007

Jordan, who gave the excellent talk on bees at the third Ignite has documented the honey harvesting process (I & II). It’s a fascinating read.

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Free 360 Flex Pass from Picnik

August 11, 2007

360 Flex is a Seattle developer conference. As they describe themselves: 360|Flex was the first all Flex/Apollo themed conference. Our inaugural conference in San Jose was a sell-out success. No doubt due to Adobe’s Flex Evangelist, Ted Patrick, helping to rally the community. This conference takes you into the nitty-gritty of Flex development. If you’re [...]

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Watch Ignite at Gnomedex

August 11, 2007

We selected some talks to be done again at Gnomedex this morning. The video is streaming at http://chris.pirillo.com/live/ We go on at 11:30. We’ll see the following speakers again: Make Art Not Content Scotto Moore Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR! Dave McClure Stop Yelling, Start Weaving Deborah Schultz Is 2008 the year the “Third Screen” [...]

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Thanks and Some Links

August 9, 2007

I’d like to thank all the attendees, volunteers, the CHAC, the people who promoted the event, and the speakers. It was an amazing event and it couldn’t have happened without you all. As promised here are some of the links mentioned in presentations last night: Noonhat – Changing the world through lunch VC Term Sheets [...]

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Follow Ignite

August 9, 2007

If you want to be alerted about Ignite there are a couple of different ways. 1) Join the announcement list. Bre and I are the only people who post to it. It’s generally just alerts about upcoming events. 2) Follow us on Twitter. We are ignitesea. You can text “follow ignitesea” to 40404. Alternately, just [...]

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Schedule For Ignite Tonight

August 8, 2007

We had some last minute changes to our schedule. Here is the final line-up! Starting at 8:30: Make Art Not Content Scotto Moore Small medicine: Nanotechnology and biology Deepak Singh building real community scott kennedy No, not skin: Epidemiology for the layman Maegan Ashworth How to buy a new car Rob Gruhl Werewolf Strategy HB [...]

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There Has Never Been Stranger Love Than This Before

August 8, 2007

Igntie got noticed by the Stranger. Woot! Maybe Dan Savage will give an Ignite talk next time. Their sight unseen description of the event is one of the best yet… And while geeks also tend to be socially awkward, we still want them to kick some ass designing our software and answering difficult questions—but stop [...]

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Help McLeods!

August 8, 2007

Buster McLeod just sent out this email to all members of McLeods. To sum: The awesome tech art gallery needs help. Details below: This is a difficult email to write, but we owe it to our members to be transparent about our situation. Simply put, McLeod Residence is in big trouble, as in financial trouble. [...]

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